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Portsmouth NH Homes – The Art of Living in Small Spaces

The Art of Living in a Small Space in Portsmouth New Hampshire

Need to use every cubic inch?

Tired of taking care of a large home?

Down Sizing?

Buying a
home in Long Beach California
means paying a higher price and living in
smaller spaces; this is also true in the Seacoast areas of Maine
and New Hampshire when buying a home or condo in Portsmouth
.
Baby boomers are entering their senior years
and are searching for smaller spaces to care for and single story
homes.  They are seeking smaller but elegant spaces.  Living
in a smaller space has its challenges
but that doesn’t necessarily mean that ones style of living needs to
change.

Living in a small space certainly
has its challenges and rewards.  A small
mess in a large home is a huge mess in small space.  One needs to be a neat freak in small
spaces.

Counter tops need to be kept clear since space is at a
minimum; attach those appliances to the underside of your cabinets.  Don’t underestimate the amount of storage you
need. An entire wall of closets, cabinets and drawers can go a long way.

Portsmouth NH Homes - Living in Small Spaces - Staircase Drawers

Here are some helpful hints for your small space in your Portsmouth NH home or condo:

  • Use
    empty space under staircases.  Steps
    can become drawers.
  • Don’t
    buy a lot of stuff you don’t need.
  • Reduce
    clutter.
  • Use
    every square inch of your space wisely.
  • Build
    your kitchen cabinets to the ceiling.
  • Replace
    the large bulky fridge with an under
    counter model
    .
  • Use
    the space at the top of your closet, all the way to the ceiling.
  • A platform
    bed with drawers
    will provide badly needed storage. Or use under bed
    containers
    and vacuum seal
    storage bags
    to store unused items.
  • Store
    out of season clothing in unused luggage.
  • Pocket doors don’t take up the
    space a regular door does.
  • Over
    door spaces are wasted.  Add
    bookshelves.
  • Turn a
    closet
    door into a bookcase
    .
  • Use dramatic
    lighting
    Recessed
    lighting
    and wall
    sconces
    pointing up.  Have
    lighting options, lighting makes a big difference.
  • Glass doors
    pass light through and make spaces feel larger.
  • A combo washer/dryer will save
    space and can be placed under a countertop in a bath or kitchen.
  • Find
    the highest use for your electronic equipment.  Build in TV & Stereo, or get rid of
    them and the bulky computer terminal; replace them with a top of the line
    laptop and stream your TV and music through it.
  • Use
    soft, light colors they open up small spaces.
  • Use
    lots of mirrors,
    they double light as well as opening up small spaces.

Portsmouth NH Homes - Small Spaces Wall Sconce

Small spaces save lots of money on construction, heating,
a/c and furnishing.  Smaller square
footage means smaller property tax bills.  And who doesn’t like a smaller Portsmouth NH real estate property tax bill??

Authored by: Laurie Manny of Long Beach
California Real Estate
Thank you Laurie!


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Hampshire or southern Maine your home
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Portsmouth NH
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Coastal Areas of NH & Southern Maine
REALTOR

Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

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Portsmouth NH Real Estate – The High-Tech Seacoast Area

Welcome to Portsmouth New HampshirePortsmouth NH and High-Tech – A Perfect Partnership

I am delighted and honored Ann asked me to post on her blog.
She does such a fabulous job painting a visual picture of the NH/Maine Seacoast
area
through her words and photos and I always enjoy the trip down memory lane
I get when I read it.

I spent my college years in Boston and the weekends (most) exploring
the coast.  And very often that meant spending time in New Hampshire. Back in the day, Portsmouth was my favorite New Hampshire haunt.  Walking along the NH Seacoast,
eating at the Blue Strawberry (do any of you remember it?) and taking in the
old world character of the city of Portsmouth NH.

I started thinking about what would draw me to New Hampshire and I realized it’s two things: the natural beauty and the vast array of
things to do to enjoy it, and the high technology aspect of Southern
New Hampshire
.  These are probably two good reasons why buying
a home
and settling into the Seacoast area is a great
idea.

