Charles Town WV History and Attractions

Have you ever wondered about Charles Town WV history and Attractions?

Did you know that Charles Town, West Virginia was founded in 1786 by Charles Washington, the youngest full brother of George Washington? Charles Washington inherited the land in and around Charles Town from his older brother Lawrence. He constructed two one story buildings and called the estate “Happy Retreat”. Charles Town was then established next to Happy Retreat on eighty acres of adjacent land.Charles Town WV History and Attractions

 Charles Town, West Virginia is located in Jefferson County, approximately sixty miles from Washington DC.

 Happy Retreat is currently owned by the Gavin family but the first option to buy was purchased by the Friends of Happy Retreat, a non-profit 501(C)3 working to preserve, restore, and operate the historic Happy Retreat for public enjoyment and education.

 Perhaps one of the biggest attractions in the area is the Charles Town Race Track. Built in 1933, the race track is home of the West Virginia Breeders Classic. The track has undergone numerous renovations and has changed ownership several times. In 1997 the track was purchased by Penn National Gaming, Inc. After a referendum vote in 2009, table games like blackjack, roulette and poker were added, in addition to the over 3000 slot machines. The name was then changed to hollywood Hollywood Casinos at Charles Town Races.

 The Inn at Charles Town also sits on the property. The Inn advertises numerous amenities including a fitness center, and free shuttles to the casino.

 As one of the busiest race tracks in the country, there are over 240 days scheduled for racing events. Races include the Sprint Festival, the Charles Town Invitational Dash, the Lady Charles Town, the West Virginia Sprint Derby and the Red Legend Stakes.

 Recently voted the top attraction in Charles Town on TripAdvisor, the Charles Town Ghost Tours reveal the spooky side of this historic location! During any given two hour tour, author Ann Fern describes the town’s ghost stories – taken from both historical records and personal interviews – while guiding groups through the historic streets of Charles Town. Group and private tours are available from March through December.

 In August, the tour will be dog friendly, with a theme of “The Dog Days of Summer”. Proceeds will go to the Animal Welfare Society of Jefferson County. (Make sure to check the Charles Town Ghost Tour’s Facebook page for updates.)

 Charles Town provides an assortment of activities and attractions for everyone. From casino gaming and horse racing, to nearby historic Harper’s Ferry and Shepherdstown, the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers, and Harpers Ferry National Park, Charles Town truly lives up to the “wild and wonderful” motto of West Virginia!

Charles Town WV History and Attractions are something that should be on your come to visit list. And if you are searching for a home while you are here please call Linda’s team at 304-725-1145

 

Consumer Mortgage Rate Expectations Spike

Consumer Mortgage Rates Consumer Mortgage Rate Expectations spike and potential homebuyers may enter the purchase market sooner rather than later as more Americans expect mortgage rates and home prices to climb, according to results from Fannie Mae’s June 2013 National Housing Survey.

The share of respondents who say mortgage rates will go up during the next 12 months jumped 11 percentage points to 57 percent, the highest level in the survey’s three-year history. Meanwhile, consumers’ home price expectations have stayed strong in the face of rising mortgage rates. The share of respondents who believe home prices will go up in the next year also hit a survey high of 57 percent, while those who say prices will go down stayed steady at 7 percent. Although sentiment toward both the current home buying and selling environments retreated slightly, it remains near the survey highs of last month, with 72 percent saying it is a good time to buy and 36 percent saying it is a good time to sell.

“The spike in mortgage rate expectations this month seems to have had an impact on a number of the survey’s indicators and may increase housing activity in the near term by driving urgency to buy,” says Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. “Consumers may recognize that today’s still favorable mortgage rates and homeownership affordability levels will recede over time. Given rising home and rental price expectations and improving personal financial attitudes, more prospective homebuyers may be deciding that now is the time to get off the fence.”

Among those surveyed, 56 percent say rental prices will go up during the next year – an 8 percentage point increase and the highest level since the survey’s inception – and the average 12-month rental price change expectation jumped 1.2 percent to 4.6 percent. Americans’ outlook on their personal finances also increased significantly in June. The share who expect their personal financial situation to improve during the next year climbed to 46 percent, the highest level since June 2010. The share who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago jumped 6 percentage points to a survey high 26 percent.

