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South Down – Long Bay Sales July 2019

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A View is the Next Best Thing…

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A View is the Next Best Thing…

There were 144 single family residential homes sold in July in the  Lakes Region communities covered by this real estate market report. The average sales price came in at $408,724 and the median price point was $275,000. Homes are selling quickly with an average time on the market of just 43 days and they are selling at an average of 97% of the asking price.

We all know that the Lakes Region has some pretty expensive real estate on the water. But there are some off the water properties that pull in some pretty good numbers as well.

ViewThis past month, for example, the home at 29 Garden Hill Drive in  Gilford that was originally listed at $795,000 sold for $740,000 after 243 days on the market. This 4,766 square foot, contemporary style, open concept builder’s home was constructed in 2014 and has four bedrooms and four and a half baths. The home features a beautiful eat-in kitchen with stainless steel high-end appliances, granite countertops, hardwood flooring, center island, a pantry, and coffered ceiling. A formal dining room with wainscoting and lighted tray ceiling, a living room with built-ins and gas fireplace, a den, and a four-season porch complete the main level. The walkout lower level has a family room and another office. There’s also a three-car heated garage, large deck, patio, and fenced back yard. This high-quality home sits on a 2.4-acre lot with beautiful lake and mountain views.

There is another great view property that sold just down the street at 138 Cotton Hill Road in Belmont.  This contemporary style, post and Viewbeam home was built on 1987 and totals 5,763 square feet with three bedrooms and four and a half baths.  It sits high on a plateau on a nine-acre private lot that provides panoramic views of Winnisquam, Opechee, Winnipesaukee and the mountains beyond. Simply incredible sunsets! The eat-in kitchen features stainless appliances, a center island, and a sitting area with wood stove and brick heath with built-ins. The soaring great room shows off the home’s post and beam structure and has a brick wood- burning fireplace plus walls of windows to bring in the views. There’s also a formal dining room, and a first-floor bedroom suite that is currently used as a den on the main level. There’s also an in-law apartment on the main level with a small kitchen, bedroom, and sitting area. Upstairs is a great open loft area, a sumptuous master suite with amazing views, a large family room, office space and an additional bonus room space over the two-car garage. This home sold at the asking price of $695,000 after 45 days on the market.

ViewI looked back to the first of this year to see just what the highest off water sale was so far, and it turns out it was another view property at 44 Trask Mountain Rd in Wolfeboro and it is a nice one! This property consists of a 6,000 square foot contemporary colonial built in 1996, a 6,000 square foot Lodge/Vintner’s barn, a three-car attached garage with a nanny suite above, and another three-bay equipment garage with animal barn and tack room.  The structures sit on a 31-acre parcel with lake and mountain views. This property offered something for everyone. There’s fenced pastureland for horses or cattle, a saltwater swimming pool, a fenced in basketball/tennis court, and a skatepark. You can bet the house is top quality throughout, but the Vintner’s three level barn is the pièce de résistance with huge main floor entertaining and exercise areas, sauna, bar area, utility kitchen, two guest rooms, and two baths. In the lower level is a reproduction Italian wine cellar and tasting area that opens to a patio with two stone fireplaces and a fire pit. This is party central indeed! This property did take a while to sell though. It was first listed back in 2015 for $3.25 million, again in 2016 for $2.5 million, in 2017 for $1.995 million, and this year at $1.54 million with the sale coming at $1.3 million in June. I bet someone is having a great time there right now!

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The Winni Waterfront Report  July 2019

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The Winni Waterfront Report  July 2019

There were thirteen waterfront homes sold on Winnipesaukee in July 2019. The average sales price was $1,401,084 and the median price point came in at $1,175,000.

Winni waterfrontThe entry level sale was at 3 Mark Island in  Gilford. This classic log cabin was built in 1980 and has 576 square feet of living space, two bedrooms, a three-quarter bath, and an open concept living/dining/kitchen area with wide pine floors and log walls. Outside is a deck and storage shed that could be used as a bunk house. This getaway sits on a narrow .48 level lot with shore-front on either side, so you get sunset views looking one way and channel views the other.  This property was listed at $419,500 and sold for $388,500 after 58 days on the market.

