Brentwood is a town in Rockingham County, New Hampshire, located 25 miles east of Manchester. A comfortable lifestyle and rural location have made it an attractive option for retirees. Aside from that, residents enjoy the convenience of being near the cities of Manchester, Exeter, and Boston, as well as the Atlantic Ocean.
Climate & Geography
As a part of Southern New Hampshire, Brentwood has a humid continental climate with warm summers and cold, snowy winters; typical yearly snowfall is around 56 inches—almost twice the national average. Residents can also expect more rain than average and about 200 sunny days each year.
The town is located in New Hampshire's Coastal Lowland region which consists of clear wetlands, densely wooded forests, and gently rolling hills, including the highest point in the town, Great Hill. The Little River and Exeter River run through Brentwood, and the Little River Conservation Area and Kingston State Park are located to the east and south respectively.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Brentwood is a friendly, rural town with plenty of quiet neighborhoods and nature areas. The modest town center has a small-town charm, with a town office, antique store, country store, and a public library. Although there aren't many entertainment options in town, there is still plenty to do: the Brentwood Recreation Department has year-round programs and events for children and adults, and the Brentwood Historical Society is open to new members at any time.
Nearby, residents can visit the museums and historical landmarks of Exeter, or take a day trip to Manchester or Boston, where they’ll plenty to do in a more metropolitan environment. Residents who enjoy the outdoors will also be able to visit the dozens of parks and natural conservations areas in the surrounding area, and New Hampshire's Atlantic coastline is just 20 miles away for swimming and other water recreation.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Brentwood is higher than national average, with the cost of housing being the main factor. Although the cost of utilities is also high, other factors such as groceries and transportation are close to average, and the cost of healthcare is well below.
New Hampshire does not tax Social Security benefits or pensions from retirement plans. While there is no state sales tax or income tax, New Hampshire’s property taxes are the third highest in the nation, however there is a property tax exemption available for qualifying residents 65 and older who have lived there for at least three to five years.
Although there are no hospitals within Brentwood, residents can visit Exeter Hospital only a couple miles away. There are also two highly rated hospitals within 17 miles of the town: Portsmouth Regional Hospital and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital.