In the Press

The Fun of Working with Catskill Farms

In the last few months we’ve been working with Chuck from Catskill Farms on a mixture of real estate promotional videos. Our team has gotten to learn more about Chuck and his company and have gotten to see some of the awesome houses that his team has built.

Country chic Catskill Farms farmhouse for sale in Eldred

A rare opportunity to have the creative director of a major fashion brand design your new home! Actually, he designed it for himself, by overseeing and customizing nearly every detail on this already chic blueprint from local premier builder, Catskills Farms. Very soon after the paint dried in 2009, the owner moved to the West Coast, and the house was never lived in. Once you see it, you'll understand why it took him this long to let it go.

How to make a building energy efficient, at Catskill Farms in Eldred, NY

The brutal winter of last year and its associated heating costs is one of the things that inspired Charles Petersheim to install a solar panel system at his business, Catskill Farms.

Hudson Valley turn-key developments lure NYC buyers

For many a harried city dweller, it’s a longtime dream: finding a quaint, historic Hudson Valley house and lovingly rehabbing it into the perfect weekend oasis.

But in practice, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare as the list of surprise must-do fixes grows — sending costs soaring, and turning that supposedly peaceful upstate getaway into a permanent construction zone.

Country Living House of the Year 2014: Meet the Designer Charles Petersheim

Architectural Designer and Builder: Catskill Farms
Charles Petersheim is the founder of Catskill Farms, a vertically-integrated development, design, construction and real estate company located in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. For the past eleven years, he has been designing 'new old homes' marketed to young professionals from New York City, which is two hours away. He discovered a niche of building right-sized, well-designed 'getaway' homes during the height of the McMansion/Hummer era and continues to design and sell 15 homes a year—about double pre-recession levels. His small home efforts have been featured in USA Today,The New York Times,New York Daily News, HGTV, DIY TV, Builder Magazine and the NY Post.

Country Living's Home of the Year in Rhinebeck

The Country Living Fair is on the horizon, and this year, things will be a little bit different. In conjunction with the arrival of the fair scheduled for June 6-8 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, the House of the Year will be completed and open to the public for tours. The house, located in Rhinebeck, was built by a design team that included Catskill Farms‘ Charles Petersheim, who built a brand new, old-fashioned farm house with a wrap around porch.

Country Living Fair in Rhinebeck spotlights House of the Year

The Country Living Fair returns to the sprawling Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 6 through 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. Organized by Country Living magazine, the fair is a three-day extravaganza of charming down-home décor and upcycled antiques and collectibles displayed in barn after barn on the fairgrounds, along with plenty of food vendors available and live music to accompany it all.

Country Living's House of the Year Highlights Second Annual Fair

And old American house has always symbolized a simple, traditional and romantic way of life. With that philosophy in mind, designer/builder Charles "Chuck" Petersheim has combined the "architecture of yesteryear" with some of the latest trends to build Country Living Magazine's House of the Year for 2014 -- and it's right here in Dutchess County.

The relationship behind Petersheim's success

The driveway is marked by a little red barn-shaped mailbox on 42 Proctor Road in Eldred but there is nothing little about the business that resides there.

'House of the Year' build in Rhinebeck

The turn-of-the-century inspired Farmhouse on a hilltop in Northern Dutchess County certainly is something to write home about.

Magazine honors Valley home

Builder Charles Petersheim's newest house practically shouts country living.

Get In on Sullivan County

Decades after the Borscht Belt’s heyday and an extended economic slump, the western edge of the Catskills is reawakening. Following the rush of New Yorkers who bought up property in the ’80s, a new crew of city dwellers are heading here for the utter, rural remoteness (thanks, in part, to the fact that it’s unreachable by train; on a good day, it’s about a two-hour drive) and to join the growing, tight-knit community of expat “hicksters.”

Bridie Picot Takes Us Inside Her Upstate Getaway

The first weekend Bridie Picot spent at what she calls her shack in the Catskills, she googled brown bears. “I saw one crossing the road and wasn’t sure how scared I should be,” says the lady behind the cheekily functional home line Thing Industries. She quickly got over the fear factor, and now she spends almost every weekend there. Here, you’ll see why.

