FEATURED LIFESTYLE: WENTWORTH BY THE SEA
'Wentworth by the Sea' was named after Benning Wentworth (1741-1766), the first royal governor of New Hampshire. Today, the name is known to locals as a sought-after neighborhood straddling the seacoast towns of New Castle and Rye, which includes a world-class hotel and spa, marina, and country club surrounded by luxury residences.
Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa
At the heart of Wentworth by the Sea, you'll find the historic hotel and spa, described as a 'grand dame' with a storied past and a stylized present.' The turreted Victorian-style hotel was built in 1874 and operated continuously for more than a century, hosting movie stars and politicians, before closing in 1980. It reopened in the early 2000safter a multi-million dollar renovation, preserving its old New England ambiance while adding sumptuous modern resort comforts. Its restaurants, Salt Kitchen + Bar and Latitudes are some of the Seacoast'smost popular places to dine.
Wentworth by the SeaMarina
The nearby Wentworth by the Sea Marina offers an extraordinary setting, abundant amenities (including a seasonal, open-air cafe), and fine hospitality. With ~150 slips accommodating vessels up to 250 feet, they have everything a boater needs for a delightful stopover or unbeatable home port.
Wentworth by the Sea Community of Homes
The Wentworth by the Sea community of homes in New Castle NH offers a mix of 107 luxury homes and condominiums on ~100 acres of land (including the hotel and marina). The Association consists of eight pocket neighborhoods: Ducks Head, Little Harbor, Dockside, Marina Heights, Harborview, Campbell's Island, Mill Pond andGreat Island. The lifestyle here is a blend of easy living and casual sophistication. All homeowners have access to the Association clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, walking trails, and a fabulous private beach.
The very first area developed was Ducks Head,a verdant necklace of 21 stunning Royal Barry Wills Cape Cod residences graced with old New England style. The neighborhood includes a mix of waterfront and water view homes.
The four luxury townhouses at Great Island Condominium were the final phase, completed in ~2003. They are located at the corner of Campbell's Island Lane and Wentworth Road (across from the hotel's main entrance).
Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Barb Shea knows the Wentworth by the Sea micro-market as well as, if not better than, any other Seacoast broker. She has been involved in numerous sales, through the various phases of development.
"Demand is always high for properties here. It's often the low taxes that attract people and the exceptional quality of life that keeps them there. Turnover tends to be low and, over the last couple of years, there has been a lack of inventory that we haven't seen before."
Between January 2016 and September 2017, there were nine sales in the following neighborhoods:
- Mill Pond; 2 sales, average price $947,500
- Marina Heights; 2 sales, average price $1,270,500
- Ducks Head; 3 sales, average price $1,383,666
- Little Harbor; 2 sales, average price $2,810,000
At that time, there was one property under contract, listed for $2,789,000 on Campbell's Island.
Harbour Links Estates at Wentworth by the SeaCountry Club
Just over the bridge and across from the marina, the21 custom-built single-family residences at Harbour Links Estates sit proudly along the fairways of Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye NH. The Association includes all homes on private Heather Drive and Elizabeth Lane, with a few additional on nearby Wentworth and Pioneer Roads, and Frontier Street.
Residents with membership at the country club have easy access to its oceanfront championship golf course. Other club amenities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a huge swimming pool, fitness center, and indoor driving range, an outdoor patio overlooking the Wentworth Marina, and, inside the Club House, the Donald Ross Grill, offering a comfortable and family-friendly dining atmosphere!
According to Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales AssociateMary Beth Hixon, who lives along the edge of the golf course, the lifestyle here is club-centered with activities year-round.
Barb Shea, whose home overlooks the 18th fairway, is a longtime member of the country club. She is extremely knowledgeable regarding the development and sales history at Harbour Links Estates. She sold the lots originally, has been involved in several transactions here, and had the following two listings in September 2017...
90 Wentworth Road
150 Pioneer Road
Between January 2016 and September 2017, there was a single sale at 7 Elizabeth Lane ($1,115,000); from 2010 through 2015, there were 3 sales on Heather Drive (average price $2,650,000) and 1 sale on Elizabeth Lane ($1,550,000). The most recent lots to be sold were on Heather Drive and occurred in 2011 and 2013 (the latter has a home currently under construction). 3 Heather Drive, an undeveloped 1-acre lot, is listed for sale at $2,250,000.
For more information about the Wentworth by the Sea lifestyle, please contact a member of our luxury real estate sales team. At Tate & Foss Sothebys International Realty, we pride ourselves on having in-depth knowledge of our market area. Wed like to share that knowledge with you.