The best way to find a vacation home, or any home for that matter, is to work with a Realtor experienced in this type of property. I am with Coldwell Banker and serve the Northern portion fo the Adirondacks including Chazy Lake, Chateaugay lakes, and the Lake Placid Saranac Lake area. While the price range you have mentioned will rule out most of the inventory in Lake Placid, we have many opportunities on other lakes nearby. This is currently one of the very best times in recent years to purchase this type of property as the ample supply and weakened market conditions are making for attractive pricing and increased bargaining power for qualified purchasers. I would be happy to work with you if you like. I am an experienced Associate Broker , live and own on Chazy Lake making me very familar with the vacation home market in this area. I can be reached at email@example.com or 518-572-6484. Good Luck!