Tennessee Retirement Communities

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Tennessee retirement communities seem even today like pure country. But things have changed for Tennessee from when I was a kid.

 

Forbes has placed two Tennessee cities on its Ten Best Places for Business and Careers List:

Nashville 

Knoxville

Johnson City made the number ten position on Best Small Metros List.

Tennessee is on the list because it has successfully combined growth and kept its low cost of living. The cost of living is in the average range but with high growth. This is great because it means the state is economically strong but still retains the features that people come here for.

In addition, Tennessee has no state income tax and lower property taxes (verify).  Among its 5 airports is McGhee Tyson Airport at Knoxville with special low cost fares to Orlando.  

There is a new age-restricted community for over 55 coming to Spring Hill in 2017 by Del Webb.  See Nashville on this page.

The Great Smoky Mountains are here--known for ancient forests and a variety of plants and animals: Did you know it is the most visited of all our National Parks. In East Tennessee on the border with North Carolina, this area is the nicest for retirement.

This page has a mix of 55+ and non-age-restricted communities with a retirement or second-home-focus.

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Knoxville

Nashville

Crossville

Johnson City

Memphis

Tennessee Counties for Retirement

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NAMELocation/Starting PriceLink
1. Cottages of Hickory RidgeFairfield Glade/$300'sSee More
2. Southern Springs (Coming)Spring Hill/$comingSee More
3. Lenox PlaceGallatin/$160'sSee More
Southern Springs in TennesseeSouthern Springs
Render by Del Webb (coming)

Knoxville

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Briarstone - By Saddlebrook Properties - Saddlebrook has quite a presence in this area.  Builders here for 30 years.  Their community is not designated 55+ but the residents are predominantly over 55 (verify).  They have many floorplans to choose from with prices starting in $360's.  These are large homes.  The community amenities feature low maintenance and walking trails.  Their website has a great virtual tour of their new Design Center.  730 Briarstone Lane, Knoxville - Call 865-604-3950 for tour 

Rarity Communities - Rarity Bay Golf Community

Knoxville area on Lake Tellico - Designed for lovers of the outdoors. Resort-style, upscale with country club, equestrian, exceptional golf and more.

How to see Rarity Bay with 3-day, 2-night Stay and Play Weekend Packages. There are restrictions for eligibility.    (Please verify these packages are still available):

  • Turkey Creek with golf or equestrian - $300
  • Grand Vista Hotel with golf or equestrian ride - $250
  • Sequoyah Cabin Retreat with golf or equestrian - $350

Call them for reservations and to ask about restrictions. 888-727-4892 (Rarity Bay Real Estate)  If you do not want a package, talk to the local Realtors for access.

Lowes Ferry 

30 miles to the Smokies and ten miles to Knoxville Airport - Premier lakefront living on Fort Loudoun Lake's waterfront. 300-acre gated community. Dockable parcels available. Active lifestyle community. Up to 3 acre parcels.

Highland Reserve

Same developers as Ladd Landing. In Kingston, 25 minutes to Knoxville. Nature and equestrian community with views of Smoky Mountains. Lots to mini-farms. Some lots on Watts Bar Lake. Riding trails. 

The Farm at Tralee

Strawberry Plains TN - Resort and retirement amenities near Knoxville. Modeled after an English country retreat and awarded Best New Community Plan by Mountain Homes. Gated, 190 acres of rolling hills. Equestrian Center.

Grand Vista Bay

Rockwood TN Southwest of Knoxville on Watts Bar Lake. Gated waterfront. Clubhouse, pool. Boat dock area.  Affordably priced lots. Tennessee Land and Lakes Development company. 877-265-5253   

Espalier Bay

Decatur - 63 miles south of Knoxville. Lake Chickamauga. Boating and they say some of best fishing around. Boat slips. Lakeview sites and affordable wooded sites. Private, gated. Please see local Realtors for information on this community.


Nashville

Spring Hill

New:  Southern Springs by Del Webb in Spring Hill - Coming 2017

Coming in 2017:  Look for an age-qualified community for 55+ by Del Webb called Southern Springs - this is exciting news because there aren't too many communities like this in Tennessee.  35 miles south of Nashville on Kedron Rd., Spring Hill, TN  - Join the Interest List now!  No pricing yet.

