The late nineteenth century and early twentieth in the Adirondack Park of Upstate NY marked a storied era of Great Camp construction by wealthy families and barons from the big cities of New York, Philadelphia and Boston. These magnificent estates were built on a scale not seen before, and not seen since. Very rarely does one of the few Adirondack Great Camps become available. Now is just one of those unique opportunities, as The Albedor on Fourth Lake in the Central Adirondacks is being offered for sale. The historic Albedor was built for a wealthy New York City Publisher/Ambassador and his family in 1927. The name Albedor was derived from the names of the owners daughters: Aline, Betty and Doris.
Set majestically on 17 private, wooded acres and perched above the almost 1,000 feet of uninterrupted lake front shoreline, the setting is unlike anything in the region. Enter the estate through 2 stone pillars, and to the completely renovated, four-season Carriage House with 3 bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, a custom gourmet kitchen with hand crafted cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, granite, custom lighting and the original sliding doors on hefty wrought iron rails. There is a large living room, basement, garage and hot tub.
As one continues on the private road there is a volleyball court, and then the road meanders to the large parking circle which is behind the Main House. From here enter the Main House, which is a 17,000 sqft. waterfront mansion built to the highest and most exacting building requirements. 70 men from all over the region assembled to build this masterpiece. There are 17 bedrooms set across 3 floors of this sprawling Adirondack Great Camp. There are 12 and one-half bathrooms, with most of the bedrooms being en suite. The Main House is 97 feet by 103 feet, with a beautiful slate roof, multiple porches and patios on various levels, and an abundance of outdoor covered and non-covered entertaining and relaxation areas.
To illustrate the scale of this project and the construction, over 5 tons of dynamite were used to break through the rock and cliffs to create the Main House envelope. Over 588 tons of stone was used, 145 tons of slate for the roofs, over 407,000 board feet of lumber was used, 28,000 bricks and over 7,700 bags of cement. From the moment you walk into the Main House, you feel a sense of pause, of grandeur…of class.
The Old World elegance and the Gilded Age opulence, is evident in the craftsmanship and artisan details throughout. From the contiguous stone used in the fireplace in the Great Room to the built-in bookshelves in the study, to the beautiful fir hardwoods floors…quality and grandeur are apparent in every detail, in every feature of this spectacular estate.
Each of the many rooms throughout the Main House has its own unique character and period furnishings. The grand entrance in the foyer when you enter boasts a three-story open staircase with an oversized log balustrade. There is a purposeful and welcoming symmetry to the layout and floorplan of this home, from the porches and the bedrooms to the windows and the views.
There is a very large, completely renovated custom kitchen with eat-in area overlooking the lake, and separate butler’s pantry. There are granite countertops, high-end Sub-Zero refrigeration, a Decor professional range and four Bosch dishwashers. An oversized 8 x 4-foot center island provides plenty of room for preparation and entertaining. The kitchen flows nicely into the grand formal dining room, with a table which seats 22 comfortably and a large granite fireplace as focal point.
The very expansive 50 x 30 Great Room has a large center window seat with a spectacular view of Fourth Lake looking southwest and directly toward the amazing sunsets over the mountain scape and lake. There is a massive granite fireplace anchoring the Great Room, with four sets of French doors that open on to a large blue stone patio that wraps around the front and sides of the home, offering one-of-a-kind views of Fourth Lake and the mountains vistas.
There is a comfortable media room with casual seating and a fireplace. The library, furnished in red leather club chairs, also has a fireplace and a secret bar hidden in the bookcase – a sign of the years of prohibition and the era in which this was built. There is a more-recently renovated wing with 3 bedrooms and separate living quarters for spill-over, guests, staff or in-laws. The many bedrooms are both large yet inviting. Many have porches that open to the sides and front of the home with commanding elevated views of the lake and mountains below.
The Albedor also features a World-Class boathouse with numerous slips that are deep, wide and able to accommodate any type of boat. There is also a 2,000 square foot game room/ballroom upstairs, and a sweeping deck overlooking the lake below. The property has its own tennis and volleyball courts, and many private recreational areas as well. There are 3 cabins with additional sleeping quarters on the Northeastern corner of the property, set on the shores of a private cove.
There is a lifestyle available for everyone in this part of the state and country. Steps to area hiking, backpacking, world-class boating and the lake lifestyle, kayaking and sailing, and watersports, to the regional arts centers, shopping and varied cuisine, to 12 miles of interconnected waterway to explore with being on the Fulton Chain of Lakes. There is something for everyone in this region, and this property makes for a magnificent home base for that exploration. The property is also easily accessible by car, train, airport and private aviation.
This magnificent Adirondack Great Camp and Estate is truly one-of-a-kind. This is a rare opportunity to own an estate of this scale, grandeur and historical import on one of the Adirondack Park’s most desirable lakes. For more information and to schedule a private tour of this extraordinary property, please contact The Keir Weimer Team today.
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