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Wolfeboro Historic Society

The Wolfeboro Historic Society maintains several property museums in the Wolfeboro area. The Society’s objective is “the encouragement of interest in the history of the Town of Wolfeboro, NH, by all appropriate means, including the collection, display and care of articles of historic interest pertaining to the history of Wolfeboro, and the ownership, lease or operation of property involved therewith for the benefit of this and future generations.”

It’s a mighty tall order, and they’re doing a great job of it, too. The Society operates a collection of historic buildings and antiques in Wolfeboro that includes the Clark house, the Firehouse, and the Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse.

The Clark house was built in 1778, and it remains on its original foundation. It was once the family home of a 100-acre working farm that extended from South Main Street to the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee.

Joseph Clark purchased the house in 1817 from the widow Evans who used the house as a tavern. Taverns in those days were more like today’s Inns – they were establishments for eating and sleeping. Joseph Clark was a cabinetmaker from Greenland, New Hampshire, which is near Portsmouth. Over the span of 100 years, three generations of the Clark family lived in this house. In 1917 the house and remaining land were donated to the Town of Wolfeboro by Greenleaf Clark to be used as a living history museum.

The Firehouse museum showcases the area’s firefighting prowess. The museum features restored antique fire-fighting pieces used in Wolfeboro. The pieces date from the mid 1800’s and several of them were restored by the Wolfeboro High School.

The collection included hand tubs, which were simple pumps on wheels that were filled with water and transported to the fire, hose carriers, which carried up to 300 feet of hoses that would be used along with the hand tubs, and a restored Amoskeg horse drawn fire engine. This engine uses a wood/coal fired burner to convert water to steam thereby providing a source of pressure to pump water though an output hose directed at the fire. While it was never used to fight fires in Wolfeboro, it is one of only 75 still in existence.

The one-room Pleasant Valley Schoolhouse was built around 1805 on a site in Pleasant Valley in South Wolfeboro. This school is known by several names. At one time, schools named for the district in which they were located. The Pleasant Valley School was located in District Three and so was known as the District #3 School. It was also known as the Townsend School because it was near the home of Reverend Isaac Townsend, the first minister ordained in Wolfeboro. All grades were taught in this school, with the enrollment ranging from 20 to 50 studfents, depending on the time of year.

In 1898, a bell for the school was purchased by public donations. It was 21 inches in diameter, weighed 100 pounds, and cost between $7 and $8. The bell was used as a fire alarm and to call worshippers to Sunday services. It was not used to summon children to school. The building was used for religious services more than any other local school until well into the late 1890’s.

The Schoolhouse was moved to the Clark Museum Complex in 1959. It’s worth a trip back in time to see how local students fared long ago.

More Information

The museum complex is located at:

233 S Main Street
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

The museums are open May-September and more information is available on the Wolfeboro Historic Society’s website.

Lake Winnipesaukee

One of Wolfeboro’s main attraction is Lake Winnipesaukee. Winnipesaukee is the largest lake in the State of New Hampshire, and one of the largest lakes in the United States that lies within the boundaries of a single state. Surrounded by three mountain ranges, the wooded shoreline and crystal-clear water make this lake a popular year round New Hampshire destination. It’s definitely a great place to rest and relax in beautiful surroundings.

From boating to swimming and ice fishing, everyone loves to be on this lake year-round. And there’s plenty of room for them, too. The lake has a whopping 365 islands on it, 244 of which are large enough to live on. Winnipesaukee is 504 feet above Sea Level and reaches depths of more than 200 feet near Rattlesnake Island (the average depth is about 45 feet). It’s about 28 miles long and 15 miles at its widest. Lake Winnipesaukee holds about 625 billion gallons with a surface area of 72 square miles (which is 46,586 acres)!

People often ask what “Winnipesaukee” means. It’s a name that’s been translated from the native Abenaki language to English lots of different ways. Because Abenaki was exclusively oral and not written, there a lot of disagreement among scholars both on the spelling and the meaning of this (and other) Abenaki words.

