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Old 05-15-2020, 06:19 PM
 
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Greetings everyone, I would love some input from those familiar with Gap Mills in Monroe County, I'm thinking about some land in that area and wondering what the area is like. Crime, shopping, racial makeup, and overall quality of life in that region. I'll be moving from the DMV area for something simpler. Thanks for any input or guidance anyone can offer!
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Old 05-18-2020, 10:16 AM
 
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Its very rural and isolated. Crime is low, there is no real shopping outside of a couple local shops. For groceries, you'll need to go to Union to the IGA. However, you can get some stuff at the Barn Store. Additionally, there is no hospital in Monroe County; you'll be about 40 minutes from the hospital in Lewisburg. Its also not diverse at all. Monroe County is 97% white. There is also not reliable internet, so you'll be using a satellite for that and TV.

If you want a simple, off-the-grid lifestyle, Monroe County is great. Its one of the most picturesque parts of the state. However, if you want something simpler than the DMV area, but still want services and amenities, I'd look at Lewisburg up in Greenbrier County. Some areas outside of Blacksburg in VA may also work, but that area may be a bit larger than you're looking for, especially with Virginia Tech being there.
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Old 05-18-2020, 03:07 PM
 
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It's only half and hour to Kroger in Lewisburg, it's really no big deal.
It's very low crime area, I think.
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Old 05-19-2020, 09:33 PM
 
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Hi Mattec, and Destination_east89. You guys have been a big help, I wasn't aware of the lack of internet and hospital distance. Mattec you read my mind when you mention off-grid lifestyle which is pretty much what I am looking for. I'll also look into Lewisburg as well Destination_east89. Thank you both for your recommendations, I really do appreciate it!
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Old 05-21-2020, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Martinsburg, West Virginia
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Hi Mattec, and Destination_east89. You guys have been a big help, I wasn't aware of the lack of internet and hospital distance. Mattec you read my mind when you mention off-grid lifestyle which is pretty much what I am looking for. I'll also look into Lewisburg as well Destination_east89. Thank you both for your recommendations, I really do appreciate it!
Lewisburg is an awesome little town and the Greenbrier Valley's beauty is breathtaking. You feel "off the grid" but still close to shops, restaurants, I-64, etc.

You may have already visited these sites, but just in case:

https://greenbrierwv.com/

http://lewisburg-wv.com/

https://greenbrierwv.com/places/248/downtown-lewisburg
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Old 05-21-2020, 08:12 PM
 
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Thanks for the links mmccul I didn't have those actually. Yours and mattec's suggestion on Greenbrier is interesting and have added that to my short list as well ....... Thanks again for the links!
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Old 05-22-2020, 05:44 PM
 
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There was a typo in my post above, I meant to say "half-an-hour" to Kroger in Lewisburg (I consider it almost nothing).

Generally, being 30 mins to an hour to a hospital - it's like that for most rural places.
Internet will be a challenge almost anywhere in WV out-of-town, if you want wired internet. There're counties in Northern WV which have widespread rural fiber internet project to all kinds of remote places, but nothing that I know of in Southern WV.
Even cell service can be a challenge out-of-town, many cabins in Monroe county don't have cell service and you get phone connection through satellite company, and Greenbrier has whole dead areas in Northern part.
Properties are more expensive in Greenbrier county than in Monroe, usually. More flat usable land in Greenbrier.
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Old 05-24-2020, 08:13 PM
 
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Hi destination_east89, I agree that drive is very doable and wouldn't be an issue, concerning the internet connection I do prefer a wired connection for better speeds and reliability but I do understand Gap Mills is pretty much wireless only with I think the speed is capped at 25mbs down and 5mbs up, its fine but I'm sure with adverse weather that drops big time. I'm finding exactly what you're saying about the property prices, there is a big difference between Gap Mills and Greenbier. For now I'm still leaning towards Gap Mills.
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