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Own an Entire Island on New Hampshire's Largest Lake - Just a 4 Minute Boat Ride from Shore - A Dream Retreat


 

Ideal Especially for Those who Love Swimming, Boating, Tranquility and Magnificent Nature at its Best.

BY NICOLE WATKINS | A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, an entire island on New Hampshire’s largest lake is for sale.

Located on Lake Winnipesaukee, Little Beaver Island is protected from rough winds by its unique location. Featuring long lake and mountain views, yet tucked away from boat traffic, Little Beaver Island offers the quiet lake living of an era long past.

The purchase — which is being offered at $3.5 million — includes mainland docking at the Beaver Management docks on Veasey Shore Road, just four minutes away from the island by boat. The mainland dock accommodates up to a 23-foot boat with two parking spaces for cars as well as guest parking. From early spring through autumn at 1 Little Beaver Island you can experience the amazing sensory experience of being surround by the magic of Lake Winnipesaukee.

 

Veasey Shore Road is one of the lake’s most sought-after roads, known for having large, multimillion-dollar estates, with great views and waterfront.

Also included in the purchase is shared, undivided interest in roughly 11 acres and 1,200 feet of waterfront on nearby Big Beaver Island, including a beautiful mile-long walking path.  The 11 acres on Big Beaver is across a narrow channel between Big Beaver Island and Litte Beaver Island.

A main cottage with a 341-foot open porch and a 197-foot screen porch for lakeside dining is at one end of Little Beaver Island. A boathouse and two docks are at the island’s other end. There is an outdoor shower for convenience. A decked path between buildings on the island adds to the fairy tale quality of this property.

Blueberry bushes surround the island ready to be picked after a morning swim. The island has little beaches, two sheds and a “honeymoon cottage” which sleeps two. In total, the island comfortably sleeps nine and is being sold fully furnished. Enjoy sunsets, moon rises and some of the best swimming and boating areas on the lake. Shopping, hiking trails, gyms, spas and golf are all within 15 minutes. Manchester Airport is an hour away by car. It’s two hours by car to Boston.

As for the island’s history, Lake Winnipesaukee — which is 21 miles long — is a glacial lake. It has 264 islands. The Winnipesaukee people, who were a part of the Pennacock of the Algonquin nation, lived on its shore and fished the lake.

A Mr. Standish bought Little Beaver Island for his daughter. He had also bought Big Beaver Island. In order that his daughter would not have neighbors, he made a generous, visionary gesture. He put roughly 11 acres and about 1,200 feet of waterfront on Big Beaver Island in BeaverManagement Corp. Not only would his daughter not have neighbors, she could enjoy a mile-long walking path directly across a narrow section of water between Big Beaver and Little Beaver Island. Today, owners on the Beaver Islands enjoy this path and an extensive stretch of waterfront, as well.

The island offers lake and mountain views in all directions, including a long view of the lake. The little sandy beaches make for easy access into the lake. The large stretch of lake all around the island is ideal for swimmers. The bay in front of the main cottage would be wonderful for watching small children in a rowboat or canoe. With pristine islands on either side, you are looking at waterfront and woods or sky, mountains and lake directly in front of you. The mosaic of rocks under the lake keeps boaters at a distance.

The four-minute boat ride across to your own Veasey Docking makes the trip to the mainland very easy, quick and safe. Not only does Veasey Shore have some of the most beautiful homes and shoreline on the lake, it puts you less than 10 minutes from golf courses, town tennis courts, shopping, gyms, restaurants, the post office and library. The 763-acre Page Pond and Forest trail system can be accessed by Veasey neighbors directly on Veasey shore for a variety of scenic hikes.

The boathouse built over the water could not be duplicated today given current regulations. The boathouse is ideal for housing an antique boat year-round. The antique boat in the boathouse may be available for sale, as well. In winter, a harness is used to lift a boat and keep it safe during winter.

