By Liz Borger
Heading north on Road Round the Lake, you will enter the Beaver Fells Special Place. But don’t blink, as this Special Place with just eight homes and one Council rep has the unique label of “smallest Special Place” in Eastman. Forming the northern border between the towns of Grantham and Enfield, it includes Beaver Fells Glen and one home on Hilltop Place, both dead end roads. Two of the eight homes have been constructed in the past 10 years. If you’ve been on the north end of the lake and admired the home with the best view of the lake in Eastman, you’ve seen a part of Beaver Fells Special Place (BFSP). The Special Place also has two homes within its bounds that are sandwiched between Eastman properties but are not part of the Eastman Community Association.
Stroing Brook meanders between the only two roads in BFSP— Beaver Fells Glen and Hilltop Place—before emptying into the lake. Many types of wildlife call the bog home, including beaver (hence the name of the Special Place), fox, deer, fishers, and turkey. Occasionally black bear enjoy checking out compost containers and any other item left out by humans that they find interesting. Moose, albeit rare, have been sighted crossing from one bog to another.
Another unique feature of BFSP is that each property abuts significant wooded acreage, giving residents the feeling of genuinely living in the woods. Eastman’s immense trail system is easily accessed from any of the properties. The dead-end roads make for a good walking path, although the hill at the end of Beaver Fells Glen and the assent of Hilltop Place will definitely get your heart pumping!
If you asked any of the BFSP residents what they enjoy most about their Special Place, they would probably tell you it’s the quiet of the neighborhood with little to no traffic and the proximity of good neighbors when you need them.