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New Hampshire Lakefront Home Inventory Update, October 1, 2013

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Level Lot - Sandy Beach - Sunsets

Summer ended last week but you can't tell it by the current weather.  The forecast for this week is sunshine, light winds and temperatures in the mid to upper 70's with zip for humidity. The tree's are just beginning to turn, colors are brilliant around the wetland areas with bright orange, yellow and reds painting the landscape mountains in the north are peak..  The ski areas are making final preparation to begin there snow making process for the annual Thanksgiving Day ski season openings.

If you are not familiar with the NH Lakes Region we have over 250 lakes just south of the White Mountains.  Most of the lakes are within 20 to 45 minutes of a major ski resort and golf courses are sprinkled throughout the region.  Major Lakes in include Lake Winnipesaukee - 44,000 acres, Squam Lake - 6750 acres, Newfound - Sunapee - Winnisquam are all just over 4000 acres and Ossipee - Wentworth are 3000 plus acres.   Great East Lake, Waukewan, Merrymeeting are some of my favorite mid size lakes.  If you have a question about a lake my wife Paula and I have sold homes on all the major lakes in the state and are ready with answers  when you call.

One thing we do not have is a lack of lakefront real estate inventory.  There are a total of 750 lake homes on the market right now and a home is sure to be in your price range.  Most of the homes are year round properties but if you are looking to head to Florida for the winter there are 173 seasonal homes where you can enjoy 6 months in NH and the other 6 in a sunny climate.

Current Inventory includes:

79 Luxury Lakefront homes over $2 million.

102 lake homes listed between $1 to $2 million

198 waterfront homes listed $500,000 to $1 million

208 lake properties $300,000 to $500,000

134 lakeside homes $175,000 to $300,000

Call us with your wish list so we can get started looking for a lake property for your family to enjoy.  Remember your lake home is a four season home. Skiing - Snowmobiling - Skating - Snowshoeing - Cross Country Skiing - Ice Climbing are all winter events.

For additional information on lake homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view  lake homes in New Hampshire at or

Contact us today so I can send you out some current listings on the market or homes that might interest you in the future.

Building or Remodeling on a Lake or Pond in NH- Get Permits?

Pemigewassett Home for saleConcord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) is ready to help homeowners and contractors with the many building-season projects that need permits prior to work beginning. DES has updated the "Got Permits?" poster/guide for land development projects, to help quickly and easily identify what type of permit may be needed. All permit types have web guides which will help you through the process.

Most construction activities, especially when done near lakes, ponds, rivers, streams or wetlands, require permits. DES is busy processing permits to help landowners get ready for the summer season. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the DES website to access some easy to use on-line tools to determine if you need a permit. Both the Got Permits? poster and the on-line tools are available on the DES website at  search for the Land Resources Management Program on the A to Z list.

DES encourages anyone considering a construction project on or near our waterways to review these convenient tools and to seek advice from DES.  Non-permitted activity can cause environmental damage, including flooding nearby property, degrading lake or downstream water quality and/or harming fish and wildlife habitat. Property owners can avoid costly restoration expenses and project delays by educating themselves to the permit requirements and acting now to get the appropriate permits so projects can be completed this building season.

Often finding that perfect lot to build on is extremely difficult.  We can direct you to some great cottages on the water that you can remodel or remove to build your dream home.  Call us!!  We can direct you to some local architects and builders to help in your process also. For  information on finding a lake home or lot call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at  or visit our website to view  lake homes in New Hampshire at or


Fall Clean and Winterization Checklist for Your Lake House


Newfound Lake Home for sale in Bristol NH - Newfound lake real estateSummer is ending and activities around the lake are moving in a new direction.   As a general rule you should plan on removing your seasonal dock and securing your mooring for the winter by the middle of October.  The water starts to get pretty cold as you approach November  taking what fun there is totally out of the removal process.  If you have a permanent dock this would be a good time to get your bubble in and ready to go so all you have to do is plug it in.  Generally all the leaves are down by the November 15th and  may think of waiting until spring to remove leaves but they will be matted down and heavy making the process more difficult.  Put all your outdoor furniture indoor or in your shed and lock the shed doors.

If your cottage is year round get the heating system tuned up and set the temperature at or around 55 to 60 degrees for the winter months prior to departing.  Make arrangements for driveway to be plowed so you can access the home in the winter.   If you don't have a security system consider one or put lights on a timer.  Don't forget wood for the fireplace and store it in a dry accessible place.

Seasonal cottages take a little more effort but some of the below apply to year round homes.

