From Andover, Mass. to Lake Winnipesaukee

6-29-15_diorio_nhprofiles
Tom and Linda Diorio, overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

I’ve always enjoyed hearing people’s stories on how they ended up in the Lakes Region. Nancy and I were having dinner with our friends at their new Winnipesaukee lake home in Alton. Tom and Linda Diorio grew up in Woburn and Hingham MA. Linda’s mom would take the train up from Boston to Weirs Beach and rented a cottage on Pendleton Beach of Lake Winnipesaukee. Linda recalled her parents and grandparents later purchased a mobile home at Prescott Park on Paugus Bay when she was 7 years old. The family later sold the mobile home and rented a home on Dockham Shore in Gilford. Her dad then bought an old cottage on Pendleton Beach which they vacationed at for 2 years. In 1987 the family tore down the camp and built a new house on the waterfront lot where they shared great memories on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Tom’s family came up to Alton Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee in the 1950’s from Woburn, Mass. They would sneak up on weekends to go water skiing and boating. Tom’s dad said to his friends ‘one day I’ll own a place up here.” He bought a 24 ft. Lyman from Downing’s Marina and kept it there. When Tom was 4 years old he remembers sleeping on the boat and the sound of the water lapping against the hull. His father later found a waterfront lot on Peggy’s Cove which he purchased for $3,500. Against Tom’s wishes, he sold the boat to help finance the lakefront lot. in 1966-1967 his dad spent weekends constructing a small ranch with his out of his pocket money. Tom said cardboard partitions were initially used as bedroom walls and they used an old well pump in the sink for water.

1969 Tucker Snow Cat (a custom creation)
1969 Tucker Snow Cat

He loved snowmobiling in the winter, waterskiing in summer, and tinkering with engines all year long. He “would ride on his motorized mini bike for hours into Wolfeboro with friends.” Today he still owns that 1970 motorized scooter. Last year he drove it to the top of Mt. Washington (think of the scene from “Dumb & Dumber that’s Tom on his bike). His love of welding led to a 1969 Tucker Snow Cat Custom Creation which he still owns.

Tom and Linda met in 1988 at The Meredith Station a.k.a. “The Depot,” which is now Lovering Volvo. They were married by 1989, had the wedding at Gunstock and the after party at Linda’s parent’s home on Pendleton Beach. They lived in Alton for a short time then moved to Andover, MA to grow Tom’s welding business, East Coast Metalworks. The business grew with the majority of work tied to the recycling industry welding and fabrication. Linda was active in the real estate industry and home decorating/design. In 1992 Linda’s parents decided to sell Pendleton Beach so Linda referred the listing to Nancy and they’ve become great friends since then.

After their son Anthony was born, Linda called Nancy to help them find a vacation cottage on the lake in Alton, not too far from Tom’s parents. They found that special spot off Route 11 at Smith Point in Alton. The 2 bedroom, 750sq.ft cabin included 1 acre with over 100 ft. of shorefront on Winnipesaukee. From 2001 – 2014 they enjoyed the cabin year-round on weekends, driving up from Andover every chance they had. During that time Tom moved his business to Kingston NH, where his work expanded to “picture cars” involving special effects for the movie industry. His restoration and welding expertise was used for the movie “The Town” with Ben Affleck and “Grownups 2” with Adam Sandler. He recently finished work for the movie “Ted 2” with Mark Wahlberg where he had to ruin 3 Dodge Darts to create one used for the set to get shot out of a cannon.

In 2014 Tom and Linda decided to tear down the camp and construct their dream lake home so they could live permanently year-round on Lake Winnipesaukee. Their son, Anthony was attending Austin Prep in Reading MA but he elected to move his senior year to Prospect Mountain High School in Alton. It was a great transition; he loved it and “didn’t feel sorry we sold the house in Andover…[he’s] so happy up here.”

Tom said, “I wanted to make the permanent move for Anthony. I wanted him to experience the same memories I had, the dirt roads, playing in the water and to just be a kid; and not be out in the city streets.” Anthony will be off to Plymouth State University in the fall but he will call Lake Winnipesaukee “home.”

Linda explained “we lived in Andover for 25 years and enjoyed it, but we love it up here now! We’ve met so many fun new people and neighbors…everyone is so hospitable and everything happens spontaneously…we feel so much more comfortable in NH and at the lake. We both plan to retire on the lake some day in the future.” Linda and Tom love paddle boarding, jet skiing and boating, road biking and all of the activities that make up the fabric of the Lakes Region. It’s the “quality of life and the relaxed environment” that Linda loves.