I always think of people analyzing neighborhoods and cities
to determine where they want to live and why.  Jobs and things to do that enrich the quality of
their non-working hours has to be high on the list.  As I sit in my Mid-Atlantic
Cleveland home typing this I realize the Portsmouth
NH area
has what many of us refer to as that ‘What do they want?‘ sense
of place.
This article from (of all places) The Union of
Concerned Scientists website
gives several definitions of the term and the Portsmouth area has this
in spades.

When I was a student in the ’70s we read a lot about the
technology boom in southern New
Hampshire.  It seemed to be the place to be if you
were not in Silicon Valley on the West Coast.  Here
is an article by The New Hampshire Business Review
, written in November of
2007 showing this identification with technology, while going through some
changes in the past 3 decades, is still very strong.  This
article by Anita Becker
discusses Portsmouth,
Exeter and general Seacoast
area business very well.  Here is an excerpt:

“….Its proximity
to Boston, good
road networks, proximity to four airports, safe communities, good schools,
relaxed pace of life, tourism activities, lack of income and sales taxes, and
active cultural and arts community have lured more and more people to the area
over the past 10 years…”

Since my branding
New Hampshire as a high technology hub started with reading the Boston Globe articles about it, I was delighted to see this
Boston Globe article written by Carolyn Johnson
about the same thing, and
here we are, three decades later.  It talks about how a high powered guy who got
his start (and money!) by working for Pay Pal and LinkedIN wound up in New
England as a venture capitalist and how New Hampshire is positioning herself to
be an high technology entrepreneurial hub.

Portsmouth NH Downtown River

I mean, here I am
in NE Ohio and don’t get me wrong, I love it
here.  The iron bridges and the manufacturing industries with their big
smokestacks, the natural beauty of Lake Erie,
that all got into my blood and stayed.  I came back here at the end of the ’90s
and am very happy.  But what we are scrambling to do here, you guys have already
done.  We are still in the throes of converting to high technology as a strong
job base.  You are already there!  The Portsmouth
NH area is a fabulous place to live and work
, at least to this outsider with fond
memories of your area.

Thanks for letting me stop by….Carole
Cohen

Thank you Carole!

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Hampshire or southern Maine your home
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Ann Cummings, Maine and New
Hampshire REALTOR

RE/MAX Coast to Coast

Portsmouth NH
ann@anncummings.com
888-349-5678 x
3839
Servicing the
Coastal Areas of NH & Southern Maine
REALTOR

Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

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Rye NH Homes – Rye Real Estate Market Update

 

Rye New
Hampshire’s Real Estate Market Update

Curious about the real estate market in Rye New Hampshire?  Check out the charts below to see how our market is doing in relation to
the same time frame from 2007.

There are currently 67 homes on the market in Rye
NH
and there have been 32 homes sold so far this year as
compared to 24 homes sold during the same
time last year. That is an increase of 8 homes sold over the same time from last year.

Rye NH Homes chart Year-to-date 2008

 

Rye NH Real Estate Market Report 2007

 

The average price of Rye NH homes sold this
year has decreased by $269,595.  The median price has only
decreased by $78,750.  The decrease in the average sales price
took place due to several very high-end homes having sold last year, in
2007.

Days on market (DOM) for sold homes have increased on
average by 21 days. The median DOM has only increased  by 2 days.

It will be interesting to see how many sale pending homes close by
the end of the month, and how those sales will impact the numbers above
in the 1st chart.

Thanks Jay!

 

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your home
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Ann Cummings, Maine and New
Hampshire REALTOR

  RE/MAX Coast to Coast
 
Portsmouth NH
  ann@anncummings.com
  888-349-5678 x
3839
  Servicing the
Coastal Areas of NH & Southern Maine
                    REALTOR

                        
            Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

 

 

 

 

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Portsmouth NH Homes – Summer Safety Tips for Dogs (and their owners)

Summer Safety Tips for Dogs (and their owners!)

