Community Profile

In the Greater Derry Londonderry towns you will find our communities offer a lot of what people expect to find in New Hampshire. Recreational resources, rich heritages and peaceful places where you will feel welcomed, are all in abundance in our beautiful southern region.

New Hampshire received its name in 1630 by Captain John Mason, one of the founders of Portsmouth. And just as Mason may have thought, we think New Hampshire is a beautiful state no matter what time of year. With its majestic mountains, large freshwater lakes, miles and miles of countryside, 18 miles of ocean coastline, and many historical sites boasting our proud heritage, New Hampshire is home. Its climate offers four distinct seasons that residents enjoy by finding recreational activities for them all. Many simple pleasures of life are easily found in New Hampshire.

ATKINSON

Town Website town-atkinsonnh.com
Incorporated: 1767
Population: 6,751
Square Miles: 11.2
2011 Average Single Family Home Sales Price: $298,973
2011 Tax Rate: $18.80/$1,000
Form of Government: Selectmen

The town of Atkinson was named in 1767 to honor Theodore Atkinson, a Colonel active in the French and Indian wars who owned hundreds of acres of farmland that would become this charming town. Atkinson is a small town offering many opportunities for picturesque moments, regardless of the season. During the winter children enjoy sledding, cross-country skiing, and searching for animal tracks in the woodlands. One glance in the large open fields shows us how spring brings forth much new life in this quaint town. In the summer, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and the town playgrounds are filled with children playing as parents watch over. As the cooler weather sets in, Atkinson becomes a town of beauty with roads embraced by trees bursting with color.

Easy to find and giving residents a respite from their day-to-day routines, Big Island Pond and conservation trails are frequented by many families. It is only natural that Atkinson residents benefit from this quiet, slower environment reminiscent of yesteryear. A few small shops offer all the basic staples of everyday living, including a handful of restaurants whose ambiances reflect the personality of Atkinson.

Atkinson's convenient location also makes it a very desirable place for commuters who want to live in a pretty little town and do not mind driving an hour to Boston or New Hampshire's ski country, and only 35 minutes to the Atlantic coastline.

AUBURN

Town Website auburnnh.us
Incorporated: 1845
Population: 4,953
Square Miles: 28.7
2011 Average Single Family Home Sales Price: $288,327
2011 Tax Rate: $18.94/$1,000
Form of Government: Selectmen

The Town of Auburn provides a perfect setting for those who like to explore. Rural surroundings filled with nature's beauty just naturally cause one to slow down and enjoy the best things in life. Only twelve miles east of Manchester, one of northern New Hampshire's largest cities, Auburn is far enough away not to get caught up in the busy pace of city living. The town itself, offers all the amenities one needs without venturing far.

A popular visiting spot in Auburn is Lake Massabesic. Covering an area of approximately 2,500 acres, the watershed supplies drinking water to more than 159,000 people in surrounding communities. Large and small mouth bass, white and yellow perch, and trout are found in the lake, while deer, fox, raccoon, and many bird species frequent the lake. If not sailing on the lake, residents enjoy hiking and mountain biking on the miles of paths that encompass the lake. The lakeshore provides many serene places to picnic and fish or even to just sit back and relax. The calming waters and beautiful views make the lake a peaceful destination.

Auburn also boasts the Massabesic Audubon Sanctuary that has 130 acres of fields and forests. From the Nature Center there is a 1.5-mile trail that loops around the property. The center offers many fun educational classes and camps for children, and opportunities for residents to get involved through volunteerism.

In addition to these two areas that can fulfill anyone's desire to explore, Auburn has many playgrounds, playing fields, and other recreational resources for residents to enjoy.

CHESTER

Town Website chesternh.org
Incorporated: 1722
Population: 4,711
Square Miles: 26.0
2011 Average Single Family Home Sales Price: $282,249
2011 Tax Rate: $24.66/$1,000
Form of Government: Selectmen

This rural town has seen tremendous growth over the last fifty years. Yet, little seems to have changed. Chester still maintains a sense of nostalgia and security as you see mile after mile of beautiful countryside dotted with lovingly restored farmhouses, and updated historic homes. You will also notice a number of operating farms within the boundaries of Chester. Equestrian, dairy and vegetable farms, Chester has a true sampling of them all. If you are looking to take up horseback riding or pick seasonal fruits and vegetables, do not hesitate to explore the resources within Chester's town borders.

Steeped in history and committed to bringing residents together this small town offers an abundance of active diverse clubs to join and organized town activities for individuals and families to enjoy. Getting involved with these organizations and supporting their events give members and participants a chance to truly connect with each other in this friendly community.

Conservation and recreation areas are just as important to the residents of Chester in maintaining the town's rural character as is its history. Chester Center has National Historic Sites on three of its four town center corners. On the northwest corner is the Village Church, built in 1773. On the northeast corner is the Village Cemetery. And the southwest corner hosts Stevens Memorial Hall, Chester's first building where annual town meetings were held. Today Stevens Memorial Hall is still a gathering place for a number of local groups and community activities.

DERRY

Town Website derry.nh.us
Incorporated: 1827
Population: 33,109
Square Miles: 35.4
2011 Average Single Family Home Sales Price: $195,287
2011 Tax Rate: $27.27/$1,000
Form of Government: Town Council

Derry is New Hampshire's fourth largest community. With a bustling downtown, high tech firms coexist peacefully with many quaint family-owned shops. And with most businesses conveniently located in town, the outlying areas of Derry offer rural charm and privacy.

