Derry NH real estate can be very affordable, depending upon the type of home you desire. Many people decide to buy a home in Derry, New Hampshire because their children can freely attend Pinkerton Academy, a sought-after private school.
The purchase of a home is the most significant investment that you will probably make in your entire life. You will want to work with a New Hampshire real estate professional like Moe Archambault, who knows Derry well and can help you to find exactly what you are looking for. He will also walk you through the complexities of the paperwork and all the other details that are part of buying a home.
The town of Derry was originally settled in 1719 but it was not incorporated until 1827, when the former Nutfield area was split into two. The New Hampshire town was named after the city of Derry in Northern Ireland, because the first settlers were Scots who had lived in Ireland. Derry is derived from the Gaelic word Doire which means oak woods. In the first census (1830) the population was 2176; in the 2010 census, it was 33,109, the fourth highest in the state. (See more about Derry, New Hampshire below.)
The earliest industries in Derry were linen and leather, especially shoe factories. At the height of their prosperity, shoes were exported to five continents. There were also a large number of farms, and farming was the primary occupation from 1900, when much of the manufacturing moved south, through to the mid-1960s. In 1719, Derry had been the site of the very first potato ever planted in the New World. Today, manufacturing and construction employ the largest number of people in town.
Among Derry’s most famous residents was the poet Robert Frost. His farm is a listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is operated as a state park open to the public. Astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to go to space and the fifth to walk on the moon, was born in Derry in 1923. In commemoration of him, it is sometimes called “Spacetown.”
Derry is 13 miles from Manchester NH, and only 42 miles from Boston, Massachusetts. Interstate 93 opened in 1963 and led to a rapid increase in population, which had tripled by 1983. Derry is also the location of the intersection of Route 28 and Route 102. The Pinkerton Academy, founded in 1814, is one of the oldest private schools in the country. It is still in operation today, as a high school serving Derry, Chester, Hampstead, and Auburn. The Derry school district is well respected and includes five elementary schools and two middle schools.
Derry has plenty of outdoor activities for those who enjoy participating in them. Some of the finest fishing in New Hampshire can be found in Derry. Hiking and biking are popular and there are plenty of recreational programs for kids, families, and seniors provided by the city Parks and Recreation department.
After a decline in numbers over the past few years, Derry NH real estate has seen an increase in sales throughout 2011. Both single family homes and condominiums are available, as well as larger properties and some farm land.