As we saw in our 2023 Year in Review Housing Report, home prices continue to rise across New Hampshire.  The average selling price for a home hit $531,598 by year’s end, an increase of 7.2% compared to 2022.

Here is a list of the most expensive towns in New Hampshire in 2023:

1. New Castle

Coming in at number one is the town of New Castle with an average home selling price of $3,113,835. With its stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean and the Piscataqua River, New Castle offers a unique blend of history, natural beauty, and small-town charm. This community offers plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing, and swimming, with several beaches and lakes in the area. New Castle is also a great place for fans of New England history, including historical sites such as the Wentworth by the Sea Hotel, and the Fort Constitution Historic Site. Overall, New Castle is a great place to live for those who value natural beauty, history, and a close-knit community.

2. Rye

The town of Rye is number two on the list! The average selling price for a home in Westport is $1,442,096. Located just south of Portsmouth, this lovely town offers a vibrant cultural scene and picturesque beaches. Rye Beach and Jenness Beach are the perfect spots for a relaxing day of swimming and sunbathing, or if you’re looking to explore, the community offers tons of activities from farmer’s markets, to concerts and art shows. For those seeking a home offering a laid-back and coastal lifestyle, Rye is the perfect place to live.

3. Bridgewater

Bridgewater places third on the list, with an average sale price of $1,329,095 and 20 total homes sold in 2023. Bridgewater is a tight-knit community located in the Lakes Region, that offers serene water views and numerous opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. Residents of Bridgewater enjoy relaxing at Newfound Lake and taking part in activities such as hiking, fishing, and boating. There are also community events hosted throughout the year, such as summer concerts and farmers’ markets. For those seeking a peaceful lifestyle and a friendly community, Bridgewater has something for everyone! 

4. Moultonborough

Moultonborough has an average selling price of $1,317,477 and a total of 111 homes sold in 2023. Moultonborough is a picturesque town located in the Lakes Region. With its scenic beauty and small-town charm, Moultonborough offers a peaceful and relaxing lifestyle for residents. Most notably, Moultonborough is home to the very popular Castle in the Clouds, a historic mansion and garden that offers stunning views of the area’s lakes and mountains. For those looking for a close-knit community and an outdoor lifestyle, Moultonborough is the perfect spot!

5. Newington

Placing fifth on our list, Newington had an average sales price of $1,312,500 and 8 home sales in 2023. Its picturesque landscape and local community are sure to win over the hearts of anyone who visits. Residents and visitors alike can explore the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion or the Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This is one of the smallest towns in our list by population, with only 811 citizens according to the 2020 U.S. Census.  Despite its size, this tight-knit community puts on several events per year so that everyone can come together and celebrate the small-town charm Newington provides. 

6. Holderness

Holderness had 26 total home sales in 2023 with an average selling price of $1,188,037. Located in the Lakes Region, this town is home to the sparkling waters of Squam Lake, and the the White Mountains. It is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Residents enjoy a variety of outdoor activities including kayaking, hiking, and fishing. Its local attractions also pay homage to the town’s natural beauty, such as the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center and Holderness Historical Society Museum. Whether you’re looking for ample outdoor adventures or simply want a peaceful lifestyle surrounded by nature, Holderness has something to offer. 

7. North Hampton

In 2023, North Hampton had an average home selling price of $1,155,161, making it number seven on our list. This pleasant coastal town is home to North Hampton State Beach, which offers miles of stunning ocean views and a relaxing atmosphere. For nature lovers, one of North Hampton’s most popular attractions is the Fuller Gardens, a beautiful botanical garden. The town’s community also hosts several events throughout the year, the most attended being the North Hampton Farmers’ Market. Overall, North Hampton is perfect for those who seek a small-town feel, but with easy access to Portsmouth and other popular attractions.

8. Hanover

Hanover, another small town, places eight on our list, with an average selling price of $1,063,775. Home to Dartmouth College, Hanover offers a strong focus on education and community.  One of the main attractions is the Hood Museum of Art, which showcases a vast collection of modern and historical artwork. You can also explore Dartmouth Green, a beautiful open space at the center of campus that is a popular spot for picnics, concerts, and other events. Its excellent schools, low crime rate, and high quality of life make it a popular destination for families and retirees alike.

9. Center Harbor

Center Harbor comes in ninth on our list with the average selling price for a home at $1,062,200. Surrounded by forests and lakes, this small town is a nature lover’s dream! There are plenty of stunning sceneries to explore, such as Chamberlain-Reynolds Beach Cove, Proctor Preserve, and Belknap Woods Trailhead. With just over 1,000 residents, Center Harbor is home to a close-knit community that values a peaceful and quiet lifestyle amongst nature.  

10. Hebron

Finally, the town of Hebron rounds out our top ten list. In 2023, Hebron had 20 home sales and averaged $1,022,972 in sales price. Hebron is a very quiet town with just under 900 residents. The town offers its citizens an array of mom-and-pop shops and several serene landscapes to discover. Whether you want to live by the mountains or book a private stay in one of their waterfront inns, Hebron’s atmosphere allows all to slow down and enjoy the simple things in life. 

**All total sales and average selling price data provided by NEREN