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D.D. Bean and Sons Co.

 

Jaffrey is proud to be the home of D.D. Bean and Sons Co. the largest manufacturer of matches in the world.  Founded in 1938 by Delcie Bean the company is still going strong.  Their latest success is the manufacture of a match-tipped firestarter.   In the May/June edition of the Jaffrey Chamber of Commerce newsletter, Julia Bartlett, V.P. of Operations, said  "Firestarters are a popular product with campers and homeowners and a natural fit for our match-making production line."

The firestarters are made from wood fiberboards impregnated with paraffin wax, then a match tip is affixed to the end.  The firestarter is ignited by striking it on the striker strip included on the packaging.  The retail box includes twelve firestarters that burn longer than 15 minutes.  Because of the longevity of the burn it makes lighting fires easier than ever; one firestarter is sufficient to start a blaze rather than lighting several matches that burn out in seconds.  This new product was introduced at the 2017 Springfield RV, Camping and Outdoor Show and the response was overwhelming.  The "First Strike Firestarters" can be found for sale at local businesses like Belletetes, Heart Line Stop Shop, Achille Agway, Hamshaw Lumber, and Treehugger Farms.

For more information email info@ddbean.com

 

 

Lakes and Ponds

Located in the southern part of New Hampshire and and close to Massachusetts, the Monadnock Region is a favorite vacation spot.

This area is known for its majestic mountains, lush forests, and its most popular asset, the many lakes and ponds.  Whether they are seasonal or year round, homes on or near the water are the most sought after.  So if you can picture yourself on a sandy beach with warm summer rays bathing your body and a cool breeze blowing through your hair, we can help you achieve the dream.  We have listings in all price ranges.

We have an exquisite property on Thorndike Pond.  This welcoming year round home radiates character and charm. The open flow of the main living space boasts a bright, white kitchen with many quality details like open shelves, good storage and island with double sink.  Wooden high beamed ceilings and panel walls, all painted white, give a bright open feel to the design. There are gleaming knotty pine floors, a fireplace, and French doors opening to the lakeside view.  The landscaped grounds go right down to your private beach.  There are too many  amenities to list, so visit our website.  The photos below don't do this home justice.  It has to be seen to be believed.

     

     

     

As you can see this home is absolutely stunning.

The property pictured below is in Stoddard.  It is more modest in design but still very charming in it's own right.  A cozy 722 square feet, every inch has been utilized.  The open concept plan has a galley kitchen and room for a dining and living area.  There are two bedrooms, and a loft.  The windows and the wooden cathedral ceilings keep it bright and airy.  The fieldstone fireplace lends the room a warm and rustic feel.  This year round property has a screened in porch and a detached one car garage.  Although not situated on Island Pond, there is deeded access.  The pond is full of a variety of bass perfect for the person who enjoys fishing.  See photos below.

     

     

     

For more information on both of the above homes please contact Anna at 532-4486 or click on https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/

The next two listings are in Rindge.

This well maintained home includes a right to "use in common" a beach area and road to Lake Monomonac  which is just a short walk away.  This home has been in the same family since it was built in 1979.  There is a wonderful screened  in porch with seasonal views of the lake.  A wood/coal stove in the living room supplements the LP gas and FHA central heat.  There is great storage and work space in the raised basement with room for a boat or vehicle.  The property comes with most furnishings.  Move right in!

     

     

  

This adorable year round Bungalow is nestled in a small cove of Crowcroft Pond.  This pond has a sensitivity to nature.  The only motorized boats allowed are those powered by battery/electric. The NH Audubon Society owns and operates the Betsy Fosket Wildlife Preserve at the northern end where Crowcroft and Emerson Ponds meet.  Open concept kitchen, dining and living room, full bath and one bedroom are on the first floor.  Two more small finished rooms are in the lower level.  Each lower level room has a slider with views and easy access to outside.   Enjoy the sunsets from the closed-in porch or back deck.  Curl up in front of the wood stove on chilly nights.  Nature abounds in this tranquil spot.  See photos below.

