Lake Winnipesaukee

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.

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.

Dan Coons of ILEX Wetlands Consultants Discusses the Possibilities for Development at 88 Kingwood Road, Wolfeboro, NH

New Hampshire Wetlands Regulations
An Issue Many Waterfront Owners Have Questions Regarding

On October 16th 11 AM -1 PM Dan Coons of ILEX Wetlands Consultants, will give a talk in Wolfeboro, NH at 88 Kingswood Road.  Dan will discuss wetlands regulations and possibilities of future development at this 10+ acre Winnipesaukee waterfront parcel on Kingswood Road. 

 ILEX Wetlands Consultants is an environmental consulting firm in the New Hampshire Lakes Region providing services throughout the state. Their purpose is to "balance and serve the needs of both ecosystems and development while doing so in both a cost effective and beneficial manner."

 Dan Coons also serves as the Conservation Commissioner in the town of Wolfeboro. This event will be open to real estate agents and the public at this location near downtown Wolfeboro.

88 Kingwood Road on Winnipesaukee offers a variety of possibilities for development that Dan will discuss. This slightly sloping to level shoreline waterfront parcel is just south of downtown Wolfeboro, down the hill from the Kingwood Golf Course.  This dead-end, private road of sixteen multi-million-dollar waterfront properties is conveniently located so you can walk, bike, or boat to the center of town in minutes.  Kingswood Golf course is and 18-hole golf course is 2-minute golf cart ride away from the roughed in driveway of 88 kingwood Road.

This private, residential  lot at 88 Kingswood Road offers  200+ foot waterfrontage on a large cove perfect for swimming, water skiing or just enjoying the commanding lake & mountain views. A perched beach is possible (subject to State of NH and Town of Wolfeboro approvals). A dock permit already in place.  There is potential to develop it as a horse property and/or build tennis courts.  There is room for a pool, beach volley ball, as well as room for house, garage, and barn.

Multiple house concepts are available or design your own. This estate size parcel is offered well below the towns assessed value of $1,378,800. The lot has been recently cleared and marked so you can begin the building of your dream house.  This is a great opportunity to professionally landscape an elegant setting with privacy and amazing mountain and Lake Winnipesaukee views.  

A glimpse at the real estate market will show a shortage of Wolfeboro Winnipesaukee listings. This event with Dan Coons will allow agents, and property owners to get a better understanding of this property and wetlands regulations in New Hampshire.

Contact Nicole Watkins at 603-707-7575 for information about this event.

 

Price Reduced September 9, 2017. 144 Veasey Shore Road, Meredith, NH. Privacy 3 Plus Acres. Discover the Veasey Difference!!

What's Better than Something Beautiful?

Something Beautiful with a Price Reduction!

144 Veasey Shore Offering Price Reduced to $2,499,000.

This Meredith Winnipesaukee waterfront property is singular in its quiet waterfront and long lake and mountain views. The beautiful sunrise and evening sunset-glow skies are magical.  It is ideal for those who enjoy kayaking, boating and swimming. 

The access to the towns of Meredith and Center-Harbor is 10 minutes or less by car (less to Center Harbor). The end-of-road privacy offers a professionally landscaped setting with lawn and gardens surrounded by quiet woodlands.  I don't know if you had a chance to pass by Veasey Shore by boat?  

If you have, you know it has some of the most magnificent shoreline on Winnipesaukee.  

Rarely can one find the long lake and mountain views and relatively calm waters in one location. I am happy to show this property by boat to qualified buyers so that the lakeside approach can be fully appreciated.

There are formal and casual rooms in the house. (A library with a curved wall of bookcases and a fireplace is one of my favorites!)

There is an entire wing upstairs that is private and perfect for guests.

For more photos of this 5 bedroom home, please see below 2 links with 2 different videos of 144 Veasey Shore Road. 

https://youtu.be/Q0QDnP_c5yI

http://144veaseyshore.com

I think if you compare 144 Veasey Shore Road to other properties you will have the best understanding of how exceptional the location is!!  

Call me to tour this property by car or by boat!

