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FOX25 Morning News Zip Trip Comes to Portsmouth, New Hampshire

On Friday June 1 John and Anthony visited zip code 03081 in Portsmouth New Hampshire.

John McGeoughAnthony Lamacchia,  Katie Imperato, Jackie Louh, and Adam Pasciscia were at the Strawbery Banke Museum with the team at FOX25 Morning News.

John and Anthony discussed 3 featured properties for sale in Portsmouth.

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All right it is time to check out what is on the market in Portsmouth New Hampshire; we’re here with our guests, John McGeough and Anthony Lamacchia of Lamacchia Realty who join us every week as they do on these Zip Trips, thanks for being with us you guys.

Thanks for having us

We’re having a beautiful day a little warmer than it was last week

Unbelievable, no question, we’re in the jewel of the seacoast they call it.

It is, it’s really beautiful here and the weather has cleared nicely I know you guys have a couple of properties to tell us about why don’t we start with you.

Sure. 540 Ocean road in Portsmouth single family home listed for $389,000, it’s a 3 bedroom 2 full bath and it was built in 1782 it’s an old farmhouse and it’s well updated. Very nice place. 2 car garage as well.

There’s really a lot of good looking properties around here

Absolutely and it’s one of those towns, it’s an older town so it has a lot of history and there’s a lot of renovated properties and those are very nice.

I love when you see those you have the old sort of façade but it’s been renovated to have a lot of updates inside. I imagine there’s a lot of that around here.

There’s a lot of that around here absolutely.

But you don’t want the 1800 style heating.

Exactly! All 10 fireplaces.

All right let’s talk about property number 2, that’s you John.

This is a contrast to the older construction this is kind of a rarity. You don’t see much new construction in a town like Portsmouth because there’s so little land. So Laurel Court is just an unbelievable build. There are 19 homes 11 of them have already sold, so they’re flying off the shelves. They’re all craftman style homes probably the highest energy rating I’ve ever seen. You’ve got the greatest and latest technology for insulation double glazed windows, they’ve got solar capacity. They call it “Green on Steroids.” So we’re really excited about this development because not only is it high quality and green friendly but they’re actually really beautiful pictures—I can’t see them from here—but you know, unbelievable detail and just a real high quality build.

Do you see a lot of that, I mean you don’t around here, but do we see that in Massachusetts?

Not as much as we’d like, it’s tough to build in these New England states, zoning is very restrictive, and these price points I think range from $389,000 and it goes up to about the mid-$400,000 range, so a perfect entry level or even trade up or even trade down buyer so that’s why they’re not staying around long.

Let’s talk about property number 3, you’re going to tell us about it, Anthony.

Absolutely it’s 401 State Street, this is actually a condominium. 2 bedroom, 1 bath, about 1000 square feet, again, in an older complex. This is an 1840s building that was renovated, they call it, “upscale and chic,” describes the nature of this totally upgraded condominium.

1840 though! Incredible.

Much older.  Offers a chef’s kitchen as well. So this is a cool place on the market for $289,000.

That’s really incredible, so there’s really a range of stuff around here. I mean, we have everything from a 2-1 type condo to houses with multiple bedrooms, and not too ridiculous in terms of price range.

That’s what we like about Portsmouth the inventory, like you said,  is very diverse you’ve got that brand new development and as Anthony was talking about a condo renovated 1840s so you still get that fireplace detail and you still have some updates in it as well, so you get some good energy saving—not like the new construction—but still nice.

I might like a spot in Portsmouth, it’s a bit of a commute for me though to Dedham, but it really is a beautiful spot and there’s a lot of stuff going on downtown. I know that I’ve driven through the downtown area and there’s a lot of condos down there that are great for people, it’s accessible to restaurants and what’s going on downtown.

Properties are getting scooped up everywhere this spring and up here as well.

All right that is a look at what we have on the market John McGeough and Anthony Lamacchia thank you so much for joining us.


About Portsmouth New Hampshire

Portsmouth is a historic seaport located at the mouth of the Piscataqua River dividing New Hampshire and Maine. Portsmouth has a population of about 21,000 people and was named one of the top 100 Walking Cities in the U.S. by Prevention magazine. There are so many places to go and things to do in Portsmouth that it’s become a popular vacation spot. Portsmouth has many museums including the historic Strawberry Banke Museum, where the Zip Trip team will broadcast this week. This museum is actually a village set in the 1600s with restored houses, landscapes, and gardens. Its interpretive programs show visitors how people lived in Portsmouth from Colonial times up to World War II.  Coming up Saturday June 9th, Portsmouth hosts its annual Market Square Day where thousands of visitors come to the downtown area to watch live performers, shop products made by local artists, and sample food from the city’s many local restaurants.

What makes Portsmouth a great town to live in?

Portsmouth residents enjoy the fine restaurants, tax free shopping, art galleries, and picturesque streets this city offers. There are historic walking tours of the city, harbor cruises, and kids of all ages love to go to Water Country, New England’s largest water park located on Route 1. The unemployment rate in Portsmouth is 4.8%, well below the national level. The average price for a single family home going for around $439,136 and the average for a condo is about $383,953.

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