NH is the only state that you can walk its entire coastline without major effort.
Driving or bicycling from MA to ME along the NH coast may take about an hour with a few stops to enjoy the views. In Hampton you always see a lot of tourists strolling the strip. The state is in the process of constructing a new stage and multiple rest facilities along the beach. Continuing along the shore you pass Boars Head, the North Beach wall, then past the mansions of North Hampton. Into Rye you curve around the harbor, large stone protective berms block your view of the ocean in some areas. There are many pull offs along the ride to enjoy the majesty of the ocean and the Isles of Shoals. New Castle and South end Portsmouth offer antique homes built in the early days of settlement.
The idea of walking the westies (Rose and Angus) along the entire New Hampshire coast came after many different walks on the Rye beaches. When asked “Who wants to go for a walk”, their excitement always rises to a frenzy. With their enthusiasm I decided the entire NH coastline was actually a walkable feat. Driving from home, some heads out the window, we select the next leg of the trip.
We’re Excited To Welcome David Costenbader To The Verani Family!
David began his career in real estate as a Business Specialist in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. He is a PGA Golf Professional and has been a Country Club Manager / Membership Director for over twenty years. Knowledgeable with both Florida and New Hampshire Country Club Communities, he has a keen ability to assist buyers and sellers with their real estate needs.
David originally moved from Florida to Nashua, NH in 1993 and in 2004 married his wife Melody and relocated to Stratham, NH. Melody has been doing hair on the seacoast for fifteen years and works at Ciccolini Salon & Day Spa in Greenland, NH. “We both love the coastal shoreline, the quality schools, restaurants and local businesses, but most of all it’s the community that makes it so special.” said David. “The change of seasons and outdoor activities of hiking, skiing, golfing, boating and fishing offers a little something for everyone. The New Hampshire Seacoast is ideally situated between Boston, MA, the White Mountains and the scenic Maine Coastline.”
David’s primary focus will be servicing buyers and sellers in Stratham, Portsmouth, Rye, Exeter, Greenland, North Hampton, Hampton and nearby neighboring towns. He also belongs to the Seacoast Board of Realtors® and the National Association of Realtors.®
”After interviewing with most of the other brand name real estate
companies in the area, I selected Prudential Verani because of their cutting edge technology, training and the professionalism of their agents and managers. Prudential Verani is large enough to provide a wide range of support to our buyers, sellers and agents, yet small enough to care about each one.”
Special Olympics New Hampshire Penguin Plunge 2012
There is something to be said about the drive and determination that some people have when supporting their charity of choice and this coming Sunday, February 5th, you can witness this first hand as a group of dedicated folks plunge into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean all in support of the Special Olympics New Hampshire.
13th Annual Penguin Plunge
This is the 13th Annual Penguin Plunge and while I admire what they do and have actually enjoyed watching them do it in the past. I have no desire to jump into the frigid waters off of Hampton Beach myself but rumor has it that a fellow Veranian might actually be plunging on a dare! Who could that be now… any guesses?
Watch the Plunge and be home in time for Super Bowl
The events kick off at 11:15 a.m. with the Costume Parade and at noon the Plunge begins, there will also be a lunch and awards ceremony starting at 12:30, so you can see you’ll have plenty of time to get home in time for the big game… Super Bowl! Go Pats!
The Prudential Verani Realty float was delightful and we had a great group of people who pulled together to help build it and then to march in the parade as well. The weather was mild for December, the sun was out and the Stanley Cup came to visit along with Santa and the mobs of people who lined the streets. Talk about holiday spirit… it was out in droves that day!
Saturday December 3rd is going to be a busy holiday filled day as two very popular Seacoast Christmas events kick off. Starting at 1pm is the highly popular Hampton New Hampshire Christmas parade! The theme this year is “It’s a Beautiful Town” and we are thrilled that our Hampton office has entered a float which I am sure will be awesome! The parade is only a mile long and the weather promises to be lovely so if you go, please take plenty of pictures (send some to us please) and be sure to look for our very special float! Oh and if you’re into hockey you’ll be thrilled to see the Stanley Cup as it’s part of the parade.
Portsmouth New Hampshire Annual Holiday Tree Lighting and Parade
After leaving Hampton you’ll have plenty of time to head over to Portsmouth to enjoy the 5pm annual Portsmouth Holiday Tree lighting in Market Square! This is a fun filled event that kicks off the holiday season. If all this does not get you into the holiday spirit then be sure hang around to watch the city’s annual illuminated parade which begins at 6pm! The theme this year is “A Caring Christmas” and this will be a crowd pleaser.
I love walking around downtown Portsmouth no matter the season but especially when everything is all decked out in holiday cheer…don’t you?
Add Your Favorites
This is just a small sampling of the many wonderful holiday events that are planned all across New Hampshire so please be sure to share your favorites with us by adding them in the comments below.
