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Old 10-05-2020, 02:28 PM
 
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I'm somewhat biased, but I think Parkersburg has the best historic residential district in West Virginia. However, I now live in Charleston, and its East End and Edgewood Historic districts are great. I would also seriously look at Lewisburg, WV. It's, by far, the geographically prettiest town that I've mentioned, is very old, and is a couple hours from either the Charleston airport or the Roanoke, VA airport. Parkersburg is probably the closest town to a major airport -- that being Columbus, OH.


Just to give some examples of homes in respective historic areas:


Parkersburg: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...23179643_zpid/
Parkersburg: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M34294-64741
Charleston: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M35743-77470
Charleston: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M35642-47431
Charleston: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M35867-93326

Lewisburg: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M48743-68262
Lewisburg: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M97315-03804

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Old 10-05-2020, 09:34 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Nope not a teacher, just know a lot. Taxes when you buy a home JUMP up! Most old the older homes are still being Taxed by 1955 bracket BUT once Sold they Jump them to the current cost. That will be your major change. What part of WV are you looking at?
Morgantown, Wheeling, Charles Town, Charleston (or any others that might fit the bill!)
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:41 PM
 
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Based on this and to be bluntly honest, I would avoid Morgantown. It has become very slanted to the left in recent years and increasingly stands out statewide for this reason. I live there and the area is sadly mired in political controversy on a routine basis.

I will provide an article so you can come to your own conclusions. Out of the many, many examples of such is a current local political interest in the defund the police movement. Unheard of anywhere else in the state. They are the only city in WV I know of pursuing this issue. The city is now attempting to create their own police review board which runs afoul of current state law and our Police Civil Service Commission protocols.

Even after being informed in writing in Sept. by the state's attorney general that their actions are not legal, they are still persisting in this effort and not backing down. "Dogmatic" as you stated is an understatement here. LOL https://wajr.com/ag-morrisey-urges-m...eview-process/

AFAIK, most areas of the state are generally conservative or pretty much non political and may be a good fit for you. Just thought you would like to be aware of this.
Thank you for sharing this!! I was a little worried that the town might be slanted a bit, and it sounds like it is. It is disappointing, but I am indebted to you for sharing.

Honestly, I'm still wondering if it could possibly be as leftist as here, but I may not want to find out...

All the best to you!!
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Old 10-05-2020, 09:55 PM
 
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We've been looking at colleges in West Virginia for our daughter, and have researched all the larger cities.

You didn't mention which part of Colorado you are from, but if it is the Mountainous part, more eastern areas would probably be more comfortable for you. Three cities stand out for us ... Morgantown, Wheeling, and Shepherdstown. Shepherdstown because of it's proximity to Washington DC, Wheeling because of it's amazing park system, and Morgantown because of it's excellent education assets.

From what we can tell, the eastern and northern parts of the state are in growth mode and the southern areas are declining. I don't know about Morgantown's political climate, as Motown said, but compared with Florida, West Virginia has very small counties so if you choose to locate there it should be easy to take advantage of their scientific and cultural amenities and live in a nearby adjacent mountain county that tilts right, or in a close by city such as Fairmont that might be lower cost and still give you that proximity.
Thanks so much for chiming in!! We live in Denver, about 4 miles from Downtown.

It's interesting that you brought up Wheeling and Morgantown, as we came across those as well. I will have to look up Shepherdstown!
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:00 PM
 
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I think some clarification is in order.

West Virginia is not a far right state. Nor was it ever a far left state. I'm not going to get into the reasons for it, but currently WV has voted a little right of center instead of a little left of center. Keep that in mind since you indicated that was an issue for you.

I don't follow local news in Morgantown (other than what shows up her in this forum), but I can tell you that city officials in Huntington and Charleston are looking at how to make their police departments work better and avoid the controversial issues that have been in the news about police departments,
Thanks!! I appreciate the info! We're not exactly looking for "far" right (that would probably drive me nuts, too), just something a bit more reasonable. And, according to voting records, WV seems to be pretty red (I honestly wondered if I might find some things TOO traditional for my tastes)... Maybe I'm missing something??
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:11 PM
 
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I'm somewhat biased, but I think Parkersburg has the best historic residential district in West Virginia. However, I now live in Charleston, and its East End and Edgewood Historic districts are great. I would also seriously look at Lewisburg, WV. It's, by far, the geographically prettiest town that I've mentioned, is very old, and is a couple hours from either the Charleston airport or the Roanoke, VA airport. Parkersburg is probably the closest town to a major airport -- that being Columbus, OH.


