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.
Research and Explore the Best Communities in Tennessee
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Tellico Village is a lakeshore community in east Tennessee that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, mild four-season climate, outstanding recreational facilities and close proximity to Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains.
Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Tellico Village comprises over 5,000 acres along Tellico Lake. Established in 1986, it has become one of the premier golf and water communities in the southeast. Its three private championship golf courses offer outstanding play, and Tellico Lake provides a pristine resource for boating, fishing and swimming.
An unparalleled number of other high quality amenities help residents enjoy a truly special and fulfilling lifestyle. Located just 31 miles from Knoxville, TN, Tellico Village offers residents state-of-the-art health care and major shopping venues as well as cultural, educational and entertainment resources, plus one of the lowest cost-of-living areas in the country.
Tennessee’s rolling hills and invigorating mountains invite you to tune up your bicycle, dust off your golf clubs and take a deep breath. The most active years of your life await. Their beautiful climate and stunning scenery set the perfect state for chasing your passions. So come on outside and stretch your legs. Tennessee’s got plenty of room to roam.
Retirees of discerning tastes from across the country are giving Tennessee a second look. The latest statistics show that Tennessee is growing rapidly as a retirement destination, and everyone who’s been to the state understands why.
In their friendly neighborhoods, Southern Hospitality is more than an empty cliche. Tennessee is a state where people still smile at you on the street and you’re never a stranger anywhere. Newcomers often remark at how warm the locals are and how openly they embrace new faces.
You Have Arrived. Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is an award-winning gated lakefront community that combines waterfront living with mountain views and amenities that include a country club, championship golf course, tennis and pickleball facilities, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more.
With approximately 900 existing homeowners already enjoying the Bay Way of Life, Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is fast becoming the region’s first choice for anyone seeking an active lifestyle in a premium residential community.
Come be a part of it and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and serene, clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation home, second residence or forever 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.
Welcome to Jasper Highlands, a unique residential mountain community, nestled along the bluffs of Jasper Mountain in Tennessee. This remarkable piece of residential real estate is positioned above the clouds with majestic views of Lake Nickajack and the Tennessee River Valley, with property taxes starting at $162.10 a year!
An affordable mountain bluff gated community, Jasper Highlands is perfect as a second home mountain retreat, a retirement hideaway or as a primary residence. It is designed for the economy of our future, but surrounded by our past, hovering above the historic towns of Jasper, Kimball and South Pittsburg, which offer all the amenities for everyday living. Just 25 minutes away is Chattanooga, recently voted the number one best mid size city in America. Choose Tennessee Planned Communities.
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.
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!
Welcome to Chattanooga! If you are looking for big city attractions and small town views, you have come to the right place. Chattanooga is tucked between mountains and the beautiful Tennessee river, which makes for breathtaking scenery to enjoy as you stroll down the Riverwalk. Or, if you are more interested in some indoor entertainment, visit the Tennessee Aquarium or one of our many history museums. Either way, you will see why we chose Chattanooga as the newest destination for Goodall Homes.
Chattanooga Area Communities:
- • The Cottages at Brow Wood – Lookout Mountain, GA
- • Westview Crossing – Chattanooga, TN
- • The Highlands at Belleau Ridge – Ooltewah, TN
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.
“We’ve experienced idyllic locations, having lived in Carmel, California for 17 years and having lived and traveled all over the country. But we knew the first time we visited Fairfield Glade, this was the place for us. We just fell in love with the architecture, the lot sizes, of course the weather and cost of living (what’s not to love). But most of all what brought us back was the friendliness of the people here.” Ron and June Levora
Fairfield Glade has 11 lakes and two marinas.
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.