I’ve always said we’re like birds and we migrate to places of familiar origin where we experienced happy memories. For Tom and Linda the sound of the water lapping against the shore, the hawking loon calls and the overall attraction to what we call the Lakes Region was enough to bring them “home again.”

By Frank Roche, President Roche Realty Group Inc.

Please feel free to visit www.s21794.p694.sites.pressdns.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market.

Interested in purchasing a home on Lake Winnipesaukee? Click HERE to search for current properties for sale on NH’s largest lake!

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on reddit
Share on pinterest

Roche Realty Group Reports Record of $170 Million in Sales

Meredith- Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, Inc, with offices in Meredith and Laconia, has …

Read More →
Meredith NH

Gilford and Meredith NH – How Do They Compare?

There are 25 towns and cities comprising the Lakes Region. This week I thought I …

Read More →

EM Heath, LLC Acquires 1084 Union Ave in Laconia

The future of Ace Hardware EM Heath LLC in Laconia became solidified this past week …

Read More →
Roche Realty Group Sells Landmark Commercial Building in Gilford, NH

Roche Realty Group Sells Landmark Gilford Commercial Building

Gilford- One of the most visible, historic landmark commercial properties in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region …

Read More →
New Commercial Constructioin in Lakes Region

Commercial Sales Increasing in the Lakes Region

Recently I’ve been outlining the sales activity for residential, waterfront, and multi-family apartments in the …

Read More →
Laconia NH Commercial Building Sale

New Owner for 8,447 Sqft. Commercial Building in Laconia

Laconia— Exciting news for the downtown Laconia district. Another substantial commercial building, including approximately 8,447 …

Read More →

Strong Demand for Multi-Family Apartments in NH’s Lakes Region

Last week I was driving through Loudon Road in Concord in the busy heights area, …

Read More →
NH Lake

Area Lakes Show Considerable Appreciation

Below you will find data and insight into what’s happening in sales activity on 8 …

Read More →
inflation in shopping center / grocery store

More Inflation Concerns

More Inflation Concerns I submitted an article a while ago titled “Is Our Current Inflation …

Read More →
Alpenrose Village Retail Center located at Rte. 11 B / Rte. 3 in Weirs Beach, Laconia

Roche Realty Group Sells Alpenrose Village Retail Center

Laconia, NH – Tom Drouin of Roche Realty Group in Meredith represented both the seller and the …

Read More →
As the Real Estate Season Turns

As the Real Estate Season Turns

“There’s hope for buyers on the horizon, with more real estate opportunity to come.” This …

Read More →

10 Things to Consider if You’re Buying in a Seller’s Market

Anyone looking to buy a home today knows they are in a seller’s market, which …

Read More →

Third Quarter Update – Lakes Region Real Estate Activity

I’ve pulled up some data to provide all of you with some current insight on …

Read More →
Home Maintenance - Person repairing wall in house

Home maintenance the difference between sold and stuck

Be honest… is your home in need of some repairs? Because the truthful answer to …

Read More →
Coins stacked up indicting inflation

Is our Current Inflation “Transitory?”

The Federal Reserve officials have described the current period of high inflation as “transitory.” In …

Read More →
ABBA Tribute performing at the Lakeport Opera House

Meet you at the Lakeport Opera House

Last Saturday, Nancy and I were invited to the Lakeport Opera House to take in …

Read More →
Picture of

The New Hampshire Advantage

All of us who live in New Hampshire’s beautiful Lakes Region certainly have lots to …

Read More →

Just like vacation seasons, vacation homes come and go

When you think about it, all homes are actually seasonal properties. Whether it’s a primary …

Read More →

Hunt for lower prices like a lone wolf

If you ever watched Saturday morning cartoons back in the day, you may recall Looney …

Read More →
Birds eye view of Lakes Region New Hampshire

Lakes Region Real Estate Market 6-Month Comparison

We are halfway through 2021 already, and as we head down the second-half stretch, I’ve …

Read More →
The "Village Store" in Gilford, NH

The “Village Store” in Gilford Has New Owners

Gilford— The “Village Store” in scenic Gilford Village, a Lakes Region landmark since 1836, was …

Read More →
Lakes Region NH - aerial view of Lake Winnipesaukee NH

Lakes Region Waterfront Sales Comparisons

I thought I would look at the real estate activity on the Lakes Region’s four …

Read More →
Island Living on Lake Winnipesaukee in NH - aerial view of Welch Island, Lake Winnipesaukee

Island Living on Lake Winnipesaukee

The thunder of motorcycles has arrived in the Lakes Region. After a long year of …

Read More →
summer fun in nh - swimming in the river

Summertime Adventures Around the Lakes Region

Memorial Day weekend has arrived, and all of us are excited to kick off the …

Read More →
Are we in a real estate bubble?

