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Blog :: 08-2014

Town Spotlight: Portsmouth NH

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It’s only fitting that our first submission to the Town Spotlight section of our blog is our home base, the beautiful city of Portsmouth! Many consider Portsmouth to be the crown jewel of Seacoast New Hampshire. Set along the Piscataqua River, this charming waterfront city is a popular destination for visitors as well as residents. Portsmouth is an eclectic city, blending historic and modern elements at every turn.

History is Still on Display in Portsmouth
Portsmouth is home to Strawbery Banke Museum, an outdoor history museum showcasing architecture, furnishings, clothing and other aspects of daily life in the 1600’s, 1700’s, 1800’s up through the mid 1950’s. There are also several historic buildings and museums such as John Paul Jones House, Wentworth-Coolidge State Historic Mansion and Warner House. A stroll through downtown Portsmouth blends old world charm with fantastic modern restaurants, shops and other local business.

Downtown Dining and Nightlife
With a multitude of restaurants and entertainment venues, there is always something going on in Portsmouth! Restaurants in Portsmouth range from the very casual diner to the most upscale fine dining experience to a quick seafood lunch on the water. Visitors flock from across the state and New England to experience the charm of downtown both at night and during the day.

After a bite you can take in a concert in Prescott Park, a movie at The Music Hall or a performance at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre. Portsmouth is rich with culture and has a vibrant visual and performance art scene.

Real Estate in Portsmouth
The real estate market in Portsmouth is always hot, hot, hot! Whether you’re looking for a condo in downtown Portsmouth, a starter home on the outskirts with easy commuter access or a historic home in the South End there is something for everyone in this idyllic city. Home prices in Portsmouth definitely bump up the average in Rockingham County. One of New Hampshire’s most sought after zip codes creates a high demand for housing, therefore home prices remain a little higher than in other parts of Rockingham County.

Number of Homes on the Market TODAY - 164

Median LIST Price in the Last 60 Days - $347,900

Median SOLD Price in the Last 60 Days - $344,000

Number of Homes Sold in the Last 60 Days - 71

Five Things to do in New Castle on a Saturday

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There is always something fun to do in the beautiful island town of New Castle. Rich with history and vibrant with activity you can play in the sand, water or on land! Here are a few of our favorite activities on a sunny summer day.

Great Island Common
Put your toes in the sand and take in the views of the neighboring towns over the water at this popular New Castle park. Visitors and residents alike love Great Island Common for picnics, beach play and family gatherings. Where else in the Seacoast do you have a beach, playground, wide open field and picnic areas in one place?

Coffee at Henry's Market
Start the day with a cup of Joe at Henry's Market or stop in for a quick afternoon pick-me-up! This charming in-town market has all the essentials, delicious fresh made salads and sandwiches, coffee and tea daily. It is a great stop on your way to the Common!

Picnic at Fort Stark
Take in a little piece of history at Fort Stark. The Visitors Center at Fort Stark is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day Saturdays from 9:00am - noon. Have a quick picnic lunch by the water then walk it off on the unmarked trail spanning the ten acre property.

Lunch at Latitudes Waterfront
There are few dining experiences in the Seacoast more beautiful than Latitudes Waterfront, part of the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel and Spa. Overlooking the marina and the mouth of the Piscataqua River opening to the Ocean, this beautiful restaurant is perfect for a nice long lunch or special date night dinner.

Ice Cream at The Ice House
Indulge in a sweet treat at a New Castle landmark, The Ice House! Grab a cone, a frappe or even a burger. Yum!

It is so easy to love New Castle you will want to live here!


  1. Jim Lee on

    And we've done all five. Hope to do them all many more times. New Castle Common is one of the most scenic spots on the Seacoast.

    Welcome Wendy Halsey

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    We are pleased to welcome Wendy Halsey to our team at Great Island Realty! Wendy is a Broker specializing in waterfront homes on Lake Winnipesaukee and throughout Seacoast New Hampshire. She has been connecting buyers and sellers of these beautiful homes for 12+ years after a 20 year career at a popular retail franchise.

    Wendy is a fun, sophisticated, energetic personality and fits right into the warm office culture Great Island Realty is committed to. We are thrilled to add her expertise and great attitude to our team of professionals!

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