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Featured Lifestyle: West End, Portsmouth NH

West End, Portsmouth NH

Map credit: portsmouthwestend.com

 

Once referred to as the 'most Brooklyn neighborhood' in the granite state for its trendy restaurants, thriving arts scene, and urban expansion plans, the West End, Portsmouth NH is the place to be.

The boundaries of this bustling neighborhood vary depending on who you ask, but the general consensus is that it begins at the edge of downtown where Middle Street and Maplewood Avenue intersect (you'll find Jumpin Jay's Fish Cafe and the Discover Portsmouth Center here) and stretches west toward Route 33. Bordered by Middle Street to the south and Route 1 By-Pass to the north, the West End's main thoroughfare is Islington Street.

In the West End Business Association, the area has 140 businesses, 5000 residents, and 9,518 things to do! Some of its notable commercial and mixed-use spaces include the Malt House Exchange (with Seacoast Sports Club-West End), Plaza 800 (home to Hannaford supermarket, a.k.a. Pic 'n Pay), and Gallagher's Place (where you'll find Street Food 360, a local restaurant with a cult-like following). Two of the neighborhood's most popular destinations, Weekender House home furnishings and MISSION fitness studio, are located here as well.

The West End, Portsmouth NH Commercial District has been further upgraded by Chinburg Builders with the conversion of two vacant warehouse buildings at Frank Jones Brew Yard into space for 68 apartments, businesses (our friends at Signature Title are located here), and restaurants Cornerstone and Botanica. Chinburg's investment includes the newly constructed Brewery 145, adding 92 more apartments to the neighborhood! We feel this demonstrates their confidence in a strong rental market, real estate asset appreciation and long-term economic vitality.

The City of Portsmouth has improved the pedestrian experience along Islington Street, from the reconstruction of streets and sidewalks to the addition of trees and new historic pole lights. Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Brett Mulvey comments:

 

"My father's business has been located on Islington Street for more than 30 years, so I have been keenly aware of the opportunities here. It is wonderful to see the neighborhood improvements becoming a reality."

 

Islington Street Corridor

Islington Street is the central artery of the West End, Portsmouth NH. You'll find some of the city's hotspots here, from Turkish coffee house Caffe Kilim to Lexie's Joint (where the mantra is 'Peace, Love + Burgers') and White Heron tea.

For this analysis, the 'corridor' is comprised of all condos and single-family properties that sit directly on it. Over the last 2 years...

-  49 residential properties have sold at an average price of $566,458

-  40 of these sales were condominiums

 

Islington Creek Portsmouth NH

Sales Associate Brett Mulvey represented the sales of units D,E and F at 621 Islington Street in 2019. Unit D sold for $396,500, Unit E sold for $410,00 and Unit F sold for $349,900.

 

Islington Creek

Islington Creek is comprised of properties mostly located between Islington Street and North Mill Pond... long an underrated neighborhood, it is in the midst of some significant redevelopment. 

Over the last 2 years...

- 49 residential properties have sold at an average price of $663,258

- All of these sales were condominiums 

 

Islington Creek, West End, Portsmouth NHSales Associate Katie Fontana represented a seller client in the sale of 267 Cate Street for $835,000 in August 2021.

 

Goodwin Park + Cass Street Neighborhoods

The Goodwin Park and Cass Street neighborhoods are ideally tucked between downtown, the Little Harbor area, and the West End, Portsmouth NH Commercial District. 

Over the last 2 years...

- 43 residential properties have sold at an average price of $628,391

-  75% (33) of these sales were condominiums the remaining were single families (11)

 

Goodwin Park + Cass Street

 

Lafayette Park 

Lafayette Park is comprised of homes tucked between Islington, Aldrich, Middle, and Spinney...it's a wonderful neighborhood for walking and admiring the city's most charming stock of bungalows and Capes! And all of the conveniences of the West End, Portsmouth NH Commercial District is just around the corner.

Over the last 2 years...

- 11 residential properties have sold at an average price of $591,909

- Only 1 of these sales was a condominium

 

Lafayette Park

Sales Associate Brett Mulvey represented a seller client in the sale of 76 Sunset Road for $487,500 in February 2020.

 

Christian Shore at North Mill Pond

The Christian Shore neighborhood is ideally located where the Northern Tier and West End, Portsmouth NH intersect, along the shore of North Mill Pond. Residents claim it's the best commuter location in the city you can hop on and off the highway without the hassle of traveling through downtown. And those who are lucky enough to have access to the pond rave about the kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding at high tide.

Over the last 2 years...

- 32residential properties have sold at an average price of $706,397

- Only 11 of these sales were condominiums

 

Christian Shore at North Mill Pond

 

Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Lynne Joyce comments on the Christian Shore neighborhood:

"There's so much to love about this neighborhood...first and foremost, walkability. You can walk your children to New Franklin School in the morning or stroll downtown for dinner. With newer developments like Portwalk Place, downtown is expanding toward this part of the city. People who live here feel there's a genuine sense of community...you really get to know your neighbors."

 

For more information about Living in the West End, Portsmouth NH, please contact a member of our real estate sales team. At Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty, we pride ourselves on having in-depth knowledge of our market area. We'd like to share that knowledge with you.

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