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Top 11 Reasons to Live in Charleston, WV

  • Thriving Arts Community! Residents of Charleston benefit from a thriving arts community. The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, opened in 2003, offers residents a wealth of sensory experiences. Visit The Maier Foundation Performance Hall or The Walker Theatre and experience art and theater at its finest. Explore the Avampato Discovery Museum or the Electric Sky Theater, which includes a planetarium and dome screen cinema.

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  • Beautiful Neighborhoods! Whether you are looking for sale or rent to own homes, Charleston neighborhoods offer picturesque landscapes, easy commutes and a large variety of home styles to choose from. Kanawha City, East End and Edgewood are just a few of the communities you could call home. A 12% vacancy rate gives you plenty of options when you begin shopping around.
  • Coffee! 60.43% of the community are homeowners, so slide in with your cup of coffee and get to know the locals. Stop by Moxxee Coffee to chat over a cup of joe, or South Hills Market & Cafe to have a bite to eat with your coffee.
  • Regular Festivals! Celebrate the 4th of July at the Haddad Riverfront Park, revel in the festivities of Symphony Sunday, or participate in Vandalia Festival. Perhaps more exciting is the FestivALL Charleston, spanning 10 days and including live performances, music, theater, dancing and of course, food.
  • House values are up! The median sale prices for homes in the Charleston are down slightly from 2012, but only by 1%. The overall value of homes has increased, slowly but steadily, since 2000, making now a great time for those looking to buy or rent to own. The estimated median value of homes in Charleston is around $134,686, though actual prices may range greatly.
  • Active Lifestyle Attractions! Cato Park boasts a golf course and an Olympic-size swimming pool, as well as trails and picnic areas. Coonskin Park offers outdoor enthusiasts a variety of activities, including swimming, a boathouse, dining facilities and a clubhouse, tennis courts, putt putt golf and more. Locals enjoy both the Kanawha State Forest and Magic Island.
  • Stable and growing economy! With notable companies such as MATRIC, Appalachian Power, City Holding Company and BrickStreet Mutual Insurance, the economy in Charleston holds steady. There are plenty of job opportunities as well as homes for sale and rent to own properties.
  • Historic Sites! Charleston has close to 50 historical structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit the West Virginia State Museum, the Woman's Club of Charleston or even the St. George Orthodox Cathedral, founded in 1892.
  • 253 Consumer Rated Restaurants! Laury's on MacCorkle Ave is ranked No. 1 by consumers for their exquisite French, American and Seafood selection, set in an elegant dining hall. Pies and Pints on Capitol Street, ranked No. 4, offers a different ambiance, specializing in the city's favorite pizza pies and beer selection.
  • Easy Commuting! Charleston is located where the Kanawha and Elk Rivers meet, at the intersection of Interstates 64, 77 and 79. Commuting to and from work and play is easy and getting in and out of the city is a breeze. Local transportation services are offered by the city as well, making green commuting even easier!
  • Over 500 new listings! Take advantage of the hundreds of new listings and shop for your dream house. Whether you are looking for rent to own houses or hoping to buy, shop in any of the city's neighborhoods, such as Louden Heights, Fort Hill or East End, for opportunities.