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I always wanted to buy a NH lakefront home! Is there a NH Lake home in my budget?

Is there a lake home in my budget?  Yes, it is also a great investment!

Owning a lakefront home is a very rewarding experience. In today's market, it is also a solid investment for the future. You have a stock portfolio that can enjoy looking at above your fireplace at home or sit in your lake home investment and enjoy it with your family.  Parents, grandkids, relatives and friends all look forward to a visit at the lake for the day or extended time.  It is all about the fun memories you will carry with you for the rest of your life.

Can you find a Lake home in your budget?   Let's concentrate on less than a 2 hours from Boston and on a quality lake. First, sit down with your banker and review what you would like to budget for a lake home investment.  For ease, I am going to break it down into three price segments.

If your real estate budget is over $1 million.  There are 79 homes available priced $1 million to $11 million in the lakes region.  I can find you a quality home on any of the large lakes in this price range. Squam, Sunapee, Winnipesaukee, Newfound, Ossipee, Wentworth, Winnisquam.  Contact me and I can guarantee to find you a home that meets your wish list.

Budgeting $500 to $1 million narrows your choices.  Yes, I can find you a home on Winnipesaukee, Ossipee, Winnisquam or Newfound but seldom do we find listings for Sunapee or Squam in this price range. There are 55 homes in the lakes area in this price range. I can help you find a great property on Winnipesaukee, Ossipee, Winnisquam, Newfound, Merrymeeting, Waukewan, Bow, Great East or Pine River Pond. These are all great lakes call me to find out more about these large to mid-sized lakes in the area.

Reality Check? 54 homes are available in the $200,000 to $499,000 range.  Yes, lake homes are out there in this price range. For  $259,000 there is a 2 bedroom home located on Halfmoon Lake in Barnstead.  For $285,000 on 247-acre Sunrise Lake a completely remodeled home.  Suncook Lake, Halfmoon, Highland Lake, Webster Lake all have some great investment opportunities under $500,000.  Connect with me to find out what's out there.Seasonal Lakefront Home on Pleasant Lake

Send us an e-mail and we will send you listings in your price range!

Contact Paula Hinckley 603-566-6608 or Carl Sack 603-566-2386 For information on lake homes call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at www.nhlakesrealty.com or www.lakeorskirealestate.com.

 

Contact Paula Hinckley or Carl Sack today.  #nhlakesrealty    Feb. 2017 

Kitchen Trends for 2017 What's New in Designing or Updating Your Kitchen.

Kitchen Trends for 2017  What New in Designing or Updating Your Kitchen.  

While a home's curb appeal may draw buyers in, its interior matters just as much, if not more. Several features are high on the wish list of today's homebuyer, including a modern kitchen. Whether you're thinking of starting a remodel or you're just curious about what the future holds, check out these trends that turn kitchens into buyer bait. Work with your realtor to help determine your return on investment. 

Hidden appliances: Upgrading appliances is one of the quickest ways to add value to a kitchen. If you're looking to impress a buyer with deep pockets, look into hidden appliances. What's the appeal? Less obvious appliances keep the eye on the kitchen's overall flow and design.

Personalized pantries: The utilitarian kitchen pantry has evolved into a trending design element. Whether you choose a pocket door and complementary light fixture or a rustic barn door and wallpaper, there's no shortage of ways to express your personal style.

Creative countertops: Looking for a revamp with an immediate impact? Upgrade the counters. Quartz and butcher block, both easy to maintain, are quickly replacing traditional marble and granite surfaces. You can dress up your kitchen further with sleek waterfall-edge countertops that extend vertically to the floor.

Mixed-up metal accents: Accessorizing with different finishes is a trendy, cost-effective way to update your kitchen. In addition to stainless steel and gold, homebuilders are seeing copper accents emerging as the metallic detail of choice.

Don't let a dated kitchen cost you when it's time to sell your home. Incorporating a trend or two could be enough to give your kitchen the facelift it needs to entice buyers.

Return on Investment, check my earlier news note on other remodeling investments. 

