Portsmouth, NH Real Estate News

By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
I grew up all over the country.  My dad was an officer in the Air Force, which meant we moved when the government told us to, no matter whether we wanted to or not.  And I can assure you that neither I nor any of my sisters wanted to move every time we did - but we did.  I've no doubt we were a tad bit bratty at times over some of those moves - I'm pretty sure we were, and I recall a certain time when I know I was.  It just got to be really hard to move the older we were.  Moving during high school years was the worst!But, having said all that, wherever we lived, that was HOME to us.  We lived mostly in base housing, and that was never all that special.  What WAS special was the way my mom made each and every house that we called ours, for however a temporary time it was, OUR HOME. No m...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
                     Do You Love to Shop??          Come to Portsmouth New Hampshire....  If you've ever been to Portsmouth New Hampshire, you already know that we have one of the most charming downtown areas you could ever want to find.  Loads of awesome shops, beautiful art gallerys of all kinds, wonderful cafes and coffee shops, and a myriad of delicious dining experiences in the huge variety of restaurants.  Portsmouth NH had been dubbed, "The Restaurant Capital of the Eastern Seaboard", due to the high number of restaurants per capita. Getting back to the shopping, for all you shoppers - Friday nights in downtown Portsmouth now offers a unique shopping experience, "Portsmouth Lights on Friday Nights".  Every Friday night, many of the shops downtown will be open later than usual, un...
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By Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Realty Group)
Cruise the Isles Of Shoals.   There are fun cruises for everyone.Yes, New Hampshire does have a coastline.  Only approx. 18 Miles long, but what a wonderful coastline it is.Bases in Portsmouth NH.  The Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.  offers a wide variety of cruises for everyone.  This is truly a unique experience for everyone in the family to enjoy.                                                         Whether planning a wedding, graduation, family gathering, or just a fun day, the Isles of Shoals cruise ship is one to consider.  You can choose from a day cruise, a spectacular sunset cruise!, or a light house cruise.  You will be able to escape and relax aboard the USS Thomas Leighton.The Lighthouse cruise happens to be one of my favorites.  Featuring Portsmouth Harbor, Whale-back Isl...
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By Bill Somerset, ABR, e-PRO - Realtor - NH Real Estate Agent
(Re/Max Realty Group)
Located in Portsmouth NH's waterfront district.  Strawbery Banke museum is a 10 acre neighborhood and museum dedicated to Portsmouth rich historic past.  Stroll through the niegborhood and hear stories told of the past.  Visit the historic homes, shops and gardens.  Learn how Portsmouth's first settlers lived their lives..Take the family while it is open daily from May through October 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit during the winter Nov. to April 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  This is surely to be a trip the whole family will enjoy.One of the many shops to enjoy will be the 'Strawberry Banke Museum Shop", offering books and gifts, special gardening- related items, ice cream, and candies.  You and the kids will most definitly not forget this experience. 
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
 WOW - what some great use of color can do!!  This is our newly remodeled 15 cinema theater in Portsmouth New Hampshire - doesn't it look just great with those splashy fun colors??  I think it does, and I love what they did!This theater is the Regal Cinema 15 Theater, located at Fox Run Crossings in Newington New Hampshire.  Newington actually is a tiny town whose commercial development areas are usually mistaken for being in Portsmouth.  That's okay - we'll claim them! In addition to this lively and inviting exterior makeover, Regal Cinemas now offers some great young family programs as well,  As a way to entice a new audience, Regal Cinemas here in Portsmouth NH began focusing on young couples and couples with young children who don't typically go to the movies.  This fun newly remode...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
I'm working with a great young couple, looking to buy a new home for their soon-to-be growing family.  After meeting with them for a buyer consultation, we began emailing them listings that had potential for them to look through.  They would drive by those that sounded appealing to them, and from there, they'd let me know which ones looked interesting enough to see the inside.  A little while back, we had 3 in one of the towns in the surrounding areas around Portsmouth New Hampshire.  We picked a day and time to meet up, and I went to work making the arrangements for the showings. In the process of getting the listing agents' contact information on each of these houses that they wanted to see, I came upon the instructions on one of them to deal directly with the seller instead of the ag...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Do you love SEAFOOD??   If so, then you would have really enjoyed this 4 day seafood-packed dining adventure!!One of my sisters, Karen, came to visit me about a week ago.  She went to high school here in Portsmouth NH, so this was a bit of a memory-tour as well, as she hadn't been back here to visit in a good number of years.  Plus, she wanted to see my 'new' home, which she'd only seen pictures of.So, we picked her up at the Manchester NH Airport, and pulled a great surprise visit off on another of my sisters, Dale, who lives with her family in Manchester,  about 45 minutes west of me.  We just showed up, and Karen walked in the door a couple minutes later, and stunned Dale.  Needless to say we had great fun with that little surprise! Dinner that night was in Manchester, at Famous Dave...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
