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The 1980s!



Click below to explore each year of Northface History


1982 - 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
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The Beginning! aaaaa View to Mt Washington.  Note no driveway trees or lamp posts on the dirt driveways

Winter Snows with original

building color

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1982 - 1985

The Stratford building, the first unit constructed in the Northface complex, was completed in 1982.  It was called "The Stratford Building at Woodland Hills Condominium".  It contained 11.7 acres of land planned for 3 and 4 bedroom, four unit structures on the remaining land.  That plan was modified under (the contractor) Wonderview Development.  Plans were changed to instead construct an additional 40 units  (the current buildings 1-4) and change the name to "Northface Resort, A Condominium at Woodland Hills".  All 44 units are now part of Northface Resort.

Construction on buildings 1-4 was mainly completed during 1984 and 1985 with the majority of units being sold during pre-construction.  Building 2 was completed first.  The model unit was unit 12 in Building 2.  The main salesman was Jim Kennedy, the son of Northface owners (at the time) Leo and Pauline Kennedy of Unit 14. 

Following building 2, Building 3 was built, followed by buildings 1 and 4.

The sales brochure was accurate in terms of the condo room sizes.  The management and rental services mentioned were a crafted sales pitch - they were available if an owner wanted to pursue these separately in the valley - the 'word' at the time from the sales team was the unit 4 basement could be a rental office. 


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1988 brought an abundant snowfall for winter activities.  This picture is from the third floor landing with the original building colors (often referred to as the "Barracks")
Mt Cramore ran their skimobile lift in the summer.  The skimobile was in two parts.  The lower part ran halfway up the mountain and was a transfer station to get to the upper skimobile lift.   The upper lift ran to the summit house which featured lunch as well as views of the valley.   The skimobile lift was in operation until 1990









At Your Service

Dorothy Lowry was an original unit owner and the first association President.  Dorothy and her husband (Bob) sold their unit in 1987 and moved to Bartlett when they decided to permanently move from Massachusetts to the Mt Washington Valley.

In 1989, Dorothy started "At Your Service" which was a weekly check of a condo unit for $10 per week and they also did cleanings.  Dorothy offered to restock with standard rental supplies for the cost of $6.50 per visit!  This was a much appreciated service with many unit owners utilizing At Your Service

Click on the flyer on the left to read full size.  But prices increased over the years leading to an astronomical (Thats a joke...) $35 per unit cleaning in 1990!



Nancy Grant Reality

Back in the 1980s, renting a condo was a 'way of life' if families wanted to vacation in North Conway. That is the way it was done.   It was a different world without the internet or Air B&B.  There were few hotels in the area.  Besides the Red Jacket, Green Granite, and the Fox Ridge, there were a handful of locally owned (i.e., "Mom and Pop) motels.  To put in perspective - think of the Sheraton and the Settlers Green complex - none of that existed and the area was still in active use as a regional airport.

Nancy Grant was a leading local realtors who did rentals.  Nancy even invested in Northface by purchasing Unit 1.  Click here if you would like to see how 1989 rentals were handled in a paper world.




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