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Ice Out on Lake Winnipesaukee

According to Winnipesaukee.com, "Ice-Out" on Lake Winnipesaukee is the moment when the ice that has covered the Lake since late December or early January melts enough that the M/S Mount Washington cruise ship could navigate between its ports in Alton Bay, Center Harbor, Weirs Beach, Meredith and Wolfeboro.

Ice-Out is anxiously awaitied by residents and visitors since it is the traditional start of the spring season and many Islanders regain water access to their cottages. The date has been observed and recorded for over 135 years. The setting of the exact date and time is non-scientific and is now determined by an observer in a small plane from Emerson Aviation that flies over the lake several times a day. When the pilot makes the Ice-Out call it is considered official."

 

Ice-Outs by Date

Date Graph Years
March 18 X 2016
March 23 X 2012
March 24 X 2010
March 28 X 1921
March 30 X 1946
April 1 X 1945
April 2 X 1903
April 3 XXX 1953,1957, 2006
April 4 X 1902
April 5 XX 1981,2002
April 6 XX 1910,2020
April 7 XX 1930,1998
April 8 XXXX 1936,1949,1991,1999
April 10 XXXX 1925,1948,1983,2000
April 11 XX 1892,1931
April 12 XX 1987,2009
April 13 XX 1927,1958
April 14 XXXX 1889,1898,1951,1985
April 15 XXX 1914,1968,1995
April 16 XXXXXXXX 1916,1941,1954,1973,1974,1976,1986,1988
April 17 XXXXXXX 1913,1922,1938,1980,1996,2013,2017
April 18 XXX 1924,1929,1942
April 19 XXXXX 1909,1928,1955,1960,2011
April 20 XXXXXXXXXXX 1894,1901,1932,1950,1952,1963,1966,1967,1984,2004,2005
April 21 XXXX 1908,1934,1935,1992
April 22 XXX 1965,1990,1993
April 23 XXXXXXXXX 1891,1896,1897,1912,1977,1994, 2007,2008,2014
April 24 XXXXXXXXXXXX 1890,1905,1915,1918,1919,1920,1923,1947,1962,1997,2015,2019
April 25 XXXXXX 1933,1937,1969,1975,1989,2003
April 26 XXXXXX 1895,1900,1906,1959,1979,2018
April 27 XX 1961,1978
April 28 XXX 1917,1964,1970
April 29 XXX 1904,1907,1982
April 30 X 1943
May 2 XXXXX 1899,1911,1926,1972,2001
May 3 X 1944
May 4 XX 1939,1940
May 5 X 1956
May 6 X 1971
May 7 X 1887
May 10 X 1893
May 12 X 1888

Ice-Outs by Year

Year Date
1887 May 7
1888 May 12
1889 April 14
1890 April 24
1891 April 23
1892 April 11
1893 May 10
1894 April 20
1895 April 26
1896 April 23
1897 April 23
1898 April 14
1899 May 2
1900 April 26
1901 April 20
1902 April 4
1903 April 2
1904 April 29
1905 April 24
1906 April 26
1907 April 29
1908 April 21
1909 April 19
1910 April 6
1911 May 2
1912 April 23
1913 April 17
1914 April 15
1915 April 24
1916 April 16
1917 April 28
1918 April 24
1919 April 24
1920 April 24
1921 March 28
1922 April 17
1923 April 24
1924 April 18
1925 April 10
1926 May 2
1927 April 13
Year Date
1928 April 19
1929 April 18
1930 April 7
1931 April 11
1932 April 20
1933 April 25
1934 April 21
1935 April 21
1936 April 8
1937 April 25
1938 April 17
1939 May 4
1940 May 4
1941 April 16
1942 April 18
1943 April 30
1944 May 3
1945 April 1
1946 March 30
1947 April 24
1948 April 10
1949 April 8
1950 April 20
1951 April 14
1952 April 20
1953 April 3
1954 April 16
1955 April 19
1956 May 5
1957 April 3
1958 April 13
1959 April 26
1960 April 19
1961 April 27
1962 April 24
1963 April 20
1964 April 28
1965 April 22
1966 April 20
1967 April 20
1968 April 15
Year Date
1969 April 25
1970 April 28
1971 May 6
1972 May 2
1973 April 16
1974 April 16
1975 April 25
1976 April 16
1977 April 23
1978 April 27
1979 April 26
1980 April 17
1981 April 5
1982 April 29
1983 April 10
1984 April 20
1985 April 14
1986 April 16
1987 April 12
1988 April 16
1989 April 25
1990 April 22
1991 April 8
1992 April 21
1993 April 22
1994 April 23
1995 April 15
1996 April 17
1997 April 24
1998 April 7
1999 April 8
2000 April 10
2001 May 2
2002 April 5
2003 April 25
2004 April 20
2005 April 20
2006 April 3
2007 April 23
2008 April 23
2009 April 12
Year Date
2010 March 24
2011 April 19
2012 March 23
2013 April 17
2014 April 23
2015 April 24
2016 March 18
2017 April 17
2018 April 26
2019 April 24
2020 April 6
2021 ?

