Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor

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Researching Your New Town

Southern New Hampshire is a great place to live.  Because of its attractiveness, every year many people move here from other states.  Others move from one town to another within New Hampshire.  This article is for those who are thinking of moving and who want to know about the city or town to which they are considering relocating to.

You may get an impression of a town by driving around, checking local newspapers for recent articles (easily done online), looking at its entry in Wikipedia, etc.

You can get more in-depth background information by checking some of the community statistical websites that are available.  The state of New Hampshire’s Community Profiles site is a good place to begin looking.  This website has basic city and town economic and statistical data such as tax rates, population characteristics, distance to major cities, lists of major employers and recreational opportunities, etc. has a wealth of details that can answer just about any question you may have on a town’s population, home values, crime, employment, weather, education, health, etc.  It even lists the radio stations that offer the best reception.  Unfortunately, the ads can be a little distracting, but the charts and graphs make many of the statistics much easier to understand than plain statistical sites.

Another website,, offers a lot of information a soon-to-be homeowner may want, such as contact details for town schools and departments, the names of utility companies, and each town’s URL.

Knowing that many house hunters are interested in the character of a community, the company I am affiliated with, Prudential Verani Realty, recently launched town websites to not only present facts, but to give some of the “flavor” of each town in its service area.  Videos presenting a tour through the town, photos of well-known sites, and reviews of restaurants, stores, etc., helps one get a more complete picture of the locality.  These features are complemented by up-to-date information on each town’s housing market and links to homes for sale by type and price range.  To access these town sites, visit the main Prudential Verani site and scroll down to the “Popular NH & MA Towns” section.

For information on schools, please see my Checking Up on School Systems blog.  For information on property taxes, see my NH Property Tax Rates blog.

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The Portsmouth Air Show

PLEASE NOTE:  There was no air show scheduled for 2013.  The organizers had decided on  holding airshows every other year: 2014, 2016, etc.  With recent federal budget cuts, future air shows ae in jepardy.  See the Portsmouth Herald article “Air show at Pease in jeopardy after federal budget cuts” via this link.

This blogpost is about the 2012 airshow.

 This year the Portsmouth Air Show takes place at Pease Airport in Portsmouth the weekend of June 30th – July 1st.  A lot of work has gone into planning this year, and the show will be bigger and better than ever.  The Blue Angels will be the highlight of the show, which will also feature the Black Diamond Jet Team and the Army’s Golden Knights Parachute Team. 

Several celebrated aerobatic performers will participate, including Sean Tucker, Michael Goulian, and wing walker Jane Wicker.  Many WWII fighter aircraft will be giving flight demonstrations, such as a Corsair F4U-5, a P-51 Mustang, a DAV B-25 Panchito, a TBM-3E Avenger, and a NHANG KC-135 Stratotanker.  Many armed forces and civilian planes will be on display, including a B-52,  an F-16, a Lear Jet, a T-1 Jayhawk, a UH-60 Blackhawk, a C-17 Globemaster, and civil air patrol planes.

Advanced tickets – starting at $ 20/day for adults and $15/day for youths aged 6 to 11 – are available by clicking here.  For complete details about the Service Credit Union Boston-Portsmouth Air Show, check out their website.

Fuller Gardens

New Hampshire is fortunate to be the home of Fuller Gardens, one of the few examples of a formal estate garden in New England.  Fuller Gardens was originally designed as part of the summer estate of Massachusetts’ Governor Alvan Fuller’s family in the 1920’s and 30’s.  It was developed by noted landscape gardener Arthur Shurtleff, the Olmstead Brothers of Boston, and Cherry Hill Nurseries.  It abounds in over 120 different varieties of roses, whose 1,700 plants bloom from early June through October.  Mature tree peonies, a Japanese garden, a koi pond, sculpted hedges, a hosta garden, and a tropical plant conservatory make this an oasis of horticulture near New Hampshire’s seacoast.  Its distinctiveness makes it a frequent locale for wedding receptions, social events, etc.

Be sure to visit the well-stocked gift shop when you go; Fuller Gardens, a nonprofit organization, is dependent on admission fees, sales from the gift shop, and donations to carry on its operation.  Its hours are 10AM – 5:30PM daily from mid-May through mid-October.  It is located at 10 Willow Avenue, near the intersection of routes 111 and 1-A in North Hampton.  More information may be found on its website.