relocating to Lewisburg/Greenbrier

relocating to Lewisburg/Greenbrier

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pigpen

Palm Harbor, FL

#1 Jan 18, 2013
Hi there, considering a move to the area. What do I need to know?(Very broad question, granted, but....casting the net wide.)
looper

United States

#2 Jan 18, 2013
Bring your own ammo everybody is out.
pigpen

Palm Harbor, FL

#3 Jan 18, 2013
Shouldn't be a problem :)

I've lived in WV before, went to school in Mo'town, family from Parkersburg way back when....but I've never made it to the Lewisburg area/Greenbrier County. Give me some thoughts, what you like, what you don't, what a person not-from-there would encounter?

I see things on here about drugs 'n pillbillies, and that's disconcerting. How bad is it really? Walking dead pill zombies accosting citizens on the street, broad daylight, or skulking in their own decrepit pill dens?

Nice farmers market? Awesome nightlife, resplendent with international acts?(I kid, of course.) Infested with rattlesnakes, rabid bear, black helicopters, NWO?

I just wanna know stuff.
local

Charleston, WV

#4 Jan 18, 2013
pigpen

Palm Harbor, FL

#5 Jan 18, 2013
I've visited that site, but thanks. I ask on here because I've found there's often a disconnect between how places present themselves, and how day-to-day living really is.

It looks nice there. Pleasant, even.
maconking

Lewisburg, WV

#6 Jan 18, 2013
It is a good place, just about everything you need is here without being "city". Traffic sucks in the evening other than that it isnt a bad place at all. I moved here a year ago I like it.
local

Saint Albans, WV

#7 Jan 18, 2013
I find that if anything, the site underplays all there is to do here. When I knew I would be moving here (about 1990) I subscribed to the West Virginia Daily News for about 3 months, and it was well worth the few dollars to have it mailed to me.
Through it I found my first real estate purchase, my first convenient located, reasonably priced apartment rental, and thereby many good people who assured me I would fit right in here, and so it has gone. I have loved this place for decades now, and I don't ever want to imagine leaving.
Wow

Eskdale, WV

#8 Jan 18, 2013
Housing and employment are hard to find.
pigpen

Palm Harbor, FL

#9 Jan 19, 2013
It sure seems that way. Employment I may have already nailed down, but cruising the WV craigslist sites for rentals is another thing altogether. Do the local newspapers have more real estate ads?
Would you folks call Lewisburg and the surrounding area welcoming to city-folks? I've lived in the country before, and I've lived in WV, and in the latter was always made to feel very welcome and not like some morally ambiguous alien. Other country places, I've butted up against some of the meanest people I've ever met, and it was a shock. While every place in the world is some mix of the two and a million other variables....would ya'll call the area welcoming to strangers, or is there a grumble every time a strange body moves to town and takes a job?
Are there areas in town, and out in the county, that are notoriously overrun with substance abusers and related criminal problems? Don't want any of that.
Do you want to, or would you like to, or are you glad you have raised children and cared for your family there? What would you change or see different, in that respect?
Thanks for all of your helpful answers, I appreciate 'em.
Insider

United States

#10 Jan 19, 2013
Lewisburg is a bit of a melting pot of cultures, it has nice vibe about it. When I walk down the street most people make eye contact and speak. There are several nice coffee shops and restaurants. I live out in a rural area of the county and the folks are just as nice but they have been there their whole lives and in some cases are a bit more standoffish. There is a drug problem and I am sure I will be chastised for saying I would avoid the Western end of the county along with White Sulphur, Alderson and Ronceverte. Some of the areas of these towns are fine but others not so much. Just like there are areas of Lewisburg that I would not care to live in. The 219 North area past the Airport seems to be nice and quiet. I would recommend checking out the local paper for rentals as there are quite a few, calling local real estate agents is also helpful. Over all Greenbrier Co is a very nice place, I have lived here all of my life 30+ years and after extensive travel I can safely say this is where I want to live out my life. I hope this information is helpful to you. Welcome to GBC :)
scooby

Loretto, MN

#11 Jan 19, 2013
I am glad to see the Lewisburg area get some good press on here for a change. I've lived here all my life with the exception of five or six years and I like it. For the most part it's quiet and friendly and even with some drug problems crime is still low. There are things to do, just don't expect the night life to compare to a city. As for rentals, I think the best time to look is just before the Osteopathic school graduation. Welcome to the area.
Truth

