Post # 1
My fiancé and I are originally from Connecticut and we have been living in Florida for 2 years now after moving here for me to go to nursing school. We are having fun in Florida but do not think we want to stay here forever. We are really missing the Northeast/New England but Connecticut is so expensive. Taxes are so much there and we are just not really looking to go back. We are looking at New Hampshire as an option, more specifically the southeast area. Close to the ocean, close to Maine, and close to Boston.
Any bees live in this area or elsewhere in New Hampshire that you recommend? Do you not recommend it?
Anyone just love where they live anywhere in New England? Please share!
Post # 2
Not anymore but lived in NH for a few years. We both looooved it and have a plan to get back there as our permanent home within 3-5 years. We loved it so much we had a semi destination wedding and got married in the Lakes Region in NH. We currently live in the DC area. im originally from MA and would be happy to live there as well but my husband far prefers NH.
Post # 3
littleanchor: which area of NH did you live in?
Post # 4
tarynk35: this isn’t really helpful at all, but I had to pop in and say that I went to college in NH (not the southeast though), and I loved it, and miss it a lot!
Post # 5
tarynk35: I grew up in New Hampshire, and have the best memories! I loved living there; I never appreciated it much as a kid, but now I look back on my childhood/high school years with a lot of fondness. My husband is from CT, and loves city living, so I highly doubt we’ll end up back in NH, but I can’t think of a better place to live or raise a family.
I lived in Nashua until I was 10, then moved to Hollis – which is the best little town. My grandparents lived in Windham for a long time, which is also a nice town. Obviously, Portsmouth is beautiful too – and tons to do! I have family all around NH, so if you have any towns you’d like to know more about, I’d love to help!
We live in Boston now, but still spend time in NH to go skiing (North Conway area is wonderful), the beach, etc. It’s such a great little state, but totally underrated!
Post # 6
We live in Maine and love it. It’s not for everyone I’m sure, but I could never imagine permanently leaving. It’s so beautiful here! ☺️
Post # 7
ellyd23: it is helpful to know that you loved it and miss it! Thanks!
annb9: Thank you so much for all of your help! I will keep you in mind. We are planning to try and take a trip there in October and just kind of explore the state a little and look into some towns so when we are more set on where we are going to look, I’ll contact you! I’ll look into the towns you sent me already as well. Thanks!!
may16bride: oh my gosh Maine is sooo beautiful! That is one of the reasons I want to go to NH! We just don’t want to be too far to drive to CT for a weekend if we felt like it.
Post # 8
I grew up in Southern Rhode Island, and then went to school in Boston, and am now living in Providence, RI. It’s so lovely here 🙂
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2017 - Vineyard on Long Island
tarynk35: I lived in Waltham, MA but worked with tons of people who commuted down to MA from southeastern NH. They loved that the cost of living was low and that they had plenty of space. They almost *almost* convinced me to move myself up there, but I moved down to RI instead. As much as I never thought I’d say it, RI has actually grown on me quite a bit. I’d imagine working in CT and living in RI has the same advantages as working in MA and living in NH — higher income and lower cost of living.
Post # 10
I’m in Dover, NH! LOVE LOVE LOVE livng on the Seacoast. I just graduated from UNH in Dec. and my fiance grew up on the seacoast so we have no plans on going elsewhere anytime soon! I grew up in Florida after being born in MA and missed the seasons and the mountains, but leaving the beaches was hard. But the seacoast is like the best of both worlds- we’re twenty minutes from the NH and Maine beaches and a quick drive to the mountains too! Not to mention we’re close to Boston so we can catch Bruins games. I would 100% recommend checking out the seacoast area!
Post # 11
I’m from Portsmouth NH and it is absolutely AMAZING. housing is expensive now because the area is blowing up (it was a local secret for a long time but now it seems like everyone knows about it!!!) but you are literally on the water… You have beaches 10 min away, you are 40 minutes from lakes in the summer and mountains in the winter and you are 50 minutes from Boston. It was seriously an amazing place to grow up. in the summer it gets really touristy but it’s so fun – all of the restaurants along the water open up their boat docks and you can just bar hop and have cocktails watching the sunset. Amazing restaurants…cute little shops…ugh it’s a dream!!
Post # 12
I live in Manchester, NH and really love NH. Lived here all my life (grew up in Bedford). I lived in Portsmouth for a few years out of college… LOVED living there. We own a house, but honestly would love to move out of Manchester and into Concord. I’m in love with Concord, they’ve done so much with the downtown, it is like Portsmouth, just not on the coast. If it weren’t for work and my fiance’s job, I’d love to go back to Portsmouth (but $$$).
You are looking in a good area, where we live it is 45 min to the ocean, 45 min to Boston, 45 min to the mountains and lakes. Can’t beat it!
Post # 13
- Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion
tarynk35: I live in MA, but I go up to NH a lot to go hiking, and my FI goes up there almost every weekend because he directs a community choir. I like living closer to Boston and going to New Hampshire to visit, but it is definitely more affordable up there!
Post # 14
kmoran19: I will have to check out Dover when we go to visit! The housing market seems reasonable and it is still close to everything. It looks lovely!
Laur12: I know I would love Portsmouth! I am planning to look there when we visit this October for sure. I don’t know if we could afford a house there, though…the market is pretty steep. I would love to live somewhere close by! It seems like the best place to be, close to everything you need. 🙂
kellyrnh: Thanks for replying! I will have to check out Concord! It seems like there are so many great places to go in NH. It’s weird, I’ve never even been to NH but I know I am going to love it.
apostrophecatastrophe: Thanks for your reply! I’ve never been to Boston!!! I am from CT and I’ve never been to Boston! How pathetic! It is on my list though and I can’t wait to go. We are planning a trip in October to visit NH so maybe we will visit Boston! 🙂
Post # 15
- Wedding: February 2017 - historical mansion
tarynk35: I’m surprised you’ve never been to Boston! October would be a nice time to visit.