Articles Tagged "bethlehem nh"

June
29

Selling With a Real Estate Agent- Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyThere are almost as many ways to sell your home as there are Plymouth homes for sale. But if you want to get the job done quickly and effectively, with as little hassle as possible, your best bet is to do it through an agent. Here are six ways an agent makes it easier to sell your home.

  1. More Buyers to Choose From. Agents know the area and how and where to find people looking to buy a home. What's more, they have a resource that independent sellers don't: the Multiple Listing Service (MLS), a database of information on available properties, their locations, values, etc. Listing your home on the MLS allows agents to cast a wider net and find a suitable buyer more quickly.

  2. More Money. You may think selling your home yourself (a For Sale By Owner or FSBO deal) will save you money since an agent takes a cut of what you make on the sale. However, without an agent's help, your home will likely have a lower sale price. Agents know how to negotiate and get you a better price than most people could get on their own. An agent's fee is typically 6% of your home's sale price. But without one, sale prices average 6% lower anyway. Better to hire an agent and make your job easier.

  3. Save Time. How do you know how serious a potential buyer is? They could be someone looking to see what's out there or a neighbor curious about the resale value of other homes in the area. The longer you spend dealing with lookie-loos, the less time you have for serious buyers. An agent can help weed out the ones who aren't serious. They know what to ask to determine a person's genuine interest, so you can spend more time on the buyers and less time on the lookers.

  4. Objectivity. When you live in a place day in and day out, there are many things you become accustomed to. Certain issues may be things you've dealt with for years and have adjusted to without thinking. Others may have come on so gradually that you never realized there was a problem in the first place. An agent lends your home an objective, expert eye. On a walkthrough, they can spot all the problems you can't and show you exactly what needs to be done to fix your home up and raise its resale value.

  5. Paperwork. What contracts, disclosures, and other forms do you need to prepare and sign to make your home's sale legally binding? There's a lot of paperwork involved in selling your house, and if you neglect some of it or file it incorrectly, you risk exposing yourself to legal troubles. Your agent, however, does this for a living. They know exactly what paperwork you need and how to do it properly and can guide you through the entire process, beginning to end.

  6. Experience. The bottom line is that an agent knows what they're doing. They're experienced in selling homes—finding the right buyer, getting the most money, and getting your home on and off the market as quickly as possible. They're someone in your corner, looking out for your best interest. When hiring an agent, you have everything to gain and nothing to lose.

If you're ready to sell your home or buy your dream home, contact us. Our real estate agents will guide you through the process, every step of the way, to help you get what you want.

June
24

Kitchen and Bath Updates - Sell a Home - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyMany sellers are being urged to list their homes without making upgrades based on the current housing market. But our real estate agents can tell you that wise sellers offering Plymouth homes for sale are maximizing their profits by focusing on two specific rooms: the kitchen and the bathroom. They'll be happy to discuss the return on investment potential from budget-mindful improvements to luxury remodels.

Popular Kitchen Features

  1. Kitchen islands top the wish list of the typical home buyer. More people are cooking at home than in decades, and they demand adequate workspace. Doing double duty as home classrooms and even office space, an island is a very attractive feature. This is one of the most expensive improvements you can make, but the increased sales price may be worth it.

  2. Cabinet space is critical to a well-organized kitchen, so if additional cabinets are possible, they deserve your consideration. If not, you may wish to consider installing pull-out shelves or a lazy Susan to maximize hard-to-reach spaces. 

  3. Cabinet lighting does more than brighten the kitchen; it makes the work area much more efficient. The soft glow from under the cabinet makes the room feel cozier, while the family cooks will appreciate the ability to see what they're doing. 

  4. Smart accessories bring the kitchen into the 21st century. Pizza ovens, butcher blocks, and quartz worktops perk up real estate listings, capturing the attention of serious buyers.

  5. Simple facelifts are the least expensive way to make the kitchen more attractive. Freshly painted cabinets, new hardware, and crown molding are just cosmetic, but they impart a feeling of newness that buyers want.

Bathroom Upgrades

  1. Converting a tub to a shower offers a stylish replacement for a bulky, aged tub that is convenient, low-maintenance, and safe. Grab bars and seating can provide additional safety and comfort. Multiple showerheads combine luxury with convenience with little additional cost.

