No Year-Round Rentals

©Russell Kaye

I've been doing a ton of driving lately - two jobs have required driving across New England and back. One hand on the steering wheel, one hand on the camera, I've passed the time in the car looking at the world and have become fascinated with the way images are caught with the shot-from-the-hip, drive-by, especially at twilight. I've also become wearily fascinated with real estate and living in a small seaside village here in "VacationLand" that for the most part has no year-round rentals because everyone can get about ten times the year-round rent for those 4-5 weeks we call summer. We sold our house nearly two years ago in advance of the Real Estate meltdown and in preparation for moving back to NYC or Athens/Atlanta. And here we are still - having not decided on a destination. In the end, these twilight images are really just an exercise in the frustration with myself over all the aspects of mid-career and decision-making and making my family wander between summer and winter rentals. If you really want to feel the seasons, move to Camden, Maine and plan on renting for a bit. (Our winter house rents for $4000/week ($16,000/month) in the Summer - so this June will be the 4th time in two years we've moved our family of four...yick)


Anonymous said...

You can overlook a lake and be within walking distance of a cool cafe, free sailing lessons and other small-town perks. Literary neighbors. Quirky creative types. Year-round. Really.

Russell Kaye said...

what about that damp basement?

Anonymous said...

You know, Maine hardware stores sprout signs this time of year: Buy your sump pump; avoid the rush.

Pumpless and proud, she could be yours.

Walter Dufresne said...

Don't *ever* get left standing when the real estate music stops.

Years ago my IP attorney explained that his typical photographer client in NYC made money early on in a career, often as "flavor of the year." He further explained the happy coincidence of the photographer assuring his future economic survival, albeit *not* from his work.

Instead, the one consistent characteristic of his older, long-term clients was the real estate wealth accumulated from having purchased a cheap loft in a part of NYC that later gentrifies.

Russell Kaye said...

would that be Attorney Ed Greenberg? I can hear him saying that now.