Southern NH Living
An overview of the Southern New Hampshire region, including town details and real estate related information.
Concord, the state capitol of New Hampshire, is a lovely, small city with many historic landmarks, cultural outlets, and parks. Centered on the Merrimack River, Concord's busy downtown is flanked by distinct villages and friendly neighborhoods. Downtown is located directly to the west of the river and Interstate 93. It's a mix of historic buildings, local shops, museums, art galleries, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants. Residential neighborhoods climb the hills to the west and extend southwards toward the town of Bow. These quant neighborhoods are nestled in side streets amongst busier city streets and large recreational parks. You'll also find the esteemed St Paul's School in the Southwest section of the city.
To the east of the Merrimack River, you'll find most of the city's commercial development in Concord Heights. In the northern part of the city, the Contoocook River enters the Merrimack at the village of Penacook. Although a part of Concord, Penacook feels much more like an independent community with it's own schools and comprehensive village center.
Concord has become a center for health care and homebase for several insurance companies. It's convenient, central location at the intersection of several major roads (I-89 to Vermont, 1-93 to Manchester/Boston and points North, and Rt-4 to the Seacoast) makes it a very easy location to commute to or from. For those looking for a little more than the standard city lot, Concord's neighboring communities are Bow to the south, Pembroke to the southeast, Loudon to the northeast, Canterbury, Boscawen, and Webster to the north, and Hopkinton to the west.
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Schools: Concord has many different schools. Most of its public schools are run by the Concord School District, except for Merrimack Valley High School, which covers the Penacook area and several towns north of Concord. Concord School District has many different elementary schools, the largest of which is Broken Ground Elementary School. Broken Ground serves grades three to five. Students heading into Broken Ground come from either Eastman Elementary School or Dame Elementary School. Other public elementary schools in the Concord School District include Kimball School, Walker School, Beaver Meadow Elementary School and Conant Elementary School. Concord has one public middle school, Rundlett Middle School, and one public high school, Concord High School. Concord has two parochial schools, Bishop Brady High School and Saint John Regional School. Other area schools include Concord Christian Academy, Parker Academy, Trinity Christian School, Shaker Road School, and St. Paul's School.
- 317 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $226,520
- 117 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $45,405
Windham is a thriving community located in the southern region of the state, along the 1-93 Corridor, which makes it an ideal home base for commuters to Boston or Manchester. The town offers excellent educational, recreational, and business opportunities in a quiet, suburban setting. Today, Windham maintains its rural, open character with large areas of open space and conservation land throughout while still welcoming influxes of economic development and conveniences for residents. The brand new high school is a testament to their commitment to education and growth.
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Schools: The Windham School District currently serves over 2,200 students at four community schools - Golden Brook School (K - 2nd), Windham Center School (3rd - 5th), Windham Middle School (6th - 8th) and Windham High School (9th - 10th). Current school junior and senior high school students attend Salem High School through an area agreement.
- 217 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $453,747
- 34 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $288,770
Salem mixes small town, rural living with the advantages offered by a city. Located at the Massachusetts border on Interstate 93, it's a tax-free shopping hub for people coming in and out of the state. For the over 30,000 people who call Salem home, it's so much more. Despite several concentrated areas of industrial and retail development, a turn down any side street immediately transports you from the urban environment to the residential or rural. These areas offer housing options from apartments to high-end custom built houses, with the majority being middle-income single-family homes.
Salem boasts one of the strongest industrial bases in a state ranked as one of the most industrialized in the U.S. The bulk of industrial development is centered in three major industrial parks - Salem Industrial Park, Salem Professional Park and the State Line Industrial Park. There are also several smaller industrial areas, and all share quick access to I-93 and its direct connections to I-89, I-495 and I-95. Thanks to the town's large industrial base, property taxes are among the lowest in southern New Hampshire.
Salem is located midway between Boston and Concord, NH; making it 32 miles from the culture and excitement of the big city, yet less than an hour drive from the beauty and tranquility of New Hampshire's White Mountains, Lakes Region and Atlantic seacoast. It has it's own share of recreational hot spots with Canobie Lake Amusement Park located on the picturesque Canobie Lake, Rockingham Park Racetrack, and the Rockingham Park Mall with over 135 stores.
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Schools: The Salem School District, SAU 57, consists of six elementary schools (Barron, Fisk, Haigh, Lancaster, North Salem, and Soule), Woodbury Middle School, and Salem High School.
- 321 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $318,771
- 40 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $189,350
Raymond is located along NH Route 101, the main highway between Manchester and the Seacoast. It's a quiet, rural town with many homes nestled in wooded lots on winding country roads. Raymond's Village center along the Lamprey River is the quintessential New England town center with family restaurants, banks, and other conveniences. It's also home to nearly a third of the town's population. With Onway Lane and Pawtuckaway State Park in town, residents and visitors enjoy hiking, camping, swimming, and boating throughout the summer months.
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Schools: The Raymond School District, SAU 33, consists of the Lamprey River Elementary School, Iber Holmes Gove Middle School, and Raymond High School.
- 139 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $206,811
- 31 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $167,145
Located along the Interstate 93 Corridor, Londonderry is a convenient Manchester suburb. It's also a prime commuter location for people who work in the Boston area with one of the main bus terminals located at the northernmost Londonderry highway exit. It's a perfect blend of New England country and modern city conveniences. As you get off the highway, you'll find just about every type of store you need, as well as many restaurants and entertainment options. as you head West, the landscape shifts as you drive by apple orchards and open agricultural fields. The typical neighborhood in Londonderry is a quiet, winding road with offshooting cul-de-sacs and well maintained homes.