Minor Kitchen Remodel (80.2% ROI)  Average Cost: $20,830  Average Resale Value: $16,699

Major Kitchen Remodel (61.9% ROI)  Average Cost: $122,991  Average Resale Value: $76,149

Information on lakes and homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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New Hampshire has over 900 named lakes and ponds recognized by the state. Where do you turn for information on a lake property?

New Hampshire has over 900 named lakes and ponds recognized by the state. Where do you turn for information on a lake property? Which Lake fits your Lifestyle?

The attraction to New Hampshire besides no sales or income tax is the close proximity to Boston, mountains, and lakes. The southern NH lakes offer lakefront owners the ability to raise their family on a quality lake with above average income potential.  ( Pawtuckaway - Bow - Pleasant - Northwood are perfect examples ) 

Each of the northern regions of the state offers different features that attract the retirement community and young families looking to build lasting memories.  I personally divide the state into above and below the notches. Above the notches often creates a commuting problem. Most want to be within 2 hours of their lake or mountain property and the drive time above the notches can exceed 4 hours in some cases.  

We concentrate on regions in NH that are within 2 hours of Boston where lakes meet the mountains, you can contact us for details in each of these markets. 

Mount Washington Valley is home to Mount Washington and some great ski resorts in NH they include Attitash, Wildcat, Bretton Woods and Cranmore. There are several major lakes in the area that give you access to these ski resorts along with all your shopping and outlets needs plus major attractions. You will find an abundance of hiking trails, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and some of the best rock climbing in NH in the MWV.  The lakes in the area would include north to south, Conway, Ossipee, Dan Hole, Duncan, Province, Pine River, Lovell, Great East, and Balch Lake.  Each lake offers different boating and fishing opportunities, Ossipee being the largest at 3000 acres with 4 large bays to smaller lakes less than 100 acres.  Access to this region, Route 16 or Route 25. 

To the west lies the Lake Sunapee Region. Lake Sunapee is the main attraction with over 4000 acres offering an active sailing community, fishing, all water sports. Mount Sunapee Ski Area, which has 233 acres of skiing is the centerpiece ski area of this region. Mount Sunapee is host to 4 seasons of activities from a Zip Line to the NH Craftsmen’s Fair. The lake and mountain almost touch at the Sunapee State Park. This quaint region is not home to chain restaurants and box stores. The area has held onto its New England charm where you will find some great restaurants, golf courses and plenty of hiking trails. Just to the north, you find Dartmouth College and a hidden ski resort the Dartmouth Ski Area, also the Eastman Lake Community with golf, cross country skiing, and clubhouse that includes an indoor pool.  Lakes in the area include Perkins, Goose, Mascoma, Kolelemook, Pleasant, Massacecum, Highland, Ashuelot, and Blaisdell Lake.  Let's not forget Ragged Mountain Ski and Golf Resort in Danbury. Contact us for a complete list of lakes in this area all located off 89. 

In the center of the state, you will find the Lakes Region. This region is all about the lakes! The major lakes include Winnipesaukee, 42,000 acres, Squam 6700 acres, Winnisquam, Newfound 4000 acres, Wentworth 3000 acres, Merrymeeting, Waukewan 1000 acres plus hundreds of additional lakes with 250 to 600 acres. Winnipesaukee has it all, the ports around the lake include Wolfeboro, Meredith, Center Harbor, Alton and the Weirs in Laconia where you can park your boat and go out to dinner or shop. You will find over 250 islands with 2 popular bridged islands Governors and Black Cat Island. You could spend the whole summer at the lake and never get in your car. You can boat to get groceries, attend a concert or even go out to the movies. Squam has a mystic that surrounds the lake, the shoreline has miles of shoreline without cottages dotting the shore, a back to nature paradise. Though 6700 acres you will find more kayaks and canoes than motorboats and no cigarette boats. Newfound is the cleanest lake in the state with Plymouth just to the north and Winnisquam is a commuter's choice with Laconia on the eastern shore. Gunstock Ski Resort, with zip line, mountain coaster, cross country trails are minutes to Winnipesaukee or Winnisquam. From Exit 23 on 93, you can reach all the major lakes in 15 minutes and Ragged, Loon, Waterville, and Cannon are within 30 minutes. All the lakes in this region put you close to all the major attractions Winnipesaukee has to offer along with hundreds of restaurants and outlet shopping.  

