Adirondack Mountain Estate

Moriah, NY


Michael R. Franklin
Licensed Real Estate Broker
(o) 315-876-2262

North Winds Estate

A 212 acre private estate built by Miss Lilly Schneeberger, who in 1956 co-founded the Max Daetwyler Co., a Swiss manufacturing company which originally produced components for civil and military aviation, and later developed machinery which would revolutionize the printing industry. The residence was built to resemble the homes she came to know so well in the mountainous hamlets in Switzerland. No expense was spared to create the magnificent Bernese Style Chalet that takes full advantage of the awe inspiring vistas of Lake Champlain, Vermont and the High Peaks. Three fireplaces and knotty pine walls throughout create a comfortable sophisticated interior. The main house has 6 bedrooms, 6 baths, multiple common sitting areas, an entertainment room, office and reading room; PLUS a caretaker's apartment on the top floor with a separate entrance. This luxury home is sold completely furnished including linens and china. The property features a five car garage, two barns (a 6-stall stock barn with running water and electricity, and a 6-stall horse barn) and a beautiful stocked spring-fed pond. $1.1M.

North Winds Estate
136 Crowfoot Pond Road, Moriah, NY 12961

As a broker of unique properties all over Upstate New York, I see many very special real estate offerings. This property is truly exceptional; a rare combination of a large usable track of land and a magnificent home in excellent condition. The 212 acres is private, yet central to many major attractions.

This spectacular custom built executive residence incorporates the beauty of both American and European styling. The distinctive construction, resembling a Bernese-style Swiss Chalet, was originally built as a labor of love.
And the setting is just beautiful. Lake Placid is a short drive, as is Ticonderoga, Port Henry, Burlington Vermont and Lake George, including the Sagamore Resort. Montreal is just over a 2 hour drive. The estate is located at an entrance to the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks and the breathtaking views from the house extends west to the High Peaks and east looking down to Lake Champlain with the mountains of Vermont beyond.

In fall mornings, as the gentle mist rises, you can see fog formations over Lake Champlain. The views are stunning and there are no limits to the imagination in planning for the vast acreage. There are trails leading through lush secluded dense forests, meadows of wild flowers and a spring-fed pond. It has functioned as an operating farm and has the out buildings and fencing to accommodate horses. There are turkeys in abundance as well as deer. The property is capable of being completely self-sufficient if desired.

The main house has 6 bedrooms and 6 full baths, multiple common sitting rooms, an office and reading room. The first floor has an open floor plan with a vaulted ceiling and a great room with a massive hand carved fireplace. The great room connects to a large formal dining area and to the kitchen. The setting provides a wonderful opportunity for family and friends to gather in front of the large crackling fire.

Additionally, on the first floor there are 2 bedrooms with en suites. Also, there is a covered stone patio and outdoor stone fireplace perfectly placed to enjoy peaceful expanses of the scenery.

The second level master bedroom opens to covered balcony overlooking the splendor of the property. It also has a stone fireplace nearly as large as that in the great room.

The third level features an in-law/caretakers quarters with great views. It has about 1200 square feet with its own exterior entrance. It is completely private from the rest of the house.

The basement is enormous – you can drive snowmobiles and ATVs right inside. It presently has a large workshop. The high ceilings provide enough clearance to create a gym/workout room and add an endless pool. There is also space for a wine cellar.

The estate provides every amenity you could want. The property is located about 15 minutes off the New York State Thruway. The property is remote, yet central. It is private and picturesque. It is a classic Swiss style mountain retreat in one of the most beautiful sections of the Adirondack Mountains.

Michael R. Franklin Licensed Real Estate Broker and Unique Property Specialist

History of Ms. Lilly

From its inception, this magnificent residence was surrounded by mystery and the thrill of adventure. It was custom built by Miss Lilly Schneeberger, who in 1956 co-founded Max Daetwyler Co., a Swiss manufacturing company which originally produced components for civil and military aviation, and later developed machinery which would revolutionize the printing industry. While traveling throughout the United States, this free-spirited entrepreneur was captivated by the beauty of the Adirondack Mountains and their similarity to her homeland in Switzerland. The same passion and energy that drove her to assist with the global expansion of Daetwyler motivated her to build an estate resembling a Bernese-style Swiss villa. This would be her mountain refuge.

Every detail of the building project was a labor of love. She employed the local vendor Bryant Lumber* (still in operation) to turn her sketches into a realty. She even had workers construct a lumber mill to use trees harvested from the property for fencing. Ms. Lilly purchased a 19th century historical stone building from which craftsman Oliver Phinney built the fireplaces. Her earliest childhood memories were of the mountains of her homeland which were similar to the virgin countryside of Moriah, New York. She changed the topography to create an elevation for the house that enabled her bedroom balconies to face the green-drenched mountains and see across flowering meadows to Lake Champlain.

