It is always with mixed emotions how we view the development of our natural areas. I will admit that as a kid in the mid 80s I would hop off my bike and kick down surveyor’s stakes and rip up the orange tape in my own rebellion to the building craze of the day. But I grew up, and inevitably befriended the kids my age and their families that summered at the Lake. One thing I learned then, and it is as true today as it was 30 years ago, if I was from somewhere else I would have come here too.
Back in the 80s, The Ledges was one of the largest and most important residential developments in our beautiful area of the world. Today it is a lively place, cared for by a great crew of full-time staff and local contractors. There are two very different home styles at the Ledges. Both condominiums and single-family building lots are available. The condos are a traditional town-house design with either two or three bedrooms, most with walk-out basements. There are a few variations of single-family homes as well, all spacious and with a contemporary feel. Most of these properties have views of the Lake and the mountains beyond.
A very unique aspect of The Ledges is the brook-side tunnel under the road. This great idea allows the safe travel of families to the gorgeous beaches, mooring field, kayak racks and other lakeside amenities. The North Beach area underwent a substantial renovation a few years ago and it is one one of the nicest spots on the lake. It is a wonderful place to spend the day. One of the Ledges residents told me “I cant believe that this beach and this lake is only 2 hours from my house in Mass.” Another resident reached out to me and said “We weren’t sure when we bought our condo whether there would be enough to do around here, but we are more than happy just to relax at the beach and go out on our friend’s boat.”
What else do residents enjoy? Several people mentioned the nice landscaping and visual appeal of the community. Others talked about the pool and clubhouse. Still others commented on the great community feel of the neighborhood, and the friends they had made on their walks or relaxing at the beach. But for most, it is the Lake that brought them here and keeps them coming back, whether it is just for weekends or longer stays, some have even made it their home. “There is no place like it,” one summer resident told me, “I grew up going to the Cape, but I wouldn’t trade our place here for anything.”
The Newfound Area received high marks from Ledges residents as well. Several pointed to the great seasonal restaurants (my daughter LOVES The Big Catch) as well as the year-round establishments like the BINN, Cielito’s, Newfound Lake Inn, and others. One of the residents mentioned the 4-season activities in the area, commenting that Ragged Mtn remains a great family destination and that Waterville and Loon really aren’t that far away. I would add to that the great snow-mobiling nearby and the ice-fishing out on the Lake.
A few years ago, when I got into real-estate, the Ledges were a tough sell. A sluggish economy and high fees combined to keep people away. That has changed. I personally have been very fortunate enough to have been hired to sell four Ledges condos, and each time we were able to find a happy buyer for the unit. I ran into one of those buyers last summer at The Big Catch. They confirmed they had made a great decision “You were right Jeremy,” they said, “this Lake can’t be beat.”
Like most neighborhoods, it is a seller’s market at the Ledges. Currently there are zero homes for sale. Last year two condos sold for an average price of $430,000! It is a very interesting time that is for sure. If you have any questions or want to know more about the Ledges please feel free to call me at 603-481-2657.
Jeremy Avery is a livelong resident of the Newfound Lake area. He currently resides in Bridgewater with his daughter. Jeremy specializes in new constructions and waterfront / water-access properties, and has sold homes on eight of NH’s largest lakes. He can be reached at (603) 481-2657, emailed at email@example.com, or through his website, www.jeremyaveryhomes.com