Wolfeboro New Hampshire

A Winter Wonderland in Wolfeboro New Hampshire

Yes, the calendar may say “March,” and spring is officially just a few weeks away, but here in the Lakes Region, with our abundant snow, winter is still here. This winter brought record snowfalls, and if you enjoy outdoor activities, there is no better place to enjoy them than here in Wolfeboro and Tuftonboro.
Miles of cross-country ski trails take you through the woods and around the lakes and ponds. Snowshoers also find plenty of acreage to explore and both activities are a great way to get the family outdoors and exercising in the clean, fresh air. 
          
Wildlife is everywhere, and it is not unusual to see deer, snowshoe hares or even a fox. Look for tracks in the snow that reveal other woodland residents such as mice, squirrels and bobcats. Songbirds have not yet returned, but a flash of red or vivid blue means that cardinals and blue jays are about, as well as flocks of chickadees, sparrows, titmice and other birds. Wheeling about in the dazzling blue of a winter sky are hawks and even an eagle may be sighted.
 
Cold temperatures have kept lakes and ponds safe for skating and ice fishing, and everyone is heading to local hills for old-fashioned sledding and tobogganing. It’s great to be a kid--or kid at heart--in winter!
Downhill skiers enjoy Abenaki Ski Area, our own ski slope right in the heart of Wolfeboro (see February 26th blog), which draws families from far and near for both daytime and nighttime fun.
 
Steve and Carol think March is the perfect month to enjoy our local “winter wonderland” as temperatures have started to moderate, with days more comfortable in the thirties and even forties (here and there). The sun is higher and days are longer, so it is even possible to ski in just a heavy wool sweater or fleece, thereby enjoying the best of snow and sun at the same time!
 
We will be among the first to welcome spring, but until then, we are happy to enjoy our Winter Wonderland here in the Lakes Region.

Abenaki Ski Area - "The Most Important Ski Area in America" and A Community Jewel for Wolfeboro NH

If there is one place that sums up the unique community spirit of Wolfeboro, it is Abenaki Ski Area. Generations of children have learned to ski at this small, family-oriented ski slope, which first opened in 1936. In fact, Powder magazine, a leading magazine of the skiing world, sees Abenaki as “The Most Important Ski Area in America.” According to Powder, small, town-owned ski areas such as Mt. Abenaki play a vital role as they not only attract people to skiing they help sustain their love of the sport. Affordable and local, small-town slopes such as Abenaki provide that special fun and nurturing environment that forges memories and encourages long-term relationships with the ski area and skiing.
 
On any given weekend, it’s easy to see memories are being made. Children barely knee-high grab onto the rope tow; teenagers zip off the jumps, while parents glide gracefully down the trails. Hot chocolate and cheeseburgers are being wolfed down and it seems like everyone is smiling. Just looking at the scene makes you happy.
 
In the beginning,Abenaki was owned by the Hershey family who generously allowed trails to be cut, a lodge to be built and a rope tow to be installed. The Abenaki Outing Club added lights and soon people were flocking to winter carnivals and night skiing at the mountain.
 
As time passed, the ski area continued to grow, adding trails and ski jumps. Local high school ski teams started training here; kids eagerly headed to Abenaki to ski after school, and families poured onto the slopes every weekend. The Hershey family sold Mt. Abenaki to the town in the late 1960s and for the next decade or so the happy times continued.
 
However, by 2000, Abenaki was in trouble. Lean snow years had taken a toll on usage and revenue; ski equipment was aging and falling into disrepair. Some town officials wondered if the area was still viable. Fortunately, when word of Mt. Abenaki’s situation got out, the townsfolk rallied--in a big way! The Friends of Abenaki formed and money was raised to restore the ski area to its former glory. A new rope tow was added, snow grooming equipment purchased, and most exciting, portable snow-making equipment was bought in 2006. Today, more skiers than ever ride the slopes of Abenak.
 
The ski area entered its 79th season in December of 2014, making it currently the oldest small ski area in the United States! I am thrilled to report that the last 10 seasons have seen incredible growth, and in fact, Abenaki has seen a record INCREASE in skier visits--one of the few ski areas in New Hampshire to do so.
 
