Mar 15, 2018 Model Home Centers

Wayne's Hottest Areas to Build: West Virginia Panhandle

We’ve come to the end of our “Hottest Areas to Build-In” four-part series, and for our final blog in the series we are visiting the fast growing area of the West Virginia Panhandle!

Alana leads our Belmont sales team

You may not expect it, but one of the hottest and fastest growing areas of the country in terms of new homes being built is the panhandle region of West Virginia. This area boasts significant natural beauty, affordable living, and its popularity is definitely on the rise, with no signs of slowing down. If this area of the country interests you, we have good news: Wayne builds stunning custom homes in this region!

We talked to Alana Hendershot, Belmont Model Center Sales Manager, to get the inside scoop on some of the best places to live in this area. She told us that some of the most prominent areas of growth are the towns and cities in Brooke (cities: Wellsburg, Follansbee, Beech Bottom, Bethany, Windsor Heights) and Hancock (cities: New Cumberland, Chester) counties. From these regions, it’s a rather quick commute to the Pittsburgh area. Brooke County schools, particularly Brooke High Schools, has been recognized in national rankings, and we’re also seeing signs that Wood County is experiencing a lot of growth too!

Let’s take a look at some of these cities, and why they’re getting more and more attention these days:

Wellsburg: This small town in Brooke county has a rich history dating all the way back to the 1700s. It only has about 2,000 residents, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in history and charm, as well as in tasty local restaurants and easy proximity to other bustling towns nearby.

Beech Bottom: Looking for a warm, welcoming village on the banks of the Ohio River? Look no further. Beech Bottom has an intimate, family-friendly vibe with all the security, amenities and offerings of a well established city. It offers plenty of business opportunities, ample natural beauty, and community-wide social events for the whole family.

Bethany: This small town may only have 1,000 or so residents, but that doesn’t seem to deter the happy families who call this place home. If anything, it makes it all the more charming! Another community resource that makes it charming is Bethany College, which provides residents with cultural and social opportunities, and elevates the entire community as a whole.

New Cumberland: Another small but cozy town on this best-of list, New Cumberland has a charming main street and is nestled in the rolling hills along the Ohio River, making for stunning fall vistas and plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation come summertime. It’s close to Pittsburgh but maintains its industrial, hard-working roots, and its close-knit community nature.

Chester: Ever wonder where the home of the world’s largest teapot is located? Look no further than quaint Chester, West Virginia. That’s right, this small, cozy town boasts the world’s largest teapot, the Chester Teapot, as well as a ceramics museum, a whole host of tasty eateries, and a comfortable, family-oriented quality of life.

There are many more spots in this region worth exploring, but hopefully these adorable towns and cities get you well on your way to brainstorming you future home!

Give us a call anytime to talk about building in these areas, or any area of the West Virginia panhandle that strikes your fancy — we’re here to help!

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