Information on lakes and homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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Hot New-Home Real Estate Trends to Watch in 2017

Hot New-Home Trends to Watch

Daily Real Estate News | Wednesday, January 18, 2017

There were plenty of new ideas, features, and designs of interest to the real estate community at the 2017 International Builders’ Show and the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, both held in Orlando, Fla. last week. We were there to gather the top trends and buzzwords you need to know about now.

Modernity in Moderation

It turns out designers, home builders, and consumers have different ideas of the meaning and salability of the term “modern," and the industry is working to bridge that gap. Seth Hart of DTJ Design in Boulder, Colo. explained how “moderated modern,”—where asymmetrical windows and color and material combinations that provide high contrast—can be used on more traditional homes to provide an updated feel without breaking the bank or turning off buyers.

“It’s not about doing wild roof forms,” Hart told attendees. “It’s all about how you create a modern design in something that still has a broad market appeal and is done affordably.”

 

Eric Brown, a builder representative with Artisan Homes Realty, LLC in Phoenix uses the term “comfortable contemporary” to help identify the style. “It’s going to attract baby boomers,” he predicted, noting this style offers “something that reminds them of their old home, but it’s updated.”

Another twist on this trend comes in the form of the “modern farmhouse,” which was another popular buzzword at the show. Many of the winners of the National Association of Home Builders’ 2016 Best in American Living Awards featured farmhouse sinks, reclaimed wooden beams, and barn doors layered into modern designs. Even the farmhouse elements themselves are being updated, as is evident in cleaner, more minimalist designs made of contemporary materials.

The Secret Hideaway

Don’t we all want to turn a cluttered space into a fun design novelty? Another trending term at the show this year was “the messy kitchen,” which is a hidden space away from the gleaming center island where homeowners can prep food and stow Mr. Coffee far from guests.

Wayne Visbeen, president of Visbeen Architects, told attendees he also uses this technique to hide away the “home management space.”

“I put hidden rooms in offices a lot,” he said. “I think it’s a great place to hide the junk, and people think its sexy.” He notes that hidden space doesn’t have to be huge to work well, suggesting a four-by-eight foot space would be sufficient. Also, with all the easy-to-install sliding barn and pocket doors in the consumer market now, this is a project some homeowners can undertake themselves.

Fewer Bathroom Barriers

One trend that was heavily featured in Orlando last week was the idea of an open shower, or “wet room.” Some even contained both a shower and bath in one, which designers reported saves space in master baths where homeowners don’t want to skimp on a stall shower to fit in a pretty tub.   

This is a good option to consider for anyone looking to add the element of zero-barrier entry to bathing, which is an important consideration for those with limited mobility. However, Mary Jo Peterson, a kitchen, bath, and universal design consultant in Brookfield, Conn., noted there are drawbacks.

“If I really want a hot, steamy shower, it’s hard to do in these open spaces,” she said. She also noted that it’s difficult to calculate ahead of time if the water will escape the intended area and make the whole bathroom into a “wet room.” She cautioned builders to avoid the temptation to put rain-style showers up too high, to minimize the spray’s radius.

Auto-Smart Homes

We’ve all heard the talk about how smart home devices are going to change our lives forever, but Dave Pedigo doesn’t think we’re quite there yet. Pedigo, vice president of emerging technologies at the Custom Electronic Design and Installation Association, told attendees that until we can move “away from using a mobile phone as remote control,” we won’t really have smart homes.

He said natural user interfaces, such as the voice commands consumers can use to control Amazon's Alexa and other smart home devices, are only the first step toward creating a truly smart home that can anticipate residents' needs ahead of time. For example, there are already sensors out there that “see” when a sleeper has gotten up at night and can automatically illuminate night lights to lead them safely to the bathroom.    

“Ultimately, we are moving toward not having to deal with technology,” Pedigo said. “You shouldn’t have to tell the lights to turn off or tell the shades to go up.”

Information on lake homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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Meg White, REALTOR® Magazine

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Cost vs. Value: Which Home Improvements Offer the Highest ROI in 2017?

