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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Shepherdstown, West_Virginia

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Where to Retire in Shepherdstown and Home Prices

Real estate is much higher in Shepherdstown compared to most of West Virginia. According to Zillow, the media home value was $$442,680 in late 2022.

What Is Special about Shepherdstown

Shepherdstown has a vibrant, historic, and walkable downtown, and is considered a haven for the creative arts.  Local arts and crafts along with music can be found in galleries and locally-owed shops, and Shepherd University presents classical perfomances, sporting events, and a Wellness Center available to residents. 

What Is Not Special about Shepherdstown

The town is very small and is home to over 3,000 college students; winters are chily with some snow; the cost of living is higher than the national average 

Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 34 degrees, July's average is 74 degrees. The annual snowfall is about 20 inches.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Shepherdstown features several restaurants and pubs, galleries, music, and outdoor recreation opportunities.  The Historic Shepherdstown Museum displays artifacts, furniture and historic documents, and the Shepherdstown Opera House presents musical performances of all kinds. The town hosts several events, including a Christmas festival and the annual Contemporary American Theater Festival which features new plays by American playwrights.  The Baltimore/Washington DC area is about 90 minutes away for more cultural venues. 


The crime rate here is very low.

Medical Facilities

There are hospitals in Martinsburg about 10 miles away, including a VA Medical Center.  The Washington DC/Baltimore metropolitan areas offers medical facilities of every kind.


Hagerstown, Maryland, is the nearest major airport, and the closest international airport is Dulles, near Washington DC, about 50 miles away.  

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