The Lee Oak Story

Lee Oak Cooperative originally opened in 1968 and is now a 69-home, resident-owned manufactured home community.

But that transition didn’t happen overnight. We formed the Lee Oak Cooperative, Inc., and started on the path to resident-ownership in 2018. That’s when, with the help of NH Community Loan Fund, ROC-NH  and ROC USA, LLC, we purchased and took control of our community on April 13, 2018.

Now, the resident-owned community (ROC) is not only a successful business, but also a thriving neighborhood.

The process of the resident-owned community buying the land beneath our neighborhood brought this community closer together. Not only do we know far more of our neighbors than ever before, but we look out for one another, too. And with no outside landlord to report to, we’re the envy of other nearby manufactured home communities.

Our Member households elect our Board of Directors, which works with a property management firm and also appoints various volunteer committees to help with special projects, celebrations, community improvements and more. The Board submits a budget every year, and the entire Membership votes on it and any changes to the rent before the budget becomes official. We’re running the business that is our community on our terms, by our rules, for the betterment of ourselves and our neighbors.

Lee Oak is a well-established community in Barrington, N.H.,  for people who enjoy convenient access to the city and also want to be close to an abundance of outdoor activities. We are located just 10 miles from Rochester and 70 miles from Boston. Lee Oak is an ideal spot for outdoor lovers with Powder House Hill Ski Resort in neighboring South Berwick, Maine, less than a 30-minute drive from Lee Oak. We have an abundance of beautiful outdoor trails and waterways. Swains Lake is just six miles from our community. Known for fishing, boating, swimming and bird watching, this beautiful lake is easy to get to from Lee Oak. Barrington is also home to The Christmas Dove, New England’s largest Christmas store and Calef’s Country Store, which features popular New England-made products.

The University of New Hampshire is a 10-minute drive from Lee Oak and offers more than 200 academic programs to choose from right in our backyard. Less than 10 minutes from a dog park, we are a family and pet-friendly community with an ideal location. Route 4 is nearby, and we can drive to Portsmouth in 30 minutes. The Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect spot for a summer hike around Great Bay Lake. Summer hiking, swimming and boating on nearby lakes are just a few of the local activities at our fingertips.

Lee Oak is a well-established community for people who enjoy a welcoming neighborhood in an ideal location.

Ask anyone who lives in Lee Oak, and we’re sure they’ll tell you it’s a little slice of heaven.