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Featured Lifestyle: Exeter NH Neighborhoods

Exeter NH Neighborhoods


Exeter has historic charm and a vibrant downtown with a scenic river, similar to the nearby city of Portsmouth NH but on a more intimate scale. It is home to the American Independence Museum and prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy(pictured above)...and often recognized as having one of the greater Seacoast area's finest public school systems (SAU 16). High-quality education attracts families from all over the world, and many have chosen to settle in Exeter NH neighborhoods.

The town is ideally located between Manchester, Portsmouth, and Newburyport MA. It's one of three NH stops on the Amtrak Downeaster train route from Boston to Portland! And only a 15-minute drive away from Hampton Beach on the Atlantic Ocean.

In downtown Exeter, you'll find fabulous shops and boutiques (two of our favorites: The Willow and LunaChics) and many cafes and fine restaurants...locals love Laney & Lu for smoothies, The Green Bean for homemade soups and sandwiches, and Blue Moon Evolution for farm-to-table fare. Otis, a recent addition to the fine dining scene, is attracting foodies from all over the greater Seacoast area.




Exeter is a fantastic place to live, with housing options ranging from antiques to custom new construction, on historic streets, old stonewall-lined roads, and cul-de-sac neighborhoods. The lifestyle is down-to-earth with a dash of sophistication. It's a family-oriented community where you'll find town parades, concerts on the bandstand, a great recreation program, and beautiful parks and playgrounds.

While there are many wonderful places to set your roots in this beautiful New England town, we've focused on five Exeter NH neighborhoods that you should know about: Blackford Place, Dolloff Farm, DeerhavenWalters Way, and Captains Way.

Sales statistics for all five combined, between January 1, 2015, and August 31, 2018:

  • Number of Homes Sold:26
  • Average Selling Price: $620,123
  • Average Home Size: 3,518 square feet
  • Average Year Built: 2000


Conveniently tucked between Routes 101 and 111, Blackford Place is a charming Exeter NH neighborhood of executive homes with sidewalks and streetlamps. Barbecues, pool parties, and tee-ball games are regular happenings throughout the summer in this warm, welcoming community. The setting is wooded and peaceful, surrounded by conservation land and offering access to the Jolly Rand recreation trail, a popular area for walking and cross-country skiing!

The neighborhood was developed by Green & Company in the early 2000s, with 34 Colonial-style homes constructed between 2002 and 2004.

Since 2015,~10 homes have sold; average price: ~$651,370. Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty was involved in two of the three highest sales on Blackford Drive, numbers 8 (see 3D virtual tour above) and 12 (see photo above), which closed at$725,000and $695,000, respectively.

Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales AssociateLynne Joyce has sold 8, 12, and 15 Blackford Drive, commenting:

"All of thesepropertieswere lovinglymaintained by the owners...my clients had raised their families here and were invested in the neighborhood. When prospective buyers drive through Blackford Place and step inside these immaculate homes, they have a good feeling about it. It's a really desirable place to live...in all three cases, we received multiple offers!"



Dolloff Farm is a small Exeter NH neighborhood of seven (7) single-family Colonial-style homes constructed in 2004-2005 on 2+ acre lots. Unique to this location is direct access to the Little River Conservation Area, 400 acres of protected land, and waterways with walking trails; in fact, the trailhead for the main path is located on Dolloff Farm Drive!

According to Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Jaynee Whitney:

"Dolloff Farm is a great option for families who want to live on a quiet street, where children can play and ride their bicycles worry free, andparents have easy access toRoute 101 for commuting, grocery shopping, etc. And, of course, being so close to the Little River Conservation Area is a bonus!"

~Two (2)properties have sold here since 2015, with an average price of ~$770,000. The highest sale to date was 8 Dolloff Farm Road at $870,000 in 2015.



Just beyond Blackford Place, Deerhaven is a quiet Exeter NH neighborhoodwith~15 homes. Most are Colonial-style, with 2500 to 3500 s.f., built-in 2003-2004 and sited on 1.25-to 1.75-acre lots.

Since 2015, ~three (3)homes have sold with an average price of ~$520,166. The highest selling price ever was $625,000 (in 2006).

According to Sales Associate Jaynee Whitney:

"Deerhaven is one of the more affordable neighborhood options for families looking for a home built within the last 15 years. Here, you can buy a very nice home and invest in the upgrades that you've always wanted."


Walters Way Exeter NH{ WALTERS WAY }

Hopping over to the north side of town, you'll find Walters Way, a small Exeter NH neighborhood with a sidewalk linking 12 custom homes built between 2000 and 2007. The 230-acreOaklands Town Forest wraps around much of this residential area and offers a great trail system for hiking and biking. Walters Way is conveniently located less than a half-mile from Route 101 and makes an excellent base for commuting to Manchester NH, Boston MA, or Portland ME.

Since 2015, ~three(3)homes have sold, with an average price of ~$778,333. This includes the highest sale ever at $975,000!

Sales Associate Lynne Joyce has sold 6 Walters Way (pictured above) twice, commenting:

"Walters Way appeals to buyers looking for something truly unique...each home was custom built for the original owner and has its own distinct style. It also attracts buyers who wish to be in a neighborhood but also value their privacy...homes are set back from the street and surrounded by mature trees."



Also surrounded by the Oaklands trail network is Captains Way, a large Exeter NH neighborhood comprised of four (4) streets (Captains Way, Senyar Farm Lane, Half Penny Lane, and Moore Lane), just a mile down Route 85 to Route 101...great for commuting!It's one of the largest neighborhoods in town, with approximately 55single-family homes built between 1988 and2005.

Since 2015, ~11homes have sold at an average price of ~$558,000.

Sales AssociateLynne Joyce notes:

"Captains Way is often the neighborhood of choice for first-time buyers and young families wanting to be in the Exeter school district...it offers an affordable price point that's not easy to find in today's hot Seacoast market. People who live here love walking the loop with the family dog while catching up with neighbors...and headingto Oaklands for trail running and biking!"

For more information about the lifestyle in Exeter NH neighborhoods, please contact a member of our 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.

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