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Out With the Old, In With the New Old; The New Old Farmhouse Replaces the Fixer-Upper.


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 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.


6/4/14: 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.


06/2014: 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.


5/30/14: '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.


5/26/2014: Magazine honors Valley home

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


5/18/2014: 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.”



5/16/2014: 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.






NY Metro

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.


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.



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.


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.


04/08/2012: 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.


04/04/2012: "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: 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.


01/21/12: 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.


01/20/12: 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.


12/01/11: Me and My Man Shed

In a world where even "man caves" - the dimly lit redoubts where men are left to tinker and socializewith other men - are falling preyto 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.


11/09/11: 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.


10/19/11: 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.


10/10/2011: 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 esquestrian 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.


10/07/11: 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.


09/01/2011: Why A Cottage 100 Miles North Of Manhattan May Be Your Family's Best Investment Yet

When you live smack dab in the middle of one of the world's busiest cities, sitting on a porch and cracking open a book may seem mind-numbingly slow-paced. But that's exactly what inspired Charles Petersheim's business: to get families out of Manhattan and reunited with nature in its purest form.


08/30/2011: 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.


08/24/11: 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.


08/17/11: 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.


08/17/11: 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.


08/11/11: 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.


08/10/11: 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.


08/08/11: 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.


the wall street journal

07/26/11: 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.


07/14/11: 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 Pe-tersheim for the Sunday real estate tab. That story is posted below. 


07/12/11: 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.



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.


07/08/11: 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.


07/08/11: 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.


The River Reporter

04/11/11: Barryville Retreat

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


New York House

03/27/11: 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.


The River Reporter

03/27/11: 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.


USA Today

09/22/10: 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.


New York Post


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.



05/01/09: 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.


Times Herald-Record

03/04/09: 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.


The River Reporter

03/08/07: 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


Sullivan County Real Estate Blog

03/01/07: 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


Sullivan County Democrat

11/28/03: 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.