Welcome to your own acre of paradise in New Hampshire's beautiful Lakes Region!
If you just drove by this house its unassuming facade would never reveal it's secrets, but it has quite a few features that make it special.
First of all, it sits on nearly an acre of land, with 130 feet of frontage on the Squam River. Second, it has a surprising array of living and working spaces to suit any need. And third, in the past six years this home has had extensive updates, renovations, and expansion.
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The current owners added a living room and garage on the back as well as a very spacious deck with Fibrex decking--a perfect spot for sipping sangria during the day or watching the stars at night.
The deck overlooks the broad expanse of yard so you have plenty of space to garden, let the kids run around, host birthday parties, set up an epic cornhole tournament with friends, or practice your fly-casting without hooking a neighbor!
The property comes with two docks on the river--one fixed and one floating--with three slips , so you have your own gateway to the watery playgrounds of the river and both Squam Lakes.
The owners rent two of the slips for $1,650 for the year, which helps pay the relatively modest property taxes.
There are also two public boat launches in the area. The Squam River Boat Launch is just a quarter mile down the street. The other is in Holderness, just up the road, between Little Squam and Big Squam Lakes.
Let's go inside and check out the house...
As you enter the front door you'll be amazed at how large and open the kitchen/dining area is.
There's plenty of counter and cabinet space with pull-out drawers for active cooks; the refrigerator, dishwasher, and exhaust hood are just two years old; and the gas range is a large-top classic with baking sheet storage on the side.
There's extra sitting area for spectators and taste-testers.
The maple slab countertops and stained maple floors add a touch of natural warmth in keeping with the setting.
Just off the kitchen, at the entrance from the carport and barn, there's a nice mudroom and convenient half-bath. The mudroom has trap-door access to a small crawl space for storage.
Just beyond the kitchen is the expanded living room, which features wide King pine floors and partial ceiling, and which has a wonderful view of the yard and river.
What better place to enjoy the view, or watch the rain or snow gently falling, depending on the season.
The living room has a slider right out the grand deck, so if you prefer your views to be wide open, here's the place to set up your lounge chair--or fire up the grill and feed all your hungry friends!
The deck also opens directly the the very spacious master bedroom, so you can do a little open-air yoga just as you wake up.
There's a second bedroom back up front, with two walk-in closets, so you could put a bunk bed in here to accommodate visitors.
There's a comfortable full bath off the living room, with stackable washer/dryer and a stained-glass window that probably dates from the house's original construction in 1933.
Under the master bedroom and deck there's a rec room that's separated from the rest of the house--a great place for kids to escape bossy parents. The current owner uses it as his music room. A dehumidifier is essential to keep the room comfortable, but it's a great little hideaway!
The enormous carport is a thing of beauty, and that big red barn door on the right slides right open for wide access to the workshop and barn.
If you're the type who likes projects and puttering, then you'll love the various "working" spaces this home affords.
There's a 14' x 12' workshop with lots of cabinets and benchtop space. Although it's not heated, it IS well-insulated, so adding a little propane heater could turn it into a handyman's paradise!
Next to the workshop is the rest of the barn, and above both is an attic that provides tons of storage space.
Behind the barn and workshop there's additional storage that has been used as a chicken coop, but it's a great place to store lumber, or keep your kayaks here. In fact, at 24' x 10', you could set it up as a boat loft and build your own skiff.
The chicken coop includes a pass-through door and ramp down to a fenced area, so why not raise some chickens? There are worse things in life than a fresh-egg omelette on your deck!
You also get a new, concrete, insulated garage with auto-open door and access to the crawl space under the living room.
Ashland, New Hampshire is a beautiful little town, one of the gateways to the Lakes Region, not far from the White Mountains, and only about two hours from Boston.
Little Squam Lake, just three-quarters of a mile away, has a public beach open to residents and taxpayers, which features a roped swimming area, picnic tables, and grills, a volleyball court, bathrooms, and handicapped access.
Take a little video tour...