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Bow Lake, Northwood & Strafford NH Bow Lake, by Heather Heigis

Bow Lake, by Heather Heigis



Many migrate toward the New Hampshire Seacoast for its warm and welcoming neighborhoods with old New England charm. Over the past twenty years, the region has expanded further inland to what we describe as the 'Greater Seacoast Lakes Area.' Lovely small towns dot the map of this community, with many hidden treasures. The Bow Lake area is one of our favorites.


Bow Lake Sunset Sunset Swing over Bow Lake, by Heather Heigis

Sunset Swing over Bow Lake, by Heather Heigis


Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Heather Heigis lives on Bow Lake in Strafford in the summertime and in Northwood during the rest of the year, offering:

Spending the summers on Bow Lake has been such a gift. We play all day in the water and gather for meals by the fire at night. Its when we are most connected as a family.

Bow Lake is a serene body of water nestled on the border of Northwood and Strafford NH. This 1149-acre lake is 2.8 miles long and 1.2 miles wide. The water is clear and recognized as some of the cleanest in New England. Bow Lake is surrounded by an eclectic mix of homes, from modern four-season residences to antique cottages that have hosted generations of family get-togethers. Unlike many larger NH lakes, Bow Lake retains its tranquil feel. During the week, you can often enjoy the solitude of paddling alone through many hidden coves. On weekends, the atmosphere is friendly as neighbors cruise the shore and occasionally stop by for a chat. Thanks to a protection program, a healthy population of Loons share this lake and entertain visitors with their antics and unique songs. And Bennett Island is home to a pair of nesting bald Eagles that delight passersby as they tend to their chicks. Bow Lake is the perfect place to sip, watch a beautiful sunset, and feel your troubles melt away!


Butternut Farm, Bow Lake Area Family Fun at Butternut Farm, by Heather Heigis

Family Fun at Butternut Farm, by Heather Heigis


Heigis commented,

We love the area because there is so much more than the lake...great restaurants, breweries, hiking, biking and even a pick-your-own fruit farm!

Butternut Farm A few miles from Bow Lake, family-owned and operated Butternut Farm added a wonderful surprise this year. 'The Cider House' features hard cider brewed from their own fruit. Add a hot cider donut, homemade pies, and some apple picking, and you'll have a perfect family outing!

Antique Alley Along the Route 4 corridor from Portsmouth to Concord, you'll find 15 or so antique shops that comprise Antique Alley. You can spend an entire day wandering from shop to shop, wallowing in the treasures of yesteryear.

Umami Farm Fresh Cafe At Umami, locals come for the welcoming vibe and stay for the culinary experience. On any given Friday or Saturday, you can relax on leather couches and enjoy live music!

Jenness Farm High-quality producers of organic herbs, soaps, and creams...there's a whole lot of fun at Jenness Farm! Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary adventure? Sign up for goat yoga. Yes, we said goat yoga! You haven't experienced a downward dog until you've tried it with a goat standing on your back.

Northwoods Brewing Company Northwood NH is a small but growing area of 4000+ residents now hailed for its budding microbreweries popping up along route 4. You'll find a variety of specialty ales to fit any beer lover's fancy. Northwoods Brewing Company is in the final stages of a major expansion adjacent to the very popular Johnsons Seafood, Steak & Dairy Bar.

Northwood Meadows State Park Located just off Route4, Northwood Meadows State Park is a vast wilderness spanning 675 acres. It's well-maintained walking, biking, and skiing trails lead to a large pond where non-motorized fishing is allowed. The tranquil setting is a perfect place to clear your mind, breathe in some fresh air, and walk your dog.

Parker and Blue Job Mountains Within minutes of Bow Lake, you can visit both Parker and Blue Job Mountains. Both feature wonderful 2-3-mile day hikes with well-marked trails. Each summit offers beautiful views of Bow Lake, Straffordand surrounding towns from the top. It's a great way for you and your canine pals to get some exercise all year long!


Nap Time for this Bow Lake Labrador, by Heather Heigis Nap Time for this Bow Lake Labrador, by Heather Heigis

Nap Time for this Bow Lake Labrador, by Heather Heigis


{ Notable Sales & Statistics }

Since 2016, there have been at least 11waterfrontsaleson Bow Lake with an average price of $430,583. Heigis marketed and sold 177 Browns Pasture/Strafford (gray house below), which went under contract within 24 hours and closed at $450,000 in November 2018; she also assisted buyers with their purchase of 34 Barbara Lane/Strafford (blue house below) for $709,000 in April 2019.

177 Browns Pasture, Strafford NH34 Barbara Lane

Since April 2018,95homes have sold in the Northwood-Strafford area, with an average price of $310,389.Heigishelped other happy buyers purchase 24 Gaviat Road/Northwood (brown house below) and 38 Bernard Road/Strafford (gray house below) for $399,900 and $405,000 respectively, in August 2018.

Gaviat Road, Northwood NHBernard Road, Strafford

For more information about living on Bow Lake or in the Greater Seacoast Lakes Area, please contact a member of our real estte 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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