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Old 09-29-2020, 02:21 PM   #1
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Hi All,
We are planning to buy second home in the winnepesaukee area this winter. We want a single family home with easy lake access(nearby boat launch, beach, marina). We plan to ski in the winter, so we would like to be within 30 minutes of gunstock.
Any ideas on neighborhoods that would fit the bill?
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Old 09-29-2020, 02:24 PM   #2
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Hi All,
We are planning to buy second home in the winnepesaukee area this winter. We want a single family home with easy lake access(nearby boat launch, beach, marina). We plan to ski in the winter, so we would like to be within 30 minutes of gunstock.
Any ideas on neighborhoods that would fit the bill?
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Taxes will vary greatly so you may be able to up your budget if you bought in Moultonborough over Gilford for example because of the tax difference.
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Old 09-29-2020, 02:33 PM   #3
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Good point on the taxes, though it looks like Gilford is about 25 minutes closer to home, so something to consider. Thanks!
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Old 09-29-2020, 02:53 PM   #4
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Have you looked in Gunstock Acres in Gilford?
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Old 09-29-2020, 03:06 PM   #5
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Check Alton real estate. Lower taxes (compared to Gilford)and close to Gunstock.
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Have you looked in Gunstock Acres in Gilford?
Thanks! We did a brief drive through, we will have to check it out again. I canít seem to find any pictures of the beach...so it just makes me a little nervous.
Is there a reason why Gilford taxes are higher than other towns in the area?
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Old 09-29-2020, 06:28 PM   #7
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Thanks! We did a brief drive through, we will have to check it out again. I can’t seem to find any pictures of the beach...so it just makes me a little nervous.
Is there a reason why Gilford taxes are higher than other towns in the area?
Taxes are usually a direct result of school systems, and available public services such as sewer, town water, trash collection, etc.
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Thanks! We did a brief drive through, we will have to check it out again. I can’t seem to find any pictures of the beach...so it just makes me a little nervous.
Is there a reason why Gilford taxes are higher than other towns in the area?
Property (town) taxes in N.H. are based largely on property valuations. Therefore a town with miles and miles of waterfront, such as Moultonborough, have lower taxes because the tax base is so high, with owners of large waterfront properties paying a large percentage of the town taxes. Non- resident waterfront owners have the pleasure of paying big bucks, but are not able to vote at local elections.
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Property (town) taxes in N.H. are based largely on property valuations. Therefore a town with miles and miles of waterfront, such as Moultonborough, have lower taxes because the tax base is so high, with owners of large waterfront properties paying a large percentage of the town taxes. Non- resident waterfront owners have the pleasure of paying big bucks, but are not able to vote at local elections.
That makes a lot of sense, thanks. I know my local community inside and out, so Iím just trying to figure out the lay of the land by the lakes.
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Thanks! We did a brief drive through, we will have to check it out again. I can’t seem to find any pictures of the beach...so it just makes me a little nervous.

Is there a reason why Gilford taxes are higher than other towns in the area?
Not sure about the beach for Gunstock Acres, but as a Gilford resident, you would have access to Gilford Town Beach, the best on the lake, imho.


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Old 09-29-2020, 08:35 PM   #11
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Thanks! We did a brief drive through, we will have to check it out again. I canít seem to find any pictures of the beach...so it just makes me a little nervous.
Is there a reason why Gilford taxes are higher than other towns in the area?
Gilford has a fairly large tax base however the town has a no expense spared attitude. Next door Alton also has a good tax base with a lot of waterfront but the voters have a long history of being frugal. Hence a lower tax rate in Alton.

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Old 09-29-2020, 08:44 PM   #12
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Gilford has a fairly large tax base however the town has a no expense spared attitude. Next door Alton also has a good tax base with a lot of waterfront but the voters have a long history of being frugal. Hence a lower tax rate in Alton.

BTW, welcome to the Forum.
Thank you! I find that local people are the best way to find out about a town. I really appreciate the info!
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Lots of info on Gunstock Acres including a photo of the beach.


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What Sue Doe-Nym says is correct, and I would only add that the property of a Town is basically either private residential, or commercial. If a Town is fortunate enough to have a meaningful commercial base it will significantly reduce the impact on the private residential owners. Comparing bottom-line tax bills between Towns doesn't always represent an apples-to-apples picture, even though the money may be very close. A lot of undeveloped space may mean future housing, which may mean additional school children, which may mean additional taxes.

It is good that Momofthreema knows her community well because that will help when making decisions that involve taxes.
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All of the responses have been great. However, I would like to add a couple of suggestions. I have lived in Moultonborough for over 50 years both as a non- resident and now as a resident. Our tax rate is the lowest in the lakes region as previously mentioned, however, we also have some of the higher housing purchase prices. Is it worth having to spend an additional $25 -50K to get a lower tax rate? My other point I wanted to add is that Belknap county residents used to and hopefully still do get a discount for skiing Gunstock. Moultonborough is in Carroll County and not Belknap thus do not get any discounts. I hope other forum members can verify this. In any event, anywhere you chose up here will be wonderful.
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I'm getting a season pass at gunstock as a Belknap resident for the third year now and haven't seen a discount. That said, there is a Belknap county night where night skiing is either half price or buy one get one, so that might be whats left of the Belknap discount...
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All of the responses have been great. However, I would like to add a couple of suggestions. I have lived in Moultonborough for over 50 years both as a non- resident and now as a resident. Our tax rate is the lowest in the lakes region as previously mentioned, however, we also have some of the higher housing purchase prices. Is it worth having to spend an additional $25 -50K to get a lower tax rate? My other point I wanted to add is that Belknap county residents used to and hopefully still do get a discount for skiing Gunstock. Moultonborough is in Carroll County and not Belknap thus do not get any discounts. I hope other forum members can verify this. In any event, anywhere you chose up here will be wonderful.
Moultonborough houses are more expensive to purchase than other towns?
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I'm getting a season pass at gunstock as a Belknap resident for the third year now and haven't seen a discount. That said, there is a Belknap county night where night skiing is either half price or buy one get one, so that might be whats left of the Belknap discount...
Belknap County Days are scheduled at least monthly during the winter season and summer season. County Residents can purchase discount tickets for venues and activities at Gunstock or by ďFlexĒ passes at a reduced rate which allows them special discounts on many goods and serviced. Belknap County Days are held at least monthly during each operating season.
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Thanks everyone, this is all super helpful info as we start our search!
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We bought our home in Gunstock Acres in June and love it. Beach is small but nice. There is a picnic area and place to keep paddleboard as or kayak, and restroom facilities. Basketball and tennis courts also available for use.
Gilford beach is nearby and with sticker residents can use. Swim area there is much bigger.
Location is great for us as itís not our primary residence but an easy ride up 93. Close enough to the chaos of Laconia/weirs but far enough to feel secluded if thatís what your looking for.
Good luck in your search
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Weirs Beach Village - the balance of new construction homes are all pending, but there are a couple of resales. You’ll pay way less than 350k.

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