Holiday Gift Guide Part 3

Set the stage for a great new year in a home that’s in a great location, that you can make your own, or that you can fill with friends and family. Discover a home that fits your loved one’s (or your!) lifestyle.

Looking for the Sounds of the Sea

Holiday Gift Guide Sounds of Sea
Clockwise from Top Left: Property ID: MA2288 | Listed by Lanse Robb; Property ID: ME1553 | Listed by Story Litchfield; Property ID: ME1519 | Listed by John Saint-Amour; Property ID: ME1473 | Listed by Terry Sortwell; Property ID: MA2349 | Listed by Lanse Robb; Property ID: ME1551 | Listed by John Scribner

Whether it’s along a sandy beach or a rocky coast, there’s no sound quite as soothing as ocean waves. In Manchester-by-the-Sea, not only can you listen to the sounds of the ocean, you can also take in an elevated view from atop an 11-story watchtower at this private Smith’s Point home.

This Maine home also sits on an elevated site overlooking the ocean. At Bold Horizons, wave to the wildlife visitors like seals, whales, moose, deer, and bald eagles. Watch boats and wildlife travel on Totman Cove, Small Point Harbor, and the ocean from Newbury Point.

With 9 bedrooms, a guest cottage, billiard house, carriage house, reading room, and deep-water dock, Sears Cottage is perfect for hosting big gatherings and sits right on Gilkey Harbor.

From this Plum Island home, you can walk down from your deck right onto the sandy beach.

Finally, if you’re looking for a home that marries the natural surroundings and modern design, look no further than Coveside. Designed by Jeremiah Eck, this home is created to fit the contours of the land.

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Looking for Life by the Lake

Holiday Gift Guide Life by Lake
Clockwise from Top Left: Property ID: VT0638 | Listed by Wade Weathers; Property ID: VT0937 | Listed by Wade Weathers; Property ID: MA1764 | Listed by Lanse Robb; Property ID: NH0451 | Listed by Kristin Hayes Claire; Property ID: ME1537 | Listed by John Saint-Amour; Property ID: NY0312 | Listed by Vincent McClelland

Head up a cedar-lined drive to this Lake Champlain residence with over 900 feet of shoreline. With over 6000 sf of living space, every room is designed to highlight the views of the lake and the Adirondack High Peaks. Just north is another lakefront property. Ordway Shore is tucked away among gardens and 150 feet of shoreline.

A historic estate sits along Wenham Lake. Along with manicured grounds, there’s also a lakefront pool – all only a short walk from the town center.

For generations, people have flocked to Lake Winnipesaukee. Create your own getaway on the tip of Clay Point, featuring long views down the lake to the mountain ranges.

Another of New England’s most popular lakes, Sebago Lake, is known for year-round recreation: water activities, golfing, and skiing. It’s all within 30 miles of this escape, which features sunrise views over Jordan Bay.

On Deer Island in Upper Saranac Lake, a perfectly preserved historic Adirondack great camp sits among towering white pine trees. With 13 bedrooms scattered across the compound, there’s room for everyone!

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Looking to Build Your Dream Home

Holiday Gift Guide Land
Clockwise from Top Left: Property ID: MA2157 | Listed by Terry Boyle; Property ID: MA1927 | Listed by Betsy Lawrence; Property ID: VT0903 | Listed by Story Jenks; Property ID: MA2222 | Listed by Abby White

Maybe what you’re looking for doesn’t exist yet. Build it! Within the 695-acre Massachusetts Audubon Society Preservation is this last privately-held pocket of land. Over 50 acres are available with elevated views of Buzzards Bay, Cuttyhunk, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Also, in South Dartmouth is this level lot. Part of the lovely area of Nonquitt, you could enjoy sandy beaches, 9-hole golf, a pier, a day camp, and so much more.

148 hilltop acres looking out over the Green Mountains and into New Hampshire are available in Bridgewater, VT. The property includes hay fields, trails, and a swimming pond.

If you’re looking for more of a country setting, this 4.4-acre lot is on Concord’s coveted Monument Street. Create the estate you’ve always wanted with a main residence and a pool or tennis court.

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Looking to Host the Family

Holiday Gift Guide Host the Family
Clockwise from Top Left: Property ID: VT0863 | Listed by Christopher Lang; Property ID: MA2183 | Listed by Jay Boyle; Property ID: MA2249 | Listed by Lanse Robb; Property ID: ME1533 | Listed by Joseph Sortwell; Property ID: MA1986 | Listed by Lanse Robb; Property ID: VT0917 | Listed by Wade Weathers

Whether it’s for a day, a weekend, or a week, sometimes you need a little extra space for when family comes to visit. At Sheep Run Farm, a classic farmhouse exterior meets modern design interior. Along with the renovated living spaces, there’s a connected carriage house party barn.

Just outside of Boston, in Westwood, a three-story manor house includes formal rooms with elegant features and high ceilings; and with 6 bedrooms, there is plenty of room for everyone to stay.

To the north of the city are two estates with distinct styles, but both have plenty of room. In Manchester-by-the-Sea, a 35-acre property includes an extensively renovated and expanded residence with 5 bedrooms. Next to Myopia Hunt and Polo Club, a turn-of-the-century 24-acre home boasts the original Italian Renaissance style details.

Imagine having everyone gathered together in the great room of this waterfront Gaunt Neck home. There’s space inside and out with entertainment for all ages.

On Lake Champlain, a 1914 home made of Vermont granite has features to entertain the whole family. With formal and informal spaces, lake frontage, and a pool, there’s something for everyone here.

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If you missed the previous blogs in this series, you can check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our Holiday Gift Guide for more home ideas.