Portsmouth, NH Real Estate News

By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Residential real estate here in Portsmouth NH varies greatly, from small cottages (both year-round and seasonal) to single family homes to multi-family properties to condos to mobile homes.  All of these come in all shapes and sizes, too!  If condos are what you're interested in, I feel very sure we've got something that will be sure to please you! Condos here in Portsmouth began to become a popular lifestyle in the late 1980's, and that's when we saw our first condominium developments being built.  Throughout the town, we also have a large variety of buildings and homes that have been converted into beautiful condo living, in addition to those that were built as condos.  Price ranges in Portsmouth for condos vary from the low $100,000's to well over $1,000,000, and everything in betwee...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Here in Portsmouth New Hampshire and the surrounding towns, summer may be coming to an end, but the fun continues on!  We still have plenty of wonderful weather ahead of us before winter comes, and plenty of fun things to do as well.  Fun things abound all year long here along the coast! Check out some of this area's fun - I'm sure you'll find something here for just about everyone:9/5 - "Portsmouth Poetry Hoot"- Café Expresso - Portsmouth.   9/6 - "Old-Time Contra and Square Dance" - Dover City Hall - Dover.  (8pm to 10:45pm)9/7 - "ECSD Summer Concert Series" - Hammond Park - Eliot Maine - enjoy a cookout and concert.  (6:30pm)9/8 - Opening Gala- "Tiempo Libre" - Portsmouth Music Hall - Portsmouth.  Celebrating the restoration of this beautiful historic music hall with hot Latin music....
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
We keep reading posts telling us how great things have been happening for people here on Active Rain, and that's really awesome!Well, my week this week turned out to have been touched by a bit of the great rain of Active Rain, as well! I received a call from a reporter, Jeff Schlegel from the New York Times, who was working on an article about my own town of Portsmouth New Hampshire.  The main thrust of his article was how Portsmouth has been a 'destination area' for many years, and now many of those who have visited the area have since made this great little city their new home after falling in love with Portsmouth on their visits.  And he was looking for my help with that!I asked him at one point how he found me, and he said he found my Active Rain blog when he googled me, and then sa...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
"Take Time to Stop and Smell the Roses"We've all heard that saying many times during our lives, and today I'm doing just that - savoring the smell of my roses, and enjoying this incredible day.......it's a gift to ME!I got up this morning, knowing I had NO appointments today - a Saturday in real estate with NO APPOINTMENTS!! How does that happen???  My honey is off with his daughter this weekend helping her move into her new apartment in Ithaca NY, where she'll be going to Cornell Law School for the next 3 years.  So, for this weekend, it's just me, myself, and I!For a split second, I caught myself bemoaning the fact that today was a Saturday and I had no appointments at all.  But only for that tiny split second!  Oh sure, there are some showings on some of my listings, and I did get a ...
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By Bob Samii
(FARS Realty Group)
A Day In Portsmouth New Hampshire Hands down, Portsmouth NH is the spot for summer. As New Hampshire 's second oldest city (settled 1623), Portsmouth NH is a very charming and desirable city in New England. Originally a major harbor and center for fishing and shipbuilding, the charm and appeal of its history still exists in this quaint community. Lots of beautiful parks, brick walkways, historically preserved buildings, and scenic waterfront views, Portsmouth New Hampshire is truly a remarkable place to be.If you like to eat (or drink for that matter), Portsmouth is the place. It's hard to go wrong. Fresh seafood restaurants, Mediterranean, Italian, Thai, French, Japanese... the downtown area is packed with a wide array of culinary offerings and great establishments, all within a half-...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Summer here along America's tiniest coast in New Hampshire is really just the cat's meow!  In my opinion, there is no better place to be than here in the Portsmouth New Hampshire area for summer, or any other time of year. We've got the smallest coast in the country, but we pack a lot of fun events into each month here - no matter the time of year.  Many of our summer fun actitivies are held in our gorgeous outdoor venues, like Prescott Park, Peirce Island, New Castle Common, Odiorne State Park, Hampton Beach, and other great spots.  ~ August 7 - Lighthouse Tours marking National Lighthouse Day - Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. - Downtown Portsmouth Docks~ August 7 - "National Night Out Neighborhood Fest" - 5 to 8:30pm St. Catherine's Church field - Portsmouth.~ August 8 - US Air Force Li...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
