About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Realty
Berkshire Hathaway Homes Services, 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:
- Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Realty has an effective sales team led by a full time broker/owner with 24 years of experience in the marketing of properties in the High peaks region. Our broker 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.
- Fifteen 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.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices 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
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Realty has assembled a wonderful team of licensed real estate professionals. Whether you wish to buy a home, list your 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. If you need a vacation rental, contact our Lake Placid office, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Adirondack Premier Properties, to find the perfect home for your dream vacation!
Our goal is to smooth your path and provide real estate services 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 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, Licensed 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.
Kathleen (Katie) Fischer, Licensed Associate Broker
Kathleen (Katie) Fischer is thrilled to be part of the expert staff of Adirondack Realty. Katie has lived in the Adirondacks for more than 25 years with her husband Doug and their 3 children, Dustin, Macy and Ryley. She currently serves as President of the Saranac Lake Ski Club, is the Adviser to the Saranac Lake High School Winter Carnival Court and is active with the local PTA. Katie was also voted to be Volunteer of the Year in her community, due to her commitment to volunteerism, community activities and strong people skills. Katie is known for her patience and persistence along with a lot of energy and enthusiasm that she brings to her clients while matching them with the perfect property. Katie thoroughly enjoys meeting and working with people and looks forward to helping them to attain their dreams.
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 serves on the board 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 8 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.
Alec Friedmann, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Alec is excited about joining the Keene Valley office, Adirondack Realty, and working with others who enjoy the natural surroundings of the Adirondack Mountains. Alec came to this area for a two day visit and fell in love with the beauty and quiet energy of the Adirondacks. Just one month later he relocated to Lake Placid, has no desire to move elsewhere and has now been a resident of Lake Placid for over 20 years. Alec is an avid downhill skier and a PSIA certified adaptive snow sports instructor. He also enjoys canoeing, kayaking, cycling and hiking. He is married with two children and three grandchildren. Alec’s love and knowledge of the Adirondacks serves as an asset to his clients who are seeking the perfect commercial real estate opportunity or the home of their dreams.
Diane Scholl, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Diane has been active in Lake Placid and real estate since 1988 and has lived in Lake Placid for almost 20 years. Diane has varied interests including tennis, skiing, running and interior design. Diane has two children: Caitlin 26, and Austin 21. Diane is excited to combine her love of homes and business in the Lake Placid community with Adirondack Premier Properties Inc. and is happy to be also be joining the Keene Valley office, Adirondack Realty.
Karen Mergenthaler, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Karen has a long record of successfully guiding and closing real estate transactions in the Lake Placid area. She is well known for her excellent customer service, consistent communication and strong attention to detail for both Buyers and Sellers. Karen’s philosophy is “It’s all about the people she serves and building relationships”. She believes it’s all about thoroughly enjoying what she does and her clients take notice and appreciate her thoughtfulness and diligence during the purchase or sale process. Karen is an active member in the community and serves on the Northern Adirondack Board of Realtors as Education Chair. Karen is originally from Northern New Jersey and she re-located to Lake Placid with her husband and their three children in 1994. This is now the place they call home and she considers it both rewarding and satisfying to share and expose people to the Adirondack lifestyle that they have grown to cherish.
Nancy White, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Nancy White grew up and attended college in New York City. Nancy began her career and worked for more than a decade as a Legal Assistant in a prominent Wall Street law firm specializing in Real Estate transactions. She moved to Lake Placid in 2003 with her husband and two young sons who are now teenagers. Nancy also worked in the Real Estate market at the Whiteface Lodge Resort in Lake Placid. You can usually find Nancy with her husband cheering on their sons who compete on the local, regional and national level as Nordic ski jumpers with the NYSEF program. With interests in skiing, running and mountain biking with her family, Lake Placid is the perfect backdrop for a great family lifestyle. Nancy’s attention to detail and people sets her apart in the Real Estate industry.
Ed Juckett, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Ed Juckett is excited to join the team at Adirondack Realty. He is a graduate of Wright State University and The New England Culinary Institute. Originally from central and western New York, Ed has been a resident of Keene Valley for twenty years, with family roots in the hamlet going back to the 1920's. During his time in Keene Valley, Ed has been an active member of the community, serving as a member of the Keene Valley Fire Dept. and also as a member of the Keene Valley Library board. His experience as a small business owner and in sales have given Ed a keen customer focus which he brings to the real estate field. In his free time, Ed is active with his family, enjoying the many recreational and cultural opportunities the region offers.
Kathleen "Kat" Chace, Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker
Kathleen “Kat” Chace (Larzelere), 32 year Realtor “veteran” working around Greenwich CT, Westchester, Long Island, and the Tri-Lakes region with a previous career in NYC advertising. A 3rd generation summer resident of the Adirondacks, and since 2001, a year round Lake Placid homeowner, Kat Chace, brings an insider's knowledge to the real estate market. With a 32-year career in real estate and marketing, "downstate" and "upstate", she fully understands the needs of the sophisticated buyer and seller. She is multilingual.
Kat has a compassionate understanding of relocation and assimilation into new communities. As a businesswoman who has owned and managed commercial property transacted commercial properties, Kat has solid knowledge of investors needs. Kat has volunteered for various local NFP’s: Lake Placid Center for Arts,
Trudeau Institute, Homeward Bound Adirondacks (a local veterans group),
Snow Slip Foundation, World Figures Society, Tri Lake Youth Lacrosse and the Albany Episcopal Diocese. “ My focus in joining Berkshire Hathaway Adirondack Realty is to assist investors in identifying and procuring properties in the Adirondacks whether it be for the second home market, primary residence or commercial investments.”
Elizabeth Preston, Office Manager 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 the Office Manager and Administrative Assistant. 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, Administrative Assistant
Kathy and her family moved to the Adirondacks in April of 1994. She and husband, John, had three children. Michael is an artist and lives in New York City, Another son, Matthew, lives in Lake Placid and is an avid outdoorsman and works as an Event Coordinator at ORDA and daughter Katie and her husband Eric who live 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.