  2. Jacuzzi tubs elevate a comfortable soak to an indoor hot tub experience. Buyers will imagine tired, sore muscles relaxing in their own private spa.

  3. Non-porous acrylic tubs and sinks are stain-resistant and easy to clean.

  4. Upgraded toilets may not be the first thing that comes to mind when considering where you spend your remodeling budget, but for a few hundred dollars, you can install a much more comfortable option. Higher models and elongated seats are often preferable for taller individuals. The bidet is also gaining popularity and can be attached to an existing toilet or can be a stand-alone feature.

  5. Cosmetic treatments in a bathroom are all about cleanliness and light. New paint or wallpaper, bright new lighting, and upgraded floor treatments are all inexpensive methods of making an old bathroom feel like new. 

A full kitchen remodel can cost anywhere from about $10,000 to $25,000, but cosmetic treatments can cost just a few hundred. Many renovations recoup 60-80% of the investment when the house is sold. Before you invest unnecessarily in expensive upgrades when putting your house on the market, contact us to discuss the pros and cons of your remodeling efforts. We'll help you make the best choices to obtain the sales price you want. 

June
22

Fishing Destinations - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyYou have to love the outdoor activities when living in a beautiful place like New Hampshire, and fishing is one of the best ways to relax and take in the scenic beauty of our area.

Our real estate agents love to fish around the White Mountains, and thanks to the abundance of fresh water, it's actually considered one of the best places for trout fishing in the US. There are truly dozens of great fishing spots around the White Mountains. If you're looking to cast a line this summer, then go ahead and pack a cooler, grab your pole, and head out to one of our favorite locations.

  • Franconia Notch State Park - Daniel Webster Highway, Lincoln, NH 03251
    Fresh, clean water flows right down the White Mountains and into the Pemigewasset River, which runs through Franconia Notch. Here, you'll find some of the most relaxing, peaceful fishing spots in New Hampshire. Profile Lake, the starting point of the river, is stocked annually with trout, bass, and salmon. This lake is designated for fly fishing only. If you enjoy the park, you might be interested to see some of these Franconia homes for sale just a short drive away.

  • Echo Lake State Park - 68 Echo Lake Rd., North Conway, NH 03860
    The scenery at this gorgeous lake is just breathtaking. Enjoy fishing at Echo Lake State Park. The lake is about 15.7 acres and surrounded by a hiking trail, which makes many of the best fishing spots easily accessible. After you're done for the day, be sure to schedule a tour of one of these nearby North Conway homes for sale.

  • Moore Reservoir - NH-135, Littleton, NH 0356
    Moore Reservoir is a large recreational water destination located on the Connecticut River. It's considered both a cold and warm water fishery. Cast a line and catch brook trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth and largemouth bass, and more. The reservoir is conveniently located near some great Littleton homes for sale.

  • Stinson Lake - 2500 Stinson Lake Rd., Rumney, NH, 03266
    You'll find fresh, clean mountain water and plenty of fish at Stinson Lake—the largest lake in the White Mountains National Forrest. The scenery is beautiful, and the lake is stocked with rainbow trout, lake trout, bass, chain pickerel, and more. There are also some great Plymouth homes for sale just down the road.

  • Squam Lake - 534 US-3, Holderness, NH 03245
    Fish for salmon, trout, bass, and pickerel at Squam Lake. Extending over 6,700 acres with 60 miles of shoreline, it's the second largest lake in New Hampshire. The lake itself actually consists of two connected lakes: one larger lake (Big Squam) and a smaller lake (Little Squam) connected by a small channel that allows boaters to travel between them. If you want this recreational destination in your backyard, there are some great Sandwich homes for sale a few miles from the lake.

Enjoying the great outdoors is easy living in the White Mountains area. To explore local home listings, contact us today.

June
17

Passing a Home Inspection - Sellers - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyA home inspection is a little like a first date. You might have butterflies in your stomach, frightful thoughts racing through your head, and you'll think of a million things that you forgot to do, or that can go wrong before you open the door. But, as with dating, there are some things you can do to sway the odds of a positive home inspection in your favor. By rolling up your sleeves and following these tips from our real estate agents, you'll pass your home inspection with flying colors.

