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Portsmouth, New Hampshire | Realtor.com

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

$239,000

Built in 2005, this town house is "a mile from the center of downtown Portsmouth," says David Speltz, real estate agent with Keller Williams Coastal Realty and founding director of the Optima Bank & Trust Co. Both firms are in Portsmouth.

The lower level has an open floor plan with hardwood floors and recessed lighting. A granite breakfast bar separates the kitchen, which has a bay window, stainless steel appliances and room for a cafe table. "High ceilings enhance the sense of space and light," says Speltz.

The 1,228-square-foot town house has two bedrooms and 2 1/4 baths. A one-car garage, a laundry and two storage closets are tucked under the home.

A little about Portsmouth

Situated at the mouth of the Piscataqua River, Portsmouth is a diverse community of just over 21,000, says Speltz.

While "it's not inexpensive," Portsmouth offers a lot in the way of culture, including five theaters for live performances, he says.

The average home sale is $151,833, according to Realtor.com.

Portsmouth is a town that loves to dine out. "There are more restaurant seats in Portsmouth -- 24,000 -- than there are people who live there," Speltz says.

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