(603) 707-7575.

And here is a digital magazine with winter photos!  It is close to the White Mountains and skiing!!

https://issuu.com/nicolewatkinsrealestatenh

You may also want to view all Meredith Winnipesaukee real estate on my website or

search all Lakes Region real estate in MLS for your dream home.

Feel free to contact me with questions about buying or selling a property in the Lakes Region.

 

 

46 Terrace Hill Road Gilford, A New Listing Ideally Situated for Four Season Fun & Convenient to Lakes Region Attractions.

46 Terrace HIll Road Gilford, NH 

FOUR SEASON RECREATION

LOCATION ON LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE

WITHIN AN HOUR TO THE NEW HAMPSHIRE SEACOAST

The Terrace Hill, Gilford location is within 15 minutes to Gunstock Ski Resort.  Not only is Gunstock the largest County owned ski resort in the United States, Gunstock Mountain also has the longest zip line in the United States.  

During the winter,  night skiing with the mountain bathed in a green light and pristine snow, is a beautiful sight to behold.  Cafes open in the evening and horse drawn carriage rides all contribute to make Gunstock a picturesque and appealing winter experience. Whether you are there for day or evening skiing, snowboarding, tubing or merely viewing the mountain from across Lake Winnipesaukee, it is one of the draws of the New Hampshire Lakes Region.

The Gunstock Ski Club is a popular way for young children to learn to ski with their peers, within the view of their parents at this friendly resort with sunny southern exposure.

Gunstock resort offers a variety of slopes and skiing lessons for beginners to experts. Segway tours, cross-country ski trails, a pond for skating, fireworks on New Year’s Eve and events throughout the year are all part of the what has made Gunstock a spot where generations of skiers, vacationers, and year round residents have made some of their most indelible memories.

Another mountain within minutes of 46 Terrace Hill Gilford with stunning views of Lake Winnipesaukee,  Mount Major offers hiking trails that are particularly popular in summer months.

Timberman Triathlon Festival and Timber Fest is a popular Gilford and Alton, New Hampshire summer event for competitors and, for the slightly less motivated… there's the TimberFest at Gunstock with live music, sports and fitness expo

For a fun family-night out on the town the Winnipesaukee Playhouse community theater features a 194 seat Mainstage theatre in Meredith, New Hampshire and has an amazing line up of shows in 2017. Their shows include Rocky Horror Picture Show, Snow White, and others, such Hound of the Baskervilles. The theater has won many awards and is very active in the community offering events and classes for all ages.

For active adults, the Gilford Hills Tennis Club is one of the oldest tennis clubs in the state of New Hampshire. The club offers many different services including indoor tennis, personal training, dance classes, and a kids’ club with full staff to watch and entertain children while members are working out or playing tennis.

For golfers, the Laconia Country Club is one of the most popular clubs in the Lakes Region.  It is only private country club on the west of Lake Winnipesaukee and is a favorite of celebrities and golfers.  Conveniently located near Meredith, Gilford, and Laconia, it is a popular spot to host celebrations. Weddings, and company and charity parties are often held here.

There are great local restaurants including The Lyons Den, located at 25 Dock Road, Gilford, New Hampshire. This cozy restaurant serves traditional Americana cuisine and is located on Lake Winnipesaukee, providing beautiful views for patrons. For a rustic restaurant complete with fireplace, wood construction, and friendly staff, try Ellacoya Bar and Grill, located at 2667 Lake Shore Rd, Gilford, New Hampshire.  The Lake Opechee Inn has rooms that are pet-friendly for visitors and O’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant at the Lake Opechee Inn offers lake views of Opechee, including sunsets.  The dining fare at “O’s”  is some of the best in the Lakes Region.

In Gilford New Hampshire, the location for 46 Terrace Hill Road, you will find opportunity and space  for relaxation, a vibrant community, and social clubs.  The lakes and mountains and the location near the highway for easy access to Boston, are reasons why Gilford is one of the most popular towns on lake Winnipesaukee.   

