Homes start at $3.2 million
Formulas for creating the next big thing are complicated. Real estate gurus and developers will offer countless reasons why the Hamptons and Aspen became jet-setting marvels of pricey terra firma. Paul Mihailides, chairman of Rhode Island’s The Preserve Sporting Club & Residences (preservesportingclub.com), believes his 3,500-acre slice of pristine real estate has the makings of something extraordinary.
First, there’s proximity: The Preserve is less than an hour from Boston and the same distance from New York City as Montauk. Next, while the pandemic has crushed inventory in many well-heeled locales, second- or third-home buyers can find luxury townhomes and estates from $1.5 million to $5 million here. Owners also have access to the private beach at The Preserve’s five-star sister property, the Relais & Châteaux Ocean House (oceanhouseri.com), which is less than 30 minutes away in Watch Hill.
Each room features custom finishes
“We developed The Preserve to be a lifestyle community and recreational escape unlike any other in the country,” says Mihailides. “We have everything from tennis to an executive 18-hole golf course, fly-fishing, rock climbing, zip lining and an extensive layout of 19 clay-shooting stands and the longest indoor automated shooting range in the country.” This month, the resort opens a spa and fitness center as part of the new Hilltop Lodge development—another wellness option for homeowners at The Preserve.
The property is 3,500 secluded acres.
Mihailides also emphasizes the resort’s lack of crowds, a selling point to anyone looking for a true getaway. “The only people with access to the 3,500-acre estate are club members, homeowners and overnight guests,” he says. “That means whether you’re playing a round of golf on our executive 18- hole course or shooting clays at our heated warming hut, you essentially have the place to yourself. We also have an incredibly attentive staff who can accommodate nearly any resident’s desires, and who add personal touches to everything they do.” The chairman adds the luxe cherry on top is the property’s helipad—a perk for those who can’t get here soon enough.
Photography by: COURTESY OF THE PRESERVE SPORTING CLUB & RESIDENCES