Catskill Farms builds showcase home for Country Living Magazine

Charles Petersheim, Hudson Valley designer, builder, and realtor of traditional homes in the Catskill Mountains, has been selected by Country Living Magazine to build its 2014 House of the Year. The 1,500 square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house, located in Rhinebeck, will be showcased during the annual Country Living Fair this June. The magazine will also publish a 10-page spread of the home in its September issue, featuring a profile on Petersheim and Catskill Farms.

Catskill Farms sells Ecotech Spray Foam Insulation

atskill Farms construction company owner Charles Petersheim announced the sale of his five-year-old Ecotech Spray Foam Insulation, Inc. to Woodchips Construction, Inc. of Pine Bush, NY. Ecotech’s insulation is organic—free of HCFCs (hydrochlorofluorocarbons), VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and formaldehyde. The product is made of 29% recycled goods. In 2010, the firm won the Innovative Green Design Award (IGDA).

Selling New York S6E11: Real Estate Fantasies

HGTV's Selling New York rides along with brokerages CORE, Kleier Residential, and Warburg as they try to sell fabulous properties fabulously. Here's our recap of how the NYC real estate industry is portrayed to the world, penned by Angela Bunt. Episode air date: 2/14/2013.

Date Night with Selling New York & Catskill Farms


Rustic Without the Rust

Petersheim, who had done construction and real estate in the City, found work upstate renovating old farmhouses for weekenders – and quickly made an important discovery: The first-time second-homebuyers who were his customers found the process unbelievably stressful. The charming rustic cottage on three or four acres that is every Manhattanite’s or Brooklynite’s country dream sometimes turned out to be a money pit with all kinds of disappointments and problems.

A LOVE LETTER TO LIFE IN THE CATSKILLS: Catskill Farms featured on Valentine’s Day episode of HGTV hit, Selling New York

The Valentine’s Day episode of HGTV’s top-rated Selling New York focuses on the search for an upstate country home with an old-fashioned look coupled with modern, working amenities. Like many young urban professionals drawn to the region have found, local design/build firm Catskill Farms fills that niche perfectly, having designed and built over 100 getaway homes in Sullivan and Ulster Counties. HGTV’s Selling New York will spotlight three of the builder’s unique homes on Thursday, February 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Gets a grand in the books

The Sunshine Library in Eldred received a boon in the form of a $1,000 check from the owner of The Catskill Farms, Chuck Petersheim of Eldred.

Country, Mountain & Waterfront Properties Fall Buyer's Guide

Catskill farms builds and sells modern Upstate New York getaways in the style of turn-of-the-century architecture. It's a 'one stop shop to build your weekend retreat.' Modern touches meet fireplaces.

A vacation home within your reach

Catskill Farms builds and sells modern upstate New York getaways in the style of turn-of-the-century architecture. It's a 'one-stop shop to build your weekend retreat'. Modern touches meet fireplaces.

Open Basement Stair Makes A Cottage Live Bigger

We design weekend homes, most no bigger than 1,400 square feet, inspired by the old farmhouses of upstate New York. There’s a lot that’s wonderful about those houses—high ceilings and lots of windows. But they can also feel cramped and dark.

The Upstater: New Old Houses

Perhaps you love the look of old houses, but don’t want to renovate or spend your upstate time tending to the old bones of a place. In that case, you might want a “new old house,” one that borrows from the architecture of older houses — folk Victorians, Greek revivals and such — but is new and modern.

Old-time values brought up-to-date

Local builder's work to be on HGTV, again.
The wall-length shelves behind Charles Petersheim's desk are crowded with manual typewriters rescued from flea markets and estate sales. The aging machines, some dating to the 1930s, are fitting symbols for a man who has built Eldred homebuilder Catskill Farms partly by marketing the past.

