Spotlight: A Seacoast Guide For First-Time HomebuyersSeptember 14, 2018 / Uncategorized
Buying a house is a big deal, especially when embarking on your first home purchase. Whether you’re newly married and looking to start a family, or settled into the career of your dreams and ready to plant your roots, beginning your search for a home is an exciting endeavor. The seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine is loved by many for its proximity to the ocean, mountains, lakes, and popular cities all within reach. For first-time buyers, it can be challenging to find affordable homes in the epicenter of Portsmouth, but we’ve found some great options both in Portsmouth and beyond with small-town charm, while still having plenty of accommodations nearby. Here are a few of our favorites:
Portsmouth is full of life. The downtown area is increasingly drawing more small and large businesses to set up shop here, making it one of the most popular towns on the Seacoast. Enjoy great food, live music, art, theater, and history all while taking in the ocean air. Although many home prices certainly reflect the high-demand to live here, there are affordable neighborhoods throughout the town. For single-family homes close to downtown, we suggest checking out the Atlantic Heights neighborhood off of Market Street, or exploring the cluster of neighborhoods nestled between Woodbury Ave and Maplewood Ave (some “gems” include Diamond Drive, Ruby Road, and Sapphire Street). A ten-minute drive south of town brings you to the Elwyn Park neighborhood, or the newly developed Portsmouth Green area, where you can enjoy more affordable homes conveniently located near grocery stores, fitness centers, a variety of restaurants and a movie theater. Click here for our guide to Portsmouth!
While you may not want to give up the idea of living in Portsmouth, Stratham is now considered a suburb of Portsmouth. Located just a few minutes away, Stratham offers more home for your money with great schools and many riverfront homes. To read our complete guide to Stratham, click here for more insight into the local scene and backstory of the town.
Although further inland, Dover is another great small town only 15-20 minutes from Portsmouth with plenty to do. The scenic Cocheco River flows right through the center of town, where you’ll find a variety of eateries, shops, yoga studios and the newly renovated Henry Law Park. There is an abundance of small neighborhoods that branch off Central Ave., with homes in the northern stretch being closer to grocery stores, gyms, bowling, and the hospital. Atlantic Ave., just slightly northeast of the downtown center, is an example of an affordable, conveniently-located neighborhood for first-time buyers. Read our complete guide to Dover here.
Kittery & Eliot, ME
Alternatively, if you want even closer access to Portsmouth and are willing to cross the Maine border, , Kittery Foreside is a lovely little area with a few local shops and restaurants located just over your choice of 2 convenient bridges to Portsmouth. Kittery is quickly growing and developing its commercial district and we predict it to continue to grow off of State Road/Route 1 corridor in the near future. Although there are a few small neighborhoods within walking distance, there are some great areas a bit further north such as Kittery Point, or heading west into Eliot, that are great for your first home. Here, you’ll enjoy being minutes away from the sought-after Kittery Outlets, Fort Foster and resident-only beaches, while still enjoying a peaceful, private setting. We also love how easy it is to travel up the scenic coast for day trips to York or Ogunquit Beach, or head to Portland for a weekend in the city! Read more about Kittery and learn all about Eliot here!
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As always, we would be happy to discuss what you’re looking for and share our insight with you on what areas may align with your needs and budget. Contact us when you’re ready to begin!
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