  Love lighthouses?  Love being at sea?  Have we got a great fun adventure coming up for those who love lighthouses!! National Lighthouse Day, August 7th, is being marked here in Portsmouth New Hampshire by daytime sightseeing cruises starting on August 1st and going through August 7th.  How cool is that??     We have a local cruise company here in Portsmouth, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, that offers cruises all summer long.  To mark National Lighthouse Day this year, they're teaming up with Friends of Portsmouth Harbor Lighthouses to raise money for the American Lighthouse Foundation. You'll get to cruise around THREE Portsmouth Harbor area lighthouses.  How fun that's going to be - THREE of our lighthouses here in Portsmouth New Hampshire are going to be part of this fun way...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Living in Portsmouth New Hampshire is just awesome, and our local Farmer's Market just makes it that much more enjoyable!   If you love buying locally grown fruits and veggies, beautiful plants and flowers, and other locally grown and/or made products, then our Portsmouth Farmer's Market every Saturday morning is the place for YOU!!The Seacoast Growers' Association has been in existence for 31 years now, and has local Farmer's Markets in six locations throughout the week.  Saturdays are the day for Portsmouth to shine with local products.  Located in the Portsmouth City Hall parking lot, the Seacoast Growers' Association vendors happily sell their wares from 8am to 1pm, with many of them offering samples of their new products.To ensure locally made and grown products are of the highest ...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
For those of you who've watched some of the shows that they do on unique homes around the country, you've likely seen one or two of the homes that are lighthouses.    If you've always thought that would be really cool, we've got a lighthouse here in Portsmouth Harbor that might be right up your alley!Whaleback Lighthouse is actually in Kittery Maine, although many in Portsmouth New Hampshire consider it their tiny little lighthouse. Whaleback is being offered by the US Coast Guard.  Unfortunately, for those of us who live here and fortunately for some lucky person, the Coast Guard has deemed this lighthouse to be in 'excess of their needs'.  Homeland Security issues have stretched the Coast Guard in so many other areas that the budget just doesn't allow them to properly maintain these t...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Living here in Portsmouth New Hampshire offers an abundance of history and places to view that historical background Portsmouth and the Seacoast is so rich with.  Just about everywhere you look, you can find all kinds of things to do here that make history so interesting.  Growing up, I had no interest in anything to do with history at all, but I can tell you much of it fascinates me now.  And I am so lucky to live here in such a fabulous place called Portsmouth NH that's so alive with history!! One of those great places that showcases some of the history here in Portsmouth is the USS Albacore Park, just a few steps from downtown, and very easy to get to from the major highways.The USS Albacore was placed in retirement in September 1972 at the Naval Base in Philadelphia.  One of our for...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
 This past weekend here in Portsmouth New Hampshire, we were fortunate to see history in the making.  Never before, in at least 100 years, has there ever been more than one Tall Ship in our port at any one time.  This past weekend, for THREE whole days, we had the pure pleasure of FOUR of these magnificent beauties in the Port City, tied up at our State Pier.  The four Tall Ships that graced us with their presence were:  The Pride of Baltimore II, The Prince William, The Spirit of Bermuda, and The Urania.  And they were a complete joy to see come into Portsmouth Harbor Friday morning around 9:30am, and all weekend long tied up right in downtown Portsmouth.  A beautiful sight to behold for sure! Friday morning, July 6th, the ships gathered in the Atlantic Ocean, just off the coast of New...