"Selling New York" comes to Sullivan County

One of the Catskills best kept secrets is about to be shared with 3 million people when the "Selling New York" television show features Sullivan County and a small building company that creates simple, specialty homes.

Catskill Farms to be on HGTV

HGTV’s hottest program is about to let the world in on New York’s best kept secret -- that Sullivan County is the ideal home-away-from home for young professionals looking to get away from it all. Selling New York, the network’s top rated program, will feature three homes built by local developer Catskill Farms this spring.

Catskill Farms: Dream Homes on Demand

Spring is a great time for Manhattanites to get out of the City, explore the Catskills and find a dream second home.

Catskill Farms designs and builds new single-family homes that are customized for buyers, specializing in merging the historic feel of properties in Sullivan and Ulster Counties while providing the most modern amenities.

Catskill Farms founder talks about building small

Home and Living is happy to welcome Charles Petersheim, founder of Catskill Farms, a homebuilding business that constructs new weekend homes with turn-of-the-century architecture. Our guest editor has an article of increasingly popular interest, building smaller homes. We welcome Charles and hope he will return for an interview.

Weekends in the country

When the cachet of the Hamptons and the Berkshires caused them to become too touristy, too cliché, and most important, too pricey, weary New Yorkers turned their attention to the Catskills.

Me and My Man Shed

In a world where even "man caves" - the dimly lit redoubts where men are left to tinker and socialize with other men - are falling prey to D.I.Y. home improvement television shows, two men on the South Shore of Long Island have found shelter for their creature comforts in the most unlikely of places.

Power Envy

In the less rarefied air of the Catskills, Charles Petersheim, a builder who in the last 10 years has put up 100 houses in Sullivan County, has just begun offering generators to his customers. His niche is making new cottages, farmhouses and Victorians that “read” old, with wide plank floors, Shaker-style cabinetry and front porches, yet have none of the problems of actual old houses.

Catskill Farms, a historic feel and customized touch

When Charles Petersheim left the city for the upstate county of Sullivan, he sought, like many new arrivals, to renovate his own historic home. Although he was a builder by profession, Petersheim soon learned the process took time – and money – a realization that was reinforced when he did the same for others.

Into The Woods

Luxury communities are cropping up in the country.
in rural enclaves just outside the city, new developments offer the best of both worlds

From equestrian estates in Westchester County to the Watchung Mountains of central New Jersey, buyers are flocking to luxury properties with a country feel. Brokers Weekly highlights the hottest towns and projects, all within a stone's throw of Manhattan nightlife.

Country time: Catskills builder constructs dream homes at low prices

The pitch sounds like an infomercial. Build your own home, pick the land, house color and all vintage fixtures, starting right this second, for as little as $180,000.

Why A Cottage 100 Miles North Of Manhattan May Be Your Family's Best Investment Yet

Catskills: Green Counties

When Patrick Swayze lifted Baby out of a corner in “Dirty Dancing,” the Catskils took off. Already famous for Rip van Winkle, the Borscht Belt and Woodstock, the mega-hit 1987 film, brokers and homeowners said, was publicity that the region was leafy, riddled with lakes and, if Jerry Orbach was behind the wheel, a relatively short drive from the city.

An Interview with Catskill Farms Charles Petersheim

Upon first glance, you can’t tell that Catksill Farms‘ Victorians, cottages and farmhouses were built sometime in the last few years. They have all the loving detail of vintage homes but with a nifty twist: they’re new, and not necessarily prone to the same problems that invariably plague old homes, the dry rot and mildew and whatnot.

The Ideal Location For a Vacation Home

Sullivan County NY real estate is where many city-dwellers choose to build a “home away from home” – a place where they can spend weekends and vacations when they are ready to get out of the city for a while. We all need a break occasionally, to revive our spirits and calm the stress if only temporarily.

Vertically Integrated Homebuilder Catskill Farms Enjoys Market Success Amid High Demand

ELDRED--Catskill Farms, a thriving Sullivan County-based homebuilding business that constructs new weekend homes in the style of turn-of-the-century architecture, is approaching the completion of its 100th home and expanding into the nearby Ulster County towns of Woodstock and Saugerties.

