Our Spring 2014 Gallery of Homes exclusively featuring Greenwich homes for sale is out. Pick up a copy at locations throughout Fairfield County or read it here http://bit.ly/1oA5v3P

Our Spring 2014 Gallery of Homes exclusively featuring Greenwich homes for sale is out. Pick up a copy at locations throughout Fairfield County or read it here http://bit.ly/1oA5v3P

Browse our Spring 2014 Gallery of Homes here or grab a copy at any of our offices or stands throught Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. http://bit.ly/1iu16zZ

Browse our Spring 2014 Gallery of Homes here or grab a copy at any of our offices or stands throught Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. http://bit.ly/1iu16zZ

Who said print is dead? Check out our newer, sleeker Gallery of Homes magazine exactly how it appears in the flesh (paper?), available at all of our many office locations. View

Who said print is dead? Check out our newer, sleeker Gallery of Homes magazine exactly how it appears in the flesh (paper?), available at all of our many office locations. View

Third and final day of #ICNY! We saw some amazing speakers yesterday, especially this panel on independent brokers innovating like crazy.  (at Grand Hyatt New York)

Third and final day of #ICNY! We saw some amazing speakers yesterday, especially this panel on independent brokers innovating like crazy. (at Grand Hyatt New York)

Day 2 from #ICNY! (at Grand Hyatt New York)

Day 2 from #ICNY! (at Grand Hyatt New York)

Houlihan Lawrence’s ‘Year of the Video’

As we all know, video has become a pivotal player in real estate marketing. Because it’s established itself as a vital tool for promoting a property on the web, the necessity to standout amongst a sea of compeition is now a must.

Forever present at the forefront of real estate technology and marketing, Houlihan Lawrence experienced a “Year of the Video” in 2013 — not just in the promotion of our listings, but our agents, communities, services, and more on our exclusive HLTV channel.

Regarding our listings videos, PlatinumHDNYC transformed our visual marketing from one-dimensional stills to the feeling one gets when actually being inside a home despite, in most cases, being many miles away.

Capping off one of our finest years in video marketing, we decided to nix the typical “Year in Review” list with this mashup of our favorite property videos from 2013. Hat tip to PlatinumHDNYC

Check out our HLTV channel for the full collection.

Imagine a 5,000-square-foot home with a $40 electricity. Or if the power went out, it’d remain warm for a week. And a plug-in for an electric car in the garage. Imagine all the above at 505 Alda, a certified Passive House.

A couple inches of #snow, an old friend #Hercules and nowhere to be. Grab a spot by the #fireplace and forget about those single-digit temperatures.

A front row seat isn’t just about the location, the views. It’s more about the memories that form when you absorb your surroundings, something you won’t ever forget. 505 Alda Road in Mamaroneck is a front row seat for the ages, featuring technicolor harbor views that’ll leave a lasting imprint with each and every sunset. http://bit.ly/505Alda

A front row seat isn’t just about the location, the views. It’s more about the memories that form when you absorb your surroundings, something you won’t ever forget. 505 Alda Road in Mamaroneck is a front row seat for the ages, featuring technicolor harbor views that’ll leave a lasting imprint with each and every sunset. http://bit.ly/505Alda

Properties like 72 Old State Road tend to speak for themselves. Thirty-two acres set among Hudson Valley’s signature rolling hills. A Post-modern Colonial offering 6,000-plus square feet of space and glimpses of the Hudson River. Such uncommonness hardly elicits one to ask “what else?”, but beneath the tangible offerings of this Wappingers Falls, New York estate lays a unique story that only adds to the distinct character of the home.

Once inhabited by a man recognizable by his first name alone, 72 Old State Road is the current estate of Kenneth Battelle—or simply “Kenneth”—famed celebrity hairdresser who passed away in May. It was by Kenneth’s hands that Jackie O’s legendary “bouffant” defied gravity and Marilyn Monroe’s blonde locks glistened in the lights of Madison Square Garden as she sang “Happy Birthday Mr. President” to Jack Kennedy in 1962.

“To represent the home of the icon ‘Kenneth’ is truly a privilege,” listing agent Dianne Minogue says. “The Camelot days hold such intrigue, which could be felt immediately upon entering the home.”

Known as the first celebrity hairdresser, Kenneth’s life was immortalized in the New York Times obituary “Kenneth Battelle, 86, Hairdresser to the Stars, Dies.” His estate not only serves as a historical timepiece to his craft, but as homage to his life in Dutchess County, as well. In an Architectural Digest piece that ran in 2004, Kenneth states, “This house is a repository of all the things that have meant something to me.”

A piece of fame itself, 72 Old State Road’s long and winding driveway escorts visitors to this private country estate, featuring 5 bedrooms (plus a Guest Cottage) and 4-and-a-half baths. The spacious kitchen with breakfast bar includes one of the home’s three fireplaces, all of which contribute to its warm atmosphere.

“My understanding is that Kenneth desired comfort, peace and quiet,” Dianne says. “Looking over the 32 acres of rolling hills, it is easy to see why he found that at this special country home, his escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

Glance into the home’s inviting sun room for picturesque views of the property; lush perennial and rose gardens offer an extra touch of botanical beauty, with an in-ground pool and accompanying pool house providing an outdoor escape on a warm summer day. Distant river views top off the property’s tranquility, a slice of paradise awaiting those who enjoy a more laidback lifestyle and close access to just about everything.

To find out more information about 72 Old State Road, visit www.kennethsestate.com and contact Dianne Minogue at dminogue@houlihanlawrence.com.