New Hampshire’s Most Expensive Home Is a Spectacular $19.5M Lakefront Estate

04.12.2020
New Hampshire’s Most Expensive Home Is a Spectacular $19.5M Lakefront Estate
A relatively new house designed to look old is the most expensive home in all of New Hampshire. The Granite State’s priciest place is available for $19.5 million.
“It was designed to look like it had been here for hundreds of years, and it’s designed to last for hundreds of years,” says listing agent Jamieson Duston. “It definitely has a nod to some of the old-school lake houses of the past, back to the grand time on the lake in the 1920s and ’30s where people would literally visit each other by boat.”
Built in 2006, the 17,771-square-foot house is on Springfield Point Road in Wolfeboro. The sprawling house sits on 7 acres on the banks of Lake Winnipesaukee with 841 feet of water frontage.
There are a whopping 37 rooms, including eight bedrooms and 11 bathrooms.
“It’s almost hard to comprehend the scale of the house until you’re in it. The pictures just don’t do it justice. It’s pretty amazing,” Duston says. “I would sort of call it a rustic elegance. It has that sort of old-school lake house feel, but it’s really warm—and despite its size, it feels cozy inside the house.”
Designed for multigenerational family use, the house features multiple wings for sleeping and common areas for socializing.
 
"It’s got a 30-foot vaulted ceiling and a stone fireplace that’s sort of the showpiece of the house and kind of the anchor of the house," Duston says.
The great room opens to the kitchen and dining room.
“When you start walking through the house, you realize everyone really has their own space. The house was designed to host family and friends and give everyone a sense that they’re in their own space, so everyone’s not on top of each other,” Duston says. “Every room has a purpose and thought behind it.”
And if your space needs require an adult beverage, there’s a wine area with storage for 900 bottles and a separate tasting area.
The guest wing comes with a separate entrance, which also adds to the spacious feel.
“One of the things that makes the house special is you could really have two large families living in this house, and they’d almost never run into each other unless they wanted to,” Duston says.
The place has so much privacy and separation for guests, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy once vacationed there with the mansion’s former owner.
The main floor features a large entryway where a four-story mahogany spiral staircase plays a starring role. It also showcases the home’s massive scale.
“You only realize when you’re in the space, and you look around, that you’re in this enormous room, and a light fixture you are looking up at is eight and a half feet tall by four feet wide,” Duston says. “You start to wonder what it would have taken to actually produce that sort of a fixture.”
For those who don’t want to climb the stairs, there are two elevators in the house.
A new owner will also never be far from a snack. Kitchens are located in the main part of the house, on the lower level, in one guest wing, and on the third floor.
“The main kitchen in the house is pretty spectacular. It’s all Wolfe and Viking,” Duston says. There also are two butler’s pantries and an abundance of seating.
Source: realtor.com
 

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