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Hanover is a patchwork quilt of older neighborhoods on tree-lined streets and newer homes in charming developments that offer a comfortable feel for families from anywhere in the country. Like neighboring Norwich and Lyme, it offers contemporary homes with acres of land and 200-year-old farmhouses with barns, ponds and scenic views.

The median home price in Hanover has held steady at about $600,000, with apartment rentals from $800 to $1,600 per month. Prices across the river in Norwich are comparable. Bolstered by Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and companies such as Hypertherm and King Arthur Flour, the area boasts a stable economy that traditionally has allowed real estate in the area to weather business downturns felt elsewhere in New England and across the nation.

The Hanover Area has seen a growth of green “clustered housing” options in recent years. The town voted overwhelmingly to donate land and work with the developers of “Gile Hill,” an environmentally friendly and energy-efficient neighborhood to offer affordable housing near the hospital and downtown. Several other affordable housing communities are being built in the area as well. The addition in recent years of several senior housing options in Hanover and surrounding towns has accelerated the area’s growth as a retirement destination.

Despite its modest population, Hanover, like Norwich, features a full-time police force. Hanover also offers 24-hour fire and EMT coverage. Moreover, these environmentally progressive towns provide curbside recycling and filtered water to those on the town system. Cell phone coverage has improved and high-speed Internet is available in all of downtown and much of the local area.

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