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Old 10-25-2020, 11:15 PM
 
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Currently in the Eastern Panhandle, but it's driving us crazy: too much building/growth, etc. Love WV and want to stay within the state. Friend has some property for sale out Durbin-way but I have some concerns after deep-diving via Google: any grocery stores? Urgent care centers? Apparently, the closest hospital is in Elkins, an hour away and my MIL, elderly but in good health, has regular medical checkups. Kinda worried about that aspect of moving to that area - that's our biggest concern.

Any advice or suggestions with the Durbin area? I was informed Frontier provided high-speed internet (which was another concern since I work from home). Can anyone please confirm this, please? (realize it's very close to Green Bank Observatory/Quiet Zone).

Thx.
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Old 10-26-2020, 02:54 PM
 
Location: elkins wv
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Dubin is kind of in no where's land. Elkins is the closest for any major services and it's around a hour and fifteen minutes away. Depending on the time of the year that could go 15-20 minutes each direction. I think the only even decent size grocery in the county is in Marlinton and that is 50 minutes in the opposite direction. Harrisonburg Virginia is 2 hour away. Elkins is the only hospital within a hour but in two hours you can go to either Clarksburg Wv. or Harrisonburg Va. I would never live in Durbin as a elderly person and I don't think there is even a urgent care center anywhere near there. Internet is basically average to poor depending on how close to the major road you are. Cell service the last time I was there was non existent and it's because of your closeness to Greenbank observatory. You can find land closer to Elkins or numerous other small towns like Lewisburg,Summersville, Buckhannon or many other options. I am 58 and I wouldn't live anywhere more than 30 minutes from a hospital and conveniences.
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Old 10-26-2020, 03:37 PM
 
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For the medical concerns, I agree you don’t want to live in Durban and you need to keep looking closer to Elkins or Lewisburg.
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Old 10-27-2020, 06:17 AM
 
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Yes, our major concern - a pitfall of aging is healthcare access. Thank you for your help!
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Old 10-27-2020, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Arlington, VA
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I would definitely look into Elkins as other posters have stated. Durbin is about as 'middle of nowhere' as you can get. You likely won't have cell service, internet will be likely not high speed and I hope you like snow because you'll be getting a ton of it!

Other places to look into: Lewisburg, Buchannon, and Summersville.
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Old 11-01-2020, 07:08 PM
 
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Living in Durbin would be like living in a microscopic version of Alaska. Now if you are ok with not being around a lot of people and not having access to a lot of things then this might be ok. You give up something to get something. If you have a need for healthcare or an income then it's probably not a good idea. But if you have the money and are in good health and like the isolation it would be ok for a while. That whole area reminds me of the x-files. In fact I think a couple of the episodes and one of the movies took place around there.
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Old 11-02-2020, 05:53 AM
 
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Lol! Appreciate the insight - think between the isolation (which - overall - we're good with, esp these past months, sadly) from health facilities and bad/long? winter weather, Durbin's not for us.

Friend in Morgantown suggested looking at suburbs out that way, i.e., Elkins, etc. Looking for "outlier" homes, not in a city/town proper (can't stand homes with a sidewalk running between each), we want some space but still have access to amenities. Dunno if such exists - Durbin was, note past tense, perfect initially.
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Old 11-02-2020, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Ohio via WV
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Lol! Appreciate the insight - think between the isolation (which - overall - we're good with, esp these past months, sadly) from health facilities and bad/long? winter weather, Durbin's not for us.

Friend in Morgantown suggested looking at suburbs out that way, i.e., Elkins, etc. Looking for "outlier" homes, not in a city/town proper (can't stand homes with a sidewalk running between each), we want some space but still have access to amenities. Dunno if such exists - Durbin was, note past tense, perfect initially.
Just a clarification. Elkins is not a suburb of Morgantown. It's a separate town about an 1.5 hour away.

Given your list of what you want, look into Preston, Taylor, Barbour, and Upshur Counties
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