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Old 08-10-2016, 11:10 AM   #1
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So after some saving and scrimping we have been able to buy a second home in an association on the lake!! We close end of month so still have a little to get through.

Any way my wife and I as well as our whole family are extremely excited. My question is since it is not actually lake front but has lake access, beach and a dock, can we call it our lake house? I think so, but wasn't sure if the purists would call us out

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Old 08-10-2016, 11:20 AM   #2
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Congrats on the purchase. Went through the process about 3 years ago. I think you are well within your "rights" to refer to it as a lake house (at least in my opinion anyway). Where did you buy?
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Thanks for the reply that's what I thought! We bought in Wolfeboro
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Old 08-10-2016, 11:34 AM   #4
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Congrats on the vaca home! I'm sure it gives you a great sense of happiness, pride, & accomplishment!! As such, you can call it anything you like...it's yours!!

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Congratulations on the purchase of your new lake house!
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Of course you can--congrats!

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It's yours, call it whatever you want!

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I checked the internet second home by-laws, section 112c parts ii and iv, and you have to call it your "lake-access house" (you actually have to say: "lake hyphen access house" or "lake minus access house"). So sorry.

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Thanks for the reply that's what I thought! We bought in Wolfeboro
Everyone thinks if you live in Wolfeboro, you are rich. So enjoy the notoriety even though 90% of the town looks pretty much like the rest of NH and a few streets rival Farmington and other garden spots.
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Coming from the Midwest, we have always called our place on East Bear Island the cottage. Neighbors refer to their place as their camp, or their lake house. Whatever you call it, it's heaven. 🐻
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Everyone thinks if you live in Wolfeboro, you are rich. So enjoy the notoriety even though 90% of the town looks pretty much like the rest of NH and a few streets rival Farmington and other garden spots.
That's funny because I'm feeling pretty darn broke right about now
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My great grandfather built his cottage on Winni for a total cost of about $1,000. It's worth a million today. If you are feeling poor, just think about the appreciation you will get in 125 years.
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"Lake House" is perfectly fine.

Other terms I've heard:
  • Cottage
  • Camp
  • Cabin
  • Money Sucking Dwelling near the Water

But most importantly 'Mine'!

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So after some saving and scrimping we have been able to buy a second home in an association on the lake!! We close end of month so still have a little to get through.

Any way my wife and I as well as our whole family are extremely excited. My question is since it is not actually lake front but has lake access, beach and a dock, can we call it our lake house? I think so, but wasn't sure if the purists would call us out

See you soon!
I have a similar scenario at my house in Gilford. We are about 200 ft from the lake with association access to the lake, a small semi private beach and dock. My family expert 3 yr. old Gabby is constantly asking me when we can go to the "lake house" She is the family Princess and so she what she says goes. :-)

So there you have it. Call it your "Lake House" and Cherish every minute you can spend there. I for one feel the tension drain right out of me as soon as I get in the car to head to mine.

Best of luck with your new home!

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Old 08-10-2016, 02:43 PM   #15
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Congrats on your new "Lake House"!!! (of course that's alright! It's your house at the lake after all! )

Hope you make lots of great memories there!!

Enjoy!

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Congrats Stephen O

I think only outdoorguy would try to deny you the privilege of the moniker "lake house".
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Welcome to the lake and welcome to the Forum.

I remember a conversation many years ago with a client from NY. I said "camp" and they noted that nobody around here has a "lake house", it's always a "camp". I then noted that it wasn't really mine, it was a "family place". They said that was something else they noticed. "Nobody ever owns anything here--it's always a "family place".

So I guess it's a matter of your own jargon. If you say "lake house" to me, I'm pretty sure you're not from NH. If you say "camp", I'm pretty sure you're at least second generation, or you have kids who will be, and you've been in NH a couple of decades.

If you say "cottage" I'm pretty sure it's on the mainland and has more than four bedrooms, or at least a guest house. (A guest house is different from a "bunk house" of which most island camps have at least one. Lower taxes and more privacy from/for the kids.)

As I think about it, we mostly talk within the family about going to "the lake"; sometimes, to others, we say we have a camp on a lake If we want to brag, we just say "We have a place on Lake Winnipesaukee. "Place" is perfectly vague.

Summary, I think "Lake house" says you're not from NH, but it is yours and you can call it anything you like.

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If you say "T'warn't easy to buy" I'm pretty sure you're from Farmington. Nobody says "t'warn't" anymore. A definite linguistic lacking.
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Just saw this in a current post in another thread. Poster is from VT and M'boro.
"In addition to using it at our camp on Winni, we have a family place on Mascoma Lake"
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Just saw this in a current post in another thread. Poster is from VT and M'boro.
"In addition to using it at our camp on Winni, we have a family place on Mascoma Lake"
Since this was me in the other thread I thought I would elaborate. For our camp in Moultonboro, when we are at the lake we will refer to it as "camp" but when we are home in VT, or anywhere else, we generally just say "the lake". This has evolved over the years, when my mom was growing up it was "Aunt Hattie's", when my grandparents were alive and owned it, it was strictly camp.

On Mascoma, it is my grandparent's camp where they live for the summer. So since it is still their camp we are more likely to say "a family place", but it also gets called camp.

I found it interesting when I was in college that friends from NYC and LI thought camp meant no running water or electricity. So they were very surprised when they came to visit and found a fully functional house - that they would have referred to as a "lake house".
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Way I look at it you have a lifetime to figure out what to call it, and of all the problems in life you can possibly have, this is one many would love to have. There is however another much bigger problem that is extremely difficult to overcome, leaving to go home!

Congratulations on your purchase, there is nothing quite like finally living a dream you've worked so hard to accomplish.
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Stephen- it's your place and call it what you want. No politically correctness needed or expected. Enjoy! !!!!

I live here... I am always Upthesaukee.
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We call ours "The Lake House" and we have to walk out on the front lawn to see the lake.... so don't sweat it. After you are settled, there will be one day when you are sitting in your new (to you) lake house and have this overwhelming feeling of peace. This lake that we all love, and the surrounding mountains have a profound ability to improve your outlook on life. Congratulations....you have arrived!!

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We have a house and it is on the lake, so it never occurred to us to call it anything but that. This is an interesting thread and, of course, I know the other terms people use for their homes. I never realized the terms were regional variations.

Anyway, congratulations on your new residence and call it whatever you wish.
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I've been thinking about this, and what we say depends on the situation (as mentioned above). We're going to the lake or up to camp or we have a place on Winnipesaukee (Winni sounds too high-falootin' to me) or my wife is up at camp...

I guess the only thing we DON'T use is lake house!

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My daughter in law calls my house the camp...central AC, granite kitchen 2 baths, 3 bedroom and a block from the lake...I don't...I call it my second home up the lake...congrats! Call it whatever you like, and enjoy the hell out of it
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Our 3 year old grandson , Blake, refers to our island place as " the Blakehouse"...hmmmmm.
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So after some saving and scrimping we have been able to buy a second home in an association on the lake!! We close end of month so still have a little to get through.

Any way my wife and I as well as our whole family are extremely excited. My question is since it is not actually lake front but has lake access, beach and a dock, can we call it our lake house? I think so, but wasn't sure if the purists would call us out

See you soon!
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