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Old 08-30-2009, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Sheridan County, Wyoming
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Can anyone tell me what would be a good part of Cumberland/Allegany Co. to look at for a decent home in decent Neighborhood? Possible move in Sept from western North Carolina (Asheville area). Should be central to Rawlings area, but will commute as long as it is within 30 minutes or so. Housing looks relatively inexpensive compared to this area.
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Old 08-30-2009, 05:35 PM
 
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Are you moving for work?

Housing is cheaper because it's in Western MD, very far away from D.C. and Baltimore. Western MD is quite different than Central MD.
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:02 AM
 
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There are several subdivisions around Short Gap, WV, just over the short bridge over the North Branch Potomac River, and the short Knobley Mountain from Rawlings, generally accommodating workers in Allegany Ballistics Laboratory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What do you consider a "decent house" and "decent neighborhood"?
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Allegany and neighboring Mineral County are largely forested mountains with some small towns and a few large towns and one small city. Cumberland and Frostburg are small urban areas with amenities within walking distance and some urban culture like theatres, art galleries, bars to listen to music, dining, etc. LaVale, Rawlings, and Lakewood subdivision (in Mineral County) are suburby with higher income residents, but you would need to drive to town to do anything. Everywhere else is pretty much in the woods.

You can live very cheap, 100K would get you a nice old house in a decent neighborhood. If you have more to spend you can get a big chunk of rural land or a big new house.
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:20 AM
 
Location: Sheridan County, Wyoming
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decent house is one that is livable but needs TLC..decent neighborhood is clean and residents take pride in where they live
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Sheridan County, Wyoming
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Allegany and neighboring Mineral County are largely forested mountains with some small towns and a few large towns and one small city. Cumberland and Frostburg are small urban areas with amenities within walking distance and some urban culture like theatres, art galleries, bars to listen to music, dining, etc. LaVale, Rawlings, and Lakewood subdivision (in Mineral County) are suburby with higher income residents, but you would need to drive to town to do anything. Everywhere else is pretty much in the woods.

You can live very cheap, 100K would get you a nice old house in a decent neighborhood. If you have more to spend you can get a big chunk of rural land or a big new house.
what are higher income residents?
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Old 08-31-2009, 08:50 AM
 
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what are higher income residents?
The 2007 estimated median household income is $37,024 per //www.city-data.com/county/Allegany_County-MD.html - it's not a "wealthy area" by any stretch of the imagination. Chain box stores at a higher level than Wal-Mart and Tractor Supply involve a 60+ mile (that's one way) drive to Hagerstown.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:42 AM
 
Location: Sheridan County, Wyoming
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thanks for the information. not looking for wealthy at all. Would like an older type home to live in and fix as needed. here in WNC wealthy takes on a whole new meaning. currently live near Tiger woods new golf course he is designing. "cliffs of high carolina" i can't afford a new tree in that part of wnc
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:14 AM
 
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OK, so you're not looking for a trendy shop and brewpub on every corner - that's good, you won't find it!

Possibly the LaVale area already mentioned would be a good first place to start looking. It's close to what shopping exists in Cumberland, and includes some older homes with character but maybe needing fixing/updating, as that seems to have been "the place to go" around WWII era. Still more proud than skanky. It's the kind of area folks drive through looking for Christmas lights.

If you want land with your house, values go up fast in that area, although not perhaps as fast as you're used to. There is some pressure for second/retirement home sites and hunting land from Beltway area folks, strangely not so much as in Garrett County further out, but still enough to price out the locals looking for a place to park a single-wide.
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Old 08-31-2009, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Sheridan County, Wyoming
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OK, so you're not looking for a trendy shop and brewpub on every corner - that's good, you won't find it!

Possibly the LaVale area already mentioned would be a good first place to start looking. It's close to what shopping exists in Cumberland, and includes some older homes with character but maybe needing fixing/updating, as that seems to have been "the place to go" around WWII era. Still more proud than skanky. It's the kind of area folks drive through looking for Christmas lights.

If you want land with your house, values go up fast in that area, although not perhaps as fast as you're used to. There is some pressure for second/retirement home sites and hunting land from Beltway area folks, strangely not so much as in Garrett County further out, but still enough to price out the locals looking for a place to park a single-wide.
no we are not the trendy type and only occasionly have alcohol. Do you or west side boy know anything about what kind of company American Woodmark is? Looks like my wife and I will be in town at the end of this week for a face to face.
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