Concord, NH is the capital of the state, and a place that is rich with history, culture, and political maneuvering. It is the location of much of the presidential campaigning done during the famed New Hampshire primaries every four years. It is also a wonderful place to live.
Finding Apartments for Rent in Concord, NH
Finding apartments for rent in Concord is usually pretty easy. It's a small city, but there are a lot of historic houses that have rooms that have been turned into apartments, and their owners are more than happy to rent to you. The prices are generally very reasonable, and you get the bonus of living in a real house (albeit one that has between one and four apartments in it).
There are also a nice selection of professionally managed apartment complexes in the downtown area, which puts you close to the capitol building and all of the cultural attractions of the city. You'll find apartments on the outskirts of the city, too. However, most residents prefer to live in the downtown area, close to where all the action is and within walking distance of a wide selection of jobs, shopping, dining, and cultural happenings that they can enjoy.
Top Neighborhoods in Concord, NH
Concord is a pretty small city, as far as capital cities go. It is only 67.5 square miles, with a population of just a little over 42,000. This makes it almost too small to be really considered a city; it would actually be more appropriate to refer to it as a town. This means there aren't a lot of distinct neighborhoods within the city. Everything kind of blends together into one homogenous community. The one exception is the area of higher-end homes located just behind the capitol building. A lot of government workers and contractors live in these spacious houses with meticulously kept lawns. Home prices here are higher than anywhere else in the city, but it is also considered a very safe area for children, as it is insulated from most of the rest of the town.
Auburn Street, one of the streets in this ritzy area, even hosts a legendary Halloween celebration for neighborhood children each year, with residents spending thousands of dollars on candy, ice cream, and Halloween decorations for a street-wide party that gives this neighborhood a real feeling of community.
Cultural Attractions in Concord, NH
As a historic city and a capital city, Concord offers plenty in the way of culture. The most visible cultural attraction in Concord is the New Hampshire State House. This gorgeous Federal-style building was constructed in the early 1800's and is today the oldest state house in the United States where a state legislature still meets. You can tour it for free. While you're at it, be sure to get pictures of the lovely gardens in front of the building and the shining gold eagle on top.
The Eagle Hotel, now a historic landmark, is also a must-see. Located across the street from the state house, it was an active hotel for 150 years, and entertained such well-known historical figures as Rutherford B. Hayes, Franklin Pierce, Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon as its guests.
As a state capital, Concord has a lot of presidential history. The Phenix Hall on Main Street is a large auditorium used for many different purposes. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln both gave speeches there.
The oldest standing house in Concord is located on Main Street, as well. Referred to as the Walker-Woodman House, it was built between 1733 and 1735 for the Reverend Timothy Walker and his family.
Of course, Concord isn't just about history and politics. There are some very fun modern cultural events that take place there, too. For example, the Somewhat North of Boston (SNOB) film festival has been held there every year in the fall since 2002 and is the top place in the area for independent filmmakers to show their goods. There is also a Capitol Center for the Arts, which draws in big name acts from across the country. Additionally, the city hosts a planetarium named in honor of local teacher Christa McAuliffe, who was supposed to be the first teacher in space and died in the Challenger space shuttle disaster in 1986.
Transportation in Concord, NH
There are two interstates that serve Concord. These are Interstates 93 and 89. Both of them join up with each other just south of the city. Interstate 89 links Concord to Vermont, while Interstate 93 links it to Massachusetts (and Boston, in particular). Interstate 93 is usually free of much traffic, but can get very congested on Friday afternoons as commuters who work in Boston during the week come home to New Hampshire for the weekends. In addition to the two main interstates, there is also a mini-interstate, number 393, which serves to connect the city of Concord specifically to Route 4, which leads to the state's small sea coast.
There is also bus service within the city, which is provided by the Concord Area Transit Company. It has five routes within Concord. Other companies are located in town that provide longer-distance bus travel, such as the Concord Transportation Center, which offers routes to Boston, with stops at all the main cities along the way.
Concord has no passenger rail service, and there is no Amtrak stop there. The small Concord Municipal Airport is in town for commuter and private planes. However, to get Amtrak service or commercial flights, it is necessary to travel about 30 minutes south to Manchester.
Weather in Concord, NH
Concord is cold for much of the year, just as with much of the rest of New England. It is known for very long winters that produce a lot of snow. The snowy season can last from September to April, and even into May in rare cases. More commonly, snow starts in October or November and ends in late March or early April. There is a rainy season that serves as spring, when it is not uncommon to have 10 days of rain in a row, with a day of sunshine in between if you're lucky.
Summers last from June to August, and can get quite warm, and sometimes even humid. Fall lasts from early September (sometimes late August) to the end of October or beginning of November. Fall in Concord is very popular (as it is in the rest of New England) for the vibrant change of color on the leaves on the trees. Temperatures in the fall are cool and jacket-worth, but usually not freezing, making it perfect for cookouts, hay rides, and Halloween celebrations of all kinds.View Apartments in Concord, New Hampshire
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