Houses here around the Big Lake are diverse … there are the McMansions, the camps from the 1930s, old inns, new Capes, and farmhouses with acreage that rent out cottages on the water. There is truly something for everyone.
Working in a real estate office it is fun to see what comes across my desk. Almost always, of course, I see these houses only through the lens of a camera, but today I got to visit an open house in Wolfeboro that is exceptional even by Wolfeboro standards. And for once I’m not sure my co-workers went strictly for the lunch.
The list of amenities in this house are as long as my arm. Just the location is mind-boggling: 58 acres with a whopping 2,349 feet of waterfront. (I’ve seen an acre with 100′ of frontage and a tear-down go for a million dollars.) Walking in the first thing you notice is the woodwork … it is everywhere, and is it spectacular. The quality of the craftsmanship is obvious. There is a dining room to the left, a staircase to the right, and an enormous great room straight ahead that looks out over the water (which, right now, is frozen).
Here are just a few of the specs: there are 37 rooms, 8 bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, and 17,300 square feet of living space. The yearly taxes are nearly what we paid for our house. There is a 3-bay boathouse, a 4-slip boat dock and a sandy beach. I wandered down gleaming wood hallways to discover room after beautiful room: a bright yellow exercise room, huge office with doors to a deck overlooking the water, an indoor spa, three elevators, a 15-seat theater, a wine cellar with stone walls, a room just for video games with one of the biggest tv screens I’ve ever seen, a gorgeous au pair suite, the commercial chef’s kitchen (naturally), a room with 8 bunk beds and a round window, and an enormous room downstairs with game tables, a kitchen area, fireplace, and enough proximity to the wine cellar that I could have just lived there. There were enough staircases and bathrooms to confuse even a GPS, and there were rooms that I didn’t even know what they were for. There are indoor and outdoor grills. The house is immaculate, and also features full house security, cameras, HVAC, computer server, and video and audio systems that are all internet remote accessible. Oh, and there was a cavernous garage that my brother would probably die for. Honestly, you could get lost here. My friend had to text me to find me.
As a bit of history, this house was certified by the Secret Service in 2007 for the visit of French President Sarkozy. (And I have a photo of him eating lunch at the restaurant across the street from my office. You just never know who or what you’ll see in Wolfeboro.)
So, while I’d still prefer my 129-year-old house with the uneven floors and leaky radiators to this, it was fun to fantasize for awhile about living here. I’d check out the theater and make use of the popcorn machine. I’d watch the ice fishermen on the lake from the spa room. I might even try sliding down those long, polished hallways in my stocking feet. And I’d definitely name that moose looking down on one of the second-floor landings.