The Friends of Abenaki are now raising funds for a new ski lodge and hope to see that completed this year.At this year's town meeting the voters of Wolfeboro are being asked to approve Article 8 to help replace the 75 year old lodge at the ski area. Private donations will be $350,000 with the town being asked for $250,000.
 
Steve and Carol are proud to have supported Mt. Abenaki through Maxfield Real Estate’s “We Care Program” and look forward to seeing many more children and families heading to the slopes for years to come. 

Mitt Romney, Wolfeboro and the Real Estate Market is Jumping

Mitt Romney in Wolfeboro

Mitt & Ann Romney in Wolfeboro

A year ago July I wrote a blog titled Mitt Romneys Summer Home, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. The gist of the blog concerned the impact on the town of Wolfeboro if Mr. Romney became President of the United States. He is not yet President, but I can tell you there has been an increased impact on the town of Wolfeboro in terms of people coming here this summer, and also in increased interest in owning real estate in Wolfeboro, known as The First Summer Resort in America and The Jewel of Lake Winnipesaukee.

The 'Romney Factor' on Wolfeboro Real Estate

As Realtors at Maxfield Real Estate in Wolfeboro, Carol and I have seen a definite impact because of The Romney Factor on real estate sales. We always ask people looking at properties how they found us, where they are from and what draws them to Wolfeboro. The comment we keep hearing is that they have heard so much about Wolfeboro in the news because of Mitt Romney and that helped them to decide to look in Wolfeboro for property. I recently had a man call from Bethesda, Maryland asking if there were any waterfront properties for sale near Mitts waterfront home.

A Safe Investment

The observation from our Realtor colleagues at Maxfield Real Estate is that we have never been so busy even during the boom times of the early to mid 2000s. The other thing weve heard from buyers is their frustration with the stock market and that there is a feeling that parking money in real estate is a more long term and safer investment for them. Why not buy in a town that a potential future President of the United States owns property and enjoys the most beautiful town on Lake Winnipesaukee. So if you too want to explore real estate in what may be the Presidential summer retreat, please contact us or search Wolfeboro properties on our website. Who knows, you may just run into the Romneys on the way to the grocery store or hardware store just a short walk from the Wolfeboro town docks.

An Historic Property For Sale with Frontage on Lake Winnipesaukee

A One of a Kind Property for the Discerning Buyer Historic "Stonehenge of Wolfeboro located in the Oldest Summer Resort in America

One of the exciting things about being a Realtor is when you have the opportunity to list and promote a very unique property. Every property has characteristics that make it unique, but it is the rare property that epitomizes what the term unique stands for in real estate.

"Stonehenge of Wolfeboro"

We have just listed such a property, historic "Stonehenge of Wolfeboro located in the Oldest Summer Resort in America. This summer home was built in 1907 by Isaac F. Baker as a private retreat by the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. The home was named after the famous prehistoric observatory Stonehenge located in the English county of Wiltshire. When originally built in 1907, Stonehenge of Wolfeboro had a 360 degree view of the countryside which included South Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. The massive stone columns surrounding the house and the stone steps into the Great Room speak of a time gone by.

Outside the Property

This important property encompasses 26.9 acres with 3 lots of record including a separate 3.2 acre lot with 400 feet of shore frontage on South Wolfeboro Bay. This important property encompasses 26.9 acres with 3 lots of record including a separate 3.2 acre lot with 400 feet of shore frontage on South Wolfeboro Bay.

This important property encompasses 26.9 acres with 3 lots of record including a separate 3.2 acre lot with 400 feet of shore frontage on South Wolfeboro Bay. Stonehenge has 7 bedrooms and was authentically restored by the present owners who recently added a tennis court, 3 pitch and putt greens, bocce, volleyball, basketball and badminton courts plus several miles of trails. Step back in time as you arrive at the estate via a long winding drive to the elegant stone entry leading to a covered wraparound porch.

Inside the Property

The The "Great Room" with the 2 Story Fieldstone Fireplace and Hardwood Floors

Upon entering the Great Room of this splendid home admire the soaring two story fieldstone fireplace. Equally impressive are the natural bead board walls and original hardwood and pine floors, as well as the large formal dining room and updated kitchen. For outdoor gatherings, there is a second kitchen for catering on the lower walk-out level. The original 1907 stone garage will house two cars with a storage room above. Theres the opportunity to build up to two more homes on the extra 2 lots of record, with one home being by the lake and one by Mink Brook. Whether it remains as is or becomes a family compound, this stunning property is one of a kind and for the discerning buyer. Contact Steve and Carol Bush of Maxfield Real Estate for more information or to make an appointment to view this important property.