10 Good Reasons to Forget Lake Winnipesaukee

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Why buy a waterfront home on Lake Winnipesaukee when you could vacation on Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard or other hard-to-get-to New England vacation destinations? Here are ten good reasons to avoid the Lakes Region.

FULL TRANSCRIPT:

10 GOOD REASONS
To Avoid Lake Winnipesaukee, NH

Reason 1: You Enjoy Paying State Taxes

New Hampshire has no income tax or sales tax. So spending all or part of your time at your home at Lake Winnipesaukee would deprive you of that pleasure.


Reason 2: You Prefer Remote Locations

Lake Winnipesaukee is only a two-hour drive from Boston. So the kids can barely watch one movie before you’ve arrived. So you’ll miss the long, arduous travel.


Reason 3: You Love Monotonous Ocean Views

Our picturesque White Mountains will block your views of the ocean’s flat horizon. And when they explode with vibrant colors in the fall, it will be particularly annoying.


Reason 4: You Only Swim in Murky Water

Our crystal clear, spring-fed lake won’t sting your eyes, and your feet won’t sink into muck. And you’ll miss worrying about what type of sea creature may be lurking nearby.


Reason 5: You Enjoy Feeling Hot and Sweaty Year-Round

Our Lakes Region has four seasons, so just when you’re getting acclimated, it changes. And after the leaves change color, you’ll have to pull all your ski stuff out of the closet.


Reason 6: We have far too many quaint downtown areas.

Our gourmet restaurants, art galleries, boutique shops and other non-essential activities will give you headaches.


Reason 7: You Never Eat Ice Cream

In Wolfeboro alone, there are 5 ice cream shops to distract you from your own low-fat diet. So it’s best that you avoid the temptation to eat dessert while strolling around our lake.


Reason 8: You Enjoy Walking on Paved Surfaces

Our bike trails, walking trails, ski trails, and mountain trails (leading to great views) are far too primitive. And you may have to invest in a pair of hiking shoes or cross country skis.


Reason 9: You’ll Miss Boating on Choppy Water

On calm Lake water will bore you to tears on your boat ride out to dinner. And it will be absolutely no challenge for you to sail or water-ski, if it’s not in 4-foot chop.


Reason 10: You Don’t Trust Friendly People

For some reasons, people who live or vacation here all smile and wave at each other, which is certainly suspicious. So it’s best that you avoid them altogether, because it may be contagious.
 

Learn more about the Lakes Region and finding your vacation home from the Dow Realty Group.

45 Umbrella Point | Lake Winnipesaukee

This 43-acre estate property is a rare blend of desirable location and unparalleled features. Anchored by an iconic boathouse, it offers a 1938 two-bedroom bungalow, multi-purpose auxiliary building, and the ideal setting for a future custom lake home. Set on the northeastern shore of Lake Winnipesaukee this exceptional home site is in a class by itself.

Highlights include:

  • 3 private, mostly wooded parcels
  • Stone multi-slip boathouse
  • Approximately 1100 feet of prime shore frontage
  • Three sandy beaches
  • Sheltered boat basin
  • Panoramic views

Listed at $7,500,000
For more information on 45 Umbrella Point call Adam Dow, 603.867.7311 or Randy Hilman, 603.677.6713.

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate | Market Update, Year-End 2014

There has been positive activity on Lake Winnipesaukee in 2014, especially in the under two-to-three-million dollar range (the number of sales doubled!). Overall, the average list price and average sold price for Lake Winnipesaukee properties both increased from the past several years. Though not a banner year, there has been a noticeable depletion of quality inventory.

I believe the biggest challenge in 2015 will be to find the waterfront home that meets your needs. Given the number of people I know that are looking, the properties that come on in the spring at a fair price will go quickly.

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate Market Data 2014

Lake Winnipesaukee Market Update

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate Market Stats

Signs of continued recovery

We have been watching the Lake Winnipesaukee Market very closely and through the first quarter of 2012 the trend continues to be more sales in the lower end. Having the volume of sales increase shows that demand is still there for waterfront properties, so values will follow. The other sign of recovery is the volume of sold listings, we saw the total volume of listings sold jump from $8,657,000 to $9,835,000 in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to 2011.

June is first of the big closing months in the Lakes Region, so we will soon see what type of year it is going to be. I have heard of a number of properties going under agreement and anticipate some more positive movement.

Click on the graph to see it full size...

 

Interesting Poll

I sent a survey to 350 realtors in the Lakes Region requesting the number of "Active Lake Winnipesaukee Buyers" they were working with as clients. I stressed active because I wanted the number to be relevant to the current market place. The results were interesting and prove there is a pent up demand. There are 171 people actively looking for a special spot on the Lake.  This number represents just under 10% of the realtors responding to the survey.

