The Merrimack River cuts through New Hampshire's three biggest cities: Concord, the Capital City, Manchester, the Queen City, and Nashua, the Gate City. This region, aptly named the Merrimack Valley, is home to over half of the state's population and the economic hub of the region. It's also home to our team of Realtors. We know the region inside and out and can help you find the perfect home for you.
Merrimack Valley Towns
Merrimack Valley Regions
Greater Manchester Area
Manchester, New Hampshire's "Queen City" (a nickname given to the largest non-capital city in a state), is the most populous new England city north of Boston. In the 19th century it was the site of the nation's largest cotton textile mill. The 19th century affluence left behind some of the finest Victorian commercial, municipal, and residential architecture in the state.
Today, the mills and the entire downtown area are experiencing a resurgence. The Amoskeag Mills, situated between the Merrimack River and downtown, are home to hundreds of businesses which have spurred the local economy. Downtown Manchester is a bustling city center, with over 60 restaurants and sidewalk cafes, 20 nightclubs and bars, many local shops, and many parks and museums. in 2001, the Verizon Wireless Center, a 10,000 plus seat arena, brought major events back to the city, as well as the Manchester Monarchs, an NHL affiliate team. In 2005, Merchantsauto.com stadium was built just down the street in the Millyard area, home to the Minor League New Hampshire Fisher Cats baseball team.
Manchester's has many lovely and diverse neighborhoods. It's suburbs enjoy quick access to all of the amenities Manchester offers - shopping, restaurants, nightlife, entertainment,, businesses, etc. Hooksett, Auburn, Londonderry, Litchfield, Merrimack, Bedford, and Goffstown all touch Manchester's borders. They each have their own feel, but offer a quieter suburban experience from the hustle and bustle of Manchester.
Greater Nashua Area
Nashua, "The Gate City", is the second largest city in New Hampshire. It has been named 'Money' magazine's "Best Place to Live in America" - the only city in the country ever to win this honor twice! In 2007, the Morgan Quitno Press ranked Nashua as the 27th safest city in the country. It's location on the New Hampshire - Massachusetts border also makes it an excellent commuter home base.
Nashua's bustling downtown, lined with historic buildings and modern shops, exudes New England Main Street charm. New riverfront condominiums and the revitilization of Nashua's urban neighborhoods has made it an ideal setting to work and live. Many people who work in Nashua enjoy quick commutes to one of Nashua's suburbs: Hudson, Hollis, Brooklne, Milford, Amherst, Merrimack, and Litchfield.
Greater Concord Area
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 recereational 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 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.