Diversity is of abundance in the numerous activities and programs offered in Derry. There are several non-profit sports groups and organizations, like Little League and Girl Scouts that provide opportunities for involvement. With many playgrounds, a skateboard park, athletic fields, tennis courts, outdoor basketball courts, a public gymnasium, beaches with boat launches and concession stands, a splash pad, golf courses, a dog park, and many trails for hiking and biking, there is something to do for everyone. If quieter activities interest you, perhaps you will enjoy a visit to the Robert Frost Farm, Taylor Sawmill, Museum of History, Adams Memorial Opera House, or one of the town's libraries. Derry is known as the birthplace of Alan Shepard, the first United States astronaut in space; home to Poet Robert Frost and Trish Dunn-Luoma, a multi-medal winning Olympian; and many more notable people. This thriving town has also become popular for its excellent school system, which includes Pinkerton Academy, the largest private, independent academy in the eastern United States.

With the amenities of living in a large town just minutes away from any home, Derry offers residents many conveniences and choices.

HAMPSTEAD

Town Website hamsteadnh.us
Incorporated: 1749
Population: 8,523
Square Miles: 13.4
2011 Average Single Family Home Sales Price: $231,785
2011 Tax Rate: $22.28/$1,000
Form of Government: Selectmen

Despite its growth in the last decade, the ambiance and personality of Hampstead remains quaint and historic. There is a real sense of nostalgia in this town that has a lot of community spirit and a rich historic past. Small town Americana also comes to mind when describing Hampstead. As you drive down along Main Street you will notice stately trees and flowering landscapes, and get a feeling that a great deal of effort has been made to maintain this town's quaint center that is reminiscent of times past. The historic charm Hampstead offers, shows just how proud the residents are of their rich heritage.

Aside from Hampstead's town center, there are many other areas around town to explore. An extensive network of trails run throughout the town. The maintained trails are used year round for hiking, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. Additional recreational areas are Hampstead's ponds, public beach, playgrounds, ball fields, and nature park, Ordway Park. All these areas of town offer residents a chance to unwind and relax while enjoying the tranquility of a small town with many pleasing scenes.

A peaceful and generous community, Hampstead is ideal for raising a family and at the same time, perfect for retiring. Organized sports and activities are tailored for all ages. Young and old show their love for this town through their continuous involvement in town activities and politics. Hampstead's community spirit, generosity through volunteerism, and high standards for quality of life, make it a very desirable town to live in.

LONDONDERRY

Town Website londonderrynh.org
Incorporated: 1722
Population: 24,129
Square Miles: 42.0
2011 Average Single Family Home Sales Price: $256,598
2011 Tax Rate: $20.34/$1,000
Form of Government: Town Council

A growing town, Londonderry is an ideal place to live and work. The town's commitment to maintain its rich heritage is evident with its investments in protecting and preserving orchards, farmlands, historical sites, and open space for future generations to enjoy.

Proud of their comprehensive school system, Londonderry's High School Marching Band is the largest in New Hampshire and known throughout the country as a premier performing band that has had the opportunity to perform at many prestigious events. Londonderry's interscholastic athletic teams and extra-curricular activities are also known for their ability to excel. Community involvement is the key to this town and is shown by the strong support given to the schools and town activities.

A charming New England town, Londonderry offers residents many recreational activities such as, hiking, cross-country skiing, pick-your-own fruit and vegetable farms, and numerous organized sports leagues for all ages. An annual town festival called Old Home Day, concerts on the Common, and The Apple Way, a scenic byway, are just a few more ways residents enjoy this growing town. Somehow, amidst all these activities, Londonderry still offers a rural peaceful lifestyle.

Easily accessible to business centers, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and only an hour from Boston, many residents work outside of the town lines. Coming home to Londonderry at the end of the day and driving along its orchards and fields brings one comfort and confirmation that Londonderry is home.

WINDHAM

Town Website windhamnewhamshire.com
Incorporated: 1742
Population: 13,592
Square Miles: 27.2
2011 Average Single Family Home Sales Price: $403,217
2011 Tax Rate: $23.08/$1,000
Form of Government: Selectmen

Considered a rural haven, Windham is a quiet town that has been able to retain its country feel despite the steady growth of population the town has seen in the last few years. Orchards, farms, large open fields, wooded trails, beautiful ponds, and a desire to keep the country feel to this town, make residents of Windham claim their town is one of the best places to relax.

People are drawn to this friendly town by its thriving community support and dedication to provide a quality education for its children. The Windham school district's mission is to be a continuously improving learning community, providing quality services to enable all children to master the knowledge and competencies necessary to function skillfully throughout life. Putting this mission in to action, Windham recently completed construction of their own high school and opened in the fall of 2009 with its first students.

A number of historic treasures can be found within the town of Windham. Sites such as, Searles School, Searles Castle, the town center and museum, cemeteries, Griffin Park, and a number of old homes registered with the state of New Hampshire as historic, are of much interest to residents and visitors. And for those who are looking for a little more activity, athletic fields, playgrounds, scheduled events at the town common, and golf courses can all be found within Windham's borders. So whether you are looking to relax, or spend the day learning about the town's proud heritage, Windham is the place for a retreat.

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