According to author Bruce Heald, an expert on New Hampshire’s Lakes Region, the most common translation, “The Smile of the Great Spirit“, is based on an old Indian folk tale told about the Lake, and the alternate spelling Winnipiseogee. Heald says the translation comes from “Winni” meaning “Smiling” and “Ogee” meaning “Great Spirit.” People love this translation as they believe the lake resembles a giant smile.

Chandler E. Potter, in a 1856 history of Manchester, translated the name as meaning “Beautiful Water in a High Place.” His translation cites the words “Winne” (beautiful), “Nipe” (water), “Kees” (high), and “Auke” (a place). Or literally, “the beautiful water of the high place.”

>Chester B. Price, in the 1967 article Historic Indian Trails of New Hampshire, wrote that Father Jeremiah O’Brien claimed Winnipesaukee is actually a derivation from the Indian word Wiwininebesaki, which means “at the lake in the vicinity of which there are other lakes and ponds,” or what we now call the Lakes Region. He translates this from “wiwini” (around, or in the vicinity), “nebes” (lakes or ponds), and “aki” (region or territory).

C. Lawrence Bond, in his 1991 book, Native Names of New England Towns and Villages, states that Winnipesaukee means “Good Smooth Water at Outlet“, deriving it from “Winne” (smooth), “pe~(nip)pe” (water), and “saukee” (outlet). Bond explains, “At its outlet the Winnipesaukee River is smooth where it joins the Pemigewasett River.”

Whatever you call it, it’s a whole lot of lake to fall in love with, whether you choose to live or vacation here.

Wright Museum of World War II

If you’re looking for something interesting to do in Wolfeboro, plan a trip to the Wright Museum of World War II.

The Wright Museum is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to recognizing and honoring the contributions and enduring legacy of WWII-era Americans. The museum is open daily from May 1st to October 31st and features all sorts of rotating and permanent exhibits related to the second world war.

Opened in July of 1994, the museum has fulfilled founder David Wright’s dream of creating a public understanding and appreciation of the exceptional contributions, both on the home front and on the battle fields, made by World War II-era Americans.

The son of a World War II veteran, David Wright served as a U.S. Marine during the Korean War. Too young to serve, David experienced WWII on the home front near his Worcester, Massachusetts home.

David became an avid collector of WWII vintage vehicles, eventually owning and restoring more than 50 vehicles. He established the E. Stanley Wright Museum Foundation, Inc. in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, as a mobile exhibition available to communities around the Northeast for parades and military functions. Eventually, he bought some land and started a permanent museum here, in Wolfeboro.

More Info

The Wright Museum of WWII can be found at:
77 Center Street (Route 28)
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

(603) 569-1212
According to their website, the museum is open to the public from May through October, and on Veteran’s Day.

May 1 – October 31st

Monday – Saturday, 10am-4pm
Sunday, Noon-4pm.

November through April  

Open on Veterans Day, 10am – 4pm.

Open to school visits and group tours by prior arrangement during the months of February through April.

You can read more about the museum, and get a virtual tour, on their website.

5 Tips to Maximize Your New Homeowner Budget

Congratulations on purchasing your first home! Now, it’s time to learn how to maximize your new homeowner budget. Continue reading to uncover 5 helpful tips.

Until now, you’ve probably relied on a landlord or property managers when something goes south in your home. But now that you’ve bought your own home, things are going to be a lot different.

Everything that happens in your home is now your responsibility. The repairs hang both on your time and your wallet.

Don’t panic. Let us help you to maximize your homeowner budget so that things aren’t quite so stressful.

1. Create a Homeowner Budget

If you were able to save up for a down-payment on your house without budgeting, we applaud you. You’ve done a pretty hard thing.

Budgeting seems like something that would constrict your options and put a burden on you. But it’s actually quite freeing to budget your money once you get a handle on it.