  • Go Through Your Home With Your Real Estate Agent
    Your agent has gone through this process many times. They know what the inspector will look for, and they can help you create a strategy to efficiently tackle any deficiencies with home maintenance, plumbing, wiring, pests, and more. Specifically, they will help you identify damage to your roof, plumbing problems, electrical issues, and other problems that could diminish the home's structural integrity.

  • Take Fido to the Park
    Whether you have the friendliest pug or the sweetest lab, take your pets out of the home for the day. Take them to the park or a friend's house. This is especially important if you have a protective pet that could impede the inspector's ability to inspect the home.

  • Declutter
    Clear out the closets, toss trash from the garage, and dig through the piles of trophies and other accumulation within basements and attics. You should clear the clutter to show the home, and you won't want to move it with you to your new home, so getting rid of it now means it is one less thing to do later. Plus, it will make it easier for the home inspector to gain access to every area of the home.

  • Roll Up Your Sleeves (and pick up the phone!)
    You can fix many minor problems such as leaky faucets and other general maintenance tasks. However, you should hire a professional to repair any issues with HVAC systems, plumbing, electrical, roofing, etc. Even in a seller's market with many fabulous Plymouth homes for sale that need a little work, buyers want "move-in ready" homes that they don't have to put a lot of initial effort into.

  • Ensure the House is Fully Operational
    Ensure that gas, water, and electric systems are connected and operational. You should also make sure that all remote controls or smart home systems are available for the inspector to use when they arrive.

  • Know the Home's History
    Has the home been remodeled by you or a previous owner? If so, was the work performed to code, and were the proper permits secured? Anytime a home is remodeled, it falls upon the current owner to address any deficiencies with remodeling work. The more you know about the status of the work performed on your home, the better.

  • Give Them Time To Work
    Most home inspections take between 2-4 hours to finish. While it is natural to want it to be over with quickly, you should give your inspector time to thoroughly and properly examine the structure.   

Home inspections can be nerve-wracking, whether it's your first time or your tenth. Contact us to learn more about the steps we take to help ensure our clients are ready when the date of their home inspections rolls around. 

June
15

Lost River Gorge - White Mountains, NH - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyHidden away amid the gorgeous White Mountains, you'll find the Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves, which certainly rank among the most amazing natural attractions near Woodstock homes for sale. Shaped by natural processes, this attraction provides a window into the past and a beautiful place to explore in the present. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on what to expect when visiting Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves.

  • The History of Lost River Gorge
    The modern history of Lost River Gorge began in 1852 when a pair of brothers, Royal and Lyman Jackman, discovered it accidentally during a fishing trip. One brother fell into a hole and landed in one of the Boulder Caves, which led the brothers to explore many of the other caves in the area. The geological history of Lost River Gorge, however, stretches back more than 300 million years, when glaciers reshaped the land during an ice age. Eventually, those glaciers melted, and over time the rushing waters further reshaped Lost River Gorge into the amazing natural spectacle that visitors enjoy to this day.

  • Explore the Boardwalk Trail and Climb the Giant Bird Nest
    Start your journey above ground with a walk on the one-mile-long boardwalk trail that runs along the path of the Lost River, providing excellent views of Lost River Gorge and the surrounding scenery. Then try a climb up the Giant Bird Nest, where you can enjoy unmatched views from above. As you explore Lost River Gorge, you'll also discover a long suspension bridge with even more great views and a unique treehouse that kids are sure to love.

  • Descend into 11 Spectacular Boulder Caves
    The adventure continues below ground, where brave explorers will discover the Boulder Caves, just like the Jackman Brothers did nearly two centuries ago. There are 11 caves to explore in total, with each one having its own unique characteristics. Along the way, you'll discover posted signs with interesting information about each location.

  • Family Fun at the Lost River Mining Sluice
    With its Young Explorers program and fun, educational nature, Lost River Gorge is a great place for a family outing. The Lost River Mining Sluice is the cherry on top, allowing visitors of all ages to pan for gemstones and fossils in the Lost River. For the youngest visitors, the excitement of the Lost River Mining Sluice is often the highlight of the trip.

  • Gain a New Perspective with a Guided Lantern Tour
    Feeling adventurous? The guides at the Lost River Gorge also offer guided Lantern Tours on select nights, allowing you to experience the natural beauty of the area from a whole new perspective. Each lantern tour includes direction from an expert guide, who will take you along the boardwalk and down into the Boulder Caves.