Homeownership and Renting

• At 3.8 percent, the average 12-month home price change expectation fell slightly from last month’s survey high. • The share of people who say home prices will go up in the next 12 months hit a survey high 57 percent, while those who say home prices will go down held steady at the survey low 7 percent. • The share of respondents who say mortgage rates will go up increased 11 percentage points to 57 percent, the highest level since the survey’s inception. • At 72 percent and 36 percent, respectively, the shares who say it is a good time to buy a house and who say it is a good time to sell a house both fell 4 percentage points from May’s survey highs. • The average 12-month rental price expectation jumped to 4.6 percent, a 1.2 percent increase over last month. • Increasing 8 percentage points from May and reaching a survey high, 56 percent of those surveyed say home rental prices will go up in the next 12 months. • Forty-seven percent of respondents think it would be easy for them to get a home mortgage today, a slight increase over last month. • The share of respondents who said they would buy if they were going to move decreased slightly to 65 percent.

The Economy and Household Finances

• At 38 percent, the share of respondents who say the economy is on the right track decreased 2 percentage points from May. • The percentage of people who expect their personal financial situation to get better over the next 12 months jumped to 46 percent, the highest level since June 2010. • The share of respondents who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago rose 6 percentage points to a survey high 26 percent. • The percentage of respondents who say their household expenses are significantly higher than they were 12 months ago rose to 36 percent.

The most detailed consumer attitudinal survey of its kind, the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey polled 1,007 Americans via live telephone interview to assess their attitudes toward owning and renting a home, home and rental price changes, homeownership distress, the economy, household finances, and overall consumer confidence. Homeowners and renters are asked more than 100 questions used to track attitudinal shifts (findings are compared to the same survey conducted monthly beginning June 2010). Fannie Mae conducts this survey and shares monthly and quarterly results so that we may help industry partners and market participants target our collective efforts to stabilize the housing market in the near-term, and provide support in the future.

The Economy and Household Finances

• At 38 percent, the share of respondents who say the economy is on the right track decreased 2 percentage points from May. • The percentage of people who expect their personal financial situation to get better over the next 12 months jumped to 46 percent, the highest level since June 2010. • The share of respondents who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago rose 6 percentage points to a survey high 26 percent. • The percentage of respondents who say their household expenses are significantly higher than they were 12 months ago rose to 36 percent.

The most detailed consumer attitudinal survey of its kind, the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey polled 1,007 Americans via live telephone interview to assess their attitudes toward owning and renting a home, home and rental price changes, homeownership distress, the economy, household finances, and overall consumer confidence. Homeowners and renters are asked more than 100 questions used to track attitudinal shifts (findings are compared to the same survey conducted monthly beginning June 2010). Fannie Mae conducts this survey and shares monthly and quarterly results so that we may help industry partners and market participants target our collective efforts to stabilize the housing market in the near-term, and provide support in the future.

The Economy and Household Finances

• At 38 percent, the share of respondents who say the economy is on the right track decreased 2 percentage points from May. • The percentage of people who expect their personal financial situation to get better over the next 12 months jumped to 46 percent, the highest level since June 2010. • The share of respondents who say their household income is significantly higher than it was 12 months ago rose 6 percentage points to a survey high 26 percent. • The percentage of respondents who say their household expenses are significantly higher than they were 12 months ago rose to 36 percent.

The most detailed consumer attitudinal survey of its kind, the Fannie Mae National Housing Survey polled 1,007 Americans via live telephone interview to assess their attitudes toward owning and renting a home, home and rental price changes, homeownership distress, the economy, household finances, and overall consumer confidence. Homeowners and renters are asked more than 100 questions used to track attitudinal shifts (findings are compared to the same survey conducted monthly beginning June 2010). Fannie Mae conducts this survey and shares monthly and quarterly results so that we may help industry partners and market participants target our collective efforts to stabilize the housing market in the near-term, and provide support in the future.

For more information, visit www.fanniemae.com.

By Pete Bakel

C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry

C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Harpers Ferry

C.W. Shipley is a K-5  elementary school located in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia in historic Jefferson County. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of West Virginia, the school sits at the point where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet. Additionally, the spot where the school is located was a strategic artillery position for Confederate forces during the 1862 Civil War Battle of Harper’s Ferry.

