Blog :: 05-2009

The Changing Face of Cobbetts Pond in Windham NH

Cobbett's Pond, in Windham New Hampshire, has experienced a dramatic transformation over the past twenty years. The summer cottages and seasonal lifestyle have been totally replaced by upscale homes with year round residents.  

My great-grandfather's farm ran to the shore of Cobbetts Pond in Windham and my grandfather rented summer cottages along the shore. I grew up on Cobbetts and still live there today. The changes that are taking place along the shoreline are simply amazing to me.  The old summer cottages are being replaced by luxurious waterfront homes and the recession has had little impact on the pace of change.

A little history first: Cobbett's Pond was named for the Reverend Thomas Cobbet, a minister from Lynn and Ipswich, Massachusetts who received a grant of 500 acres on its northern shore in 1662. The first summer cottage was built in 1886. From then until the 1970's the pond remained largely a summer community with public beaches, a dance hall over the water and a thriving summer theater nearby. When I grew up on Cobbetts most of the residents disappeared after Labor Day. There were a smattering of year round residents but all my lake buddies were gone in the fall.

All that began to change in the eighties when a few cottages were demolished to make way for modest year round homes. The real change occurred in the early 1990's. Prudential Dinsmore Associates sold 3 waterfront lots on the "big pond" that had remained vacant for years.  The prices in the $225,000 to $250,000 range raised the bar at that time. At that same time, we also sold quite a few summer cottages in the $300,000-$350,000 range which were torn down for new upscale homes. This was the beginning of the changes on the lake. Today, it seems that a cottage is being torn down every time you go out in your boat being replaced by a lavish new home. 


The increased desirabilty of the town of Windham has raised the cache of Cobbetts. The main appeal is that you can enjoy waterfront living close to work. If you are going to make a large investment it is nice to know you can enjoy your lake house each and every day without having to travel two hours to the north. Many business owners and professionals from southern New Hampshire and northern Massachusetts call the lake home. A good many of the new homes are being built by Windham residents who want to stay in town but want to live on the water. Of course Boston is a straight shot down Interstate 93, less than 35 miles to the south.

The market for waterfront property on Cobbetts remains strong in spite of the current downturn. Waterfront properties that are priced correctly are selling to the pool of buyers who want to be on the lake.  

Imagine enjoying your "front" yard by the water as the warm sun rises over the lake while a Great Blue Heron flys by, low over the water.  Savour the drive home from work, turn onto your narrow road, knowing the day is done, and walk barefoot to a lakeside patio to enjoy the an evening cocktail. That is until the kids start begging to go tubing or water skiing. There is a firework display over the water on the fourth of July. Even the winter is enjoyable watching the carnival of ice fishermen, skaters and snowmobilers. This is lakeside living at its best and it all can be yours.

Cobbetts Pond is a 302 acre spring fed lake with an average depth of about 30 feet and with 50 feet being it's deepest. The "Big Pond" and the "Little Pond" are divided in the middle by the "Narrows" giving the outline the lake an hour glass shape. There is a seperate village district that taxes for lake improvements and water quality initiatives. All waterfront construction is governed by local Windham zoning laws and the state of New Hampshire Shoreline Protection Act.  More information about waterfront living in southern New Hampshire here. 

Overlooking the "Narrows" this exquisitely appointed residence offers crown moldings, hand-crafted cabinetry and designer fixtures. Incredible custom kitchen features granite and opens to the great-room which offers panoramic lake views. Luxurious master bedroom suite with fireplace an spa bath overlooking the water. Over 6,000 Sq.ft with ten rooms. 3 car attached garage plus a 3 car carriage house with an unfinished bonus room above. A unique lot with over 100 feet of frontage and offering beautiful views and sunsets.  Offered at $1,395,000. Click here for full details and more pictures.

Waterfront elegance can be enjoyed in this beautiful custom home. 114 feet of lake frontage allows you to enjoy sweeping lake views. Impressive entry with leaded glass doors and handsome wood and cast iron staircase design.  Designer kitchen with granite counters. Beautiful master suite and attached two car garage. Offered at $1,150,000. Click here for full details and more pictures.



See all of the current homes for sale on Cobbetts Pond in Windham NH.