Just to give some examples of homes in respective historic areas:


Parkersburg: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...23179643_zpid/
Parkersburg: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M34294-64741
Charleston: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M35743-77470
Charleston: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M35642-47431
Charleston: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M35867-93326

Lewisburg: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M48743-68262
Lewisburg: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M97315-03804
Thanks so much for this input!! You know, I know that area in Parkersburg that you are referring to: "The Julia Ann Historic District," or something?... The neighborhood is the epitome of our taste. The issue that we worried over with Parkersburg, was that it seems far from a major city, and did not have a good school system (and I couldn't find much info on private schools?). So, we were worried that we wouldn't find a community there... Maybe it's mainly folks that have lived there for generations?? My husband also is worried that the real estate there may never gain value...

Ironically, 2 of the houses you highlighted in Charleston, are already saved in my Zillow account. Thanks so much for reinforcing the idea of that option! I also will need to look more closely at Lewisburg, and I haven't had as much exposure to that area (online exposure).

Thanks again!!
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Old 10-05-2020, 10:37 PM
 
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Based on this and to be bluntly honest, I would avoid Morgantown. It has become very slanted to the left in recent years and increasingly stands out statewide for this reason. I live there and the area is sadly mired in political controversy on a routine basis.

I will provide an article so you can come to your own conclusions. Out of the many, many examples of such is a current local political interest in the defund the police movement. Unheard of anywhere else in the state. They are the only city in WV I know of pursuing this issue. The city is now attempting to create their own police review board which runs afoul of current state law and our Police Civil Service Commission protocols.

Even after being informed in writing in Sept. by the state's attorney general that their actions are not legal, they are still persisting in this effort and not backing down. "Dogmatic" as you stated is an understatement here. LOL https://wajr.com/ag-morrisey-urges-m...eview-process/

AFAIK, most areas of the state are generally conservative or pretty much non political and may be a good fit for you. Just thought you would like to be aware of this.
You're definitely unfamiliar with the north then. Thankfully it doesn't ooze red but then again the north has always been vastly segregated from the rest of the state.
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Old 10-06-2020, 09:31 AM
 
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Thanks so much for this input!! You know, I know that area in Parkersburg that you are referring to: "The Julia Ann Historic District," or something?... The neighborhood is the epitome of our taste. The issue that we worried over with Parkersburg, was that it seems far from a major city, and did not have a good school system (and I couldn't find much info on private schools?). So, we were worried that we wouldn't find a community there... Maybe it's mainly folks that have lived there for generations?? My husband also is worried that the real estate there may never gain value...

Ironically, 2 of the houses you highlighted in Charleston, are already saved in my Zillow account. Thanks so much for reinforcing the idea of that option! I also will need to look more closely at Lewisburg, and I haven't had as much exposure to that area (online exposure).

Thanks again!!

Yep, it has a good Catholic school system and private school across the river in Marietta, OH, Veritas Academy, I believe. Your concerns are certainly valid, though -- in many ways, Parkersburg is the least like W.Va. of any of the larger towns in the state.



Re: Lewisburg, I would certainly urge you to look more into that area. Here is a neat article from your hometown newspaper, the Denver Post: https://www.denverpost.com/2011/06/0...ewisburg-w-va/


I visit Lewisburg all the time, as my grandparents lived there, and I was married at the French Goat restaurant. (I even stayed at this now-for-sale Bed and Breakfast the night before the wedding: https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...1_M91089-48726)



If you have any questions, just let me know!
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Old 10-06-2020, 10:14 AM
 
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Parkersburg area schools will provide a good education to any student who is motivated and willing to work hard. Several National Merit scholars have gone through the system. Successful graduates at nearly any nationally recognized school of higher education including all the military academies, Ivy League, or any distinction you wish.

Williamstown is probably the best area for schools in Wood County right now. A small tight-knit community that supports their community and schools like no other area I have seen. Yet, it is not so tight-knit not to welcome newcomers. Not many older historic homes but you should visit the area if you come browsing Wood County. Not many towns of less than 3000 can raise nearly $2 million dollars in 2-3 years to build a new pool with taxing their people. (full transparency, I have lived in the area since coming in as an "outsider" in 1970 with the exception of four years when I worked in other counties)
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Old 10-06-2020, 11:56 AM
 
Location: elkins wv
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Check out Bridgeport West Virginia. It is south of Morgantown and about a hour and forty five minutes from Pittsburgh. They have one of the top school systems in the state. They have a small mall, a new shopping center being built now at Charles Pointe and decent shopping and dining options at Eastpointe shopping center. You are within two hours of many lakes, state parks and ski resorts. They have a good hospital in United Hospital Center that is new and already expanding. Most homes in Bridgeport are newer but i'm sure you can find a few older homes with character. The downtown area is small but it's a close knit town with great athletics and a new recreation center under construction. Along with the eastern panhandle, Morgantown and Putnam County in between Charleston and Huntington it is one of the few growing areas and towns in the state. It is suburb of Clarksburg which has some nice older homes but Clarksburg has seen better days. There is Notre Dame private school in Clarksburg. There is a small airport in Bridgeport also with a few connecting flights that is also expanding with a new terminal. Good luck with your search.
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