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By Sue Argue, NH Home Stager
(Staged First Impressions)
I love kids. I love toys. I love watching kids happily playing with toys. So as you can imagine, going to Tree House Toys in Portsmouth, NH is a blast for me.                                     Treehouse Toys, Portsmouth         143 Market St, Portsmouth, NH         (603)433-8697                                                       This store has something for everyone. If you can't find your little buddy a gift here, you are too picky. They've got everything from trains to dolls to puppets to...toy lobsters. Quality, durable, unusual, FUN toys.What would seacoast NH be without toy lobsters, fish, octopuses (octopi?) and moose? The first picture is Market Square in Portsmouth. If you are standing in the square, walk to your right (it's one-way for car traffic, but you'll be walking an...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
The summer months here in Portsmouth and the Seacoast areas of New Hampshire are just glorious!  Portsmouth is a working port, so the river and ocean activity kicks into high gear, and the tourists arrive in full force.  I consider myself to be very fortunate to be able to live in such a beautiful place as Portsmouth New Hampshire - a place where people from all over the world come to visit.  Their vacation spot is MY HOME!  How wonderful is that???During the month of July, we have all kinds of fun things going on all over Portsmouth and the surrounding towns.  With all of our parks and outdoor venues, there's bound to be plenty of great things to do for everyone!Here's a sampling of the fun in store this month:~ July 4 - Prescott Park Arts Festival Mid-Week Concert Series begins, runni...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
 I know there are many parts of the country that don't do assisted or accompanied  showings, but here in my areas of Seacoast New Hampshire and southern Maine, we still show our own listings about 80-90% of the time.  It's just the way things are done here - and I know many of you feel that's wrong and/or a waste of time! Anyway, the other day I was showing property to a new set of buyer clients -a wonderful young couple who will be buying their first home here in Portsmouth NH.  We had exchanged phone calls, had our buyer counselling appointment, and then met to sign the New Hampshire REALTOR Buyer Agency Contract before heading out for our first showings.  They had been well-prepared for the home-buying process, showings, etc.We show up at our very first showing, and the listing agent...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
 Have you ever seen any of the majestic Tall Ships that visit various ports around the world?  If you lived in Portsmouth New Hampshire, you would have seen at least one every year.   Once a year for the last 10 - 12 years, at least one Tall Ship has sailed into Portsmouth Harbor.  This year, we're lucky enough to have THREE sailing into Portsmouth!!  These ships are just absolutely beautiful when you see them in person - pictures just really never do them justice once you've seen any of them up close and in person.The ships coming to visit Portsmouth will be here July 6, 7 and 8, and will be docked at the State Pier on Market Street in the downtown area.   These ships represent three different classes of sailing vessels.The Pride of Baltimore II is a 157 foot replica of topsail schoone...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Portsmouth New Hampshire has loads of pets all over the place, and it's a great town for walking dogs (and kids!) - sidewalks in most of the town, a pet-friendly downtown, lots of nice little parks.  And we have a City of Portsmouth Dog Park, too.  That wasn't easy to get going, but it's been in existence for a few years now at this point.  Good news about the Portsmouth Pooch Park - it's in the process of getting a nice new overhaul.  A couple of weeks ago, a brand new fresh surface was put in.  It's now a stone surface, and it's been properly graded.  After years of use, all the grass that had been there has worn away due to such heavy use.  The ideal surface would have been grass, but with such heavy usage, grass would have been too hard to maintain.  So an alternative surface was fo...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
An event that started 30 years ago, Market Square Day in Portsmouth New Hampshire, continues to this day, even bigger and better than the original founders of this fabulous event could ever have allowed themselves to imagine!  Market Square Day was originally created to celebrate the revitilization and renovation of the downtown area of Portsmouth.  Pro Portsmouth, which now organizes this yearly event, continues to bring thousands and thousands of people from all over the New England area to come see what Portsmouth is all about.  The first Market Square Day was quite local in nature - welcoming residents and families downtown to a small family town celebration.  It was such an overwhelming success, this event was put on the following year, and every year thereafter.I've been going to ...
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By Ann Cummings, Portsmouth NH Real Estate Preferrable Agent
(RE/MAX Shoreline - NH and Maine)
Fly right to PORTSMOUTH NEW HAMPSHIRE!!  How cool is that???  WAY COOL, I can assure you!                                                                                 Skybus, a newly launched airline, has added Portsmouth NH to its destination schedule.  Skybus began its twice daily flights in and out of Pease International Tradeport on May 12th, and will be adding more flights down the road.  They are here 'for the long haul'.If you've ever flown into or out of Boston/Logan, or even our own Manchester Airport, you know it can be just a tad bit troublesome at times.  Flying into and/or out of Pease is a total breeze!  And the airfares being offered are amazing!!  On every single flight, Skybus guarantees at least 10 seats will cost ONLY $10.00 each way....TEN DOLLARS!!  You do have t...
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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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