In the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, you’ll find the 2nd most populous county in the state, Berkeley County. Home to around 105,000 residents, Berkeley County is 2nd only to Kanawha County, West Virginia. Originally founded in 1772, Berkeley County is home to numerous remarkable communities including its county seat, Martinsburg. Berkeley County is part of the Hagerstown-Martinsburg, Maryland-West Virginia metropolitan area, making it a wonderful place to call home.
Created by an act of the House of Burgesses in 1772, Berkeley is the 2nd oldest county in West Virginia. It was formed from the northern 3rd of Frederick County, Virginia. Most historians believe the county was named after Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, Colonial Governor of Virginia in the late 1700’s. Other historians claim the county was named for Sir William Berkeley, Governor of Virginia in 1642 to 1652, then again from 1660 to 1677. Regardless, Berkeley County is a unique county with a long, rich history.
Composed of 322 square miles, only 0.4 being water, Berkeley County is served by Interstate 81, U.S. Route 11, and West Virginia routes 9, 45 and 51. Berkeley County is adjacent to Washington County, Maryland, and Frederick County, Virginia and the West Virginia counties of Jefferson and Morgan. Within Berkeley County you’ll find the city of Martinsburg, the town of Hedgesville, and the census-designated places of Falling Waters and Inwood, as well as numerous unincorporated communities. Each of these remarkable communities is home to noteworthy real estate options sure to impress prospective homebuyers. Townhomes for sale in Berkeley County are typically found in the $131,000 to $200,000 range, while the average listing for a condo is around $179,000. Single family homes for sale in Berkeley County can cost as much $1.2 million, but the median sales price for May 2019 was $201,490.