Charles Town, West Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

Charles Town, West Virginia Real Estate and Community Information

Charles Town, West Virginia, (not to be confused with Charleston, W.Va., the state’s capital city) is tucked away amid the unspoiled beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city, which serves as Jefferson County’s county seat, has a population of about 3,900. Charles Town real estate boasts a median home cost of $165,000, with an average property tax rate nearly half that of the cumulative average in the U.S. ($6.04 vs. $11.20), according to Sperling’s Best Places.

Named after Charles Washington, the youngest full brother of the United States’ first president, George Washington, Charles Town established its first city charter in 1786.

Charles Town holds a unique distinction in the annals of American history as the site of infamous abolitionist John Brown’s trial and subsequent execution for his role in raiding the Harpers Ferry Federal arsenal, which played a significant role in igniting the Civil War. After Brown was found guilty of treason, he was hanged on Dec. 2, 1859, at the Gibson-Todd House in Charles Town, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In addition to its incredible history and spectacular scenery, the Charles Town area ranks No. 1 on Sperling’s Best Places list of Best Cities for Teleworking – Extra Large Metro Areas, and No. 2 on its list of Healthiest Cities.

Shopping and Dining

Residents of and visitors to the lovely mountain community of Charles Town will be happy to discover a wealth of retail, antique and gift shopping opportunities awaiting them in and near the city. Some of the local favorite hot spots in Charles Town include The Mustard Seed, Legacies, Messages of the Messiah Christian Book Store, Needful Things, Birnam Wood Joinery, Washington Street Gallery and Gift and Thumper’s Daylily Farm.

Satisfying your appetite will also prove to be a piece of cake, if you’ll pardon the pun, in Charles Town. Unique, one-of-a-kind eateries, many of which are family owned and operated, dot the community’s landscape, such as Bob Evans Restaurant, Brother’s Pizza, Shaharazade’s in nearby Shepherdstown, KOI Japanese and Thai Restaurant, Cone Zone in Charles Town’s Somerset Shopping Center, and La Mezzaluna Café.

Parks and Recreation

The City of Charles Town created and developed its comprehensive Parks & Recreation Commission, which it then launched in 2005. Today, just about seven years later, the Charles Town Parks & Recreation Commission (CTPR) is responsible for the administration, maintenance and overall operation of three public city parks, which are accessible every day from dawn to dusk.

Much of Charles Town’s real estate feels like a park, and the actual parks have a number of features, attributes and offerings to meet virtually everyone’s recreational needs and desires. Here are a couple examples:

Jefferson Memorial Park – This park stretches over nearly 12 acres. Some of the amenities it provides include three tennis courts, four pavilions, a paved walking trail, two basketball courts, an outdoor swimming pool – open to the public – and two children’s playgrounds. Evitts Run Park – In 2006, the CTPR bought this park from the Jefferson County Parks & Recreation Board. Evitts Run Park resides right in downtown Charles Town. Its features include play structures for the little ones, a pavilion available to rent for parties, reunions and other events, a freshly resurfaced basketball court, and a number of picnic tables and benches.

Charles Town Skate Park – One of the city’s newest recreational attractions, the Charles Town Skate Park rolled onto the scene in 2008. This free public skate park occupies what used to be a parking lot for Maytag and is open dawn to dusk. Skaters will be thrilled to show off their talents on the park’s quarter pipe, grind rail and half-pipe, while spectators can look on with slack-jawed amazement while they remain safely on the picnic tables and benches surrounding the thrashing zone.


A number of Charles Town residents enjoy the peaceful, serene lifestyle in this primarily rural community, while still having only about a 60-minute commute into one of the country’s largest major metropolitan areas: Washington, D.C./Baltimore, Md., and its surrounding suburbs.

Located in what is colloquially referred to as The Eastern Panhandle, The Gateway to the Shenandoah Valley or the Eastern Gateway to West Virginia, Charles Town and its neighboring communities put on several planned and organized events throughout the year. Some of these include:

West Virginia’s Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival – 2012 dates and hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri., Sat. and Sun. (June 8,9, and 10) and again on Fri., Sat. and Sun. (Sept. 28, 29 and 30). No pets, alcohol, firearms or weapons are permitted. Entrance, parking and entertainment fees are $7 for adults, $4 for kids 6-17 and children under 6 get in free.

Contemporary American Theater Festival – 2012 season runs from Fri., July 6 to Sun., July 29 and includes a wide variety of performances and plays. Click here for more information.

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races – featuring 112 table games, including blackjack, poker, craps and roulette; fine dining and buffet restaurant, more than 4,000 slots and, of course, live, year-round thoroughbred racing events.

Area Communities’ Farmers’ Markets – Charles Town’s Farmers’ Market sets up 8 a.m. and shuts down at about noon on Saturdays from April 14 to Oct. 13 in the 100 block of South Samuel Street near downtown.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Public education for Charles Town’s school-age kids is provided by Jefferson County Schools. These include the following schools:

High schools:

  • Jefferson High School
  • Washington High School

Middle schools:

  • Charles Town Middle School
  • Harpers Ferry Middle School
  • Shepherdstown Middle School
  • Wildwood Middle School

Elementary schools:

  • Blue Ridge Elementary School
  • C.W. Shipley Elementary School
  • Driswood Elementary School
  • North Jefferson Elementary School
  • Page-Jackson Elementary School
  • Ranson Elementary School
  • Shepherdstown Elementary School
  • South Jefferson Elementary School
  • T.A. Lowery Elementary School
  • Wright Denny Elementary School

Hospitals and medical centers located in or nearby Charles Town include Jefferson Memorial Hospital, City Hospital and Martinsburg VA Medical Center.

Some of the transportation options serving the community of Charles Town and others in Jefferson County are Virginia Regional Transit, Eastern Panhandle Transit Authority and Virginia Coach Co.


If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at (304) 596-5500 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.


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