There are tons of mobile apps out there for budgeting, and some are free.  Try one out and use the one you like best. Making it simple to track your finances will give you a higher chance at successfully managing them.

2. Plan for Tax Hikes

If your mortgage banker hasn’t already discussed it with you, you should know that property taxes do not stay the same. Usually, they go up. Make sure you’re budgeting for tax hikes ahead of time.

If you build it into your budget, you can avoid a nasty surprise later on down the road when your monthly payment goes up.

One way to do this is to pay ahead on your mortgage. If you have your taxes rolled into an escrow account, you can pay more on your mortgage each month so your whole payment goes down over time. This could offset any tax hikes and help you pay off your mortgage sooner.

3. Start Saving for Repairs Immediately

If you can build a reserve of cash in your savings account, you’ll be able to face future repairs. Typical advice for non-homeowners is to set aside 3 months of savings. But if you own a home, you should have six months saved up.

Of course, after buying a house you may not have six months saved up. But start saving for it immediately.

4. Conserve Energy

You’ve probably notices that the summer months are cheaper for energy, despite the need for air conditioning. Winter months can be brutal on a homeowner’s budget.

If you can find ways to conserve energy and make your home more energy efficient, you’ll have more room in your budget for savings. So consult your HVAC repair company or just do some research on how to make your home more energy efficient. Newer appliances, windows and doors, better insulation, even newer heating systems can make a dramatic impact on your monthly energy use.

5. Do as Much as You Can Yourself

Contractors and repair specialists can be expensive. If you can use a hammer and a saw, you can do a lot of repairs and upgrades yourself.

Make sure that you know your limitations, though. It could cost you more and take more time to undo a fix you made, rather than just calling the expert when it’s beyond your abilities.

Be sure to leave anything dangerous or to the experts, too. Things like natural gas are probably things you should leave alone.

It’s Not as Hard as You Think

Owning a new home is a big step. But it’s not as hard as you might imagine.

If you’re looking to buy a new home or put one on the market, contact us for more info.

Bedord, NH Real Estate: A Complete Home Selling Guide

Bedford NH Real Estate is hot, hot, hot right now. Buyers are cashed up and ready to make their move. If you’re ready to sell your home, that’s great news.

Fears that the Presidential Election would impact the housing market are now forgotten. Property sales – and prices – have continued to increase since 2016, and foreclosures are down.

With the unemployment rate down, too, there’s an even bigger incentive to buy and sell right now.

Bedford NH Real Estate

The New Hampshire economy is flourishing, with strong expectations for the year ahead. So selling your home will be a cinch, right?

If only life were that easy!

Without a doubt the market is ready but, when it comes to getting the best price, there’s a bit of work to do.

It’s fair to say that buying and selling your Bedford, NH Real Estate – or any property – can be stressful. It’s right up there with getting married or starting a family.

But there are some steps you can take now to prepare yourself and to make your home even more likely to sell.

Choosing The Right Agent

First, you’ll need to find the right agent to sell your home. If you’ve looked around a little, you know there are quite a few to choose from.

There are a few tell-tale signs of a good agent, however, and local knowledge is one. A good agent will have a thorough understanding of both the national and local real estate markets.

When it comes to Bedford, New Hampshire, Real Estate, they should be have a thorough grasp on recent sales, prices, supply, and demand. Your agent should be professional, yet approachable. You’re going to have many questions, and they need to give you accurate answers and timely responses.

Getting The Price Right

Putting a price on your property isn’t as easy as it sounds. It may also be an area of disagreement between you and your agent.

The secret is to separate your heart from your head.

You may have made improvements to your property, and think your improvements should push up the price. But your improvements may not be what your local buyers want. A good agent will know what’s happening with Bedford NH Real Estate and be able to guide you towards, and away from, any improvements. Pricing your property effectively, so it will sell quickly and get the best price — that’s your agent’s job.

