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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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    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...

      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.

      Winnipesaukee and Squam Area Open Houses October 4, 2017

      Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake Area Open Houses Wednesday October 4, 2017

      Donations Made to Charities as a Thank You for Attendance.

      12:30-2:00 101 Neal Shore Road Meredith NH Broker Open House.

       Brokers may bring clients. (Luncheon and donation to cancer research by Liberty Title  & Bank of New Hampshire's Tammy Cote). 

      2:30-4:30 103 Pinnacle Park Road Meredith. Brokers ONLY. Cargill Construction, $2.8 million (A $250.00 donation to the NH Humane Society is being made by seller and builder as a thank you for attendance.)

      Spectacular custom home for sale on Lake Winnipesaukee, in coveted Meredith bay. The property comes with 2.2 acres of land, 163ft of pristine shore front and 4798 square ft of living space. The orientation is South West and the sun sets are extraordinary. Don't like covering your boat every night, no problem here .....just park your boat in the boat house!  Enjoy the sugar sand beach and boat lift.  There are 5 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The open concept features a kitchen, dining room and a great room with beautiful lake views. 

      Squam Lake is at your footsteps with the purchase of this new construction home.

      4:30-6:30 77 Ridge Road, Ashland Avaialble with a Dock to Access all of Squam Lake. STUNNING NEW construction. Magnificent views. Broker Open House. Brokers may bring clients.  $892,000 for 77 Ridge Road, Ashland without a dock, $950,000 for 77 Ridge Road with a dock.

      For those who attend at least 101 Neal Shore Road, Meredith and 77 Ridge Road, Ashland, a $5.00 donation will be made in your name to the Lakes Region Children's Charity and your name will be entered to win a 2017 raffle to win an autographed New England Patriot's team member Charitable Foundation T-shirt.

      Contact Nicole Watkins for details.

      Open House at 58 Eaglemere Road Tuftonboro NH Saturday September 30, 1 PM - 3 PM. Contact Nicole Watkins 603.707-7575.

      Some of the best sunsets on Winnipesaukee. 58 Eaglemere Tuftonboro is perfect

      This Tuftonboro Neck property is approximately 15 minutes from downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

      58 Eaglemere offers some of the best sunsets, views, and privacy on Winnipesaukee.  

      58 Eagelmere offs views of other stunning homes with boathouse and views down the lake.

       

      • 3 level
      • 3 bedroom bedroom home
      • Sit Assessment States potential for 5 bedrooms
      • 2 detached garages
      •  225 ft on Winnipesaukee.
      • 2 additional docks
      • fireplace in great room
      • large sunroom
      • 1st foor master suite
      • Only interested in Winnipesaukee NEW construction? Ask about potential for building your luxury dream home on this property (subject to state of NH and town of Wolfeboro approvals (see below rendering of a possible new construction design with turret to match the boathouse).

      Do you want an ideal docking system?  Perfect for boating in and out in all weather? 

      The 45' x 31' boathouse has a graceful turret. 
      (One of only 2 turreted boathouses on Winnipesaukee).
      This singular boathouse has 
      Partial living space on upper level of the boathouse.

      The stunning breakwater along one of the 2 docks at the property breaks the westerly winds and allows easy access to the 2 docks and the boathouse.

      58 Eaglemere Road has a deep water dock with an average July water depth of 13 feet at the end of the main dock and the boathouse. 
      Click here to view previous blogs and information about 58 Eaglemere, 58 Eaglemere floorpans and photos, or the 58 Eaglemere video

      Click here to view additional open houses of other Wolfeboro area properties.

      Feel free to contact me about this property or  MLS search here for other NH Lakes Region listings in MLS.

      101 Neal Shore Road Offers a Location Between Winnipesaukee and 19 Acres of Conservation Land.

      Meredith NH - Views! Views! Views!

      101 Neal Shore Meredith, NH Offers Panoramic Winnipesaukee Views

      Enjoy panoramic views up and down Meredith Bay and towards the broads!
      127 feet of prime, crystal clear waterfront!  
      The professionally landscaped lot has trees on either side of the property for privacy and shade.  
      The lakeside lawn is lovely!
      Especially wonderful, is the manicured sandy beach with exceptional privacy nestled below a line of trees.  
      You'll have ample recreating area on your lakeside lawn and sandy beach to enjoy sunshine and the lake and mountain views.  
      The 30 foot dock & 2 large decks are also great places to enjoy the outdoors and take in the beautiful views.  
      Similarly meticulous, is the interior of this home within walking distance of Meredith NH amenities.
      With 2266 square feet, 3 bedrooms and a loft, and an open concept kitchen/dining/living area, you'll be able to enjoy the views in all the rooms of the home.
       Located just South of Route 104 and Route 93, this property is easily accessed from Route 93 without having to go through Meredith.
      Located between 19 acres of conservation land and Lake Winnipesaukee, the setting is picturesque.  
      For those who want to enjoy Meredith Pond hockey, skiing at Gunstock Mountain, snowmobiling, and quick access to Winnipesaukee amenities by boat, or car, this 101 Neal Shore Road location is fabulous!

      Feel free to brows other Meredith NH Winnipesaukee listings or contact me to set up an appointment to tour 101 Neal Shore Road. 

      • Right on Meredith Bay, close to Weirs, close to Meredith
      • Easy walk into either town via path parallel to railroad tracks
      • Close to hiking and skiing trails
      • Easy access to snowmobile trails
      • Large private sandy beach with granite steps into clear water,
      • Protected by large breakwater
      • Immaculate property, meticulously maintained (inside and out)
      • Large decks at different levels
      • Private setting, dead end road
      • Abuts 19 acres of conservation land
      • Large lakefront storage area for toys, with snowmobile ramp
      • Professionally landscaped
      • 127 feet of lake frontage, 30 foot dock
      • Sleeps 8-10 comfortably

      views of Meredith Bay and Towards

      Price Improvement of 88 Kingwood Road, Wolfeboro and New Photos of This Recently Cleared Waterfront estate Parcel

      Just Reduced to $1,100,000.

      This Winnipesaukee waterfront estate parcel is just a short walk or golf cart away from a popular golf course.  

      Multiple house plans available or bring your own designs. 

      Ask about the October 16th event with Dan Coons.

       

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