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Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury Real Estate, Governors Island


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Over 7000 Square feet of living space - listed at $2.9 million - sold 


Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury Lakefront Property What is on your checklist for your next Vacation Home. Sandy Beach? Open Water Views? Plenty of Bedrooms for Guests? Spacious Area to Entertain? Level Private Lot?  Stop Here!  As you enter the home you have a full service pub style bar off to the right and a family room to the left. The great room with a fireplace has open water views to Rattlesnake Island adding that perfect touch for a corporate party or family gathering. The kitchen has granite countertops and high end appliances and is perfectly situated to view the lake and guests . After you catch your breath the master bedroom suite is on the first floor, you have a total of 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms on just over 1 acre of perfectly manicured grounds. Ground level you have a family room and 2nd kitchen plus outdoor grilling area. The private beach has 125 feet of sugar sand beach and dock. Garage space, 2 car oversized attached garage plus 2 car detached garage. This executive home includes all amenities of Governors Island.   This home is located minutes to the Laconia Airport for your private plane and one hour to Manchester NH for commercial flights. A short ride you are at Gunstock Ski Area, Laconia Country Club, Meadowbrook Outdoor Concerts, Tanger Outlet Stores, plenty of hiking trails and you can boat or drive to your favorite restaurant. 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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The Future of Moose in NH Is Uncertain, Setting the Record Straight 2013

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Used to see Moose in my backyard, no longer

CONCORD, N.H. -- The status of New Hampshire's moose population has been getting a great deal of attention lately, as public awareness grows regarding the impact of winter tick and other challenges facing moose populations across the country. While New Hampshire's regional moose populations are indeed facing some serious threats, they are not on the verge of disappearing from the Granite State landscape, says longtime moose biologist Kristine Rines of the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. Many factors affect New Hampshire's moose population, and new research has been initiated this year to get more concrete information on exactly what is happening.  To help set the record straight, the Department posed a series of questions to Rines about the future of our moose, one of the state's most iconic wildlife species.

Are moose about to disappear from the New Hampshire landscape? Rines: In the short term no; in the long-term, we don't know. However, many of the numbers I've seen reported recently on the moose population have been incorrect. The peak population for moose in New Hampshire was in about 1996, when we had 7,600 moose in the state.  Currently our moose population stands at about 4,400 animals. The public set the goals for the moose population through a public participation process.  A lot of that downward trend has occurred because people requested fewer moose. Why? The primary driver for the public desire for fewer moose has been to reduce moose-vehicle collisions. These  encounters are now down to about 170 per year; from 1996 to 2002 the average number of moose killed by vehicles in New Hampshire was well above 200 (225-265 per year). However, other forms of moose mortality appear to be on the increase.

Are moose numbers down throughout the state? Rines: We're most concerned about the White Mountains and central New Hampshire, where we have seen pretty significant reductions in recent years (since 2007), even with reduced numbers of moose hunt permits being issued. We believe these areas are likely being hit with the double whammy of both winter tick and brainworm (a parasite that deer can transmit, but are unaffected by). In other parts of the state, the Connecticut Lakes Region is at goal while the North region is slightly below goal, as is the Southeast region. Southwest New Hampshire remains below goal.

People say they are not seeing as many moose in the North Country as they used to.  Is this because moose numbers are down? Rines: Yes, in part. But at present, moose are at goal in the Connecticut Lakes Region and also in two of the three units that make up the North region. We hope we'll be able to maintain moose at these goals. So far, the only parts of the state where we are seeing dramatic declines below goals are the White Mountain and Central regions. Keep in mind that being able to see moose on the side of the road is not necessarily dependent on the number of moose in an area. "Moose Alley" in Coos County is a perfect example; there, salt use on the road has been reduced and salt licks have been purposefully drained, and the roadside browse has grown out of reach of moose. So now fewer moose are being attracted to roadside browse and salt licks where they are most visible.