Feel free to voice your opinions, but do remember that the agent is the real estate expert here.

As with anything in life, what you are selling is only worth what someone is willing to pay.

Marketing Your Property

Wouldn’t it be great if you could stick a ‘For Sale’ sign out on your front and have buyers come rushing in?

That does happen sometimes. But usually, the agent must market the property, through advertising, emails, open houses, and other means.

If you are selling your Bedford, NH Real Estate, come to an agreement on a marketing budget with your agent at the start. Then let them do their job and bring you viable offers.

First Impressions Count

An important part of your marketing campaign is photography. But there is no point taking that step until your home is ready to sell.

We are talking about presentation. And there’s always plenty of work involved in this.

There are people who can see past chipped paint, worn carpet, and broken cupboards. But usually, the better the presentation your home makes, the better the price. First impressions count.

The first thing you need to do is lighten up your space. You’re going to be packing anyway, so why not get some of it done early? Pack all non-essential items- clothing, books, furniture, pans – everything – and put them into storage.

Depersonalize The Space

Strange as this may sound, it’s better to remove your family photographs, too. The same goes with most of your personal possessions.

This will help you detach your emotions and begin the leaving process. But more importantly, it helps your prospective buyers.

Remember, you are not just selling bricks and mortar here, but also a dream. You need potential buyers to be able to visualize themselves living in your house. And that’s hard for them to do when your picture is hanging on the wall.

Get Those Repairs Done

Once your personal items are tucked away, it’s time to get onto those repairs you’ve been avoiding. Make sure everything works as it should. Replace worn light bulbs, and fill any chips or dents in the walls.

Clean the home from top to bottom – inside and out – including all the windows and screens.

Do you need to spend money? This is something to discuss with your agent. Some investment might be necessary to bring your property up to scratch. But don’t over-capitalize. Remember that some improvements add more value than others. Talk with your agent to determine your list of essential repairs.

Presenting Your Home

With the property now freshly cleaned and de-cluttered, you can now dress it up. Remember, you are creating a dream, a lifestyle. You want your prospective buyer to fall in love with the property immediately.

Think bowls of fresh flowers and fruit, the smell of fresh brewed coffee, a plate of home-baked cookies… Add colorful scatter cushions. Arrange some glossy magazines on the coffee table. Put clean linens on the beds.

As much as you love your kids and your pets, take them elsewhere when prospective buyers are due to arrive!

Love Thy Neighbor

Still thinking about creating the dream, you also need to think outside the property. Anyone looking to buy into Bedford NH Real Estate will want to know about the neighborhood.

Of course, you can’t control what goes on in your street, but tell your agent what makes your neighborhood so great. This will help her to talk about local events, great local schools, the park down the road, and all the things that make your house a home.

Making A Deal

Looking at the US as a whole, properties are staying on the market for around 77 days. Demand is strong right now, but inventory is low – which is a plus for sellers.

When your agent brings you offers, it’s time to talk. Negotiations begin, and you need to have a ‘happy’ price in mind.

What will you accept? If an offer is close, but not quite there, ask your agent for advice.

You need to know whether to hold out a little longer, or take the deal.

Let The Moving Begin

Before you know it, your property will sell and you’ll be on the move to start your next adventure.

With the right preparation, and a good agent, your journey can be stress-free and profitable.

It is a good time to buy and sell Bedford NH Real Estate. Follow our helpful tips and you can be sure your home sale will be a great experience.

 

 

 

How Real Estate Tech is Shaping the Industry

The latest innovations in real estate technology are rapidly changing and shaping the industry. Keep reading to find out about the top trends and features.

The real estate business has always been on the cutting edge of technology. When the Internet emerged, the real estate business pounced.

When digital photography became a reality, the real estate business began using virtual tours. From marketing to customer experience, real estate tech will always keep the industry fresh — and potential buyers engaged.

