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.
Martha-Lee Owen, Real Estate Broker/Owner
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!
Stephani Tansey, Licensed Real Estate Rental Agent
Stephani Tansey grew up in the Adirondacks and graduated from SUNY Plattsburgh with a Bachelor's in Human Services. She worked 10 years in the Social Work field in New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island, in a wide variety of fields. In 1999, she married Bill, who spent many summers here in Keene Valley and shares an affinity of the Adirondacks. He was a member of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps and together they were sent to Rhode Island, Virginia and Florida, but always held the Adirondacks close to their heart.
After having two children, Stephani focused her attention on raising her children, William and Sarah. She loved volunteering at their school and church. After leaving the Navy behind, Stephani and Bill moved to Short Hills, NJ, Bill's hometown. However, the opportunity arose for Bill to take a position in the Essex County Public Defender's Office and the little family gladly moved north to Keene Valley in June of 2013. Stephani enjoys helping out at Keene Central School, where her children attend school and she has recently joined the Board of The East Branch Friends of the Arts; a lovely organization that is dedicated to bringing the arts to Keene and Keene Valley.
Stephani was excited when she was asked to become part of the Adirondack Realty team. With her Social Work background, attention to detail and love of the Adirondacks, she will be asset when working with people from all walks of life.
Jennifer Whitney, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Jennifer lives in Keene with her husband, Ned and their two daughters Lauren and Avery and their black lab Anna. After living and attending college in Florida, Jennifer decided to return to Keene to start a family. She holds an Associate's Degree in Business and has extensive knowledge of the area, having lived here most of her life. Jennifer has successfully handled many successful real estate transactions since obtaining her license in 2006. When she isn't busy with real estate, Jennifer stays busy with her family and is currently an active Youth Commission board member, as well as the Keene Fire Department Auxiliary leader. Jennifer looks forward to serving her community and helping people with their real estate needs.
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, Broker's Assistant 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, Advertising and Bookkeeping
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 and works in Lake Placid,is an avid outdoorsman and Katie, who is married to her husband Eric, lives in Pennsylvania. Kathy started at Adirondack Realty in the winter of 1996 and is responsible for the advertising and maintaining our web site. She is also responsible for the office bookkeeping. 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.