     

     

  

Last but not least is this rough and rustic camp on Scott Pond in Fitzwilliam. Enjoyed by a family for over 20 years it is now time to find someone to transform it into a special seasonal getaway.    This property boasts 2 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths.  There's a lovely field stone fireplace with wood stove for cozy nights, and a screened in porch to enjoy the view.  Scott Pond is 150 +/- acres of shallow water just right for fishing and boating.  Not overbuilt this pond feels like being out in the woods yet it is close to roads and services.  If you are looking for a private, peaceful getaway, this may be the one.  See photos below.

     

     

  

For more information on the three properties above contact Gail Therriault at 532-4486 or click on https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TEAM Jaffrey Breakfast with superheroes on May 6th

Spring is officially here!  We know this because the fabulous folks at http://TEAM Jaffrey are starting their festivities.   On Saturday May 6th, they will be sponsoring "Breakfast with Superheroes".   Breakfast will be served during four seating times: 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.  Either before or after breakfast check out the free activities at Escape Hatch Books.  There will be face painting and other events that will be fun for the whole family.

At breakfast you can have a picture taken with your favorite superhero!  Costumes for both children and adults are encouraged.  Breakfast will consist of pancakes (with REAL maple syrup made locally), sausage, fresh fruit, juice and coffee.  The cost is 12+ $8.00 and 2-12 $6.00.  Children under 2 can sit on parent's laps. SEATING IS LIMITED AND RESERVATIONS NEED TO BE MADE IN ADVANCE.  There will be NO admittance at the door without reservations.  Tickets can be purchased at the TEAM Jaffrey office located in the basement of TD Bank Jaffrey (in the rear of the building), or on line with a credit card at the following link http://www.teamjaffrey.org/our-events.html

Come join the fun!

 

 

Spring cleaning your home

Last week we talked about spring cleaning outside. This week we'd like to address inside.  Spring cleaning is a daunting job, and if done thoroughly can take a long time.  First rule: Be gentle to yourself.  This doesn't have to be done in a day or a week.  Do what you can when you can.  Take breaks when you feel you need them.  Get family members to help. If you don't have any, perhaps you can barter with a friend, "I'll help you, if you help me."

Experts say it is beneficial to go through each room and make a list of what needs to be cleaned.  They say to focus on the high traffic areas of your home and ignore the rooms that see little use.  Having the right cleaning products is important.  An all purpose cleaner that works on everything from counters to glass is best but you may need some special cleaners like silver or brass polish, or an oven cleaner.  Make sure your cleaning materials are in good shape.  Working with old brooms or mops that are falling apart will make your chores more difficult and consume more time.

Start by getting rid of clutter.  If you don't, you'll only be moving piles from one part of the room to the other while you clean underneath.  Clean from top to bottom.  Dust ceilings, wipe down walls and baseboards.  Clean pictures and wash knick-knacks.  Wash windows and curtains, clean under furniture, and clean floors last.  Spot cleaning is a good idea.  Why shampoo the whole carpet if most of it's clean except for a few spots.

If you get really ambitious clean out closets and cabinets.  Whatever you do, don't get side tracked.  Don't take the time to look at old photos, read letters or your high school year book.  If you're cleaning your medicine chest, check for expired medications.  The same with a pantry if you have one.  Did those dusty cans of peaches expire last year?

Be ruthless when cleaning.  That basket of plastic flowers Aunt Trudy gave you 20 years ago and have been in a closet ever since.  Do you really need it?  That blue sweater; when did you wear it last?  The experts suggest that you have three piles; save, toss, donate/sell. 

When you're done reward yourself.    Whether it's as simple as  treating yourself to a hot fudge sundae, or something more expensive like a day at a spa, you've earned it!

Speaking of neat and clean-no spring cleaning needed here.  Check out this little gem we have for sale in Keene.  Built in 1895, this 3 bedroom, 2 bath home has been updated and remodeled but maintains it's classic charm.  The kitchen has been updated and brought into the 21st century with new stainless steel appliances. First floor laundry with new washer and dryer. Notice the newly restored wood floors - so shiny.  Also the gleaming wood work and freshly painted interior.  Immaculate! Open house this weekend!