  • Tips for Making the Most of Your Trip to Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves
    The Lost River Gorge & Boulder Caves are open to visitors every week from Thursday through Monday, and it's strongly recommended to reserve your spot ahead of time online. During your visit, you can stop at the gift shop to pick up refreshments or bring your own to enjoy a picnic under the covered picnic pavilion.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all of the natural wonders of New Hampshire? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the White Mountains area.

June
3

Cleaning Tips Before Moving - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyCongratulations! What a relief that the house had sold, right? But our real estate agents know that as the excitement wears off, you're probably going to look around and suddenly realize that the hardest work lies ahead of you. The longer you've been in your home, the more daunting the task of cleaning before you go. But don't feel too stressed out. We've compiled a few tips to keep the process as simple as possible. 

  • Start With an Empty House
    Packing and cleaning simultaneously can be a nightmare. Before you lift a single rag, make sure you have packed and removed everything but cleaning supplies and equipment. Inspect every inch of the house to ensure no dishes are left in the dishwasher, towels in the linen closet, or goods in any closet. Check basements, attics, garages, and storage sheds for any rarely used items. Don't forget personal items in the bathroom cabinets. 

  • Make a Plan and Follow It
    Work from the top-down, cleaning upstairs before tackling the ground floor. In each room, begin by removing cobwebs and dust from the ceiling, lights, and fans. Dust first, followed by wiping down stains. Move next to blinds, windows, and doors. Always dust before attempting to clean with damp cloths. Wash windows and wipe down the frames. Clean fingerprints and grime from wallplates and light switch covers.

  • Deep Clean Appliances
    Stoves often require a lot of elbow grease, so it may be helpful to apply oven cleaner and let it sit while you attack the refrigerator and the microwave. Use plenty of hot, soapy water to cut through any spills. Rinse well with clean water to remove soap residue. Sanitize with a solution of an ounce of bleach in a gallon of water in a spray bottle. Unplug the refrigerator and open the door slightly. Prop it open if necessary to ensure that unpleasant odors and mildew can't form.

    Move to the stove, starting with the exhaust fan. Wash the stovetop and burners. Clean the oven to remove burned-on grease and debris. Remove racks and wash them in the sink. After rinsing the cleaning solution from the walls and floor of the oven, spray it down with white vinegar. Replace the racks. To clean the microwave, place a bowl of warm water and dishwashing liquid in the unit and run it at high heat for 5 minutes. Let it stand for another few minutes to allow the steam to loosen any debris and wipe it down. Remove the turntable and wash it as necessary. Wipe the floor of the microwave before replacing the turntable.

  • Wash It Down
    Using plenty of hot soapy water, wash and rinse cabinets and countertops. Wipe them dry to eliminate streaks. Sweep and mop the floor. Make sure the baseboards are free of dust and dirt. Sweep, mop, vacuum, and clean carpets as necessary. Change dirty water frequently to ensure thorough cleansing.

  • Tackle the Bathrooms Last
    Once again, start at the top and work down, cleaning the insides of medicine cabinets and washing mirrors. Use vinegar on shower doors to remove soap scum buildup. Scrub toilet and sink, finishing up by moping the floor. While we normally recommend taking everything as you vacate, it might be nice to leave a roll of toilet paper, soap, and paper towels for the next resident. 

We hope you've found this clean-up plan helpful. If you're in the market for one of the lovely Plymouth homes for sale, be sure to contact us. We'd be happy to help you find the perfect new place. 

May
25

Housewarming Gifts for New Owners - Badger Peabody & Smith RealtyDo you know someone who has recently moved into a new home? You may have thought about bringing them a housewarming gift to help them settle in. Our real estate agents love this tradition and think it's a great way to usher people into a bright future in their new space.

Our list of ideas for housewarming gifts in 2022 will help you find the perfect gift for every new homeowner this year.  

  • Houseplants
    Houseplants are classic housewarming gifts: they're inexpensive, long-lasting, and add a cheerful personal touch to any home. Unless you know for certain that the family has no young children or pets, be sure to choose plants that are non-toxic to both humans and animals. Some classic options include African violets, spider plants, and parlor palms. As a bonus, these plants are also very hardy, so they're easy for even beginner gardeners to care for.
     