Winni waterfrontThe median price point sale was at 33 Grassy Point Road in Moultonborough. This home is a 1950’s vintage, 2,144 square foot cape style home with three bedrooms, and two and a half baths. The home sits on a nice gently sloping, westerly facing .67-acre lot with an expansive lawn area, 150’ of frontage and a large permanent deep-water dock.  There’s also a gazebo and a three-car garage for the toys. This property was listed at $1,373,000, was reduced to $1,225,000, and sold for $1,175,000 after 154 days on the market.

Winni waterfrontThe highest sale for the month was at 48 Little Road in  Meredith.  This 8,402 square foot Nantucket style contemporary was built in 2015 and has all the bells and whistles you’d expect including an elevator. There are six bedrooms (with first and second floor master suites) plus a nanny apartment and seven bathrooms.  The top of the line kitchen boasts Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, custom cabinetry, granite countertops, coffered ceilings, and hardwood floors that extend into the formal dining and great room areas. There is a wonderful screened porch with grilling station that leads out to a sundeck overlooking the lake. The lower level is all about fun with a bar area, family room, and exercise room. This home is located on a very private 2.5-acre lot in prestigious Advent Cove. It has 260’ of shorefront, long range lake views, deep water frontage, waterside deck, gracious lawn area, dock, and a two-bay boathouse. There is a three-car attached garage plus a one car under garage for all the waterfront essentials. This home was listed in September 2016 at $4.9 million and again in September 2017 at $4.7 million and was on for a total of 784 days. This year it was listed at $4.175 million and went under agreement in just eight days at $4,031,250.

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Dutile Shore Rd

There were five sales on Winnisquam in July, which is pretty darned good! It brings the total for the year to eleven sales. The lowest price sale was at 50 Nancy Drive in Belmont at $262,000. This is a 768 square foot, 1968 vintage three-bedroom, one bath ranch style home on the back pond. Over by the Winnisquam Bridge at 15 Dutile Shore Rd a 2,724 square foot, four-bedroom, four bath home built on 1994 on a .14-acre lot with 100’ of frontage sold for $576,000.  The property at 30 Sunset Drive in Belmont consists of three homes, two on the water plus one that sits back a bit from the lake. It has a total of nine bedrooms, tons of parking, two two-car garages, 141’ of frontage and two 40’ docks! It sold for $590,000. Up in  Meredith the property at 97 Collins Brook Rd also found a new owner. This property consists of a 1939 vintage, three-bedroom main home, a two-bedroom guest cottage,

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Shore Drive

and a two-car garage on a nicely landscaped, level half acre lot with 100’ of frontage with a sandy beach. It sold for $729,000. The highest sale of the month was at 494 Shore Drive inLaconia. This single owner contemporary ranch home was built in 1995 and offers 2,404 square feet of open concept living space with three bedrooms, three baths, a finished walkout lower level, and a two-car garage. The home sits on a three-quarter acre lot with 120’ of frontage, a water side deck, sandy beach dock, and sunset views of the lake. This home sold for $925,000.

 

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Cracked Up – The Lakes Region Real Estate Market Report

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There were 802 single family residential homes on the market as of August 1 2019 in the fourteen Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The average asking price was $638,105 and the median asking price was $365,500. Last August there were 863 with an average asking price of $712,535 and the median price point was $372,000. Our current inventory level represents about a six-and-a-half-month supply of homes on the market.

The Lakes Region Professional Porch Sitters Chapter 603 gathered this past week on my porch for yet another highly informative discussion on real estate issues. Dirk Davenport, Bubba Gunter, Travis D. Coletrain, Little Stevie Prestone, Ainsley Grantham, John “Leadbellie” Goode, and Rollie Rollins were in attendance.

