Canobie Lake Waterfront Home

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31 West Shore Rd, Windham NH 03087

Waterfront perfection built by Nickerson: an open floor plan Craftsman style masterpiece overlooking Canobie Lake as your 373 acre backyard. 

This lakefront home was built by famed Windham builder Eric Nickerson originally for himself. No upgrades or expenses were spared to make this the most perfect house any builder could create. He used full height foundation panels to avoid seams even in the highest concrete foundation walls and foam insulation to make the house super tight.

Situated on a double-wide lot and adjacent to two parcels of conservation land your privacy is assured. It is next to impossible to find any similar location on the overbuilt shorelines of Southern NH. Canobie Lake also happens to be the last Class A quality lake per the Surface Water Quality Regulations (RSA 485-A:8) that establishes that all New Hampshire surface waters are classified as either Class A or Class B waters and specifies certain minimum surface water quality criteria for each classification.



Three levels of Craftsman Luxury

A deceivingly modest street side cape appearance hides three levels of luxury on the waterfront. If you drive to the house it appears like a stereotypical Cape Cod style home with an attached two car garage, a farmer’s porch and dormers on the second floor. But if you approach this waterfront marvel from the lake side you will see a three story structure that is mostly transparent.

Walls of glass make amazing sunsets the backdrop of your life here. The occupants enjoy breath-taking lake views on two balconies and from every room through 34 high quality window panels and sliders facing the lake.



Architectural elegance paired with functional brilliance

On the main floor a granite kitchen with state of the art appliances and a double pantry is an ideal place to prepare sumptuous meals, an adjoining dining area and deck to enjoy the smells and tastes while soaking up the lake view, and a fireplaced family room with gorgeous built-in cabinets to relax with a drink. The deep tones of the Brazilian Cherry hardwood floors and kitchen cabinets contrast beautifully with the cool blues and greens of the outdoors. Fashionable sand colored walls give a pop to the extra wide white trim, and solid core craftsman style doors.


On the top floor the master suite overlooks the lake and the owners can splash around in privacy of the Spa style bath with a rain shower tiled glass enclosure, or relax on the adjoining private balcony guarded by French doors. Two additional rooms can serve as guest bedrooms or study (2 bedroom septic design.)


The ground floor on the lake side is for party time! The large pool room and adjacent entertaining area with a gas fireplace will be the focal point of holiday gatherings. Walls of glass make the sunroom the most ideal spot to sit back and enjoy views of the lakeside and adjoining conservation land. This level has walk-out access to the shoreline; your private dock is but a few steps away.


This lakefront home exudes Quality and Workmanship: richly trimmed craftsman woodwork, Brazilian Cherry floors, elegant built-ins on every level, multi-mullion windows, transoms, bead board, crown moldings, recessed lighting, built in speakers, central air, and the list goes on.

Serenity undisturbed

You've found serenity undisturbed: on Canobie Lake there are no pesky jet skis, no skiing, and no large motor boats, only a calm environment for those who kayak, take leisurely cruises, or fish the spring-fed lake.

Swimming in Canobie Lake has been prohibited since 1903, by state law. The first question everyone has is simple----“Why is swimming banned”? The shortest, most straight forward answer is because Canobie Lake is the primary source of drinking water to the Town of Salem. Municipal water supply professionals recommend that human body contact with the source water not be permitted, even if it is treated afterward. There are many reasons for this recommendation but it boils down to this: maintain multiple levels of protection. If you keep the source water as clean as possible in the first place, subsequent treatment will be less demanding and less expensive. In addition, swimming brings the potential health hazard of an organism or parasite called “cryptosporidium”. Cryptosporidium is a parasite that infects humans and can cause acute lower intestinal infection which can become very severe lasting up to five weeks. Humans are a major source of cryptosporidium contamination. Cryptosporidium is highly resistant to chlorine disinfection, and therefore difficult for any water treating facility to remove.

Walk to Windham Attractions

This is a lakefront community of similar homes, close to restaurants, medical care, and only 1.4 miles to exit 3 off I-93. From this house you can walk to the Common Man or Windham Inn restaurants, the new Urgent Care facility, and the recently opened Dunkin Donut coffee shop the only one I’ve seen that has a fireplace.

Living on Canobie Lake FAQ:

Animals (and fishing),
Ban on swimming,
Ban on the use of lead tackle (State of NH),
Can I have a dock?
Can I use a paddleboard on Canobie Lake?
Do I need approval to cut down trees on my property?
Do I need flood insurance?
Does the Town of Salem evaluate the water quality?
Drinking Water Protection Regulations,
How can I help maintain clean drinking water?
How does CLPA protect the lake?
lawn fertilization,
NHDES Volunteer Lakes Assessment Program (VLAP),
No known invasive species of weeds,
pesticide applications,
Salt application certification program,
septic system maintenance,
State of NH, Department of Environmental services (DES)- The Shoreland Protection Act,
Storm water management,
Survey of weeds,
The Cobbetts Pond and Canobie Lake Watershed Ordinance,
Town of Salem - Building Department,
Town of Windham - Building Department,
Watershed Study (Army Corps of Engineers),
Weed watching,
What should I do if I see someone swimming in Canobie?
What size boat/motor can I have?
Why does the water level go down each summer?
Will Arlington Pond water ever be transferred to Canobie Lake again?



Listing Sheet 31 West Shore Rd, Windham NH


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