  • Personalized Address Stickers
    Most of us may not send physical mail as much as we used to, but many people still enjoy sending the occasional holiday card or handwritten letter. Personalized address stickers are perfect for quickly adding a return address to the envelopes on those occasions. This gift is particularly nice because it ties the new homeowner's identity to the home itself. This makes the move feel more official, satisfying, and lasting.
     
  • A Smart Home Device
    If the new homeowner is tech-savvy, they might like to bring more modern conveniences into their home with a smart home system. Even if your recipient already uses these devices, getting them another one will help them to expand their network in their new (and likely larger) home. Just be sure to check which type of device they use – branded smart home products like Google Home and Amazon Echo devices run on their own ecosystem and are not compatible with each other.

  • A Charcuterie Board
    Charcuterie is extremely popular right now. Give your recipients a charcuterie board to help them experiment with this trend in style. Look for a quality board that won't warp, snap, or splinter. If you want to make the gift extra-special, you can get the board engraved with the homeowner's name or phrase that holds special meaning to them.

  • Personalized Ornaments
    Many people like to commemorate milestones in their life with holiday ornaments that tie back to major life events. Giving your recipient a personalized ornament with their address, postal code, or a picture of their home on it will give them a tangible representation of their big move. They're sure to remember the event (and you!) fondly when they hang the ornament up each year.

  • Kitchen Linens
    If you prefer to give practical gifts as housewarming presents, kitchen linens are a great option. A new set of dish towels or kitchen cloths is always useful, especially in a new house where old linens might not have been fully unpacked yet. Choose some with fun patterns that match the décor of the homeowners' new kitchen to show off your attention to detail and ensure your gift doesn't feel generic. 

Want to be the next family to host a housewarming party? Contact us today for more information on any of our listings or to connect with any of our expert staff. 

May
7

In Dick Gould's opinion, the individuals who have purchased lots at Ledgewood in Bethlehem, NH have bought a little piece of heaven. 

We recently interviewed Dick for this video about Ledgewood and for our Peabody & Smith News regarding the sell out of all the lots at Ledgewood Phase II. 

Dick shared how he remembers his daughter's comments as she first viewed the acreage more than a decade ago when she told her dad that, "Living in New Hampshire is like going to church, but living on this piece of property is like having a conversation with God."

"In my heart, I know that there are other places that have a similar effect on people," said Gould, the developer and Ledgewood homeowner, "but I am thankful that our family found ours here and have been able to share that experience with others."

Phase I, which was developed over 10 years ago, sold out over succeeding years, but Phase II of Ledgewood took a dramatically different turn partly in response to the pandemic. First opened in the Fall of 2020, Phase II was sold out in less than 6 months.

Andy Smith, our Broker/Owner said, "Buyers during the pandemic were looking for big views, acreage for privacy and space, and places to build their dream homes and create those gathering places for friends and family."

To listen to Dick share his vision for Ledgewood, click here:

Ledgewood Phase II included 18 parcels ranging in prices from $199,000 to $450,000 and set on over 800 acres in Bethlehem, with stunning views of Mt. Washington, Cannon, Lafayette, Garfield, Twin, and Galehead. The property includes 175 acres of common land, onsite ponds, woodland, walking trails, protected shoreline along the Ammonoosuc River with incredible fly fishing opportunities, and a private fish camp. Moose, deer, bears, turkeys, foxes and numerous songbirds are found throughout the property.

We were so pleased to be a part of Ledgewood, and were pleased to introduce Ledgewood to buyers from all around! 

April
16

By Guest Contributor Joe Viger

Northern New Hampshire has an amazing recreational resource that you may not know about called the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail.  The reclaimed rail line is now a multi-use trail that is about 20 miles one way between Woodsville and Littleton, NH.  The trail's surface is stone dust and gravel with occasional sections of chunkier ballast from the now removed train tracks.  It's a beautiful scenic route passing through woods, alongside fields, over multiple bridges and repeated views of the Ammonoosuc River.

