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Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Lebanon, NH

Alan J. DiStasio  |  June 19, 2023

Life In The Upper Valley

Everything You Need to Know About Moving to Lebanon, NH

A proclamation by Governor Lynch in 2011 states that "although Lebanon is the smallest city in the State of New Hampshire, it has been repeatedly recognized as the finest small city to live in, providing a high quality of life for all citizens through quality services, strong schools, and a close-knit community atmosphere." That about sums it up!

Lebanon lies within New Hampshire's Upper Valley and is defined by cool mountain air and panoramic views of some of the state's most beautiful scenery. In recent years, more homebuyers have been looking to the Upper Valley for a quiet vacation retreat or a permanent residence.

Lebanon, New Hampshire, situated on the banks of the Connecticut River, showcases the unique attraction of the Upper Valley. Because of this, more people have set their sights on Lebanon real estate when looking to relocate to the Upper Valley. If you are considering moving to Lebanon, New Hampshire, here's everything you need to know, courtesy of local real estate expert Alan DiStasio.

Lebanon boasts a small-town feel

As town populations increase across the state, Lebanon remains one of the few small cities left in New Hampshire. Today Lebanon is home to just over 14,000 residents and has one of the lowest population densities in the state. Even as other areas in the Upper Valley continue to grow, Lebanon has remained a small, close-knit community where many residents know each other.

Lebanon is a quintessential New Hampshire community with a quiet atmosphere, picturesque natural beauty, and a lively downtown lined with red brick buildings. Ideal for taking life slow and enjoying the natural world, Lebanon has not abandoned the essence that comes to mind for many when they think of New Hampshire.

Get closer to the outdoors…in any season

The Upper Valley is known for its abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation no matter the season, and Lebanon is no exception. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted to Lebanon for its pristine forests, stunning views, and plentiful outdoor amenities. When you live in Lebanon, you do not have to make a day trip out of traveling to some of the state's best spots for outdoor recreation.

Whether you are looking to get outside for a hike, ride a rail trail, experience the thrill of dirt track riding, skiing (Alpine and Nordic), or spend time on the water, Lebanon has you covered. The Henry Laramie Wildlife Management Area and Grafton Pond Reservation are just minutes from central Lebanon, putting acres of untouched wildness in residents' backyards. Mascoma Lake is located at Lebanon's west end. This spacious lake encompasses over 1,100 acres and is a popular spot for sailing, fishing, and swimming.

Summers in the Upper Valley bring weather that ranges from pleasantly mild to muggy. With miles of hiking trails, spacious parks, and ample bodies of water, Lebanon has something to do regardless of the summer weather. Residents can head over to the Carter Country Club for a round of golf, while Boston Lot Conservation Area is the ideal place to swim to cool down or take advantage of the Landmark Biking Tract, with its miles of mountain biking and hiking trails. If a casual bike ride is more to your liking, residents may enjoy a leisurely ride on the 59-mile-long Northern Rail Trail. Hiking, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiles are also allowed on the trail!

In the fall, Moose Mountain brings hikers to a stunning mountaintop vista, where views of the colorful foliage can be enjoyed. Once the snows begin to fly in the winter, many residents get out their skies and head over to Storrs Hill Ski Area. For those who would rather stay indoors on a cold winter's day, the Hood Museum of Art in neighboring Hanover offers 65,000 items in its extensive collection.

Small town vibrance

No quintessential New England small town is complete without a small, lively downtown. Colburn Park's stunning green space sits at the epicenter of Lebanon's charming downtown. Historic brick buildings, locally-owned eateries, and unique shops comprise the lively shopping district. Residents can stroll down North Park Street, stop on the lawn for an afternoon, and head over to one of more than 50 of the area's local restaurants for a bite to eat.

A town rich in the arts

Lebanon hosts many cultural institutions, including AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon Opera House, City Center Ballet, Opera North, Upper Valley Music Center, The Anonymous Coffeehouse, and the North Country Community Theater. And several additional arts organizations located in nearby White River Junction and Hanover.

Lebanon hosts several community events

Living in a small town allows residents to get to know everyone in their community. Lebanon's small size has allowed the neighborhood to foster a close-knit, welcoming community. The best way for new residents to get to know others in their area is to attend one of Lebanon's numerous annual community events.

Lebanon's Recreation, Arts, and Parks Department hosts over 30 events each year for Lebanon residents to enjoy. Locals can attend everything from a s'mores ice skating party to running series, Fourth of July fireworks, and winter celebrations. For residents interested in purchasing locally grown produce, a summer farmers' market comes to town every May through September.

The Cost of Living in Lebanon

Before moving to Lebanon, it's essential to understand the area's cost of living. Lebanon is among New Hampshire's most expensive places to live. The cost of living in Lebanon is 12.3% higher than the national average, with residents paying more for food, housing, and transportation than in many other areas. However, do not let the cost of living scare you away from the charming small town of Lebanon.

The area has a lot to offer, with ample recreational opportunities and peaceful solitude that, for many, makes the added cost worth it. Also, living in Lebanon means you can save money on energy and healthcare, which are lower than the national average. New Hampshire is a tax-friendly state with no sales tax, making Lebanon an appealing destination despite the higher cost of living.

A vibrant economy

As home to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Dartmouth Cancer Center, and many high-tech, well-known companies, Lebanon's business community is dynamic and diverse. The current unemployment rate in town is 1.5% as of March 2023. If anything, employers cannot find enough help!

What you can expect to pay for a home

Lebanon is home to a competitive housing market, with home prices generally trending up for the past few years. Today, the median home price in Lebanon is $439,278. Since January, housing prices in Lebanon have been up by 2.2%, revealing a robust real estate market and a good return on investment for homeowners.

The average listing in Lebanon spends 21 days on the market, a 38% decrease since the beginning of the year. For those looking to move to Lebanon, this indicates a hot real estate market where buyers have to be willing to act fast and pay more to secure a property.

Lebanon's premier real estate expert has you covered

If you are interested in calling Lebanon home, be sure to have an experienced local Realtor on your side. Alan DiStasio has served the Upper Valley for years and has the knowledge and skills to connect you with the perfect home. If you are looking at Lebanon houses for sale or need advice on moving to the area, give Alan a call today.

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