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Old 07-18-2019, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Hi there

I may have an opportunity for a job transfer next year to Martinsburg, Salem VA or Johnson City TN. I am a registered nurse. My husband is a retired disabled Veteran.

We are in the process of planning visits to those locations. We went to TN and really enjoyed the area.
Martinsburg is a bit closer to family we have in the Rust Belt. (We are from that area but live in California now. We are a bit over it)

We are looking for a modest home, neighbors but not close enough to see what book they are reading from the porch, maybe a view of some hills, not a flood prone area. We have theee smal rescue dogs and like to garden so a decent yard or even an acre or two is nice. We would like to stay under $250k...lower is even better.

We are hoping for a smaller town with some amenities; movie theatre, Walmart, a cute downtown is nice too.

My husband likes to play guitar so if there are places with live music, open mic, or just some guys that want to get together and jam.

Any ideas on areas that would be close to your VA hospital? And any feedback on the VA there?
Would we need a 4X4 for the winters? Do you get some sun? In the Rust Belt it’s gray for what seems like 10 months a year.

I heard you are phasing out taxing SS! That’s good news.

Thanks so much for your time. We have a while to decide but are excited to start the research

Take care! !
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Old 07-18-2019, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Dark Side of the Moon
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I think Virginia is a beautiful state where you have access to mountains and the beach, if you're into that. I grew up there, and love the variety and climate.

Tenn can be beautiful, especially the hill country.

If snow's an issue, WV may be a problem. People who are used to it have no problems, but I did 15 years in Chicago, and the snow drove me out; loved everything else there. My parents' families are both from WV; it wouldn't be on my list.
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Old 07-18-2019, 07:05 PM
 
Location: North Alabama
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Salem appears to have much less crime than the other areas. I would look long and hard at each location’s taxes and the likelihood of rapid population growth in the Martinsburg area.

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Old 07-18-2019, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Thank you very much. I appreciate both of your inputs!
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Old 07-19-2019, 02:55 AM
 
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Hi there

I may have an opportunity for a job transfer next year to Martinsburg, Salem VA or Johnson City TN. I am a registered nurse. My husband is a retired disabled Veteran.

We are in the process of planning visits to those locations. We went to TN and really enjoyed the area.
Martinsburg is a bit closer to family we have in the Rust Belt. (We are from that area but live in California now. We are a bit over it)

We are looking for a modest home, neighbors but not close enough to see what book they are reading from the porch, maybe a view of some hills, not a flood prone area. We have theee smal rescue dogs and like to garden so a decent yard or even an acre or two is nice. We would like to stay under $250k...lower is even better.

We are hoping for a smaller town with some amenities; movie theatre, Walmart, a cute downtown is nice too.

My husband likes to play guitar so if there are places with live music, open mic, or just some guys that want to get together and jam.

Any ideas on areas that would be close to your VA hospital? And any feedback on the VA there?
Would we need a 4X4 for the winters? Do you get some sun? In the Rust Belt it’s gray for what seems like 10 months a year.

I heard you are phasing out taxing SS! That’s good news.

Thanks so much for your time. We have a while to decide but are excited to start the research

Take care! !
Definitely pick Salem. Snow is better in TN for you but it isn't bad in Virginia. When they get hit, which is not often, everyone stays home automatically. There are many more opportunities in Virginia as well as VA supported services. If you have a strong political stance, all three states are different, but you did not mention that.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:06 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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In reference to the Eastern Panhandle of WV, it depends on what you need from the VA. There isn't a full VA hospital nearby, but clinics exist in Winchester, VA, and in Hagerstown, MD. If services at one of the clinics are appropriate for your needs, there are a number of small cities in the EP to look into.
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Old 07-19-2019, 07:34 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I'm from the Johnson City area, and worked/owned property there for two years. I've also been through Salem quite a bit.

Your budget will work for Johnson City, but it will not get you acreage or a mansion. Think of a 3BR/2BA split foyer or ranch on a quarter acre lot or so. Johnson City is the only pocket of "nice" in the area, and prices are higher for that reason.

Johnson City gets one or two moderate snows of 3"-6" most years, and some lighter snows that usually melt in a day or so.

Johnson City has an active downtown with a good dining/bar scene, a large regional university, a smaller Christian college, and is the primary shopping center in the area with the area's only healthy mall.

I've been through Salem and Roanoke, and to me, it feels depressed.
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Old 07-19-2019, 08:51 AM
 
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Tennessee doesn't have any income tax, but the sales tax is higher to compensate.
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Old 07-19-2019, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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In reference to the Eastern Panhandle of WV, it depends on what you need from the VA. There isn't a full VA hospital nearby, but clinics exist in Winchester, VA, and in Hagerstown, MD. If services at one of the clinics are appropriate for your needs, there are a number of small cities in the EP to look into.
Martinsburg has a full VA medical center that covers parts of four states.

https://www.martinsburg.va.gov/
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Old 07-20-2019, 01:16 AM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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Thank you this is great information.
Caden, politically we lean more fiscally conservative, socially moderate/liberal. We are exhausted from the constant California extreme liberalism, endless protesting, government spending and spending and ridiculous cost of living.
My husband gets his medical care from the VA which is where I would work. All three of these city’s have what appear to be good VA systems.
We just want a nice town to live in. I have 10 years till retirement. We would like a place that has a sense of community, friendly folks, plant a little vegetable garden, a yard for our little dogs to play, sit on the porch watching thunder storms, find a nice church.
We have a couple friends outside Johnson City. We don’t know anyone in Martinsburg or Salem. We have moved ALOT for work the last 15 or so years so we are ok with making new connections.
We plan to visit WV and Salem in August and were just in TN over July 4. Hopefully we can get a flavor of the areas.
With regard to snow....I did 40 years in Western New York...it was Lake Effect every winter. SO much snow. I can do some....but please not 2-4 feet at a time from Nov until April. Lol.
I do wonder about the chances of bad flooding though in WV and Salem. I hear that has happened.
Thanks again to all of you so much for your time.
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