How big a problem is winter tick? Rines: In New Hampshire, our winters are growing shorter, snow arrives later and melts earlier. Based on research conducted from 2001 - 2006, we know that our northern moose experience occasional increased mortality from winter tick. This mortality rate can change dramatically from year to year because of changes in snow pack. If we have a snow-free April followed by a snowless November, both tick numbers and moose mortality will increase. Even if ticks don't kill the moose, cow moose with high tick loads may lose so much weight that their fertility is reduced. In the North and Connecticut Lakes Region we are seeing reduced body weights and reduced reproduction - mainly due to winter tick. Winter tick is also influenced by moose density; the more moose you have, the more winter ticks there are. For more in-depth information on this issue, " an article in NH Wildlife Journal Magazine.

What does the future look like for the New Hampshire moose hunt? Rines: We don't know what the future holds, but we are concerned. We know that moose numbers are below goal in several regions, and moose weights and reproduction are also down in some regions. In response, we've been dropping permit numbers since 2007. We've gone from 675 permits to 275 permits issued in 2012-2013.  While we won't know until this fall how the population is faring as a result of this most recent permit reduction, current information suggests that New Hampshire's moose population may continue to decline in some regions. If permit reductions do not work, things could change appreciably in the future.  We still have this fall's moose hunt and observation data to review before those recommendations are made, however. We will continue to monitor our moose population closely; if it keeps declining, we will reduce permits accordingly in an effort to maintain moose on our landscape.

What's happening with moose in other states? Rines: We are not alone. Moose in several jurisdictions are declining. Minnesota, where winter tick and brainworm are significant factors (though not the only cause of mortality), has ended its moose hunting season because of rapidly declining regional populations. Nova Scotia has seen dramatic reductions in some moose populations. Maine's southern moose population is seeing significant winter tick infestations. Other states and provinces on the southern edge of moose range are also seeing reductions in some of their moose herds.

Is this trend being driven by climate change? Rines: There is no simple answer as to why this is happening. In general, it appears that as our weather changes, with winters growing shorter and temperatures on the rise, moose mortality increases and reproduction decreases. Where the snow and cold of winter continue to last from November through April, moose seem to continue to do well. The affect of other factors on moose may also be changing with the climate. Information from both our own research and that done in Minnesota suggests that other infections and parasites may be contributing to increased mortality and reduced reproductive rates.

Is there anything we can do to prevent winter tick? Rines: Winter ticks are dependent on two things: moose density and weather.  There is some evidence that the fewer moose you have, the mortality rate from winter tick goes down because there's not as many ticks around. In southwestern and southeastern New Hampshire, we rarely see moose dying from winter tick.  The moose density at which that starts to occur is quite low, however. The other thing people can do is try to address climate change.

Could you tell us about the major new research effort underway? Rines: It's clear that we need to learn more about the causes of moose mortality and how our changing weather patterns may be affecting both the causes and rates of mortality in our moose herd. So Fish and Game is partnering with the University of New Hampshire in a major new research effort. Funded entirely by federal Wildlife Restoration dollars, this project updates and enhances the research we did from 2001-2006. Over a two-year period, we will place radio collars on 80-90 adult moose cows and calves. A helicopter wildlife crew will capture and collar the animals. We will track the collared animals for four years, monitoring them for as long as the collars keep transmitting.  We'll be looking at how long the individuals live; and when they die, we'll try to get there as soon as possible to determine cause of death. This research will help us determine what the mortality rate and causes are at this time.  It seems to have increased since our last mortality research project.  We want to know if mortality is being caused by winter tick or other factors.  These answers will inform future management decisions.

What do you hope to gain by this research? Rines: We hope to find out whether the increase in mortality and reduction in reproductive success is because of winter tick, or if we are seeing additional disease and parasite problems or other causes of mortality that we weren't seeing a few years ago. If this trend is driven primarily by winter tick, then every year will be different because weather is such a big player.  What we learn will help our moose management team anticipate and respond to changing moose mortality and productivity. Things are going to change year by year, and we'll have to adjust our approach accordingly. New Hampshire moose are in decline in many of our management regions but they are not going to be gone tomorrow. The fact of the matter is that we don't know what the future holds, but we're hopeful that a combination of research and management efforts will allow us to do all we can to secure the future of New Hampshire's invaluable moose resources.