Call Nicole Watkins at 603-707-7575 to tour 46 Terrace Hill Road, Gilford today.

To find other Lakes Region homes, feel free to search MLS.

 

Tee Up at One of the Lakes Region's Many Golf Courses

Golfing in the Lakes RegionThe Lakes Region is home to beautiful country clubs and golf courses. Enjoyed by residents and seasonal visitors, these courses are known for having stunning lake views and mountain backdrops. During the spring, summer, and fall, spend the day on the links and take advantage of some of the best golfing in New England. The ever-shifting New England fall colors are at their best in October.  With weather fluctuating between 60's and 70's going into late October 2016, it is still prime golfing season.

Just as all the towns in the Lakes Region have their own personalities, so do the golf courses.  Waukewan Golf Club in in Center Harbor has one of the most picturesque golf courses and is just 5 minutes from downtown Meredith, NH.  

You can enjoy a wide range of courses in the Lakes Region and its environs. Whether you are an experienced player or a first-time golfer, the Lakes Region offers a variety of golf courses that allows you to take on the challenge of this premier sport. There is also a great balance of private and public courses. Lakes Region golf courses include:

  • White Mountain Country Club, Ashland
  • Lake View Golf Course, Belmont
  • Waukewan Golf Club, Center Harbor
  • Indian Mound Golf Club, Center Ossify
  • Ragged Mountain Resort, Danbury
  • Bolduc Park Par Three Golf Course, Gilford
  • Pheasant Ridge Golf Club, Gilford
  • Highland Links Colony Golf Course, Holderness
  • Jade Trace Golf Course, Laconia
  • Laconia Country Club, Laconia
  • Oak Hills Golf Course, Meredith
  • Bald Peak Colony Club, Moultonborough/Tuftonboro
  • Ridgewood Country Club, Moultonborough
  • Lake Winnipesaukee Golf Club, New Durham
  • Province Lake Golf Club, South Effingham 
  • Lochmere Golf & Country Club, Tilton
  • Kingswood Golf Club, Wolfeboro

Homes near or in a golf community are prime real estate in the Lakes Region. The convenience of a short walk or drive to the course is perfect for a golf enthusiast.

Click here to find all homes and land for sale near golf courses.

The Beautiful Wildlife Near 125 Windermere

Bald Eagle About to Fly Near 125 Windermere Road, Moultonborough, NH

An inviting neighborhood for wildlife and a protected bay with long views are some of the features home owners in the Windermere Association enjoy.  The Bald Eagle pictured here prefers the quiet and wooded areas around the Windermere Association. 

Flying from a tall tree on Winnipesaukee, the Bald Eagle is a stunning site!

While Eagles and Loons provide some of the most beautiful sites and sounds on Lake Winnipesaukee, the Loon Preservation Committee needs support to help keep Lake Winnipesaukee a home for these rare birds.

Slowing down for Loons when boating will help keep these birds a part of our NH history.

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services Fact Sheets have information on how to help keep Winnipesaukee clean.

If boating regulations, including speed limits are followed, this will go a long way to help keep wildlife safe on Winnipesaukee.  

2 loons ride the large weekend waves on Winnipesaukee.

Common courtesy for other boaters and and respect for the lake is critical in the long term survival of the lake.  With extraordinary warm weather and low gas prices the lake has been more inviting to boaters this summer.  By educating ourselves on practices to keep the lake clean, we can keep the lake beautiful for future generations.

In an election year, why not ask your candidates what they intend to do to help keep NH's lakes clean?  

The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and the New Hampshire Lakes Management and Protection Program  need very strong support from the legislature to do their job well and to keep our New Hampshire lakes and ponds healthy.  


Water conservation is a related issue that is especially important in drought years, such as 2016. Water Conservation Practice Fact Sheets can be found on the NH DES website regarding water conservation. The Fact Sheets WD-DWGB-26-18 - WD-DWGB-26-23 are especially helpful for homeowners.  Arsenic and bacteria levels can change in years that parts of drinking wells that are usually submerged become dry.  Ask your water or well company for information on water testing.