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Old 05-30-2018, 02:01 PM
 
Location: CA
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I am visiting Northern West Virginia this summer and scouting for a good place to retire. My interest so far is either somewhere in the Morgantown or Berkeley Springs areas. Anyone have any ideas for me? We are an older couple who are looking for a friendly and relaxed environment, but not too far from a city with a major airport and other amenities. The weather looks pretty good in Berkeley Springs. I am sure open to ideas about these or other places, and would love to hear from you.
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Old 05-30-2018, 02:51 PM
 
Location: elkins wv
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I don't think you can go wrong with either. Morgantown I would look on the outskirts for many reasons mostly cost. Both are near major airports, healthcare, attractions and shopping. Weather is probably mostly the same with Morgantown averaging a little more snowfall. It probably comes down to preferences in location.My favorite town in the eastern panhandle is Sheperdstown and around Morgantown I would prefer the Cheat lake area or the western part of the county. Bridgeport is a nice area not far from Morgantown also or even near by Wanyesburg in PA although taxes are probably higher there. I love both areas.
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Old 05-30-2018, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Berkeley Springs, hands down. The town is much smaller and very quaint. No college students. Much much less traffic, close to D.C. and Baltimore, but still far enough away to feel like you are getting away from it all. The vibe is also tremendous. It is a mix of locals, tourists, transplants, all drawn in by the water. People just hang around the Springs for hours, chatting with people, dipping their feet. Life is very relaxed there.
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Old 06-01-2018, 05:52 PM
 
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Thank you for the information. We will be visiting both areas, and really looking forward to it.
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Old 06-02-2018, 07:05 AM
 
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Berkeley Springs, hands down. The town is much smaller and very quaint. No college students. Much much less traffic, close to D.C. and Baltimore, but still far enough away to feel like you are getting away from it all. The vibe is also tremendous. It is a mix of locals, tourists, transplants, all drawn in by the water. People just hang around the Springs for hours, chatting with people, dipping their feet. Life is very relaxed there.


While I agree, every place in the EP is changing quickly. What it is like there today is not what it is going to be like tomorrow. Where and when it will calm down is not knowable at this point. Morgantown has reached a plateau for now; what you see is what you get and not much else is going to change in a generation. Urban growth is typically like that, burst of activity for 5 to 10 years then a digestion period of 10 to 15. Morgantown has grown a lot lately and I think that tank has run dry, for now.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:05 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, Hilly South, Land of Doors
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I hate Morgantown. Traffic, sprawl. Give me Berkeley Springs any day. Cheap to live there as well for the most part.
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Old 06-04-2018, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Cumberland
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How did Berkeley Springs fare in the flood? I saw some very unfortunate pictures of the State Park, completely under water.
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Old 06-06-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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How did Berkeley Springs fare in the flood? I saw some very unfortunate pictures of the State Park, completely under water.
Not well at all. It appear in some of the pictures I saw that the town was flooded pretty badly. Not deep like 4-10 feet inside buildings but it was not kind to the town.

Saddens me to see water damage property as it has happened to me.
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Old 07-08-2018, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Cumberland
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Not well at all. It appear in some of the pictures I saw that the town was flooded pretty badly. Not deep like 4-10 feet inside buildings but it was not kind to the town.

Saddens me to see water damage property as it has happened to me.
Update: I was down at the Springs today. All of the state park, save one small muddy section was open to the public. I didn't see any damage, it was like the other times we have gone.
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