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Description of the Major NH Lakes / Quick Real Estate Buyers Reference 

Description of the Major NH Lakes / Quick Real Estate Buyers Reference 

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in NH. You will find peaceful coves, open water, sailboat racing and fast cigarette boats. The shoreline is dotted with hundreds of large contemporary homes.  Noble Adirondacks are neighbors to rustic seasonal cottages. Activities and attractions are concentrated in the Gilford, Laconia and Wolfeboro areas.  You can live and shop by boat all summer. 

Lake Winnisquam is just over 4000 acres and approximately 10 miles long. The southern end of the lake is dotted with modest homes and seasonal cottages. As you head past the sandbar to the north the lake widens and you will find a mix of luxury homes on the eastern shoreline and year-round homes to seasonal properties on the western shore. The northern end of the lake leads into a no-wake zone and a perfect place to relax. The same attractions found in the Winnipesaukee area are easily accessible from Winnisquam.

Squam Lake is NH's second largest lake with just over 6700 acres.  Unlike Winnipesaukee, Squam is much less developed, with vintage lake homes more popular.  The decor is simple, but quality is evident.  There are less electronics and you will feel like you have stepped back in time when you tour the area. You are not going to find any box stores or even a Dunkin’ Donut shop around the lake. Yes, you will find new lakefront retreats but as you cruise the shoreline most of the homes are set back into the woods and are not visible from the water.  It is not unusual to find large tracts of shorefront land as privacy is a premium attraction to Squam Lake owners. You almost feel like you are one of the first settlers to see the wooded shoreline when boating around the lake 

Newfound Lake is also just over 4000 acres. This lake has pristine water quality and clarity. Clear and deep!  To the south you find small-town living in Bristol, as you head north you find rural Alexandria, Bridgewater and Hebron. The lake is dotted with cottages, condos and luxury homes along with rustic turn of the century estates.  A major ski resort is just a short drive and Plymouth a college town is just north of the lake.  

Sunapee Lake is over 4000 acres.  You will find many turn of the century estates along the shoreline along with condos and luxury Adirondacks. The lake is very popular for boaters and has a Star Class sailing fleet.  A major ski resort, Mt. Sunapee, is minutes from the lake.  Towns around the lake include Newbury, Sunapee, and New London- a trendy college town. There is a  Dunkin’ Donuts but other than that most stores are local merchants. 

Ossipee Lake is over 3000 acres. This lake has some of the best views of all the NH lakes.  Views around the lake take in Mount Washington and Mt. Chocorua. The lake consists of 4 bays and the main lake, they all connect.  Homes around the lake vary from seasonal cottages, condos to contemporary homes. If you are looking for a sandy beach home, this could be your go to lake.  You will find numerous attractions including major ski resorts and golf minutes from the lake. 

Lake Wentworth is also over 3000 acres. This lake is located in trendy Wolfeboro the Oldest Summer Resort in the US. This lake is similar to Squam. Around the lake you find vintage cottages, beautiful homes and condos. The wooded shoreline gives you the feel you are one of the first visitors to the lake.  Golf, skiing and attractions are all a short drive away.  Boat House on Squam Lake

This blog focuses on the larger NH waterbodies but you might be surprised to hear that we have over 200 lakes and ponds in the Central NH area of all price points and we sell on all of them!  If your interest is a home on one of our larger water bodies that’s great but if you are looking for a quieter, smaller lake we are well versed in all NH lakes in our area.    Contact us and we can assist you in your search.

Call Lady of the Lake Realty at 1-888-737-5550 or e-mail at or text 603-566-6608  #nhlakesrealty  for more information. 

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