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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

 

15 Olive Street Alton, NH - 440 Ft. on Lake Winnipesaukee

Lake Winnipesaukee Home for Sale - 15 Olive Street's U shaped Dock

"Little Harbor" 15 Olive Street's U shaped Dock

Almost -never-seen privacy, views, and custom craftmanship.

Lake Winnipesaukee Waterfront Home with 440 ft. on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Lake Winnipesaukee Home at Sunset; 'Little Harbor" a World Apart.What's Little Harbor? 15 Olive Street or "Little Harbor" as the Seller has named it, has the perfect combination of all the right stuff:  privacy,  long lake and mountain views, and  custom craftsmanship.

5 bedrooms, 6 baths, office, library/media room, family room, great room, sun room, kitchen, walk-in pantry, dining room, foyer, rooms for storage... not enough??

This 5425 square foot (by interior wall measurements. The architectural plans have 6000 plus sf.) 4 bedroom home has 400 square feet of additional square footage above the attached garage, which could be finished as a guest suite, office, artist's studio or whatever a buyer would want.

A gem by top Lake WInnipesaukee builders

Construction essentially recreated in 2004-2005.

 

Home expanded and essentially recreated as new construction for 2005.

15 Olive Street's 1997-built home was completely expanded, renovated, and essentially recreated as a new construction project, which began in 2004 and was finished by the Seller in 2005.

Shore front amenities.

Shore front amenities include a U-shaped, separate boat lift with  canopy, a swim float, and a mooring; a perched beach permit is pending. For a virtual tour of the shore front amenities and home, chose to view a  November video, or a  shorter 15 Olive Street video that combines summer and winter shots of this property.

Great Location.  Ideal Lot on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Approximately a 2 hour drive from Boston and just 15 minutes from Gunstock Ski Resort, Little Harbor's location is perfect for year round or vacation use.  Sited on a level and gently sloping lot, its privacy comes from its 440 feet of  Lake Winnipesaukee waterfront. The stunning landscape features long views from every foot of shorefront. Enjoy  plenty of space for dozens of friends to visit or indulge in total privacy!

Dramatic panorama

View from "Little Harbor" 15 Olive Street Alton Bay, NH

Sited to capture a view of Rattlesnake Island the Ossipee Mountains, Little Harbor sees the pink-hued shades cast by the setting sun.  During the day, Rattlesnake Island reflects its image on a still lake.  Lake Winnipesaukee curves around Rattlesnake Island.  You are reminded that Winnipesaukee has 288 miles of shoreline and is approximately 21 miles long.

Winter Moon over Lake Winnipesaukee

Winter Moon over Rattlesnake Island

Watch the moon rise above Rattlesnake Island in the summer. Enjoy a fire on a winter evening with the breadth of Winnipesaukee before you. 

Stretch your vision beyond Diamond Island and across "the Broads" to the North.   Turn to look across the length of Rattlesnake towards Wolfeboro to the East.  The summer sun lights somewhere at Little Harbor until very late afternoon in the summer, but shade is always available amidst the landscaped perennials, walkways, and towering pines.  The moon on a winter evening can be watched while warming by one of your five fireplaces.

5425 square feet of custom craftmanship by Premier NH Home Builder.

The open concept interior has a Chef's kitchen with medium distressed custom cherry cabinetry for a luxurious, rustic look. Appliances include a Viking Refrigerator, a warming drawer, and are primarily high end Miele brand.  A Subzero wine refrigerator has 2 beverage drawers and cherry panels that match the rest of the kitchen's cabinets and paneled appliances.  This luxury kitchen opens to the vaulted 4 season sun room with "hand-made on site" custom cherry window seats; the window seats are  in 2 levels, one level  for  dining, and one level perfect for curling up and reading.

Sun room. 

The sun room is perfect room for relaxing and admiring the views of the Ossipee Mountains in the distance, about 20 miles across Lake Winnipesukee.  2 exquisite doors flank the fireplace in the middle of the sun room and lead to the screen porch, which has the same red cedar shakes as the rest of the house and mahogany railings.

Vaulted great room with continuous glass lakeside.  Master Suite with private screened porch.

The vaulted great room on the opposite side of the kitchen includes the open concept dining room.  A floor to ceiling gas fireplace in the great room adds warmth;  the vaulted ceilings have Queen Anns and puck lighting.  The entry level master suite  is entered from the great room.  It has a corner fireplace and its own, very private, screen porch with the same red cedar shakes and mahogany railing as the other screen porch on the entry level.  A large walk-in closet with cherry built-ins and  a large tile bath with a jacuzzi tub complete the master suite.

15 Olive Street Library/Media Room - Recreational Room at a Winnipesaukee Home

Rooms in the lower level have magnificent lake views as well. Lower level rooms include 2 bedrooms, an office, large family room, and a study with custom cherry cabinetry.  The magnificent fireplace in the study has to be seen to be appreciated.  On the upper level are 2 additional bedrooms with stunning lake views, extraordinary storage, and a bonus room that could be finished for additional living space at Little Harbor.

15 Olive Street View from Media Room/Library

Listed by Nicole Watkins, and one of the many luxury Lakes Region real estate listings at our Firm.  (603) 707-7575.  Call for more details, including color brochure and floor plans.

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.

A Happy Renter is the Best Advertisment

To quote this delighted former renter of my listing at 76 Veasey Shore Road, is obviously my pleasure. It seems that human nature, being what it is, people can usually find something negative to say when asked to comment on just about anything. This gentleman spoke only in superlatives about 76 Veasey Shore Road and obviously belongs in the Lakes Region!

"We have just returned from a wonderful week at this beautiful lake front home. The boat, kayak and canoe were wonderful on the private dock. The whole family, 8 of us, were down there everyday. The home was extremely spacious with an absolutely incredible kitchen. Some in the family could stay and cook in the kitchen for hours, and they did, and could not stop raving about all of the amenities. The bedrooms were more than spacious and all had there own private showers and baths. The master bedroom bath is something out of a magazine. The downstairs layout was extremely spacious and you can see that the owner takes great pride in decorating her home. This is not your typical threadbare rental, the furnishings leave you wanting for better in your own home. We were only half way through the week and were organizing our stay for next year. On a scale of one to ten, this home is off the charts! "

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