Servicing the surrounding suburban communities of Harpers Ferry, Bolivar, Millville, and Bakerton, C.W. Shipley Elementary School has grown from its rural beginnings back when it was founded in 1972 to a current student population of 380.Flashing Lights and Sign on School Bus

Visitors to the school often comment on how attractive the school’s grounds are and about the great outdoor spaces for kids. Approximately fifteen acres of open space serves as a play area with a jungle gym area. Plus, there’s plenty of space for outdoor sports like soccer and football. Hopscotch, basketball, and foursquare are often played on the large blacktop area.

There’s also an outdoor amphitheater where the students gather for outdoor assemblies.

Inside the school there are twenty-four classrooms (including four for special education), as well as an art room, music room, gymnasium, and a twenty-seven station computer lab.

At the main entrance to the school, there’s a large mural of Harpers Ferry and a portrait of the school’s namesake Charles W. Shipley. The walls are frequently decorated with educational exhibits – often showcasing the artwork of C.W. Shipley’s talented students!

The principal of C.W. Shipley is Heather Boucher. She joined the faculty in 2003 as a kindergarten teacher. She was a fourth grade math teacher and a reading/math interventionist as well before she accepted the position of principal. She holds her B.A. degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Science from Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA, and she earned her Masters degree in Reading and her doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from West Virginia University.

The faculty and staff of C.W. Shipley incorporate a rich tradition of strong academics, character values, and community relations into the day-to-day academics and culture of the school. From general academics to art, music, and technology, to its access to the great outdoors and the surrounding culture and history, the school helps students succeed.

It’s easy to see why GreatSchools.org rated C.W. Shipley a nine out of ten – and why homes in the school district are so popular with families who want their children to attend this school! If you are interested in learning more about homes available in the C.W. Shipley school district, please contact us. Give us a call at (304) 725-1145, and we will help you look for homes in this wonderful school district.

Shepherdstown Community Information

Shepherdstown Community Information, School Information, and More

Shepherdstown is a small town located in Jefferson County, right on the scenic banks of the Potomac River. It’s approximately an hour’s drive from Dulles Airport and the Reston/Herndon technology corridor. shep713132

Historic Shepherdstown is the oldest established town in West Virginia and offers quaint shopping, an assortment of fine restaurants, parks, theatres and churches. Historic Shepherdstown is also home to Shepherd University. The large college population gives the town a youthful, hip vibe, and much of the life in town is centered around the college.

Single family detached homes in Shepherdstown comprise over half of the market, and the largest percentage of homes are historic homes built before 1939. New homes comprise less than 10% of the market. The median home value in Shepherdstown is just under 400K. Such attractive pricing combined with reasonable commutes to points in Virginia and Maryland make this area a solid option for working parents looking for unique, affordable homes to raise their families.

In contrast to the older houses of the Historic District, the Maddex Farm neighborhood is a new community that has a more traditional suburban feel with big backyards–and plenty of space! Typical single family homes in this neighborhood are have three to four bedrooms, full basements – either finished or unfinished – two or three car garages, and newer amenities.

Located just outside the historic district, Maddex Farm is within walking distance to modern conveniences including a full service Food Lion grocery store, various sit-down and fast-food restaurants, a United Bank, and a Rite-Aid drugstore. There are parks and sport facilities close by as well. Shepherdstown Elementary School is less than a mile and half away and is rated a 9 out of 10 by Great Schools.

Shepherdstown is a growing community, with a lot to offer families looking for a great place to call home. Residents love how farms with barns and tractors are just a short drive away – and that all the shopping, restaurants, and historic attractions in Charles Town, Harpers Ferry, and Martinsburg are all close as well. Plus the range of housing choices – from historic homes to newer construction – means that no matter what you picture your dream home to look like, there’s a good chance you’ll find it here!

We will be glad to help you with Shepherdstown community information. And if you would like to see homes in the area we can help you seven days a week. Simply call Linda’s team at 304-735-1145.

Locust Hill Subdivision-Charles Town WV

 Locust Hill is a neighborhood located in the Charles Town, West Virginia area. It is unique because it features an eighteen hole golf course and is only minutes from town.Charles Town is the county seat for Jefferson County. Most of the county offices are only minutes away. There is a lot of history with Charles Town WV.Locust Hills Subdivision-Charles Town WV

Because of its location most of the residents have relocated from nearby Virginia. The prices for these quality homes are much lower than comparable homes in Virginia. You will have the best of both worlds. We have easy commuting to several employment areas, you have the opportunity to live where you play. There is a friendly quality of life in West Virginia. And there are entertainment activities in close proximity.