After we were all seated on the porch I asked if anyone had any unusual real estate problems this week. Travis said he had some buyers that were interested in buying a really nice property but they were scared that there were some huge structural problems with the house because there were some shrink cracks in the  sheet rock in the great room and they were freaking out over them! He said, “The buyer yells, ‘Well, those are pretty darn good cracks, don’t you think? There are some major problems with this home. It must be settling. And the concrete floor in the garage is cracking, too!’ The guy went totally off the reservation about cracks.”

Lakes region Market ReportAinsley pipes in, needling Travis, “So did you explain that not all pretty good cracks are really bad cracks? You know, not all cracks are a big deal?”

“I know,” replied Travis, “but this guy wouldn’t listen.”

“That’s too bad,” said Little Stevie, “Lots of buyers don’t understand that just about every home has sheet rock or plaster cracking that is just a normal part of the building materials drying out and shrinking and normal settling of the house. You often see shrink cracks starting at the corners of doors and windows and running out at forty-five degree angles. You don’t want to pass up an otherwise nice property over a few shrink cracks…they are easily fixed.”

“Yup, that’s why in new home construction builders will come back and fix cracks in walls because they know things are gonna settle.” added Bubba , “If the home was built during a very wet, damp time of year, the lumber can absorb a lot of moisture. When things dry out and the home is warmed up that moisture comes out of the wood and the wood shrinks…and cracks magically appear.”

Lakes region Market ReportI excused myself to go get these crack agents some Porch Crawler beverages and came back with a tray of assorted crackers, Cracker Barrel Cheese spread, and I even found a large box of Cracker Jacks. Everyone was impressed.

“It’s the same thing with concrete. The only guarantee you can get with concrete is that it will crack!” stated Leadbellie. “Concrete is poured wet and when it dries out it shrinks. As a result, you are gonna get some cracking. That’s why many contractors will put shrink joints in concrete floors to control where the cracks are and make them straight so it job looks nicer. “

“And, you are going to have some settlement under the house so you could get the same kind of forty-five-degree cracking in concrete walls at the windows. You often will get some vertical cracks the entire height of the foundation. As long as the cracks aren’t huge they can be sealed to prevent any water from coming in. There are professional companies that do this kind of work. If the wall is pushed in on one side of the crack more than the other or there is a horizontal crack there could have been a problem when they were back-filling the foundation. The contractor could have hit the foundation and cracked it or used the wrong material against the foundation. That’s why you have home inspections.” added Dirk.

Lakes region Market Report“Absolutely,” I added. “you want a professional to look at it and make certain there are no structural issues that caused the cracking. Cosmetic fixes are easy, but you don’t want to get into any structural repairs as it could get very expensive.”

So, the  long and the short of this is that you can have a pretty good crack that’s nothing, you can have a pretty good crack that is a bad crack, but you can’t have a bad crack that is a good crack?” asked Rollie.

“That’s right,” replied Ainsley, “Sometimes, things are not all they are cracked up to be…”

Data compiled using the NEREN MLS system.

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South Down – Long Bay Sales Report – June 2019

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The Winchester House

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The Winchester House

There were 153 sales in June in the fourteen communities covered by this Lakes Region real estate market report. The average sales price came in at $467,666 with the median price point of $433,466. That brings the total number of sales for the first half of the year to 635 units at an average of $427,872 with a median price point of $427,872. That is up from the 600 sales at an average if $365,632 and a median of $259,900 for the same period in 2018.

