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Old 10-10-2010, 09:11 PM
 
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What areas/cities have the best mountain views in western TN? We've been to Gatlinburg and Sevierville but want a less touristy area. We looking for places to retire too. So far we love Waynesville, NC but wanted to look in TN too.

Thanks for any help.

Barb
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:13 AM
 
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What areas/cities have the best mountain views in western TN? We've been to Gatlinburg and Sevierville but want a less touristy area. We looking for places to retire too. So far we love Waynesville, NC but wanted to look in TN too.

Thanks for any help.

Barb
Do you really mean East Tennessee?
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:19 AM
 
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Thank you Laura. Yes, I meant eastern TN.

Barb
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:31 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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It will depend on more criteria, but Walland, Townsend and Maryville are good places to start.
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Old 10-11-2010, 09:53 AM
 
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Thank you so much for your help hiknapster. We will check these areas out.

Barb
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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What areas/cities have the best mountain views in western TN? We've been to Gatlinburg and Sevierville but want a less touristy area. We looking for places to retire too. So far we love Waynesville, NC but wanted to look in TN too.

Thanks for any help.

Barb

Waynesville is in the mountains so the views you want would be mostly from a mountain I presume. To have a similar "view" you would want to be in the Smoky Mountians. The only full fledged town like that, that is not touristy, would be Mountain City. You can get specifics by going to the Tri-cities part of the TN forum here at City-Data.


If you really meant near the mountains then there are a number of towns where you can buy a home with some pretty fantastic views of the mountains. Of the larger towns (with shopping and medical care) you have a lot more options. From north to south:The Tri-Cities, Greeneville, then south of the tourist area would be Blount county with several smaller towns and the county seat -Maryville- (the ones Hiknapster mentioned). South of there there are several much smaller towns like Madisonville, Tellico Plains, Vonore, Athens and Cleveland which is closest to Chattanooga. Outside of all of them would be property with fantastic views and lots of very rural settings.

Waynesville is benefiting from the Asheville high costs, as people look for cheaper alternatives when moving in, and has a similar flavor on a smaller scale. The towns without tourism in TN are less likely to have as many coffee shops and art galleries or other signs of affluence brought in from elsewhere. Many of the non tourist areas here are home to working families and not as many retirees. We retired here and enjoy being around all age groups, but some people need or want to be in gated communities or communities filled with folks just like them so I can't say how much you would like or dislike it here. On the other hand if you want views, really nice neighbors and a quiet lifestyle you can't go wrong with a good chunk of the area around and including Maryville. I have yet to get tired of looking at the mountains from my back porch. The town has nearly every shopping and eating need covered, has decent medical care and is close enough to Knoxville for just about anything else, including the UT medical center.
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