     

     

For more information contact Curtiss  in our Keene office at 352-6030 or click on  https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/

 

 

 

 

Spring Clean up

Despite a snow storm just a few short weeks ago, it's beginning to feel like spring and there are chores to be done.  It's wise to get exterior things done before May and the start of black fly season.  Start by cleaning out  gutters and removing mulch covering tender perennials and herbs.   Do an inventory of garden tools, mulch, hoses, etc. to prepare for planting.  Check your air conditioners and service them if necessary.  If you have a squeaky gate or stubborn garage doors lubricate them.  Check window and door screens for holes and repair if needed.   Remove lint from clothes dryer's exhaust pipe.  Sweep your driveway to remove sand put down during the winter.  Last but not least, rake, rake, and rake some more!   A well maintained home makes an impression whether it's for sale or not.  Speaking of a well maintained home, we have one in Winchester  for sale.

Built in 1991, this quality built home has 3 bedrooms and 2 3/4 baths.   The kitchen and dining room are open concept in design but still give the feel of separate space.  Beautiful boxed in beams hold a brick fireplace.  Every detail in this warm, inviting and elegant home has been thought of.  This one is a must see as photos don't do it justice.   Reasonably priced.

     

     

     

For more information click on https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/ or call Anna at 532-4486.

    

Amazing Business Opportunity in Peterborough

We have a wonderful property just right for a small business!  It's conveniently located on Grove Street on a corner lot at the intersection of Route 101 and 202.  The traffic can be as heavy as 37,000 cars a day - just perfect for any kind of business .  The first floor presently has a reception area, conference room, two offices, kitchen and a half bath.  The second floor has a front and rear staircase, four offices and a full bath.  It's so cute, you may want to have your business on the first floor and a living area on the second.

Built in 1850 this is a real gem.  There is a built-in china cabinet, and a built-in cupboard with shelves.  Most of the floors are hardwood dating from the late 19th or early 20th century.  Crown molding, fireplace, chair rail, and French doors give this establishment character plus.  The six (panes) over six  and nine over nine windows reflect the building's past.  The charm is old but some of the mechanicals are new.  There is a state of the art propane furnace maintained by the manufacturer that is as efficient as they come.  Close to all the businesses Peterborough has to offer, this property is zoned multiple use, so let your imagination be your guide!

The pictures below show you what the possibilities can be!

     

                                           front                                            nicely sited                            view of intersection from house

  

                                                  built-in china cabinet, 9/9 windows           fireplace, built-in cupboard

  

                                                 turn-of-the-century hardwood floors         how cute is this little door?

So you see, this property has everything;  great location, multiple uses, antique charm, and efficient heating.  For more information contact Anna at 532-4486 or click on the following link https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/

 

Weather in New England

There are lots of expressions about weather in New England.  "March comes in like a lamb and out like a lion".  That seemed  accurate for this March.  We had warmer than usual temperatures in the beginning and 8 to 12 inches of snow on the 31st.  Mark Twain said "if you don't like the weather in New England, wait 10 minutes, it will change".  I overheard a woman at the supermarket tell a friend.  "My son said I'm lucky to live in New England because we can have four seasons all in one week!" How true.  Whatever the current weather, it can't last forever.  The snow we got a few days ago is all ready melting and before we know it, the ground will be ready to plant.

You don't need a lot of money or even a lot of time to create a nice yard.  Bulbs are inexpensive and come up year after year.  Perennial shrubs and flowers that grow large or spread, can be bought cheaply when they are small.  Ask friends and family members if you can have a clipping of any flowers/plants you admire from their outdoor space.  It just takes a little imagination.  Once you choose and plant what you want, you may start thinking of putting in a seating area.  Below are pictures of a small private yard in Fitzwilliam.  The owners put in a patio by simply placing flag stone over gravel.  No excavating or grouting required.  They dressed it up with lawn furniture and nice pottery.  Besides the landscaping in the front, their front porch is a welcoming place to sit and watch the world go buy.  Again, it's nothing pretentious or fancy, just tastefully done.

