Archives for June 2009

Summer Fun Begins! Portsmouth City Pool Opens

 

Portsmouth NH City Pool

Every summer in Portsmouth NH, kids of all ages look forward to the city pool opening up for the season.  This year’s season for the Peirce Island Pool begins today, June 29th, and remains open through August. 

 

 

 

 

If you live in Portsmouth’s Little Harbor area or the South End area, you’re lucky enough to be able to walk to the pool and other fun things in the area.  There is parking, so if you have to drive, no worries.

Portsmouth NH Peirce Island Cit y Pool

If you’re a town resident, use of the pool is $1.00 for adults and free for kids as long as you have proof of Portsmouth being your home.  If you don’t live in Portsmouth, you can use the pool for a $2.00 admission for adults and $1.00 per child.

 

 

 

 

For a full schedule of the city pool hours, swimming lessons, etc., check out this City of Portsmouth Pool link.  Portsmouth also has an indoor city pool, which residents are welcome to use as well.

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 Portsmouth real estate!

 

 

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Servicing the New Hampshire towns of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Stratham, Exeter, Greenland, Newington, Dover, Durham and surrounding areas, and the Maine towns of Kittery, Kittery Point, Eliot, South Berwick, York, and surrounding areas.

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Buying A Home and A Community – Portsmouth NH Homes

 

Peeking In on Portsmouth NH Home - Ann Cummings 2009 NH REALTOR 

I had a client say to me the other day that they’re not just buying a home in Portsmouth, they’re buying into the Portsmouth community as well.  And that part of what they’re buying is very important to them.

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Portsmouth NH, or any other community, you’re buying into whatever that community has to offer.  That’s part of what you’re paying for.  You could take the basic 4 walls of any house, and plop them down in a variety of communities, and that 4-walled box will have a different value in each community.  Part of what goes into the value of each community is what that community has to offer.

 

And here’s what Portsmouth New Hampshire has to offer those who call Portsmouth home:

  • we have a fabulous downtown area, loads of shops, galleries, restaurants, museums, and more
  • we have a beautiful waterfront park, Prescott Park, where we can watch plays, hear concerts, take part in a variety of festivals, art shows, and more
  • we have Saturday morning Farmer’s Markets from May through November where you get all kinds of locally grown produce and locally made products, and meet old and new friends
  • we have a gorgeous huge new library with all kinds of programs open to all residents
  • we have great schools, 3 elementary schools, a middle school and a newly renovated and expanded high school
  • we have beautiful churches throughout the town, many with historic roots
  • we have lovely parks scattered all around town and have been awarded a “Tree City USA Award
  • we have a wide variety of homes in Portsmouth, choices in styles, ages and price ranges to suit everyone
  • we’re right here on the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River – awesome waterfront and a working port
  • we have a fascinating outdoor living history museum – Strawbery Banke.
  • we have loads of history all around us here, so if you love history, you’ll feel right at home
  • we have THE best seafood ever
  • we have loads of things to do in and around the Portsmouth NH area
  • we have great city festivals and fairs
  • we have super friendly residents who love living here and will help you learn all about Portsmouth NH living
  • we are in a super location for commuters – easy access to highways going north, south and west
  • we’re only an hour or so from great winter ski areas
  • we have lots of fun antique stores in the area
  • we have a great walking town to call home – sidewalks in most places with friendly neighbors calling out greetings as you pass by
  • we have glorious springs, spectacular falls, fun-filled summers, and winters that can bring snowy winter scenes

 Portsmouth NH Market Square Day 2009

Can you tell how awesome living in Portsmouth New Hampshire really is??  Come check us out – you’ll want to make your home in Portsmouth, too!

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!

 

 

 

 

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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!

One Year Ago…..

One year ago today, my world and my life as I had known them suddenly and inexplicably changed forever.  And it seemed as if it happened truly in the blink of an eye.

It was a warm sunny summer Friday afternoon.  I had just come home from work, and in what seemed like less than 10 minutes later, an ambulance was in my driveway.  Every time I see an ambulance, I relive those moments and tears fill my eyes….

