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Ode to a Lake Winnipesaukee Boathouse

Boathouse with living quarters on the interior!

Boathouse with living quarters on the interior!The 1929 refurbished boathouse at 128 Veasey Shore Road was the first "home" built on Meredith, New Hampshire's Veasey Shore Road.  A boathouse with living quarters is so rare on Lake Winnipesaukee that only one other home recently on the market comes to mind. 9 Fisher Road, Alton was offered on the market in 2010.  Although the bedrooms of the Fisher Road Lake Winnipesaukee home were not usable, the Alton home was recognized for the rare value of a "live-in" boathouse, selling in 2010 for twice the town assessed value. Stunning lot.....

As far as the "live-in" boathouse at 128 Veasey Shore Road, Meredith, it isn't hard to see why this location was selected for her site.  Two reasons readily apparent to the eye, are the spectacular views from this Meredith NH location and the white sand beach that stretches beyond the high water mark, under the crystal clear waterfront, nearly as far as out as the 100 foot long permanent dock and island-like patio.  The 30' by 20' patio allows you to enjoy all day sun with water and lake views surrounding you.

There are ineffable other reasons as well. The gentle waters, which allow lakeside enjoyment all day without heavy winds can only be appreciated by spending time at this Lake Winnipesaukee property

and comparing it to many other locations around the lake.

Lake Winnipesaukee Boathouse Interior. Iconic Landmark.

Boathouse with living quarters on the interior!The 1929 refurbished boathouse at 128 Veasey Shore Road was the first "home" built on Meredith, New Hampshire's Veasey Shore Road.  A boathouse with living quarters is so rare on Lake Winnipesaukee that only one other home recently on the market comes to mind. 9 Fisher Road, Alton was offered on the market in 2010.  Although the bedrooms of the Fisher Road Lake Winnipesaukee home were not usable, the Alton home was recognized for the rare value of a "live-in" boathouse, selling in 2010 for twice the town assessed value. Stunning lot.....

What are the features of this "live-in" boathouse that make it an irresistible draw? Features including cathedral ceilings, hardwood floors, and large, nearly continuous windows that capture the lake views on three sides come to mind. Because of the easterly exposure and lake location you have 180 degree views on Lake Winnipesaukee, but rarely more than a pleasant easterly breeze at this Veasey Shore location.

Screen Porch over the Lake

The 128 Veasey Shore boathouse has a screen porch built over the Lake Winnipesaukee high water mark creating the peaceful sensation that you are on a boat floating on the lake. French doors open from the Screen Porch into the Great Room.  (Both the Screen Porch and Great Room/Dining Room have striking floor-to-ceiling fieldstone fireplaces.)

Boathouse Porch with Fireplace!

Boathouse with living quarters on the interior!The 1929 refurbished boathouse at 128 Veasey Shore Road was the first "home" built on Meredith, New Hampshire's Veasey Shore Road.  A boathouse with living quarters is so rare on Lake Winnipesaukee that only one other home recently on the market comes to mind. 9 Fisher Road, Alton was offered on the market in 2010.  Although the bedrooms of the Fisher Road Lake Winnipesaukee home were not usable, the Alton home was recognized for the rare value of a "live-in" boathouse, selling in 2010 for twice the town assessed value. Stunning lot.....

On the main level of the boathouse is a Bedroom, 3/4 Bath, and even a Kitchenette.  On the top level is an additional Bedroom.  Below the 1 1/2 story living space is room for your boat or jet skis. This lower level of the boathouse was built with beautiful stonework, which became the inspiration for the master mason's stonework on the 2003 custom built home on the property. (Not a stone was cut in the making of the stonework on the home.)

There are many reasons why people have strong emotional attachments to boathouses. If you spent your formative years on a Lake Winnipesaukee property with a boathouse, you doubtless have your own "Ode to a Boathouse" to write.  Magnificent and quaint boathouses can be found as occasional, graceful markers of days gone by, on the Lake Winnipesaukee shores from Winter Harbor to Meredith. Sometimes one can see the antique wood boats for which these boathouses were originally designed, regally resting in the boathouse stalls.

Only once in a great while is a boathouse with both space for a boat and with charming living quarters available on the market.  The boathouse at 128 Veasey Shore is one of them and can be seen by appointment, if you are so inclined, as summer winds down, to catch a subtle glimpse of the divine.

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