Camp Limberlost

Upper Saint Regis, NY

Auction Date & Time

Saturday August 14, 2021 at 4:00pm ET

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Property Specs

17 BD / 11 BA / 4 Half BA  (total)
5 living structures (total)
+/- 14,720 sf

Built: 1900 | Renovated: 1989

Lot Size: +/- 14.18 acres

Water Frontage: +/- 913 ft (Upper Saint Regis Lake)

3 BD / 2 BA / 2 Half BA (Main House)
+/- 5,370 sf

3 BD / 3 BA (Highland House)
+/- 2,081 sf

6 BD / 2 BA (Guide House)
+/- 1,640 sf

1 BD / 1 BA (Donaldson House)
+/- 529 sf

+/- 2,044 sf (Canoe House)

4 BD / 3 BA / 2 Half BA (Boat House)
+/- 5,100 sf
Built: 1989

Add’l structures include:
Generator Building
Trapper’s Cabin
Lakota Indian Teepee
Adirondack Lean-To
2-Bay Detached Garage

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The Property

PREVIOUSLY $10.2 MILLION. NOW SELLING WITHOUT RESERVE!  A popular drive-to destination for wealthy New Yorkers for centuries, the Adirondacks has no shortage of natural beauty and impressive architecture. The opportunity to acquire one of the storied Great Camps, however, is not always available. Camp Limberlost, one of the most impressive structures on Upper St. Regis Lake, presents such an opportunity. Private and serene, the camp is also well-connected: not only is it wired with high-speed internet, but it is also a road-access property – meaning daily FedEx, UPS and Amazon deliveries are made and a year-round “work-from-home” lifestyle is imminently possible. Access is made even simpler by the Property’s proximity to the Adirondack Regional Airport: commercial flights and Boeing 757 landing capability for your own private jet are only 10 minutes away.

Located just three doors down from Frederick Vanderbilt’s “Pine Tree Point” estate, Camp Limberlost offers one of the best vantage points on Upper St. Regis Lake with a western exposure overlooking Birch Island and St. Regis Mountain. It also provides an ideal perch from which to watch the annual summer regattas of the St. Regis Yacht Club (one of the oldest inland yacht clubs in America). Here, unique, one-design class of sailboats called idems compete to win the St. Regis Yacht Club Cup, and watching the races is a treasured summer activity for residents and visitors alike.

Five Adirondack-style homes comprise Camp Limberlost: the Main House, Donaldson House, Highland House, Guide House and a two-bedroom apartment ideal for a caretaker. An additional, hilltop building site overlooking the cove is also ready for the construction of an additional estate. The highlight of the camp, however, is the modern two-story boathouse built in 1989 (when the majority of the camp was completely renovated). This impressive structure offers central air, a 4-person elevator, 4 heated boat bays, a dramatic two-story foyer with hand-carved wooden staircase and a massive second-story great room with fireplace, wet bar and vaulted ceiling capable of hosting lakeside dinner parties for up to 90 people.

Other buildings include an authentic trapper’s cabin with wood stove, a Pioneer lean-to, a canoe house with covered slip and a CAT industrial 120kW generator house for power backup. The idyllic setting is emphasized with stone walkways, a water lily pond, a meandering nature boardwalk, multiple lakeside balconies, stone patios and outdoor fireplaces. Camp Limberlost has only changed hands twice in the last 100 years, making this offering an extraordinary opportunity for the next family to create their own special generational retreat.

Additional information on this impressive luxury auction® property is available in the online Document Portal above.

The Community

UPPER ST. REGIS, NY. The summer home of the Gilded Age’s rich and famous, Upper St. Regis has been on many a traveler’s wish list since Apollos “Paul” Smith opened a hotel for sportsmen in 1859. Drawn to the lake’s natural beauty and opportunities for recreation and adventuring, New York City elite from the Vanderbilts to the Rockefellers flocked upstate. They enjoyed it so much, in fact, they eventually built their own “Great Camps” – often with multiple sleeping structures and separate cabins for dining, cooking, and recreation.  While many Great Camps began as clusters of tents on wooden platforms, they evolved into gorgeous, elaborate structures with grand names that were passed down through the generations.

The unique structure of the Great Camps in Upper St. Regis allows large families, or multiple families, the ability to socialize while maintaining their privacy; however, a surfeit of peace and quiet is readily available just outside the cabin doors. Famed waterways, including the original “Seven Carries” canoe route from Paul Smith’s Hotel to the Saranac Inn, offer ample opportunities to paddle, swim, or float in quiet contemplation, and hikes in the vicinity include the 3-mile trek up St. Regis Mountain. Though challenging, the reward at the summit is glorious views of the surrounding lakes and woodlands. Ultimately, the draw of Upper St. Regis was, and remains, the “invigorating life alfresco sufficiently removed from the busy world” written about in Forest and Stream in 1891.

The Location

THE ADIRONDACKS, NY. Home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states, the Adirondacks span more than 6 million acres across 12 regional destinations. The Algonquin peoples and the Mohawk nation traveled this land but never settled it, and the region eventually came under control of the English. After the American Revolutionary War, the land passed to the people of New York State and in 1989 part of the region was designated by UNESCO as the Champlain-Adirondack Biosphere Reserve.  Nearly 60 percent of the Adirondack Mountains are covered in hardwood forest; these forests and their accompanying wetlands are home to various wildlife including turtles, moose, and many species of birds.

Birding, hunting, motorcycling, rock climbing, and golf offer an array of fun in the mountains; however, if more refined pursuits are desired, then museums, shopping, and wineries in the area are sure to please. Endless warm-weather adventures to be had in the Adirondacks include water activities such as canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, boating, and fishing. Camping is extremely popular in the Adirondacks, and there are numerous campgrounds and RV sites; backcountry and winter camping are also common. Glamorous camping (‘glamping’) is available and offers access to modern luxuries while still allowing glampers to enjoy the great outdoors.

Property co-listed and offered for sale by Engel & Völkers Lake Placid (Lic#10331202665). Listing agent Colleen Holmes (Lic#10371200222). Platinum Luxury Auctions LLC is a licensed NYS Real Estate Brokerage (Rep. by broker Trayor R. Lesnock, Lic#10491207962) and Reg. Foreign LLC with the state of NY (ID 10991227239) performing real estate and auction services as part of this transaction.


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