 I was reading a copy of Midwest Living Magazine over the holidays, and came across a small little article that was titled, "Midwest Metros Get Green".  The title caught my eye, so I read a little more....This article was talking about cities that had been ranked as being among the most 'sustainable' in America.  To be considered 'sustainable', the group who did the ranking looked at public transportation, local food sources, energy usage, water and air quality, park space, walkability, and more.  Other factors they looked at, in the event of how well a city can perform in the face of emergencies, was energy crisis preparedness and natural disaster risk. SustainLane.com is the group that did this ranking.  In addition to the above factors, they also took into consideration the quality o...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
My sisters and I grew up in the Air Force, and as such, we lived in scattered places all over the country.  My earliest memories of tracking Santa are from when we lived in Idaho, on Mountain Home Air Force Base.  We used to be able to turn on the TV and track Santa's progress, and we could see how close he might be getting to our house.  And, of course, what that meant was, we needed to get to bed AND be asleep BEFORE he got to our house or he wouldn't stop.   My sisters and I really thought this was Santa's path, and it would work.  We'd jump in our beds and somehow manage to go to sleep so Santa could arrive.What we didn't know then was that NORAD, North American Aerospace Defense Command, actually did this every year for the last 50 years.  Of course, back then, it came over our TV....
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
We've got a brand NEW Library here in Portsmouth, and it just opened this morning!!  It is just a beautiful building, both inside and out.  The landscaping still has to be done, and that will be taken care of in the spring.  Even without that, it's gorgeous!I took this picture this weekend of the sign made by the Portsmouth Middle School, which is right next door to our new library.  I thought it was really cute to see this, and a great indication that everyone has been so looking forward to opening day! I just got back from a very nice guided tour of the library, and there are so many really neat things that we now have that our old library just didn't have the space to offer.  It is probably one of the nicest libraries I've ever been in!The new library is in a great location - it's ri...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Forbes Magazine just released their list of the smartest cities in America, and this time around, Boulder Colorado took the top honors.  Boulder stood out not necessarily because the University of Colorado is there, but because Boulder makes great effort in making their city "sticky", keeping college graduates in the area, living and working after they graduate.  Two of the things cited for making Boulder an exciting place to live were the outdoor lifestyle and the employment opportunities.  Way to go Boulder!!Forbes used the information gleemed from Sperling's Best Places to live, and took from that the 200 biggest metropolitan areas around the country.  They then ranked them based on the percentage of population that's 25 years old and older, and at minimum had a bachelor's degree.Bet...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
 It sure is looking festive around my area this year!  I noticed on Thanksgiving night this year, many homes were already starting to show off their Christmas and holiday decorations.  I don't really remember them showing up that early in the past. This is a home in my area that really goes all out!  You may remember I did a Halloween post about more houses getting all decked out for Halloween this year than I'd ever seen before.This is the same house in those pictures - this time decked out for Christmas and Santa Claus!!                I'm certainly seeing more and more of these balloon-type and snowglobe-type decorations this year.  They light up at night, and many of them have all kinds of mechanical movements, too.  Is this sweeping across the country like it is here?The Annual Cit...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
 Have you ever wondered about mistletoe - where it comes from, how it came to have the romantic magic it does?  I saw a bunch of it for sale somewhere recently around Portsmouth, and I got to wondering how a plant like that evolved into something with the magical powers that mistletoe symbolizes.Did you know that mistletoe is really a parasite?  It is!  It's a parasitic shrub that's usually found in fruit trees, maples and sometimes in oaks.  And in North America, it's typically found in trees from New Jersey down to Florida.Mistletoe has been associated with the holidays at this time of year going back for centuries, and has symbolized peace and love.In ancient times, Druid priests thought mistletoe was a sacred plant because it grew in the air in oak trees, which was their sacred tree...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Fifteen years ago, a couple by the name of Merrill and Karen Worcester, owners of the Worcester Wreath Company, began donating wreaths for the Arlington Cemetery.  Back then, they were the leftover wreaths that they had that were still fresh.  He didn't want them to go to waste, so he began sending them to Arlington.  This came about because when he was younger, he won a trip to Washington DC, and he always remembered the Arlington Cemetery from that trip.He has continued sending these wreaths each year, as his way of giving back to veterans because "without them, we would not have what we do today".This year, 2006, is the first year that they've included other veteran's cemeteries around the country.  They've sent six wreaths, "one for each branch of the military with the sixth wreath ...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
