Wealthy New Yorkers are shooting guns, relaxing at 'sporting retreats'

Lavish communities host celebrities, CEOs for events, such as golfing, hunting

Wealthy New York-based business executives are flocking to greener pastures to get by amid the novel coronavirus pandemic – with the help of shooting and hunting and other outdoor activities at “sporting retreats,"  the New York Post reported.

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People are paying hundreds, if not thousands, for their luxury homes and action-packed getaways, the outlet reported.

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Big Apple resident Karyne Bazzano told the Post she escaped Manhattan for her Rhode Island home located at The Preserve Club & Residences.

“With 3,500 acres, we have the ATVs and the fishing gear and ponds and the rock wall, and I almost forget that I’m supposed to be afraid of the world outside the gate,” Bazzano told the tabloid newspaper.

“Imagine if we were in a 2,400-square-foot apartment somewhere? We would be crawling the walls," she continued.

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The community has hosted Hollywood couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones and offers golf, hiking, tennis, zip-lines, gun sports and the longest underground rifle range in the nation, according to the report.

Homes on the market range in price from $500,000 to $4.5 million depending on size. Townhomes are also available for non-members for $750 (per guest) per night, according to the Post.

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“I’ve learned how to fly fish. I learned about shooting a shotgun,” Bazzano added. “I had never shot a gun before, and now I’ve shot pistols.”

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Palmetto Bluff in South Carolina offers similarly lavish amenities and currently has homes for sale for $672,000 to $2.65 million, according to the report.

Palmetto Bluff’s hotel, Montage, hosted celebrity duo Justin and Hailey Biber for their September 2019 nuptials.

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