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Lake Winnipesaukee Luxury Real Estate, Tuftonboro NH USA

lake winnipesaukee real estate picture 2Tuftonboro NH "Foxwood Way" A family compound for over 80 years. "This place has set the rhythm for my life!" We all should be so lucky. Eighty plus acres with 522 feet on the eastern sandy shoreline of "The Barbers Pole" section of Lake Winnipesaukee. This property has two wonderful lodges built in 1935 by Eddie Hodgdon, the main one with 4 bedrooms, a large great room with floor to ceiling stone fireplace, vaulted ceilings, original wood paneling - all opening up to a side to side sunroom overlooking the shoreline. The second cottage nestled in the trees has its own fireplace, outside shower and separate bunkhouse with a sunken living room that opens out to your private deck. The sandy shoreline has an over-the-water boat house, u-shaped crib dock and 822 feet of privacy in the sun. This is a one of a kind property, that could be developed but it surely could be someone's private "On Golden Pond Experience "  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

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Center Harbor NH Luxury Estate, Hearthstone

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18 rooms with over 7500 square feet of living space on 28 acres

Center Harbor NH Hearthstone represents one of the finest luxury estates in the Lakes Region. Constructed in 1915 this restored Royal Barry Wills design is situated on 28 acres of manicured lawn, rolling fields and orchards overlooking Squam Lake and the surrounding mountains. This private country home is well suited for large gatherings and entertaining. The home has been lovingly restored over a period of years with little expense spared. The current owners have overseen the most recent renovation with new mechanicals and central air being installed. Original details such as teak floors and fireplaces have been restored as well. The main house has over 7500 square feet of living space with 6 bedrooms and 7 baths. All bedrooms have their own private baths. The brick carriage has is perfect for the car collector or a family horse property.   Listed by Brian Neidhardt in the Meredith office.

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Perfect Set up for the car collector.

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New Hampshire Lakefront Inventory Update: August 19 to 26 2013

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Just Sold, Luxury Adirondack on 600 Acre Pine River Pond

Labor Day Weekend is right around the corner and new lakefront listings are slowing down with only 12 new listings this past week.   Squam Lake had an new listing listed for $7.5 million. This luxury home is located on 10 acres in the town of  Moultonborough.   Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate  had 3 new listing 2 island properties on Rattlesnake and a luxury home in Moultonborough for $2.8 million.   To the south on Northwood Lake and Swains Lake we had a couple of new listings in the $200,000 range.    Sales are really starting to hit the books with 25 waterfront homes being sold in the last 10 days in the price range of $225,000 for an island property to $1.5 million for a Winnipesaukee ranch on just over 1 acre of land.

Typically in the summer we have two price adjustments. Just after the 4th of July and right after Labor Day.  The 4th of July price adjustment did not happen this year and I bet we are not going to see prices drop after Labor Day.  Sellers of lake home have bottomed out on there pricing.  If your a buyer coming to NH to buy a lake home the prices are fair and we should see pricing increase next year on lakefront homes.  If you are sitting on the sidelines waiting to make a decision to buy think again, prices will increase and interest rates will go up. Don't be that guy who said I should have!

If you are not familiar with NH we have 3 areas in the state with well over 250 lakes and ponds.  Sunapee Region, Lakes Region and the Ossipee area.  If you are thinking of a ski home our typical buyer is thinking the same.  All of the larger lakes are less than 20 minutes  to a ski resort and all are minutes to golf and great hiking trails.  The region currently has over 600 waterfront homes on the market with pricing from $250,000 to $13 million.  The majority of the homes are price under $800,000.  If you are looking for a luxury year round home or a seasonal cottage on the lake we can help you. 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

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Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Meredith NH

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Quiet Cove and just minutes to the big lake

Meredith NH, Very nice 1.05 acre piece of land on Lake Winnipesaukee with 315' of lake frontage. This wonderful camp is located in the beautiful town of Meredith NH which is one of the hubs of the Lake Winnipesaukee region, and is situated on a private road in a very peaceful and quiet area, yet just a couple of minutes to the main part of the lake.  This is a perfect area on the lake for kayaking, canoeing or swimming or leaving on your big boat to go out for the day. The lot itself offers very positive building possibilities, deep water docking and a walk in swim area in the clear water. The camp consists of an open living/dining/kitchen area with a brick fireplace. A large screened porch faces the water for evening enjoyment. Two bedrooms, two ¾ bathrooms and laundry area complete the first floor.  Upstairs is the third bedroom and two additional sleeping areas. Shared land across the road contains the leach field. This camp could be used for fun summers or torn down for a larger, year round home. This home is located just an hour north of the Manchester Airport and you can be at major ski areas in 40 minutes.  Shopping, golf, hiking are all just a short ride away. You can visit your favorite restaurants on the lake by boat or car.  Listed by Coldwell Banker RB, Center Harbor, Dean Eastman. 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