Catskill Farms Making a Mountain of Money in Them Hills

My reporting beat is usually investment, International real estate dealings, etc. Today though, I was sent a rather fascinating press release. A company called Catskill Farms seems to be defying all economic and even reason there in the mountains of New York. Oh, you didn’t know New York had mountains, did you? This is interesting, funny even, read on.

Catskill Farms Defies Recession with 1000% Increase in Sales

Catskill Farms is a Sullivan County-based home-building business which specializes in building weekend homes in the style of the turn-of-the-century architecture, which are in great demand in spite of the recession.

Catskill Farms Increases Home Sales More than 1,000 Percent in Last Four Years

Eldred, NY - Catskill Farms, a thriving Sullivan County-based homebuilding business that constructs new weekend homes in the style of turn-of-the-century architecture, is approaching the completion of its 100th home and expanding into the nearby Ulster County towns of Woodstock and Saugerties, as more and more discerning homebuyers look to purchase high-quality properties at considerable value.

Catskill Farms Making a Mountain of Money in Them Hills

My reporting beat is usually investment, International real estate dealings, etc. Today though, I was sent a rather fascinating press release. A company called Catskill Farms seems to be defying all economic and even reason there in the mountains of New York. Oh, you didn’t know New York had mountains, did you? This is interesting, funny even, read on. Catskills waterfall In Case you've never been to the Catskills - courtesy my partners © warrenlee - Okay, these guys at Catskill Farms say they increased sales by 1,000 percent in the last four years! Amid the worst recession in history, how can that be?

On the Market, Off-Season

An estate set amid a fresh snowfall may conjure up images of Currier & Ives, but a “For Sale” sign on the property paints a different scene. Selling a home in the off-season is a challenge.

From Gotham to the Catskills

Last week’s House of the Week featured one of the homes built by Charles Petersheim, owner of Catskill Farms. I also profiled Petersheim for the Sunday real estate tab. That story is posted below.

New Old House: The rise and rise of Catskill Farms

Stop me if you've heard this one: New York City contractor moves to the sticks of Sullivan County, starts a home-building business on a shoestring, and begins buying land to build second homes for vacationing Manhattanites on spec. Just as the business starts making a name for itself, the housing crisis hits, sending prices spiraling downward and flooding the region with for-sale signs.

Something Old, Something New

Builder's custom Catskills 'shacks' in demand for Gotham residents

In 2002, Charles Petersheim pulled out of New York City and moved to rural Sullivan County. Petersheim had worked as a commercial contractor in the city, and his plan then was to fix up old homes for Gotham dwellers looking for a slice of country life.

Best place of the week: Catskills country retreat for under $300,000

Ready for your own country retreat? A two-bedroom cottage is on the market for $285,000. On 5 acres of land outside Narrowsburg, N.Y., the cottage was built by Catskill Farms, a company that has built homes for Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. and comedian David Cross.

House of the Week: A shack in the Catskills

This week’s house is an itty-bitty house in the Sullivan County town of Narrowsburg. The house is built by Catskill Farms and owner Chuck Petersheim, who is the subject of the Real Estate section cover in Sunday’s newspaper.

Farm Cottage 35

Two bedroom, 1.5 bath 1,000 s/f holiday cottage sitting on over five acres along the Delaware River.

Catskill Farms Owner to Lead a Panel Discussion

Charles Petersheim, owner of Catskill Farms, was selected by Builder, a national industry publication, to lead a panel discussion on “Navigating the New Social Media Landscape.”
The online discussion was a part of the magazine’s 2011 Presidential Seminar Series.
Catskill Farms utilizes social media as a primary component of its marketing strategy. This medium enables it to sell directly to the consumer, and has proven to be a successful tool for engaging prospective customers – young urban professionals from New York City looking for a second home.

