How Did South Down Shores and Long Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee Get Started?

South Down Shores on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

When construction started in 1981, Laconia’s South Down Farm offered an ideal picturesque setting for condominium homes. Located at the former 126 acre “Taylor Farm” the original planned community had some marketing flaws and the project stalled. I was brought in by the bank that financed the original community to sell the remaining five or six units at the Fells Condominium located in a field off of Parade Road. After we sold those original units, the original developer stepped out of the project it was then that L. John Davidson arrived in July of 1983, South Down was dead in the water and in trouble financially. Enter Davidson, a true visionary who comes up with a completely new waterfront concept plan geared to the vacation home market to give the stalled project new credibility. He then acquired multiple adjoining parcels and almost a mile of shorefront on Paugus Bay. The name was then changed to “South Down Shores” then carried forward to “Long Bay” its sister community and the rest is history.

 

Today, 36 years later, South Down Shores and Long Bay encompass over 360 acres with almost 1 mile of shorefront on Lake Winnipesaukee. These private, gated communities feature unique villages and single-family homes of many architectural styles. A huge investment infrastructure for roads, city water/sewer and underground utilities was made. Davidson created a private yacht club for boats complete with boat slips, racks and a launch area with multiple sandy beaches and breakwaters. Throughout South Down and Long Bay, he crafted a series of beautifully landscaped ponds, community buildings, walking trails and an immense waterfront greenbelt common area along the entire shoreline, for all residents to enjoy.

 

Both communities now have over 600 property owners from many geographic areas who can call the Lakes Region “home”. Many are vacation homeowners & semi-retirees and others are year-round, permanent residents. Davidson’s ‘vision’ and hard work paid off immensely for the City of Laconia. Today both communities contribute somewhere close to $3.5 million annually to the City of Laconia’s tax revenue. That’s a lot of income, which has helped the city grow its infrastructure, schools, police station, and other amenities. 

Not only that but think of the economic impact these 600+ families have contributed to the Lakes Region. The pure size of the development infrastructure, amenity package and huge amount of housing constructed has created a massive amount of jobs over the years for local engineers, surveyors, architects, attorneys, site contractors, home builders, landscape companies and all of the other trades connected with the home building industry. Realtors have also benefited; I know our company and our associates have been involved in more than 600 sales since the 1980s. Most importantly, all of the vacation homeowners, semi-retirees, and residents who have called South Down Shores “home” since its inception have immensely supported all of the businesses which operate in the Lakes Region. Just think of the boat dealers, home improvement stores, contractors, furniture stores, automotive dealers, restaurants, entertainment venues, ski areas and all other attractions that have profited from the families who have become a fabric of our area.

So just who is this man that saved the South Down Farm project? L. John Davidson grew up in Andover, MA and graduated from Phillips Andover and Harvard University. As a young man he worked in his father’s restaurants, he was an air controller in the Korean War and later operated clothing stores called “The Andover Shop” in Cambridge & Andover. He also developed the 400-acre land package for the Raytheon Company Missile Systems Plant and he reconstructed Andover Square after defeating Urban Renewal in the 1960s. From 1965-1970 Davidson bought out 70 separate parcels of land, an entire valley in Quechee, VT. He became the architect/developer of one of the largest and most successful developments in New England. The community was called Quechee Lakes and included 6000 acres where Davidson placed 50% of the land in a permanent greenbelt to preserve the integrity and natural beauty of the valley. There are currently over 1700 homes and condominiums in The Queechee Development where he rebuilt a covered bridge over the Ottauquechee River, restored an abandoned mill and relocated other buildings throughout the town. He developed ski trails and built ski lifts for the residents, two championship golf courses, two lakes and a 50-mile trail system. Davidson’s “farmstead concept” was unique to the real estate industry and he was the first to offer the single-family home as a condominium. Davidson later on created condominium suites in Maine and he financed a salvage expedition that raised a 70-foot sections H.M.S DeBraak shipwreck, a British warship that sank off the coast of Delaware in 1798 rumored to be carrying vast treasures. Over the past decade, he embarked on an “egg-venture,” where he spent millions developing an egg pasteurization process to eliminate salmonella and bacteria. He now holds 6 patents. John presently resides in Atkinson, NH.

