'Wentworth by the Sea' was named after Benning Wentworth (1741-1766), the first royal governor of New Hampshire. Today, the name is known to locals as a sought-after neighborhood straddling the Seacoast towns of New Castle and Rye, which includes a world-class hotel and spa, marina and country club surrounded by luxury residences.
Wentworth by the Sea Hotel & Spa
At the heart of Wentworth by the Sea, you'll find the historic hotel and spa, described as a 'grand dame' with a storied past and a stylized present.' The turreted Victorian-style hotel was built in 1874 and operated continuously for more than a century, hosting movie stars and politicians, before closing in 1980. It reopened in the early 2000safter a multi-million dollar renovation, preserving its old New England ambiance while adding sumptuous modern resort comforts. Its restaurants, Salt Kitchen + Bar and Latitudes are some of the Seacoast's most popular places to dine.
Wentworth by the Sea Marina
The nearby Wentworth by the Sea Marina offers an extraordinary setting, abundant amenities (including a seasonal, open-air cafe), and fine hospitality. With ~150 slips accommodating vessels up to 250 feet, they have everything a boater needs for a delightful stopover or unbeatable home port.
Wentworth by the Sea Community of Homes
The Wentworth by the Sea community of homes in New Castle NH offers a mix of 107 luxury homes and condominiums on ~100 acres of land (including the hotel and marina). The Association consists of eight pocket neighborhoods: Ducks Head, Little Harbor, Dockside, Marina Heights, Harborview, Campbell's Island, Mill Pond andGreat Island. The lifestyle here is a blend of easy living and casual sophistication. All homeowners have access to the Association clubhouse, swimming pool, tennis courts, walking trails, and a fabulous private beach.
The very first area developed was Ducks Head, a verdant necklace of 21 stunning Royal Barry Wills Cape Cod residences graced with old New England style. The neighborhood includes a mix of waterfront and water view homes.
The four luxury townhouses at Great Island Condominium were the final phase, completed in ~2003. They are located at the corner of Campbell's Island Lane and Wentworth Road (across from the hotel's main entrance).
Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Barb Shea knows the Wentworth by the Sea micro-market as well as, if not better than, any other Seacoast broker. She has been involved in numerous sales, through the various phases of development.
"Demand is always high for properties here. It's often the low taxes that attract people and the exceptional quality of life that keeps them there. Turnover tends to be low and, over the last couple of years, there has been a lack of inventory that we haven't seen before."
Between January 2016 and September 2017, there were nine sales in the following neighborhoods:
Mill Pond; 2 sales, average price $947,500
Marina Heights; 2 sales, average price $1,270,500
Ducks Head; 3 sales, average price $1,383,666
Little Harbor; 2 sales, average price $2,810,000
At that time, there was one property under contract, listed for $2,789,000 on Campbell's Island.
Harbour Links Estates at Wentworth by the Sea Country Club
Just over the bridge and across from the marina, the 21 custom-built single-family residences at Harbour Links Estates sit proudly along the fairways of Wentworth by the Sea Country Club in Rye NH. The Association includes all homes on private Heather Drive and Elizabeth Lane, with a few additional on nearby Wentworth and Pioneer Roads, and Frontier Street.
Residents with membership at the country club have easy access to its oceanfront championship golf course. Other club amenities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts, a huge swimming pool, fitness center, and indoor driving range, an outdoor patio overlooking the Wentworth Marina, and, inside the Club House, the Donald Ross Grill, offering a comfortable and family-friendly dining atmosphere!
According to Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Mary Beth Hixon, who lives along the edge of the golf course, the lifestyle here is club-centered with activities year-round.
Featured Lifestyle: Wentworth by the Sea 'Wentworth by the Sea' was named after Benning Wentworth (1741-1766), the first royal governor of New Hampshire. Today, the name is known to locals as a sought-after neighborhood straddling the seacoast towns of New Castle and Rye, which includes a world-class hotel and spa, marina, and country club [...] * Living In NH SeacoastLiving On NH SeacoastLuxury HomesMary Beth HixonNew Castle NHNew Castle Nh WaterfrontRye NHRye NH WaterfrontSeacoast ClubsSeacoast Nh Real Estate MarketWentworth By The SeaWentworth Country ClubWentworth HotelWentworth Marina
Barb Shea, whose home overlooks the 18th fairway, is a longtime member of the country club. She is extremely knowledgeable regarding the development and sales history at Harbour Links Estates. She sold the lots originally, has been involved in several transactions here, and had the following two listings in September 2017...
90 Wentworth Road
150 Pioneer Road
Between January 2016 and September 2017, there was a single sale at 7 Elizabeth Lane ($1,115,000); from 2010 through 2015, there were 3 sales on Heather Drive (average price $2,650,000) and 1 sale on Elizabeth Lane ($1,550,000). The most recent lots to be sold were on Heather Drive and occurred in 2011 and 2013 (the latter has a home currently under construction). 3 Heather Drive, an undeveloped 1-acre lot, is listed for sale at $2,250,000.
For more information about the Wentworth by the Sea lifestyle, please contact a member of our luxury real estate sales team. At Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty, we pride ourselves on having in-depth knowledge of our market area. We'd like to share that knowledge with you.
