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Old 12-14-2018, 04:05 PM
 
Location: south shore, MA
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I am in the very beginning stages of starting the process to relocate to southern or central NH within the next few Years from the South Shore in Massachusetts and was hoping for some insight on what will I notice right away once I purchase a house and begin living in New Hampshire (What will be better and what will be worse in your opinion).


Thank you all in advance!
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:14 PM
 
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If you find yourself on well & septic that could be an issue if you are not familiar with it. I find it to be a PITA & have avoided dealing with it even though my place is in central NH. I made sure that I was on city water & sewer.

One thing I like about central NH is how light the off-season traffic is. It's still actually a pleasure to drive up here most of the year. I'm in Boston a lot these days because of work & the driving is brutal
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Old 12-14-2018, 05:21 PM
 
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I guess it depends on exactly where on the South Shore you are, but I'd say you'll notice cultural differences. There is a lot of Portuguese (Azorean) influence on the South Shore. You don't get that in most of NH. And then of course you won't be as close to the ocean.
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Old 12-15-2018, 07:08 AM
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Location: MA/NH
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The non-interstate roads are extremely quiet and dark at night. You need to be on the constant watch for deer and other wildlife that might be crossing in front of you.

And because of our lengthier and colder winter season, it's better to have a house that is closer to the road so that there is less snow to remove in order to get out and about after a storm.

Be ready for much higher property taxes.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:07 AM
 
Location: New Hampshire
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Be ready for much higher property taxes.
Maybe, but good chance they will be paying less!!!!
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Old 12-16-2018, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Manchester NH
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the sex is much better here.
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Old 12-16-2018, 11:26 AM
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Location: MA/NH
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Maybe, but good chance they will be paying less!!!!
Not if they buy in southern and central NH... yes, my property costs less than a comparable in MA, but my property taxes are double compared to MA. My taxes are twice than what my much smaller house in Newton that was valued twice as much.

Also, according to my NH neighbors who bought their homes over 20 years ago, NH property taxes have gone up at a much faster rate than MA and with no end in sight. It's very scary what is going on with our property taxes.
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Old 12-16-2018, 12:10 PM
 
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I guess it depends on exactly where on the South Shore you are, but I'd say you'll notice cultural differences. There is a lot of Portuguese (Azorean) influence on the South Shore. You don't get that in most of NH. And then of course you won't be as close to the ocean.
South Coast for Portuguese influence yes. South Shore not so much AFAIK.
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:32 AM
 
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I guess it depends on exactly where on the South Shore you are, but I'd say you'll notice cultural differences. There is a lot of Portuguese (Azorean) influence on the South Shore. You don't get that in most of NH. And then of course you won't be as close to the ocean.

Not really. South Shore is more Boston Irish white flight. Murphy, O'Connor, Sullivan. Not Sousa, Costa, Medeiros. That's South Coast, aka "West Portugal", my birthplace and where linguica is the most common pizza topping. Other than right on the coast where it's very affluent, the South Shore is Trump country. West, East, and Bridgewater, Whitman, Hanson, Hanover, Pembroke, Kingston, Plympton, Carver, Middleborough. As opposed to Hingham, Scituate, Duxbury on the coast.


So I agree that it depends on where on the South Shore. The coastal part is mostly affluent professional bedroom towns with a lot of Boston commuters. There are big chunks of the South Shore where you have the same house issues with well, septic, oil delivery. Radon issues are similar.



I lived in Portsmouth for a decade and worked a big chunk of my career in the NH border towns. I'm a bit fuzzy about what "Central New Hampshire" means. Concord and towns bordering or two towns away from Concord?
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Old 12-18-2018, 10:40 AM
 
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Not really. South Shore is more Boston Irish white flight. Murphy, O'Connor, Sullivan. Not Sousa, Costa, Medeiros. That's South Coast, aka "West Portugal", my birthplace and where linguica is the most common pizza topping. Other than right on the coast where it's very affluent, the South Shore is Trump country. West, East, and Bridgewater, Whitman, Hanson, Hanover, Pembroke, Kingston, Plympton, Carver, Middleborough. As opposed to Hingham, Scituate, Duxbury on the coast.


So I agree that it depends on where on the South Shore. The coastal part is mostly affluent professional bedroom towns with a lot of Boston commuters. There are big chunks of the South Shore where you have the same house issues with well, septic, oil delivery. Radon issues are similar.



I lived in Portsmouth for a decade and worked a big chunk of my career in the NH border towns. I'm a bit fuzzy about what "Central New Hampshire" means. Concord and towns bordering or two towns away from Concord?
Central NH.....north of Concord. Basically the greater Lakes Region.
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