The porches around the main cottage and separate honeymoon cottage porch encourage the outdoor island living that makes this property so special. Moving “indoors” after summer is generally cause for a mild depression. No matter how grand a house is, living indoors can’t compete with what being outdoors in nature at its most magnificent does for the soul. The amazing colors in the sky at every day’s sunrise and sunset are always different. Even the color of the lake changes with the weather. Yet, almost every day is great for swimming, canoeing, jet-skiing and sailing. A lake is different than the ocean, which requires more caution. Of course, if you were a camper in your youth, the classic cabin construction, antique glass in the windows and smell of the pine boards transport you to a more peaceful time.

The kitchen has contemporary appliances and butcher-block counters. A new kitchen floor of engineered wood has the look of whitewashed pine. This was just installed in 2022.

Veasey Shore and its environs are known for gentle waters, which allow lakeside enjoyment all day without heavy winds, and can only be appreciated by spending time at this Lake Winnipesaukee property and comparing it to many other locations around the lake.

Gunstock Ski Resort is the country’s largest county-owned ski resort. It’s only 30 minutes by car from the Veasey Shore docking. In summer you can enjoy more than 8,700 feet of zipping on Gunstock’s zip line and astounding views of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Mills Falls at the Lake (with four different resort hotel options) is less than 10 minutes from the Veasey Shore parking by car. There are lakeside indoor/outdoor restaurants and a spa deck available to locals. The influx of guests, conferences, guest speakers and, of course, the beautiful lakeside weddings held at Church Landing, are spectacles to behold.

Mount Lafayette, one of the largest and most challenging of the many hikes in the White Mountains, is less than an hour away by car. Many miles of additional conservation land with trails and beaches are within 10 minutes by car from Veasey Shore Road. Squam Lake, New Hampshire’s second-largest lake, has 30 percent of its watershed in conservation and about the same amount of its waterfront in conservation.

For more information, contact Nicole Watkins at 603-707-7575 or nicole@nicolewatkins.com

 

Wishing you Bright New Paths and Continued Treasured Memories in the Wake of the Solar Eclipse.

From One of the Best Places to Live in New Hampshire and the U.S. 

Yesterday, on the day of total solar eclipse in history, we were reminded that we are part of something much larger than ourselves. The eclipse passed through many large cities and is considered the most watched solar eclipse in history. It was a powerful day to reflect and appreciate the people in your community. It was a powerful day to reflect on beginnings, changes, and where you have traveled. While Meredith, New Hampshire is becoming one of the more desirable lakeside resort towns in the U.S., those of us who have been in Meredith, or the surrounding Belknap County, for many years, love it, not only for recent exciting changes, but for the many ways that it hasn't changed.

Meredith has many quaint shops and spas on Lake Winnipesaukee, such as Lady of the Lake, Innis Free BookShop, and the Inns at Mills Fall and Church Landing. Lake and mountain views from many of the Inns guest rooms bring travelers to our Lakes Region year round.  Having 72 square miles of often awe-inspiring waterfront, Winnipesaukee is not like any other lake.  The beauty of the light reflecting off the breadth of the lake inspired the native Americans who lived here to name it "Winnipesaukee"...meaning  "The Smile of the Great Spirit." The NH DES and Non profit organizations such as NH Lakes and the Lake Winnipesaukee Association work to educate the public on lake-friendly practices to keep our lakes healthy. Festive holiday charity events at Church Landing sparkle with friendly smiles and the good will of friends and acquaintances. With the magnificent nature surrounding us, we are thrilled to live here. The abundant beauty we enjoy brings the best part of us forward.  Frequently after I've sold a property on Lake Winnipesaukee, the buyer will tell me that they left their job to do a consulting version of the job or to take on a less stressful and time-consuming job.  The life experience of the Lakes Region is truly transformative. 

As residents we feel that local businesses often seem like extensions of our family. Often being small and owner managed, the businesses around Lake Winnipesaukee are run with sensitivity to the nuances of life in the town.  Whether you are at the Meredith Library or a cafe on Main Street, many of the people you meet can't engage with you without instinctively trying to make your day better.