With the many different projects reported annually in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report, not much has changed from last year...and that's not a bad thing. The 29 projects found on this year’s report paid back an average of 64.3 cents on the dollar in resale value. Looking at the 24 most tracked projects (projects consistently tracked for the last six years), their payback for 2017 was also 64.3 cents—only three-quarters of a penny higher than 2016 projections.

Why the little change? Simply put: the differences in underlying numbers was minimal year-to-year. The average cost for those 24 projects rose a meager 3 percent, while the value that real estate professionals put on said projects only rose 4.2 percent. Minor gains, yes, but we’ll take what we can get.

Curb appeal projects like changes to doors, windows and siding garnered a higher ROI than work done inside the home. Replacement projects, like doors or windows, scored higher among real estate pros than did remodels.

On a national scale, the top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report’s “midrange” cost category are:

  1. Attic Insulation (Fiberglass) (107.7% ROI)
    Average Cost: $1,343
  2. Average Resale Value: $1,446
  3. Entry Door Replacement (steel) (90.7% ROI)
  4. Average Cost: $1,413
  5. Average Resale Value: $1,282
  6. Manufactured Stone Veneer (89.4% ROI)
  7. Average Cost: $7,851
  8. Average Resale Value: $7,019
  9. Minor Kitchen Remodel (80.2% ROI)
  10. Average Cost: $20,830
  11. Average Resale Value: $16,699
  12.  Garage Door Replacement (76.9% ROI)
  13. Average Cost: $1,749
  14. Average Resale Value: $1,345

The top five projects with the greatest ROI in the report’s “upscale” cost category are:

  1. Garage Door Replacement (85.0% ROI)
    Average Cost: $3,304
  2. Average Resale Value: $2,810
  3. Entry Door Replacement (fiberglass) (77.8% ROI)
  4. Average Cost: $3,276
  5. Average Resale Value: $2,550
  6. Window Replacement (vinyl) (73.9% ROI)
  7. Average Cost: $15,282
  8. Average Resale Value: $11,286
  9. Window Replacement (wood) (73.0% ROI)
  10. Average Cost: $18,759
  11. Average Resale Value: $13,691
  12.  Grand Entrance (fiberglass) (70.1% ROI)
  13. Average Cost: $8,358
  14. Average Resale Value: $5,855

Regionally, the Pacific division (California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Hawaii) saw an average payback of 78.2 percent for all projects, with 10 projects posting cost-recouped levels of at least 90 percent. The East North Central states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois and Wisconsin, however, saw an average of just 54.9 percent, with no single project offering a payback of as much as 80 cents on the dollar.

At the other end of the spectrum are projects with the lowest returns on investment—improvements generally not in demand by the market. Again on a national scale, the five projects with the lowest ROI in the “midrange” cost category are:

  1. Bathroom Remodel (64.8% ROI)
    Average Cost: $18,546
  2. Average Resale Value: $12,024
  3. Master Suite Addition (64.8% ROI)
  4. Average Cost: $119,533
  5. Average Resale Value: $77,506
  6.  Backyard Patio (54.9% ROI)
  7. Average Cost: $51,985
  8. Average Resale Value: $28,546
  9.  Backup Power Generator (54.0% ROI)
  10. Average Cost: $12,860
  11. Average Resale Value: $6,940
  12.  Bathroom Addition (53.9% ROI)
  13. Average Cost: $43,232
  14. Average Resale Value: $23,283

The five projects with the lowest ROI in the “upscale” cost category are: 

  1. Major Kitchen Remodel (61.9% ROI)
    Average Cost: $122,991
  2. Average Resale Value: $76,149
  3. Master Suite Addition (59.9% ROI)
  4. Average Cost: $250,687
  5. Average Resale Value: $150,140
  6. Bathroom Remodel (59.1% ROI)
  7. Average Cost: $59,979
  8. Average Resale Value: $35,456
  9. Bathroom Addition (57.1% ROI)
  10. Average Cost: $81,515
  11. Average Resale Value: $46,507
  12. Deck Addition (composite) (56.4% ROI)
  13. Average Cost: $39,339
  14. Average Resale Value: $22,171

The 2017 Cost vs. Value Report compares, across 99 markets, the average cost of 29 popular remodeling projects with their average value at resale one year later. Average resale value is calculated based on estimates provided by real estate professionals. 

