Featured: 101 Brookline Avenue, the coolest house in Albany

International style modern exterior wrapped around a warm and bright interior with a spacious and open floor plan.  Corner lot in highly desirable neighborhood adjacent to Marion Avenue and Buckingham Pond.  Owner has updated and restored all aspects of this beautiful mid-century home.


Built 1960 • 1,994 square feet • .43-acre wooded lot • 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths
Architect: William N. Marden • Inspired by California designer Craig Ellwood





Offered at $325,000
View the full listing:  www.101BrooklineAlbany.com
Times Union: Design Spotlight (5/18/14)


Spring events from Historic Albany Foundation include walking tour of local Lustrons!

Historic Albany Foundation has expanded its walking tours to include Wednesday evenings and also Sunday afternoons.  Here’s the schedule for May through September.

HAFdn spring 2014A nod to the modern era comes in June with a look at Lustrons. That tour of the exteriors of the homes on Jermaine Street (declared an historic district in 2009) will be led by Kimberly Konrad Alvarez, who conducted the New York State Lustron Project.  HAF tours are $5 for members and $10 for the general public.

Also coming up:

HAFdn hidden city 2014

11 Oxford Road – a mid-century treasure in Brunswick

New Front May 2014

All the right choices were made to preserve and highlight the mid-century vintage of this 1954 home, while still adding contemporary updates.  Skylights flood the renovated bathrooms with light.  Sparkling hardwood floors throughout the main level.  Family room on lower level features wood burning fireplace and new tile floor with radiant heat.  Expansive finished space also on lower level could become artist studio or in-law apartment.  Patio and porch overlook double-sized lot.

Offered at only $259,000

For showings and more information call Joseph Dalton at (518) 573-1093

2,623 square feet of living space on two levels
3 bedrooms, 2 and a half baths
Master bedroom suite on main level
2-car attached garage
Laundry on lower level
8-year old rubber roof
Natural gas heat in main living area
Forced hot air heat and central air

For showings and more information call Joseph Dalton at (518) 573-1093
New side


Aunt Katie’s Attic


Thanks to Metroland for alerting me to yet another colorful kitchy vintage shop in the region, Aunt Katie’s Attic in Scotia.  Owner Kate Halasz has been collecting and selling for 19 years and specializes in kitchen items, though clothing and furniture are also part of the mix in the 2-story shop.

Her customers range from young girls looking for retro fashion to married couples outfitting their suburban house as a country cottage, to “older ladies who just want an old cookbook.” Katie’s attic also does a brisk business with burlesque performers and fans. “The pin-up girls want to wear authentic clothing,” she says. “A lot of them furnish their homes in that era, and they’re looking for an old vanity,” or aprons or oven mitts, because according to Katie, “Fifties Housewife is the hottest thing going now, and these girls live it head to toe.” From Bettie Page to Betty Draper to Betty Crocker, Aunt Katie has been ahead of the curves. – Ann Marrow, Metroland, March 20, 2014

Fiesta Waretable and chairs

On Saturday, June 7th, Katie’s hosting an out-door vintage flea with multiple vendors!


Delmar, prime suburbia

One of Albany’s most popular suburbs, Delmar (in the township of Bethlehem) is filled with Colonials and capes, plus plenty of ranches (some raised).  There’s the occasional shed-style contemporary and a few rare gems…15 Werner Av, Delmar - editedWhite decolong and low