New Hampshire Lakes Region Real Estate

New Hampshire Lakes Region Real Estate Summary Facts

By Mark J. Donovan

The New Hampshire lakes region real estate market includes 11 lakes and 17 towns located in central New Hampshire. The lakes include Lake Winnipesaukee, Squam Lake, Little Squam Lake, Winnisquam Lake, Lake Kanasta, Lake Waukewan, Lake Ossipee, Lake Kanasatka, Lake Wentworth, Lake Opechee and Newfound Lake. The towns include, Moultonboro, Tuftonboro, Wolfboro, Alton, Gilford, Center Harbor, Ashland, Sandwich, Meredith, Laconia, Tilton, Holderness, Alexandria, Bristol, New Hampton, Sanborton, and Belmont.

Lake Winnipesaukee is the largest of all the lakes and is surrounded by 8 communities. Lake Winnipesaukee has 182 miles of shoreline, 72 square miles of water surface and has 253 islands.

It is approximately 28 miles long and 15 miles wide at its widest point. It has maximum depth of approximately 200 feet and an average depth of 40-45 feet. Squam lake is the next largest lake and sits northwest of Lake Winnipesaukee. Relative to Lake Winnipesaukee it is a quieter and more peaceful lake and home prices can run a bit higher.

The New Hampshire lakes region real estate market is located at the foothills of the New Hampshire White Mountains. With pristine lakes, nearby mountains, and only 2 hours outside of the Boston, Massachusetts area, the lakes region real estate market has always been a great investment. Tourists flock to the area year round for its unique beauty and great outdoor activities. Whether you are a boater, hiker, biker, skier, gamer, kayaker, fisherman, leaf peeper, or Nascar enthusiast the New Hampshire lakes region has it all.

The New Hampshire lakes region real estate market is large and diverse. Whether you are looking to purchase a high end Lake Winnipesaukee Adirondack home or simply rent a cabin on an island, the lakes region has something for everyone.

A view of the Belknap Mountains from the Shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

There are many real estate firms in the area that can sell, buy, or rent property to you that can be tailored for your specific interests.

Prior to investing in New Hampshire lakes region real estate it is important to investigate the area first. The lakes region is a large area and offers different amenities depending upon where you are. Waterfront home prices also vary depending upon the lake. And with Lake Winnipesaukee the waterfront properties can vary significantly depending upon what part of the lake you are interested in.

In general the southern part of the lakes region real estate market has higher populations and as a result higher property taxes. On other hand, the northern area of the lakes region takes a little longer to drive to, however in general it has lower property tax rates, and more of that “On Golden Pond” feel.

So before purchasing a home or even renting New Hampshire lakes region real estate, explore the area and see what suits you specific needs.

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Though not an active real estate professional, I do hold a New Hampshire Real Estate license and have owned property on Lake Winnipesaukee for the past 10 years. There are a number of excellent and extremely knowledgeable New Hampshire lakes region real estate professionals that I can put you in touch with.

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