By Linda Greenstein
---- — The one-of-a-kind property on Big Island Pond, in income-tax-free Derry, N.H., is a hidden gem that offers everything from a stunning waterfront home on 13 acres to a heliport and a 1,000 square foot hanger. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Derry near the Hampstead line, close to major commuter routes and only 30 minutes to Boston or the Seacoast, this unique home features a serene waterfront location with a private sandy beach, two-bay boathouse, a spacious yard for entertaining, a waterfront deck, walking trails and even a seaplane ramp.
The Big Island Pond neighborhood is renowned for its natural beauty and recreations. The 500-acre pond offers swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, motor boating and water skiing. It is also home to a spectacular array of wildlife. Standing on the boat dock it is easy to be mesmerized by the natural beauty of the setting. It would be amazing to be able to walk out the door and kayak or swim in the tranquil water.
The spacious home is perfectly designed for its waterfront location. Oversized windows, glass doors and custom architectural elements come together to create a beautiful and spacious home that embraces the waterfront and forms a seamless indoor/outdoor lifestyle. Natural light and an open floor plan give the interior an airy feel. The family-friendly floor plan flows effortlessly and yet the openness and clean contemporary lines of the home are balanced by fabulous architectural details that define the spaces while allowing for magnificent water views from almost every room.
The main living level offers a large welcoming foyer with a beautiful tile floor and two large closets. To the left of the foyers is a great room with a built-in workspace, large windows with water views and two sets of glass doors that lead out to to a waterfront three-seasons room. This is an outstanding family space for everyday casual living.
To the right of the foyer is a sunny dining room that is wide open to a fireplaced living room and the enormous state-of-the art kitchen. This combination is perfect for year-round entertaining.
All the rooms offer gleaming hardwood floors, custom moldings and fabulous details. The fireplace is framed by two arched windows, with small stained glass details, that add just the right amount of light and style to the open space.
The eat-in kitchen is impressive with a large island that seats five comfortably and beautiful seating area in front of a bay window overlooking the waterfront. There is extensive workspace, plenty of storage in the handsome hardwood cabinets, a built-in wine rack, stainless steel appliances and gorgeous granite counters that tie all the elements together and echo the beauty of the natural surroundings.
Completing the first level is an attractive powder room and the large waterfront three-seasons room.
Up the extra-wide staircase is the extraordinary bedroom level with an extra room for a spacious home office or library.
The master-bedroom suite is dreamy. Located in its own wing, it features soaring vaulted ceilings, panoramic water vistas, a sitting room, a walk-in closet, an additional double closet and an appealing tiled en-suite bath with two built-in vanities and sinks. It feels as if the soaring space hovers over the waterfront and it would be incredible to watch a golden sunrise over the water from this astonishing suite.
There are two additional good-sized bedrooms, one overlooking Big Island Pond. Each has hand-scrapped hardwood floors and large closets. A spacious full bath is conveniently located next to these bedrooms.
A true bonus is the third floor loft. This is yet another soaring space with great views of the water. It could easily be used as guest space or perhaps a bedroom for a college-age student.
One of the special features of this property is its flexibility. It includes a four-car garage with an in-law apartment above. The one-bedroom apartment is beautifully finished with vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and glass doors out to a deck with picturesque water views.
The 1,000 square-foot-hanger, complete with a bathroom, is a perfect for car hobbyist or a professional that needs to store large vehicles. It could also work as a stable or barn with plenty of adjacent pastureland and nearby riding trails.
The list of amenities for the property is extensive including the 93-feet of frontage with a private sandy beach on sought-after Big Island Pond, boat mooring, double boat/slip dock, guest house, hanger, off-street parking for 10 plus cars, full basement with easy outside access, 7-zone heating, carefree siding, mahogany decks, a large landscaped yard and the state-registered helipad.
In immaculate, move-in condition, this home offers an unprecedented recreational lifestyle and the owner is sure to be popular with friends and family. The home, located in the desirable Pinkerton Academy school district, has extensive guest space including the additional family apartment. While the peaceful location feels rural, it is mere minutes from great tax-free shopping, restaurants and entertainment.
Marketed by Mary-Jo Driggers of Prudential Verani Realty at $975,000, this is a property that could not be duplicated at any cost in this serene and convenient location. It is such a special and expansive property that it needs to be seen and experienced in person to completely appreciate the architectural details, the openness, and amenities and of course the natural beauty of the waterfront. For an appointment to see the home, contact Driggers directly at 603-234-2812 or via email at email@example.com.