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BOOK SIGNING OF ERNEST THOMPSON"S BOOK OF MAPS TONIGHT - GIBSON'S BOOK STORE - CONCORD NH

If you know of anyone who might be interested in attending one of the bookstore events Academy Award Winner Ernest Thompson is doing throughout New Hampshire, including TONIGHT, October 27, at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord at 6:30 PM, feel free to pass along this link: https://ernestthompson.us/thebookofmaps/thebookofmaps-events/

And to learn more about the book 207 | News Center Maine did a nice story on Ernest and THE BOOK OF MAPS. To watch, click here.

How lucky are we to live in a region that still has local book stores and local writers.  Tonight is a chance to get out and support them.  Enjoy this beautiful fall day!

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    Lake Winnipesaukee Market Snapshot from 4/27/2019 to 4/27/2021

    Curious about the Latest News in the Hot Winnipesaukee Real Estate market?

    Last spring there was a time period where we expected the real estate market might slow down because of the pandemic.  Do you remember those days? In fact, just the opposite happened. 

    Please see attached a market snapshot showing a breakdown of Lake Winnipesaukee single family sales in the past 2 years.

    The average list price increase year over year was 11%.

    The average selling price increase year over year was 15% 

    Please see this Winnipesaukee Market Snapshot to review the listing and selling prices in the individual towns.

    These statistics are drawn from the Northern New England Real Estate Network for single family residential properties from 4/27/2019-4/27/2020 and from 4/27/2020-4/27/2021. The information is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed.

    Antique Boat on Winnipesaukee

    With lumber prices expected to continue to rise, the cost of real estate is not likely to go down any time soon.  CNN Business posted the following May 5 article by Matt Egan: "New Homes Cost $36,000 More Because of an Epic Shortage of Lumber." The full article is     https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/05/business/lumber-prices-home-building-costs/index.html.  You can follow him @MattEganCNN

    Please email me with any questions about the Lake Winnipesaukee or Lakes Region NH real estate market. I can be reached at nicole@nicolewatkins.com. Or call me at (603) 707-7575.

    #Winnipesaukee #WinnipesaukeeMarketStatistics #LakeWinnipesaukee #NicoleWatkinsNH #Waterfrontrealtor

    It's Never Just Another Day in the Second Home Real Estate Market

    It's never just another day in the second home real estate market. A couple's future may change when they pick up a magazine and see a beach home that steals their hearts. A family may drive by a home with a soul-stirring lake view while on a ski vacation and decide to act on their dream of a second home..... but in an entirely different region than what they were previously thinking. Real estate is a dynamic business and even more so in the second home market since COVID-19.

    The Escape Home latest Newsletter "Helipads, Mud Rooms and Ivanka Trump's Next Home" has several quotes from Blue Water's Construction's Jason Beane regarding changes they've seen in the design/build business since COVID-19.

    "Even in the northeast, where the winters can get extremely cold, vacation-home builders are designing more outdoor living space that can be used for several seasons. Jason Beane, a designer at Blue Water Construction & Development, which builds custom homes in the lakes region of New Hampshire, said his company has traditionally built vacation homes that were used mainly in the summer. But now the buildings are designed to be used year around."

    “The outdoor kitchen and outdoor living space has always been a big design feature in our vacation homes, but now the outdoor space is being designed for three seasons, not just one season,” he said. That means adding more heating elements inside and outside. “We’re even heating up the garages now,” said Beane.

    "A popular feature is the three-season porch, a screened-in room off the main house typically with lots of windows and skylights. For comfort in colder months, the rooms are designed to include gas heaters or fireplaces and glass inserts that replace the screens in the fall. “Screened-in porches have always been popular, but we’re seeing more of that than ever.” Blue Water specializes in Adirondack timber frame homes.

    Journalist constance Mitchell Ford sums up her builder interview stating, "The big question now is whether these design trends—and our embrace of spending more time outdoors in the cold—will be long lasting or just a temporary response to the pandemic. If so, the basement office can always be turned back into the wine cellar."

    Check out a few of The Escape Home's other recent newsletters.

    The Escape Home has also teamed up with Pacaso, a platform for co-ownership of second homes to identify the shifting climate around second home ownership since COVID-19. Click to read their second home market trend research.

    If you are looking for your escape home, browse Adriondack homes, homes with acreage,orcondominiums.You can adjust the searches by selecting to search by Newest First, Most Recently Updated, or Lowest Price First.

    Not sure which type of property would suit you? Feel free to search MLS.