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Weekly Report: Existing-Home Sales Spike in July 2013

WASHINGTON (August 21, 2013) - Existing-home sales rose strongly in July, with the median price maintaining double-digit year-over-year increases, according to the National Association of Realtors®. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, increased 6.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.39 million in July from a downwardly revised 5.06 million in June, and are 17.2 percent above the 4.60 million-unit pace in July 2012; sales have remained above year-ago levels for 25 months. Lawrence Yun, NAR chief economist, said changes in affordability are impacting the market. "Mortgage interest rates are at the highest level in two years, pushing some buyers off the sidelines," he said. "The initial rise in interest rates provided strong incentive for closing deals. However, further rate increases will diminish the pool of eligible buyers." Despite higher mortgage interest rates, Yun identified compensating factors that can sustain a continued recovery. "Although housing affordability conditions will become less attractive, jobs are being added to the economy, and mortgage underwriting standards should normalize over time from current stringent conditions as default rates fall." According to Freddie Mac, the national average commitment rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage rose to 4.37 percent in July from 4.07 percent in June, and is the highest since July 2011 when it was 4.55 percent; the rate was 3.55 percent in July 2012. Total housing inventory at the end of July rose 5.6 percent to 2.28 million existing homes available for sale, which represents a 5.1-month supply2 at the current sales pace, unchanged from June. Listed inventory is 5.0 percent below a year ago, when there was a 6.3-month supply. "Tight inventory in many areas means above-normal price growth for the foreseeable future," Yun said. The national median existing-home price3 for all housing types was $213,500 in July, which is 13.7 percent above July 2012. This marks 17 consecutive months of year-over-year price increases, which last occurred from January 2005 to May 2006. The median price has risen at double-digit rates for the past eight months, and is now 7.3 percent below the all-time record of $230,400 in July 2006. Two years ago, the median price was 25.7 percent below the peak. Distressed homes4 - foreclosures and short sales - accounted for 15 percent of July sales, the same as in June and matching the lowest share since monthly tracking began in October 2008; they were 24 percent in July 2012. Continuing declines in the share of distressed sales account for some of the price gain. Nine percent of July sales were foreclosures, and 6 percent were short sales. Foreclosures sold for an average discount of 16 percent below market value in July, while short sales were discounted 12 percent. The median time on market for all homes was 42 days in July, up from 37 days in June, but is 39 percent faster than the 69 days on market in July 2012. Short sales were on the market for a median of 72 days, while foreclosures typically sold in 50 days and non-distressed homes took 40 days. Forty-five percent of homes sold in July were on the market for less than a month. Data from,5 NAR's listing site, shows the tightest inventory conditions, reported as median age of inventory, are in Oakland, Calif., 20 days; Denver, 31 days; and the Seattle area, 36 days. First-time buyers accounted for 29 percent of purchases in July, unchanged from June, but are down from 34 percent in July 2012. All-cash sales comprised 31 percent of transactions in July, the same as in June; they were 27 percent in July 2012. Individual investors, who account for many cash sales, purchased 16 percent of homes in July, down from 17 percent in June; they reached a cyclical peak of 22 percent in February of this year. NAR President Gary Thomas, broker-owner of Evergreen Realty in Villa Park, Calif., said more repeat buyers are using cash. "The overall percentage of cash purchases has been fairly steady, as has the share of first-time buyers, but the investor share has been trending down since February. This means more repeat buyers are using cash in this tight-credit environment," he said. "With a steady decline in lower priced inventory, particularly in foreclosures, investors are finding fewer bargains to buy." Single-family home sales rose 6.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.76 million in July from 4.48 million in June, and are 16.4 percent higher than the 4.09 million-unit level in July 2012. The median existing single-family home price was $214,000 in July, up 13.5 percent from a year ago. Existing condominium and co-op sales increased 8.6 percent to an annual rate of 630,000 units in July from 580,000 in June, and are 23.5 percent above the 510,000-unit pace a year ago. The median existing condo price was $209,600 in July, which is 15.5 percent higher than July 2012. Regionally, existing-home sales in the Northeast surged 12.7 percent to an annual rate of 710,000 in July and are 20.3 percent above July 2012. The median price in the Northeast was $271,200, up 6.7 percent from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the Midwest rose 5.8 percent in July to a pace of 1.28 million, and are 20.8 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $168,300, which is 9.5 percent above July 2012. In the South, existing-home sales increased 5.0 percent to an annual level of 2.11 million in July and are 16.6 percent above July 2012. The median price in the South was $183,400, up 13.6 percent from a year ago. Existing-home sales in the West rose 6.6 percent to a pace of 1.29 million in July and are 13.2 percent higher than a year ago. The median price in the West, driven the most by a supply imbalance, was $287,500, which is 19.2 percent above July 2012. The National Association of Realtors®, "The Voice for Real Estate," is America's largest trade association, representing 1 million members involved in all aspects of the residential and commercial real estate industries. For additional commentary and consumer information, visit and # # # NOTE:  For local information, please contact the local association of Realtors® for data from local multiple listing services. Local MLS data is the most accurate source of sales and price information in specific areas, although there may be differences in reporting methodology

