Blog : Rockingham Green Offers an Alternative to the Typical Subdivision

By Katelyn | Nov 23, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

NEWMARKET, N.H. – “For many years, people built their homes on two or more acre lots,” says Steve Fournier, Newmarket Town Manager. “People wanted privacy and green space around them. The problem is that, by doing so, people did not know their neighbors. Rockingham Green creates the neighborhood atmosphere again.”

A few miles from downtown Newmarket, adjacent to Rockingham Country Club, Rockingham Green is a lifestyle community designed and built by Chinburg Properties, the 30-year-old development and construction firm based in Newmarket.

Set on 25 acres, with 40 acres of conservation land, this expansive space might have become a Wal-Mart if the town hadn’t stepped in. “We wanted to preserve our natural resources and wetlands,” says Diane Hardy, Newmarket Town Planner. “We asked Chinburg if they’d be interested in working on a community. Thankfully, the answer was ‘yes’.”

Comprised of 52 lots, none bigger than .47 acre, Rockingham Green’s custom homes are inspired by classic craftsman style; each, sized up to 2,300 square feet, is conceived in collaboration with project architect Wendy Welton of Art Form Architecture.

“The homes are chosen to complement the layout of the lots, designed to be efficient with space, and built to Energy Star standards to decrease energy costs and increase air quality and thermal comfort—they’re also have great views and are really beautiful,” says Jen Chinburg, the company’s Marketing Director.

Unlike typical subdivisions, where big homes are built on big lots, Rockingham Green seeks to foster a genuine sense of community through close proximity and shared access to outdoor activities. The conservation land, for instance, offers trails for running, walking, birding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing, and residents are only a few blocks away from the Rails to Trail bike network, which leads to Manchester. In addition, new homeowners receive a complimentary full-season golf pass to Rockingham Country Club or a one-year membership to next-door Seacoast Sports Club.

Homeowner Stanley Chamallas and his wife, Pamela, moved in January 2015 from a 4,600 square-foot home on three acres into a home about one-third the size on .4 acres. “The environment has improved my lifestyle; a small yard and home have greatly diminished the time spent on mowing, yardwork, and general upkeep,” he says. “During my daily walk, I often run into neighbors. A sense of community is developing. One neighbor has already hosted a neighborhood get-together.”

The Chamallas hadn’t considered living in Newmarket before discovering Rockingham Green, and the same is true of neighbors Jeannie MacKay and her husband, James Gove, who downsized in December 2014 from a large house on four acres to an 1,800 square-foot home on .29 acres.

“We chose Rockingham Green for the proximity to the seacoast, the open space of the golf course, and the attractive, well-designed, and energy-efficient houses,” she says. “While there will be many homes in Rockingham Green, the open space allows for both privacy and a neighborhood feel. The community is welcoming and friendly, and there’s a lot for the ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ person. Since we’ve been here, we’ve dined in Newmarket, golfed, walked and biked the trail system, and cross-country skied. We are enjoying being here.”

Rockingham Green along with Newmarket Mills—an historic mill space with a mix of modern apartments and businesses that was revitalized by Chinburg Properties in 2010—“have changed the way people look at Newmarket, and the way the people of Newmarket look at themselves,” says the Newmarket Town Manager. “I am a New Hampshire seacoast native. When I was growing up, Newmarket was known mainly as a depressed mill town that provided inexpensive housing for students at UNH. Today, thanks in part to these developments, Newmarket is one of the hottest markets in the area.”

Learn more about Chinburg Properties here