My last post before retiring for the night
SoxFan, isn't it great to be moving back to New England? I remember when I moved back here from the St. Louis area, we were SO EXCITED to be going back HOME where we belonged!! Congratulations, and it's a great time especially for sports fans, with the BoSox just winning the world series, and the Pats remain UNDEFEATED!
OK, back to your questions. If you decide to consider Londonderry, I can vouch that Dinalkulp's house in Londonderry is a nice house, nice neighborhood (no I'm not the agent selling it, but I know families that live in the area). However, Londonderry is about 45 minutes from Concord, and unfortunately isn't very walkable. It sounds like you may be looking for a place where you won't be spending all your free time mowing lawns, climbing ladders, and fixing/maintaining the house. A neighborhood of detatched condo's might work well for you. These homes are single-family houses that include all maintenance on the exterior of the home, for a monthly association fee. Some neighborhoods include landscaping as well.
There are some beautiful towns in the Concord area, however, the cities of Concord and Manchester will offer the most in terms of shopping, socializing, etc. Manchester or Bedford are probably within 30 minutes of Concord, and both have some very nice detatched condo neighborhoods. Lots of shopping in both Manchester and Bedford, both have malls (Bedford Mall, Simon Mall/Mall of NH in Manchester) plus Manchester with its downtown, tons of restaurants, shopping, etc. Bedford is more "drive here and there", couple of more upscale shops in stripmalls, Talbots, etc. For the real shopping excursions, head to the coast-Portsmouth and Newburyport MA for some great little shops, one-of-a kind items, etc. A real treat!!
This from the Chamber of Commerce website: A revitalized downtown Concord brims with historic buildings and statuary, and offers a variety of specialty shops, cafes, and restaurants. Even the alleys, squares and side streets are fun to explore. Handmade clocks, gourmet foods, books, music, clothing, antiques, crafts and mountain bikes are just a few examples of the variety of goods you’ll find. Downtown Concord Inc. schedules a number of special shopping events throughout the year, including Market Days in July and Midnight Merriment for the holidays.
Of course there is the usual mall stores at Steeplegate Mall, and lots of stores (not "trendy" but stores nonetheless along Loudon Road, etc.
Not sure if schools are a consideration for you. If so, a word of caution. Many homes are listed within the MLS as Concord when in fact they do NOT use Concord schools.
If I can help, please let me know. I try to check in around here once or twice each day