    If you're already a Lakes Region home owner, may your winter dreams be of summer boating!

    Take care and stay well!

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      Moultonborough and Meredith NH Winnipesaukee December 2020 Waterfront Statistics

      West Side of Lake Winnipesaukee in NH

      The desirability of the west side of Winnipesaukee is apparent in this photo of the waterfront by Lagos Restaurant and The Inn at Bay Point.

      The desirability of this side of the lake is also apparent when looking at a snapshot of the Lake Winnipesaukee Moultonborough and Meredith December Statistics.

      The low inventory on Lake Winnipesaukee is at a record level. It is hard to believe the numbers.

      Lake properties have even sold, sight unseen, above listing price, with the inspections waived. It is not a market I would have believed if I was not in it myself.

      *As of December 8, 2020 there were only 5 (five) Moultonborough residential properties with owned Winnipesaukee waterfront. Moultonborough has more waterfront than any other town on the lake so its stark inventory is staggering.

      The average number of "Days on Market" for these Moultonborough listings as of December 8 was only fifty-eight (58). The high number of “Days on Market” was one hundred and forty-nine (149). The low number of "Days on Market" for these listings was 17 (seventeen).

      Moultonborough and Meredith often share a similar pool of buyers as they are abutting towns. As of December 8, 2020 there were only 2 (two) active Meredith residential properties with owned Winnipesaukee waterfront. The high number of “Days on Market” was 97 (ninety seven). The low number of “Days on Market” was 12 (twelve). Both average and median number of “Days on Market” for these listings was 54.

      It will be interesting to see in if the listing trend is up or down in January 2021!

      *Statistcs drawn from the Northern New England Real Estate Network for the towns of Moultonborough and Meredith, respectively, for residential properties with owned Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront.

      #homebuyer  #mountainview #BerkshireHathawayHomeServices #BerkshireHathaway#lakewinnipesaukee #evening #eveningsky#nhrealestate #lakesofinstagram #december #nhrealtor #waterfrontrealtor #december2020 #meredith #nicolewatkinsnh#meredithbaynh #meredithbay #lakesregionnh #docks 

      Meredith in 2020 is a Beautiful Community Both for the Way it is Changing and for the Ways it hasn't Changed.

      Meredith Bay Sunrise over Church Landing - Nicole Watkins Winnipesaukee Real Estate

      Meredith, New Hampshire has increasing desirability as a lakeside resort town. No doubt, as we adapt to the guidelines for the 2020 pandemic, larger numbers of people will flock to Meredith.  

      Our New Hampshire lakes and our extensive shoreline are inviting. The abundant space of our rural areas has never been quite as appealing as it is now.  We will find new ways to enjoy outdoor activities and loved ones while social distancing, and protecting our natural environment.

      #stayhome #staysfe #sixfeetapart #Labradoodle

       

      Those of us who have been in Meredith or the abutting towns for decades, will continue to love the Lakes Region as a tightly knit, year round community. Many of its best qualities remain unchanged.

        #Motheranddaughter #Kayaks #Winnipesaukee #CenterHarbor

      Meredith, New Hamphire's town docks are in Meredith Bay, which is featured in this sunrise video.  Clients of mine who buy property in the town of Meredith continue to remark that they've never had a real estate transaction where everyone involved was so nice, which says a great deal about our community. With many quaint shops, the friendliness of the community on main street remains intact. Some shops, such as Lakes Region Nutrition Center, offer curbside delivery and are open on limited days.  

      The Meredith Marina is busy putting boats in the water for it clients. And, of course, their service is known to be excellent. If you have questions about how gas fill-ups will work this summer, you can call the Meredith Marina and ask for Matt O'Neil at 603.279.7921. 

      #BostonWhaler #NicoleWatkins #Winnipesaukee #Boating

      Meredith's restaurants such George's Diner and Hart's Turkey Farm have cheerful staff and good food that welcome old and new clientele in spring 2020.  Shops are finding ways to implement the Governor's safety guidelines. Lady of the Lake, Lake Effect, League of NH Craftsman, Innisfree Bookshop, Nahamsha Gifts, and the Great Northern Trading Company are all popular downtown businesses.  Customers can make a private appointment to come into Lake Effect or visit the recently launched website: www.NHLAKEEFFECT.COM. 

      Gyms and trainers include The Fitness Edge and Functional Fitness. Functional Fitness NH offers virtual training for your health and safety in 2020.  Spas include Personal Days Day Spa, and the Cascade Spa at the Inns at Mills Fall and Church LandingLimited services are opening as of May 11th at many spas.