                         

                                  bright, comfy porch                   welcome to the inner sanctum             lovely shrubs and flowers

     

                                        front yard                             patio, urns, hot tub, and table                  lovely, private back yard

If you are in the market for a new home and like this yard, there is no doubt you will enjoy the house as well.  It is an antique charmer built in 1850 that is said to once have been on the underground railroad.  Don't let the age fool you though.  It's a perfect blend of old and new.  With 8 rooms, 4 bedrooms and 2 baths it's a perfect family home.  This property has been meticulously maintained and is in turn key condition.  See a few photos below.

     

                             lots of charm, lots of light                beautiful wide floor boards                    updated eat-in kitchen

For more information on this amazing home contact Anna at 603-532-4486 or click on the following link https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/

The Dublin Art Colony

Almost everyone is familiar with the MacDowell Art Colony, but many don't know about the colony in Dublin.  During the mid to late 1800s, the beautiful town of Dublin had become a summer haven for the wealthy, many of whom were patrons of the arts.  These affluent people encouraged writers and artists to summer in Dublin.  The most well known of these artists was Abott Henderson Thayer, who is said to have started the colony in 1888.  His patron was Mary Amory Greene who gave him 3 acres and a house in Dublin.  Thayer's life was tumultuous.  Born in Boston, he grew up in Keene, the son of a country doctor.  In 1875 he married Kate Boede and went to France to study.  Upon their return they settled in New York. The unfortunate death of two of their small children within a year of each other was too much for Kate.  She went into an asylum where she died of a lung infection in 1891.  While she was in the asylum Thayer hired Emma Beach to keep house and raise his surviving children.  Soon after Kate died he married her.

Thayer was considered eccentric, even for an artist.  In 1891 he and his family moved to Dublin year round.  He and his family slept outside under rough lean-tos 12 months of the year. He thought this would prevent them from getting tuberculosis.  There were no modern conveniences in his home as he felt that electricity and in-door plumbing broke the bond between man and nature.  Despite his idiosyncrasies, he was a confirmed naturalist and played an active role in preserving Mount Monadnock as a state park.

Thayer was one of the most famous artists of his time.  He was known for his paintings of angels and for his portraits of celebrities of the day, such as Mark Twain. Thayer died in Dublin in 1921 and is buried there.

Some of the homes built in the late 1800s by the wealthy summer residents still exist.  We proudly offer one of them for sale.  "The Thistles" is a gracious 1888 country estate built by the well-known ecclesiastical architect Henry Vaughn.   This 14 room Victorian echoes the romantic era of the Dublin Art Colony.  Besides the main house, there is a guest house, a studio, and a two story cottage that can serve as a rental property.  An indoor dog kennel, utility shed and 3 car garage complete the outbuildings.    All of this on 20 acres with magnificent views and landscaping.

  

Two paintings of angels by Abbot Henderson Thayer

Below are some photos of the The Thistles.

     

Three homes for the price of one

     

Loaded with antique charm

     

Amazing Views!

For more information contact Gail Theriault at 603-532-4486 or click on  https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/

   

 

 

Mountain Majesty

We are fortunate to live in one of the loveliest regions of New Hampshire.  If you enjoy hiking this is the perfect area for you.   Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey is said to be the most climbed mountain in the world but there are also two others; Temple Mountain and Gap Mountain.  This blog is about Gap Mountain.

Gap Mountain, located in Troy, got it's name for the saddle or "gap" between it's twin summits.  In the 1930s and 40s most of the northern part of the mountain was privately owned by a cattle and horse dealer.  Eventually the farm was purchased by investors for development.  They planned to build fifty houses and an exclusive ski tow, but instead put the land up for sale.  In 1973 a dedicated group of citizens formed the Friends of Gap Mountain (FOG) in hopes of preventing any development of the land.  They approached and were joined by the Forest Society and conservation began in earnest.  As the decades went by land was purchased through fund raising efforts and financial support from donors.  More generous people, too many to name, purchased land for the sole purpose of donating it to  the Forest Society.  One individual that stand's out  is John Noble, an attorney from Boston, who was one of New Hampshire's first conservationists.  In the 1920s there was talk of putting a hotel on the mountain so he bought the land to keep it pristine.  Fifty years later the 110 acre tract bought by Mr. Noble was donated by his daughter, Jane Fiske.  His early foresight in conservation was acknowledged by calling this tract the John Noble Memorial Reservation.

