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Big Price Drop: Classic Waterville Valley Home

July 23, 2013

Here’s your chance to own a piece of Waterville Valley history – and the price couldn’t be better – $499,000. 

Fabyan cottage Waterville Valley NH

The Harry Fabyan cottage is a classic early 20th century home located on nearly 2 acres of prime land on Waterville Valley’s Greeley Hill.  This vintage home retains many authentic features of the time period including hardwood floors and wood beamed ceilings. The large, wrap-around porch provides an ideal setting for entertaining family and friends while enjoying afternoon sun and mountain views.

Back in Fabyan’s day, the term “cottage” was used to describe the homes built in Waterville Valley’s north end.  This “cottage” has a spacious 1,868 sq. ft. of living area with four big bedrooms, two baths and ample closet space and storage. While currently in use as a seasonal residence, this could be easily updated and converted to a year-round getaway. An added bonus – the ample lot size offers the possibility for expansion – a rare find in Waterville Valley.

The Greeley Hill location means easy access to mountain hiking, biking and a short walk to Waterville Valley’s golf and tennis clubs.

About Harry Fabyan

Grace Bean wrote of the Fabyan cottage in her Waterville Valley history book, “The Town at the end of the road.”   According to Bean, the cottage was built by Harry Fabyan, a frequent summer guest at Elliott’s hotel in what was then referred to as Waterville (“Valley” came much later).  Fabyan’s investment in Waterville was more than just as a property owner.  In the early 1900s large tracts of New Hampshire forests were being bought up and clear-cut by logging companies, and in the 1880s a large-scale logging operation began in Waterville proper. Fabyan became concerned about the impact of the lumber operations on Waterville’s scenic beauty and myriad hiking trails, so he and fellow Waterville summer vacationer, Charles Whittlesey, formed the Waterville Valley Association and urged other guests to join them by investing in the new organization and buying Elliott’s Hotel.  Fabyan “worked tirelessly with New Hampshire authorities and U.S. government officials on the eventually successful effort to acquire Waterville land for the National Forest,” and thus keeping it out of the hands of land companies.

Contact Waterville Valley Realty for details and to arrange a visit to the Fabyan cottage – (603) 236-8333.

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Greeley Hill home Waterville Valley Realty 603-236-8333

Greeley Hill home Waterville Valley Realty 603-236-8333

Greeley Hill home Waterville Valley Realty 603-236-8333

 

About Jan Stearns

I've been living in and loving New Hampshire's White Mountains for most of my life. I moved to Waterville Valley in 1981 and quickly realized why it was dubbed a Yankee Shangri-la. Once you’ve experienced Waterville Valley, you’ll want to call it yours. The great team of Realtors at Waterville Valley Realty can help you find a Waterville Valley home that fits your lifestyle and budget. 1-888-987-8333.

One thought on “Big Price Drop: Classic Waterville Valley Home

  • Joan M Hague says:

    I was interested in reading about Harry Fabyan’s house of 1917. Harry Clifton Fabyan was an uncle to my father Clifton Douglas Mosher who lived in Hallowell Maine. My father died in 1970 but I do remember the day when the family went to Boston to visit Uncle Harry and Aunt Lou. My grandmother Alice Fabyan Mosher Hazard was Harry’s sister. Since there were no children by Harry and Louise, I was wondering who owned the property in NH that you have advertised.

    y husband and I were in Waterveille Valley several years ago and located his home at that time. Harry Fabyan was quite an educated man and it seems that he was very successful in his life.

    My grandmother used to hear from him often and his wife would send her beautiful clothes but my grandmother’s life was quite different—she had five children, divorced and remarried. She died in 1950.

    I am 84 years old and live with my 85 year old husband on Belgrade Lakes in the summer and my permanent home is in Hallowell, Maine.. We remain active in our community and still enjoy life. I spend time researching family genealogy among other interests.I would appreciate hearing from you if you are so inclined. Thank you. Joan Mosher Hague

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