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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!

     

    An Introduction to Jen McCall of Harbor One Mortgage

    A high level expertise as well as a high level of personal attention to clients are valuable attributes I rely on in my circle of local professionals. As a real estate agent, I rely on people in connected fields to help my clients realize their New Hampshire real estate purchases.

    I first worked with Jen McCall over 13 years ago when she ran the marketing for a real estate company where I was a real estate agent.  She has been a reliable source for some of my real estate clients seeking mortgages. Her attention to detail and genuine interest in her client's specific needs and wants help them find mortgages that are most suitable for them.

    ABOUT JEN

    1. Experience matters! Jen has 13+ years of experience in the mortgage business.  She has seen countless regulation and guideline changes, and is well-equipped to guide her customers through the process using her experience to anticipate and avoid complications and snags along the way.
    2. There is no “one-size-fits-all” loan. Her absolute favorite part of her job is presenting various loan options to her customers and helping them to decide which is the right fit for them.
    3. Her personal yardstick for success is the satisfaction of her customers.  There’s nothing more satisfying to her than a customer who looks back on the process as quick and easy!
    4. Applying online or via her mobile app is quick and easy. Electronic communication is increasingly more common, and Jen has the tools to make it a snap from start to finish. However, she recognizes that everyone has a preference when it comes to communicating throughout the process, and she will utilize the methods you choose to communicate and keep you informed.
    5. “Bankers hours” are a thing of the past. She makes herself available to her customers both HOW they prefer and when.

    When I asked Jen to highlight some points about Harbor One Mortgage she offered the following information.

    ABOUT HARBORONE

    1. We are a direct lender with headquarters here in NH, but are owned by HarborOne Bank in MA. We are not a broker – which means we are the originator, underwriter, and lender. No middle man!
    2. We are a customer-first lender with a focus on making the mortgage process easier while delivering outstanding customer service.
    3. We offer loans for every need – from first-time buyers to jumbo loans and everything in between. We even offer portfolio loan options to accommodate certain unique properties or borrower profiles.
    4. We offer free pre-approvals. Especially in a market where inventory is low, and multiple offers are common, having a formal lender approval in-hand can be the difference between yours and a competing offer. Going beyond just a simple pre-qualification before you begin shopping for your next home can allow for a quicker closing, and provides peace of mind for both you and the sellers. There is absolutely no cost or obligation!
    5. Contact us for more information on mortgages or other real estate questions.

    Additional Real Estate Related Information Available on my website www.NicoleWatkins.com

    Not quite ready to ask specific questions or talk to a mortgage broker?

    Are you still trying to get a frame of reference on the Lakes Region Real Estate Market?

    An Outline of the New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, with ISA Master Arborist, Tim Berquist

     

    Tim Bergquist,  an ISA Master Arborist and an ASCA Registered Consulting Arborist is a guest blogger and local expert.  His expertise with the Shoreland Protection Act is applied in his business practice.  In the below paragraphs, Berquist gives a basic outline of the New Hampshire Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act, commonly referred to as the Shoreland Protection Act.

    Berquist has a bachelors in environmental forest biology and over 28 years of experience in all aspects of arboriculture. He enjoys helping to educate those interested in regulations that protect our state's shorelands, one our most fragile and beautiful natural resources.

    Meredith NH sunrise along Veasey Shore

    The shoreland protection act was put in place in 1991 to establish the minimum standards for the use and development of land adjacent to the state’s public water bodies.

    There were many changes applied over the following 20 years with the most recent changes occurring in 2011.

    • The shoreland buffer is the 250 feet adjacent to the state’s shoreline of the sea, large ponds, lakes, and large rivers.
    • It is measured from the reference line, a point near the shoreline from which the setback is determined.

    The shoreland buffer includes (2) more restricted buffers, the natural woodland and waterfront buffer,

    • The waterfront buffer is the first 50’ along the shore,
    • The woodland buffer extends from the shore to 150’ and includes the waterfront buffer.

    The woodland buffers purpose is to protect the quality of public waters by:

    ·         Minimizing erosion

    ·         Preventing siltation and turbidity

    ·         Stabilizing soils

    ·         Preventing excess nutrients and chemical pollution

    ·         Maintaining natural water temperatures and a healthy tree canopy and understory

    ·         Preserving fish and wildlife habitat and the overall natural condition of the protected shoreland

    Loon near senter cove

    It requires that on a given lot that 25% of the area from 50 feet to 150 feet shall be maintained as a natural woodland.