Watch a Video Tour for 9 Oakwood Road, Wolfeboro NH

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Great Waters Music Festival 2012 Concert Series

Having had the privilege to serve on the Great Waters Music Festival program committee, I can now say with great pride that this wonderful group of people have put together an exciting package of musical concerts coming to the Wolfeboro area starting on July 6th. Back by popular demand is Neil Berg's 101 Years of Broadway on July 6th.
Listen to the hits of Broadway in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire on July 6th

July 6th at Great Waters Music Festival 101 Years of Broadway with Neil Berg

If you saw Neil Berg during last season's concert series you will know what I'm talking about. The biggest moments of 101 Years of Broadway will be brought to the New Kingwood Regional High School auditorium, and will feature shows like Fiddler on the Roof, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables and so many more. On July 13th, Great Waters Music Festival presents a free community concert, but you must get a ticket as there is limited seating, to the United States Coast Guard Dixieland Jazz Band. Once again Great Waters hosts one of our country's finest armed forces ensembles in an evening of wonderful music. The Great Waters Music Festival Chorus and Orchestra perform on August 4th. This concert will be directed by Christopher Shepard and will feature a professional orchestra supporting a chorus of exquisite voices. If you love choral music than you will not want to miss this musical event.
Andy Cooney comes to Great Waters Music Festival on August 10th.

July 6th at Great Waters Music Festival 101 Years of Broadway with Neil Berg

August 10th features an evening with Andy Cooney, "Irish America's Favorite Son". With success throughout the country but more recently with a sold-out performance at New York's Carnegie Hall, Andy Cooney will entertain and sing his way into your hearts whether you're Irish or not. The Masters of Motown bring their celebration of the Motor City to our town on August 17th. Both male and female groups backed by a live band will recreate the sounds of the groups we all remember fondly; The Supremes, Four Tops, Temptations and so many more. This is a show not to be missed.
Masters of Motown at Great Waters Music Festival on August 17th

July 6th at Great Waters Music Festival 101 Years of Broadway with Neil Berg

Manhattan Transfer at Great Waters Music Festival on August 24th.

July 6th at Great Waters Music Festival 101 Years of Broadway with Neil Berg

We end our concert season in the most exciting way with The Manhattan Transfer on August 24th. This Grammy Award winning group came to Wolfeboro and Great Waters six years ago and the concert was sold out. They will be backed by a fantastic band and will cover the musical genres of pop, jazz, Broadway and so much more. Lastly it is such a treat to live in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, especially in the summer months, when dedicated individuals such as those of the Great Waters Music Festival work hard to bring quality music to share with those who love coming here and living here. If you would like more information on tickets, click HERE. If you would like more information on the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, click HERE to contact Steve or Carol Bush at Maxfield Real Estate.

Statistics Don't Lie. Maxfield Real Estate is the #1 Real Estate Office in Wolfeboro and Alton for 2011 Sales!

For the year 2011 the Wolfeboro office of Maxfield Real Estate is the number 1 office for sales out of the eight real estate offices in Wolfeboro, and the Maxfield Alton office is the number 1 real estate office in that town for 2011 sales. Heady numbers attained in an extremely competitive business, but richly deserved!
2011 Sales Report Wolfeboro & Alton Area Real Estate Companies

2011 Sales Report Wolfeboro & Alton Area Real Estate Companies

In Wolfeboro, Maxfield Real Estate was 45% ahead of the closest competitive real estate office in Wolfeboro. That's a dollar volume for the Wolfeboro office of over twenty-three million dollars in combined sales over that closest competitor. When there have been a string of difficult years in real estate sales due to the economy, why is Maxfield  Real Estate able to remain a continual leader in real estate market share of transactions? The simple answer is that working for an  independent family run company, with over 55 years in Wolfeboro, and with leadership that is "fair and balanced", as Bill O'Reilly likes to say on FOX, has inspired exceptional people to work in the Maxfield offices.