      I know our community is rising to the occasion to help one another in 2020. The warmth and joy of the Lakes Region is still apparent everywhere. From the friendly faces of the visitors, to the happy energy of the people who help serve our community, we are fortunate to have such a wonderful vibe in our region. Fortunately, hiking, boating, watching wildlife, and other forms of outdoor activity await you in Meredith and in the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

      #Laughing #Smiling #Winnipesaukee #NicoleWatkins #Meredith #Summer

      #NHLakesRegion #Meredith #NicoleWatkinsNH #WaterfrontRealtor #StaySafe #HomeBuyers

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        Tips from Dan Coons of ILEX Wetlands Consultants on Helping the Wild Pollinators Crucial to our Food Chain.

        It is estimated that one third of the food that we consume each day relies on pollination mainly by bees, although additionally by other insects, birds and bats.  

        In the building boom we are currently seeing, and likely to see more of with the low mortgage rates, it is also important to consider the environment that is altered during the construction process.

        Below this photo are some tips from Dan Coons of ILEX Wetlands Consultants on creating a bee friendly environment.

        For the general do-it-yourself gardener, this will probably help:

        https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/pollinators/gardening.shtml 

        A little more specific info on plants to consider was found below

         https://www.gardeners.com/how-to/pollinator-garden-design-for-bees/9144.html

        a source of pre-packaged seeds

        https://www.seedsavers.org/collection-pollinator-garden  

        We have shrubs around our house that different species of bees just love. Azaleas and rhododendrons are frequented by bumblebees, the bridalwreath is another favorite, roses, milkweed. Anything with flowers, and the more colors the better. Also, species that bloom at different times of the year.

        If you'd like to hire a consultant to help you understand how to work with your land and wetlands, there are many local experts in our community.  For wetlands advice and tree mapping especially, please contact Dan Coons at: Dan.Coons@ILEXwetlands.com 603.520.8533 P.O, Box 2185 Wolfeboro NH, 03894.

        If you are interested in helping the birds and the bees, you should also check out this website for bird-friendly coffee: Birds and Beans (https://birdsandbeanscoffee.com/our-mission). #shadegrowncoffeecertification. 

        While it is still winter, it feels as though a Happy Spring is right around the corner.  Enjoy the beautiful outdoors!

        What's Your Dream Winnipesaukee Adventure? Make it Happen in 2019.

        Fall in New England brings some of the best weather for enjoying the outdoors!

        Setting out for a Winnipesaukee Sunset Cruise in the Mastercraft.

        I hope this Winnipesaukee Adventure Video motivates you to enjoy whatever fabulous New Hampshire outdoor activities you like best!

        Seize the day!

        Setting off for the Tamworth Motorsports Club in a Ford GTE

        Are you looking for a golf course? Canoe, boat, or water-ski rentals? 

        Canoeing by 144 Veasey Shore Road Meredith NH

        Remember the local Meredith, Center-Harbor, and Moultonborough area businesses below these photos!

        canoeing by 144 Veasey Shore Road's Winnipesaukee Shoreline in a Winni Lifestyle Video.

        Lemongrass Restaurant and Sake Bar  Meredith MarinaShep Brown's Boat Basin, a Goodhue Boat Company,
        WaukewanGolfCourse
        WildMeadowPaddleSportsCanoeandKayakRentals...

        Broker Open House Saturday July 13th 10 AM-12 PM at 144 Veasey Shore Road, Meredith, NH

        A Broker Open House Will be held Saturday July 15th from 10 AM - 12 AM at 144 Veasey Shore Road, Meredith, NH

        Actor Photo from 144 Veasey Shore Road Lake Winnipesaukee Lifestyle Video

        Kindly note that at the Sellers' request all potential buyers must be accompanied by an agent.  

        If you don't have and agent, and would like to be assigned an agent from my office, please call me.  Or if you would prefer an appointment directly with me, please call me at 603-707-7575.

        Drone Shot of House at 144 Veasey Shore Road Meredith

        Until then, enjoy the 4th of July and this 144 Veasey Shore Road Lake Lifestyle Video.

        Sea Plane landing as seen from 144 Veasey Shore Road Meredith

         

        Centrally Located by Both Boat and Car, this Veasey Shore Location is Ideal for those who Want both Privacy and Access.

