KDHamptons Lifestyle Diary: Experience The Stunning New Silo Ridge Field Club By Discovery Land Company
Who doesn’t love a fall road trip? Last weekend, KDHamptons hopped on a train bound for Millbrook in upstate New York to check out the newest Discovery Land Company property. Renowned for its development of some of the world’s most exclusive private clubs, Discovery Land Company unveils Silo Ridge Field Club, only 90 minutes from Manhattan, and encompassing 850-acres in the historic Hudson River Valley. Silo Ridge is the Discovery’s first community in the Northeast, ensconced among preserved wildlife corridors, horse farms and vineyards and featuring an 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed golf course.
The vista upon arrival at Silo Ridge was a jaw dropper, enveloped in every color of fall foliage. The comforting crackle and fragrance of the fire pit, myriad harvest inspired floral arrangements, grass roots bands that kept everyone’s toes tapping all day, and a cavalcade of culinary delights flown in with top chefs from all of their other exclusive properties came together effortlessly to distill what the Discovery Land Company is all about: an incomparable luxury lifestyle experience rooted in a spectacular natural setting.
Silo Ridge will encompass 245 home sites, including 57 densely forested Estate lots ranging from ¾ to 2+ acres in size. In addition to the Village Green Condominiums and Lodge, there will be 83 detached Golf Villas, Lakefront and Village Green Homes dispersed across three unique communities with picturesque views of the property eastward into Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond. These developer-built homes will range from 3,100 to 4,800 s.f., and will blend in with the storied architecture of the Hudson Valley region.
Limited to property owners, membership at Silo Ridge will be offered to just 245 invited families for whom the world of Discovery fits a distinct lifestyle and pursuit of perfection in every aspect. The vertical, private equity membership structure and residential lots that have been carved from their natural environments in a retrained manner, are among the defining tenets of Discovery Land Company properties and its visionary founder, CEO and Chairman, Michael Meldman. A 30,000 square foot lodge clubhouse will form the heart of the resort-style community, featuring superior farm-to-table cuisine, fitness center with state-of-the art spa and members boutique.
“There is nothing like this in this part of the country,” said Meldman, who is driven by the preservation of pristine natural environments, contiguous open space and the desire to create intimate communities that cater to families. “We will use the Discovery imprint to create a truly unique community that builds upon the strong tradition and rich lifestyle of the area which is really based on the simple things life has to offer: friends, family, great food and lots of fun things to do.”
In partnership with the award-winning architectural firm Hart Howerton, Silo Ridge will be guided by the traditions of the storied locale and designed with the heritage of the Hudson Valley inspiring every detail. The bucolic region features quaint villages and hunt clubs and has evolved into a noted equestrian locale, yet it’s location in relation to Manhattan make it among the first in the portfolio that is ideal for its membership to consider as a primary residence.
Integral to every Discovery experience is the Outdoor Pursuits program uniquely influenced by the surrounding landscape and spirit of each property. The offering at Silo Ridge is an amalgam of warm and cold-weather activities centered around a lakeside family activity barn, which also houses a swimming pool, indoor theater, and a casual dining restaurant. The lake itself is ground central for standup paddleboard, kayaking and canoeing activities and forms a stunning backdrop for a promenade and outdoor theater, while the lakeside pavilion is expected to be a destination for ice skating and fireside gatherings when summer gives way to a whole new set of activities, including nearby snow skiing.
There will be a year-round sporting field house for hunting, live bird, sporting clay and skeet shooting activities, a nod to the types of skills and life lessons that Meldman sought to instill in his own family, as well as facilities for squash, tennis and paddleball, and team sports such lacrosse, baseball and soccer, complete with professional coaching. Planned activities foster a deep sense of community and interaction between members, and there is a deep familial aspect to life at Discovery. Every property boasts a fully staffed Kids’ Center and children’s programming is elevated to extreme proportions that keep the younger set entertained with interactive activities available virtually all day.
My favorite part of the event was the fantastic “farmer’s market” offered upon departure showcasing a bounty of local farm vegetables, pumpkins, gourds and more, to fill guests Silo Ridge bags [above].
Silo Ridge will feature a Tom Fazio-designed, 18-hole golf course that is poised to set a new standard for golf in the Northeast. Situated amidst a backdrop of stunning hillside views and rolling meadows, the golf course will feature first-class service for golfers of all skill levels as well as beautifully sculptured fairways which appeal to the mind as well as the eye. The course will also be peppered with signature Discovery Land Company’s signature Comfort Stations so that golfers can recharge throughout the day.
MORE ABOUT DISCOVERY LAND COMPANY LIVING: Discovery Land Company provides luxury in every aspect of the home buying process from concept to completion. For those who desire, Discovery Builders, Discovery’s related home building entity, creates distinctive residences appointed with five-star finishes. Each residence is thoughtfully designed by regional architects and designers to accentuate the natural beauty and unique lifestyle afforded by their surroundings. Discovery’s portfolio includes 15 properties in Hawaii, California, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Texas, and North Carolina in the U.S. as well as Los Cabos, Mexico and the Abacos in the Bahamas. For more information on this project visit www.discoverylandco.com or www.siloridge.com
MORE ABOUT MIKE MELDMAN: Mike Meldman founded Discovery Land Company in 1994 out of an enduring love of family and nature and out of a deep personal desire to create intimate communities where families can forge lasting bonds, create intergenerational memories in exquisite and untouched sanctuaries. That dream has evolved into one of the most renowned and successful private resort community development companies in the world. A graduate of Stanford University, Mike has developed 17 exclusive, award-winning private communities across North America.