Zach Klein, Founder of Vimeo, Establishes Bare-Minimum Cabin Retreat in New York Where he and Others Can Live the Simple Life


People pay millions to live in the thick of it.

But it seems having it all is not everyone’s American Dream.

Hidden at the heart of 50 acres of woodland in rural (WiFi-less) Sullivan County, New York, lies Beaver Brook: a collection of simple cabins.

The retreat is the brainchild of tech entrepreneur Zach Klein, who rocketed to fortune after founding Vimeo and always dreamed of the simple life.

And, he discovered, he is not alone: the site has captured the fascination of thousands of people around the world thanks to Klein’s Instagram page, ‘Cabin Porn‘.

‘Porn suggests a kind of superficiality, or fantasy,’ Klein told the Guardian. ‘But the reality is that we founded the blog as a collection of inspiration for very real projects. The name has helped because people find it funny – we have a wide readership because people get a chuckle out of it. I’m not sure I’d rename it if I had the chance. It’s turned out pretty well.’

While his peers snap up estates with all the bells and whistles, former boy scout Klein has poured his earnings into the disconnected wilderness.

It started in 2010, when Klein was looking to buy land and discovered a cabin built and designed by Scott Newkirk, a fashion stylist and interior designer.

He snapped up the property – and the acres of forest around it – and invited seven friends, including his now-wife Courtney, for a weekend of ‘bonfires, contemplation and wood chopping,’ according to the New York Times.

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The Daily Mail