Winged Whimsy: New Hampshire ‘Birdhouse’ Lands on the Market for $2.2M – News

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An incredible lakefront home in New Durham, NH, offers a unique view from inside an enchanting indoor “Birdhouse.”
Custom-built in 2005, the spacious four-bedroom house features a treehouse-style structure that appears to be growing right up from the living room floor.
The Granite State property caught the web’s attention this week, racking up thousands of clicks and making®’s Most Popular Homes list.
So just how did the aviary-themed gem take flight?
“The Birdhouse—now referred to as The Library—looks down into the great room and has an outdoor balcony that looks out at the lake,” says listing agent Joy Pheeney Messineo, of Maxfield Real Estate.
“This was the owner’s dream home, and it’s just amazing inside,” she says. “The stonework is just phenomenal.”
For starters, in the great room, there’s a three-story fireplace created by a master stonemason. The striking space is surrounded by 20-foot-tall windows that flood the room with natural light.
“You have to see the house to fully appreciate the artistry that went into its design,” Messineo says. “It’s just so different.”
The 4,415-square-foot home sits on nearly an acre of land with 100 feet of lake frontage—crystal-clear, spring-fed waters, controlled by a dam. The area is a playground for boaters, water-skiers, and fishing enthusiasts.
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“If this home were located on Lake Winnipesaukee, it would be upward of $6 million,” she says. “This location is a real hidden gem.”
The multilevel residence’s stone-and-timber style was designed to bring the outdoors inside. The gorgeous look flows seamlessly throughout the home.
For example, a chef’s kitchen features custom wood cabinets, exposed beams, a large island, cathedral ceiling, and cozy window seat. It’s a perfect spot for entertaining.
“Everything in this house is very high-end,” Messineo says. “The floors, stairs, and railings are amazing. It’s just a magical place.”
Upstairs, a primary suite boasts a cozy fireplace, sitting area, and French doors, which open to a private balcony.
On the lower level is an additional living area, with a second stone fireplace and two bunk rooms—each with its own bathroom.
And situated down a forest path, there’s an in-law suite with a kitchenette, private entrance, and balcony to take in the serene views.
Plus, the private lot abuts 86 acres of conservation land.
“Nothing compares to this house,” Messineo said. “The pictures really don’t do it justice because you miss the whole feeling of the home. Everyone who has seen the house is looking at it as a second home and truly appreciates it for the unique property that it is.”
Kellie Speed has more written for a variety of publications, including Haute Living, U.S. Veterans magazine, DiverseAbility, and JustLuxe. She can be reached at







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