Are We in A Real Estate Bubble?

Back in April, the red hot search on Google™ was “when is the housing market …

Read More →

Roche Realty Group Sells Artie’s Subs & Pizza

Moultonborough, NH – Brian and Kara Dillard of Barrington, New Hampshire, have recently purchased Artie’s …

Read More →
Laconia, NH - City on the Lakes

Laconia— City on the Lakes

The 17,000 resident, “City on the Lakes,” is nestled on the shores of three of …

Read More →
Housing Bubble

What if it’s not a bubble?

It’s a mad mad mad world of real estate right now.  The frustrations of buyers …

Read More →
Alton, New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee

Alton’s Treasures — Natural Resources

Alton, New Hampshire is a scenic community with wonderful natural resources. The town envelopes the …

Read More →
Moultonborough, New Hampshire

Moultonborough, NH — Low Taxes Attract!

Moultonborough, New Hampshire, is a scenic and idyllic community on the northern shores of Lake …

Read More →
Gilford, New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee

Gilford Recognized For Its Quality of Life

Gilford, New Hampshire, has always been a popular destination and a great community to live …

Read More →
Meredith Village on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

Meredith, NH—One of the Top 10 Best Small Towns on the East Coast

It’s always good to see our local towns highlighted in national publications, and recently Meredith …

Read More →

Economic Concerns for Real Estate

For the first time in decades, fiscal and monetary policy will likely remain easy during …

Read More →
The Ledges on Newfound Lake

The Ledges at Newfound Lake

     It is always with mixed emotions how we view the development of our natural areas. …

Read More →
Lakeview Golf Club in Belmont on 172 Acres Sold by Roche Realty Group

Lakeview Golf Club in Belmont on 172 Acres Sold

Belmont, NH- The beautiful 9-hole Lakeview Golf Club located at 89 Ladd Hill Road in …

Read More →
Nutmeg Inn in Meredith NH Sold

Nutmeg Inn in Meredith Sold

Meredith, NH- The historic country Nutmeg Inn located at 80 Pease Road in Meredith has …

Read More →
Housing Inventory Lacking - Lake Winnisquam, NH

New Hampshire’s Four Largest Lakes Lack Inventory

As we’re nearing the 1st quarter of sales activity in the Lakes Region, I thought …

Read More →
Lakes Region Real Estate Market - View of NH Lakes

Real Estate Tidbits in The Lakes Region

Here’s a quick update on the market and a few things I’ve observed that will …

Read More →

Roche Realty Group sells “The Anchorage at the Lake” Resort on Lake Winnisquam

Tilton, N.H. – “The Anchorage at the Lake” Resort located on Lake Winnisqaum and Route …

Read More →
New Construction in the Lakes Region

New Construction and Re-Sale Housing Dilemmas

I’ve seen a considerable amount of new construction and home remodeling taking place in my …

Read More →
Lakes Region NH

Lakes Region Market Competition is Fierce

We are now entering March, the unofficial beginning of our Spring Selling Season. We have …

Read More →
Home inspection report

Reasons Why You Should Not Waive a Home Inspection

We have a very competitive real estate market here in the Lakes Region due to …

Read More →
Photo of homes in New Hampshire's Lakes Region

NH’s Housing Inventory Needs One Thing — LISTINGS

This week I’d like to provide you with a summary of what New Hampshire’s Real …

Read More →
Wicwas Lodge and Lakeland School Property

Roche Realty Group sells the historic Wicwas Lodge / Lakeland School Property

Roche Realty Group, with offices in Meredith and Laconia, recently sold the Lakeland School property …

Read More →
Night picture of Laconia NH

Lakes Region—One of the Countries Hottest Neighborhoods in 2021

Imagine it’s Super Bowl weekend and there’s not a chicken wing or a pizza to …

Read More →
Hiking in New Hampshire

New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine Peak Attractions

In my younger years in school, I always loved geography as a subject. Living in …

Read More →
Moving day

How to hand your home over to its new owner

Remember your first home? Whether it was a freshly painted rental or your first investment …

Read More →

Roche Realty Group Reports Sales of $146.5 Million for 2020

Frank Roche, President of Roche Realty Group, Inc with offices in Meredith and Laconia, has …

Read More →
Lakes Region NH vs San Francisco, CA

“Lifestyle Finder” For Your Move to or From The Lakes Region

Some studies place moving to a new location as one of the top ten most …

Read More →
Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Winnipesaukee, Newfound and Squam Lake Accolades

Winnipesaukee, Newfound and Squam Lake Accolades It’s always fun to read articles where Lake Winnipesaukee …

Read More →

Leave a Comment