There are a variety of spots to park, so you can tune the length of your trip to your ability and available time.  As an old rail road grade, the elevation change on the trail is minimal and gradual.  
Recently, I enjoyed a ride that was just under 20 miles from Woodsville to Lisbon and back.  I made this trip on a fat bike and that was great, but the trail is well suited to a mountain bike or gravel bike as well.  The highlights of this section of the trail are the two bridges over the Ammonoosuc River and the striking scene of the village of Bath, NH with its famous covered bridge and waterfall.  Biking the trail is fantastic, but it's a great place to walk as well.  The trail is open to ATVs, although I saw none the day I was there.  If you're in the area, get out and enjoy this truly great trail! 
If you're up for a bigger adventure, the Ammonoosuc Rail Trail is part of a longer trip that goes from Vermont to Maine called Cross New Hampshire Adventure Trail.  The 83 mile route strings together rail trails, dirt roads, paved roads and bike paths to navigate across the state passing through Woodsville, Littleton, Whitefield, Gorham and on to Bethel, Maine.
Helpful links to start your adventure:
The Ammonoosuc River
Photo by Joe Viger
A Section of Great Trail with Route 302 Above
Photo by Joe Viger
Old Railroad Trestle Bridge in Bath
Photo by Joe Viger



Contributor Joe Viger is Peabody & Smith Realty's photography partner and you see his work featured in many of our listings and on our website. You can see more of his work at joeviger.com and be sure to follow him on Instagram and on Facebook. 
October
7

mountainsAs we listen to the weather forecast for the upcoming weekend that wonderful 4 letter word is mentioned, SNOW! It's time to put away the beach bags and gear up for ski season. Cannon Mountain is wrapping up its base lodge expansion, flurries are in the air and skiing is just around the corner! Looking at Cannon, this picture is taken on 10-1-09 from the yard of a spectacular mountain home in Franconia. You'll love the convenience to slopes, town and interstate. A delightfully warm Adirondack feel with 4 fireplaces that glow from room to room! Cross country ski or hike from your back door to over 80 kilometers of trails. The Franconia Ski Club is hosting its annual ski swap on Saturday, November 7th from 8am-1pm at the Lafayette Elementary School in Franconia. Get there early as things go fast. Also, don't forget our favorite folks at the Franconia Sports Shop, check out their great line of apparel and goods with things arriving daily. Looking to make lasting family memories? Have you ever considered a vacation home in the area? With great inventory, low interest rates and real estate prices at an all time low, you may be surprised how much your money can buy! There is a colonial with 4 bedrooms that is located half way between town and skiing. This home would be comfortable for 2 families to share as a ski home. Or an in town beautifully restored home, again with plenty of room for more than one family to enjoy. If your vacation style is more suited to condominium's, The Village At Maplewood in Bethlehem, New Hampshire is located 1/2 way between Bretton Woods Ski Area and Cannon Mtn. A beautiful end unit with 5 bedrooms and 3 full levels of living space is available at the Village At Maplewood. Tucked in off the road this quiet complex is most special. You can enjoy the walking trails, rec center with indoor pool, workout room and Jacuzzi.  Or follow the side walk to town and take in a movie at the Colonial Theatre, shop at WREN and dine at Cold Mountain Cafe. Ah so much to do yet such a quiet little spot! In any event, as foliage winds down I hope the brisk air brings on the excitement of skiing and winter. Think snow!  
September
8