Question; who would build a 24,000 square foot seven story home with 160 rooms, 40 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms (with only one working toilet,) 6 kitchens, 2 ballrooms, 47 fireplaces, 52 skylights, 3 elevators, and two basements?

winchesterAnswer; No…it is not someone trying to outdo their neighbor on Governor’s Island (but had to cut the plumbing budget.)  The answer is Sarah Winchester who built a home in order to evade the ghosts of all of the victims that were killed by Winchester rifles… a home in order to evade the ghosts of all of the victims that were killed by Winchester rifles…or so the story goes. That would be a good reason, if it were really true.

winchesterSarah Winchester became the heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company’s vast fortune when her husband William Wirt Winchester (that’s a mouthful!) died in 1881. After his death, the legend is that she was told by her deceased husband, through a medium of course, that his death and the death of their infant daughter a few years earlier were a result of the blood money they made off the sales of the Winchester rifles. He told her that she must move from New Haven Connecticut to somewhere out west and to continuously build a grand home for herself and the ghosts to appease them. He told her if she were to stop building, she would die….

winchesterIn 1884 she did just that and bought an eight-room farmhouse on 162 acres in San Jose, California and immediately went to work adding on rooms. She immediately employed crews of carpenters and tradesmen who worked around the clock constructing rooms and additions that she herself designed. There were no plans, just her drawings. No expense was spared and only the finest materials were used. There were gold and silver chandeliers, inlaid parquet floors, paneled walls, and elaborate woodwork throughout the home.

She incorporated the latest and greatest features in the home including steam and forced hot air heating systems, indoor plumbing including a shower, elevators, wool insulation, and push button gas lighting. There were stained glass windows by Tiffany including “spider web” designs that she liked, and she incorporated and repeated the number 13 into many design elements. There were 13 pane windows, 13 step staircases, and 13 paneled ceilings and even the 13th bathroom that has 13 windows with 13 panes. The reason there was only one working bathroom was that the other twelve were there to confuse the ghosts. OK, right?

winchesterAs the building continued things got even weirder and Sarah became a recluse. She slept in a different bedroom every night in order to evade the ghosts that haunted her. Under her direction her craftsmen built stairways to nowhere, secret passages and hidden rooms, rooms within rooms, trap doors, upside down pillars, skylights in the floor, a labyrinth of hallways, doors that opened into walls and a second-floor door that opened out into thin air. The house was constructed out of redwood but Sarah hated the look of it, so everything was covered by a stain and faux grain. It took over 20,000 gallons of paint.

winchesterBut is this the truth or just a ghost story? The house is certainly real, and you can take a tour of it if you are out there. It is eerie and bizarre, and I am sure the people that own it make money off the tours and merchandise promoting the ghostly legend.  I watched a horror movie about Sarah and her mansion called Winchester last week. It starred Helen Mirren and it certainly painted Sarah as a ghost fearing recluse hell bent on staying one step ahead of the ghouls with not much focusing on the structure itself.

winchesterThere have been many books written disputing the ghost story and painting a more realistic explanation of this mystery house. One theory is that Sarah was using her wealth to keep large numbers of people employed and she liked to design and construct as a kind of a hobby. She was one of the wealthiest women in the country and could certainly afford to do so. She was a philanthropist as well, spending her final years setting up an endowment for the Winchester Chest Hospital in New Haven. There was never any proof that she was ashamed of the 51% interest in the Winchester Repeating Arms and the $1,000 a day she received until her death (that’s $26,000 a day now.)

She was highly intelligent and a follower of Charles Bacon and his theories using numbers to explain everything in the world.  They were both Freemasons and Masonic symbols and references are everywhere in the house along with Shakespearean influences. It is really a puzzle house, not a haunted house, as Sarah’s work was intended to take you into the fourth dimension. Apparently, the clues are everywhere…if you can understand them.

The earthquake in 1906 damaged a lot of the house and the top three floors had to be taken down. That could explain the stairway to nowhere and some other strange features as well. Much of the property was sold off and it now sits on just a 4.5-acre lot. It’s probably a lot easier to take care of now…except for the 10,000 panes of glass that need to be cleaned. Check out the movie…it is pretty cool…

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The June Winni Waterfront Sales Report

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The June Winni Waterfront Sales Report

Here’s this month’s edition of the Winni Waterfront Report…There were seventeen Winnipesaukee waterfront properties sold in June 2019. The average sales price came in at $1,268,647 and the median price point stood at $1,117,000. That brings the total number of sales for the first half of this year to sixty-four at an average price of $1,498,796 and a median price of $1,062,000. That total is up a bit from the first half of 2019 when we had fifty-three sales at an average of $1,192,533.