    Tuftonboro NH natural shoreline

    The waterfront buffer is highly restricted; it was put in place to protect the quality of public waters. It does, however, still allow homeowner discretion with regard to the following:

    • Access
    • Safety
    • View-scape maintenance
    • Lot design

    Meredith NH Shoreline with lovely lawn leading to 2 decks and rocky shoreline

    This discretion comes with prohibitions and limitations including:

    • The use and application of pesticides and fertilizers within the buffer, the setback can be extended to include the entire shoreland buffer in areas located near the water supply
    • The removal of rocks, stumps, trees and woody vegetation
    • Limitations on the pruning of trees and shrubs
    • The maintenance of the minimum quantity of points required by the act for each shoreline segment

    As measured along the shoreline, the segments are 25’ wide parcels that extend inland to the 50’ setback.  They begin at the northerly or easterly boundary.

    Each segment requires 25 points of vegetation, this vegetation can consist of tree, sapling, shrub and ground cover, but does not include a mowed lawn.

    The points are determined by the diameter of the tree at 4.5 feet or the caliper of a tree measured at the height on nursery standards. A one inch diameter minimum is set for trees, ground cover and shrubs are measured by square feet.

    Vegetation shall not be removed from any segment which fails to meet the minimum scoring but owners are encouraged to plant non-invasive vegetation to increase point scores.

    This can aid in allowing future removal of vegetation as may become necessary while still meeting the point requirements.

    Dead, diseased or unsafe trees or saplings shall not be included in scoring. 

    Wolfeboro NH Shoreline

    They can be removed even if the points fall below the minimum quantity if they pose a hazard to structures or have the potential to cause personal injury. I recommend consulting with a qualified arborist if you have a concern but are unsure how to proceed.

    Normal trimming, pruning and thinning of branches necessary to maintain the health of the planted areas as well as to protect structures, maintain clearances and provide views is permitted as long as it does not endanger the health of the plant.

    Meredith NH trees and shoreline

    I recommend you include qualified professionals, contractors and consultants in any plan designs that you would like to implement within your shoreland property.

    There are many limitations put in place by the shoreland protection act, all of which were put in place to preserve our beautiful shoreland and watershed.

     

    cheetah boat ride

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    Stunning Winnipesaukee Lake Home with Natural Wood Finishes Throughout

    Look for this new waterfront listing coming soon!  The home at 121 Eagle Shore Road in Moultonborough features a 43' x 25' sandy beach and a lovely guest house. Contact Nicole Watkins with questions at 603.707-7575.

    Click the link below to view a video of this beautiful home.

    121 Eagle Shore Road 

     

    Views from 121 Eagle Shore Road are Dramatic While the No Wake Zone Provides Relative Quiet

    121 Eagle Shore Road Moultonborough NH, listed by Nicole Watkins

    Idyllic Moultonborough Lake Home. Dynamic, Ever-Changing Views & a 40 Plus Foot Sandy Beach. Gentle Access to Your Waterfront.

    Winnipesaukee's Moultonborough Bay is Seen to the Right from 103 Cottage RoadThe Magical Setting on the Winnipesaukee Point will Sweep you off Your Feet!   

    40 ft. Plus Sandy Beach.  
    Panoramic Lake and Mountain Views. 

    4 Decks, including one over the shoreline of Winnipesaukee and a new L-shaped dock.
    One of 4 Decks at 103 Cottage Road Moultonborough.

    This 10 room lake property has been renovated in 2012 to enhance the picturesque lake cottage charm, while adding luxurious touches such as a Gourmet Chef's kitchen with exquisite cabinetry and top of the line Viking appliances. interior features include hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, and a fireplace that is a work of art!

    This unique fireplace has no mortar and is made of fieldstone that fits together creating a mosaic that is a great centerpiece to an open concept living area that takes in one of the most beguiling panoramic lake and mountain views on Winnipesaukee.


    The ever-changing views from this point of land are of of the Ossipees, Castle in the Clouds, and down Moultonborough Bay. Lovely, small Islands in the foreground keep boaters at a distance and make this a great location for swimmers.

    The .4 acre waterfront lot and .23 acre back lot allow ample level recreating space. This quiet road is quintessential new Hampshire. Nature's beauty and wildlife is abundant here at this Winnipesaukee jewel with 100 feet of waterfront.  

    Open concept Living Area at 103 Cottage Road Winnipesaukee

    Offered at $1,265,000. Contact Nicole Watkins for details.

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