Windham NH Flat and Fast 5K Race - June 7th

Prudential Dinsmore Associates is proud to announce that they are one of the sponsors of the upcoming Windham NH Flat 'n Fast 5K to be held at the picturesque Windham Rail Trail. This annual event is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2009. This is a fun event held on the paved Rail Trail that runs through the scenic woodlands of Windham NH with several tranquil ponds, rock gorges and abundant wildlife. The race starts at 8:30 with the walk starting immediately after the last runner. This event is sponsored by the Windham Rail Trail Alliance in conjunction with the Windham Recreation Department. Please check Cool Running for on-line registration.  Register online of on race day from 7:00 A.M. to 8:00 A.M. Certified 5K race starts at Roultson Road and finishes at Windham Depot. The course is fast, point to point, shaded with no cars, no intersection or hills. Free shuttle bus takes your from registration (near finish) to the starting line. Buses will run from 7:00 to 8:10. Entry fee is now $25 for and individual and $7o for a family. Click on the following link for full details of the event. Be sure to check out this great running-walking event in Windham, all for a good cause. Click here for a Windham Trail Map.

Salem New Hampshire: Much more than Horse Racing, Ferris Wheels, Shopping and a Hill of Mystery.

Dispatch from Salem NH: The outsiders who come to Salem for what they want and then leave might think they know the town.  Salem is much more than just strip malls and tax free shopping along Route 28, horse racing at Rockingham Park, a summer afternoon of amusement park rides at Canobie Lake, or a summer solstice experience at Mystery Hill. The people who actually call Salem home know that it is a place where lasting friendships are made in the neighborhoods around town.

I have to admit that I am not a Salem resident BUT my family was always closely associated with the town. For thirty years, my parents built a large number of homes in town on Mason Drive and in the Samoset Drive area. I graduated from Salem High School in 1975. The Blue Devils were a force to be reckoned with then as they still are now. I graduated with Billy Hagen who with his brothers contributed a lot to the Blue Devils success in the seventies. He is now the principal of the high school.  For many years Windham students have attended Salem High School but this tradition will all be phased out soon with the opening of Windham High School.  Gov. John Sununu was a prominent, long time resident of town and all of his children attended Salem NH schools and Salem High School.

Once you get off the main thoroughfares in Salem NH you'll find a town of quiet neighborhoods. North Salem is a more rural area. The lots are larger and the homes are more spread out in the subdivisions.  Arlington Pond is located here and offers a chance for waterfront living. Mystery Hill  "America's Stonehenge" is also located in North Salem NH and is a "quiet" tourist attraction. Nobody is quite sure how all the piles of rock came to be here and there are fierce debates over the origins of the place. In my humble opinion, the best explanation is that the "Culdee"  (which means companions of God) monks who were fleeing the Vikings, travelled from Scotland and Ireland to North America. Their ancient stone ruins are found throughout New England including over 250 stone beehive huts. Others are free to disagree. Also in North Salem, the Town Forest with nearly 4 miles of trails is one of the best kept secrets in the community. 

Canobie Lake is also located in Salem NH. The residents who live here enjoy the quiet ambiance that can only be found with lakeside living. Canobie Lake, unlike her more active sister lake Cobbett's Pond, boasts a nesting pair of loons. Of course, residents share the lake with Canobie Lake Park in the summer months. Along the shore you can find the massive stone remains of Searles Estate where it is said the local ministers used to preach to people in boats. Canobie is a wide and open lake that offers beautiful views from the homes along it shores. The best view is travelling along North Policy Street. For most of it's life this lake was know as Policy Pond but Windham residents and railroad officials had the name changed to Canobie in the 1880's.

Salem residents have always been actively involved with the community. The Salem Boys and Girls Club offers a beautiful facility that is the result of hard work and donations from local businesses and citizens. Salem property taxes are supported by a broad base of commercial real estate. There is a budget committee that is actively involved in overseeing town spending.

If you're looking for homes in Salem New Hampshire there is a wide variety available for sale. There are many neighborhoods where well cared for splits, ranches and capes can be found and then there are very exclusive and upscale neighborhoods.

You can read a complete profile on Salem New Hampshire at which includes links to just about everything you want to know including detailed Salem NH school information.