Nolensville - 21 miles south of Nashville:

The Cottages at Bent Creek 

21 miles south of Nashville at Nolensville - 55+ community by Goodall Homes - Part of master all-age community Bent Creek.  One level single homes medium to spacious size starting in mid-$200's.
216 Siegert Place - 615-448-8929 - Open Daily

Gallatin - 30 miles northeast of Nashville:

Lenox Place - New - By Goodall Homes - 55+ condominium homes with all yard maintenance done by homeowners assoc.  Resort amenities and social activities.  Smaller square footage plans with 2-car garage.  Pool, clubhouse, community garden and more.  Price starts in low $160's.

395 Devon Chase Hill, Gallatin, TN - 615-645-3903


Crossville

Fairfield Glade - Great for Golfers

Well known vacation and retirement resort near Crossville in Fairfield Glade.  Started in 1970 and will be building new communities into the future.  Homes and townhomes.  Fitness and Wellness complex.  3 swim pools, miles of walking paths, 90 holes of golf and 11 lakes. Natural environment and resort-like community of exclusive home sites. 

2000 foot elevation atop Tennessee's Cumberland Plateau produces comfortable summer temperatures and mild winters.   Minutes from Crossville, marketed as the Golf Capital of Tennessee, with shopping, restaurants and Cumberland Medical Center.

Golf courses in area include Jack Nicklaus' Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park and Stonehenge Golf Club at Fairfield Glade. 6 miles off 40.  7012 Peavine Rd., Fairfield Glade, 800-383-7600  

New Community at Fairfield Glade:

New The Cottages of Hickory Ridge - at Fairfield Glade.  Finally low maintenance free-standing homes.  Not age-restricted but features attracting retirees such as 2000 SF of living on main level with a bonus room upstairs.  Curbed streets, step-in shower, gas fireplace, surrounded by forest and resort features of Fairfield Glade and more.  Starting prices in low $360's.  800-383-7600 

Renegade Mountain

Crossville is 45 minutes to Knoxville. This is a private community.  East Tennessee mountains minutes from I-40 for fine dining, outlet mall shopping.  Nature in the mountains with views.  Resales-please check with local Realtors. Alt: 2700 Feet - Crab Orchard, TN - 931-484-2354


Johnson City

Grande Harbor

Near Johnson City - 2200 minimum square foot homes on Boone Lake. Suburban living close to work centers but with lakeside amenities. Marinas on the lake and fishing. Clubhouse. Check with local Realtors.

Quail Creek at the Ridges

Jonesborough TN Golf and country club community. Quail Ridge Way - 423-302-0713 (HOA)   


Memphis Area

The Oaks at Woodchase

Cordova - 108 ranch condominiums with rustic stone trim on exteriors - 2-car garage - low-maintenance community priced from $120's.
1680 West Southfield Circle, Cordova - 901-756-7121

The Village at Schilling Farms

Collierville - 30 minutes east of Memphis - Resales - 58 2 and 3-bedroom ranch homes
750 Stonevillage Cove - 901-853-0900


Tennessee Counties for Retirement:

Henry County - West Tennessee Retirement

Paris TN is known for having the "world's biggest fishfry" with a week-long festival. Paris/Henry County Chamber of Commerce

Hardin County - "Retiree Paradise"

Historical with 17% of county comprised of over age 65. Hardin County

Greene County - East Tennessee Retirement

Greeneville is Tennessee's second oldest town with quality of life. Named in "Best Small Towns in America" and other publications. Also named in "Top 23 Mountain Towns." Within 30 minute to one hour drive to Knoxville, Kingsport and Johnson City. Also, 50 miles to Asheville NC. The home of 17th president Andrew Johnson and frontiersman Davy Crockett. In the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. Greene County

Marshall County Retirement

Here is Marshall Medical Center - top 100 non-profit community hospitals. Four beautiful seasons without harsh winters. Median cost of homes from $75,000 to $107,000. Marshall County Information

Sullivan County  

Northeast Tennessee. Natural beauty. VA hospital here and among the nation's lowest cost of living areas. No state income tax and no personal property tax. Sullivan County and Northeast TN

Putnam County  

The Highlands of Tennessee. Cookeville, the seat of Putnam County, is rated one of America's most affordable communities. Medical facilities include the Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Median costs of homes are $102,600 in Cookeville and $92,600 in Putname County. (verify for most current information) Cookeville Chamber

Cumberland County  

Crossville is the "golf capital of Tennessee." Home to Fairfield Glade vacation and retirement resort (see above). Just off I-40, it is centrally located. Cumberland Medical Center, fresh country air and views. Golf Capital of Tennessee

For more Info go to:  Retire Tennessee.org


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1. Southern SpringsSpring Hill/comingMore
2. Cottages at Bent CreekNolensville/$200'sMore
3. Cottages of Hickory RidgeFairfield Glade/$300'sMore
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