You're only as good as your agents

At Maxfield Real Estate the Realtors are highly skilled in the principals of sound real estate commerce. Year after year agents such as Carol Bush, Randy Parker, Bill Regan and Denise Williams are Top Producers. The team of agents at Maxfield are not only extremely intelligent about real estate in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, but they bring all the tools needed for a successful customer experience whether buying or selling. Their ability to market effectively and over many mediums, use technology to their customer's advantage, and negotiate efficiently and successfully on their clients behalf are well known throughout the Lakes Region. Maybe being consistently leaders in their communities for supporting non-profits also says what kind of individuals Maxfield agents are.

Looking to Sell Your Lakes Region Property or Buy Lakes Region Property?

If you are looking to buy or sell real estate in the Lakes Region, please give Maxfield Real Estate the opportunity to assist you and call or email Carol or Steve Bush. We know you will find working with us a positive experience. Our priorities are simple, they're yours.

Staging Your Home to Sell Makes a Great Impression!

Staging your home as a way to compete with the other homes for sale in your area and price range is the quickest and most effective way to get your property seen by prospective buyers. Its just that simple! Here in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire there is a company, Great Impressions Staging, owned and operated by staging consultant Robin Webster. Her expertise in the area of staging homes for sale, as well as her many years of experience in the real estate industry (both as an appraiser and Realtor) makes her the perfect choice to present your home in its best possible light. The goal is two-fold: a quicker sale and at a higher sale price.
If You Intend to Sell Your Home, Staging Your Home Could Bring You More Money

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

On Thursday, November 21st, Ms. Webster unveils her latest complete home staging at 25 Abenaukee Drive in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. This wonderful water access Lake Winnipesaukee property, listed at $399,900 by Realtor Carol Bush, will be open for viewing from 11:00 AM 1:00 PM. Lunch will be served during the Open House and all are invited. To see additional pictures you can find property details by Googling the address or MLS #4066828.
Kitchen at 25 Abenaukee Drive BEFORE Staging

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

Kitchen at 25 Abenaukee after Staging by Robin Webster

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

In our business, testimonials often say it all. Here are a few of the outstanding testimonials from those pleased with the professional staging done by Ms. Webster.
  • Great Impressions reorganized my home. They had fantastic ideas for accessorizing and furniture placement. They complimented my home's best features, resulting in a successful sale. Nancy Jones
  • Great Impressions is ethical, hard working, creative and passionate about producing positive results. Ann Bastis
  • Great Impressions ability to transform ordinary into outstanding is amazing. Inside and out the results are incredible! Becky Copithorne
  • Great Impressions had the vision to change a sad foreclosure into a marketable home. They are very professional and a delight to work with. Jay C. Klinck
25 Abenaukee Drive Wolfeboro New Hampshire

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

25 Abenaukee Drive Wolfeboro New Hampshire

Robin Webster's Great Impressions Staging Just Might Sell Your Home for More Money

If you are considering selling your home in the Lakes Region, contact Realtors Steve and Carol Bush for a complimentary price opinion, marketing information and selling advice.  We often feel it is advantageous to consult with a professional home stagger, and we would be happy to arrange a meeting with Robin Webster to determine your needs, or contact Ms. Webster directly at 603-515-1512 or rewebster@metrocast.net.

Presidential Candidate Mitt Romneys Impact on His Summer Home - Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Potential President Mitt Romney

Looking Presidential

What if Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is successful in his bid to become the next President of the United States. How will that impact on the small summer resort town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire or for that matter the whole eastern side of Lake Winnipesaukee? It is interesting to contemplate the what if when comparing the impact that the first President Bush has had on his summer home in Kennebunkport. I have seen the Bush compound on Walker Point as well and have talked with some of those living in this seaside area who have said that you eventually get used to the blocked roads, traffic jams, and masses of people all trying to see the former President or his home. It is even more dicey with all the security when the Bushs go anywhere in the Kennebunkport area. The difference for the potential Wolfeboro President is that there is no drive by from which to see Mr. Romneys house. That may be a blessing for him. The only access to see his house is by lake and that will be patrolled 24/7. As with Walker Point in Maine, there is an established line where boats cannot enter and there will be a similar perimeter line drawn outside the potential Presidents waterfront property. It obviously would bring significant pride to be the summer address of an American President. It should eventually bring a fair amount of business to the Wolfbeoro area though in the first year of the first President Bush becoming President tourism and business in Kennybunkport decreased 10%. There will be the significant added cost to the Town of Wolfbeoro and State of New Hampshire for the expected role and needed security. Because Mr. Romneys home isnt easily viewable, there will be less interest in coming to Wolfeboro just to see the President, which hopefully won't add appreciably to the lines of traffic coming in and out of Wolfeboro even now.