Bear - Spring 2008
The man I love, DeWitt “Bear” Perkins, – my best friend, my love, my business partner, my soul mate, my world – had collapsed in the yard.  It turned out he had suffered a brain aneurysm, which we didn’t know at the time.  It was causing him terrible pain and was making him nauseous.  When I saw him on the ground, I knew something bad was going on.  I asked him, several times, if he was okay.  And he kept telling me, “I have a bad headache and I’m nauseous but I love you”.

The “but I love you” was a running little inside thing between the two of us.  I heard him tell me that 3 times – “but I love you”.  And to me, that showed he knew I was right there with him, right beside him, loving him as much as he loved me.

To be in that kind of pain and to say those words to me…… my heart aches every time I think about that.

Oh how I’ve hung on to those special words every single day since June 13, 2008.

 

The ambulance took him to the hospital, and he lapsed into a coma en route, and never came out of it.  The doctors declared him brain-dead early afternoon on June 14, 2008, which we didn’t know until hours later.  Because we donated his organs and his body, he was still alive and with us until about noon time on Sunday June 15th.  To me, despite what the paperwork says, June 15th is the day etched in my brain.  I could still hold his hand, touch him, feel his warmth, talk to him, caress his face and hair, and watch him breathe……until they made us leave that day.  He was only 57 years old, way too young….

Ann and Bear 2004 REALTOR of the Year Ceremony

Bear was my world, he brought so much to my life over the many years we were together.  Seventeen years of a lot of living and sharing and laughing and crying and so much more…..  We met because of real estate.  He and I were both REALTORS at the time we met.  He worked with friends of mine, however we never really met until he showed a listing of mine in Exeter, which he sold to his buyers.  And we got to know each during that sale, and the rest is history, all 17 years of it.

Bear was a really special man, a gentle giant of a guy.  He was a man of presence, and he was a magnet for little kids.  He loved them, and they loved him.  No matter where we went, some little one would always catch his eye, and vice versa.  And the next thing I’d know, he’d be exchanging smiles and giggles with whatever little child was drawn to him.  And that happened frequently.

Bear and Ann at House of Blues in Orlando
His deep blues eye, his ever-ready deep laugh, his shiny silvery hair with sunglasses on frequently top of his head – I could spot him a mile away.  Everywhere we went, whether it was here in town or somewhere across the country, we ran into people he knew.  He was quite involved in the REALTOR organization, and in the MLS as well, so he got to know a lot of people that way.

We could be in an airport in the middle of the country, and invariably, someone would call out his name to say hi.  Sitting in Fenway Park, we’d run into people who knew him.  His daughter and son used to tease him about not being able to go anywhere with him where no one knew him.

I miss him so much, my heart literally hurts at times.

It seems impossible to me that a year, a FULL year, has gone by without him here.  I find myself still expecting to see him in the yard, where he loved being.  I sometimes get mad that he’s not here – we had so much yet to do and see and explore together.  Sometimes, when we’d have those deep in-the-gut kind of talks, he’d always tell me that he’d never leave me, ever.  But he did……. and I know he didn’t leave on purpose.

Bear - Pease Greeters 4-2007

This has been the most difficult year of my life.  I’ve had to learn to go minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour, day-by-day, week-by-week.  The time has passed, I can tell that by the calendar.  I don’t know how I made it to this point, and I surely would not have without the wonderful family I’m blessed to have and the really special friends I have.

When I lost my mom several years ago, Bear was the only person who could reach me and keep me from sinking deeper than I did.  This time, he wasn’t here to do that – I had to do it on my own without him, and I knew from the very start I had to fight with every fiber in my being to not let that happen because I’m not sure I could have recovered if that had happened this time around.  My family and my friends have been my salvation, along with the grief counseling I took part in.

And I am here today……..

Ann and Bear - Thanksgiving Pic

I’ve learned a lot during this year, much of it against my will, but learn many things I did.  I’ve learned I’m a bit stronger than I ever had any inkling I was.  I’ve learned how to let others help me – that one took awhile because I thought I was doing ok, and I clearly was not.  I’ve learned to reach out to others, I’ve learned what to do and what not to do when I know someone else going through a loss like this.

