A most special offering, Anniversary Farm is located in a lovely rural area within the limits of New Hampshire’s capital city of Concord. For commuters or those using the farm as a second residence, I-93 is literally minutes away. Exit the interstate, travel through a suburban area and watch it disappear in your rearview mirror. Ahead are larger open spaces, working farms, and residences with substantial acreage. Leave the world behind but have the convenience of a small city’s Main Street within 10 minutes of home.
Approaching the farm, its exterior is reminiscent of a well-cared for 18th-century farmstead. The vintage home and its handsome barn, and adjacent outbuildings are clustered into a front corner of the property’s 53.2 acres. In its day as a working farm, keeping livestock and equipment at hand was necessary to efficiency. This is where “ordinary” ends. The farm’s present owners had a vision for an oasis from urban life and transformed the house and all outbuildings into incredible, usable living and workspaces for themselves and their family.
As one enters onto the property, it is evident that the utmost care has been and is given to the maintenance of each building. Crisp, white trim accentuates historic lines, Cape Cod gray coats the clapboards.
Inside, the center chimney colonial has been transformed into a welcoming and delightful blend of natural woods, both rustic and sleek. The main level had an extensive reworking of its floor plan to reflect today’s wants of open space without sacrificing a classic mood and materials of the past.
The kitchen - what to say? Spanning nearly the entire length of the ell at 42 feet, the design is modern, yet warm with cherry flooring and original post & beam framing exposed. A chef’s envy design has distinct workspaces for more than one cook. Cabinetry is custom, substantial in both quality and storage capacity, each section capped with maple. An AGA cast iron cooker can handle the largest of meals and the Sub-Zero refrigerator is hidden amid the cabinetry. Three sinks along three walls give space to those prepping meals. The island adds even more storage. An open area, with raised woodburning fireplace, would lend itself to a casual dining space or sitting area. It has been both.
At the end of the ell is a coat room w/separate entry, a huge walk-in pantry/storage room with a stone floor adaptable to many uses, and a peaceful porch overlooking a small pond. There is hot and cold water on the porch for convenience.
Rooms in the main part of the house have been transformed into open living spaces with an easy flow. With beautiful pine floors, exposed beams, plank and barnboard walls, all is in keeping with the use of natural materials throughout the house. The design lends a clean look to these areas. A front parlor follows this same decor and is able to be closed off for reading, TV or as a private office inside the front door. Coat closet and powder room doors blend into a vertical pine wall.
Upstairs are two front-to-back en suite bedrooms off the central hall. Both share similar features in the bedchambers; plank walls, exposed beams, and gorgeous fir floors.....The master enjoys a huge bath with antique clawfoot tub and walk-in steam shower. Closets are substantial and offer excellent off-season storage. The second suite is equally attractive. It, too, has a clawfoot tub for soaking and a separate shower. The laundry is conveniently located in a separate room off the hall.
Heading to the barn, once teeming with dairy cows, it is an amazing structure and will delight the senses around every corner. The mainstay of the farm’s early life, it was transformed into a wonderful heated and cooled gathering room and library with a brick-floored service area with a rare Glenwood stove, soapstone sink and hot & cold water. Another freestanding woodstove adds direct warmth for fingers and toes after an afternoon of hiking the trails or sledding with the little ones.
The barn also has two adjacent guest suites; one has direct access from the gathering room entry and an outside entrance. This suite offers a living room with kids’ loft, a bedroom, and full bath - designed inside the confines of the original milk room. The other suite’s entrance is behind the barn. Enjoy a large bedroom, full bath and walk-in closet.
All levels of the barn are useful with a walk-up storage loft overhead and a full concrete basement below that houses the substantial mechanical systems including oil and wood boilers, an extra washer and dryer, work surfaces and good storage. There is access to the farm's four-car garage, one bay being double deep, from here as well.
Another attractive building sits within several steps behind the barn. It is heated, cooled and is part of the central alarm system. With a single front entry, the foyer leads to a home theater to the left and an art studio to the right with perfect natural light, an ornate woodstove, and a quiet deck accessed through French doors. The theater was a sound studio in the past so the acoustics are great.
A farm workshop with equipment storage is next. At the far end, an Onan diesel generator stands ready to keep the power humming along to all buildings in the event of an outage. At the near end of this building is a yoga room with a soapstone woodstove and a meditation nook placed nearest the woodlands, orchard, and rolling green view for the ultimate in calm.
An inviting screened pavilion is the final farm structure. It is expansive and perfect for warm-weather outdoor entertaining. It overlooks the orchard and fields.
The Land and the Great Outdoors
Anniversary Farm is fortunate to have a wide array of natural features on it 52.3 acres, long road frontage and private well and septic systems, making it a self-sufficient property, if desired. Woodlands attract a wide variety of native wildlife, songbirds skirt the edge of the 3 ½ acre open field and varied terrain gives hikers a workout while exploring the trails out back. A small, serene pond is enjoyed from the main home's private porch and the orchard's trees are laden with fruit in late summer. The lot is rectangular and offers 1,085’ of road frontage, not only for protection but perhaps to gift a parcel or two to children or other family members. Should you care to plant for hobby or health, soils are good.
You can be as busy or idle as the mood strikes you here. Spend time exploring the varied features of your land, utilize the walking trail directly across the road offered by a private landowner for birding along an enormous meadow. Hike the extensive trail system on the abutting conserved land and trailer your canoe, kayak or rowboat to the ramp at Turtle Pond, just minutes down the road. Purchase farm-fresh foods from your neighbors. It is a lifestyle worth living.
The city of Concord offers most amenities within a 10 or 12-minute drive of Anniversary Farm. The following are under 12 minutes away: Capitol Center for the Arts, the city’s historic downtown, supermarkets, Steeplegate Mall. Concord Hospital is 20 minutes away. Take a look at the Chamber of Commerce website. As there is lots of general information about the city.