“I love everything about it,” Mr. Barrett said of his three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath house with an oversize garage, where he stores his car collection. He also has a two-bedroom guest cottage. “Drew’s curating of materials is lovely, and he really knows the local vernacular, but can translate it into a more modern aesthetic language.”
Other new developments in the Hudson Valley include Silo Ridge, a luxury project under construction on the other side of the river, in Dutchess County, and the Chapin Estate, a 6,000-acre development in Sullivan County, to the southwest.
Silo Ridge is perhaps the priciest of them all, and has drawn several high-profile buyers. It has an 18-hole golf course designed by Tom Fazio and homes priced at $1,000 a square foot — or more than $2 million for a two-bedroom condo and $3.75 million for a house.
“It is the tranquillity up there that I love,” said Richard Bressler, the president of iHeartMedia, which owns iHeartRadio. Mr. Bressler is building a home on half an acre there, overlooking the golf course’s 16th hole. “Clearly, the proximity to New York and the fact it is only a 90-minute train ride doesn’t hurt, either.”
Mark Teixeira, the former Yankees baseball player, bought a condominium overlooking the 18th hole. He was attracted by the golf, and the hunting and fishing. “It is a completely new discovery,” Mr. Teixeira said. “I had never been to this area, other than driving through, but I love the peace and beauty.”
Silo Ridge is under construction: The Discovery Land Company, which has developed high-end projects like the Yellowstone Club in Montana and Baker’s Bay in the Bahamas, opened the golf course last year; a private restaurant for members opened several weeks ago. The remainder of the project, including 245 residences — 20 percent of which have sold — will be completed in a year or so, said Michael Meldman, the company’s chief executive and chairman.
As for the Chapin Estate, which has homes ranging from $500,000 to as much as $15 million, development is proceeding. “Prices have gone up 400 to 500 percent since the project’s inception,” said Steve Dubrovsky, the developer, who bought the land in 1999 and began selling homes there the following year. So far, 125 have been built, with room for nearly 500 more.
Late next year, the Dream Hotel Group is set to open the Chatwal Lodge, a luxury hotel, on the property. And there are other attractions nearby, including Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel, N.Y., and Resorts World Catskills, a $1.2 billion project to open in Thompson, N.Y., next year.
“We wanted a place that was within two hours of the city, and the fact there will be a casino is a plus, because poker is my hobby,” said Linda Kenney Baden, a lawyer who is building a large one-bedroom farmhouse on the lakefront at the Chapin Estate with her husband, Dr. Michael Baden, a forensic pathologist.
The original Chapin estate, owned by Chester W. Chapin, a steamship and stagecoach magnate, was 25,000 acres with lakes and large rock outcroppings. Mr. Dubrovsky tried to preserve that feeling in the contemporary version, limiting the number of roads and specifying a minimum parcel size of five acres (some parcels are as large as 20 or 30 acres). “We are the opposite of a cookie-cutter subdivision,” he said. “It looks very much like the Adirondacks did back in the early 1900s, with the great houses, lakefront properties and big camps.”
Back at Hudson Woods, buyers are drawn by more modest amenities.
“I was just looking for a place to be quiet, a chance to be still,” said William Lee, the owner of the midcentury furniture store Modernlink, in SoHo, who recently bought a home in the development. “I had thought about Montauk, but it became too much like New York City. And, of course, there’s the price. This area is not only peaceful; the price makes it very achievable.”
Mr. Lee, who met Mr. Lang while doing interior design consulting on some of the architect’s New York City projects, was an early visitor to the site. “These cabins have a super-Scandinavian approach: They aren’t lavish, but they are clean and soulful in their own way,” he said. “I went up there, wandered around and then, at one point, I found a spot. And I just felt like, ‘This is it.’”