Comments

  1. Steve Bush on

    Hi Marty, Those are all good questions and i don't know the answers, but I'm fairly sure you will be allowed to go to town in your boat. As for the perimeter boundry I don't think that it would be a major problem for you. I do think that it will grow when President Romney is in residence here and will shrink when he's gone. If he doesn't become President, than it will be a non-issue. Thank you for reading my blog post. Steve Bush, Realtor
    • Marty Johnson on

      We have a summer cottage down the lake shore less than half a mile from Mitt. Will we be able to go to town in our boat? How far from shore is the perimeter boundary likely to be?

      First Night Wolfeboro 2011

      First Night Wolfeboro 2011

      First Night Wolfeboro 2011

      Wolfeboro is the only First Night left in New Hampshire from the original three towns and city that had participated in First Night activities starting in 1999. On Friday, December 31st, First Night Wolfeboro will start at 5:15 with the Mardi Gras-style parade in downtown Wolfeboro, and will end at midnight with fireworks over Wolfeboro Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee.

      First Night Wolfeboro 2011

      As a lifelong lover of music and also as a resident of Tuftonboro, I have been to these First Night activities the past decade and I can attest to the wonderful quality of the performances presented. Because of my love of playing the guitar and mandolin, I am drawn to the exceptional music of my former string teacher, Seth Austen and his partner Beverly Woods. Their expertise in evoking sounds from a variety of musical styles range from Celtic, Appalachian, to Old Time Music is never to be missed. In the same venue as Austen and Woods, the First Congregational Church on North Main Street, is the amazing husband and wife team of Burke and Surette.  The first time I heard Susie Burkes voice and David Surettes playing of the guitar, mandolin and octave mandolin I was stunned at their musicality as a duo. Susies voice and Davids accompanying of songs which often speak to the heart or are playful and fun will, I believe, make them favorites of yours too. For only ten dollars for a button you get to visit all the performance venues, not only hearing amazing artists perform their music, but can see Wolfeboros Village Players perform, ice sculptures being made, face painting and mask making, an Olde Tyme Magik Show, marionettes, a Celtic Odyssey Contra Dance, and many many more wonderful activities.  Buttons can be purchased at the Wolfeboro Chamber of Commerce on Railroad Avenue or at all select site locations the evening of December 31st. Dont miss your chance to ring out the old year and ring in the new with an extraordinary event, and have a Happy New Year from Carol and me at Maxfield Real Estate! Just one more reason why living in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire is so special.

      Can You Imagine Living Here on Lake Winnipesaukee? This Wolfeboro Luxury Waterfront Wont Last Long!

      Now on the market is one of Wolfeboro New Hampshires finest luxury waterfront homes.

      Wolfeboro Waterfront

      Stunning Wolfeboro Waterfront on Lake Winnipesaukee

      This is the luxury home you always dreamed of owning. This beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee house has just had a complete makeover. Placed on a new foundation and taken right down to the studs, everything is brand new inside and out. The only remaining clue to its former life is the lovely fir floors salvaged in the process. Designed by an architect, the interior has 3 levels of luxurious living space including a top of the line kitchen, 3 spacious bedrooms each with a private bath, a lakeside living room with a gas fireplace and a huge family room. Located on highly sought after South Wolfeboro Bay Lake Winnipesaukee, the property offers preferred southern exposure, gorgeous views, a level landscaped lot with sweeping lawn, a sandy beach and 40 foot dock for 2 boats ... a picture perfect setting for this quality built home!
      Lake Winnipesaukee Wolfeboro Waterfront

      Stunning Wolfeboro Waterfront on Lake Winnipesaukee

      Literally just minutes from Huggins HospitalKingswood Golf Course, downtown Wolfeboro and all the dining and shopping you can handle, this is the location and the house which offers a discerning buyer the opportunity to own one of the finest waterfront properties in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.  This beautiful home must be seen to be appreciated! Contact Steve and Carol Bush today at 603.455.7428 or 603.387.4733 to view this outstanding home and property or to get more information.