Merrill L. Thomas - The Real Estate Company

Our History

Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. has a long standing history in real estate. Its roots began in 1932 just after the 3rd Olympic Winter Games. The business was originally known as Lake Placid Agencies and its first location was above the Palace Theater. The business handled both real estate and general insurance at the time.

Throughout the 1930's, 40's and 50's the real estate market was predominantly seasonal in nature, catering primarily to the summer residents affiliated with Lake Placid's large resort hotels.

In 1960 Merrill L. Thomas purchased the present office location on Main Street and Mirror Lake from the Estate of Jennie Isham who had been a well established real estate broker since the 1920's. In 1964, Mr. Thomas purchased Lake Placid Agencies and renamed the company Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. located at its present address.

The company flourished throughout the late 1960's and 70's with its principal client being Mrs. Nettie Marie Jones, widow of W. Alton Jones, Chairman of the Board of Cities Service Companies. Mrs. Jones took a very active interest in the Lake Placid real estate market, investing millions of dollars buying waterfront and commercial properties throughout the community. Mrs. Jones was regarded as Lake Placid's leading philanthropist.

In 1983 Merrill L. Thomas was purchased by Roby Politi, MAI. Over the last 30 years the company has risen to become the #1 producing real estate firm in the Adirondack region. In 1983 there were 5 full time agents and the total sales volume was about $1.5 million. In 2006 the company's sale volume peaked at $90 million. Since 2008, Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. has consistently led the Adirondack Champlain Valley Multiple Listing Service with over $400 Million in Listing and Sales Volume which is $136 Million more then the next competitor. 

Over the years, Merrill L. Thomas, Inc. has sold some of the most recognized Adirondack camps in the region. A cross section of properties is shown as follows:

Marjorie Merriweather Post's - Camp Topridge
Victor Herbert's - Camp Joyland
Kate Smith's - Camp Sunshine
Mary Lou Whitney's - Camp Togus
Cheery Lodge - Lake Placid
Camp Carolina - Lake Placid
Dexter Lake - St. Regis Falls
Wenonah Lodge - Upper Saranac Lake
Green Bay Camp - Upper Saranac Lake
Camp Katia - Upper St. Regis
Camp Gordon - Lake Placid
Hillgarth - Lake Placid
The Hedges - Blue Mountain Lake
Bottle Bay Camp - Upper Saranac Lake

Our Inventory

We offer our buyers a distinctive showcase of some of the finest properties in the Adirondack region. Our marketing history includes the sale of such Great Camps as Camp Topridge, Wenonah Lodge, The Wawbeek, Camp Carolina, Camp Katia, Cheery Lodge and the Preserve at Green Bay. We also offer a variety of Adirondack camps and cottages, pristine shoreline, forest acreage, and executive resort homes. You will find that these unique offerings comprise a tasteful portfolio of architectural styles and designs from tradition rustic elegance to custom Adirondack reproductions. 

Our Marketing Program

Consistent and quality advertising and exposure is an essential priority for marketing  exceptional real estate. As a result of our top standing in the market, we were invited to join Who's Who in luxury Real Estate, an independent compendium of the world's most elite brokerage companies. We are constantly striving to exceed the expectations of our sellers and landlords by exploring and implementing new marketing strategies. 

Our Professionals

Our strength lies with the success of our associates who form the cornerstone of our business.  We total some 20 professional agents including 12 designated brokers. Each agent has an outstanding reputation and maintains a consistent presence in the real estate business. Each is skilled in all aspects of the profession from marketing to financing, negotiations to closings. We are confident that any of our salespeople will meet your real estate needs.