Extreme Real Estate: Buy a Camp!

  • Adirondack Camp Cravings

    In the late 1800s, partly as a result of the writings by American Romanticists like James Fenimore Cooper, Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the scenic and rugged Adirondack region of upstate New York became a rustic but popular tourist destination for nature lovers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. In addition to the hundreds of hotels that popped up around the Adirondacks, remote but luxurious family compounds called camps were built by wealthy outdoorsy types for use as summer homes. They were often accessible only by boat. The largest and most famous camps — often referred to as Great Camps —were built along the scenic shores of the region’s many lakes. Several of the Great Camps remain in private hands but more often than not they have been converted to commercial vacation destinations. Privately-owned camps today are typically significantly smaller, but no less luxurious than their predecessors and often adhere to the original Arts and Crafts movement meets Swiss chalet architectural vernacular frequently used by early camp developers like William West Durant. Photo Credit: BalaSub
    Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake
  • Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake

    Limberlost, a classic Adirondack camp situated on 14 acres that hug the shores of Upper Saint Regis Lake, dates to the early 1900s and is currently listed with an asking price of $8.5 million.The multi-structure compound has more then 900 feet of lake frontage and encompasses more than 12,000 square feet of interior space. Photo Credit: Merrill L. Thomas Realty
    Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake
  • Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake

    Portions of Limberlost’s main lodge, which has a unique façade that resemble a woodsy version of the Parthenon, are more than 100 years old. The renovated and expanded two-story structure includes a vast living room with beamed cathedral ceiling and monolithic stone fireplace, a vast dining room with birch bark walls trimmed with twig accents, a library/reading room, commercial-grade kitchen and a large dining terrace with outdoor fireplace. Photo Credit: Merrill L. Thomas Realty
    Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake
  • Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake

    The main lodge’s master suite spreads across the entire second floor and consists of a large bedroom with sitting area, cathedral ceiling, fireplace, his and her walk-in closets, two balconies and a room fitted with an indoor swim-in-place pool and exercise area. A large bonus room can easily be converted to additional bedrooms or a media room. Photo Credit: Merrill L. Thomas Realty
    Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake
  • Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake

    The two-story boathouse, built in a traditional Adirondack style in 1989, has a four-bay boat garage with heat, air-conditioning, and remote-controlled doors. The boathouse’s living spaces can be accessed by a hand-carved wooden staircase in the dramatic double-height foyer or by the four-passenger elevator. The boathouse has two guest suites with Jacuzzi tubs and steam showers, two offices, kitchen and theatrical great room with 20-foot ceilings that opens to a full-length terrace overlooking the water and mountains. Photo Credit: Merrill L. Thomas Realty
    Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake
  • Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake

    The primary guesthouse, called the Guide House accommodates eight guests in a total of six bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is also a living room, full kitchen, a second swim-in-place pool and a large recreation room. Photo Credit: Merrill L. Thomas Realty
    Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake
  • Limberlost at Upper Saint Regis Lake

    Other camp buildings at Limberlost include Highland House, a guesthouse that sleeps nine people; the Donaldson House, a one-bedroom apartment above a two-car garage; an Adirondack-style cedar log canoe house; a one-room trappers cabin; an authentic Lakota Indian teepee; an Adirondack-style lean-to for outdoor dinners or camping quarters; a two-car garage and workshop; a small building that houses the property’s generator and water supply equipment. For more information on Limberlost contact Merrill L. Thomas Realty in Lake Placid, N.Y., at 518-523-2519 or 800-244-7023. Photo Credit: Merrill L. Thomas Realty
    A Lake Placid Steal
  • A Lake Placid Steal

    Lake Placid is mostly well-known as the location of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olypics but the area also has a long history of family camps and compounds such as this one, accessible only by water and listed at $829,000. The main house has pine-paneled walls, a vaulted ceiling with rough-hewn trusses, a river rock fireplace in the main living area, a small but well-equipped kitchen and several bedrooms including a master with vaulted ceilings, a fireplace and access to a private terrace. Photo Credit: Rob Grant & Associates Real Estate
    A Lake Placid Steal
  • A Lake Placid Steal

    The new, two-bay boathouse has additional, pine paneled living or guest space above that opens to a sizable waterside terrace with a classic, Adirondack-style carved wood and twig banister. For more information contact Rob Grant & Associates Real Estate in Lake Saranac, N.Y., at 518-891-3745. Photo Credit: Rob Grant & Associates Real Estate
    The Wyant House in Keene Valley, N.Y.
  • The Wyant House in Keene Valley, N.Y.