winni waterfrontThe entry level sale for the month was at 11 Chase Island in Tuftonboro. This home is a 725 square foot chalet/A-Frame that was built in 1973. It has an open concept living and dining area, a galley kitchen, two bedrooms, and a loft sleeping area. It was billed as needing some “TLC.” There’s a large deck to sit on and enjoy the westerly views and sunsets. The cottage sits on a half-acre lot with 100’ of frontage with a seasonal dock and boat lift. The property was listed at $349,000 and went under agreement at $325,000 in just five days.

winni waterfrontThe median price point sale was at 69 Sawmill Brook Road in Alton. This 2005 vintage contemporary home has 1,875 square feet of like new living space. It has an open concept main level with a chef’s kitchen featuring stainless appliances including a Wolfe Range, granite countertops, breakfast bar, and bamboo flooring that extends throughout the first floor. The great room has a floor to ceiling wall of windows to bring in the great westerly views and sunsets and a field stone gas fireplace for chilly winter evenings. The large master suite with its own private balcony along with two guest bedrooms are on the second and third levels. For outside entertaining there is a wonderful screened in porch, large patios, and a stone walkway leading down to 100 feet of sandy bottom shore front and a u-shaped dock. There are attached and detached two car garages so there is plenty of room for all the toys. This property was listed at $1,099,000 and went under agreement above the asking price at $1,117,000 in just eight days.

winni waterfrontThe highest sale for the month was at 116 and 142 Hopewell Road in Alton. This property is an 18,547 square foot, twenty-five room, seven-bedroom, thirteen-bath estate on seven acres of land with 861’ of frontage. Also sold with the waterfront home is a post and beam barn with a 41’ x 77’ great room, two-bedroom suites, living room and kitchen. This property is the remaining half of the Bahre family compound and it goes without saying that the home and grounds are impeccable and of the highest possible quality. The home has four-bedroom suites, eight fireplaces, a gym, movie theater, paneled library, and a secret hidden room to hide your gold in. Outside is an infinity pool with a waterfall, a swim in grotto with a hot tub and bath, an amphitheater, tennis courts, sandy beaches and a two-bay stone boathouse. This home was listed originally in 2014 for a cool $24 million and went through several price reductions. It was relisted this March at $7.9 million and sold for $5.3 million.

winni waterfrontOver on  Winnisquam there were two sales in June. The property at 2 Mohawk Island and the mainland access lot at 873 Laconia Road found a new owner. The 1.2-acre island property has a charming 1920’s vintage five-bedroom cottage. It has been updated with all the modern amenities yet retains the feeling of the original lake cottage with its natural woodwork, wood ceilings, the requisite screened porch, and fireplace with a wood stove insert.  This property was listed last year at $549,000, reduced this year to $499,000, and sold for $475,000. This is a beautiful place to get away from it all!

winni waterfrontThe other sale on Winnisquam was at 35 Lower Smith Road in Sanbornton. This  2,726 square foot, four-bedroom, three bath home was built in 1900 and retained many original features such as built ins and natural woodwork.  It has a new roof, furnace, electrical panel, and dock. It sits on a level half acre lot with 90’ of sandy bottom frontage and broad views. The property was originally listed at $925,000, was reduced to $749,000 and sold for $751,000 after 169 days on the market.

 

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Pick a Porch – The Lakes Region Real Estate Market Report

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pICK A PORCHThere were 763 single family homes for sale as of June 1, 2019 in the  Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The average asking price was $637,473 and the median price point was $349,900. This inventory level represents about a four-and-a-half-month supply of homes on the market.

The Lakes Region Professional Porch Sitters Chapter 603 gathered this week to celebrate the beginning of the premium porch sitting season which obviously begins on July 4th. In attendance were Dirk Davenport, Bubba Gunter, Travis D. Coletrain, Little Stevie Prestone, Ainsley Grantham, John “Leadbellie” Goode, and me.

