Get to Know Tennessee’s Best Communities
You know Tennessee for its renowned music scene, but this soulful place has even more to offer when you make it your forever home. Mountain ranges and beautiful crisp weather. Evergreens and a serene pace of life. Read on to explore if Tennessee is calling you.
Why live in a Tennessee community?
Tennessee has a lot to see. It’s home to the Country Music Capital of the World, but it’s also home to some of the best hot fried chicken around. The state has so much to offer—so soak up the culture and music then head outdoors to see the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Smokies tower into the sky.
What are the benefits of living in Tennessee?
From game night to tasty meals, top-line health care to home cleaning services, there are so many reasons people opt to stay in a senior living community. Read on to learn the benefits that people find when they choose this lifestyle. Then consider if it might suit you, too.
- Culture and music scene: You’ve got Music City. You’ve got the Grand Ole Opry, the nation’s longest standing radio station. Visit Bristol if bluegrass is your thing. Tennessee is a magnet for those who live for live performances and un-debatably the best music scene in the nation.
- Cities to choose from: From Chattanooga to Knoxville, you’ll find there are many cities in Tennessee to explore, and each one has its own flavor.
- Southern seasons: Tennessee is in the south, but you’ll still get a crisp winter day if you’re in the mountains. Grab a warm cup of morning tea in January, then take a relaxing warm walk in June.
- Low taxes: Tennessee has no income tax, making it a popular place to work and retire. The cost of living in this state is notably reasonable, like much of the South, so you’ll find your dollar goes a long way here.
- Nature abounds: The Great Smoky Mountains offer some of the nation’s best backdrops, hikes, and waterfalls. Bring your binoculars and spot red-yellow leaves turn from September through November for a magical display of color each year.
Ready to move to Tennessee?
Tennessee has an array of cities to choose from like Gatlinburg, Memphis, Franklin, Pigeon Forge—search through your options to see what appeals to you. We’ve collected all Tennessee's best communities below to make your search simple. When you browse each one, see if you can picture yourself living life there.
When you’ve chosen a few communities that look interesting to you, use the information request form to contact a local representative from each. You can ask questions about the city, chat with a Tennessee local, and get a feel for the culture of the area. You can even get into the specifics you need to know, like the best health care options, common hobbies, and the general atmosphere of your ideal spot.
If you’re looking for one place in particular, try using the filtering options on the left to narrow down your options and find the Tennessee community that’s perfect for you.
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Tellico Village is Eastern Tennessee’s premier active-adult community for retirees and remote workers of any age who want to enjoy the region’s finest collection of resort-style amenities.
Set on 4,800 acres around Tellico Lake in the Great Smoky Mountain foothills, Tellico Village is an outdoor recreation paradise. Three lakeside golf courses host a year-round schedule of league events, plus pro and amateur championships. The Tellico Village Yacht Club, one of three community marinas, offers complete boating services and lakefront dining. Fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, tennis/pickleball courts, and 50+ miles of local hiking trails give residents a choice of healthy activities every day of the week. The 200+ Tellico Village social clubs and volunteer organizations make it easy for neighbors to become friends. At the same time, the on-site Summit Medical Center offers convenient primary care and physical-therapy services.
More than 2,300 buildable lots and waterfront homesites are available at Tellico Village. An impressive roster of 15 local builders offers a fantastic variety of floor plans with customizable options to create the new home of your dreams. There are also a number of existing homes on the market at any given time, plus rentals available for a week to a year while you check out all of the choices.
Located just 31 miles from Knoxville, Tellico Village residents are just a short drive away from the region’s finest night-life venues, cultural events, shopping centers, and top-rated health care facilities.
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The undulating vistas of the Smoky Mountains make for an idyllic backdrop to life at Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake. Situated approximately 40 miles southwest of Knoxville, this gated lakefront community offers space to grow and explore the iconic wilderness of the region.
At Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake, you’ll find a variety of real estate options, including homes, rentals, condos, and sites ready for development. The turnkey single-family homes are large, with sweeping views and plenty of space to spread out when guests inevitably come to visit. Pools, courtyards, patios and firepits make the outdoors an extension of your space. For those that make boating an everyday element of life, there are plenty of waterfront lots waiting for your custom-built dream home.
Water skiing, recreational boating, fishing and kayaking are all popular pastimes on Tellico Lake, and Rarity Bay offers over 10 miles of shoreline and a number of community docks for easy access. Golfers will delight in the par-72, 18-hole golf course, designed by DJ DeVictor and Peter Langham. The professionally maintained stables make it easy for equestrians to board their horses and offers lessons for the casual rider looking to take advantage of the 125 miles of riding (and hiking) trails.
Renovated in 2020, the 11,000 square foot Country Club is a social hub with a bistro and full-service bar. Just outside, you’ll find lighted tennis courts, pickleball facilities, and a swimming pool.
Tennessee’s low cost of living, 0.64% effective property tax, and lack of tax on salaries as well as income made on dividends are added bonuses to life in the Volunteer State. The real draw is what’s beyond your front door. So come to Rarity Bay and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation getaway, second residence or forever home.
