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Old 10-07-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Martinsburg, WV
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My husband is being transferred to Winchester and we're on the fence as to where to look for a home.....VA or WV? I spent 43 years living in Maryland and the last 3 living in Texas. I will NEVER live in Maryland again. Schools will not be an issue as I homeschool. We're just getting into prepping and hope to find a home with a few acres. I really don't want to be so isolated as to need a four-wheel-drive for daily errands. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks!!
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:53 PM
 
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My husband is being transferred to Winchester and we're on the fence as to where to look for a home.....VA or WV? I spent 43 years living in Maryland and the last 3 living in Texas. I will NEVER live in Maryland again. Schools will not be an issue as I homeschool. We're just getting into prepping and hope to find a home with a few acres. I really don't want to be so isolated as to need a four-wheel-drive for daily errands. Any suggestions would be wonderful. Thanks!!
Do you like city suburbia or you a country gal
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Old 10-07-2013, 01:53 PM
 
Location: New-Dentist Colony
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Keller, Texas! I grew up in NRH.

If commute time is the paramount consideration, I'd steer you toward VA. Also, unfair as it probably is, there's still a certain stereotype about WVA. That said, I really like Harper's Ferry and some of the other areas of the eastern part of WVA. And I would guess that land will be cheaper there; the farther east you go toward DC, I think the higher land prices will be.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:04 PM
 
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Unless you're positive he will always have that job in Winchester, I'd go with VA. IF he needs to find another job in the future for any reason, I'd think he'd rather be in VA than WV.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Martinsburg, WV
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I'm not a fan of "city-life" and would prefer a place that allows me a few chickens and a small garden. But with kids, we have to stay somewhat close to civilization. My DH has a union job and company vehicle so he needs to keep a 30 minute or less commute time. I am very familiar with the stereotype that WVa has as many of my distant relatives have helped perpetuate most of them. lol I've heard that homeschooling in VA is easier than WVa so that too will be something that I have to consider.
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Old 10-07-2013, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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I'd choose right around Winchester itself. It's a nice area and there are plenty of things to do, but land is still cheap enough (relatively) to get more for your money.
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Old 10-07-2013, 03:20 PM
 
Location: among the clustered spires
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Winchester north along 522 is still largely untouched. There's some areas west along 50 as well.
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Old 10-07-2013, 05:49 PM
 
Location: Northern Virginia
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The northern end of Shenandoah County is a beautiful area -someplace around Strasburg would put you within that 30 minute commute.
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Old 10-09-2013, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Charles Town, WV
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The Winchester area is beautiful, as is the eastern panhandle of WV. I'd suggest that your husband keep his commute as short as possible. If you're sure that your husband will always work in Winchester, then you can look all over the area. If you think that it's possible that he'll eventually drive into Northern Virginia, then find something on the east side of Winchester just to make the long drive a bit shorter. Move soon so you can enjoy the autumn here!
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