Real Estate Photography – Photographing Condos & Coop Common Areas…

1 Franklin - Lobby1-SmallWhen buyers look at a condo or cooperative complex, they are buying more than the unit, they are buying the lifestyle.  How the common areas are presented online and in brochures can really have an impact on overall interest.   Naturally, if your buyer craves a sleek modern look, the ornate detail of an Art Nouveau is going to attract them.  But on the other hand it may win over a buyer who loves pre-war architecture and moldings.  Buyers do tend to purchase a house or condo that feels “right” for them.  Certainly something like the entry, even though it is a common area plays a role in those overall feelings regarding the complex.

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Fotos On The Fly – The Hudson River & the Hudson Line….


Irvington Train - 8-13 - HDR2-SmallYou can’t think about the Hudson River without thinking about trains and train lines.  Trains and the lower Hudson Valley go hand in hand because the area is just a few miles from mid-town Manhattan.   For Westchester residents, trains are a way of life, and that makes good sense since many residents make the daily trek from their Westchester homes to Manhattan.   Thanks to Metro-North, the trip is quite painless and efficient.

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Photographing Real Estate – Condo/Coop Exteriors

1 Franklin - Entry3 - smallPhotography is becoming one of the most essential components for a successful listing.  A strong photographic presentation can create  stronger interest in the property, lead to more showings which in turn leads to more offers.

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The view from Washington Heights NYC – Just minutes from lower Westchester…

GW Bridge - Hudson River - Washington HeightsFor those of you who don’t know, I do make a portion of my living as a photographer.  Most of the time, I’m a real estate photographer, but sometimes I do get fine art assignments and then there are times when I just find a view that I have to shoot.

The photo above had meaning for me because it was from my former stomping ground in Washington Heights.  I was looking for specific Hudson River views for a client, but I knew when I was taking photos of the Hudson  that I wanted to get a shot of the GW Bridge from Washington Heights.  I worked at Presbyterian Hospital for several years during the 1990s.  The GW bridge dominated the area which I often think of an interesting combination of pre-war grace and latter day grit.

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Fotos On The Fly – Surreal Sunsets on the Hudson – Sleepy Hollow NY

Surreal Sunset- Hudson River - Kingsland Point ParkLately I’ve been taking a lot of photos along the Hudson River.  The sheer concentration on the Hudson River was due in part to a client who had some very specific requests with the Hudson River as the subject.  The process  of such a focussed effort drew my attention to the fact that no two photos of the Hudson River are ever really alike.   They can be in the same location at the same time of day and still be quite different.  The distinctive cloud formations, the sunsets that range from the brightest yellows and purples to the palest pinks create  that unique “Hudson Valley sky” seems to produce endless variations.  Trying to recapture a moment is futile in such a situation…once you have missed the moment, it is gone.

 The sunset above was taken  from Kingsland Point Park when I was trying to capture something completely different.  The sky and weather conditions did not cooperate at all with my original plans that involved a pre-sunset shoot of the LIghthouse.  But I did mange to capture a vivid sunset.  At first I thought this was a “consolation prize”  but this photo took on a life of its own.  The colors were so vivid that they almost looked surreal, so I decided to exaggerate the vivid and emphasize the shadow of the trees.

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Pet-Friendly Rental in downtown White Plains – 2BR/2BA – offered at $2650/month

Everyone who has looked for any length of time knows that finding a good rental if you have a dog is not an easy thing.  Pet-friendly rentals are truly and find and here is really nice 2BR/2BA  rental in  the heart of downtown White Plains!  The unit is a spacious 1200 sf and is just steps from the City Center and all that the downtown has to offer.  You can leave the car and shop until you drop.  Enjoy the fine dining and entertainment White Plains is famous for without even stepping into your car.  Commuting to NYC?  The train station a little more than half a mile away.  All that and pet-friendly too.

Pet-friendly rental - downtown White Plains



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For Sale In Gedney Farms White Plains – 17 Seymour Place

Gedney Farms White Plains NY - 17 Seymour Located in  the famous Gedney Farms neighborhood of White Plains,  this large 5 BR home gives a family of any size room to grow both inside and out.

The Bullet:

  • Style: Colonial
  • Year Built: 1924
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Baths: 3.5
  • Living Space: 2550 sq.ft.
  • Lot Size: 0.34 acres

Pricing & Taxes:

  • Offered At:  $799,000
  • Taxes w/o STAR: $17,549

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Update on the Gedney Farms neighborhood of White Plains – Pricing & Trends

Gedney Farms White Plains NYGedney Farms is a beautiful neighborhood with large rolling lawns and ample lot size. It’s a very quiet and private community similar to some of the finer neighborhoods of Scarsdale and Larchmont but without the steep price point.

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Fotos On The Fly: Happy 4th of July – Fireworks From Tarrytown & Sleepy Hollow NY

Fireworks-2013-SH1 - 550Fireworks are really fun to photograph, if you know what you are doing.  Personally, I love taking photos of fireworks on the water because you get the added benefit of the water reflection which seems to make them extra special.  Sister villages Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow joined forces once again to create a wonderful display on the Hudson River right next door to Lighthouse Landing.

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Fotos On The Fly: Reflections of Independence Day – Old Glory in Mamaroneck NY

Old Glory - Mamaroneck NY

This was a photo that I took last year but never processed until this year.  It needed some retouching due to the angle that I took the picture and at first I rejected it in favor of another version that I posted a long time ago.   The other photo was easier to process, but this one had more character.

For those who don’t know, this flag flies over the town of Mamaroneck every year on Mamaroneck Ave.  I don’t know any other town in Westchester that flies the flag in quite this way, but I really enjoy the effect.  Its understated patriotism without the bells, whistles, and fireworks, yet it has high impact.

On a personal note, this is the 5th independence we are celebrating since the financial collapse of 2008.   Over the past five years I have watched the pitiful and often disingenuous attempts by our government to curtail the excesses of the “free-market cowboys” in the banking industry and on Wall Street.  Being part of the real estate industry, I have had a front row seat into the good, the bad, and the ugly of all the political posturing and the very real suffering of innocent bystanders.  What I have been left with is an emptiness and sadness in the realization that our country no longer functions for “We the People”.  This year, I decided it was time to be more active.  For that reason, I became a local district leader in the city I call home, White Plains, NY.   Its a small contribution, but if every citizen did the same we would perhaps be able to speak with a louder voice.

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