Barryville Retreat

I got a sense of the strong aesthetic design of Catskill Farms houses when I got lost on my first visit to the home of Norah Lawlor and Jeffrey Bradford in Barryville, NY.

Buildings in Profile

Many New Yorkers are looking for getaways in the country, and that's the niche entrepreneur developer Charles Petersheim has created in this rural landscape along the Delaware River in Sullivan County, just shy of two hours from Manhattan.

Innovative buildings, renovations honored,

With consumer spending down in Sullivan County by $100 million over the past two years, it’s easy to believe that commerce has come to a standstill. But that notion was contradicted at the Sullivan Showcase Awards at the Eagles Nest in Bloomingburg where dozens of new building projects and renovations were honored for their creativity and style.

2010 Sullivan Showcase Awards

Homes and businesses that enhance the appearance of Sullivan County were recognized at the 2010 “Sullivan Showcase Awards” on November 11 at the Eagle’s Nest in Bloomingburg. The annual awards are sponsored by the Sullivan County Board of Realtors and Sullivan Renaissance.

The residential judges were Diane Deutsch of Preferred Homes & Properties, Joe Freda of Freda Real Estate and Glenn Pontier of Sullivan Renaissance.

The commercial judges were: Diane Butler of Eagle Valley Realty, Susan Boersema of Ulster Savings Bank and Deborah Hornicek of Callicoon Real Estate.

Van Morrow put together the PowerPoint presentation; Ann Finneran of Sullivan Renaissance created the award certificates; and Mary Greene, Lori Malone, Jennifer Bitetto, Emily Grillo and Danielle Gaebel of The River Reporter produced the journal.

Cozy cottages sell big as people downsize

Many New Yorkers are looking for getaways in the country, and that's the niche entrepreneur developer Charles Petersheim has created in this rural landscape along the Delaware River in Sullivan County, just shy of two hours from Manhattan.

Catskill Farms Revamps Front Yard with DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes Host

Keeping the neighborhood happy, Hudson Valley builder, Catskill Farms will turn the front yard of the 1970s nondescript ranch house on Happy Avenue, into an outdoor showplace with the DIY Network’s Desperate Landscapes host, Jason Cameron, for the upcoming season of Blog Cabin.

Eldred Homebuilder to star in TV Show

Charles Petersheim is used to working with creative types, having designed and built homes for "Arrested Development" actor David Cross and Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr.

Ranch House Makeover

Try finding a nondescript, some might say boring, ranch-style house on a near perfect setting in Sullivan County, and it’s not so easy to do. But that’s what location scout Jack Thomasson was looking for when he entered the office of local builder Charles Petersheim, owner of Catskill Farms in Eldred ( ).


What's a downtown hipster like Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. doing in the Catskills? "It all started because I bought a Range Rover," the whippet-thin musician says while walking around his custom-built country lair in Eldred, NY, his two little dogs trailing at his heels.

Get Niche Quick

Imagine a diner whose reputation for homemade pies extends far and wide. The place has folks lined up around the block, mouths watering, every day of the week.

Award-winning house

Catskill Farms has been honored by the Builders Association of the Hudson Valley with a Pinnacle Award for its outstanding design of a house under 2,500 square feet.

Builders Who Specialize Weather The Downturn

Green acres: Specializing in what he calls “new old” homes in Sullivan County, N.Y., builder Charles Petersheim offers a mini-alternative to vintage fixer-uppers for less than the price of a New York City parking spot. Many of his clients are professionals and first-time buyers who rent in the city.

Evolution of the farmhouse

Many Sullivan County farmhouses have survived the passage of time, and their appeal hardly wanes even though time causes them to slump.

Catskill Farms Unveils New Affordable Cottage Series

Many Sullivan County farmhouses have survived the passage of time, and their appeal hardly wanes even though time causes them to slump

Developer Mimics That 'Old' Style

Charles Petersheim would call himself a bit of a pioneer. The Fosterdale contractor is forging a path into new territory. He's building farmhouses – not too far-fetched for Sullivan County – but Petersheim plans to sell these homes to second homeowners.