Today, thanks to FOG, the Forest Society and all the amazing donors, Gap Mountain is a beautiful place to visit. One of it's many attractions are the fabulous views of  Mount Monadnock and the surrounding area.  The remains of an apple orchard and prolific blueberry bushes that ring the edge of the north summit are reminders of the farm that was there almost 100 years ago.

We are proud to have a listing in Troy that has views of both Mount Mondanock and Gap Mountain.  Built in 1830 this Greek Revival styled home sits on 68 sprawling acres.  The living room offers a beamed ceiling and a brick fireplace.  There is a first floor bedroom with built-in drawers and a private bath.  Off the kitchen is a pantry, laundry and half bath.  A large detached garage, storage sheds and an attached screen porch are just part of the amenities.  This lovely home abuts the Gap Mountain Reservation and is only 10 miles from Keene for all your shopping and entertainment needs.  You can feel the love of all the lives that have come through here and this house's part in it.  It is a cheerful home that awaits the new owner to take the stewardship role into the future.  Are you willing, ready and able to do that?  If so Call Anna at 603-532-4486.  You can find more information about this historic home by clicking on https://hksassoc.com/ourlistings/.  See the photos of this property below.

 

       

 

Summer Dreams

This time of year  New Englanders snuggle in and enjoy (or at least abide)  the wintery weather.  A roaring fire, a cup of tea, and a good book are appealing as we look out at the snow covered scenery.  That lasts until the disappearance of the snow.  By that time most of us have a bad case of cabin fever and begin dreaming of warm summer days and the many beautiful ponds and lakes in our area.

Make your dreams a reality.  If you are thinking of buying a year round or seasonal home on the water, now is the time to start looking.  If you do, by the time Memorial Day rolls around, you'll be ready to enjoy the summer season.  The Spring market is always busy in real estate and waterfront properties are in great demand.  Competition can be fierce so beat the rush!

We just happen to have some lovely waterfront homes available in all price ranges.   The home pictured below is on Thorndike Pond.  Built in 1963 it boasts 2 bedrooms and 3 baths. ( If you need more bedrooms, no problem, it comes with a bunk house).  The property has been meticulously maintained both inside and out.  This well insulated home has newer windows, and updated mechanicals making it energy efficient.  The tasteful open concept design,  wide pine floors, fireplace, skylights, French doors and dozens of other details give it charm and character.  And the views?  Absolutely amazing!! Click here to watch the Movie!

 

Our next year round property is situated on Crowcroft Pond.  This will also be available soon.  This sweet Cape styled home, has 2 bedrooms and one bath, a nice little side porch, and fabulous views.  Crowcroft Pond is unlike many in the area.  Surrounded by the Audubon Society and conservancy land, and with limited access, it is peaceful and quiet with only electric motor boats allowed.  If you're a sportsman's you will enjoy both ice and summer fishing.  For the naturalist, enjoy the abundant wildlife.  Kayak up to the far end of the pond to another world of beavers, waterfowl, and beautiful marshlands.

 

This next waterfront is large and airy, with lots of windows that bathe the home in natural light.  This Chalet styled  home has soaring cathedral ceilings,  woodstove, loft, and a renovated kitchen which makes this property homey and elegant at the same time.  The finished walk out basement has an extra bedroom and bath as well as laundry.  Water ski in the summer and snow ski in the winter at Pat's Peak and Crotched Mountain just a short ride away. *Inside tip - this one only looks expensive!

  

The last  listing is seasonal and make for a great get away.  It not on the market yet but give Gail at the office a call if you want a preview and leave your worries behind!  

 Located on Scott Pond, this one is on it's own small lot, with 200 plus feet of level water front.  Part of the shoreline has a small sandy beach, while the rest is undeveloped and a perfect place to enjoy nature.  Fishing, swimming, and boating on this beautiful pond is a great way to beat the summer heat.   Built in 1942 this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom cottage has the charm of the true vintage home.  Fieldstone fireplace with woodstove insert and pond facing screen porch make this end of the road cottage a perfect, peaceful retreat.  There is a drilled well and NH State approved septic system in place.  Perfect if you should decide to make this a year round home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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