  1. Drain all the water pipes and put camper antifreeze in the traps
  2. Including - dishwasher-washer - water heater - toilets - hot tub - well pump - filtration system
  3. Unplug all the appliances and open the refrigerator door.
  4. Turn off all un-necessary breakers.
  5. Remove all food.
  6. Inspect the roof with some binoculars
  7. Close all gaps in the foundation, doors, windows and siding.  Mice are crafty.
  8. Clean the gutters
  9. Winterize lawn mowers and outboards and put gas saver in any gas tanks.
  10. Turn off the water in a seasonal home.
  11. Double check to make sure all windows and doors are locked when exiting.

Make a list of what needs fixing. Go room by room. Waiting for parts over the winter is a lot easier than trying to get them rush delivered on over Memorial Day Weekend.


If you are planning on selling or purchasing a lake home in the future call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view  lake homes in New Hampshire at or


Squam Lake Luxury Real Estate, Center Harbor NH

Squam Lake Real Estate

squam lake luxury real estate

Sandy beach area and covered boat dock

Squam Lake Luxury Home, Center Harbor NH Traditional; Classic; Premier; Custom Built; Luxury Waterfront Home - These are the words that best describe this property, built by Alan Vittum, located on 350 feet of beautiful shoreline at the very tip of Hopewell Point. A true family retreat built to enjoy, with a wonderful layout flowing openly from room to room - all facing out to long sweeping southwestern views. Protected by a gorgeous covered porch with large screened areas at each end. The kitchen, dining & living rooms with walk-in stone fireplace are all one beautiful open space with a private, luxurious master suite at the end. The 2nd floor is designed for family & guests with separate quarters with multiple suites at each end. A large family room brings everyone together in the center. The suites & the family room all walk out to a wrap-around balcony overlooking the beautifully landscaped grounds and the lake. There is a complete guest house plus an open air separate grandchild's playhouse suited for sleepovers and life long memories. Home is just over 7500 square feet with 7 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms on just over 1 acre. Squam is within 2 hours of Boston and a short dirive to golf or ski areas.   Listed by Randy Parker, Maxfield Real Estate. For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at or Contact us today to see if this home is still available??

N.H. High School Bass Fishing Tournament Set

Competitions on September 26, October 5, 2013

CONCORD, N.H. -- Student bass fishing tournaments are a popular new high school sports competition in New Hampshire. A qualifying tournament with 42 registered teams will take place on Thursday, September 26, 2013, out of Lee's Mills on Lake Winnipesaukee. The finals tournament for the top 13 or so teams is set for Saturday, October 5, on Lake Winnisquam.

A first-ever student bass fishing tournament took place in New Hampshire on a trial basis last May, with 54 teams from 39 New Hampshire schools taking part. Individual medals were awarded for the largest total catch (four fish maximum) and for the largest largemouth and largest smallmouth bass caught.

The high school bass fishing tournament will occur once each year in the fall in future years.  The events are conducted by the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA), with assistance from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department and the NH B.A.S.S. Nation.

The tournaments include a strong educational component. Teams have adult mentors who guide them through the process of learning about New Hampshire's aquatic resources and the responsibility that goes along with being anglers.  Additionally, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department recently conducted a "High School Bass Fishing Education Seminar" which was attended by almost 70 students, coaches, and Athletic Directors.

"We are excited that scholastic sports and the angling community came together to create this opportunity for students to set the foundation for a lifelong outdoor activity," said Karina Walsh, who coordinates the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department's Let's Go Fishing Program. Walsh and New Hampshire Fish and Game Fisheries Biologist Gabe Gries serve on the NHIAA Bass Fishing Committee and provide logistical and volunteer support for this event.

On the day of the tournament, watch for tournament updates on Facebook at and on Twitter @NHfishandgame.

Additional information about the tournament can be found on the NHIAA website at

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association is a private not for profit organization that has served as the leader of high school athletics for its member schools in New Hampshire since 1947. The student bass fishing tournament is in keeping with the NHIAA goals of adding sports that will have lifelong appeal to student athletes and providing more sports that are coed and inclusive to all populations within our schools.

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Wolfeboro NH

lake winnipesaukee real estate for sale Winnipesaukee home in WolfeboroWolfeboro NH, Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate: Premiere Winter Harbor location. Year round.....and ready to move in.  Pristine condition.  Warm lake feel. Main house is 3 bedrooms and 2 baths, with wood floors and granite counters, fireplace, and deck along the whole front of the house. Guest house is stunning.  Modern kitchen including cherry kitchen, stainless appliances, and granite counters.  Lot is private with room to expand and has beautiful views over the Ossipee Mountains.  40 dock and crystal clear waterfront.  A must see! Listed by Prudential Spencer Hughes Real Estate, Jodi Hughes. For additional information on this home call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view similar lake homes in New Hampshire at or

Contact us today to see if this home is still available at just under $1.2 million.

