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Home of the Week

June 1, 2014

Great schools, country life await in Bow, N.H.

A roomy, contemporary colonial home in a quiet bedroom community awaits a growing family in Bow, New Hampshire. Located in Merrimack County, this well-appointed home is handily located between Concord and Manchester, making it a commuter’s paradise for a professional couple with young children.

Built in 2000 by Lance McManus, a respected and highly regarded local builder, the home is beautifully detailed with red oak flooring, staircase, molding and custom cabinets; tray ceilings, and stained glass windows.

The beautifully landscaped property is within three miles of Bow’s elementary school, middle school and high school, a system rated in the upper echelon by greatschools.org. Bow is home to many ponds, rivers, and brooks, among other recreation sites supervised by a dynamic Parks and Recreation Department that offers activities for residents of all ages. Additionally, residents are served by three hospitals and the Baker Free Library. Residents of the community enjoy curbside solid waste collection and the protection of full-time police, fire and emergency medical services.

At 2,710 square feet, and situated on 2.13 acres, 98 Allen Road gives a family both privacy and room to roam.

Enter through a foyer featuring a cathedral ceiling and a dramatic red oak stairway, accented by a stained glass window.

In the fireplaced living room, you’ll find warm red oak flooring, as well as a custom red oak mantle and entertainment center. The fireplace surround is Vermont-sourced green marble, and the mantle features a lighted stained glass panel above and a thermostat-controlled Lennox pellet stove insert. The surround-sound system includes two Bose speakers and a pillared arch separates the living room and kitchen.

The ample kitchen is perfect for feeding a growing family, and is beautifully outfitted with red oak cabinets, pantry, island and molding, all built by a local craftsman. The Corian countertops provide easy cleanup and durability, and the first-floor laundry is right off the kitchen, linked to the second floor via a laundry chute. The floor is ceramic tile, and the appliances include a stainless steel Whirlpool refrigerator, gas stove, dishwasher and installed microwave. The home is equipped with central vacuum.

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