Properties in Barrington, Wolfeboro and Alton go on the market for millions
By MICHAEL COUSINEAU
New Hampshire Union Leader
March 15. 2017 11:47PM
This Wolfeboro home is going on the market for $11.9 million, making it the most expensive residential listing in the state. (COURTESY)
A 600-acre estate in Barrington complete with a chapel, trophy room and observatory with a movable roof is going on the market for $9.95 million this week.
Or for $2 million more, you can buy a lake home with 7 acres and 600-plus feet of frontage on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro — the priciest single-family property for sale in New Hampshire.
Or you can purchase one or both Bahre family properties in Alton that once carried separate pricetags of $24 million and $25 million for only $9.9 million each.
“It’s clearly going to take a special buyer because there aren’t that many $10 to $12 million buyers coming to Winnipesaukee that I have seen,” said Susan Bradley, a broker associate at Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage in Laconia, who has the Wolfeboro listing.
“There’s not a lot of activity at that price tag,” Bradley said.
Real estate agents for the Barrington and Wolfeboro properties expect the eventual buyers will come from out of state.
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The Barrington property, known as Coot Farm at 84 Canaan Back Road, offers 12 miles of trails and nearly 15,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms, seven baths, a library and indoor swimming pool. The property also features several buildings, including an office/caretaker’s house with three bedrooms and another two-bedroom home used as a rental.
“It’s not going to be easy” to sell, said listing agent Linda Rosenthall of Four Seasons Sotheby’s International Realty in Bedford. “It’s a price point that hasn’t really been attained, not in recent years not being waterfront.”
She said “it’s a very comfortable home, but it’s a great entertaining home. You’ve got all this land and it’s a unique property.”
Rogers and Carla Williams own the property. Mr. Williams is a descendant of Roger Williams, who founded Rhode Island.
Mr. Williams, who owned extensive Coca-Cola bottling facilities, was an avid game hunter with a trophy room that includes a stuffed lion, Rosenthall said.
The original home “burned to the ground” around 1997 and was rebuilt a few years later.
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The Wolfeboro property at 144 Springfield Point Road is priced at $11.9 million and occupied by a family year-round.
“That’s typically not the case,” she said, noting many lakefront properties are the owners’ second or third homes.
Bradley said she’s had inquiries and plans to show the property soon, including to a man in his 60s.
In Alton, former Loudon speedway owner Bob Bahre and his wife, Sandy, put their Longview estate at 144 Hopewell Road on the market in early 2014 for $25 million. Their son, Gary, listed his mansion next door for $24 million.
The prices for each have dropped over the years, and were slashed by $3 million last month to $9.9 million each.
The larger home, owned by the elder Bahres, features seven bedrooms and 16 bathrooms and 38,196 square feet on about 9.5 acres.
The younger Bahre’s house offers five bedrooms and 10 bathrooms within its 24,833 square feet on about seven acres.
Both include shoreline along Lake Winnipesaukee.
The Wolfeboro property is “very different than the Bahre property,” Bradley said. “It’s more lakeside and less formal. It’s just a whole different type of home than the Bahre property.”
Bradley said she was impressed by the quality of the workmanship in the Wolfeboro home.
“I think the woodwork, the interior detail is something you just don’t see,” Bradley said.