 

Information on lake homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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by Nick Caruso

Lake Winnisquam Lakefront Real Estate Information Guide NH

Lake Winnisquam Lakefront Real Estate Information Guide NH

Winnisquam is one of the most desirable lakes in New Hampshire. The lake is 4200 acres, 10.5 miles long with three islands and a sandbar that the population explodes on every warm summer day.  The towns around the lake are Belmont, Meredith, Laconia, Sanbornton, and Tilton. I live in Sanbornton and we do not even have a traffic light in town but the population explodes in the summer from 2500 to 10,000 +. 

The lake is only a few miles from Interstate 93 via Exit 20 on the southern end and Exit 23 on the northern end of the lake.  Winnisquam has two basins, a larger northern basin and a smaller southern one, with a bridge carrying Routes 3 and 11 separating them. The village of Winnisquam is located at the bridge where you will find a local store with a dock and marina for gas and boat supplies.  South of the bridge is also a great location for water skiing or wakeboarding. As you travel north of the lake the widest section is 1.5 miles and the northern tip of the lake is referred to as the loon sanctuary a peaceful place for an afternoon lunch or cruise. ( no wake zone ) 

Laconia offers 2 shared beach communities, Lakewood, Wildwood and Ahern State Park. In Meredith you will find Waldron Bay Community. The shoreline is sandy, rocky to gravel and the maximum depth is 176 feet. 

The lake offers 4 seasons of activities. Summer boating, sailing, water sports and Winnisquam Lake is home to many species of fish. Cold water species include rainbow trout, lake trout, and landlocked salmon. You will find golf courses around the lake, plus rainy day attractions at the Weirs.  Winter snowmobiling, ice skating, ice fishing and Gunstock Ski Area is 20 minutes from the southern portion of the lake, Loon, Waterville, Cannon and Ragged are 40 minutes from the northern section of the lake.  

The area offers an abundance of shopping opportunities, 3 major grocery stores, 45 outlet stores, 2 large lumber chain stores along with a variety of restaurants. 

Lakefront homes around the lake are priced from the mid $500,000 range to $1.5 million. With the lake being just a few minutes off 93 commuters from Boston find the lake to be the perfect distance from home to dream lake house. 

Information on lake homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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What New Hampshire lake will work for your family? Part 4. Squam - Wentworth - Stinson

What New Hampshire lake will work for your family? Part 4. Squam - Wentworth - Stinson

With over 250 lakes in the greater lakes region choices are endless. Some top lake choices in each area. Parts 1, 2 and 3 reviewed Rt 16, Lakes Region, and Sunapee area.

If you are looking for a nostalgic lake that gives you the feeling of the 1940's. These three lakes fit the bill.

Squam Lake New Hampshires 2nd largest lake at 6700 acres brings you back in time. Much of the shoreline on Squam is in conservation and many estates along the lake are tucked back in the woods. There are 30 islands many open to exploring. Squam Lake is a nesting site for common loons and is a good place to see them in breeding plumage during the summer months. Bald eagles and great blue herons are also known to nest on the lake. The towns around the lake are Ashland, Holderness, Center Harbor, Sandwich, and Moultonborough. The surrounding mountains, which include the Squam Mountain range, the Sandwich range, and Red Hill offer some great hiking opportunities. No big box stores, no fast food restaurants I don't think you will even find a Dunkin Donuts near the lake. Make sure you visit the Squam Lakes Science Center, local birds and wildlife in a natural atmosphere. The film on Golden Pond was filmed on the lake. Watch out for rocks while your boating. Homes start at $725,000

Head over to Wolfeboro and just out of town you will find 3000 acre Lake Wentworth. There are 18 named islands, Stamp Island is the largest where you can go ashore and explore. The lake flows out through the Smith River to Crescent Lake and the boat launch. The lakes shoreline is dotted with cottages and homes and the shore is rocky and sandy depending on exposure. You will find open sections of shoreline with no homes and few large estates on the lake. This quiet peaceful lake is perfect for a day of sailing or kayaking around the islands. One of the many state parks is located on Governor John Wentworth Highway. Head 15 minutes into town and you will find yourself in a hub of excitement with museums, art galleries, shops and the Winnipesaukee shoreline. Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club is located on the out skirts of town and a public course is in town. There is family ski area in town and Gunstock is about 35 minutes away. Homes start in the $500,000 range.