    Sited on more than 63 secluded and forested acres in the High Peaks area of the Adirondacks, this traditional camp was built in the 1880s by noted American landscape painter Alexander Wyant and is currently listed at $950,000. Although camp isn’t located on the water, it does not lack for dramatic and unspoiled views of the surrounding mountains and the Au Sable River. Photo Credit: Adirondack Realty
    The Wyant House in Keene Valley, N.Y.
  • The Wyant House in Keene Valley, N.Y.

    The camp compound’s primary buildings consist of a main house, guest cottage, storage barn and small garage. The well-maintained and updated main house is wrapped by a wide, covered porch for whittling away summer days, and includes a 29 x 20 living room with fireplace, edge-grain fir floors and built-in book cases. There is also a dining room and kitchen separated by a double-sided fireplace. The house features two bathrooms and five bedrooms, two of which adjoin a screened sleeping porch. Photo Credit: Adirondack Realty
    The Wyant House in Keene Valley, N.Y.
  • The Wyant House in Keene Valley, N.Y.

    The guest cottage, built in 1882 and just steps from the main house, was the first building built and originally contained Wyant’s painting studio. Today, in addition to the living room with fireplace and eat-in kitchen, the guest cottage contains three more bedrooms and two additional bathrooms. For more information, contact Martha Lee Owen 518-576-9840 at Adirondack Realty in Keene Valley, N.Y. Photo Credit: Adirondack Realty
    Loon’s Nest in Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.
  • Loon’s Nest in Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.

    A newer, three-building camp nestled into a wooded lake front acre on Upper Lake Saranac is currently offered at $1.295 million and includes a rustic yet refined main residence built in 1988, a detached and heated two-car garage with expandable space on the second floor, and a two-bay boathouse. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
    Loon’s Nest in Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.
  • Loon’s Nest in Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.

    The walls and ceilings of the 1,800-square-foot main house are completely covered with wood paneling that gives a rustic feel to the contemporary house. There are three bedrooms plus a sleeping loft, 1½ bathrooms and a great room with a kitchen, dining area and living room with a triangular-shaped wall of windows that opens to a rear deck overlooking the lake. A separate, cozy den has a vaulted ceiling and a chunky stone fireplace. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
    Loon’s Nest in Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.
  • Loon’s Nest in Upper Saranac Lake, N.Y.

    The two-bay boathouse has a floating dock and a huge roof deck with big views of the lake. The sandy shoreline is perfect for swimming and deep enough to accommodate motorcraft. For more information about Loon’s Nest, contact Peter Day 518-523-4640 at Martha Day Realty in Lake Placid, N.Y. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
    Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.
  • Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.

    Originally commissioned around 1920 by New York City-based architect and artist Julian Clarence Levi, Great Camp Hemlock Lodge covers more than four pristine waterfront acres on the scenic shore of 10-mile long Big Tupper Lake. The refined camp currently carries an asking price of $3.15 million. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
    Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.
  • Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.

    The main house has been thoughtfully and tastefully expanded to measure approximately 5,500 square feet. If there were such a thing as elegantly rustic, it would look like the voluminous Great Hall at Great Camp Hemlock Lodge where there are fir floors, wood-paneled walls, built-in cabinets and shelves, a soaring vaulted and beamed ceiling, a monumental stone fireplace and a row of French doors that open into a water-side screened porch. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
    Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.
  • Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.

    In addition to the Great Hall and the gourmet kitchen that’s open to the family room/breakfast area, there are five bedrooms and 4 ½ bathrooms with granite countertops and showers. At least three of the bedrooms have massive stone fireplaces and sitting areas. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
    Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.
  • Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.

    The guest cottage, connected to the main lodge by a covered walkway, contains three bedrooms, a game room above the two-car garage, a water-side terrace with views of the lake and a screened porch for bug-free outdoor living. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
    Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.
  • Great Camp Hemlock Ledge at Big Tupper Lake, N.Y.

    The private and wooded property slopes gently down to the 500 feet of water’s edge where there is covered boat dockage, a log lean-to with outdoor fireplace, and a floating log dock with serene and outrageous views of Big Tupper Lake. For more information about Great Camp Hemlock Ledge, contact Peter Day 518-523-4640 at Martha Day Realty in Lake Placid, N.Y. Photo Credit: Martha Day Realty
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