 

Location

Locust Hill Subdivision-Charles Town WV is even closer to nearby cities such as Leesburg, Virginia due to the opening of a new section of Route 9. It is possible to get to Leesburg, Virginiain about thirty minutes. Frederick Maryland is also a growing city and is located about thirth minutes also. To the west is Winchester, Virginia which is also about the same distance. All of the areas offer all of the major shopping. And several people commute every day to Washington, DC using the Marc Train.

 Types of Homes

You will find several varieties of housing in Locust Hill. There are Town Homes, Single Family Homes and Patio Homes. The lots are sizes of .16 to about .5 an acre.

Real Estate Market Activity

At this time there are 80% owner occupied homes. Approximately 14% are rentals. And there are about 6% vacant. There are 7 homes listed as active on the market at this time. Eleven arepresently under contract. The price ranges for these homes is between $169,000 up to $314, 000.

Conclusion

This neighborhood is very desirable. Many of the occupants enjoy the access to the golf course. With the commute to nearby amenities this is a neighborhood that should show strongappreciation as the market continues to grow.If you would like information or to schedule a visit to the Locust Hill Subdivision-Charles Town WV please call Linda’s Team at 304-725-1145

 

 

Upcoming July Events in Shepherdstown, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry Areas

There are many Upcoming July Events in Shepherdstown, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry Areas that will be very rewarding! You should be sure to attend one or more of these events if you are in the area.

Saturday, July 13, 2013, 5 pm – 8 pm: The Tomoke Thaldorf and Sheila Anders Breast Cancer Benefit.

Come to the Asbury Center in Charles Town on Saturday, July 13th, and enjoy live music, food – and a moon bounce to support a worthy cause. There will be a silent auction and prizes too. Admission is $5 (admission is $3 for children under 12 years old). All proceeds will be deposited into the medical expense fund for Tomoke Thaldorf and Sheila Anders. Learn More.

 Saturday & Sunday, July 20th and 21st, 11 am – 4 pm: Historic Program: “I Will Follow them to the Death: Sheridan’s Soliders, 1864”.

During the summer of 1864 Harpers Ferry was the staging area for Union General Philip Sheridan’s Shenandoah Campaign. On the weekend of July 20th and 21st, come watch the 13th New Jersey reactivated living history group demonstrate army garrison duties in an occupied enemy town. You’ll get to see costumed volunteers and National Park Service staff interpret what civilian life was like during that time under harsh military rule, including searching and arresting deserters and spies, and maintaining military security. The event will be held at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park (Lower Town, Harpers Ferry). The park entrance fee is $10 per vehicle for three days, or $5 per person on foot or bicycle. Learn More.

Saturday, July 20th, 3-7 pm: Brunswick Main Street’s 5th Annual Red, White, and Brew Bull Roast and Bluegrass.

Spend the afternoon and evening of July 20th on the Potomac River at the Brunswick Family Campground with local barbecuing legends Tim Simmons and JT Naylor of Pig Hole Barbecue as they serve up a Memphis Pit Barbecue! Also on the menu are baked beans, homemade cole slaw, ice cream, iced tea, wine and premium beer from the Flying Dog Brewery on tap. Circa Blue and the Midnite Bluegrass Boys headline the bluegrass music line-up. Proceeds go to the downtown Brunswick revitalization project. Tickets are $40 per individual or $350 for a table of 10. Learn More.

Friday & Saturday, July 26-27, 7:30 pm; Sunday matinee, July 28 at 2:30 pm: The Old Opera House Theatre Company’s Summer Youth Theatre presents Charlotte’s Web.

Director Christine Brewer has assembled a talented group of young performers to bring this tale of friendship to the Old Opera House stage. All the familiar characters will be there: Wilbur the pig, Fern, Templeton the rat, and – of course – the lovable spider Charlotte. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. Plus, the Old Opera house is a great place to visit  – it was built in 1910, and has lived through two wars, a depression, and the start of radio! For tickets to this unique event at this historic venue, call: (304)725-4420. Learn More.

Be sure and keep these upcoming July events in Shepherdstown, Charles Town, Harpers Ferry Areas on your list of things to do and see this month!