Some of the Inter-Lakes teachers at the schools teaching our children today were our teachers when we were school age. If we see them on the street they still remember our names and we remember some our most inspiring moments with them. The warmth and joy that they took in our learning is something that our own children have been able to experience in the Inter-Lakes School system. Some of our local residents who volunteered to choreograph the high school musicals decades ago still work with grade school children on story projects. We are intertwined in the best sense of the word in our small, but beautiful and big-hearted community.  I'm especially thankful this week to live in our community.  As move beyond the day of the historic total solar eclipse, I wish everyone a joyous new chapter in their lives.

Meet the Local Businesses in the Lake Winnipesaukee Shored Town of Wolfeboro

Wolfeboro's Origin Dates it as the Oldest Summer Resort in the United States.

Today's Business Owners Help Maintain Wolfeboro's Long-Lived Popularity.

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Wolfeboro's Main Street is one of the most picturesque streets in New Hampshire's Lakes Region. Many of the local businesses and restaurants enjoy stunning views of Lake Winnipesaukee. Restaurants such as Garwoods and Jo Greens allow diners to enjoy the views and take in the ambiance and historic architecture. (The photo to the right was taken outside of Garwoods in November 2015. It was a surprisingly warm day with 75 degree weather and a calm lakes at Garwoods and all across Winnipesaukee!).

Tucked along Wolfeboro's side streets are many other charming commercial properties, including boutique cafes and specialty shops. Some of the cache of living on roads such as Sewall Road, Forest Road, and Main Street is the proximity to the quaint downtown amenities Wolfeboro offers.

The below interviews serve as an introduction to some of the local business owners in Wolfeboro NH . While they all come from different backgrounds, there is a common thread to their stories - what brought them to New Hampshire's Lakes Region and how their day to day experience has redefined their expectations of life on Lake Winnipesaukee. Learn more about these local owners and their businesses below. When you are are strolling through Wolfeboro, stop by and meet them for yourselves!

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Beveridge Beer and Soap Shop - Lisa Beveridge

51 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH

This shop specializes in selling craft beers from the New England area. There is also a small taproom with five to six craft beers on tap and a menu that features PB&J and PB&Fluff. Lisa also makes homemade soap, several of which are made with beer!

How long have you been in business?
Two and a half years

How long have you lived in the Lakes Region?
13 years

Are you originally from here? What brought you the Lakes Region?
It's beautiful. My husband's grandparents lived up here and we wanted to get out of the city. You come to visit a summer home and you kind of get attached.

What was the driving force behind starting your business?
I wanted to do something for myself, have my own shop.

Do you have a business philosophy.
Drink good beer.

What separates you from other similar businesses in the area?
There aren't any similar businesses right now, so I am pretty unique to this area.

What would you like potential customers to know? Anything new for the future?
There are always new things going on, new events. Winter and Summer beer fest are happening. New beers are coming in every week. Our soap line is expanding.

What do you like to do in your time off?
Work (laughs). I don't have a lot of time off.

What are the top three reasons why people should visit the Lakes Region?

  1. Peace and quiet
  2. Really nice small businesses, especially in Wolfeboro. Cool businesses throughout the Lakes Region, great restaurants, and new shops are opening up.
  3. Come see me!

Find out more about Beveridge Craft Beer and Soap Co.

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Sabol's Art Studio - Gregory W. Sabol, Owner and Artist

76 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH

How long have you been in business?
We have been here for six months. We bought the old building, tore it down and built this one.

Where do you live in the Lakes Region?
We live in Effingham on Province Lake.

What drew you to the Lakes Region if you weren't originally from here?
I'm from the area.

What was the driving force behind starting your business?
I had studied art at the University of New Hampshire and sat in on classes at the Art Institute on Commonwealth Ave in Boston, where my brother was studying. I had owned my own businesses for thirty years and then my wife, Alice, (of seven years now) saw my art and encouraged me to get back into it. I am glad she did. We sold the business and built the studio.

What would you like potential customers to know?
My art is here to enjoy. Each one tells a story, but it is here for everyone to enjoy.

What do you like to do in your time off?
My wife and I enjoy history and traveling. We have done mission work in Honduras and Haiti. I have traveled to Russia and Israel. I belong to the Rotary and we believe in giving back.

