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Old 04-16-2008, 09:51 AM
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You say you live in Dover..... could you please tell me about it? We are looking to move there or around that area and we are trying to find a good spot. My boyfriend and I are just out of college and trying to find a place to raise a family. Are there good schools? Is it expensive to live there? Any advice would be helpful!!
Thank you!
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:52 AM
Location: NH. NY. SC. next move, my ground condo
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Theres also Tha Hannah house on the edge of Durham, off 108, down Bennett Rd., next to a former mill site on the river at Packers Falls. Also on the Durham/ Newmarket line on 108is Hickory Pond Inn. Its a B& B plus a 'pich+putt' golf course when the weather is nicer.

that place is still there. wow, i can't beleave it. that place was there in the 80s. when i lived in that area. that's amazing
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:33 PM
Location: Kensington NH
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Hi kim, just to quickly reply your post, I don't live in Dover but have friends that do and am up there frequently. I've only lived in NH for a year and I think Dover downtown is pretty nice, but I've been told it's undergone quite a renaissance in the last few years though from being previously empty or run down. It still doesn't have that vibrant, upbeat feal that Portsmouth does though. The housing prices seem considerably cheaper than other seacoast towns and while there are definitely nice and new houses, I don't think overall the neighborhoods are quite as nice as the rest of the seacoast. My friends say they get pretty bored sometimes there and usually head down to portsmouth for things to do, which isn't exactly far though.

I briefly looked into Dover but fiance works in Mass and that extra drive, toll, and traffic on 16 would just add too much extra commute time. Personally I hate trying to get anywhere from Dover other than the white mountains because the 16 traffic over the bridge gets to be a pain during rush hour, and it's juuuuust far enough to make dover more than a "quick" drive to Boston, the beaches, 101, etc. It's considered a seacoast town but everytime I drive up there I feel like it's pretty secluded from the rest of the area. That said, if my fiances commute time wasn't an issue I would probably look around there for houses and consider moving there.....but I would prefer Hampton, Portsmouth, Exeter, Rye (sooo not in our price range), N. Hampton, etc.
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Old 04-18-2008, 02:55 PM
Location: "FV" (most can't pronounce it)
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Default Does living there for 25 years+ count as experienced? LOL

Kim -

I lived in Dover over 18 years, and in neighboring towns until I moved to NC 5 years ago. My sister and family, and my Dad STILL live in Dover. Dover is a residential town with businesses to keep many of the residents working in town. Most of the shopping for a "mall" and such is done in Rochester and Portsmouth. Everything is usually within a half hour drive - Boston is 45 minutes to the airport (trust me I've driven it thousands of times).

Rents are a little high in Dover, Somersworth and Rochester are just slightly lower - after all everyone prefers Dover Dover is considered Seacoast because half of Dover is waterfront (river or the bay). To research rents try craigslist and the local DAILY newspaper "Foster's Daily Democrat" at Fosters.com - Dover NH, Rochester NH, Portsmouth NH, Laconia NH, Sanford ME

Schools are on par with the state in my opinion. I grew up throughout the whole system and even attended a college or two there. As far as expensive - Portsmouth, Manchester, and Nashua are way more expensive than Dover - but Dover is higher than the smaller towns in the area - it's all relative. I don't mind living in Dover and traveling 15 minutes or so to some of the sites - though don't get me wrong if you look around there's plenty to do in Dover. I highly suggest the Woodman institute (museum) you could be in there for days!

Any questions - direct message me and I can tell you tons more LOL. It's my hometown and I want to go back!!

Originally Posted by krazy kim View Post
You say you live in Dover..... could you please tell me about it? We are looking to move there or around that area and we are trying to find a good spot. My boyfriend and I are just out of college and trying to find a place to raise a family. Are there good schools? Is it expensive to live there? Any advice would be helpful!!
Thank you!
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Old 04-19-2008, 07:18 PM
Location: Dover, NH
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Talking Live in Dover and LOVE It!

As I have posted many times prior singing the praises of Dover...

We are MA transplants who have lived in the Garrison City now for eight years (it still amazes me it's been that long!). We moved to NH from the Merrimack Valley in MA because a home was more affordable. We drew a square on a map based on commute times to MA (both working there at the time), then narrowed down our search based on tax rates. Dover was initially further North than we wanted to look, but our Realtor encouraged us to"broaden our horizons" and I'm glad we did!

There are still some negative impressions of Dover left over from years ago and that colors some people's impression of the city today. We live in a relatively small subdivision on the north side of town; we relocated from the south side five years ago. Our neighborhood is about seven years old, with two cul-de-sacs, a city-maintained ball field, city-maintained playground, and nature trail. We have city water, city sewer, trash and recycling pick-up curbside, and publicly maintained roads. We are convenient to everyday shopping (ie: groceries, Target, Home Depot, etc.) and close to the Turnpike.

According to the last reported statistics I saw, Dover had 2 (that's TWO) violent crimes in 2005 or 2006. We have a wonderful, full-time police department (including motorcycle and mounted officers), a great fire department with full-time EMS, and, in my opinion, a very good school system. Granted, it is not Oyster River (Durham/Lee/Madbury) or Stratham/ Exeter, but then again we don't pay their tax rates either (not that ours are cheap by any means). We currently have one child in public school and will have a second entering this fall; the public school system here in Dover is one of the reasons we bought here in the first place.

When we first bought here, we chose our starter home over others we had considered in Stratham and Exeter. I was a Realtor when we sold that house three years later (no longer licensed...kids take up too much time!). We made a killing and could have bought anywhere here on the Seacoast, yet we CHOSE to stay here in Dover.

My husband is an ED nurse at the local hospital, and I am primarily a stay-at-home mom. I find plenty to do here for myself and the kids: great (although small) walking downtown with GREAT restaurants (try Christopher's On Third for a terrific meal!) and good small-city bars (although probably not for the newly-legal set-usually a bit older crowd than that), many city-sponsored events throughout the year (Apple Harvest, outdoor concerts, outdoor kids series shows), city pool and skating rink (although talk of pool not opening this year due to budget constraints), sledding/tubing hill, train station, etc. Great city sports programs (although they do cost extra), after-school programs...I could go on! Also, the Children's Museum is relocating here from Portsmouth.

Obviously, I like my city! PM me with any particular questions or if I can be of help in any way! Good luck!
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