Princeton, WV

#12 Jan 19, 2013
You should be welcomed with a smile and most people willing to give a helping hand, night life is descent, great place for kids as it is quite safe as compared to the "big city", jobs are scarce and the wages for most aren't the best, rental property is abundant in L-Burg and also the small but quaint surrounding towns, also nice places in the beautiful surrounding mountains and countryside. Place does have it's pill problem just like everyplace else but overall a nice, safe and relaxing area...I've been around the world but the Greenbrier Valley is one of the most beautiful places on earth...as the song states "Almost Heaven West Virginia". Stop for a visit...you'll stay for a lifetime.

Since: Jan 13

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#13 Jan 19, 2013
I moved here last year, housing is hard to find, Either you can't have pets and no smoking, your credit isn't good enough, even if you make 3 times the amount of what the rent is and offer a double deposit you're not good enough. or you're not a medical student or the lease is only 6 month's or you get the one pig landlord who ask you to have sex with him for him to consider you. most of the apartment complex are over run with pill heads.
Pigpen

Palm Harbor, FL

#14 Jan 19, 2013
Thanks for your thoughtful comments and replies.

I'm mostly over nightlife at this point. I'm more inclined to enjoy a beverage quietly somewhere than to rage and party 'til the break of dawn. I have zero interest in drugs, or "gentlemen's clubs," for one of which I see Lewisburg is the proud host. The Clover Club, is it? Sounds like something to avoid.

Looking over the local watering holes, do any of them cater to, I don't know, grown-ups who enjoy a beer, a ball game and fellowship but someone getting way to old for the fisticuffs and meat-markets that characterize so many bars or lounges? Without charging a premium, populated with "real people?" I do like peaceful beer on a Friday after working hard all week....and getting ready to work hard all weekend :)

Everything's relative: where I'm coming from, a metro area of 3 million +, drugs and drug-related crime and violence are serious, and as our economy struggles, property crime is spiking dramatically. There are parts of town to simply avoid at all costs, day or night, and a concealed carry permit isn't just for the ease of taking the pistola to the range on Saturdays. I'm wagering it isn't like that up there. Tell me its not?

'nother question: During the winters, are the snow plows out and about, promptly making it safe for snow-ignorant ice-fearing Southerners like myself? I'll confess, mountain roads covered in ice are anxiety-inducing.

How's the Farmers Market?

Thanks again everyone, I appreciate your responses.

Since: Jan 13

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#15 Jan 19, 2013
'nother question: During the winters, are the snow plows out and about, promptly making it safe for snow-ignorant ice-fearing Southerners like myself? I'll confess, mountain roads covered in ice are anxiety-inducing.

They suck at it.

Love the farmer's market
curious

Lewisburg, WV

#16 Jan 19, 2013
Who are you kin too?
pigpen

Palm Harbor, FL

#17 Jan 19, 2013
Tattooedbabe: seriously? Both in-town and out in the county?

"Who are you kin too?"

Curious: I have family throughout the state and surrounding states. Grandparents are from Parkersburg, family diaspora is far and wide. I'm excited about the prospect of being closer to the ancestral home.

Since: Jan 13

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#18 Jan 19, 2013
The city is a little better at cleaning it then the countryside, over all it is a nice place to live.
scooby

Loretto, MN

#19 Jan 19, 2013
The Clover Club is now Wild Bills Roadhouse. Completely different atmosphere and clientele. For a "grownup" bar for a Friday evening drink I would recommend Spare Time at the bowling alley. They have a friendly local Friday crowd. As for plowing snow, there are a lot of rural roads to keep up with. I think they do a pretty good job.
Pug

Princeton, WV

#20 Jan 19, 2013
tattoedbabe wrote:
I moved here last year, housing is hard to find, Either you can't have pets and no smoking, your credit isn't good enough, even if you make 3 times the amount of what the rent is and offer a double deposit you're not good enough. or you're not a medical student or the lease is only 6 month's or you get the one pig landlord who ask you to have sex with him for him to consider you. most of the apartment complex are over run with pill heads.
You encountered all this in a year?

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