irr1449 t1_j7nbv0q wrote

I’m not trying to be cynical but how is this any different than a trailer park? The size and density is about the same. One just doesn’t have the stigma associated with being a “trailer.”


irr1449 t1_j76ndzs wrote

Yes this is normal. My house is only 4 years old. Very good insulation and a efficient heating system. I dropped to 56 as well. I live in the White Mountains and we were at -20 all night, plus house is very exposed to the wind.

Update; we’re at 0 now and temp is up to 64. My guess is that we could maintain 68 in the -5 range. This is with 30-40 mph gusts. Probably lower with no wind. Our heating systems are just not designed to handle -20 plus the wind.


irr1449 t1_j47dtja wrote

I was never a hiking or outdoors type. We moved to the mountains because of the views and relatively affordable real estate. When I started hiking it took me 10 tries to climb a mountain nearby. I was completely out of shape and had suffered a nagging ankle injury. Now (a few years later) I can climb the mountain in 45 minutes (3500 feet). I can easily climb Mount Washington. The key is you have to enjoy the outdoors. I put my headphones on and listen to music or books and just appreciate being alone out in nature. My wife absolutely hates hiking, it’s not for everyone. The key is to find activities that you enjoy.


irr1449 t1_j46sjdi wrote

I live in the White Mountains and I’ve found winter to be much more ….. palatable as I’ve forced myself to take up a number of winter activities. Skiing, cross country and downhill, hiking, snow shoeing. I actually look forward to winter now. The key is dressing right. I wear long underwear pretty much November through March. I hate being cold.

Maintaining a second home thousand of miles away is a nightmare unless you have enough money to pay a property manager. We had a vacation home for a few years and it was a constant headache. IMHO it just wasn’t worth it compared to taking a vacation or two in the winter. It’s just such a waste of resources to have a house that only gets used half the year. You could have a much nicer house in NH and go to Florida for a few weeks on vacation. Unless money is no object it’s hard to really rationalize.


irr1449 t1_j04oodx wrote

I'm an attorney. I've read the whole thread and most of your comments. This isn't legal advice, just my 2 cents.

If what you say is true, the developer could potentially be on the hook to remedy multiple homes. The cost to do that would likely be in the hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. This is assuming that they either have to go deeper on each well or alternatively develop some type of centralized solution like bringing town water to the development or creating a centralized pump/storage/distribution facility.

Unless the builder is some sort of huge multi-million dollar corporation, it's more likely that they file bankruptcy in an attempt to avoid liability. This is why it's important that you move fast. If it gets to the point where they are being sued by multiple parties, it's most likely too late.

Call around and try and get a consultation with an attorney that does litigation. You don't want a "real estate" attorney who deals with closing and things like that. You want an attorney who sues people and goes to court ("litigation"). Going to court is very expensive, but you would be surprised how far you can get with just a nasty letter. The mere fact that you're represented by counsel and exploring litigation will scare the shit out of the other side. Go on a website like and send out a few feelers.


irr1449 t1_izxryk4 wrote

I went there for the first time this weekend and they have definitely stepped up their game this season. People made a huge stink last year becuase it just seems like they didn't care, didn't put in any effort. This year I'm seeing like 2-3X the amount of staff, way more snow making already, some attempt at organized parking. Even the store had 3 employees working where I've never seen more than 1. So far it looks much improved!


irr1449 t1_izf3nor wrote

I live very close to Berlin and we do a lot of our shopping at the Walmart there. I’ve lived all over NH and when they say Berlin is “poor” they really mean it. Sections of the city are literally crumbling. What’s a 50k house when it needs more than that in repairs? Predictably the schools struggle because of the way we tie funding to property values. There is quite a bit of “blight” that just makes it not a hugely “desirable”place to live. I wouldn’t buy there with hopes of making some great real estate investment.

Having said all that, it can still be a great place to live because it is so affordable. Certain areas and the outskirts of town are not bad. It’s close to a lot of hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and the ATV park. Shopping (mostly Walmart, but it’s a nice Walmart) is accessible. I just don’t see it gentrifying like other areas of NH have over the last 30 years. It has a very large low income population that have no where else to go because of Berlin’s remoteness.


irr1449 t1_iro2wb7 wrote

This is certainly an inconvenience but as a resident of northern NH, we really do depend on these tourists. We have no industry. We rely on tourism in the summer, fall AND winter. We live in one of the most beautiful places in the country. It’s unrealistic to think we don’t have to share it with others. At least most of the businesses that benefit (outside the ski areas) are small family run.