Sawmill turned subdivision celebrates opening


BARRYVILLE, NY — The rainy weather was dreary but the tempo was bright on Saturday, April 30 as the developers of the Highland Estates subdivision celebrated their grand opening with a public preview and reception.

The 244-acre subdivision encompasses the former Robinson Sawmill Works property and many of the former mill buildings in a 28-acre common area have been refinished to serve as stables and a riding arena to fit the new equestrian motif for the subdivision.

Amid 24 five-to-eight-acre lots, miles of bridle paths will be constructed for prospective buyers who also enjoy horses. John Corso said Mike Riter, who has designed riding trails for Olympic competition, has been commissioned to design the trails on the hilltop development. Corso and partner Frank Rappo own the property.

Corso said more than two miles of new private roads have been built to serve homes, which will be built on three tiers, or steps, in the hillside. The tiers were employed to further increase the element of privacy in the project, where lots provide views of the Delaware River and surrounding hills on both sides of the river.

Corso said the first construction has been in log homes. Six of the 24 lots are sold, two homes have been completed and two more are underway, he said. “We’re not limiting it to log homes, but we do want to keep the exteriors in compatible rustic tones. We will review exterior aesthetics,” he said.

The property is being marketed by Davis R. Chant Real Estate.

TRR photo by David Hulse
Development partner John Corso poses in front of a new five-bedroom, 7,200 square-foot, $1.5 million log home in his Highland Estates project in Barryville, NY. The home was on public preview on Saturday, April 30. (Click for larger version)