In the stunning Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire, there is a place where property taxes are very low, scenery is high and golf on a sweet nine hole course never fails to challenge. It’s called “Hale’s Location” named by Golf Magazine as, “One of the most unique and singularly beautiful golf developments in the country.” Set on just 2.3 square miles just north of Conway, Hales Location is surrounded by the White Mountain National Forest and Echo Lake State Park affording residents wonderful walking, biking and hiking trails with views of Mt. Cranmore and Mr Kearsarge. The modest number of residents live in custom-designed homes, most priced from $500,000 and up.
“Locations” in New Hampshire are unincorporated portions of a county that are not part of any town and partly because of limited self-government, enjoy low taxes. Hales Location receives most of it services from Conway.
A recent four bedroom resale in Phase 1 with 4,377 square feet selling for $559,500 has estimated taxes of $2,673 while a nearby resale on the market for more than $1 million, reports estimated taxes of $3,430. Features include gazebos, fire pits, screened porches, gourmet kitchens and multiple master bedrooms.
Homes and the golf course hunker under the towering rock formation known as White Horse Ledge. Depending on the light, you can sometimes make out the form of a flying horse—While playing the course I thought I could see the horse on a misty day when the cliff was moist.
The golf course designed by Albert Zikorus features dramatic elevations, running streams and fairways lined by tall pines and hardwoods. Golf facilities include a Pro Shop and tavern in the adjacent White Mountain Hotel & Resort, chipping and putting area and a program of lessons and clinics. Golf and tennis facilities are included in the low yearly home owners fee. For other facilities including courts, fitness center and a pool, there are annual memberships available from $450. The White Mountain Hotel along with the golf course are the Location’s two largest employers. For information on homes and lots for sale, contact one of the regional real estate brokers such as Coldwell Banker or Century 21.