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate Market Stats

Lake Winnipesaukee Market Update

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate Market Stats

Signs of continued recovery

We have been watching the Lake Winnipesaukee Market very closely and through the first quarter of 2012 the trend continues to be more sales in the lower end. Having the volume of sales increase shows that demand is still there for waterfront properties, so values will follow. The other sign of recovery is the volume of sold listings, we saw the total volume of listings sold jump from $8,657,000 to $9,835,000 in the first quarter of 2012 as compared to 2011.

June is first of the big closing months in the Lakes Region, so we will soon see what type of year it is going to be. I have heard of a number of properties going under agreement and anticipate some more positive movement.

Click on the graph to see it full size...

 

Interesting Poll

I sent a survey to 350 realtors in the Lakes Region requesting the number of "Active Lake Winnipesaukee Buyers" they were working with as clients. I stressed active because I wanted the number to be relevant to the current market place. The results were interesting and prove there is a pent up demand. There are 171 people actively looking for a special spot on the Lake.  This number represents just under 10% of the realtors responding to the survey.

Lake Winnipesaukee Real Estate Market Stats

Lakes Region 2011 year-end Real Estate Reports

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Included in the report are: 2011 Report - Click Here

Winnipesaukee Homes Sold 2003-2011

  •     Total Number of Homes Sold
  •     Median Price
  •     Highest Price
  •     Days on Market (DOM)

Wolfeboro Homes Sold 2000-2011

  • Total Number of Homes Sold
  • Median Price
  • Highest Price
  • Days on Market (DOM)

Winnipesaukee Condos Sold 2000-2011

  • Total Number of Condos Sold
  • Median Price
  • Highest Price
  • Days on Market (DOM)

 Here is a link the summary report:

2011 Report - Click Here

NH Shoreland Protection Law - Summary of Changes

Local and well respected builder, Joe Skiffington, just provided this helpful summary of what was passed in the Senate.

March 20, 2011 UPDATE New Hampshire Senate Bill 154, passed by the Full Senate on March 16, 2011 and is now off to the NH House.

The following items are addressed by the reform:

  1. The Act will rename CSPA as the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act.  By including "water quality" in the title, the Act will emphasize the purpose of regulating shore-land development to protect the quality of New Hampshire's lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.
  2. The standards applicable to the redevelopment of existing, nonconforming structures is rewritten to allow greater flexibility for landowners.  Under the reform language, existing structures can be repaired, replaced in kind, and reconstructed in place.  The alteration and expansion of nonconforming structures is also permitted, provided the structure is changed in a manner that makes it more nearly conforming to the standards of the Act.
  3. The existing tiered requirement to preserve up to 50% of buildable areas as unaltered would be replaced.  Instead, the Bill establishes a uniform 25% requirement for all shorefront properties regardless of lot size.
  4. The tree scoring system applicable within the waterfront buffer (the area within 50' of the water) would be revised to increase credit for larger, more mature trees and to encourage the planting of shrubs and groundcover.
  5. Limitations on the percentage of impervious coverage is relaxed, provided storm-water management systems are designed (and implemented) to encourage storm-water infiltration and to control runoff and erosion.
  6. The review periods afforded to the Department are shortened for faster decision making.
  7. The Department will establish a permit by notification (PBN) process for approving smaller projects that propose minimal upland impacts or the restoration of previously disturbed areas.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates as this all unfolds! Joe Skiffington

NH Shoreland Protection Law - Summary of Changes

Local and well respected builder, Joe Skiffington, just provided this helpful summary of what was passed in the Senate.

March 20, 2011 UPDATE New Hampshire Senate Bill 154, passed by the Full Senate on March 16, 2011 and is now off to the NH House.

The following items are addressed by the reform:

  1. The Act will rename CSPA as the Shoreland Water Quality Protection Act.  By including "water quality" in the title, the Act will emphasize the purpose of regulating shore-land development to protect the quality of New Hampshire's lakes, ponds, rivers and streams.
  2. The standards applicable to the redevelopment of existing, nonconforming structures is rewritten to allow greater flexibility for landowners.  Under the reform language, existing structures can be repaired, replaced in kind, and reconstructed in place.  The alteration and expansion of nonconforming structures is also permitted, provided the structure is changed in a manner that makes it more nearly conforming to the standards of the Act.
  3. The existing tiered requirement to preserve up to 50% of buildable areas as unaltered would be replaced.  Instead, the Bill establishes a uniform 25% requirement for all shorefront properties regardless of lot size.
  4. The tree scoring system applicable within the waterfront buffer (the area within 50' of the water) would be revised to increase credit for larger, more mature trees and to encourage the planting of shrubs and groundcover.
  5. Limitations on the percentage of impervious coverage is relaxed, provided storm-water management systems are designed (and implemented) to encourage storm-water infiltration and to control runoff and erosion.
  6. The review periods afforded to the Department are shortened for faster decision making.
  7. The Department will establish a permit by notification (PBN) process for approving smaller projects that propose minimal upland impacts or the restoration of previously disturbed areas.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates as this all unfolds! Joe Skiffington

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