gazeboIt was a great Labor Day weekend here in the White Mountains with lots of great activities. My family took in a few events, including the Lancaster Fair. But once a summer, we make it out to the town of Bethlehem to visit their summer concerts. We happened to make it Sunday night, to the last concert of the season. These outdoor concerts take place on the What a sight, my mother said he was so kid friendly and I guess - there were children everywhere in front of him dancing away…adults were dancing also! Mark put on a great show -see some of his photos  flag here! He has an excellent voice (obviously to be up there performing) and he had a great stage presence. He had a bubble machine creating some ambiance, he has a group of dancers, and a hula-hoop contest for those who want to participate. Every year I am astounded how many people come to these concerts in Bethlehem, and the other night was no different. It was crowded. I enjoyed seeing so many people who are proud to call the White Mountains home, but I enjoyed watching people who were traveling through on Route 302 pull over and sit down on the lawn.Main Street, overlooking the mountains on a great green space they have in the downtown. The performer was Mark Shelton, and he did a whole bunch of 50s and 60s music.   These free concerts happen every Sunday through the summer, and I'm sure they are booking entertainment for next year. I had a great time seeing the families who walked to the concert from their home, and the rest of us who traveled in from nearby towns. The American Flag hung proudly from the gazebo, the mountain views were just behind. I loved watching the kids and adults dancing. And I can't hide my pride when I saw I'm proud to live in the North Country of New Hampshire. Where else does everyone know your name, and if they don't they ask where you are from. Where else can you see kids and adults dancing together on the green grass on a town common? Well, ok, I know there are other places that have similar concerts, but here in the White Mountains - I think its all pretty special. Check it out next year, you'll see why so many of us make Bethlehem NH and the White Mountains our home! If you have ever thought about living in Bethlehem NH, we do have some great homes for sale in this beautiful town. Here are just a few: This one is just a few miles from the downtown, yet in the country on 20 acres. And this condois located at the Village of Maplewood, just a mile from the Free Summer Concerts in Bethlehem! A short commute for great entertainment! bethlehem_house bethlehem_condo    
July
17

tn_102_6944 tn_100_1413 tn_102_6945 tn_102_6947 The Village at Maplewood (VAM) in Bethlehem, NHis an extraordinary condominium complex located "north of the notch" in the breath taking White Mountains of NH. Come enjoy the quiet setting at VAM that offers walking trails throughout, plentiful with green/common space and a rec center with a new indoor pool, hot tub, work out center and meeting room. Homeowners vary from full time/professionals to retirees and those that are passionate about vacationing here every free minute they can. A beautifully appointed end unit town home with 3 full levels of living has an enhanced landscaping and yard area, hardwood floors, a beautiful oak mantel and a finished walkout lower level. Or maybe you'd prefer a 3 bedroom with unfinished walk out basement ready for you to finish off to suit your own needs. Also a 5 bedroom 3 level middle unit is large enough to accommodate lots of guests or have 2 families share. In any of these townhouses you will find a 1st and 2nd floor master suite with private baths, large living room with a fireplace, and an open kitchen and dining area with lots of natural daylight shining in. Located just between Cannon Mountain/Franconia Notch State Park , Bretton Woods Ski Area and the Mt. Washington Hotel you'll have your choice of areas to ski at, plentiful hiking and the White Mountains as your big back yard. From the Village of Maplewood stroll to town and enjoy one of the most enjoyable dinners at the Chef owned Cold Mountain Cafe and then catch a free concert on the green. The farmers market at Wren has the most wonderful fresh produce, specialty foods and locally made gifts and art, not to mention how warm and wonderful the people are in this community. The Village at Maplewood in Bethlehem, New Hampshire is definitely worth a look! Email me at beth@peabodysmith.com if you have any questions.
June
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pavillions IMG_4698 B-14 Ledgewood is a unique community nestled in the heart of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Drive through the stone pillar entrance and meander up the paved road, and you will understand that this is truly a special place. Over 1600 acres in the towns of Bethlehem and Carroll, with 24 premier home sites ranging in size from 17 to 100 acres, the community consists of woodlands, mountain tops, meadows, babbling mountain streams, ponds and access to spectacular water frontage on the Ammonoosuc River. But, don't let me forget the views! There are absolutely stunning mountain views from each of the privately situated home sites. Mount Washington, Lafayette, Cannon, the Twins and Kinsman Ranges are within view of the community - just to name a few. Protective and conservation covenants are in place to ensure that the community will be enjoyed by the abundant wildlife and homeowners alike for many years. We have seen bear, deer, fox, moose, rabbit and turkey quite regularly on property. Feed the trout, or catch & release from the 2 stocked ponds. Lupine fields are a relatively new addition that are in bloom early to mid June – quite a beautiful array of purples, pink & white. Ledgewood is close to all the activities one would expect to enjoy in the White Mountains – skiing at either Bretton Woods or Cannon, hiking, biking, fishing – whatever your pleasure, it is surely not far away. Some very exquisite homes have already been built, but you won't see most of them from the road, as they have all maximized their privacy and views by building back and up on their home sites! Pictures just do not do justice to this beautiful haven, to really experience it, you need to walk it!Only 5 home sites remain! Click here to find out more information.  

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