For $8.7m, a mansion on Lake Winnipesaukee’s Governor’s Island

It may be the off-season at Lake Winnipesaukee, but at 59 Broadview Terrace in Gilford, N.H., it doesn’t have to be. With heated driveways and walkways, five fireplaces, and radiant heat throughout the first floor, the 8,446-square-foot property is ready to handle a harsh New England winter. 

The six-bedroom, 5.5-bathroom brick home sits on 0.87 acres on Governor’s Island, a private enclave on Lake Winnipesaukee known for its luxury homes. The property is listed for $8,700,000. 

Residents of 59 Broadview can drink in views of the lake and mountains from the balcony or patio spaces. On chillier days, the home’s abundant windows and numerous French doors offer similarly scenic views with protection from the elements. “Basically all of the rooms have views,” listing agent Susan Bradley of Coldwell Banker said. 

The great room is no exception, with French double doors flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows. The doors open to a stone deck that looks out over the lake. Coffered ceilings and parquet floors add to the room’s elegance, as does the fireplace tucked under an ornate stone mantel.  

The family room, which features a fireplace set into a stone wall, opens into the spacious kitchen, which has two islands with granite countertops (both of which have built-in sinks), beverage refrigerators, a six-burner stove with a griddle, and a double oven. Pendant lights hang from the coffered ceiling, and French double doors by a breakfast nook let plenty of natural light into the airy space. 

The main level is also home to a bedroom with a private bathroom, as well as a formal dining room and a private office that boasts wood walls and ceilings, a fireplace, and two doors that lead to the front patio. There are wood floors throughout both this level and the second floor. 

Four more bedrooms are located upstairs, according to the listing, including the owner bedroom, which has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the lake, a sitting room, an en-suite bathroom, and double walk-in closets, Bradley said. The elegant owner bathroom comes with stone floors and counters, a standalone shower, a jetted tub, two separate vanities each with a sink, sconces, and a chandelier. 

The walkout basement offers sitting and recreation rooms, both with French doors to the backyard. A separate room houses a pool where residents can relax or get in a workout, depending on the jet settings. There’s also a kitchen on this floor, which the sellers would use for catering. Much of the flooring is tile, a practical choice for when swimmers walk up from the lake dripping wet. A working elevator makes it easy for anyone to access all levels of the home. 

A private suite attached to the home has another bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen, as well as a living room with a fireplace. 

Outside, there’s a covered double dock that can accommodate at least four boats, Bradley said.  The dock has two lifts, one that can hoist up to 16,000 pounds. The other can handle up to 12,000. 

The home also offers a heated five-car garage. 

Governor’s Island also comes with its own perks, Bradley said. “There’s a clubhouse, there’s tennis courts, pickleball courts, volleyball, a children’s playground, a beautiful 900-foot beach. There’s also woodlands and trails for walking and hiking that are all specific to the residents of Governor’s Island.”

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