Lake Placid is a small village in the Adirondack Mountains that welcomes the world. For the over 3 million overnight visitors that join us every year, we are a scenic vacation destination place, and it’s easy to understand why.
Visitors come for the challenging mountain peaks to hike, and crystal clear lakes, waterfalls and gorges to swim.
A resort community, we offer music in the park, Olympic venues to tour, and an Olympic mountain to ski. There are quaint and unique Main Street stores to shop, and wonderful restaurants to dine in.
There is more to Lake Placid than being a resort. For the approximately 2800 people who live here, Lake Placid is home.
The Lake Placid Community.
As someone who came to Lake Placid for a long weekend 30 years ago and never left, I can say first hand that Lake Placid is a place that grabs hold of you, and never lets go.
While it may be the mountains and lakes that entice visitors, it’s the Adirondack way of life that causes people to stay. Lake Placid has a strong sense of community, where neighbors look out for neighbors and the town rallies when someone needs help.
I’ve always said that one way to fall in love with Lake Placid is to volunteer, and virtually every family I know does volunteer in one way or another. Lake Placid has many opportunities for those willing to help out, too many to list here.
Lake Placid Schools are a safe oasis where children can learn in a nurturing environment. In addition to the public schools, we have a highly regarded boarding school for grades 4-9: https://www.northcountryschool.org/and Northwood School (where my youngest daughter graduated) has been educating students since 1905. Fun fact: In 1922 Melvil Dewey, the originator of the Dewey Decimal System founded the Lake Placid Club Education Foundation. Under Dewey's leadership the Foundation took over the operation of the school in 1925, naming it Northwood.
In 2013 Lake Placid was voted Best Halloween Town by Travel and Leisure Magazine for our children’s parade, and our Main Street trick or treat.
In 2015 Outside Magazine named us one of the 16 best places to live. During the Holiday season there is a kids dance party and a Holiday Stroll, which is a weekend dedicated to Santa, family, health, and outdoor fun.
In some ways, we locals have become victims of our success. We have built a wonderful place to live as well as visit, and with that has come rising property values. As of this writing, Lake Placid has fewer than a dozen homes listed for sale under $400,000.00, while we have three dozen homes listed over $600,000.00. Local Realtors hope to have an opportunity to list a property for sale that may be affordable for a family wanting to live here full-time as well as appeal to vacation homebuyers.
In February, Josh and Cori-Anne called me to list their home. Theirs is a wonderful 4 bedroom home resting on a wooded property with privacy in a desirable Lake Placid neighborhood. Surrounded by towering pines, this home offers privacy while being just a short mile and half walk to the Olympic Center in Lake Placid. The listing price is $362,500.00.
Selling their home was not in the original plans, but life is taking them to Keene, to be closer to family.
Cori-Ann shared this with me:
“Our house on Juniper Circle has been such a wonderful house to raise our family in. The yard we created with the plush grass has been the perfect place for the kids to play. They have enjoyed summers running bear foot through the sprinkler and playing on their swing set. The quite neighborhood is a great place for summer walks and bike rides, in the winter we love to walk around the loop when its snowing hard, something about it is magical and peaceful. The paved driveway is also easy to maintain in the winter and holds a great place for a basketball game on a fall evening. "
"The warm wood of the interior walls is extremely cozy and gives it the great cabin feel. Christmas in this house has been nothing but magical, with the warm propane fire running, the big windows looking out on the all of the pine trees while the snow is coming down is something from a fairytale.
The attached 2 car garage has been such a blessing for storing all of our strollers, Bikes, Skis, sleds and camping gear, along with the ample storage we have in the basement. Also I have never had such a nice basement that is dry and clean. All of our precious memories are able to be stored in the basement free of worry and easy access."
"A great feature of the master bedroom is the full size door leading out to the balcony which provides a lovely breeze on summer nights right into the room, with the sound of crickets and peepers lulling you off to sleep. Also the fully screened covered porch has the same great features, with power and cable. We were able to eat our suppers out there, watch a movie, and enjoyed sitting out there during a warm summer rain storm.
Being so close to town, but off in a quiet neighborhood is the best of both worlds.“
Homeowners are able to share what is special about their home in a way that a Realtor can’t. My hope is that whoever purchases Juniper Circle can enjoy the home as much as the current owners have.
Cori-Ann put it best- “Love where you live.”
Bob Miller is an Associate Broker with 10 years of real estate experience as well as 15 years of service as a former Lake Placid School Board member, and is currently a 3-time elected Town Councilman in Lake Placid.