What are your top reasons why someone should vacation in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire?

  1. It is a bubbly place. You can meet people from all walks of life. I have met people from Russia, England, and more. You can sit outside at a coffee shop and talk to great people.
  2. The art community here is expanding; more art studios are opening in Wolfeboro; more art events like Art Walk and Paint Wolfeboro are happening than ever before.
  3. The lakes and you are close to the mountain and to the ocean.

Find out more about Gregory Sabol and Sabol's Art Studio.

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From Scratch Bakery - Katie Johnson, Owner

36 Center Street, Wolfeboro Falls, NH

From Scratch Bakery is a small town bakery run by Local, Katie Johnson, who uses high quality and fresh ingredients. This bakery offers employment to folks with intellectual or developmental disabilities. Her sister, Kristen, who has Down Syndrome, works at the bakery.

How long have you been in business?
We opened on June 1, 2015.

How long have you lived in the Lakes Region?
All my life! I grew up in Wolfeboro and graduated from Kingwood. I did go away for awhile (chuckles), but I came back. (Katie attended the University of Rhode Island and received a BS in elementary education. She later attended Johnson and Wales for baking and pastries.)

What is the driving force behind starting your business?
The bakery allows me to combine my creativity along with my love of helping people. People with disabilities may face a unique set of challenges, but they also have incredible talents and skills to offer. There aren't a lot of employment opportunities for them in the community.

What is your business philosophy?
A workplace where employees can use their individual strengths, get help when they need it and don't have keep to a breakneck pace. A worker of any ability level would like that.

What would you like potential customers to know? Is there going to be a new product for your business in 2016?
Wedding cakes! We do wedding cakes.

What do you like to do in your time off?
(laughs) I have no free time. I am heading up to Kingswood today for career day. There is always something to do.

Top three reason to vacation in the Lakes Region?

  1. It is beautiful and a great place to be outside
  2. The people are friendly
  3. The skiing

Learn more about Katie and From Scratch Baking Co.

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Country Bookseller - Karen Baker, Owner

23 North Main Street, Wolfeboro, NH

How long have you been in business?
It will be 22 years on July 1st.

How long have you lived in the Lakes Region?
22 years; I moved here to open the shop.

What drew you to the Lakes Region, if you weren't originally from here?
I wanted to open a book store, so I crisscrossed the state looking for a small community that could support a bookstore. I fell in love with Wolfeboro. I am originally from Upstate New York but spent time in California and was living in Connecticut when I decided to open the business!

What was the driving force behind starting your business?
I was an English major working in the corporate world and I was not happy. I went to a seminar and they asked us to write what would be on your tombstone and I thought only, here lies Karen. Then they asked what we wanted to be written and I knew I wanted more. A friend gave me the book, Do What You Love and The Money Will Follow, so that's when I decided to open my own business.

What is your business philosophy?
Books are like food for the brain. If you help someone learn to enjoy reading, you give them the world.

What would you like potential customers to know?
We are here seven days a week and we serve locally roasted coffee and locally baked pastries. We are always willing to do special orders.

What do you like to do in your time off?
I love to read and spend time with friends. I love going out to eat and, of course, I love to read.

Top reasons why someone should vacation in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire?

  1. A great bookstore
  2. Fresh air and fabulous outside activities.Friendly people. It's a throwback in time, to a gentler, slower paced lifestyle.

Find out more about The Country Bookseller.

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There are currently 126 properties, including residential homes, mobile homes, and condo listings in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The average listing price is $913,648. The median listing price is $378,500.

Interested in living in Wolfeboro? Feel free to search Wolfeboro waterfront homes, Wolfeboro single family homes, and land for sale in Wolfeboro.

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There are 365 Things to do in the Lakes Region in the Winter and 3 of Them Don't Include Beer.

A Man Ski-Mobiled Onto the Ice and Said.....