North of the lakes region in Rumney you will find a mountain top lake in the White Mountain National Forest call Stinson Lake. This 342 acre spring fed glacial lake is surrounded mountains. The shore bottom is rocky to sand and you will find the shore dotted with year round homes with some built in years prior in need of saving. Stinson Lake is the only lake in the National Forest that allows motor-boating. The fishing is great for lake and rainbow trout winter and summer. In the summer you can access the lake from Exit 26 or 28 on 93. The northern road in the winter closes so your only access is from Plymouth a college town with all the amenities you will need 15 minutes from the lake. Summer hiking trails abound with winter holding some of the best snowmobile trails in NH.

Information on lake homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com

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    What New Hampshire lake will work for your family? Part 2. Winnipesaukee - Merrymeeting - Kanasatka

    What New Hampshire lake will work for your family? Part 2.

    With over 250 lakes in the greater lakes region choices are endless. Let's look at a region of the state and slowly work across the state. Part 1 we reviewed the Lakes off Route 16.

    The NH Lakes Region encompasses many wonderful lakes that include four of our larger lakes, Winnipesaukee, Winnisquam, Squam, and Newfound. Let's examine my top 3 choices in the lakes region.

    Winnipesaukee is a clear choice. The main attractions is the unlimited boating adventures. You could easily park your car for the summer and travel only by boat. You can go out to dinner by boat, go grocery shopping and even attend concerts at Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion / Meadowbrook all by boat. As you head around the lake, Alton, Gilford, Laconia and Meredith are on the western shoreline with easy assess to Gunstock Ski Resort where you can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing. At the northern tip of the lake you have Center Harbor, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro, and Wolfeboro the Oldest Summer Resort in the United States. Prices on the water start at $700,000 but you will also find some great condo and water access communities with pricing $250,000 up. You will never run out of activities, golf, boat shows to pond hockey no matter what season. If low taxes are of concern, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro have some of the lowest taxes in NH with Alton, Center Harbor, Meredith not far behind.

    The next choice is a tough one but I would have to choose Merrymeeting Lake. This 1200 acre spring fed crystal clear glacial lake sits in a valley surrounded by mountains. You drive out on Merrymeeting Lake Road just past the NH Fish and Game Hatchery and run smack into the lake. The two main roads are South Shore and North Shore Roads. Most of the shoreline is rocky and many of the homes have steep driveways or many steps down to the lake. The lake is deep and holds some big rainbow trout. Gunstock Ski Resort is an easy drive from anyplace on the lake. Some of the homes off South Shore or the eastern shoreline have sandy bottom swimming. Shopping is close by in Alton and Wolfeboro. My favorite restaurant is Johnsons Dairy Bar on Route 11 just a short drive from the lake. Make sure you try the ice cream. One visit and you will fall in love with this close to perfect lake fully located in New Durham, NH. Prices start at $400,000.

    Next stop takes us north to Moultonborough, Lake Kanasatka. Kanasatka is 371 acres with crystal clear water and well know for Loon nesting areas. The lake is located just east of Center Harbor with a small section of the lake visible from Route 25. Most of the shoreline of the lake is sandy and the home lots are wooded. My favorite hiking trail is located on the backside of the lake. Red Hill Trail has fantastic views of Squam and Winnipesaukee from the active fire tower at the top. Shopping and restaurants are located in Center Harbor, Meredith and all the attractions that Winnipesaukee has to offer are all at your doorstep. The closest ski areas would be Ragged, Loon, Waterville or Cannon. Prices start in the $400,000 range and Moultonborough is a low property tax community.

    Information on lake homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com

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      Merrymeeting Lake Real Estate Home Buyers Information.

      Merrymeeting Lake Real Estate Home Buyers Information. 

      Merrymeeting Lake located in New Durham NH, 1233 acres and was formed in 1923 when the Merrymeeting River had a dam put in.  The lake is shaped like a bow tie and surrounded by mountains. 

