The 8 Most Expensive Mountain Towns in West Virginia to Buy a Second Home

Early morning along the Highland Scenic Highway, a National Scenic Byway, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, USA
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Written by Joyce Nash

Published: October 28, 2023

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Known as the Mountain State, West Virginia has an abundance of towns tucked away among the rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains. It is the only state that is located entirely within the Appalachian mountain range, and it has the highest elevation of the eastern states. Whether you’re looking to buy property in an area that has small-town charm or a bustling city center, the Mountain State has plenty of options. Keep reading to discover the eight most expensive mountain towns in West Virginia to buy property.

1. Shepherdstown

Situated on a bluff overlooking the Potomac River, Shepherdstown is West Virginia’s oldest town. It is also known as one of the state’s most haunted towns. However, that hasn’t had a negative impact on the area’s real estate market. The average home value in Shepherdstown is just under $441,000, making this one of the state’s most expensive mountain towns. 

The town was founded in 1762, and there are several museums, monuments, and historic locations to explore, including structures that pre-date the Revolutionary War. The Potomac River and the waters of the Town Run provide countless opportunities for boating, swimming, tubing, and fishing. 

Seneca Rocks Roy Gap Road looking north over the North Fork South Branch Potomac River, West Virginia.

The Potomac River in Shepherdstown offers plenty of options for fishing, swimming, and bird watching.

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2. Charles Town

Founded in 1786, Charles Town is located within the Blue Ridge Mountain range and was named for George Washington’s brother Charles. He named the town after himself, along with several of the town’s streets after prominent members of his family. 

Today, home values in Charles Town average around $373,800. It is a popular destination due to its rich history and vibrant downtown culture. With close proximity to the Shenandoah River, Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Cool Spring Nature Reserve, Charles Town offers plenty of ways to enjoy the area’s natural beauty. 

Looking north on the Shenandoah River from the Low Water Bridge, in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Charles Town is located a short distance from the Shenandoah River.

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3. Harpers Ferry

This area is steeped in history as the site of the country’s first successful railroad and the site of John Brown’s revolt against slavery. Harpers Ferry is also where the largest number of Union troops surrendered to the Confederacy during the Civil War. The city is located within the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers.

The average property value in Harpers Ferry is $360,920, earning it a spot as one of the state’s most expensive mountain towns. People in this area can explore the Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, which includes several historic buildings and locations. There are also several trails for hiking and bicycling. 

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park is located at “The Point,” which is the place where the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers meet.

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4. Davis

Situated high in the Canaan Valley at 3,520 feet above sea level, Davis is the highest-elevation town in West Virginia. It is also among its most expensive mountain towns, with an average home value of $297,072.

Davis was incorporated in 1889, shortly after the railroad was constructed in the area. This mountain town was one of the state’s earliest logging communities. Later, its economy grew to include coal mining, textiles, and fur. 

Its population has declined since the 1960s, although there has been a resurgence as the town shifts away from timber and mining. Today, Davis is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts. The town offers quick access to Blackwater River and Blackwater Falls State Park, which is home to the state’s largest waterfall.

Blackwater Falls in State Park in West Virginia

Blackwater Falls near Davis is the largest waterfall in West Virginia.

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5. Martinsburg

Located in the center of West Virginia’s eastern panhandle, Martinsburg was founded during the American Revolution in 1778. The home of the town’s founder, Major General Adam Stephen, is now a museum dedicated to the history of Martinsburg. In addition, visitors can access a system of limestone tunnels that lies underneath the town.

Martinsburg’s location in the Blue Ridge Mountains and its close proximity to rivers makes it an excellent destination for nature lovers. Today, the average home value in Martinsburg is just over $275,000. Residents in the area can explore areas such as the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park, the Sleepy Creek Wildlife Management Area, and the Stauffer’s Marsh Nature District.

Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park

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6. Berkeley Springs

Considered to be the country’s first spa, the waters around Berkeley Springs have been known for centuries for their healing properties. Water from Warm Springs Ridge maintains a consistent temperature of 74 degrees Fahrenheit. Presently, the city’s public tap is still available for drinking in accordance with a law written in 1776.

The town boasts a historic district, a state park, and its own castle that dates back to the late 1880s. Today, home values in Berkeley Springs average around $274,000. This mountain town offers close proximity to hiking and biking trails, camping, areas for birdwatching, and outdoor destinations to explore. 

The Berkeley Castle in West Virginia is also called the Samuel Taylor Suit Cottage or Berkeley Springs Castle.

Colonel Samuel Taylor Suite built the Berkeley Castle in the late 1880s for his wife.

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7. Bridgeport

This town dates back to the 1750s and is located about midway between the state capital of Charleston and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Throughout the years, Bridgeport has been the home of prominent explorers, politicians, and business executives. 

Today, homes in Bridgeport have an average value of just over $270,000. The mountain town is close to many areas for hiking, fishing, and outdoor activities. Prickett’s Fort State Park, Tygart Lake State Park, and Watters Smith State Park are all a short drive away. 

Tygart Lake State Park, West Virginia

Tygart Lake State Park is a popular location near Bridgeport for outdoor activities.

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8. Morgantown

Located in the northern part of the state along the Monongahela River, the area now called Morgantown was hotly contested territory in the mid-1700s. Over half a dozen historic forts were built in the area as different groups made claims to the land.

Now home to West Virginia University, Morgantown boasts several city parks, the Mon River Rail Trail, and the West Virginia Botanic Gardens. Property values in the city average around $270,000. Residents can enjoy the revitalized Wharf District along the Monongahela River. Additionally, the city also features a historic downtown area as well as a bustling main street. 

Panorama of WVU Coliseum Arena and campus of West Virginia University with river Monongahela in Morgantown, West Virginia

Located on the banks of the Monongahela River, Morgantown is home to West Virginia University.

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LocationAverage Home Value
Shepherdstown$440,706
Charles Town$373,800
Harpers Ferry$360,920
Davis$297,072
Martinsburg$275,182
Berkeley Springs$273,774
Bridgeport$271,369
Morgantown$270,550


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Joyce Nash is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering travel and geography. She has almost a decade of writing experience. Her background ranges from journalism to farm animal rescues and spans the East Coast to the West. She is based in North Carolina, and in her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two cats.

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