Londonderry is home to numerous businesses, many of which are located in the northern part of the town near Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), or in the southeastern part of town near I-93, on NH 102. Major businesses headquartered in town include Stonyfield Farm and Blue Seal Feeds; also a bottling facility of the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. is located in town. Mack's Apples, Sunnycrest Farm, Elwood Orchards, and Woodmont Orchards are among the several orchards in town and are emblematic of the town's important farming heritage. The town is also home to numerous chain retailers.
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Schools: The Londonderry School District, SAU 12, has one Pre-school/Kindergarten (Moose Hill), three elementary schools (North Londonderry, Matthew Thornton, South Londonderry) , one middle school (Londonderry Middle School), and 1 senior high (Londonderry High School).
- 246 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $302,857
- 124 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $200,649
Located along the East bank of the Merrimack River and directly South of Machester, Litchfield has a true suburban feel. It's convenience to the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport cannot be beat for those long distance commuters. The town has stayed true to its agricultural roots. Today, a drive through Litchfield will take you by many farms with pick-your-own fields of berries, corn, perennials, and pumpkin patches, farm stands, and open recreational space, such as Passaconaway Country Club. It's also home to Mel's Funway Park, a family attraction with go-karts, mini-golf, laser tag, batting cages, and arcades.
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Schools: The Litchfield School District, SAU 27, has 3 schools. Griffin Memorial School, the oldest school in Litchfield, which was built in 1930, serves students in grades K - 4 as well as Special Education students in pre-school and kindergarten. Litchfield Middle School, built in 1988, serves students in grades 5 - 8 and Campbell High School, built in 2000, serves students in grades 9 - 12.
- 59 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $282,201
- 27 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $255,171
Hudson is located on the east bank of the Merrimack river on the Southern border of the state. It covers approximately 29 square miles and is home to about 25,000 people. The town offers quiet open spaces and an abundance of recreational opportunities including two golf courses, the Robinson Pond recreation area, a skate park, and a number of sports fields and facilities. In addition, Hudson has developed into a small industrial and commercial center thanks in part to its proximity to critical highways: the F. E. Everett Turnpike on the west and Interstate 93 on the east.
Hudson Village is located on the Merrimack River near the junctions of Routes 3A, 111, and 102, and is home to most of the original schools, libraries, and town government, such as the Town Hall and the Hills Memorial Library. The historic Town Common is home to many holiday celebrations.
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Schools: The Hudson School District is a grade 1-12 school district serving approximately 4,100 students who live in Hudson. It has four Elementary Schools; Dr. H. O. Smith, Hills Garrison, Library Street, and Nottingham West Schools that house students in grades one through five. Hudson Memorial School is the District's middle school which houses approximately 1,100 students in grades six through eight and Alvirne High School (and the Palmer Vocational - Technical Center) is the District's comprehensive high school for students in grades nine through twelve. Presentation of Mary Academy ("PMA" locally) is a Pre-K-8 private coeducational Catholic school located on Lowell Road.
- 187 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $265,293
- 117 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $225,912
Weare is your classic country setting - long, winding country roads speckled with homes on private, wooded lots. You will not find a bustling town center, which is exactly why so many people love living there. Only 25 minutes to Manchester or Concord, Weare provides people who enjoy quiet, country living the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. It's main recreational outlet is Clough State Park, located on the shore of Everett Lake, a 150-acre lake formed by a dam on the Piscataquog River. The park has a 900-foot sandy beach, playing fields, and large picnic areas.
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Schools: Henniker, John Stark Regional, Stoddard and Weare make up SAU #24. Weare students attend Center Woods Elementary School and then move onto Weare Middle School and John Stark Regional High School.
- 114 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $206,704
- 11 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $154,342
Nestled on a winding river and surrounded by beautiful mountains and hills, Henniker is a scene right off of a New England picture postcard. The Contoocook River runs through the center of Henniker village and alongside the New England College campus. It has evolved into a quaint, college town offering all of the necessities in a resort type setting. It's a common recreational stop for skiers in the Winter heading to Pat's Peak and white-water kayakers in the Summer.
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Schools: Henniker, John Stark Regional, Stoddard and Weare make up SAU #24. Henniker students attend Henniker Community School for elementary school, and then move onto Weare Middle School and John Stark Regional High School.
- 39 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $212,603
- 2 Condo Home Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $64,000
Hopkinton and its business district of Contoocook Village offer small town ambiance through a blend of well preserved history and natural beauty. In addition to working farms and the oldest covered bridge railroad in the United States, both villages host a variety of eclectic shops and services. Incorporated in 1765, the Town of Hopkinton was once the state capital and a popular stop on the passenger rail line between Boston and Montreal. The town was made up of three distinct entities: Hopkinton, mainly as a residential area; West Hopkinton, primarily the location for the town's agricultural center; and Contoocook Village, the town's business hub.
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Schools: Hopkinton School District, SAU 66, is made up of 3 schools. Hopkinton students start out at Harold Martin School for Kindergarten through Third Grade, then move up to Maple Street School through Sixth Grade before they move on to Hopkinton Middle/High School.
- 90 Single Family Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Single Family Average Sales Price: $253,732
- 5 Condo Homes Sold in 2014
- 2014 Condo Average Sales Price: $208,980