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Lake Placid NY Waterfront Properties
This summer, during our trip to the Adirondacks, we had the pleasure of touring Lake Placid by boat. We spent about a couple of hours on a tour boat that went around Lake Placid. There were so many beautiful waterfront properties In the Adirondacks, even if the properties are huge and elaborate, they are still referred to as “camps”. In the late 19th century, the affluent families such as the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers started coming to the Adirondacks and built their huge summer retreats known as the Great Camps.
The Great Camps were built using native materials such as logs, barks, roots, and stones. Because these materials were handcrafted, they show very unique irregularities. These camps also blend right in to their surroundings. Unlike the cookie cutter houses that we have in the master planned subdivisions where the houses are very similar if not the same, the Adirondacks architecture is very unique and built with great craftsmanship. It’s definitely a work of art.
During our tour, the young guide mentioned the history of some of the camps, who visited there, who owns them (and used to own them) and what they do for a living, and other facts about Lake Placid. He also mentioned the rich and famous people who have visited the area. It was actually quite interesting.
As we toured around the lake, I was able to photograph some of them. There were some challenges due to the fact that we were on a moving boat. Also, I was just sitting as I didn’t want to block the other passengers who were at the tour as well. As you can see from the photos below, the Adirondacks architecture has a rustic style.
Lake Placid Lodge
One of my favorite properties on this boat tour was the Lake Placid Lodge. This lodge which was built as a rustic camp in 1882 by a German family, is a great example of the rugged yet elegant Adirondack style architecture. Although not in its original form because it was rebuilt due to a fire in 2005, the architects and the artisans made sure it epitomizes the spirit of the Adirondacks Great Camps. If interested, here’s an article that gives more detail of the rebuilding efforts of the lodge.
Adirondack Waterfront camps on Lake Placid
I don’t quite remember some tidbits that the guide shared on these other properties. I just photographed them for their beauty and unique qualities. I’d be content even I live on top of one of these boat houses.
Hopefully, these photos gave you an idea of the Lake Placid waterfront properties that you will find in this area, or what you’re missing if you haven’t visited there. Lake Placid is just one of the lakes out of the 3,000 lakes that the Adirondacks boast. If you want quiet adventures you can check out one of the non-motorized lakes instead. Either way, they’re all beautiful and relaxing.
Let me leave you with this quote by John Muir.
“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers but as fountain of life.”
John Muir, “The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West,” Atlantic Monthly, January 1898.