Celeb photographer Waring Abbott lists upstate pad for $5.5M

Celebrity photographer Waring Abbott and his wife, neuroscientist Sara Denning, are listing their Orange County residence for $5.5 million.

The cozy, light-filled home — at 15 Cox Drive in Monroe, NY — sits on 38 wooded acres with scenic views, trails, creeks and ponds.

The main house is more than 6,000 square feet with a library, a music room and a home office with a private entrance.

It features lots of windows and glass doors on the main floor, as well as an open kitchen overlooking a koi pond.

There’s also a barn that serves as an art studio space and an additional workshop.

Waring has had a celebrated career, photographing everyone from Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones to Yo-Yo Ma, Oprah Winfrey, Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Nixon.

Exterior of the Monroe home.
The Monroe home sits on 38 wooded acres.
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Interior of a bedroom.
One of two bedrooms.
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Interior of the home's living room.
The main home is more than 6,000 square feet in size.
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Interior of a music room.
The property has a music room.
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He’s also known for his photos of KISS — as well as Michael Jackson, ABBA, Debbie Harry, Patti Smith and Divine with John Waters.

That said, one wing of the home is where Abbott keeps his 30-year-plus archive of photographs, along with a studio for his staff who work on current projects.

After buying the property in 1999, the couple then spent $1.8 million developing it, building a road, a bridge, a well, the house and the barn.

Interior of the home's kitchen.
The open kitchen overlooks a koi pond.
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Interior of a bathroom.
Enjoy a soak in one of the dwelling’s 2½ bathrooms.
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Interior of the home's library.
The library area.
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Now that they’ve fulfilled that dream, they are building something new on 68 acres west of the property.

“My wife and I are ready to buy a fresh parcel of land and design a new house. Our creative minds need change and 68 acres on a hilltop is the new inspiration,” he said. 

The listing brokers are Douglas Elliman’s Nancy Strong and Jeffrey Hoffmann.

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