After ski-mobiling across a frozen lake, under a pale winter sun, an erudite friend of mine eyed the multitude of portable hockey rinks filled with players and the Pabst Blue Ribbon arch, a beacon in the winter mist.  His grown children had finished with skiing and ski-mobiling and they wandered off toward the many vendors for a drink.

"There are 365 things to do in New Hampshire in the winter..... and 3 of them don't include beer," he remarked.

Winter 2014 saw pond hockey turn Meredith Bay into a festival with  action-filled hockey rinks.  People ski-mobiled, skied or drove around or across the lake to watch. Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer sponsored the event.  The Great Meredith Rotary Fishing Derby and the 82nd Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby were other festive events for spectators and competitors. Beer was sometimes present.

Here are a sampling of NH Lakes Region activities in Meredith and it environs in the next few days.

  • Alpine skiing (many weekend races open to all)
  • snow showing
  • cross-country skiing

Ski through April 6th at Gunstock Ski Resort. Call Cannon, Loon, and Waterville for season close dates. (They just keep getting snow!)

(Oh....and...even small family mountain Gunstock Ski Resort has a bar outside the base lodge as of a few weeks ago...so beer is readily available.

March 21

  • Wine tasting at the Hermit Woods Winery on Main Street 3-6 PM

March 22

  • 2nd Annual Old School Duel & Retro 80's Day at Cannon Mountain.
  • Apres Ski Party in Cannon Mountain Pub.
  • Maple Sugar Madness at Prescott Farm 10-3 PM.
  • Luau Bike Week Countdown Party with Live Music from 12 to 2 PM at Laconia Harley Davidson. For information call 279-4526.
  • Moulton Farm Good Gardening Workshop 10 AM-Noon  at Moulton Farm. 279-3915.
  • LRSO (Lakes Region Symphony Orchestra) POPS Concert "A Night of Pops" at Inter-Lakes Auditorium at 7:30 pm.   Support music!    Info: www.LRSO.org.

March 23

  • Cannon Mtn. Ski Club FSC Race Lafoley SL.
  • Jazz Brunch at the Lakehouse Grill, Church Landing, Meredith 9AM-2PM.
  • Luau Bike Week Countdown Party with Live Music from 12:00 to 2:00 PM at Laconia Harley. Davidson. For information call 279-4526.
  • Wine Tasting at the Hermit Woods Winery, 72 Main St. Meredith.  Call for details. 253-7968.

 

When is a Ten Minute Drive Worth Your Time?

It is a challenge sometimes to get real estate clients to look at Lake Winnipesaukee property at the end of Moultonborough Neck Road. Once they arrive at a lakefront property off Moultonborough Neck Road though, they are often enthralled. The estate lots, the privacy, and the long lake views across "the broads" can give you a sense of peacefulness and fill you with rapture. Being ten minutes farther from Church Landing or a golf course isn't prohibitive to people who fall in love with Moultonborough Neck Road waterfront property. In the words of people who've purchased lakefront property off Moultonborough Neck....... "When did a 10 minute drive ever kill you?"

I currently have two listings in Windermere Estates at the end of Moultonbrough Neck and Long Island. Both listings are very private and located across the street from a Windermere Estates owned forest.  As more people who are moving to the Lakes Region seem to be looking for estate size lots and privacy these Winderemere, Lake Winnipesaukee estate lots should be of increasing interest to buyers. The location in the center of Lake Winnipesaukee is highly desirable for those who enjoy traveling by boat to the most popular Lake Winnipesaukee shored towns.  If you are looking for privacy and expansive long, lake and mountain views in a quiet bay, make sure you take a look at 107 Windermere Road and 115 Windermere Road in Moultonborough, NH.  If both of these properties are purchased you would own 535 ft. of linear Lake Winnipesaukee  waterfront and more than 3.6 acres directly on lake Winnipesaukee, and a sandy beach.  Isn't all this a good reason to add 10-15 minutes to your drive to your Lake Winnipesaukee dream home? Rarely do 2 neighboring NH Lake Winnipesaukee estate lots come on the market. If you know someone in the market for a large lakefront estate property, make sure you mention 107 Windermere and 115 Windermere Estates Road.

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