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A few months ago I found a new day job where I’m doing administrative work (such as doing Google searches on various topics, sending emails to various people, and filing). The person I’m doing work for has a lot on his plate. He’s the executor of his late aunt’s estate which he’s trying to wind it down. He’s also doing other things which I’m not going to elaborate on right now. I mentioned a few months ago that I wasn’t going to write anything about this day job unless I do something that is extraordinary visual and creative.

Well I did just that as part of my job last month. His late aunt owned some property in the Washington, DC area that she rented to tenants. My boss decided to put one of the houses up for sale. This house is located in McLean, Virginia and the tenants had recently moved out. I was sent to the property to take photos in preparation for selling it.

The house is located on top of a hill so I couldn’t walk too far back on the front lawn because I wanted to avoid rolling down the hill. The house is long in length and it has a brick façade. It looks big but, compared to the other houses I drove past on the way to this house, it’s relatively modest. (I drove past several large mansions in the same neighborhood that definitely dwarfs this house.)

The well-manicured lawn had plenty of azalea bushes that were in full bloom when I was there.

The property has a swimming pool but it was covered when I was there.

I was instructed to shoot as much as possible. I shot close to 200 photos of the place. I’m only posting a fraction of the photos I shot in this blog because the vast majority of photos were of empty rooms just like the next two photos.

The rooms had a fresh coat of white paint and it clearly has hardwood floors. But many of the photos I took of those rooms were so similar that even I had a hard time keeping straight as to whether I had already photographed a certain room or not. I just didn’t want to bore you with an excess of photos of bare rooms with no furniture or anything else. The bare rooms currently have a few nice touches, such as these fancy brass air vent covers.

The living room (or what I think is the living room) has a nice looking fireplace.

The kitchen has this lush wood paneling that looks like mahogany. Even the refrigerator (located on the far left in the photo below) has wood paneling on its two front doors.

The kitchen countertops are made of granite.

One of the rooms that faces the backyard swimming pool has a brick wall and floor with this old-fashioned iron stove that looks vintage, retro, and cool.

This house has three full bathrooms and three half-bathrooms. (Or I think I counted that many bathrooms.) One full bathroom is all white with fancy white moulding around the mirror and gold fixtures.

The other full bathroom has a sink with this nice looking blue tile on the top.

My favorite full bathroom is the one that has this colorful mosaic covering the sink.

The front windows on the upper levels provide spectacular views of the neighborhood. I shot this photo on the second floor, which overlooks this large mansion that’s across the street and the abundant trees. It’s obvious that this area was once rural. I did not see a single Metrobus stop anywhere in this neighborhood and the nearest Metrorail station is several miles away. The roads leading to this home are winding and very twisty and curvy at times. I don’t know if it was always a wealthy area or if it was one of those rural areas that was once full of family farms but now caters to people with deep pockets.

Soon after my visit I uploaded nearly all of my photos to a Dropbox account with one exception. I took a selfie while I was standing in front of one of the large bathroom mirrors holding my Canon PowerShot camera. I didn’t include my selfie with the rest of the real estate photos because it doesn’t really fit in with the others (which are supposed to show off the house and grounds to potential buyers). So I’m going to post it in this blog instead.

With this post I can at least prove to others that I am capable of doing real estate photography. I’ve previously done similar job-related photography a few years ago when, as part of a previous job, I photographed the Dayspring Retreat Center and compost facilities in Howard County, the City of College Park, and the University of Maryland at College Park.

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