Summer is here in Portsmouth NH, and so are the warmer days.  Warmer days are great
for humans, but can be a stressful time for our fur-covered friends.  In fact, it
has been said that winter is a dog’s summer.

 
                    

As a
homeowner in Portsmouth NH, there
are some things you should remember for your dog at home this summer:

  • Make sure your dog has plenty of fresh, cool water to drink
    at any point in the day.
  • If your
    dog is out in the yard for most of the day, be sure to provide lots of shade
    from the sun, shelter from any sudden storms and a couple sources of water (in
    case one bowl gets knocked over.Save your daily walks for early in the morning or later in the evening.
    Dogs do not need to romping around in the mid-day heat.

 

When
you are out and about in Portsmouth
with your dog, make sure you:

  • NEVER leave your dog in the car without you – even with the
    windows open. The heat can build up incredibly fast, and cause the temperature
    to be over 40 degrees HOTTER in the car than it is outside.
  • Teach your water-loving dog how to get out of any pools that
    they may jump in. If your dog jumps into a pool that they have never been in,
    they may get confused and not know how to get back out.
  • Keep track of your dog when you are at the beach. Dogs love
    to explore and can get lost as easily as a small child in some cases.

Portsmouth NH Dog Park

And while you’re out and about around Portsmouth, be sure to check out our great Dog Park!  If you already call Portsmouth home, you know what a pet-friendly town
we live in.  And if you’re new to Portsmouth or here for a visit,
you’ll see just how friendly, pet-wise and otherwise, Portsmouth really
is!

Summer
is a great time to be outside enjoying all that Portsmouth NH and have fun with your
dog.  Just make sure that your dog is having fun too!

For more information on
safety tips for dogs (and their owners) please visit: www.Barkbusters.com

Thanks Mariana!

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home
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Ann Cummings, Maine and New
Hampshire REALTOR

  RE/MAX Coast to Coast
 
Portsmouth NH
  ann@anncummings.com
  888-349-5678 x
3839
  Servicing the
Coastal Areas of NH & Southern Maine
                    REALTOR

                        
            Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

 

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Portsmouth NH Real Estate – Market Activity Report

Portsmouth New Hampshire’s Real Estate Market Update

The charts below show you how our real estate market in Portsmouth NH is doing in relation to
the same time frame from 2007.

There are currently 76
residential homes on the market
in Portsmouth
NH
and there have been 52 homes sold so far this year as
compared to 74 homes sold during the same
time last year. That is a decrease of 22 homes sold over the same time from last year.

Portsmouth NH Real Estate Report

 

Portsmouth NH Real Estate Report 2007

What’s interesting is the average price of homes sold this
year has increased by $37,000.  The median price has only increased by $10,000.

Days on market (DOM) for sold homes have only increased on
average by 1 day. The median DOM has jumped by almost a month.

We are almost a week away from the end of the month and I
wonder how many of the under contract and contingent sales will close by the
end of June.

Stay tuned for the month ending Portsmouth NH real estate update.

Thanks Jay!

 

Thinking about making the coastal areas of Maine or New Hampshire your
home
?  Call me today at 603-431-1111 x 3839, or send
me an email
, and let’s talk real estate!

 
                Search New Hampshire and Maine Homes Condos For Sale    Portsmouth NH Area Real Estate Market Reports
Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR  Featured Listings  Read My Newsletter   

RE/MAX New Hampshire

                                  
 
Ann Cummings, Maine and New
Hampshire REALTOR

  RE/MAX Coast to Coast
 
Portsmouth NH
  ann@anncummings.com
  888-349-5678 x
3839
  Servicing the
Coastal Areas of NH & Southern Maine
                    REALTOR

                        
            Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

 

 

 

Would you like information on the Portsmouth New Hampshire real estate market? Do you have questions about the buying or selling process? Give me a call at 1-888-349-5678 x 3839 or send me an email and let’s talk real estate!