New Hampshire’s “Birdhouse” hits the market for $2.2 million

An incredible lakefront home in New Durham, NH offers a unique view from a charming indoor “birdhouse”.

Custom built in 2005, the spacious four bedroom home features a tree house style structure that appears to grow straight out of the living room floor.

The Granite State home caught the attention of the internet this week, garnering thousands of clicks and making it onto®’s Most Popular Homes list.

So how did the aviary-themed jewel fly into the air?

“The Birdhouse — now referred to as The Library — looks down into the great room and has an outside balcony overlooking the lake,” says listing agent Joy Pheeney Messineofrom Maxfield Real Estate.

“This was the owner’s dream home and inside it’s just amazing,” she says. “The masonry is just phenomenal.”

For starters, the great room has a three-story fireplace created by a master stonemason. The impressive space is surrounded by 20 foot tall windows that flood the space with natural light.

Great room with a fireplace

‘Hidden Gem’

“You have to see the house to appreciate the artistry that went into its design,” says Messineo. “It’s just so different.”

The 4,415-square-foot home sits on nearly an acre of land with 100 feet of lakefront—crystal clear spring-fed water controlled by a dam. The area is a playground for boaters, water skiers and anglers.


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“If this house was on Lake Winnipesaukee, it would be over $6 million,” she says. “This place is a real insider tip.”

Interior of the birdhouse


The stone and wood style of the multi-storey residence 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, high ceiling, and a cozy window seat. It’s a perfect place for entertainment.

“Everything in this house is very high quality,” says Messineo. “The floors, stairs and railings are fantastic. It’s just a magical place.”

Upstairs, a master suite features a cozy fireplace, sitting area, and French doors that open to a private balcony.

Primary bedroom

lower level

On the lower level there is an additional living area with a second stone fireplace and two bedrooms – each with its own bathroom.

And at the end of a forest path, there’s an in-law’s suite with a kitchenette, private entrance, and balcony to enjoy the tranquil views.

In addition, the private property borders on 86 hectares of nature reserve.

“Nothing compares to this house,” Messineo said. “The pictures really don’t do it justice because you miss the whole feeling of home. Everyone who has seen the house sees it as a home away from home and truly appreciates the unique property that it is.”

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