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

West Hill, Rotterdam

Tupper houseWest Hill was developed in the late 1940s by GE engineers who had initiative and vision to spare, plus more than a bit of frustration about other housing options.  They formed a corporation that purchased some 270 acres, which to this day remains a nature preserve that surrounds the community of about 85 homes.  The residencies are in a variety of styles, but it’s a treasure trove for mid-century lovers.  While some of the homes were designed by the owners themselves, there are also works by architects John M. Johansen (one of the famed Harvard Five), Victor Civkin (pioneer of the split level) and Schenectady’s own Eric Fisher.

Barnes house Kilbourn house
Wright house


Hexam Gardens, Niskayuna

Japanese Hexam Garden
There are only about 20 city blocks in the neighborhood known as Hexam Gardens, which is bordered by Troy-Schenectady Road (Rt 7), Balltown Road and St. David’s Lane.  Quiet tree-lined streets as far as the eye can see.  And some charming ranches and splits as well, mostly dating from the ’60s and ’70s.

Mid-century Colonie

Maybe it’s a cliche to call it ‘a trip back in time.’ But that’s still an accurate description for certain stretches of Central Avenue and a few residential blocks in Colonie.  Bless the business people and homeowners who know how to honor a fine vintage. 

Winchester Gables in Albany

Okay, so these homes aren’t modernist in any strict sense. But they’re still darned cool.

The Spanish theme – with stucco walls inside and out, tile roofs and trim, and vaulted ceilings – is played out in 26 homes on South Main, Woodlawn and Hansen Avenues. They were built by Dan Winchester between 1928 and 1930.  Read more about the history in this 2009 piece in the Times Union.

By the way, these photos were taken in August. Enjoy the sunshine!

Normanskill and Crestwood

Heading from Delmar to Albany on New Scotland led to the following sightings.  Normanskill is the neighborhood south of New Scotland accessed via McCormack Road. Crestwood/Buckingham Lake is roughly bordered by New Scotland Ave, Whitehall Road and South Manning Blvd. 

East Greenbush

Though it feels like a rather mid-century suburb of Albany, the history of East Greenbush dates back to the Patroon settlements in the early 1600s.  Here are a few stylish homes in the neighborhood just northwest of the Columbia Turnpike (Rts 9 & 20).  There are a number of more grand contemporary residences on wooded lots on Elliott and Luther Roads a bit to the north.  

Saratoga Springs

“Racing City” is one of the nicknames for Saratoga Springs. And just to remind everyone of that you’ll see lots of lawn jockeys, no matter the style of house.

Saratoga is a city that takes good care of its historic structures, though, at least if they’re Victorians.  But if homes are just somewhat old, they’re sometimes simply torn down and replaced, especially if they’re at prime locations like 5th Avenue, where houses back on to the Oklahoma Track.

These are some shots of mid to late 20th century homes in modern and contemporary styles located off North Broadway, the vicinity of Lake Avenue and in the Knoll Springs Park development.


There are no specific boundaries to Loudonville, but it’s located to the east and west side of Route 9 between I90 and the Latham traffic circle and adjacent to Siena College.  There are patches of new developments but plenty of prime pickings for mid-century connoisseurs.

Old Niskayuna

Niskayuna is the northeast corner of Schenectady Count, adjacent to Albany and Saratoga.  According to some internet searches, “Old Niskayuna” isn’t the oldest part of the township, but it is certainly an area with distinctive mid-century and contemporary homes.