Upper St. Regis, NY
9 BD / 9 BA / 2 Half BA
+/- 10,000 sq. ft.
Built: 1883 / Renovated: 2008 & 2015
Lot Size: +/- 32 acres
Water Frontage: +/- 1,900 linear ft (Upper St. Regis Lake); +/- 110 linear feet (Bear Pond)
SOLD for 107% of Current List Price! (List price aged 705 consecutive days on-market).
SOLD FOR 107% OF CURRENT LIST PRICE! Offering an awe-inspiring 1,900 linear feet of shoreline on Upper St. Regis Lake in New York’s gorgeous Adirondack mountain range, Camp Woodmere is a lakefront compound ideal for even the largest of families. Surrounded by sparkling waterways and hardwood forests, the 32-acre estate is private and serene – the perfect antidote to fast-paced modern life.
Established in 1883 by Robert Garrett (a wealthy and well-connected Baltimore native who competed in the first modern Olympics in 1896), the camp has been updated and modernized to a luxurious level over the years. The compound consists of 23 structures, including original tent platforms (8 in total) which have been enclosed as sleeping cabins, featuring private dressing rooms and baths. A main cabin and grand dining cabin connected to a kitchen area provide a large gathering place for meals and games, while an octagonal lakefront office offers its own small dock and views of the water through leaded glass windows – the ideal place for enjoying a sunrise coffee, or sunset cocktail.
Lakeside amenities include two boathouses with multiple slips and storage areas, the showpiece of which is a two-story, Pavilion-style boathouse with an open-air deck made for casual gatherings. Underneath, two uncovered slips and two covered bays provide storage for kayaks, canoes and other small craft. An additional covered dock with one slip provides extra lakefront “parking” for residents and guests.
The grounds offer not just pristine woodland but also manicured lawns, lush flower beds, and myriad outbuildings including pumphouses, woodsheds, and a caretaker’s workshop. Owned by the same family for more than 125 years, Camp Woodmere is a true legacy property, and promises to be the site of lasting memories for years to come.
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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 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’ for short!) is available for those less interested in getting rugged and offers access to modern luxuries while still allowing glampers to enjoy the great outdoors
Property co-listed and offered for sale by Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. (#109938591). Listing agent Nicholas. S. Politi (#10301205721). Platinum Luxury Auctions, LLC (“Platinum”) is a licensed NYS Real Estate Brokerage (rep. by broker Trayor R. Lesnock #10491207962) and Reg. Foreign LLC with the state of NY (#10991227239) performing real estate and auction services as part of this transaction.
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