But what are the trends this year? What tech is about to change the face of real estate? We’ve got the answers right here.

Virtual Reality Reality Real Estate Tech

Imagine being able to walk around a potential house in your future hometown without having to fly or drive there. This has been the promise of virtual technologies like “3D virtual tours” for a long time.

But today, the technology has actually caught up with the dream. Enter Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Both systems now allow the wearer to actually explore virtual spaces with both their eyes and their bodies. And software developers have created multiple applications that are ready for any real estate company to use.

One of those applications is Matterport.

Not only do they do the typical online 3D virtual tours, but they’ve also ported this technology to VR headsets like the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear is the cheaper mobile version of the Oculus Rift, and it’s powered with just your cell phone.

You can now map a house and allow potential buyers walk around in it. You can also map out a house that hasn’t been built yet. You could actually walk through your home before it exists in reality.

The Internet of Things

This is a hot topic in both the residential real estate world and the commercial real estate world. The Internet of Things, or IoT, will change the way we interact with properties.

In the 90’s Microsoft gave us a vision. They predicted every home would be a smart home. But that reality was far away.

The smart home has arrived. And it’s not at all what Microsoft predicted. Instead, the IoT is so unobtrusive, you wouldn’t know it was there unless you installed it or ordered it yourself.

From smart thermostats to foot traffic sensors, the IoT communicates with other devices without any human intervention. Imagine a home or an office building where the set temperature changes according to the number of people in a room.

Or imagine a house where the lights turn off and on automatically as you walk around the house. Everything is connected to everything else. A real smart house.

This will change the face of property management forever. You can now charge rent on how much someone actually uses a property. This will give retail landlords the ability to rent out according to use.

Just imagine the possibilities.

Every Year Something New

Real estate tech is super exciting. Each year something better comes out that changes the game.

If you have more questions about how technology can transform the buying or selling process, contact us. We’ll answer all of your real estate tech questions.

A Complete Guide to Buying New Hampshire Real Estate

There’s just something special about owning your own property.

When you own your own home, you have a sense of control. Nobody tells you what colors you can paint the walls, or whether it’s okay to put up shelves.

Or, perhaps you’re looking for an investment. Repairing older properties, or renting a well-maintained one, is a great way to generate some extra income.

Either way, there’s also the pride of ownership. New Hampshire features beautiful mountain vistas, paired with a lush, verdant landscape. Owning a slice of that for yourself is a great feeling.

That said, if you’ve never purchased a property before, it can be intimidating to get started.

But there’s no need to fear. Here’s everything you need to know before getting into the New Hampshire real estate market.

Why you should look into New Hampshire real estate

For folks who have always been renters, purchasing property can seem like more trouble than its worth.

Not only is there added responsibility, but there’s also a perceived lack of mobility.

Additionally, for folks looking for an investment, there is often a fear of another housing crash. While these may be legitimate concerns, given all of the benefits of property ownership, the benefits often greatly outweigh the costs.

Owning your own home

Most people who buy a home use it as a primary residence.

As we mentioned before, property ownership gives homeowners more control over where they live.

That said, one of the main arguments renters make against home ownership is a lack of flexibility. Many prospective homeowners fear being tied to a single location.

While there can be some truth to this, renting is not always as flexible as it may seem. Most renters are in a lease of at least one year. Moving before that lease is up could lead to a significant cost.

Not to mention, owning a home is still one of the most important ways to build wealth.

When you pay rent every month, that money goes into your landlord’s pocket. When you pay your mortgage, however, that money contributes to building equity in your home.

Additionally, owning a slice of New Hampshire real estate is a personal investment. If your home gains value, you can use the money earned from selling the home to purchase your next home.

By contrast, if the property you’re renting gains in value, it will simply increase the rent you have to pay.

Owning investment property

We’ve already mentioned that owning a home can be a personal investment. But you may also be interested in getting into New Hampshire real estate as a more aggressive investment.