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Whether you’re ready for full-time retirement or want to relocate to a better place, Tennessee is a state that deserves your attention.
Consider these facts before deciding on another location: Tennessee collects no state tax on income or other retirement-plan benefits and no sales tax on prescription drugs. Property taxes in Tennessee are very reasonable, especially with available exemptions for retirees and age 65+ residents, resulting in the second-lowest overall state and local tax burden per capita in the nation. And Tennessee offers the eighth-lowest cost of living in the U.S.—more than 10% below the national average.
The Retire Tennessee program is a state government initiative designed to spread the word about all of the great reasons for retiring or relocating to the Volunteer State. From the Great Smoky Mountains in the east to the banks of the Mississippi River in the west, a total of 19 urban and rural counties in the program highlight the unique natural attractions and cultural amenities that each has to offer.
Tennessee has more than 60 state and national parks with some of America’s finest freshwater fishing lakes and hiking destinations that range from the 210-mile Cumberland Trail to Chattanooga’s 16-mile Riverwalk. The delightful four-season climate means that you can enjoy a round of golf or a kayak excursion any week of the year. And the world-famous Tennessee music scene includes Beale Street blues in Memphis, the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, and bluegrass festivals in charming mountain towns like Kingsport and Cookeville.
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Chattanooga is a city that surprises and delights. Bifurcated by the Tennessee River and surrounded by rocky bluffs, Chattanooga manages to deliver big city attractions without ever losing its sense of place. Additionally, a recent influx of tech companies and a general downtown revitalization effort have attracted new residents and made the area that much more desirable.
These are a few of the many reasons Goodall Homes chose to become part of several communities in the Chattanooga area.
Goodall Homes can be found at several communities in the outskirts of the city, including The Cottages at Brow Wood, The Highlands at Belleau Ridge, and Westview Crossing.
Perched high above the city on Lookout Mountain in Georgia, The Cottages at Brow Wood are for active adults and empty nesters looking for their perfect mountain escape. With four floorplans to choose from, The Cottages vary between 1,428 and 2,107 square feet and include a private courtyard. Plus, you’ll be able to fully customize the interior selection with the high-end finishes and materials that Goodall Homes is known for.
Back over the state line in Ooltewah, Tennessee, The Highlands at Belleau Ridge are single-family homes, also coming in between 1,428 and 2,107 square feet.
Slightly to the north, Westview Crossing offers larger single-family homes, ranging from 1,868 to 3,304 square feet.
Like with The Cottages, you’ll be able to customize the interior of the single-family homes fully. However, you’ll also be able to pick the exterior finishes. This, combined with a selection of dozens of floor plans, makes every Goodall Home unique to its owner.
Chattanooga is a blossoming city with attractions and diversions for people of all ages and interests. Request more information below on how you can be part of it all in a Goodall Home.
Located on the TN/GA Line in Lookout Mountain, GA. Retreat to Home at The Cottages at Brow Wood while immersing in breathtaking mountain views, indulging in the local southern hospitality, and embracing the city’s historic culture. Offering the comfort and convenience of a low maintenance lifestyle, The Cottages of Brow Wood allow you to explore and enjoy the whimsical sights of Lookout Mountain. Just a short 20-minute drive from Chattanooga, every courtyard cottage includes low maintenance living equipped with energy efficient features to help lower your energy bills. Each one level living home features a minimum of 2 bedrooms and 2 full baths with the flexibility to expand to the second level: adding a bonus room or third bedroom with full bathroom and walk-in storage. These open concept plans are perfect for entertaining guests and creating an inviting atmosphere. Enjoy your morning coffee from your gated-private courtyard and watch the sunset from your sunroom or backyard patio. Each floorplan has the creative flexibility to use the sunroom space as an office, sitting room, library – whatever you choose!
Just a few miles away, enjoy golf and swimming at the Lookout Mountain Club; walk or hike Lula Lake’s 8,000-acre Land Trust & Trails; and relish in the local shopping & dining along Scenic Highway. Nearby Rock City offers spectacular sights with unique rock formations and gardens that are open to the public year-round. Additionally, Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga’s top-rated attractions include Ruby Falls, Cloudland Canyon State Park, the Downtown Riverwalk, The Tennessee Aquarium, and the Incline Railroad; all of which help to encapsulate the natural beauty of the area. To learn more about this community or to set up your personalized appointment, please contact our Online Consultants at 423-226-3223 or goodallhomes.com/brow-wood.
Fairfield Glade is perched high atop the Cumberland Plateau, and offers serene mountain beauty as it sits on the highest point between the Rocky and Smoky Mountains. One of the favorite features of this area is the moderate year round temperatures. The pleasant summer days and the cool summer nights can be attributed to the Cumberland Plateau’s 2,000-foot-elevation, allowing for more comfortable temperatures and much lower humidity than most areas of the south.
