Written by Wayne D. King
Campton and Thornton, New Hampshire.
The key to every well-known and successful real estate development is location, location, location. Owl’s Nest, straddling the towns line between Campton and Thornton, New Hampshire has an ideal location. Situated on one of New Hampshire’s most spectacular and beautiful golf sites, the rolling hills, the meandering Pemigewasset River, and the majestic mountain views provide a backdrop for a truly sensational golfing experience. At the same time, the site’s proximity to Interstate Route 93 (a mile away) allows you easy access to population centers in short order. Concord is an hour to the south, Boston is two hours away and Providence is three.
Locally, the rapidly growing business and commercial center of the region is Plymouth, New Hampshire, just six miles south of Owl’s Nest. Home to Plymouth State University (PSU), the northern campus for the University of New Hampshire, this picturesque college town feature an $8 million performing arts center, an excellent hospital with strong ties to the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and many shops and stores too numerous to mention.
Despite the fact that Owl’s Nest has stunning views, a great location, superb golf and great skiing minutes away, the community’s master developer, Tom Mullen, a partner in Owl Street Associates is surprised at how quickly its homes and town homes are selling. The makeup of purchasers to date also comes as a surprise to Mullen. “Our original notion that most Owl’s Nest buyers would be empty nester retirees was wrong. Fully a third of our owners now live here on a year-round basis,” said Mullen. “While another third are vacation homeowners - - families with kids, interested in all the activities the area is known for [Owl’s Nest is only a short drive away from several major ski areas - - Waterville Valley and Loon Mountain, and several large lakes - - Winnipesaukee, Squam and Newfound are close by]. The remaining third of our owners “continued Mullen, “ are retirees. Some live at Owl’s Nest all year long while others are sunbirds with winter homes in places like Florida and Arizona.”
The housing at Owl’s Nest consists of single-family homes (1,500 to 3,500 square feet) and townhouse style condos (1,300 to 2,500 square feet). All exterior maintenance including; snow removal, yard work, building repairs, etc. is performed for residents by a professional, on-site staff. A full menu of services such as; maid and linen service, house checks, heat monitoring, trash removal, etc. are a phone call away to the Owl’s Nest Property Management Department.
“Owl’s Nest has created a concept that gives its residents the best of both worlds,” explains Mullen. “By developing key housing sites overlooking portions of the golf course, Owl’s Nest gives its buyers the ultimate backyard - - acres and acres of finely manicured backyards in the form of tees, greens and fairways with mary a blade of grass for residents to cut, weed, fertilize or water.”
The developer, Owl Street Associates, has selected choice pockets of land so as not to crowd the course with housing. “We create little villages, each with its own personality and architectural style,” says Mullen. Residents move around the community on golf cart paths or on private roads. All utilities are installed underground. Prices for home sites range from $125,000 to $400,000 and combined house-and-land packages begin at $325,000. Spectacular views abound in all directions, especially from the building sites on Sunset Ridge - - home to six of the most exciting golf holes in all of New England.
Golf oriented real estate development is relatively new to New Hampshire, but with eighteen holes in play and nine more on the drawing boards, Owl’s Nest has already set a standard that the competition will find hard to beat.
Owl's Nest Golf & Real Estate
PO Box 470
Campton, NH 03223