This Is The Story about Briarcliff Castle Estates! My Castle in The Clouds Overlooking Beautiful Lake Winnepausaki

How to finish a million dollar house on a tight budget and do it right!

Located in Gunstock Acres, in Gilford NH overlooking all of Lake Winnepausaki

9+ Acres with privacy on all sides

The property comes with water rights to Lake Winnepausaki, including boat mooring, beach, and picnic area!

I built the latest technologies into the house... Radiant Heat, Wireless Audio controlled by computers, Whirlpool baths, etc...

more to come....

Where to begin my story!?! Since this story is about homes, I will go back to 1986. I worked for New England Digital, the maker of the Synclavier Music System used by world class musicians and audio production experts in film and video. I lived in a rented apartment in Lebanon NH. One late night I was watching one of those No Money Down real estate infomercials. This particular one was by Robert G Allen, and he had just written a book called NO MONEY DOWN. I immediately got excited and bought the book the next day at the Dartmouth Bookstore. I read the book a few times and within 30 days had put in an offer on a colonial duplex near where I lived. It was a great neighborhood and the houe had lots of rooms and a garage. A huge improvement over my 1 bedroom apartment. To make a long story short, I followed some tips in the book and got a the house for a great deal. I ended up living there from 1986 until around 2000.

In the mid 80's I got interested in sailing from a friend, John Arsenault who lived and sailed on Lake Sunapee. He ispired me to find my own sailboat which i did. This boat kept me around the Sunapee area, which led to me buying a condo on the lake.

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The condo was small, had no garage or much storage, but the location was awesome! I rented out my house in Lebanon and enjoyed my time in Sunapee for many years. Although the condo was nice, I yearned for a larger home like I had in Lebanon with more rooms and a garage, but now I had to have a great location and view too! (funny how our expecatations and wants increase over time). One day in January back in 2006, I was looking out my condo window, and I saw and old man splitting wood on some land overlooking Sunapee Harbor. This land was a beautiful spot! I walked up there and talked to the old man and we had a nice talk. His name was Kiano Matilla and was from Finalnd. At the end of our conversation, I asked him if he knew of and land for sale in Sunapee area. He said I could buy the land we were standing on!! I was so excited. I gave him a price, which he agreed too!

Buying this land lead me to start designing some home I might like to build there. I learned so much about home building and costs and "green building" ideas. I went back and forth for a few years trying to decide what I wanted to build.

In the mean time, I bought an apartment building with my brother in Claremont NH, and with the extra income I was making, got thinking about buying my dream boat, a Lagoon 380 Catamaran. I searched the world for a great Lagoon and found one in Texas in 2008. To make another long story short, I bought the boat, sailed it a bit in the gulf and decided now was not the right time in my life to be sailing the oceans. My mom is getting older, and I wanted to be more local to her, etc..etc...

I sold the Lagoon in 2009, and decided I needed another sailboat for NH. After searching high and low, I found one in May of 2009 on craigslist. It was a MacGregor 26M which was an upgraded version of the 26X I used to own. I drove over to Gilford NH to view the boat. The boat was great, and I decided to buy it. On my way out of Gunstoke Acres, where the boat was located, I was driving down Cumberland Drive when I saw a forsale sign for a house for sale. I decided to take a detour and check out what house was for sale. When I got to the end of Briarcliff Road and saw the house that was for sale, I was blown away!! It looked like a castle, was all brick, and had a view to DIE FOR!! I immediately thought... "I can't afford this!" ,,, but being me, I drove up and took a look at the house. As I looked in the windows, I realized the house was not done on the inside! That made me think there was an opportunity here! I called the realtor, and found out more about the house and what the asking price was ($825K). I put in an offer of $600k, got a counter offer, and finally settled in on $695K. After talking to some banks and not getting anywhere, I approached the seller to see if he would do seller financing. He said NO to my original offer! I countered with an offer of $700K for one year. He accepted!! YIPPEE!!! So, on June 19th of 2009, I owned this beautiful home on 86 Briarcliff Road!

Ok... so this is where the story really begins. How do I finish this 6000+ square foot house in less than a year, and refinance my seller financing?!/? - MORE TO COME