Later, due to failing health, she returned to her homeland, but she left a legacy to the printing and industrial engineering industries through the Daetwyler companies, now in their 3rd generation, selling products worldwide.

Imagine in the 50's, a woman co-founding a company in the aviation industry. If a novel were to be written about the life and times of Miss Lilly, a portrait would emerge of a woman with tremendous inner strength and fortitude who pursued her dreams with the same love and commitment, whether developing new innovations at work or realizing her vision for her paradise in the Adirondack Mountains.

Her presence is felt in every aspect of the estate she so carefully created in Moriah, New York. Ms. Lilly's life at the North Winds Estate was filled with artists and celebrities from all over the world who gathered to be nurtured by the warmth of her spirit and the welcoming embrace of this sanctuary cradled in the heart of the Adirondacks.

* Founder Charles Bryant of Bryant Lumber remembers Miss Lilly's arrival. "She was visiting with friends and decided to build a home resembling her home land. When she came to us, she had just a picture, sketch and cash; giving us authority to design and be creative. The only changes made were the change from a concrete floor to a wood floor (apparently concrete floors were common in Europe) and a larger outside deck. We enjoyed Miss Lilly's easy going nature and it took over a year to fulfill her dreams."

Source: Library of Congress


136 Crowfoot Pond Road, Moriah, NY 12961
Directions: I-87 x29, N on Route 9, R on Caza Turn Road, R on Ensign Pond Rd for over 10 mi, L on Crowfoot Pond Road (before village), R at North Winds Estate sign.
Current Sale Price: $1,100,000
Lockbox: No
Owner Finance: No
Possession: At Closing
Showing Instructions: 24 Hour Notice

Public Record Data:
County: Essex
Town/Village: Moriah
Sec-Block-Lot: 96.3-1-28.05
Approx. Acres: 212.35
Tax Assessment: 501,900
Full Mkt Assessment: 501,900
Estimated Taxes: $12,246
Zoning: Adirondack Park Agency

Elementary School: Moriah
High School: Moriah
Lake/River Name: Mill Creek
Main Road Frontage: 2,565
Property Type: Residential
Year Built: 1983
Style: Custom
Lot Dimensions: 2565x5000
Total Finished SqFt: 6,000
Stories: 3 + Basement
Finished Abv Grd SqFt: 6,000
Finished Blw Grd SqFt: 0
# Bedrooms: 7
# Full Baths: 7
# HBths: 0
Laundry Level: 2nd Floor

Room Bsmt Main 2nd 3rd
Beds: 0 2 4 1
Full Baths: 0 3 3 1
Half Baths: 0 0 0 0

Room Name Level Description
Kitchen 1st Floor 13x16
Dining Room 1st Floor 15x24
Living Room 1st Floor 18x24
Den 1st Floor 11x10
Bedroom 1 1st Floor 12x14
Bedroom 2 1st Floor 12x14
Master Bedroom 2nd Floor 19x37
Bedroom 3 2nd Floor 17x16
Bedroom 4 2nd Floor 15x20
Bedroom 5 2nd Floor 15x18

Amps: 400
Appliances Included: Dishwasher; Dryer; Refrigerator; Stove - Gas; Washer; Compactor
Custom Features: Bar - Indoor Wet
Dining Features: Great Room
Exterior Feature: Fence; Paved Drive
Attic: Finished Attic (Third Floor)
Attic Access: Permanent Stairs (Third Floor)
Basement: Full; Walk Out; Work Shop; Ramp Access
Cooling Type: Window Units
Documents: Deed
Exterior Finish: Wood
Farm Improvements: Barns; Pasture Land; Pond; Stock Barn(s)
Flooring: Ceramic Tile
Garage: Garage 5
Miscellaneous: Apartment on third floor; private access; kitchen & bathroom
Heat Distribution: Baseboard; Warm Air
Heat System Fuel: Electric; Oil; Wood
Interior Features: Ceiling Cathedral; Curtain Rods; Fireplace - Wood;
Internet - DSL
Paddle Fan; Smoke Alarm
Multi-Use Type: Multi-Use
Roof: Composition Shingle
Sewer: Septic Tank/Leach Field
Water Type: Direct Water Front
Waterfront: Pond/Stream
Water Heater: Electric
Water: Well Drilled



Information is deemed to be reliable, but is not guaranteed.

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