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Tuftonboro NH

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Sunsets, Views - Deep Water Docking 3 bedrooms - 2 bath

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Low Tax  Tuftonboro NH,  Located in quaint Melvin Village, a short ride to downtown Wolfeboro.  Lot exposure is south/southwest......wide views, incredible sunsets. Year round home is freshly painted inside and out, with new flooring ,new roof, updated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and granite counters.  2 Fireplaces, and a full lower level that is ready to finish. 2 car garage with recreation room/bunk room, or whatever suits your needs.  Nice deep water off the crib dock and sandy bottom.   First time offering and 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

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Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate, Moultonborough NH

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4 bay garage for boats - cars and snowmobiles.

Winnipesaukee home for sale with a sandy beachLake Winnipesaukee, Moultonborough NH Privacy, southern exposure, 117 feet of frontage on the quiet side of Lake Winnipesaukee, great 3 bedroom year round home all on 1.45 acres. The property sets back in from the road on a beautiful landscaped lawn and gardens. Open concept large updated kitchen and living room all opening up to a full waterfront cedar deck and awning. The gourmet kitchen has all new Electrolux Refrigerator, Bosch Dishwasher, trash compactor, double wall ovens plus all new granite counter tops and custom wood cabinets. There are two large rooms currently being used for home offices, plus a lower level walk out family room. Ambrose Cove is just minutes from Moultonborough & Melvin Bay by boat offers the quiet version of the lake while putting you anywhere you want to go by boat.  Home is listed by Randy Parker of 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

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Gilmanton New Hampshire Real Estate, Private 26 acres with spectacular views.

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Perfect Sunrise from the back of the home & Sunsets looking over 16 acres of field

Gilmanton New Hampshire Well-appointed almost new 2,900 square foot country home with 16 acres of field and 26 acres total. Home is situated to take in that perfect sunrise from the back of the home and sunset from your front porch. Plenty of windows to enjoy the mountain views east and west. The gourmet kitchen has granite counter tops with a wood fireplace and opens to a back deck. The living room is front to back with the center piece being a wonderful fireplace. Front porch is 45? long. Wood floors add to the warmth of the first and second floors. The second floor has 3 large bedrooms and the master bedroom has a fireplace and huge window facing east to take in your sunrise, mountain and Village view below. On the way up the driveway you pass the insulated 4,500 square foot barn/work shop. This outstanding property offers total privacy and is an excellent location for a horse farm. Deer, Turkey and an occasional Moose stroll through the expansive field  This home is located within 35 minutes to Gunstock Ski Area, Golf, Concord or Wolfeboro. If you are looking for home for private setting with an easy commute to Manchester or Portsmouth this home is perfect for you.Gilmanton NH real estate

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