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Old 05-22-2013, 05:27 AM
 
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I retired last August. Moved up here to be near my favorite mountains and hiking trails.

All came about when a year ago I was up at Crag Camp and the caretaker and I were chatting. We could see Berlin of course, and he mentioned a friend who had paid $15k for a house there. It started me thinking. Ultimately I paid five times that for a really nice house, but still very inexpensive compared to Randolph or the Littleton/Bethlehem area.

I'm actually surprised that Berlin and its realtors don't market to the hiking/winter sports crowd. You'd think folks from southern NH, MA, and Quebec would be buying up retirement and second homes here.

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Old 05-24-2013, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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Here comes a piece of blasphemy. Some developer should buy the old mill properties and build a complex of small web based business spaces, room for recreation stores and a gym, restaurants and clothing stores and condominium housing for the flatlanders to use for summer and winter recreation. That would bring in the money for wages and taxes to turn Berlin from an almost dead mill town to North Conway North.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:34 PM
 
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I haven't been past Walmart in Berlin in ages....... The last time i had been the mills were gone and it was dusty log yards with no logs and red brick.

What little of down town was left was empty store fronts.

A week ago I talked to a guy in the Chocorua area a part of my town Tamworth and he was here seeking work and a place for himself and his wife. They were living out of a pick up truck. he said he was from the Berlin area and there was No work. I believe that.

Berlin is a town too far.... What made Berlin work is gone. The river is scary dangerous at town and below and i mean scary. That water will eat the hair off your body and you will get cancer and die if you stir up any of that bottom well past Gorham.

The river seems safe enough above town, but there is the same problem no work.

I know people who own homes on Randolph Hill and used to be a winter care taker at Gray Knob the old one. Some of those people just sent me a note about Muster In the Mountains coming to the Auto Road in early Sept., and before that time come i will motorcycle up there to say hi and go hiking.

hell if you got the do re mei and don't need to work, can work at home and etc it's Gods' Country anywhere outside city limits.

If not good luck unless you fix heavy equipment, move steel, or make hay..

As for climbing stores North Conway just down the road has them ALL.

IME, EMS, Wild Things, Log House, Ragged Mt.and LL Bean.

Another part I can only speculate about is the toxins that must be in the ground. I would bet money that to buy land on the old mill sites will buy you EPA regs that will cost zillions to dig up the land burn every bit of it, get new land from 'away' or put the old land back where it was in say 15 years time.. Just like the Steel foundry in Conway.

Just last year the EPA said that reclaimed land in that location was safe to set up house keeping on again...... I don't see anybody rushing to build on that lot series right now either.

What the EPA says is safe and what is safe is 2 very different things.

Berlin may have assorted other serious problems with the old steam pipes running all over creation that used to heat the workers tenement mill homes. I don't even dare speculate on what might be wrong with old and i mean old cast iron steam pipes.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:41 PM
 
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Here comes a piece of blasphemy. Some developer should buy the old mill properties and build a complex of small web based business spaces, room for recreation stores and a gym, restaurants and clothing stores and condominium housing for the flatlanders to use for summer and winter recreation. That would bring in the money for wages and taxes to turn Berlin from an almost dead mill town to North Conway North.
Used to be there was no shopping to speak of in N Conway and people living there, me for one, would go to Berlin for food and assorted other shopping. The other way was to Rochester...

Then in the 80's the n Conway towns fathers dies off and were replace by Flats who killed the little local airport and made it Settlers Green with lumps and bumps of dirt mounds and cheap big box stores for MONEY killing the view, the feel for Curriers and Ives and made a bottle neck in the Nawth country they have been fighting on the How to of it for the past 40 years.

I'ld say a dam about 2,000 feet high from the Moats to the Red Stone Quarry would settle that, and we would have Mt Washington Island in a real Saco Lake

Now that would earn the big bucks with a canoe ramp at Crawfords!
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Old 05-29-2013, 04:31 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
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Look at this nice inexpensive house in Gorham and the taxes aren't bad either. And it is close enought to Berlin where your husband's job would be a short drive away.

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Old 11-03-2013, 02:09 PM
 
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I moved to Berlin over a year ago from a large metropolitan area, so I can only speak about Berlin from recent experience. It is quite a big change but almost all of it for the better. The scenery is beautiful, as well as some of the old houses and buildings. Sure there are some run down homes and closed shops, but the city has been tearing many of them down. I think the people are great. They are down to earth. Where I lived previously, it was all about "keeping up with the Jonese." There is none of that here that I have seen. I was able to find a beautifully maintained old home that was so well built and cost a fraction of what I would have paid elsewhere. The taxes may be higher, but with the cost of the homes so low, it is a non-issue. The schools may be rated lower than other areas, and I was nervous about that, but was very pleased with what I found. When you have a problem, they will work with you. Because it is a small school system, they don’t have the sweeping policies that many large school systems do, so they are very adaptable. I was impressed with all the teachers and the administration that I met. Crime is absolutely not an issue. I used to giggle reading the police reports in the newspaper. It is so nice to be able to read a paper and not have it all dominated by murders, rapes, and other crimes that you find in other cities. The downside is the lack of jobs in the area. People had relied on the mills for employment, so there are many unemployed. I was lucky enough to have a telecommuting job when I moved here, so that hasn’t affected me. There are not a lot of medical specialists here, so you would have to drive a few hours for that. There is not a lot of variety in shopping or restaurants, but the local restaurants are good. If fine dining and fancy stores is what’s important to you, then Berlin is not for you. If nice people, low crime, affordable housing, no traffic, and beautiful scenery - then it is a great place.
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Old 01-22-2014, 12:43 PM
 
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Relocating to NH in May to work at the Prison and after reading about Berlin i have decided not to live in that town until I see it for myself. So which surrounding area is more suitable for a family with younger children?
thanks

mmc10, so you like it? Living in town would make it so much easier driving to work. What type of restaurants do they have there? Don't care about shopping, I can do that online.

thanks

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Old 03-02-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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I that movie theatre still open?
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Old 03-02-2014, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I that movie theatre still open?
Sorry Jacker the theater was abandoned and two bored teenagers decided to torch it. It is still standing but it's pretty messed up .
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:59 AM
 
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Check out the sex offenders that live in that town.
Not much beats the pedophile offenders, per capita,than the Londonderry community in Rockingham county. No flags from the moderators, as you all posted the data. AP. Please go back to your expertise of folding sweaters.. Thank G*d I live so very far away, though am in England now, and get looked
down upon as Americans are even worse then the French do, but I don't care as we could have, and should have, taken over the planet in in the 1940's. 1950's,
Not something that I would ever want, but just to teach the world that we mean is business,
So in summary, enjoy your little spot in... there are only 1.3M people .....in NH 1.3 million people, and ranked 33 out of all the lowest populous states. just my opinions, no flames please.
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