Welcome to the Lake
We're Brooks and Steve Reynolds, and together we make the best real estate team you could ask for in the Adirondacks. We're an authority on Adirondack real estate and passionate about waterfront property, and live and work in this beautiful town called Lake Placid. Our kids go to school here, we shop at the local farmers markets, and live the mountain and lake lifestyle. With two decades of experience and millions of dollars of successful transactions, we want to help you become part of this amazing community. We'd love for you to get to know us a little better, and sincerely hope to hear from you in the future.
A Little More About Us
Brooks Reynolds is a North Carolinian who loves the Adirondacks as much as her native state. In 2001 she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Management and Society. Brooks held a U.S. Coast Guard Captains's License and was a noted NYS Licensed Fishing Guide. She has been featured on NBC's Today Show and in Town and Country magazine. She thoroughly enjoys raising her young kids in Lake Placid and supports the community by serving on the Lake Placid Olympic Museum Board and the Advisory Board for The Wild Center. In 2015 she was ranked top 20 for the Champlain Valley MLS with a sales volume exceeding $6,000,000!
Steven Reynolds is a Lake Placid native and outdoors enthusiast. A graduate of Northwood School and St. Lawrence University. A former Eastern Ski Team member and a Division 1 NCAA All-American. Steven is a multi-million dollar producer who brings nearly a decade of real-estate success to the Adirondack market. He has attracted Hannaford, Olympia Sports and Tractor Supply to the area. He has hosted events for Make-A-Wish Foundation and currently sits on the board of NYSEF. In the past 10 years, Steve has been responsible for over $30,000,000+ in sales.
Let's Get Some Details
An Interview with brooks reynolds
Q: What first sparked your passion for real estate?
A: Steve and I were guiding in the Outer Banks. Mike Raymaley was on board. It was so interesting talking to him about his passion for the outdoors and how it related to real estate. Walking properties deep in the woods and seeing all of the wildlife. Getting to hunt and fish the land with the caretakers, or owners. Really getting to know the landscape. And in an invigorating environment. Also having a vast knowledge of property history throughout the entire Adirondack Park. Blue Mountain, Long Lake, Tupper. Knowing the families from NYC that initially settled in this area. I wanted that. Plus, my dad is a residential builder in NC. I have always had interest in building homes and watching families settle in.
Q: When / How did you decide to pursue real estate as a full time career?
A: When I first came to Lake placid I was a fishing guide. Light tackle and spin. Had my own business “Capt B’s Charters” with a center console. I ran all over the park. Then I realized some of my fishing clients could be real estate clients. The merge began. I thought I could handle catering also. Haha. But I LOVE to cook. Too much going on, so i cut back on guiding. Then our son was born. Definitely too much on my plate. Decided if I wanted to spend time with him I needed to narrow down the field. Real Estate was a no brainer. I loved the people and the flexibility.
Q: When you aren't out working with real estate clients, what other things do you love to do?
A: Ahhhh… where do i begin?? Maybe I should rephrase “the only thing i haven’t tried in the Park is rock climbing. Oh and I still haven’t done the Bobsled run. Kind of embarrasing.” My current passion is mountain biking. There are so many great trails now. And in the winter I xcountry every day with my dog and this year a new dog.
Q: How do you find a balance between real estate, family life, and living in such an iconic and beautiful place as Lake Placid?
A: Moving to our new house has helped tremendously. We have a view of Whiteface and Lake Placid, so it is not hard to find inspiration around the clock. We have a level yard for the kids to play, so having them “run wild” keeps a little balance around the house. There are trails out our back door. Way easier to walk the dog(S) and get a quick exercise, which is a tremendous time saver. I am able to work from home alot. So it is sort of a giant ship, so to say, keeping me balanced and reminding me that I love where I live and work.
Q: What is your favorite place in the Adirondacks and why?
A: An undisclosed duck hunting location deep in one of the most beautiful marshes you will never see.
Q: What's your first memory of the Adirondacks when you first moved from North Carolina? What made you move?
A: First memory: Flying into Lake Clear and coming through the cloud cover. Having naively thought of the Adirondacks as possibly an extension of NYC, I had no idea. I almost fell out of my seat when i saw the vastness of green and blue. So many mountains, so many lakes and streams. I was immediately in awe.
A: Craziest first memory: It snowed my first June. I called home kind of excited. My parents thought I was crazy.
First encounter to sway me to move: I met my husband Steve at a party on Lake Placid. I was in love with the beauty around me, the friendliness of the people (this is true - i just met someone yesterday who told me how much they love Lake Placid because of how friendly the locals are. Everyone wants visitors to have a good time here - so they are eager to share favorite restaurants, hikes, etc) and the idea of a four seasons lifestyle.
A: Lasting memory from first visit: Steve took me on a boat ride through the locks from lower to middle Saranac. We had a shore lunch on the beach on middle. It was fall and the leaves were on fire. We didn’t see another soul. I will never forget it.
Q: Why is it important to have a real estate agent with extensive local knowledge of the area?
A: I guess i still have a little guiding in me, though now it is guiding people to their dream home. I get a lot of calls from people who have never been here and want to look around. It is important to know all of the surrounding areas so that you can find them the perfect place.
Q: What do you offer your clients that no one else can?
A: A personal, quality experience they will remember forever.
Let’s play a game of “Either/Or”!
Q. Savory or sweet?
A: Savory. With a touch of sweet.
Q: Chocolate or vanilla?
A: Homemade peach. You can take the girl out of the south, but…
Q: Dogs or cats?
A: Definitely dogs. English black labs
Q: Urban or rural?
A: Lake Placid. A small town feel with everything you need
Q: Modern or vintage?
A: Vintage, but low maintenance
Q: Warm weather or cold weather?
A: Live in cold, I guess, and vacation warm. I love the Caribbean!!!
Q: Biggie or Tupac?
A: I suppose Biggie since I only have one song of the two, and it’s life after death. Pretty good running song.
Q: Early bird or night owl?
A: Both. I don’t sleep much
Q: Crossword or Sudoku?
A: Crossword, though I don’t think I’ve ever had time to finish.
Q: Breakfast or dinner?
A: Breakfast: green power smoothie or egg sandwich with good bread, local eggs, and sharp cheddar. If I had to choose between breakfast or dinner, it would be dinner. I love the diversity at dinner
Q: Batman or Superman?
A: Superman when I was little. Batman as I got older. How can you not love the Bat Mobile? And the cave.
Q: Historical Non-fiction or Sci-Fi/Fantasy?
A: Haven’t read a book in five years, lol. Bon Appetit or Food and Wine.
Q: Comedy or Drama?
A: Haven’t seen a movie from start to finish in forever, lol.
Q: Truth or dare?
A: Truth. But in my home I am surrounded by daredevils
Q: If you weren't a real estate agent, what would you be when you grow up?
A: A chef with no pressure
Q: What song/music do you listen to to get pumped up?
A: I listen to a lot of 80’s pop rock when i work out
Q: If you were a super hero, what would your super power be?
Q: What is your favorite word, and why?
A: Happiness. No need to explain