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Old 01-16-2010, 11:25 AM
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Just wondering, in general, about the Elkins, WV area --
About nice rural homes with a few acres

Cost of living? / Lifestyle?

Taxes ?

Thinking of relocating from RURAL upstate NY

What are winters like?

Any other area(s) in WV you'd recommend over Elkins?

Any areas to stay away from?

Schools not a concern -- semi-retiring. (we're early 60's, plannig on moving within 3-5 years max)

Any info or links or advice most welcome!!!!!


--Always Wondering--
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Old 01-16-2010, 01:08 PM
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I think I read on the city-data you are tired of snow. Elkins gets a lot of snow, though not as much as you are used to. It's a great town, a local guyl will be along to post soon.

Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia, is a non-profit organization which teaches workshops, presents, nurtures, and documents traditional arts in Music, Dance, Craft, and Folklore.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:44 PM
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Just about anyplace in WV will fill your desires as far as I am concerned. Some areas are closer to bigger towns but you can also get out in the boonies and away from it all. Elkins is a good in-between area. If you want away from the snow you should go westward as the Parkersburg area doesn't get as much as the interior part of the state. If you are afraid of missing snow, try Canaan Valley (Tucker County) or any of the counties on the eastern side of the state.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:31 AM
Location: Elkins, WV
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If I may... I'll post some stuff about the Elkins area since I'm from there.... and according to some people on here I go on incessantly about it. *cough cough* Forgive me I actually like where I come from.

The cost of living in WV will be heaven compared to anything you've faced in NY state. Cost of living might be a little higher than some areas of the state, and cheaper than others. Homes appreciate at a comfortable/safe rate due to the areas mild growth and the proximity to the tourist areas.

The lifestyle is fairly slow and relaxed. There is a good mixture of all types there, they have intellectuals, good ole' country boys, professionals, conservatives, liberals, young, old, straight, gay, and some African Americans, Hispanics, Indians, and Asians. People here generally respect the land, and have a great love our heritage. We have festivals honoring our heritage and ancestry.

Elkins and Randolph county have some of the lowest rates of taxation in the state. One thing I'll thank the few Republicans in office for. Check out the rate and percentage of taxes paid on the city data pages, you'll see Elkins is always lower on taxes.

Relocating from RURAL upstate NY shouldn't be much of a difference... It may be a little more hilly for you if you relocate outside of Elkins toward Harman/Canaan Valley or down the valley towards Beverly/Huttonsville/Snowshoe... If you live in town generally it doesn't snow too too much, you start getting into the heavy snow when you leave town and head south or east into the mountains. However, it the road crews and locals are used to the snow and the roads are always well maintained in the winter and we grow up learning how to drive in the snow.

Winters range from highs in the 60-70's to lows in the single digits and teens. It will snow a few inches at my grandma's house in South Elkins and at my house outside of Bowden more in the mountains it will snow 1-2 feet. Then again I'm only 10 miles or so to Canaan Valley Ski Resort taking back roads and I love snowboarding so it works. ha ha

Elkins is a great place! However I realize it's not for everyone. If you're wanting a large town or city... it's not for you! If you want a really small town it may even be too big for you. My parents thought it was too big and wanted more privacy and built our house about 10 miles east near Bowden. Elkins does offer more than similarly sized towns though. It has a hospital with many specialists located nearby. There is a small and growing liberals arts college, there is the Randolph County Community Arts building which brings in art exhibits as well as offers classes in the arts. There are several playhouses and good restaurants that aren't chains. Check out The Graceland Inn Resaurant whether you move here or not, it's amazing! The Graceland Inn
Anyway, if you're looking for a bigger area I'd look at Martinsburg, Clarksburg, Huntington, or Charleston. If you're looking for smaller... well... I don't really know there.. ha ha

No real areas to stay away from... no real problems with violence or crime.

Schools not a concern... if they ever are though Midland District has the best elementary school, all 5 elementary schools feed into Elkins Middle and Elkins High School.

Welcome to the Heart of West Virginia
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:27 AM
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Cost of living is way lower in WV than anywhere in NY I would imagine plus our winters are milder since we're farther away from the Great Lakes. You would be amazed how nice of a house you can get in most of WV for not even 6 figures. People from other states like California cannot even believe it.
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:20 PM
Location: Elkins, WV
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Saw this in the Intermountain online today and thought I'd share it with everyone.

Warren Buffet's sister to visit Elkins this month!

She'll be attending an assembly in her honor at Elkins Middle School.

EMS giving back to Buffet
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