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The Catskill Project: An Eco-Conscious Residential Community in Upstate NY

by The Montclair Girl Team
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This article is sponsored by The Catskill Project.

Finding a getaway that combines luxurious eco-conscious living with easy access to an untouched nature preserve might feel impossible. However, this dream is a reality at The Catskill Project, which is located at 8 Manor Falls Drive in Livingston Manor, New York. This innovative community of homes, just over two hours from Montclair, sits on 90 acres of stunning woodlands and is the region’s first carbon-neutral community. The custom-built single-family residences are available in four different floor plans and are designed to coexist with the natural surroundings — perfect for the Catskills lover who needs an escape from city life (yes, Montclair counts, too!). Keep reading to discover more about The Catskill Project.

Multi-story wood home with large deck and blue skies in the background

All About The Catskill Project 

The Catskill Project was developed by a passionate team that wanted to create a community of high-quality carbon-neutral homes to support healthy lifestyles.

“The Catskill Project is as ambitious as it is humble. While each homeowner will carve out their own lifestyle here, the common denominator is the same: stewardship and respect for nature, a desire to live responsibly and meaningfully, and to cherish simple values that feed our bodies and souls,” Peter Malik, principal of The Catskill Project told The Montclair Girl.

The team purchased land in Livingston Manor, New York in 2018 and built the first home in 2021. Three homes have been completed with two more in contract and one spec house to be constructed. Eventually, The Catskill Project will include 25 homes in the 155-acre community.

Hallway view in a Catskill Project home with large windows, white walls, wood accents, and natural light

“The construction process takes 12-18 months from contract closing,” Malik said.

Buyers can select a 3 to 6-acre lot for their home, which are designed to coexist with the natural surroundings. The design team is composed of designers and environmentalists who are dedicated to creating a green, energy-efficient single-family residential development.

“The Catskill Project aims to foster a symbiotic relationship between the natural, built, and regional environment, uplifting both people and place,” Malik said.

Cozy living room in The Catskill Project home with large windows letting in natural light and views of trees, a corner couch. yellow chair, and framed pictures on the wall

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Available Floor Plans

The Catskill Project is a community of single-family Passive Homes. This sustainable carbon-neutral design lowers home maintenance + energy costs.

Homebuyers can decide between the Balsam, Overlook, Tremper, and Red Hill floor plans which are all created with sustainability and healthy living in mind.

BalsamThis floor plan has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and is 2,283 square feet.

OverlookThis floor plan has a different room configuration and has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, and is 2,283 square feet.

Tremper — This floor plan has 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and is 1,916 square feet.

Red Hill — This floor plan has 3 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, and is 1,783 square feet.

Each home is customizable + made with sustainability-sourced materials like green untreated hemlock + highly durable FSC® certified Richlite black diamond countertops. When possible, wood for floors, ceilings, and other interior features is sourced directly from the lot.

Downstairs in one of the Catskill Project homes with a view of a staircase and the kitchen with a man sitting on a barstool at the island

The homes have UNILUX triple-glazed windows and are designed to promote consistent fresh + filtered airflow that is free of pollutants, dust, and other allergens. The design allows for temperature regulation and humidity control which means the homes have better indoor air quality than other traditional builds.

The interiors have custom cabinetry in finished oak and floating open shelves. The bathrooms have Delta and Kohler fixtures and hardware and Duravit soaking tubs. The appliances are smart and energy-efficient which support a fossil fuel-free lifestyle.

Owners can install solar panels or can subscribe to the community’s solar provider which is 5-10% cheaper than getting power from NYSEG.

Dining room in The Catskill Project home with dining table, chairs, and large windows letting in natural light


Amenities + Surrounding Areas

The Catskill Project is a future-forward community with next-generation homes grounded in nature. The innovative sustainable community, which is the first carbon-neutral community in the region, was recently recognized as the 2024 GREEN BUILDER’s Green Home of the Year.

Bedroom in The Catskill Project home with black and white rug, wooden dresser, bed, and large window

Every home feels like the resident’s own private nature reserve and residents have thousands of acres of forever wild forest land right in their backyard. Living in the Catskills means easy access to incredible hiking trails with waterfalls + fishing and birding opportunities.

The surrounding towns, including Livingston Manor, Callicoon, Narrowsburg, and Roscoe, are easy to reach from The Catskill Project and are home to charming farm-to-table restaurants, cafes, breweries, boutiques, + markets.

“It is a community of fellow dreamers/explorers and good neighbors, all in the vanguard of a life led in harmony with the environment that sustains us,” Malik said.

Exterior view of a multi-story Catskill Project home with a fire pit and large grassy yard in the foreground of the image


The Catskill Project is located at 8 Manor Falls Drive in Livingston Manor, New York. You can call 646-872-2711 or email [email protected] with questions.

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