Here's the Quinessential New Hampshire Summer Home
by Shannon McGurrin Gish.
Do you dream of that charmed New England life? We hear ya’! In our New England Dreams column, Shannon takes us on a virtual tour of the Northeast through the lens of her favorite old house finds.
Looking for a quintessential summer in New Hampshire? Then the Lake District is where you’ll want to be. This classic New England region is located just under an hour from the rocky ocean shores of the Granite State and is surrounded by pristine water bodies like Lake Winnipesaukee and Squam Lake. (Think What about Bob? and On Golden Pond.) Located in the center of New Hampshire’s summer paradise is this Victorian beauty.
6 Madison Street, Laconia, NH
4 beds, 2 baths, 2,612 sq. ft.
Asking Price: $272,000
With that classic time period at the heart of its restoration, this spacious home has been lovingly updated to reflect the era of its 1890 construction.
Enchanting alcove with stained glass charm? Yep.
Doublewide pocket doors and towering windows? You got it!
All around historic charm? Oh my yes!
And there is just something about a bedroom whose walls break out of the modern cookie cutter square box, don’t you agree?
All of this with a charming porch…
…and a carriage house to boot.
Oh, one last thing. If you think this summery view of the lake is spectacular now… well, wait, just wait until fall.
Listing and photos courtesy of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Verani Realty.
AUTHOR SHANNON MCGURRIN GISH
Shannon McGurrin Gish is a New England transplant who was born and raised in the metropolitan area of Washington D.C. Along with her beloved husband and three treasured sons, she made her way to New Hampshire via residential stretches in Dallas, TX and Denver, Colorado.
When not obsessing over all things New England (historical homes, autumn festivals, and wicked good lobstah rolls), Shannon studies the intersection of art and peacebuilding in Cambridge, MA. “Forgive me for geeking out for a moment here,” she adds, “but there is a growing body of research demonstrating that architecture as an art form influences psychology, cognition, behavior, and overall health. That is why we feel drawn to certain structures and spaces; they appeal cross-culturally to our intuitive senses, not just our visual biases. And in nowhere is inspiring architecture more influential than in the home.”