Although Stanford, Connecticut, may have more Fortune 500 Companies per square mile and Boston is certainly an economic engine, these major cities lack one critical resource that the Lakes Region has in abundance. Our beautiful lakes, mountains, forests and rivers continue to attract tourists to our area and new property owners to our area, and they all contribute to the Lakes Region growth and prosperity. Business development and industry growth is likewise important for our economy’s engine and like any community, we need jobs to prosper. However, we can’t lose sight of what our region is all about; we’re primarily a tourist, second home, and semi-retired home market. We also have a strong primary residential market in our surrounding towns, with many young families investing in the Lakes Region. All of us in the Lakes Region should strive to make it the best possible New England destination. Quality development is critical; we need to develop communities we can be proud of, like South Down Shores and Long Bay. I’ve seen the excitement first-hand in the comments from families who have purchased over the years. They absolutely love the community and the entire Lakes Region. They may have started out by renting in the community and then graduated to a small condominium and eventually into a permanent single-family home. So many of them have commented that there’s so much more to do here in the Lakes Region than there was 25 years ago. Nowadays, we have many attractions like The Tanger Outlet Mall, Bank of NH Music Pavilion, the Winnipesaukee Playhouse, Gunstock Mountain Resort, The NH Motor Speedway, and many new restaurants and eateries. Additionally, there are so many more events to participate in, such as craft fairs, The New England Pond Hockey Classic, fishing derbies, car and boat shows, and the NH Pumpkin Festival. 

 

The popularity of these two communities is evident by the strong sales activity over the past years as follows:

2017

Sales: 54

The average selling price of $389,856

Price range of $162,000-$770,000

2018

Sales: 62

The average selling price of $365,893

Price range of $174,750-$900,000

2019

Sales: 51

The average selling price of $456,211

Price range of $178,000-$1,175,000

2020

At the present time in 2020, 14 homes have sold for an average selling price of $501,570 with a price range of $239,000-$1,130,000 and there are 7 properties available for sale ranging in price from $260,000-$1,249,500.

That’s a pretty good testimonial to the success of these fine communities.

This article was written by Frank Roche. Frank is president of Roche Realty Group with offices in Meredith and Laconia, NH, and can be reached at (603) 279-7046. Data was compiled by a NEREN map search on 06/11/2020 and is subject to change. Please feel free to visit www.rocherealty.com to learn more about the Lakes Region and its real estate market.

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21 Golf, Laconia, NH 03246

MLS #4905070

City:Laconia, State:NH

Price: $459000

The Lake Winnipesaukee lifestyle in South Down Shores at Golf Village! Set in a gated community on Lake Winnipesaukee This 3BR, 2BA duplex-style condo boasts a comfortable living space. This townhouse sits right on the pond and 13th fairway of Laconia Country Club With one bedroom downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs, it will make the perfect weekend getaway. This unit is a quick walk to the Golf Village pool or a 10-minute walk to the beach. The open living room to the dining room has a wood-burning stove. Step out your backdoor onto the three-season porch and onto a level yard. Plenty of room for the kids to play. South Down Shores is a private gated community w/ a beautiful expansive sandy beach, 4000' of shoreline, clubhouse, boat club, kayak rack, miles of walking & X-country trails, playground, snowmobile trails, basketball, bocce ball, tennis courts, pickleball courts. Just 15 mins. from I-93, near Gunstock Ski Resort, BNH Music Pavilion, Lakeport Opera House, & all that the Lakes Region has to offer — all for $459, 000. Open house Saturday 4/16 from 10-12 625743f034e2b5202f362806 0.00 9689 Beach Access Beach Rights Building Maintenance Club House Tennis Court Abuts Golf Course Near Golf Course Near Paths Near Snowmobile Trails 0 0 0 2 2 3 1343 Laconia RE_1 Golf Village NH-Belknap Parade Road (Route 106) to South Down Shores. Through the gate (code required). Onto Outerbridge Bridge. Take right onto Davidson Drive. Take your Third right into Golf Village onto Golf View. see unit 21A Golf View straight ahead. Sign on property. 21 Golf View A Pool - In Ground neren3 1 6257436734e2b51fee337b36 1 1 1649956621 43.5703866 1649808000 459000 Kevin Shaw 4905070 Active -71.4739902 Condo Development Level Trail/Near Trail 4905070 1484 21 Golf, Laconia, NH 03246 1651260326 Roche Realty Group, Inc 1 36 341 Condominium Residential The Lake Winnipesaukee lifestyle in South Down Shores at Golf Village! Set in a gated community on Lake Winnipesaukee This 3BR, 2BA duplex-style condo boasts a comfortable living space. This townhouse sits right on the pond and 13th fairway of Laconia Country Club With one bedroom downstairs and two bedrooms upstairs, it will make the perfect weekend getaway. This unit is a quick walk to the Golf Village pool or a 10-minute walk to the beach. The open living room to the dining room has a wood-burning stove. Step out your backdoor onto the three-season porch and onto a level yard. Plenty of room for the kids to play. South Down Shores is a private gated community w/ a beautiful expansive sandy beach, 4000' of shoreline, clubhouse, boat club, kayak rack, miles of walking & X-country trails, playground, snowmobile trails, basketball, bocce ball, tennis courts, pickleball courts. Just 15 mins. from I-93, near Gunstock Ski Resort, BNH Music Pavilion, Lakeport Opera House, & all that the Lakes Region has to offer — all for $459, 000. 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7 Trails End, Laconia, NH 03246