I’ve learned there are so many people in this world who care, so many who are really good people.  I’ve learned that Bear and I touched more lives than we could ever have realized.  I’ve learned the power of social networks, and what the friends who live in my computer have come to mean to me.

And I am here today – to celebrate and honor forever the life of the man who meant so much to me, DeWitt ‘Bear’ Perkins, and to give thanks to and for so many who meant and mean so much to us and to me……….

Bear Collage 11-2008

I miss you my Honey Bear far more than words can say………
“Sweet Dreams, Sleep Tight, I Love You, Good Night….”

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!

The Sounds of Home in Portsmouth NH

Have you ever listened to your hometown?  I mean REALLY LISTENED to see what you can hear? 

Prescott Park Bench and Flowers

I have, and I realized that all the sounds of being home in Portsmouth NH can tug hard at your heart……

 

 

              if you just listen….. 

 

 

 

 

 

…. the crack of a baseball hitting a bat
…. the cheering of friends and family from the stands
…. the ringing of bicycle bells
…. the barking of dogs playing outside
…. the friendly hellos from porches
…. the click-click-click of lawn sprinklers
…. the clip-clop of horse-and-buggy tours 
…. the sound of lawns being cut
…. the symphony of birds singing
…. the sounds of fishing boats heading out to sea
…. the sounds of drawbridges being raised for boats to pass down the river
…. the toots and horns of tugboats
…. the hum of chatter at outdoor cafes
…. the soft clanging of bell buoys in the harbor
…. the water flowing into the North Mill Pond at high tide
…. the honk of a car signaling hello to neighbors
…. the calls for kids to come in for dinner
…. the friendly exchanges at the Farmer’s Market

Tug Alley Too Tugboat

These are the sounds of the neighborhoods of Portsmouth New Hampshire, the wonderful town I call home.  And what glorious sounds they are……

 

 

Does this sound like the kind of place you’d like to call home?  It can be!  And I can help you do just that – call Portsmouth NH home…..

 

 

 

 

   Click here to search homes and condos for sale in NH and Maine        Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

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 Servicing the New Hampshire towns of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Stratham, Exeter, Greenland, Newington, Dover, Durham and surrounding areas, and the Maine towns of Kittery, Kittery Point, Eliot, South Berwick, York, and surrounding areas.

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!

Fun Stuff to Do While Shopping for Portsmouth NH Homes!

Are you thinking about making the Portsmouth NH area your home?
It is a great area to call home, that’s for sure!

Rye NH Oceanfront Living

So, while you’re here checking out the Seacoast area, you might want to take a break and check out a few of the really special places here for fun and relaxation.  And of course, you have to eat, so I’ve included a few restaurants along the way as well!

The Portsmouth NH Southern Maine Seacoast area is simply put – BEAUTIFUL!  I am a tad bit partial, but I have every confidence you’ll agree after you’ve been here for even just a day!
York Wild Animal Kingdom
If you’re going to be up in York Maine, I’ve heard the York Wild Kingdom is a great place to go with kids.  I’ve never been so I don’t have first-hand knowledge, but I’ve heard plenty of others say it’s an enjoyable time.  While you’re in that area, go to the Nubble Lighthouse Park, in York.  It’s one of the most photographed lighthouses in the world.  They have a nice park, a little restaurant right there and a cute gift shop.  Here’s a little Nubble Lighthouse picture show I put together on this park.

A little bit north of there is Ogunquit, with the Perkins Cove area.  That’s a neat little peninsula with quaint little shops and great seafood restaurants.  Barnacle Billy’s is good, tourists and locals alike go there.  I think it’s a bit pricey but it’s in that great area and on the water with views that make you want to stay all afternoon.
Wild Willy's Awesome Burgers - York Maine

As you come south towards Portsmouth, there are all the outlets on Route 1 in Kittery Maine.  There’s a great seafood restaurant there, across from the Kittery Trading Post – Weathervane Seafood.  Awesome seafood, they have their own boats and it’s very reasonably priced.  Locals eat there all year-long.  Very casual and great for families.  Bob’s Clam Hut is across the street, I’ve never eaten there but have plenty of friends who frequent it.  Wild Willy’s is a fun casual small restaurant for awesome burgers and hand-cut fries – one of my favorite places to go for burgers!

