About Adirondack Realty
Adirondack Realty is located in Keene Valley, N.Y. Our office is at the heart of the high peaks, about a half hour from Lake Placid. We have been assisting buyers and sellers since 1935. We offer our customers and clients the following advantages:
• Adirondack Realty has an effective sales team led by a full time broker/owner with 30 years of experience in the marketing of properties in the high peaks region. Our broker holds the GRI designation of the New York State Board of Realtors and has served as President of the Essex County Board of Realtors.
• Five energetic and skilled full time sales associates with wide experience and knowledge of the area and community.
• An able and friendly staff who operate the office six days a week.
• Membership in the Adirondack Champlain Valley Multiple Listing Service (MLS) with wide and cooperative associations with other brokers both in our immediate market and in the larger Adirondack region.
• An easy to find office location on Route 73, 14 miles off Exit 30 of the Adirondack Northway.
Adirondack Realty markets and sells developed and undeveloped property by bringing sellers in the Adirondack High Peaks, Tri-Lakes and Champlain regions together with national and international buyers. We accomplish this by utilizing the unique combination of special skills, experience and interests of our Brokers and Sales Associates to provide the highest level of customer and client satisfaction. Click here to read our Code of Ethics
Our Sales Agents
Adirondack Realty has assembled a wonderful team of licensed real estate professionals. Whether you wish to rent a vacation camp, buy a home or find the site where you will someday build the home of your dreams, we can point the way. We know these mountains and communities. We understand the complexities of property selection and purchase.
Our goal is to smooth your path and provide real estate service which exceeds your expectations and your needs.
Scroll below to find out more about the individuals who make up our organization.
Margie Philo, Broker/Owner
Margie Papier Philo, Broker/Owner of Adirondack Realty and Adirondack Premier Properties has more than 20 years of real estate experience in the Lake Placid area, specializing in both sales and resort rentals with emphasis on personal attention to clients and details. Margie has been ranked #1 in personal sales in the surrounding 13 counties for the last few years. Adirondack Premier Properties, Inc. was voted the #1 Real Estate Agency for Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals in the Adirondacks for the last 4 years. Margie serves on several community boards including the Lake Placid Center for the Arts Board, Condominium Homeowner's Associations and is a member of the Rotary Club. In addition, Margie has served as a Director on the Northern Adirondack and Champlain Valley Multiple Listing Service Board and as a Board Member on the Northern Adirondack Board of Realtors. Margie's husband David is a CPA in Lake Placid where they reside. Her daughter Megan, a graduate of Northwood School and University of North Carolina has a Master's Degree in clinical psychology. Megan lives in Florida with her husband David, who is an Electrophysiologist Cardiologist and their children, twins Liam & Ella and Aaron.
Martha-Lee Owen, Associate Broker
Martha Lee has been a full time real estate professional since 1979, when she moved to Keene Valley from the Soho neighborhood of New York City. She is descended from early Adirondack settlers on both sides of her family, and is the second generation of her family to operate Adirondack Realty.
After graduating from Mount Holyoke College, she participated in and worked for multi-cultural and international educational programs for seventeen years. These included Crossroads Africa, American Field Service, Head Start, Chinatown Planning Council (NYC), and California public schools.
Martha Lee is past president of the Essex County Real Estate Board and past member of the Board of Directors of the Northern Adirondack Board . She holds the GRI and CBR designations in Real Estate. She likes the variety and challenge of the real estate business and feels fortunate to be doing work which takes her outdoors and allows her to explore the region's communities and by-ways, working with many interesting people. She is eager to do her best for the customers, clients and staff of Adirondack Realty. Some of her outside interests include African Art, figure skating, land use and social policy, genealogy and gardening.
She is married to Frank Owen, an artist. They have a daughter, Kate,who is the original creator of the Adirondack Realty Web Site, and a beautiful granddaughter, Alejandra Zoe.
Susan Harral, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Susan and her husband, Bill, moved to Keene Valley in July 2010 after visiting the area many times. Although originally from Roanoke, Virginia, Susan was living in Grantham, PA on the outskirts of Harrisburg, just prior to their move here. Being the daughter of a home builder, Susan grew up in a family which was very involved with house construction and renovation. She has a special interest in older homes and is a member of AARCH (Adirondack Architectural Heritage). Susan has 16 years experience as a real estate para-legal and had thought about a career as a real estate salesperson many times. She obtained her real estate license and began working at Adirondack Realty in February, 2012 and is very excited about this new opportunity to serve the community and others. Susan and Bill together have 4 grown children and 6 grandchildren and enjoy visiting whenever possible. They also enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that are available here, which is the reason they moved to the Adirondacks. You'll find them out hiking, canoeing, snow shoeing or skiing when they can and always with their Chocolate Lab, Drew!
Katherine "Bunny" Torrance, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Bunny grew up in Rye, New York and as a child came to Lake Placid with her family for ski vacations. She never lost her love of the Adirondacks. After graduating from the University of Colorado, she taught skiing in Aspen, married a local Lake Placid resident and builder and moved to Keene where she has lived year round for the past 40 years. She has two sons, also builders, and a grandaughter and grandson. Before going into the real estate business, she worked as a full time substitute teacher at Keene Central School. She has had her license for the past 16 years. An avid outdoorsman, Bunny loves almost all sports...skiing, snow shoeing, golfing, kayaking, tennis and hiking. She enjoys working in real estate because it affords her the opportunity to help her customers find their piece of the Adirondacks.
Elizabeth Preston, Keene Valley Office Manger and Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Beth came to Adirondack Realty in July of 2004 as our Secretary/Receptionist. In 2008 Beth became a Licensed Real Estate Agent and is now an Administrative Assistant to our Broker. She is a lifelong resident of the Adirondacks and is very knowledgable of the community and surrounding areas. Beth resides in Jay, New York with her husband, Roger and their two sons, Brandon and Roger, Jr. When Beth isn't busy at work or with her family, she enjoys reading and volunteering at her children's school.
Kathy Yaniro, Keene Valley Administrative Assistant
Kathy, her husband John, and their three children, Michael, Matthew and Katie, moved to the Adirondacks in April of 1994. Michael, now an artist, lives in New York City, Matthew, who lives in Lake Placid,is an avid outdoorsman and works as Event Coordinator at ORDA and Katie, who is married to her husband Eric, lives in Pennsylvania. Kathy started at Adirondack Realty in the winter of 1996. In addition to working, Kathy also enjoys reading, traveling,and is active in her church.
Adrian Edmonds, Founder
Adrian Edmonds, founder of Adirondack Realty, passed away on August 23, 2005. He had lived most of his 96 years in the hamlet of Keene Valley. As a young man he assisted his father in construction before attending Antioch College in Ohio. Upon his return home, he founded a building business with his father and brother. Between 1932 and almost to the time of his death he had been involved in the construction of over 100 homes, participating in the design of many of these. He also did many remodeling projects. Beginning in the 1950s, he purchased and developed over 600 acres of land in Keene Valley, providing building sites for many existing homes.
In 1936 Adrian became a licensed real estate broker and operated the company until Martha Lee became Broker Owner.
Adrian served the community as volunteer fireman, Justice of the Peace, town councilman, assessor, master of Adirondack Masonic Lodge 602 and as deacon and treasurer of the Congregational Church.
Adrian enjoyed developing and selling the lands he purchased and recording colorful incidents of local oral history, excerpts of which can be found in this website. His dream of writing a book of some of his memories was realized when his book, "Recollections of an Adirondacker" was published and a book signing was held at the Keene Valley Library in February 2005.