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The revamped pool area at Carrington Farms has been a big hit among residents. (RYAN O'CONNOR)

Carrington Farms condos celebrate upgrades in Hooksett

HOOKSETT — Eight years ago, when Sequel Development took over as property managers for Carrington Farms condominium complex in Hooksett, the buildings had electrical, pipes and heating systems dating from 1973, when they were constructed and marketed as Lincoln Park Gardens apartments.

The aesthetics weren’t much better, said Peter Dolloff, president of Sequel Development.

“There’s a lot of history there. A lot of people in Hooksett and Manchester remember Lincoln Park Gardens as their first apartment,” he said. “Over the years, a lot of work has been done to bring the buildings up to code at various times, but it was always done poorly.”

One of the first orders of business was replacing the old, inefficient boilers with a new high-efficiency system, dropping the annual heating cost from as high as $145,000 to $68,000 two years ago.

The energy savings allowed the condominium association to take out a loan through First Colebrook Bank to finance more then $400,000 in improvements without raising condo fees.

Patricia Bryan, who moved to Carrington Farms more than 10 years ago and now sits on the condo association, said the differences are obvious.

“There have been some incredible improvements to the buildings themselves,” she said. “They’ve redone all the hallways, replaced the flooring, brought in new carpeting, added molding ... they’ve really done an enormous amount of work.

“It’s just a pleasure to walk into compared to the way it was,” Bryan said.

“One resident made a nice comment that it was like coming home to a five-star hotel,” said Dolloff, whose company owns and rents out 25 units in Carrington Farms.

In addition to the refurbished interiors, there have been many outside upgrades including fresh landscaping, overhauled pool and playground areas and new roofing, shingling and exterior fixtures.

The parking lot was also repaved, and a system was instituted that prevents non-owners from taking up prime parking spots, Bryan said.

“Everything just looks better, feels better, runs better, is better,” Bryan said. “We’ve gone from 1975 to 2014.”

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