Time to Get your Boat Dock Ready for Winter in New Hampshire


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This dock is for sale in Meredith. Hassle free! The Marina does all the maintenance

AS MOST PEOPLE strive to get the most out of their watercraft, most seasonal docks remain in place until October, but it all depends on how quickly temperatures drop in the fall.

While some area residents take their docks out around Labor Day, most take advantage of the remaining good weather - even if the water temperatures get cooler, according to Scott Buckland, owner of Granite State Dock and Marina in Derry.

"It's all kind of weather permitting," Buckland said.

According to the state, seasonal docks must be removed "during the non-boating season for at least five months each year."

"It's designed to be outside," Merrill said.

There are many types of docks - including wood sectional pipe docks, aluminum crank-out docks, breakwater and piling docks, according to Mike

Metcalfe, owner of Winnipesaukee Island Services.

"Each type of dock has its own unique process for fall removal or winterization," Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe recommends removing sectional docks while the water and air temperature are still comfortable.

"It's important to have a plan prior to removing the first section," Metcalfe said, adding this way the correct tools will be on hand and the sections can be stored in an order which will aid the assembly process in the spring.

"It's easier to replace a part in the fall than try and track it down and repair it in the spring," Metcalfe said.

Metcalfe said it's best to cover or store decking sections after removing them from aluminum crank-out docks, which are winched out of the water for the winter. He said it's prudent to use ropes to stabilize the upright dock against winter winds.

"It's a good idea to inspect the decking sections for loose screws, broken decking and to apply a coat of stain as needed when you have the sections in your garage," Metcalfe said.

Most permanent docks need circulators or bubblers installed to protect them from ice damage, Metcalfe said.

"It's important to remember to always post a thin ice sign on the end of your dock when using any type of ice-heating equipment," Metcalfe said. "It's also important to note with these style docks, most ice damage occurs in the spring from wind-driven ice."

For more information, visit

Anyone interested in installing a seasonal dock, making repairs to an existing permanent structure or working on waterfront property must acquire a permit from the DES Wetlands Bureau. Area residents can visit the technical assistance section on the DES website to use a logic model to determine whether they need a permit for specific projects.

For more information, including a complete drawdown schedule, visit http://  This article was taken from the NH Union Leader For additional information on dock maintenance sources and lake homes call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view  lake homes in New Hampshire at or


National Hunting & Fishing Day NH Expo: September 21, 2013, in Concord NH

Salmon Fishing on WinnipesaukeeCONCORD, N.H. - In observance of National Hunting and Fishing Day, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department will host a Sporting Expo at Fish and Game headquarters, 11 Hazen Drive, in Concord from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on September 21, 2013. Admission is free. The event is made possible by promotional support from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire, John Deere, Bonneville & Son Jeep, the US Sportsman's Alliance and 96.5 The Mill.

The Expo is your chance to see the latest hunting and  fishing-related products and services, from guns and decoys to scents, calls  and fishing gear. Meet hunting and fishing experts and guides and start planning your next  outdoor adventure.  See live birds of  prey.  Enjoy live music by Jim Barnes.  And check out canoes, kayaks, boats and four-wheelers.  This big outdoor event features dozens of  exhibits, demos and hands-on activities, including:

* Archery and air rifle ranges     * Displays of hunting and fishing gear and accessories     * Retriever dog demonstrations     * Turkey calling     * Taxidermy exhibits     * Fly-tying demonstrations     * Display of the N.H. state record buck

While you're at the Expo, be sure to buy your tickets for the giant raffle to benefit the Wildlife Heritage Foundation of New Hampshire. Raffle items include a Savage Arms Axis rifle, a trail camera, an upland bird hunt, hand-tied flies and many more prizes!

The Expo is a rain or shine event.  A food concession will be available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For vendor list, raffle item list, and schedule of events, visit


For  information on lake homes in NH call Four Seasons | Sotheby's International Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or visit our website to view lake homes in New Hampshire at or

Contact us today to see if this home is still available??

Vermont Bald Eagle Nests Successful in 2013

Bow Lake Resident Eagle

Merrymeeting  Lake Resident Eagle


Bald eagles in the state had a very good nesting season in 2013, according to a report from Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and Audubon Vermont. From 16 known nests, Vermont's bald eagles produced 26 fledglings, or offspring that survived to leave the nest. This is an increase from 2012, when 24 fledglings were produced.