      The main road in is Merrymeeting Lake Road that takes you by the NH Fish and Game Hatchery at the head of the lake where the dam and boat launch are located.  There was some land planning when lots were surveyed for the lake. Most of the lots sitting across the street from the lake have a 20-foot strip of land they own so they have access to this wonderful crystal clear lake.                                                                

      The shoreline is dotted with small cottages to luxury lakefront homes. From the dam you can follow South Shore out to the end, Merrymeeting Lake Road leads you out to North Shore Road and Pine Point.  Cedergren is on the eastern shoreline and is accessed from the Wolfeboro side of the lake.  You can not drive around the lake.  

      Boating, water sports, sailing, and fishing are the main activities on Merrymeeting Lake. The deep, cold water allows for a variety of game species to thrive. Brook trout, brown trout, lake trout, rainbow trout, whitefish and landlocked salmon are the more popular fish in the lake with anglers. Warm water fish include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, northern pike, walleye, pickerel, horned pout, white perch, yellow perch, crappie, and bluegill. 

      From your lake home you can easily access major grocery stores in Alton or Wolfeboro. Restaurants, shopping, and supplies are all within 15 minutes of the lake. Gunstock is the closest ski resort complete with zip lines, mountain coaster, tubing, cross country skiing and numerous winter ski programs. 

      Back to the lake, most of the homes around the lake are vacation homes, once you see the lake you will fall in love with the area. The residents of the area claim the lake is the cleanest in the state with many cottages still taking water from the lake.  Less than 2 hours to Boston.  

      Merrymeeting Lake Real Estate Map

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      What New Hampshire Lakes and Regions which will work for your family?

      What New Hampshire lake will work for your family?  Part 3. 

      With over 250 lakes in the greater lakes region choices are endless.  Let's look at a regions of the state and slowly work across the state at some top lake choices in each area.  Parts 1 and 2 reviewed Rt 16 and the Lakes Region. The Sunapee region is especially popular with commuters coming from Western Massachusetts and Connecticut. 

      Heading west there are some great lakes, but my favorite would be Lake Sunapee.  Sunapee has crystal clear water, 11 islands, 3 light houses on 4125 acre to explore. The towns around the lake are Newbury, Sunapee and New London referred to as the Gold Coast.  Much of the shoreline is rocky or gravel with the Gold Coast offering sandy beaches and sunsets. Lake Sunapee Yacht Club hosts of a large inland fleet of Star class one design racing boats and offers an active weekend racing schedule and during the winter the lake is active with DN ice Lake Sunapee Lakefront Home sailing. The main attraction to this wonderful lake is Mount Sunapee Ski Resort that almost touches the shoreline at Sunapee State Park featuring a sandy beach and boat launch. The whole lake area expresses a quaint New England location. You will not find box stores or fast food restaurants around the lake. The lake is easy access to Interstate 89 just north of Concord and south of the Dartmouth region. Prices start at $850,000.

      One of my favorite smaller lakes in this region is 600 acre Pleasant Lake in New London. New London depicts what you would picture as a quaint New England college town with the perfect downtown. The lake is perfect for water sports, kayaking with some great salmon fishing. The lake is minutes off Exit 89 and the Sunapee Country Club is close by. Most of the shoreline is sandy with fantastic views of Mount Kearsarge.  Mount Sunapee Ski Area, Ragged Ski and Golf, Concord, and Dartmouth are 25 minutes from the lake.  Homes start at $750,000.

      Just to the south you will find Franklin Pierce Lake also known as Jackman Reservoir  in Antrim and Hillsborough. The lake is 483 acres with a sandy bottom. Hillsborough is your closest town where you will find restaurants and shopping.  The lake is perfect for water sports, kayaking or just cruising the shoreline in your pontoon boat. Golf courses are close by with Pat Peak and Crotched Mountain ski areas are just a short drive from the lake. This lake is popular with families looking for a lake they can raise a family on the water with Keene, Concord and Manchester an easy commute.  

      Information on lake homes in New Hampshire contact Lady of the Lake Realty at 888-737-5550 or info@nhlakesrealty.com or visit our comprehensive website http://www.nhlakesrealty.com 

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