It’s very convenient to shop for the holidays at many of the malls that cover the state or to order from catalogs or online. But if you are looking for a unique shopping experience, consider some of the specialty shops that are located in several of the small towns throughout the southern tier of New Hampshire. They carry items not often found in “big box” or mall stores, often artisan-made and selected by local experts who can share their enthusiasm for the beautiful and/or useful objects arrayed before you. Here is a sampling of some of interesting and unique shops in Southern New Hampshire:
BEDFORD FIELDS GARDEN CENTER & HOME DECOR definitely puts the emphasis on “home decor” this time of year. This Bedford institution is transformed with several artificial holiday trees, including their celebrated upside-down balsam fir, which are covered from top to bottom with traditional and contemporary ornaments for sale. The store also offers a wide variety of distinctive home accent items and a selection of tasteful gifts, including even gift ideas for pets. Of course the shop also stocks interesting plants for the holiday season, and is well-known for its wreaths and garlands in a wide variety of styles. (http://bedfordfields.com/index.html)
C’EST CHEESE in North Hampton is a great resource for imported and domestic cheeses. They carry all the popular favorites as well as artisan cheeses from some of the world’s most renowned cheese makers. In addition to dairy products, C’est Cheese also features fine wines and imported cheese accompaniments, such as olives, mustards, meats, breads, and marinated vegetables. They encourage in-store tastings, and are also happy to put together a gift basket to suit your needs and tastes. (http://www.c-estcheese.com/)
Many people have grown accustomed to mortgage interest rates holding steady for the last several years, but that may give buyers a false sense of security.
Regional manager John MacGilvary of Prudential Verani Realty’s office in Londonderry said buyers putting off shopping for a new home may find interest rates on the rise in the near future.
“What people forget is that historically, interest rates have been around the 8 percent mark,” MacGilvary said. “The interest rate you can get today will probably begin to rise in the next year, making now one of the best times to buy.”
While the Northeast in general saw a 10.9 percent decrease in sales, according to the National Association of Realtors, New Hampshire saw a modest decrease of 4.3 percent in February, but a whopping 55.9 percent increase in pending sales for March.
“Each market has to be looked at separately because each area or region has felt a different economic impact from job losses and the recession,” MacGilvary said. “Towns like Exeter were not hit with the economic fall like the community of Nashua. Sales in Rockingham County are doing well.”
With financial constraints on families in today’s economy, local charities welcome assistance from local folks from food distributions to clothing. There are many local families as well as charities throughout New Hampshire that benefit from collection of winter items to keep people warm and this year will be no exception.
With thirteen office locations and over 300 agents, Prudential Verani Realty has been helping charities for the last nine years through its collection and distribution of coats. With over 12,000 coats collected and distributed last year, Prudential Verani Realty is helping communities one coat, hat, mitten or boot at a time. This year, winter items will be collected from October 1st through December 1st this year at any one of their locations in Portsmouth, Hampton, Exeter, Concord, Salem, Londonderry, Derry, Milford, Bedford, Nashua, Hampstead, Epping and Barnstead. Arrangements can be made for pick up or call for drop off locations and hours. Charitable organizations look for any type of children clothing, men’s and women’s coats as well as boots, mittens and warm hats. Collection boxes will also be placed in public locations for collection.
The Prudential Verani agents coordinate distribution to the local charities and if you know of a family in need, please contact one of their offices for assistance. Visit our contact page for office location details and hours regarding the 9th Annual Prudential Verani Realty Coat Drive.
Summer temperatures don’t usually last long in New Hampshire, but this week has seen some high 90s to low 100s and only cools off to high 70s at night. So other than staying inside with the air conditioner blasting or a fan pointed at you on high, what other options do we have to stay cool?
One can only eat so much ice cream, and beaches are always so hot and crowded, so what about taking your family to a natural swimming hole?
I’m not talking about Hampton Beach or all the public places that New Hampshire offers for family fun; I’m talking about the ‘unknown’ swimming holes that offer cool spring fed water with natural rock water slides, ledges perfect for jumping from, and water so deep you may never touch the bottom!
They are out there and waiting for you to explore them! There is a great website called Swimmingholes.info and they have identified 52 places in NH that promise to cool you off, provide an adventure, and in most cases you won’t see crowds.
The fun starts Friday, June 18th when 300 tons of imported sand are dropped on Hampton Beach.
The entire area is illuminated for night viewing through June 30th. Watch Gregory Grady and “The Grady Bunch” build a mammoth Sand Demo Site.
The competition is by invitation only, and the event is funded by the Hampton Beach Village District and Sponsors, in cooperation with The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and The NH Division of Parks.
How it Started and Grew:
It all began in 2000 with the New Hampshire Quarter.
Local artist and master sand sculptor Gregory Grady was commissioned by the U.S. Mint to create a larger than life replica of the new edition New Hampshire quarter out of ten tons of sand during the Hampton Beach Children’s Festival. It was part of the statewide celebration held for the release of the coin. It was something Hampton Beach had never seen the likes of before, but would fortunately see again!