We met at the Town Docks Restaurant in Meredith on their upper deck.  It affords a great view of Meredith Bay and the sun was shining (for a change.)   We all settled in to watch the coming and goings of boats, ordered some lunch, and porch crawler beverages.

I had let everyone know that the purpose of today’s meeting was to talk about some of the available porches that were currently on the market in the Lakes Region. More often then not, newer homes are being constructed with just a back deck rather than a covered or enclosed porch.  The Professional Porch Sitters manual refers to decks as “Poor Boy” porches. That’s because they are less expensive than a porch with a roof. While a deck is nice, they aren’t very nice when the weather turns nasty or cold. Part of our charter is to promote and encourage the general population to use real porches. Many world problems have been solved on a porch…not so many on a deck.

I did a search on the MLS to find some porches that we could discuss and hopefully find new sitters to purchase them in order to grow our membership.

PICK A PORCHIn the $100,000 to $200,000 price range the home that stood out to me was a really cute red gingerbread home with white shutters at  185 Pleasant Street in Laconia. It was built in 1845 and has four bedrooms, one and a half baths, a first-floor laundry, and a bonus room over the garage. More importantly, it has a cute wrap around porch with ornate scroll-work at the top of the columns. It is the perfect entry level home for a would-be porch sitter and has a lot of upside potential. It is offered at $180,000.

“And,” I said, “The listing agent says that there is a historical significance to this home! Jimmy Carter actually stayed here during his 1976 Presidential campaign! That’s pretty cool.”

“Do you think he might have actually sat out on the porch eating peanuts?” asked Dirk.

“Naw,” replied Leadbellie “But if he had let Billy on the campaign trail with him, Billy would have been out there drinking that famous Billy Beer and telling stories. I liked Billy a lot! He sure did cause Jimmy a lot of fits.”

PICK A PORCHIn the $200,000 to $300,000 price range the listing at 15 Ridgewood Drive in  Gilmanton has a great three season porch. The porch has tongue and groove pine boards, a vaulted pine ceiling, lots of windows and a skylight. While there is no heat in it, the owners just open the slider and use it year-round. Its perfect for watching TV.  As a bonus, the porch is attached to a very well maintained and nicely decorated three bedroom, one and three quarter bath, raised ranch with 1,788 square feet of living space. It has granite countertops, gleaming hardwood floors, a master suite, and a great family room in the basement. It also has beach rights down at the end of the street. You won’t find anything nicer at $239,900.

“That’s a pretty nice neighborhood,” said Bubba “and it is an easy commute to Concord from there.”

“You could probably put a little direct vent stove out there just in case it really cold in the winter, but you probably don’t need it.” added Ainsley.

PICK A PORCHThe $300,000 to $400,000 “porch pick” is at  114 Varney Rd in Gilmanton. This log home not only has a front screened porch with a hammock, but it also has a back “Poor Boy” deck off the master suite that is upgraded with a hot tub.  This 2,313 square foot, two bedroom, one and three-quarter bath log home was built in 1997. It has cathedral ceilings, the requisite stone fireplace, a kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, ceramic tile and wide pine floors.  This log home has it all…even beach rights across the street on Crystal Lake and a mooring!

“I like log cabins! And speaking of presidents I had a Lincoln Log set when I was a kid.” mumbled Travis as he takes a bite out of his fish sandwich. He is eating all the time you know. “It’s is too bad that the cabin isn’t like really, really old and Abe Lincoln had stayed there. That would make it  a really cool porch.”

“Stop thinking and take another bite of your sandwich, Travis!” Bubba replied.

PICK APORCHIn the over $400,000 category there are probably lots of cool waterfront porches that will cost an arm and a leg, but I like the porch out at 139 Kaulback Road Sanbornton. I said, “The porch on this reproduction farmhouse really will take you back to simpler times and I can just imagine sitting out there rocking away. There’s a great front porch overlooking the yard with nice scroll work and a Robin’s-egg blue bead-board ceiling. On the side is a screened porch for when the bugs are out.”

