Blog :: 11-2011

NH Lakes Region Real Estate News - Area lakefront Information Blog

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Thinking of Buying a New Hampshire lake home? Helpful Hints!

Lady of the Lake Realty, Established in 1999, is a small niche agency catering to Buyers looking for waterfront or water-access properties. We discuss the different aspects a Buyer may want to consider when searching for a waterfront/ water-access properties with every Buyer. A synopsis follows:

1. Waterbody Size- Types of Activities you plan to engage in: Canoeing, kayaking Motor-boating, jet-skiing Fishing warm water vs. colder water 2. Water Quality- Oligotropic Mesotropic Eutropic

3. Use- Seasonal versus Year-Round-

4. Price Parameters ??

Waterbody Size- First and foremost a Buyer should understand that water bodies offer a different experience based on size. But, as the size increases, generally so does the price. Each Buyer must consider what he/she is looking for in a waterfront property so that we can find the best match..

Small Waterbodies- Less than 100 acres in size. There are small ponds perfect for kayaking and interacting with wildlife. They are usually fine for swimming but sometimes they will have a mucky bottom so a Buyer will want to jump in off a swim raft or pontoon boat versus wading in. Some small ponds have sandy or gravelly bottoms. Waterbodies of this size make great little swimming holes, and are good for limited fishing. They are not good for someone looking to motorboat around. These water bodies will be the most affordable.

Medium Sized Waterbodies- 100- 300 acres in size. These water bodies are great for small boating, waterskiing and tubing, fishing, and swimming. These are great all-around water bodies and a Buyer can usually enter the market here at a reasonable price.

Large Waterbodies- 300-750 acres in size. These water bodies will command a higher price as Buyers who are interested in motorboating will need a larger Lake . The benefit to this size is that a Buyer will not be in the price range of the 1000+ acre water bodies, but will be able to enjoy all water activities.

Largest Waterbodies- 750+ acres in size. These water bodies are highly desirable, more expensive, and offer the Buyer all Waterbody activities. Some also offer on water amenities such as boat up eateries and bars. In NH we have 12 water bodies that are larger than 1000 acres, with 2 others that are 900+ acres.

Water Quality- Another consideration when purchasing a waterfront/water-access property is the quality of the water. The State of New Hampshire has identified 3 levels of water quality. Oligatropic is the highest quality. The water is clear, and nutrient poor, meaning it is not a good source for the nutrients that support algae. It is the most desirable. Often, the Oligatropic Waterbodies are the deeper glacial water bodies. These water bodies are generally the most expensive. Mesotropic is medium range water quality. The water is usually fairly clear to light tea color and may have some surface vegetation but usually around the edges. Many water bodies fall in this category. These water bodies are perfectly fine for purchase and are usually more affordable than the Oligatrophic. Eutropic are nutrient rich water bodies. They usually have much surface vegetation and can be darker in color. We do not recommend Eutropic water bodies because the water quality is not conducive for swimming and boating and the resale will be negatively affected by the poor water quality.

Seasonal or Year Round Use? There are lots of great summer cottages that offer 3 season enjoyment. Many Buyers do not plan on using a cottage over the winter and are happy to use the cottage from May to November and shut the property down for the winter. Actually, improvements are being made every season but there are still many areas around are water bodies that are difficult to access during the winter months. To purchase a property that is already year-round, or can easily be converted to year-round use a Buyer will be paying a premium. If a Buyer needs year-round, and price is a factor, opt for a smaller waterbody.

Lastly, a Buyer needs to identify their price parameters so that we can search for the best possible properties WITHIN THEIR PRICE RANGE. There are many good quality lakes and ponds from throughout the lakes region and the central part of the state. We can find you a property that will work for you. For additional information  call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view  homes in New Hampshire at or

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New Hampshire Lake Properties, Which Lake is right for me?




Lake Winnipesaukee - Wolfeboro Town Dock - NH lakes real esate

Lake Winnipesaukee - Wolfeboro Town Dock


If you are lookingfor  a lake property  in New Hampshire you have  hundreds of lakes to choose from.   While that means you will have lots of possible choices, it will also mean thatsorting through the various properties and water bodies  to determine which one is right for you can be difficult, time consuming, and downright frustrating. What you really need is some help from an expert in thearea.  Lady of the Lake Realty hasexperience not only in lakefront real estate purchases  but also boating , fishing, skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, water-skiing, shopping and general  area knowledge.   My wife, Paula Hinckley,  started Lady of the Lake Realty in 1999, oneof the first waterfront web based real estate businesses.  I joined her in 2007. Together, we will help you with questions on lake water quality, boating restrictions, Comprehensive Shoreland Protective Act,Septic Systems, and general news about the area.

