Buying a Home in Lake Winnipesaukee? Here Are the Top 10 Neighborhoods for Buyers to Explore
Whether you are investing in a family home or a summer vacation property, there is no more beautiful place to buy a home in New Hampshire than the Lake Winnipesaukee. One of the best things about this waterfront region is that there are so many different neighborhoods in the area, each offering their own unique charms, meaning buyers can find a community that suits their needs no matter what type of home they want to invest in. While there are dozens different neighborhoods and communities that make up the greater Lake Winnipesaukee, these are ten of our favorite neighborhoods for home buyers to consider.
1. Alton Bay
Alton Bay, or Alton is a small New Hampshire town located on the southern portion of Lake Winnipesaukee. While it is a historic town, made famous for the invention and manufacturing of the corkscrew, today this area has gone under major revitalization, making it a popular destination for families and individual buyers alike. Hiking trails along the nearby mountains are perfect for the adventurer, while the town center always has something for residents to enjoy. From live music to festivals and fairs and a fun community Fourth of July event, Alton offers lakefront fun for homeowners all year round.
2. Center Harbor
The town of Center Harbor is nestled between Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake in New Hampshire. In the off-season, this town is one of the smallest on the list with just over 1,000 permanent residents, but in the warmer months this number multiples significantly as it is one of the most popular tourist towns in the region. What is so great about this community for buyers is the tight-knit feel of the town all year round, and the unbeatable lakefront access that makes this town such a popular destination. Lounge around the beautiful lakefront beaches, or take in some of the town’s rich history, which dates back to 1797.
Nestled right on the coast of Lake Winnipesaukee lies the historic town of Gilford. This is one of the most popular communities in the region and is home to both Governors Island and the popular outdoor concert venue, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion at Meadowbrook. There is always something to do in this bustling Belknap County town, particularly for outdoor enthusiasts as Gilford Is also home to Ellacoya State Beach, Gunstock Mountain Ski Resort and Belknap Mountain State Forest. Buy a house and stay all year long in this community. Whether you want to enjoy the lake in the summer, hike in the spring or ski in the fall and winter, there is something for everyone in historic Gilford.
Located in Grafton County, New Hampshire, the city of Holderness provides buyers with a close-knit community to call home. This city has a fairly small full-time population of around 2,000 people, and is not only a resort town, but an agricultural center as well. The city is also home to the Holderness School college-preparatory boarding school. For those looking to settle down in the area, they will not only find a tight-knit and welcoming group of residents but a stunning central location along the popular Squam Lake, which isn’t as crowded as the main lake during tourist seasons; a beloved feature among full-time residents.
Located in Belknap County, New Hampshire, the town of Laconia is one of the biggest communities in the greater Lake Winnipesaukee region. It is located along Lake Winnipesaukee and the Winnisquam Lake and encompasses popular areas such as Weirs Beach and Lakeport. For those who choose to settle down in Laconia, they will find this city not only offers plenty of fun in the summer months but year-round events such as Motorcycle Week, the Laconia World Championship Sled Dog Derby, and the 2015 Pumpkin Festival. Due to the presence of one of the New Hampshire Community Colleges in the town, this is one of the neighborhoods in the area that has a strong and lively presence all-year round.
Located right along the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee is the town of Meredith, a town known for its wines and for being home to the Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad. For those that call this town home, they can not only enjoy unprecedented lake-front access, but great access to nature with community features such as the Stonedam Island Natural Area and the annual Great Rotary Fishing Derby. This town is also known for its dining options that are often hailed as some of the best in the area. Meredith has a number of family-friendly neighborhoods and single family homes available whether you are looking to invest in a lakefront retreat or a welcoming suburban-style home.
In Moultonborough, residents have the best of both words as the town borders both the southwest corner of Lake Winnipesaukee and the northwest corner of Squam Lake. This town is home to lots of families, making it a popular choice for those looking to settle down in the area full-time. The town has its very own middle and high school through Moultonborough Academy. With a history that dates back to 1763, those who are looking for homes in the area will find a unique mixture of restored historic homes and new construction properties throughout Moultonborough.
The town of Sandwich not only has one of the most memorable names of any Lake Winnipesaukee town, but plenty to offer homebuyers looking to settle down in the region. Sandwich is bordered by Squam Lake and the White Mountain National Forest. While the town is mostly a popular tourist destination in the warmer months, there is still plenty to do for those who live in this community year-round. This historic town not only provides the perfect location between the hiking trails of the White Mountains and the beaches of the lake region, but plenty of housing options for those who want a lakefront or lakeside area to call their own.
The southwest border of Tuftonboro aligns with the Lake Winnipesaukee border, and the town includes popular villages including Tuftonboro Corner, Melvin Corner, Center Tuftonboro, Melvin Village and Mirror Lake. This historic town dates back to the year 1741 and not only provides a prime location, but some of the most unique historic properties in the entire area; the perfect place for those who want a home with a little bit of history behind it. Take in the charm of this town at local shops and restaurants or visit the Tuftonboro Historical Society and Museum to learn more about the background of this New Hampshire town.
Located in Carroll County, New Hampshire lies the town of Wolfeboro. This city is not only a popular tourist destination, but a popular neighborhood for area residents to call home. Wolfeboro is located right along the main lake and boasts a charming downtown bursting with New England character. Shopping, dining and a welcoming community all make Wolfeboro one of the most charming areas for buyers to find their new Lake Winnipesaukee home in.
*Photo by Robert Clifford Photography