"Not all bald eagle nests are successful every year," said John Buck, migratory bird biologist for the Fish & Wildlife Department. "Late winters, food shortages, or even the nest tree falling down can cause a nest to fail. Despite the potential for these natural setbacks, Vermont still experienced a net increase in eagles fledged this year, which is very encouraging."

NH Announces the Winter Drawdown of Lakes and Ponds

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) announced today the annual fall drawdown of the lakes and ponds controlled by dams owned by DES. To access the drawdown schedule please visit the NHDES website or the  Drawdown Schedule


Angle Pond Bartlett   Brook Sandown Oct.   14 2'
Akers   Pond Greenough Brook Errol Oct.   14 1'
Ayers   Lake Tributary   to Isinglass River Barrington Oct.   21 3'
Ballard   Pond Taylor   Brook Derry Oct.   14 2'
Barnstead   Parade Suncook   River Barnstead Oct.   14 1.5'
Black   Reservoir1 Willow   Brook Jaffrey Oct.   14 5'
Bow   Lake Isinglass   River Strafford Oct.   14 4'
Burns   Lake Tributary   to Johns River Whitefield Oct.   14 1.3'
Chesham   Pond Minnewawa   Brook Harrisville Oct.   14 4'   to 2'
Crystal   Lake Crystal   Lake Brook Enfield Oct.   14 4'
Crystal   Lake Suncook   River Gilmanton Oct.   14 3'
Deering   Reservoir Piscataquog   River Deering Oct.   14 4'
East   Washington Pond Beards   Brook Washington Oct.   14 2'
Glen   Lake/Greggs Falls Piscataquog   River Goffstown Oct.   26 1.5'
Goose   Pond Goose   Pond Brook Canaan Oct.   14 7.5'
Grafton   Pond Bicknell   Brook Grafton Oct.   14 2'
Great   East Lake Salmon   Falls River Wakefield Oct.   1 3'
Great   Pond Powwow   River Kingston Oct.   14 1'
Highland   Lake North Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct.   14 3'
Horace   Lake (aka Weare Reservoir) Piscataquog   River Weare Oct.   12 5'
Horn   Pond Salmon   Falls River Wakefield Oct.   1 1.5'
Howe   Reservoir Tributary   to Minnewawa Brook Dublin Oct.   14 6'
Island   Pond North   Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct.   14 3'
Lake   Kanasatka Tributary   to Lake Winnipesaukee Moultonboro Nov.   1 1.5'
Kezar   Lake Lane   River Sutton Sept.   30 2'
Kingswood   Lake Churchill   Brook Brookfield Oct.   14 4'
Lake   Armington2 Eastman   Brook Piermont Oct.   14 3'
Little   Sunapee Lake Kidder   Brook Sunapee Oct.   1 27"
Lovell   Lake Branch   River Wakefield Oct.   14 3'
Mascoma   Lake3 Mascoma   River Lebanon Oct.   14 3'


Mendums   Pond Little   River Nottingham Nov.   9 7'
Milton   Three Ponds3 Salmon   Falls River Milton Oct.   14 3'
Newfound   Lake3 Newfound   River Bristol Oct.   14 2.5'
Nay   Pond Dead   River Milan Sept.   30 7.5"
Nippo   Pond Nippo   Brook Barrington Oct.   14 2'
North   River Pond North   River Nottingham Oct.   14 1'
Northwood   Lake Little Suncook River Epsom Oct.   14 6'
Ossipee   Lake3 Ossipee   River Effingham Oct.   14 3.25'
Pawtuckaway   Lake Pawtuckaway   River Nottingham Oct.   14 7'
Pequawket   Lake Tributary   to Swift River Conway Nov.   1 2'
Pine   River Pond Pine   River Wakefield Oct.   14 8'
Pleasant   Lake Tributary   to Little Suncook River Deerfield Oct.   14 2'
Robb   Reservoir North   Branch Contoocook River Stoddard Oct.   14 2'
Sawyer   Lake Badger   Brook Gilmanton Oct.   14 3'
Shellcamp   Pond4 Academy   Brook Gilmanton Oct.   14 4'
Silver   Lake Minnewawa   Brook Harrisville Oct.   14 3'
Squam   Lake3 Squam   River Ashland Oct.   14 2.5'
Stinson   Lake5 Stinson   Brook Rumney Oct.   14 4'
Sunapee   Lake3 Sugar   River Sunapee Oct.   14 2.5'
Suncook   Lakes Suncook   River Barnstead Oct.   1 5'
Sunrise   Lake Dames   Brook Middleton Oct.   15 2'
Sunset   Lake Suncook   River Alton Oct.   14 7'
Trickling   Falls Powwow   River East   Kingston Nov.   1 1'
Webster   Lake Chance   Brook Franklin Oct.   14 2'