What to do with all the fabulous weather and beautiful scenery? Golfing, boating, fishing, hiking, walking, swimming, tennis/pickleball-the list of fun activities available is simply endless! Plus, an outdoor amphitheater and biergarten just opened to host live music, movies, food and community events – it’s a great gathering place for neighbors to come together.
The community offers multiple subdivisions with a wide range of home sizes, price ranges, and views that include mountain, lake, golf and protected woodlands. Another attribute is the incredible cost of living in Fairfield Glade – no state income tax on wages, very reasonable home prices, and extremely low property taxes and club dues.
Fairfield Glade is just 6 miles from the city limits of Crossville, a small town, but bustling with activities. Crossville’s central location on Interstate 40 has made it a hub for many outlying areas and has given rise to a booming retail environment, offering shopping, dining and entertainment choices. The community is also located right off I-40, less than an hour from Knoxville, and an hour and a half from either Nashville or Chattanooga.
“The biggest deciding factor for choosing Fairfield Glade was the people, both in the Glade and in the town. When we came to visit the first time, we had no appointment and no agenda – we just popped in and wandered around. Folks stopped us everywhere we went – Food City, the Wellness Center, Villa Pizza – and just chatted. No one was in a hurry, everyone was interested in our story, everyone had some tidbit to share. The same thing happened on our second visit, and then on every visit we made once construction started. We felt like we had become part of the community before we were actually part of the community.” Michelle and James Bayless
Fairfield Glade has 11 lakes and two marinas.
WindRiver is a stunning, lakefront and golf community located minutes outside Knoxville, Tennessee on Tellico Lake. Inside our gates, you will find world-class amenities surrounded by sparkling, fresh-water lakes and dramatic mountain views. This unique combination is what makes WindRiver the ideal place to call home and create a lakefront lifestyle you and your family will cherish.
You will sense it when you look towards the welcoming shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains. You will feel it standing on the gentle slope of five miles of shoreline along beautiful Lake Tellico, named one of the top inland boating destinations in the nation.
Members enjoy a collection of world-class club amenities which include: a full-service marina, a championship 18-hole golf course, Golf Club and Grill, the Sports Complex with a resort-style swimming pool, sports courts, and a state-of-the-art exercise facility at Overlook Manor, the elegant Lakeside Inn, and Citico’s Restaurant, a signature Member dining experience. For outdoor enthusiasts, WindRiver has access to over 30 miles of walking and hiking trails and a peaceful, lakefront retreat, Brightwater Park.
This is Life As It Should Be – this is WindRiver.
Jasper Highlands is the ultimate Tennessee mountain community for retirees and remote workers who want to live above the clouds, but just 25 minutes from downtown Chattanooga.
The uniquely beautiful homesites at Jasper Highlands range from half an acre to more than four acres in size, with a few select sites for estates of 40+ acres. Sweeping views include hillside forests, mountain peaks, and the Tennessee River Valley. Once you’ve found your perfect location within the private community’s gates, the team at Jasper Highlands Homes gets to work, bringing together just the right mix of professional architectural, design, and construction services. The result is a luxurious dream home even better than the one you had imagined, in an area with property-tax rates lower than what you’re paying now.
Jasper Highlands Village is a natural gathering place for community residents and their guests. The Top of the Rock Restaurant & Brewery features a chef-inspired menu and craft beers, while the same kitchen also serves more casual meals at the Fiery Gizzard Pizzeria. Right next door in the Village is the community’s Wellness Center, where you’ll find state-of-the-art exercise equipment, space for yoga and fitness classes, and private massage suites. Additional amenities include Inspiration Park with its pools, tennis/pickleball courts, playgrounds, and Gazebodacious pavilion, plus Pat’s Summit, an open-air venue for live music, and other special community events. For more natural adventures in Tennessee, there are miles of quiet hiking trails with waterfalls along the way.
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At Black Creek, we’re building a community that embraces all that’s been forgotten about what defines a life well-lived.It’s a special place where generations, connection and nature become one. Imagine access to 1000s of acres of protected land that’s just footsteps from your door while living just 10 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, America’s “Best City Ever” where shopping, dining, entertainment as well as top hospitals are quickly within reach.
The Black Creek experience starts with Black Creek Club-a private club including restaurant, bar, swimming pools, fitness center, and tennis. Here, you can gather together and make life long connections. Our 18hole golf course is the only course in TN ranked in Golfweek’s Top 100 residential courses. If nature is your passion, take advantage of miles of nature trails through the surrounding mountains and paved pathways through the community, plus ponds for fishing. Just outside of Black Creek is Raccoon Mtn, perfect for biking, hiking and easy access to boat ramps on the TN River. We offer Home sites that complement the natural flow of the terrain and floor plans that are as diverse as the residents who live here. Experience Black Creek!
Plan your Tennessee visit
Music and mountains await. Explore the Tennessee communities below to get a taste of the best options in the state for relocating and retiring. The easiest way to know if a place is right for you is to visit in person. Many communities will allow you to book a tour of the neighborhood or stay close by to explore. Select a few options, plan a visit, and get to know the place you could soon call home.