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Old 12-09-2020, 02:26 AM
 
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I plan on moving to the eastern panhandle. Would like to build a cabin/small house on a couple acres or buy a pre-1880s home/ log home and completely restore it.

Could a local Jefferson County resident tell me some ins and outs of the area? Especially your opinion of this area versus NoVA or Va in general?

How is crime, how are the police, the people, schools? What plans is Jefferson County going towards? Are they trying to keep it agricultural/tourist/DC Suburbia or are they trying to weaken zoning laws and build industry/factories like Berkeley County? I already know about Rockwool, but really looking at future plans. Is there another area I should consider not in JCo?

I drove around the other day, saw a beautiful apple orchard, loved Harpers Ferry and Shepherdstown. I'm big into history. Plan on buying within two months.
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Old 12-10-2020, 01:37 AM
 
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I don't have any facts/numbers to give you, just my general impressions.

Police are fine, crime is low/normal, people are reserved but friendly enough.
Schools are decent, but probably not as good as in NoVa.
Definitely way slower-paced than NoVa.

Not much special going on as far as restaurants/shopping, def. more of a small-town feel. Some good restaurants, don't get me wrong, but not nearly enough of them, too much blah chain crap.

I think it's a great area to raise young kids. Fresh air, parks, sports activities, rec centers, quiet living.

I think they're generally trying to keep it modest & touristy (e.g., Harpers Ferry history, beautiful scenery, old Shepherdstown), but yeah, Rockwool... hopefully just an outlier. Certainly caused a big outcry, so I'd hope they don't try that kind of thing again.

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Old 12-14-2020, 09:51 AM
 
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We moved to Jefferson Cty in October. We chose Jefferson as opposed to Berkeley because Jefferson has more strict building codes. That may be opposite to your goals.



We chose WV as opposed to other States because WV does not tax our federal retirement.
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Old 12-15-2020, 05:01 PM
 
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Most people in your position base their choice between WV and VA simply on politics, since the two states have such divergent cultures now (marijuana will soon be legal in Virginia, for example). Liberals will settle in Western Loudoun County and Winchester, Conservatives in the Eastern Panhandle.
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Old 12-18-2020, 12:34 PM
 
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Most people in your position base their choice between WV and VA simply on politics, since the two states have such divergent cultures now (marijuana will soon be legal in Virginia, for example). Liberals will settle in Western Loudoun County and Winchester, Conservatives in the Eastern Panhandle.
I won't base it on politics. I live in Loudoun now and Jefferson is pretty similar politically. Loudoun usually goes blue due to Sterling and South Riding though. As long as my rights are protected, I'm okay. Jefferson County just feels safer as opposed to where I live now. Lots of mental issues in Loudoun and it's getting over populated. Western Loudoun is nice but it's losing the charm quick with all the development going on. Loudoun has way more to do but its only a couple minute drive if I still want those amenities. I'm actually closer to the wineries/breweries that most of Loudoun folks are.

BTW bought a historical home in Charles Town Can't wait to get started next year with the remodel.
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