If you want to start by familiarizing yourself with area lakes visit one of our websites: .

If you want to get started looking for your new getaway  we can help.  It starts with your wish list.   A typical wish list might be a 3 bedroom, 2 bath home, sandy beach  within 30 min of skiing on a 3000 acre lake with a salmon fishing .  Yes we can find you that home!!  But realistically are you in that price range.  Ok you're not in the $600,000 plus price range but you would still like the benefits of your wish-list,  there are many beach accesscommunities on large lakes that you can view the water, walk to the beach and have your boat on your own dock for less dollars than waterfront owned. Or consider  a smaller lake, seasonal property or a home on a motorboat restricted lake.  A couple of ideas for your wish list, sandy beach and southwest exposure so you can enjoy swimming with the kids and the sun all day along with a great sunset.

  If you can dream it, WE can make it happen!    

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Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Family Compound in Meredith NH


Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate for sale - Meredith Lake home with boathouse

Check out the Boathouse with a bathroom.


Quaint family compound. Two homes on this wonderful property. One year round home built in 1980 and the other home, built in 1945, is used seasonally but has an FHA oil heating system with year round possibilities. There is an additional out building, which is currently used as a bunk house, that has its own 1/2 bath and a fireplace to take the chill off in the Spring & Fall. The property has 185' of water frontage on Lake Winnipesaukee and consists of 3+/- acres. The second lot is across the street and consists of 1+/- acres. Both lots are being sold together for this great price. There is a nice sandy beach and a 1 bay, 22'x8' Boathouse with its own 1/2 bath. The detached 2 car garage has its own bonus room. Listed by Lamprey and Lamprey Realtors.  With a total of 4 plus acres this would make a wonderful location to build your family retreat or just enjoy the two homes for 4 seasons of activities.  Boating, sailing, fishing, tubing, water skiing, ice skating, snow skiing, cross country skiing, hiking plus shopping, restaurant, museums, theaters, amusements.


Meredith NH lake winnipesaukee home for sale

Sandy Beach area 2 docks and a great view.


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Squam Lake Home For Sale, Located on Big Squam Lake in Holderness NH


Big Squam Lake Home for Sale - Squam Lake Real Estate - 603-729-0435

Year Round Squam Lake Home, level lot, views, sandy beach


Holderness, NH. Big Squam at a great price! 100 feet of waterfront features a new retaining wall, sandy beach and a new covered dock. This is a level lot perfect for play. This very well kept home was built with care-solid and strong with new windows and monitor heat. Heat-a-lator fireplace, sun room and large lakeside deck. Lots of living space with two bedrooms and a large "loft" area. The over sized 2 car garage offers an unusual half bath. Great idea for lakeside living. The views are outstanding looking up the cove. This 4 season home is a fantastic Big Squam vacation home-start making memories now! Listed by Century 21 Lake Region Realty. Squam Lake is the second largest lake in New Hampshire at over 6000 acres.  The home has 7 rooms with 2 bathrooms on just under a half acre of land.  The Squam Lake Science Center is a short ride away along with some of the best hiking trails and salmon  fishing in the state.  This is a year round home so in the winter you can ice skate, snowmobile and Loon and Waterville Valley are less than 30 minutes away. For additional information on this home call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at or

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Lake Winnipesaukee Seasonal Cottage for Sale in Moultonborough NH


Lake Winnipesaukee home for sale in Moultonborough NH 603-729-0435

View of Gunstock Ski Area from this Winnipesaukee Cottage


Very unique offering on Lake Winnipesaukee! Old Time Winnipesaukee retreat (remodeled with all modern conveniences) situated on 100 feet of pristine crystal clear waterfront with outstanding views directly of the Gunstock Mountain Range. Level lot, docking system to support large vessels, great privacy with a perfect proximity to all Lake amenities! Let this be your perfect Lake Winnipesaukee retreat for generations to follow. Listed by Century 21 Lakes Region Realty.  This home has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms with plenty of parking. Lake Winnipesaukee is 44,000 acres and Moultonborough is a low tax town for additional long term savings.

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Lake Winnipesaukee Moultonborough lake home for sale

View of Gunstock Ski Area from your home on Winnipesaukee



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