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Governor’s Island is located on Lake Winnipesaukee in the town of Gilford, directly off Rte. 11B and is one of five bridged islands on the big lake. The island is approximately 500 acres, with a length of 1.8 miles and width of .7 miles. Some of the finest luxury homes located on Lake Winnipesaukee have been constructed along the shores of this unique island. Additionally a number of fine homes have been built on the interior road network of the island, which have shared access to the Governors Island amenities.
Governors Island is located on Lake Winnipesaukee in the town of Gilford, directly off Rte. 11B and is one of five bridged islands on the big lake.
The island is accessed by a small scenic bridge which leads to Wentworth Shores and Route 11D.
Governor's Island is one of over approx. 274 islands on Lake Winnipesaukee, which spans approx. 22.9 miles with a width of approx. 7.5 miles at its widest point. The Lake includes approx. 288 miles of shoreline with approx.. 72 sq. mi. of water area. The maximum water depth is approx. 187 feet deep with an average depth of 62 feet with approx. 625 billion gallons of water. It's the 6th largest natural lake completely inside the U.S. borders. Governor's Island is the 4th largest island on Lake Winnipesaukee.
Governors Island is approximately 500 acres, with a length of 1.8 miles and width of.7 miles. The highest elevation is 646 feet.
Some of the finest luxury homes located on Winnipesaukee have been constructed along the shores of this unique island. Additionally a number of fine homes have been built on the interior road network of the island, which have shared access to the Governors Island amenities.
The Island was originally owned by Governor Wentworth through a land grant in 1772.
The first bridge to the island was built by Nathaniel Davis, who established a farming co-op.
In 1880 the Island was acquired by Stilson Hutchins, the founder of the Washington Post. Stilson later built a mansion out of granite near the top of the Island. He later developed many of the shoreline and interior roads which exist today.
In 1928 the island was purchased by Clifford Hayes whose intent was to establish a resort complex with amenities similar to the Bald Peak Colony Club located on the north east end of Lake Winnipesaukee. Unfortunately, a fire took place in the mansion in 1934 and Mr. Hayes' attempt at development failed. All these attempts at future development turned out to be a reality with the Governor's Island Club.
Many of the original more modest cape style residences have been torn down and larger estate homes have been constructed to today's standards with tremendous architectural appeal.
A large part of the Island is preserved as natural common conservation lands. With hiking and cross-country trails meandering throughout the property.
Members of the Governors Island club enjoy outstanding amenities, including natural sandy beaches with breakwaters, tennis courts, and a wonderful clubhouse overlooking the waterfront recreation area. Here you can enjoy picnics, gatherings and special occasions with family members. The gradual sandy beaches are some of the finest you will see on Lake Winnipesaukee. There is also a network of walking trails throughout the interior of the island, a children's playground behind the beach, and a canoe and kayak rack.
Many of the waterfront homes enjoy expansive views from all directions, some orientating towards Gunstock and Belknap Mountain, while others face the White Mountains, Mt Washington and the Ossipees.
Governors Island is located within close proximity to shopping, fine restaurants, Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion offering a wide array of Musical Concerts, Lakes Region General Hospital, Marinas, Golf Courses and the Laconia Airport with an airstrip of almost 6,000 ft.
There are over a 160 homes on the Island, with varying price ranges. The interior of the Island offers many fine affordable homes, with some of the finest common beach amenities. The waterfront homes surrounding the perimeter of the island include some of the most eye appealing architectural designs found in New England. These luxury homes include extensive docking systems, many with breakwaters and canopied docks. The landscaping is absolutely gorgeous and the finished product represents some of the best homes the Lakes Region has to offer, all surrounded with a unique continuity of style and design.
Gilford's most expensive housing stock is located on this island. The island residents have enjoyed substantial appreciation over the years. Current asking prices have reached as high as 10 million dollars in the past year.
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