“It looks like the house is pretty darn nice, too!” added Little Stevie. “This a really great reproduction home with all the modern amenities. It’s got a nice country kitchen with stainless appliances, granite countertops, soft close cabinetry, a farmhouse sink, and look at that vintage wood burning cook stove. How cool is that! It has got four bedrooms, a living room with a fireplace, and a family room, too!”

“What I like is the two-story barn!” piped in Bubba, snickering. “It is huge with fifteen-foot-high ceilings and it has a chain hoist so we can lift up Travis when he falls down. Great place to work on stuff or have some animals especially with the fenced area out back, the run-ins, and almost fifteen acres of land. Seems like a good deal at $439,900.”

“Dirk,” I asked, “do you know why a porch ceiling is painted blue?”

“Because they didn’t have any white paint.” He replied.

“No, no,” said Bubba, “its to keep bugs from landing there ‘cause they think it’s the blue sky.”

“No.  you’re both wrong.” I said.  “Down South they started painting porch ceilings a light blue…more precisely called ‘Haint blue’…to keep the ‘Haints’ or ghosts away! True story…”

“I bet ol’ Jimmy Carter has a blue porch ceiling down there on his peanut farm!” surmised Leadbellie.

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South Down- Long Bay Sales Report May 2019

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Big Things in Small Packages

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Big Things in Small Packages

There were 141 single family residential home sales in May 2019 in the fourteen Lakes Region communities covered by this report. The average sales price came in at $447,931 and the median price point stood at $307,000. Not too bad!

tiny homeWhat can you do in 192 Square feet? Well, hopefully, something you can live large in and save some money! This year’s building project for the Building Construction and Plumbing and Heating Classes at the Huot Technical Center was revealed Tuesday evening and it was their third tiny house. And…it already sold!!

The all new design is totally different from the previous two builds as it is more of a modern contemporary design featuring the latest in color trends with painted poplar panel and light maple paneled walls. 

 You enter this amazing home from the side through a beautiful four light entry door leading into the living room. There is a wall mounted table for dining  (or snacking) with a large picture window above it to peruse your surroundings on the end of the home. The flooring is oak hardwood and that extends into the kitchen.

tiny home Now, this kitchen is really special with custom cabinetry with easy close drawers done in kind of a blue/gray color, a stainless-steel sink, microwave, and oven. There’s a two burner cook top and tons of cabinet space. There’s even a huge built-in, pull out spice/canned good cabinet next to the fridge. Every inch of space is used including underneath the stairs where there are built-in cabinets and a drawer for hiding your special trinkets.

tiny homeAnd, yes! There are REAL stairs in this tiny home and that’s a big, big deal!  You don’t see that very often! Instead of the usual ladder, there’s an honest to goodness real staircase leading up to an eighty square foot sleeping loft that features many built ins and a TV hook up! There are plenty of windows upstairs and down. These are Pella casement windows with tempered glass to give added protection when you are moving this home to your winter headquarters in the Keys.

tiny home The petite bathroom has a 32” x 32” shower and sink.  You definitely won’t get lost in there but it fulfills all the required needs.

A mini-split system provides heat and cooling which should be very efficient as the home has spray foam insulation throughout.

tiny homeThe 24’ x 8’ exterior is done in red cedar “half-lap” boards with gray and black wood accents completing the contemporary style. This is truly a high-end custom abode for someone looking to live the simple life or someone who may just want a wonderful vacation get-a-way. All this can be yours for a more than reasonable price of $47,900 and you’ll also be supporting young students that are learning a new trade!

This project is part of the  Lakes Region Builders and RemodelersWorkforce Development Program that is done in conjunction with the Huot Technical Center at the Laconia High School under the watchful eye of instructor Matt Towle. The goal is to get more young students interested in carpentry, plumbing, and electrical trades as a viable and extremely well-paying occupation. We certainly need more tradesman in the Lakes Region, that’s for sure!

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