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Real Estate Corner: Survey says people prefer pedestrian-friendly communities
Americans made two things very clear in the latest biennial Community Preference Survey by the National Association of Realtors: They want to live in walkable neighborhoods, and they care more about neighborhood than house size when deciding where to live.
According to the survey, it’s a suburban neighborhood with a mix of houses, shops and businesses. The kind of neighborhood they prefer least? A suburban neighborhood with houses only.
Most people said they would trade a big yard for a small yard if it meant living in a community where they would have a shorter commute to work (57 percent), could walk to schools, stores and restaurants instead of needing to drive (55 percent) or could walk to parks, playgrounds and recreation areas instead of needing to drive (53 percent).
Sidewalks and places to walk were rated either very important or somewhat important by 80 percent of survey participants. High-quality public schools (rated very important/ somewhat important by 74 percent) came next, but was followed by being within easy walking distance of other places and things in the community (rated very important/somewhat important by 69 percent).
The Navy hopes to find someone interested in developing “the Castle,” the former naval prison that shares Seavey Island with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.READER COMMENTS: 0
Although it's still a work in progress, the proposed renovation/expansion of the Balsams Grand Hotel Resort now has the support of Gov. Maggie Hassan and U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte.READER COMMENTS: 0
Police and fire officials used a thermal-imaging camera to find a pet cat that was accidentally left behind when the owner's home was foreclosed on.READER COMMENTS: 0
Bob Bahre says he loves New Hampshire, a state he called home when he created what became New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. But his family no longer needs the sprawling lakefront property he...READER COMMENTS: 0
The 99-year-old brick theater at 53 Water St. was listed for $499,900 with Ruffner Real Estate on Feb. 3.READER COMMENTS: 0
For the third consecutive winter, the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel remains shuttered.
Home & Garden
Home & Garden
Construction on the Braemoor Commons senior housing development is underway and is getting high marks from some Planning Board members.READER COMMENTS: 0
Hillsborough pewterer continues an age-old craft.READER COMMENTS: 0
Dave Adams and his wife, Debby, were only in their 20s when they bought the old house at 210 Gates St. in the South End in 1974.READER COMMENTS: 0
What's our winter constant?READER COMMENTS: 0
Brief items of interest to New Hampshire's gardeners.READER COMMENTS: 2
New Boston hydroponic farmer produces year-round.