There are two main ways to turn a residential property into an income-producing property.

Many people choose to rent out their properties. In addition to renting to long-term tenants, you can also choose to rent short-term, to vacationers. In New Hampshire, this is a particularly attractive option. You may be located close to attractions like Lake Winnipesaukee or any of New Hampshire’s ski resorts.

Another approach to creating income out of your property is “flipping” a home. With this strategy, investors buy a home that is in need of updates and repairs. After making those adjustments, they can sell (“flip”) the home at a higher price.

Finding the right property for you

If you’ve decided to buy a piece of New Hampshire real estate, either as a residence or an investment, your next step is choosing the perfect property.

Here are a few things to consider.

Set a budget

It’s crucial to have a budget in mind before you start looking for your New Hampshire real estate.

Your budget will determine what kind of houses are accessible to you. It will also dictate what areas you can look in.

There are a few factors to keep in mind when setting a budget. First, you’ll want to calculate what your monthly payment will be. When making this calculation, don’t forget to account for taxes, interest, and homeowner’s insurance.

Additionally, it’s also important to keep the length of the loan in mind.

For instance, let’s say you’re 40 years old, and buying a home with a 30-year mortgage.

This means you’ll be 70 years old when you finish paying off the loan. Before you commit to this payment, you’ll want to make sure you’re willing to work long enough to make those payments.

Also, keep in mind that, even if you think you can afford a certain payment, you’ll still need to be approved for the loan.

Your income, your credit score, and your outstanding debts will all impact the amount you’ll be approved for. Also, if you’re married, your spouse’s financial history will factor into the equation.

Determine what features you’re looking for

Whenever you decide to purchase a home, it’s all but inevitable that you’ll have to make compromises. Unless you have an unlimited budget and unlimited time to look for a home, chances all you won’t find everything you’re looking for.

This is why it’s important to make a list of what you want. You should then divide this list into features that are negotiable, and those that are non-negotiable. Knowing your needs will make deliberations easier.

Non-negotiable features usually have to do with the functionality of the home. For instance, perhaps you need a minimum amount of square feet or a certain number of bedrooms.

Negotiable features are the things you can do without or wait for. Perhaps you’d like a house with space for an office, but you don’t need one. Or, maybe you want a fenced-in yard, but you’re willing to wait a few years and put one in yourself.

Think about the location… Do you want to be close to work? To restaurants? Do you prefer a more urban, or more rural experience?

When you’re making your lists, be sure to keep your budget in mind. If you have a tight budget, you may need to be more flexible with your lists of needs.

Having these lists ready will help your real estate agent find you properties that you’ll love.

Find Your Dream Home

If you’re ready to dive into New Hampshire real estate, contact us. Our trained real estate professionals will work with you to finding the perfect property.

The 7 Hottest Home Trends Sweeping Luxury Realty

This is an exciting time for luxury homes… Technology is making features available in the home that were previously only seen on TV shows like The Jetson’s. We’re uncovering the 7 hottest home trends that are sweeping luxury realty in 2017 in this post.

After a long, slow recovery period for the housing sector, there are a number of encouraging signs that we may finally be creeping up from a buyer’s market back into a seller’s market.

Realtor.com, for example, is reporting that one in three homes are selling in under 30 days for the first time since the recession of the late 2000s. And the average price for an American home has reached $275,000 for the first time in history.

Mortgages are also easier to get than at any time before the slump, foreign investors are flooding the market, a new wave of millennial entrepreneurs is looking to buy, and luxury sector prices are actually coming down.

This is all good news for the high-end luxury realty market.

Trends Sweeping the Luxury Realty Market

This is also good news for New Hampshire.

Many of the typical luxury hot spots are simply full: New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, London. Millennials can’t get the condos they want, and more established families can’t get their dream home.

Normally this would result in a long commute as people move out of the city, but the modern business person can do his or her work from a home office.