MLS #4910533

City:Laconia, State:NH

Price: $699900

Come view this immaculate 4-year old home set on the pond in the gated community of Long Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. The home has 3BR, 2.5 BA & a 1.5 car garage. The Cape’s open concept style flaunts a cathedral ceiling in the LR & the floor plan flows through the dining room to the kitchen & out to the deck that overlooks the private level lawn (w/ irrigation) & scenic pond. Lots of large windows to allow natural sunlight. The first floor is hardwood & up the stairs, tile through the bathrooms & carpet in the BRs. The kitchen boasts beautiful marble & quartzite countertops & was designed w/ ease of access in mind, roll-out shelving in the pantry, a double waste bin for easy recycling, and Harvey tilt-in windows throughout the home. Along w/ forced hot air (propane) heat & central AC through both levels, the LR also has a propane fireplace for additional warmth & a cozy atmosphere. The bedrooms feature tall ceilings, plus the primary suite has beautiful molding, a walk-in closet, a large tile shower & marble quartz countertops in the bath. There is plenty of storage in the full unfinished basement. Here you can enjoy all the amenities that Long Bay offers — 2 beautiful beaches, an in-ground pool & cabana w/ panoramic lake views, tennis/pickleball courts, miles of walking trails, a skating pond & so much more. 20 minutes from I-93, 15 min from Gunstock Ski Area, BNH Music Pavilion, shopping, marinas & many restaurants. All for just $699, 900! Open House Sat 5/21 11-1pm 6285014f34e2b55003764464 9689 Beach Access Beach Rights Club House Day Dock Dry Dock Tennis Court Near Golf Course Near Paths Near Snowmobile Trails Interior 1 0 1 1 3 3 1662 Laconia RE_1 Willow Pond NH-Belknap Parade Road, to South Down Shores/ Long Bay entrance. Through gate (code required) onto Outerbridge Drive. Drive through South Down Shores into Long Bay. Stay on Outerbridge Drive. Take right onto Ponds View Lane. veer right onto Trails End Lane. See home on the right. Sign on property. 7 Trails End Lane Deck Pool - In Ground neren3 1 2 Attached 1 1 628500dc34e2b54fe27e03f4 1 1 1 1 1652883035 1652745600 699900 Kevin Shaw 4910533 Active Level Trail/Near Trail Walking Trails 4910533 1484 7 Trails End, Laconia, NH 03246 1653068338 Roche Realty Group, Inc 40 421 Single Family Homes Residential Come view this immaculate 4-year old home set on the pond in the gated community of Long Bay on Lake Winnipesaukee. The home has 3BR, 2.5 BA & a 1.5 car garage. The Cape’s open concept style flaunts a cathedral ceiling in the LR & the floor plan flows through the dining room to the kitchen & out to the deck that overlooks the private level lawn (w/ irrigation) & scenic pond. Lots of large windows to allow natural sunlight. The first floor is hardwood & up the stairs, tile through the bathrooms & carpet in the BRs. The kitchen boasts beautiful marble & quartzite countertops & was designed w/ ease of access in mind, roll-out shelving in the pantry, a double waste bin for easy recycling, and Harvey tilt-in windows throughout the home. Along w/ forced hot air (propane) heat & central AC through both levels, the LR also has a propane fireplace for additional warmth & a cozy atmosphere. The bedrooms feature tall ceilings, plus the primary suite has beautiful molding, a walk-in closet, a large tile shower & marble quartz countertops in the bath. There is plenty of storage in the full unfinished basement. Here you can enjoy all the amenities that Long Bay offers — 2 beautiful beaches, an in-ground pool & cabana w/ panoramic lake views, tennis/pickleball courts, miles of walking trails, a skating pond & so much more. 20 minutes from I-93, 15 min from Gunstock Ski Area, BNH Music Pavilion, shopping, marinas & many restaurants. All for just $699, 900! 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Laconia— Exciting news for the downtown Laconia district. Another substantial commercial building, including approximately 8,447 …

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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, …

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NH Lake

Area Lakes Show Considerable Appreciation

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

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inflation in shopping center / grocery store

More Inflation Concerns

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Third Quarter Update – Lakes Region Real Estate Activity

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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The New Hampshire Advantage

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

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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 …

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Hunt for lower prices like a lone wolf

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Roche Realty Group Sells Artie’s Subs & Pizza

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

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Moultonborough, New Hampshire

Moultonborough, NH — Low Taxes Attract!

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

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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 …

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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 …

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Economic Concerns for Real Estate

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

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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