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If you're looking for a house on the water in New Hampshire, who says you have to pay millions and millions? How about half a million?
There is a new listing on Realtor.com brokered by Kerri Jenkins with Keller Williams Coastal Realty in Barrington that at first glimpse I thought, whoa! That's a lot of money for a really small house, but then, I took a closer look.
This is the front of the house. Small right?
But wait.... Here's the back of the house. Can you see yourself sipping your coffee at this table overlooking Ayer Pond in Barrington? Maybe a croissant with a little homemade jam on the side. Beautiful.
The inside is lovely too! Look at the living room! The house has had the same owner for the past 37 years and they have taken really good care of it.
I love a woodstove. This really sells it for me. The place isn't that big, so a nice wood stove in the middle of the living space is perfect!
The property is located on a pond, but this looks like a lake to me.
C'mon now. See why this place is just shy of half a mil? GORGEOUS!
There is an open house for this property on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until noon, so if you are interested, make plans to go and I'll see you there!
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