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Old 11-17-2011, 03:38 PM
 
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I'm from Frederick, MD and want to check out Jefferson County for cheaper/nicer houses. This is my first home purchase and I would live with my girlfriend. I will be checking it out this weekend, but would like to hear some things about it on the net too.

- How is this area?
- Why is it so cheap?
- Is it worth living well financially and having a nice secluded house there?
- Seriously guys, why so cheap, what's the catch?

Big city and night life aren't important. As long as we can get the groceries, go to restaurants sometimes, and have access to some retail close by we are ok in terms of living somewhere. Seems Charles Town has what we would need and Martinsburg has more. Nature and outdoor rec is important, which seems to be plenty out there.

She will be looking for a low wage job to start in the area. I know unemployment is high, but Walmart, retail, and restaurants shouldn't be difficult to attain right?

I used to commute to Herndon, VA from Frederick, MD. Now I work from home so I have zero commute. I do realize however, that worst case scenario if I lost my job, I may have to do the commute again. So it seems like a solid commuter location and I haven't tried the train either.

I have family in Frederick and Montgomery County too so I don't want to go way far out into WV.
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Old 11-18-2011, 12:47 AM
 
Location: Inwood
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I think jefferson county sounds like a good fit. I think the reason housing is so cheap is due partly to the wv housing market and the overall national market. Jefferson county had so much growth at one time probably have surplus homes, however jefferson county has higher average housing prices compared to a lot of counties in wv. Jefferson county has most if not all of your shopping needs other then the occasional trip to nova for a shopping spree. You should check out shepardstown, its a really neat college town. FYI I live in neighboring berkeley county.
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:33 AM
 
Location: Charles Town, WV
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I recently moved here from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and couldn't be happier. Although I am unsure of your age and the price range you are contemplating, I believe we may be in a similar situation. I am in my mid-20's and moved here with my girlfriend last March for a job in Frederick, MD. We were able to purchase a decent 3BR rancher for around $100k in the Charles Town city limits. A comparable home in my former state would total around $180k and may not have been in the safest neighborhood.

There are plenty of retail venues for shopping, groceries, etc. Numerous malls are located within a 30 min drive and Martinsburg is just right up the road. Outdoor recreation and hiking are plentiful. Getting away from the population density and traffic nightmares in VA is almost completely worth it to me. My only gripe is the lack of a movie theatre and nightlife. I have yet to find a decent watering hole worth stopping in at on the way home from work or a fun place to go on a Friday night. There are strip clubs and the casino/track if you're into those kinds of things. I feed the ponies every once in a while.

Like the previous poster stated, Shepherdstown is pretty cool with a tiny main street feel and a bunch of restuarants and pubs. Homes in Shepherdstown are more expensive than in the CT, HF, Ranson area. Another area that I really wanted to move to was the Shannondale area as it is somewhat more secluded and away from the town. If you live out there you will have to plan for septic and well water I believe and hopefully have a 4x4 vehicle for the winter months. All in all, you should be able to find a rancher, split foyer, townhouse, or older home for under $160,000.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Kearneysville,WV
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My husband and I moved to Berkeley Co.(we looked in Jefferson Co. also) from NOVA. I would say the "catch" is(IMO) there isn't a lot of retail/shopping/nice restaurants in the area, you would prob have to go to MD or VA. I would assume the job market in this area isn't that great(my Husband works in MD) and things are just kind of "run down". Therefore housing is cheaper than NOVA/MD. Now with the GOOD...everyone in general seems nicer and happier, there really isn't traffic around here, I have had no "crime" issues in my S/D, it seems like a great place to raise a family. I like it here and I'm sure with time I will grow to love it, yes there are days that I miss NOVA and it seems to be a hassle living so far "out" but there is give and take with everything! BTW we live in Kearneysville(Berkeley Co.) in Village of Washington Trails homes here are between 2,000s/f to upwards of 5,000s/f there are a few for sale between 220K-250k.
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Old 11-18-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Leesburg, VA
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Braille I live in Ranson, WV. It's isn't bad living in the country, but beware of the following:

If you don't have to commute 20 hells away for your job- living in the country isn't bad. But be forewarned: For shopping- big box stores, electronic stores, wholesale clubs etc. You will have to go to Frederick, Hagerstown, Winchester or Leesburg. There isn't a lot of that around here.

If you have to go into VA or DC for employment route 9 is dangerous road and is a mess during rush hour. 340 is a mess at the bridges during rush hour as well.

TV/Internet Providers: Comcast, Frontier or satellite that is it no Verizon FiOS (there won't ever be either).

Entertainment-wise you have the casino and the movie theaters in Martinsburg. That's it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:16 PM
 
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I recently moved here from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia and couldn't be happier. Although I am unsure of your age and the price range you are contemplating, I believe we may be in a similar situation. I am in my mid-20's and moved here with my girlfriend last March for a job in Frederick, MD. We were able to purchase a decent 3BR rancher for around $100k in the Charles Town city limits. A comparable home in my former state would total around $180k and may not have been in the safest neighborhood.
Yeah, we're in similar situation. I'm 27. My budget is 160k tops and I am interested in the 3br ranchers out there as well . I can drop my budget to 100-140k from the listings I'm seeing out there. Pretty nice.

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TV/Internet Providers: Comcast, Frontier or satellite that is it no Verizon FiOS (there won't ever be either).

Entertainment-wise you have the casino and the movie theaters in Martinsburg. That's it.
Comcast works well and fast for me at least out here in Frederick. Will be needing that for work. FiOS never came to the area I'm living in now either.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Berryville, VA
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Just be sure you can get high speed Internet whichever location you choose. Many spots off the beaten path cannot get high speed Internet or it is spotty quality.

I like Jefferson County and would rather live there than in Clarke County Virginia where I am now. Clarke was easier to commute towards the Dulles area than the pandhandle and Route 9 and is why we ended up here. Now that I commute to Fort Detrick, it is a long haul.
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