We don't have any snow here in the coastal areas of New Hampshire, but we are most assuredly in the holiday spirit!!  We've got lots of things to do here, for both residents and visitors alike.The 9th Annual Holiday Home Tour is this Sunday, December 10th, from 4-8pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity to tour some beautiful homes around Portsmouth that are all decked out for the holidays.  Tickets are $15 and are available at a variety of businesses around town.  I've taken part in this in the past, and you sure do get to see some really gorgeous homes and decorations!Seacoast Wind Ensemble will be putting on their annual holiday concert, "Sounds of the Season: A Musical Celebration" this Sunday, December 10th, at 4pm at the historic old South Church here in Portmouth.  What beautiful mu...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth New Hampshire Schools   "The purpose of the Portsmouth schools is to educate all students by challenging them to become thinking, responsible, contributing citizens who continue to learn throughout their lives."This is the motto of the Portsmouth NH Schools Department, and they really do live and breathe their motto.  Our Superintendent of Schools here in Portsmouth is Robert (Bob) Lister, and he is probably one of the most accessible and caring people you could ever want to talk to if you're interested in learning about our schools.  I have clients moving here shortly, and they wanted to know all they could about our schools.  I gave them his name and contact info, and they were so pleased with being able to speak directly to him, and with all the information he not only sha...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth New Hampshire Arts Theaters Here in Portsmouth New Hampshire we have three great theatrical treasures , and two of them offer year-round enjoyment for residents and visitors alike!The Portsmouth Music Hall is a historic theater that was built in 1878.  It's the oldest theater in New Hampshire, and the second oldest theater in New England.  This beautiful 900 seat theater is one of only fifteen theaters built in the 1800s still in use in America.  In its early years, Portsmouth Music Hall was home to vaudeville performances and silent film shows.  Today, it offers a wide variety of offerings, from films, comedy, concerts, evenings with authors, and so much more.In 2004, the theater went through a multi-phased, multi-million dollar restoration that returned this gem to its turn...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth New Hampshire Historic Antique Homes  Years ago, probably back in the mid 1980's or thereabouts, I was working with a buyer who was moving up here to check out Portsmouth New Hampshire homes from somewhere in Texas.  I can't recall exactly where in Texas, but somewhere that was much "younger" then most of New England is.She and I had spoken on the phone a number of times about her trip up here, what she was looking for in a home here, etc.   She wanted to be close to downtown, near the water, and she told me several times how much she really just loved old and older homes.- photo courtesy of freefoto.com -YAY, I thought!!  I get the opportunity to show some of the really wonderful old historic antique Portsmouth homes that are all over the place here.  We set up the days and ...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth New Hampshire Historic Homes and Condos Here in Portsmouth New Hampshire, we have many fabulous old, as in really OLD, historic homes and buildings that are just full of history.  Many of the historic antique homes are still being lived in.  They've been restored over time and are just exquisite homes.  Some of these homes in Portsmouth date back as far as the 1600's.                               We are also fortunate to have some beautiful old schools scattered around town as well as all these gorgeous Portsmouth NH historic homes.  Some of the older ones sat empty and unused for many years, beautiful inside and out, testaments to generations of students a century and a half ago and more.  Gorgeous brick buildings, huge windows, gorgeous woodwork throughout..........sometim...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Today, November 11th, is Veterans Day.........and I want to say thank you to each and every one of our great country's veterans, and to all of our current military members all over the world.  We live in a fabulous country, where we're free to do and say and be whatever we want, and for those freedoms, we have our proud military members, past - present - future, to thank.  And I thank you from the bottom of my heart.Last night, on ABC's "World News Tonight", they did a story on their "Person of the Week".  This week's selection was a man named Earl Morse.  He was chosen because of what he's doing for our WWII Veterans.  This is the man who began what has come to be known as the "Honor Flights".  These flights take veterans to Washington, DC, to see the WW II Memorial dedicated to them a...
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