        Aerial View of patio and sun room at 144 Veasey Shore Road Meredith NH
        The Veasey Shore location is Ideal for boaters who want a central location by car and boat to many of the best Lakes Region amenities.

        It easy to dock and easy to travel to destinations such as Center-Harbor, Wolfeboro, Gilford and Meredith. Restaurants such as Canoe, a Restaurant and Tavern, in Center_Harbor offer shuttle service from the town docks. Going to dinner is more fun by boat!

        The towns around WInnipesaukee all have a distinctive flavor and easy boat travel to these destinations is an important featured and part of what you are purchasing when you buy a Winnipesaukee property. Your lakeside door and dock should truly be your front door to many summer adventures!!

        The dock at 144 Veasey Shore is your front door to Lakes Region NH amenities from Center Harbor to Wolfeboro!

        The dock at 144 Veasey Shore is your front door to Lakes Region NH amenities from Center Harbor to Wolfeboro.

        View this 144 Veasey Shore Road Meredith video to get a sense of the peacefulness of this location.

         

        aerial of 144 veasey shore road meredith

        A new 30' permanent dock, patio and 2 decks lakeside share breathtaking views, privacy and provide ample room for large groups. The shoreline, lawn, siting of the home, & lake location are all stellar.

        Summer or winter, the views from the sun room are breathtaking.

        Winter views are majestic at 144 Veasey Shore on Winnipesaukee, listed by Nicole Watkins. Waterfront Real Estate Agent

         

        Ask me about 144 Veasey Shore Road, my listings and all Meredith Winnipesaukee listings.

        Looking for Access to all of Squam Lake by Boat and a New Construction Home? Ask about Lot #13 and Available House Plans.

        Nature Lover's Take Note!

        Squam Area Land Parcel with Sunsets & Partial Lake Views - Build your Great 4 Season Vacation Home Near Lakes and Ski Resorts

        Squam River Landing Aerial View Near Lot #13 Ridge Road Listed by Nicole Watkins

        Nestled in the Environs of Squam Lake, this .72 acre land parcel has west facing mountain views & sunsets.

        Near conservation land for hiking and near Squam Lake and Ski Resorts, Squam River Landing is an ideal location

        Partial Lake Views Can be Opened a Small Amount by Partial Clearing of Trees.

        For 4 season fun, the location has easy access to many activities, including hiking and snowshoeing trails throughout the common acreage and over 1000 acres of rolling conservation land. Access to Big Squam Lake and Little Squam lake through its community social center at lake level, Riveredge Marina offers owners access, to day-docking, boathouses on Squam River, and a valet service with dry berths, and boat slips at an additional cost.

        • Town Water and Sewer for an Easy Building Process
        • Quick Access to the Ashland Town Beach on Little Squam
        • A Neighborhood of Exquisite Adirondack Flavor, and Award Winning Contemporary Homes

        Clubhouse and roof top deck are available meeting places as is the quaint town beach on Little Squam.

        The character of this cabana "boathouse" at affiliate River Edge Marina is pervasive throughout the community that has contemporary and Craftsman style homes etched into the landscape as perfectly as a master artist's painting.  Squam River Landing offers buyers the ability to custom design and build within the community.

        Boathouse and Squam River Landing shows the character of this sustainable development.

        Boating to Big Squam Lake through the channel gives access to the most protected and conserved lake in NH.

        With 30+ of the shoreline and watershed in conservation, Squam Lake rand Squam River Landing share a sensibility that becomes more valuable as our lives accelerate and land is harder to find in New Hampshire's Lakes Region.

        Below is a view photo from the abutting property at 77 Ridge Road. A  similar west facing view from Lot #13 would be possible with some clearing on the west (non-lake facing) side.

        Here are some to the destinations you'll want to visit! Here are the distances to these destinations if you were to live and build at Lot #13 Ridge Road:

        • 23.5 miles to Waterville Valley Skiing and 29.5 miles to Loon Mountain.
        • 7 miles to Silver Hall in Plymouth NH.
        • 34.4 miles to NH Motor Speedway in Loudon NH.
        • 8.3 miles to Waukewan Golf Club.
        • 10.9 miles to Meredith Town Docks
        • .8 miles to affiliate River Edge Marina, with docking available at additional cost and a clubhouse.
        • A new construction dock, such as Dock #20, is offered at $74,000.

        Call Nicole Watkins, Exclusive Listing Agent, for more information or to set up a showing for this property. (603) 707-7575

        Ask about Squam Lake Listings!

        Ask about my Listings!

         

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