The exterior has been painted a cheery red, but on the interior, this waterfront cabin is all warm wood and Adirondack charm.
Perched on the edge of Wolf Pond, the cabin on the market at 41 Knottingham Road is in the hamlet of Ray Brook within the town of North Elba, located between Saranac Lake and Lake Placid in Essex County.
While Adirondack locales may bring to mind mid century vacation playlands, the health benefits of the unpolluted fresh air were also a draw in the 19th century. The area around the larger town of Saranac Lake was a center for the treatment of tuberculosis and Ray Brook itself was once best known as the home of The New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Opened in 1904, and later known simply as Ray Brook Sanatorium and now the Adirondack Correctional Facility, the hospital served fresh air and rest to over 200 patients in the first year.
The influx of staff and patients at the large complex brought an increase of activity to the small town, which also had the benefit of a train station. Vacation cottages and cabins popped up to accommodate the fresh air tourists.
A bit of digging didn’t turn up a great deal of information on the history of this scenic cabin. The county land records date it to 1915. Local history group Historic Saranac Lake has information on several tourist cabin businesses in the area, including Duprey’s Log Cabins and Cottages in Ray Brook. Historic postcards show log cabins similar in style to this one on Knottingham Road.
It is a two-bedroom cottage and every room except the single full bath is walled with logs, both horizontal and vertical. The living room is dominated by a large stone fireplace and there are plenty of windows to allow that healthy air to flow through the rooms.
There is a separate windowed dining area with an interior window into the kitchen. Here the highlight is a vintage gas range. There is also a more modern refrigerator and dishwasher.
Outside is a freestanding screen “porch” for enjoying some views of Wolf Pond, as well as a garage.
The house is being sold fully furnished and the listing notes that the adjacent property at 45 Knottingham Road is also for sale as part of the listing. That property includes the circa 1930 “Kings Cottage” that is in need of some work. No interior photos are shown and fixtures are “ready for installation.”
No. 41 Knottingham Road is listed at $395,000. A separate listing for just No. 45 has it priced at $95,000. The properties are listed with Blythe Niles of Engel & Völkers Lake Placid.
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