Which is yet another reason to buy or construct in beautiful suburban or exurban surroundings. And what could be more beautiful than New Hampshire?

Here are the latest things buyers are looking for in the 2017 Luxury Realty sector.

1. The Ranch House is Back!

The elegant multi-story home is passe right now. One-story homes are back in vogue, preferably large ones on huge expanses of land.

Garages should be as big as possible, and a real plus on your compound is an entirely separate home with bathroom, game room, kitchen, and patio used just for entertaining.

It’s not a guest house: it’s specifically set up to entertain friends while keeping them out of your most intimate areas.

As far as all that goes, the more land you have, the better.

2. Arena-Size Sports.

Speaking of which, the “man cave,” which once started out as the modern answer to your dad’s den, has over the last decade evolved into an entertaining spot of its own.

But a big screen TV, a dart board, and a pool table just won’t cut it anymore. The modern luxury homeowner wants to be able to play a full-size game of basketball, tennis, hockey, even BMX riding.

The outside pool has become the indoor natatorium, recessed into the floor so that it can disappear entirely when needed and sometimes even equipped with a surf simulator.

The idea is to enjoy your favorite sports on a regulation-size field, no matter what the weather. Which in New England makes perfect sense.

3. The Closet As Room.

This trend started a few years ago, as folks begin to venture into their walk-in closets and rethink them — and also to repurpose their pantries as cook prep areas.

Both have since become another room in the house, with full lighting, stylish cabinets, and an island of some sort in the middle to draw it all together.

The idea is to turn a storage room into a room with just as much personality as any other in the house: warm and inviting, spacious and dedicated to a theme.

4. Caves for Everyone!

Again, as the man cave expanded it started to trigger ideas from other members of the family: woman caves became more prominent, for one thing.

These days, luxury realty requires special rooms for the kids and even the pets. There’s a sports arena for Dad, the workout room for Mom, and a full-scale indoor playground for the kids so they can stay active even when the weather is bad.

And that pet cave? It can come complete with heated floors, a comfy bed, toys, TV, shower, and heat lamps with which to dry off!

5. The Spectator Kitchen.

After decades of rock star chefs, foodies, and cooking reality shows, just about everyone would like to cook for friends and family.

Time was when you or your staff would disappear into a separate kitchen and then come out with the finished product, but these days folks like to see the process in action.

Which brings us to the spectator kitchen or kitchen theater, a large kitchen with an island that can seat several. You can actually prepare the food with them as you chat, offer some appetizers, and then move everyone out to the dining room when the main course is ready.

6. Inside, Meet Outside.

One way designers have been thinking outside the box is to stop treating the home as a box. The new trend in luxury realty is to inject the old inside-outside dynamic with some fluidity.

Full wall-size windows are very much in vogue. If you have a bathroom that doesn’t look out onto anything but a view, large windows are actually practical for letting in light when you’re at the vanity.

Another trend is a second kitchen near the patio with a retractable wall that can turn inside into outside with the push of a button. Year-round, round-the-clock entertaining and recreation is the ultimate goal.

7. The Smarthome.

We’ve been promised a Home of the Future since automation first reared its head in the 1950s. That moment appears to finally be here — and homeowners want to take full advantage.

Luxury realty homeowners aren’t satisfied with a security system they can monitor from their phone while on vacation. They also want to be able to change the lighting and temperature, and also run their appliances from anywhere in the home.

The more integrated the entire system is, the better. That includes home assistants like Alexa and sound systems built right into the walls of the home.

Luxury Realty: Still Cutting Edge, Wherever You Are

When major changes are made to technology, design, and functionality, luxury homeowners will get them first.

Merging tech with new design, today’s luxury homeowner can create an entire atmosphere for almost any occasion. They can also change it in a second without worrying about the weather, the neighbors, or any heavy lifting.

These types of homes are popping up outside of the bigger cities for the first time. It’s easier than ever to enjoy the beauty of the New England countryside while still having it all!