Prescott Park Gardens and Pier Overlooking the River - Portsmouth NH - Ann Cummings 2007
Portsmouth NH – a wonderful walking downtown area with lots of great little local shops, galleries, and restaurants all over the place.  We have a beautiful riverside park, Prescott Park, with gardens, plays, concerts, etc. that go on all summer long.  It’s a great park to pick up lunch somewhere and then go and enjoy a picnic there.  Across from Prescott Park is Strawbery Banke – an outdoor living museum.  This is a great place to go if you like history.  It spans over 350 years of area history, showing how families lived back then, gardens, shop, grounds, etc.  It’s quite interesting.

Restaurants in Portsmouth – there are so many, it would be hard to choose – for really good casual food (burgers, salads, etc.) the Rusty Hammer is good, right downtown. The Oar House and the Dolphin Striker are both famous restaurants – they’re a little pricey but the food good.  We have several restaurants right on the water downtown – The Old Ferry Landing is a fun place to go, they have seafood and sandwiches and you can eat out on their deck and watch the river traffic go by.  We have restaurants galore just in the downtown area alone – you’d be hard-pressed not to find something you’ll enjoy, no matter which ones you pick out.  The Portsmouth Gas Light and the Portsmouth Brewery are both fun places to stop and enjoy a bite to eat.

Bratskellar Dinnerhorn Restaurant - Portsmouth NH BG's Boathouse - Rye NH

A drive through New Castle, just off Portsmouth, is a nice drive.  New Castle is an island town, dating back to the 1600’s, and you can see that by the antique homes and winding streets that you’ll go on as you circle the island.  The Wentworth-by-the-Sea hotel has a nice lunch, and is a beautiful place to stop.  They also have a restaurant right across the street, Latitudes, that has pretty much the same food, and there you get great harbor views as you eat.

A nice little tucked-away Portsmouth restaurant at the end of route through New Castle is BG’s Boathouse – locally owned and fresh seafood, with a deck that overlooks a river, a nice and relaxing place to eat and take in the views.  Just before you get to BG’s, on the left, is The Ice House – great seafood, burgers, sandwiches, and of course delicious ice cream, too.

The Bratskellar on Route 1 in Portsmouth is a great restaurant for pizza and sandwiches, very casual, and great atmosphere for just relaxing a bit.  Down in North Hampton on Route 1 is Abercrombie and Finch – another very good casual restaurant, lunch or dinner.  And right next door to Abercrombie’s is Wings Your Way – if you like chicken, they have a ton of different wings and sandwiches, along with burgers, salads, etc.  Again, another casual place to go.

We’ve got a lot of chain restaurants, so if you like those, you’ll find plenty of other places to eat in addition to the local places I mentioned above

Rye North Hampton Coastline

I love a drive along the coast, all 17 miles of it!

You’ll see rocky coastline and sandy beaches mixed in.

Welcome to Hampton Beach - Ann Cummings Portsmouth NH

Hampton Beach is a fun place to go, if you like summer beaches and people-watching.  They have the regular beach-type shops and restaurants there that you’d expect.  All summer long, you can find all kinds of activities going on in Hampton Beach, and be sure to check out the famous Hampton Beach Casino to see what concerts are going on there.  Enjoy the Sand Sculpture Contests, Seafood Festivals and more!

This is just the tip of the iceberg for all the activities and restaurants in the area!  I hope you’ll enjoy your visit, and that you’ll come to think of the Portsmouth NH area as your home if you’re relocating here.  I love it here, and I’m sure you will, too!

Click here to search homes and condos for sale in NH and Maine Contact Ann Cummings New Hampshire REALTOR

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Servicing the New Hampshire towns of Portsmouth, Newcastle, Rye, North Hampton, Hampton, Stratham, Exeter, Greenland, Newington, Dover, Durham and surrounding areas, and the Maine towns of Kittery, Kittery Point, Eliot, South Berwick, York, and surrounding areas.

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!