Featured Lifestyle: 5 Pocket Neighborhoods in Rye NH
Our hometown is a fantastic place to live, with housing options ranging from antiques to custom new construction, on old stonewall-lined roads and in-pocket neighborhoods. In Rye NH, the lifestyle is 'a little bit country' with a dash of sophistication. Here, you have easy access to the small Seacoast cities of Portsmouth, Exeter, and Dover NH, and the larger New England hubs of Boston MA, Manchester NH, and Portland ME (via train and bus, too!). It's a family-oriented community where you'll find town parades, Easter egg hunts, a great recreation program, parks and playgrounds, and excellent schools (not to mention a top-notch PTA!). With several miles of ocean frontage and hundreds of acres of open space, we believe it is one of the best places to live in the Northeast.
While Rye has retained its uniqueness over the years, it has also seen substantial growth...yes, our secret is out and the rest of the world has discovered our little town's exceptional quality of life! We have seen an influx of luxury home buyers, professional couples, retirees, and summer residents. Our demographic profile has changed and property values have risen...affordability is a real concern for the average family in town. There are, however, several areas in town that offer some value for families. Here, we focus on 5 pocket neighborhoods in Rye NH that you should know about!
MOUNTAINVIEW + BLUEBERRY
Between the center and west end of town, you'll find Mountainview Terrace and Blueberry Lane...one of the most affordable pocket neighborhoods in Rye NH. Most of the capes, ranches, and the occasional colonial, here were built between 1946 and 1965.
Since 2012, 11 homes have sold; average price: $436,745. Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty was involved in the two highest sales on Blueberry Lane, numbers 19 (pictured above) and 20, both of which closed at $590,000 in 2014 and 2017, respectively.
Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Jaynee Whitney sold 36 Mountain View Terrace in 2016, commenting:
"My client was excited to buy in this neighborhood for many reasons affordability, low taxes and a good value for Rye. She is thrilled to be in a small cul-de-sac neighborhood with backyard privacy in a location that offers easy access to Route One and the beaches. This is a great area for empty nesters and young families."
Tahlton Woods is conveniently located in Rye Center, with 40 or so properties on Alehson Street and Tehias Road. Most homes were built between 1977 and 1987, with styles ranging from capes and colonials to gambrels and ranches.
Since 2012, five (5) homes have sold with an average price of $556,500. Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty sold both 91 Alehson Street and 16 Tehias Road in 2010.
According to Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Jenifer Parker:
"Tahlton Woods is one of the closest neighborhoods to Rye Center...an easy walktoRye Junior High and our amazing town library, where you'll find a wide variety of lectures, movies and activities for all ages year round (and a cozy wood fire burning during the winter). Best of all, it's nearthewooded trails of our ~190-acre town forest...a great place to take your dog for a walk!"
Birchwood is a small 'West Rye' neighborhood of 10 single-family homes originally built between 1979 and 1985; styles are a mix of colonials, capes, and gambrels. The odd-numbered homes back up to Independence Farm, a beautiful equestrian property on 62 acres, where you can take riding lessons or board your horse!
Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty Sales Associate Lynne Joyce has sold two (2) properties here to families that have relocated from Massachusetts.
"Birchwood is a great option for families who want to live on a quiet street, where children can play and ride their bicycles worry free, andparents have easy access toRoute One for commuting, grocery shopping, etc. You'll find good value here...you can buy a home and invest in the upgrades that are most important to you."
Five (5) properties have sold here since 2012, with an average price of $600,900. There are two (2) homes actively for sale, listed for $669,000 and $739,000 respectively.
Liberty Common is one of Rye's larger cul-de-sac neighborhoods, with 35 properties on three streets (Liberty Common, Patriots Way, Constitution Circle). Most homes were constructed between 1978 and 1985, with styles a mix of colonials, gambrels, and contemporaries.
Since 2012, six (6) homes have sold, with an average price of $780,504. The last sale, in August 2017, was the highest ever at an astonishing $1,180,900! Tate & Foss Sotheby's International Realty marketed and sold 23 Liberty Common (pictured above) in 2014.
According to Sales Associate Jaynee Whitney:
"Homes are in high demand in this neighborhoodmosthave expanded living spaces and large yards that are perfect for growing families. It's a quiet area that is extremely convenient to both our elementary and junior high schools either by foot, bike or car, and abouta mile to beautiful Pirates Cove beach. "
Adjacent to Liberty Common, you'll find Rock Orchard and Victory Lane, a small double cul-de-sac with 10 homes. Only one (1) has sold in the last five years; price: $765,000. Victory Lane abuts Lang Corner Field, where you'll often catch a soccer match in progress...and tucked behind the field is Rye Elementary School!
Rands Spring is a quiet cul-de-sac neighborhood comprised of two streets (Spring Road and Fielding Way) in a fabulous location, just over a half-mile sidewalk stroll from sandy Cable Beach and the ocean. Most homes are capes and colonials, constructed between 1984 and 1997.
Since 2012, four (4) homes have sold at an average price of $912,085. Sales Associate Jenifer Parker marketed and sold 34 Fielding Way (pictured above) in 2015, commenting
"People love Rands Spring as it's such a short distance from Ryes beautiful beaches. Most homes in this neighborhood are situated on 1+ acre lots, which gives you plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors. My clients felt that it was an ideal place to raisetheir family."
For more information about affordable living for families and pocket neighborhoods in Rye NH, please contact a member of our real estate sales team. At Tate & Foss Sothebys International Realty, we pride ourselves on having in-depth knowledge of our market area. Wed like to share that knowledge with you.