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Hi
my husband and i are thinking about looking in tennessee for a second home but we need some advice. We presently live in florida and have heard some great things about this state.

The problem is where should we focus our search? We would like some land maybe a farm but we do want to be too far away from any big town or city.

Our price range is up to 300,000 and we would like at least a 3 bedroom house that does not need too much renovation.

Any advice would be appreciated.

Thanks so much in advance
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Define please

some land- how many acres, approximately?

too far away- how long of a drive (not distance because twisty back roads can take a long time even if the distance is not that far)?

big town or city- in terms of sheer numbers what do you consider too big or too small?

Any other considerations? How far from a lake is acceptable, are you looking for lakefront property? Do you need or want to be near good hospitals, airports, organic food stores, art museums, etc., etc.?

Topography and climate change from one end of the state to the other too. West TN tends to be warmer and has a gentle rolling landscape. The further east you go it tends to get a bit cooler and more hilly until you get to the mountains in east TN. Do you have any preference?
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thanx for your prompt response. Well just so you have some background. My husband is originally from finland and i am from new york. So i would like a nice sized city that is less than 30 minutes away and he would like to have land (acreage unimportant) possibly by a lake or water. Is this possible in the state? We like animals and open land but also want to be close to any activity. As i have mentioned this would be a vacation home to get away from the heat in the summer here and enjoy some cooler weather in the winter months.
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Hi
thanx for your prompt response. Well just so you have some background. My husband is originally from finland and i am from new york. So i would like a nice sized city that is less than 30 minutes away and he would like to have land (acreage unimportant) possibly by a lake or water. Is this possible in the state? We like animals and open land but also want to be close to any activity. As i have mentioned this would be a vacation home to get away from the heat in the summer here and enjoy some cooler weather in the winter months.
Again, you need to specify what you mean by "nice sized city." To some people, 10,000 is a nice sized city; to others, 10,000 is tiny. If your only criteria is to be near a city large enough for a WalMart, there are all kinds of possibilities in Tennessee. If you want cooler summer weather, you'll need to stick to the mountains of East Tennessee, but there again there are dozens of towns that some would consider to be "nice sized."

And what activities do you need to be near? Movies? Symphony? Art galleries? The Tennessee forum is full of a lot of very helpful people, but you need to help us by being more specific so we can narrow down our recommendations.
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Location: Whiteville Tennessee
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If the Op is looking to "get out of the summer heat," that pretty well eliminates West Tennessee I would think. Although she may find that her $$ to buy land will get her alot more in the western part of the state. Good luck young lady.
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Location: Sullivan County, Tennessee
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Here in eastern Tennessee land on the TVA lakes is now being sold by the square-foot, not by the acre. It is rare for farmland fronting one of the lakes to come to market and when it happens it usually is seven figures to some developer. I don't think $300K will go very far except for a reasonably modest dwelling on a small lakefront lot. .

You may be able to find a nice piece of farmland in southern Johnson or eastern Carter county "near" Watauga Lake that is affordable and has the milder, low humidity summer weather found only in the eastern tip of the state. Go further down in elevation and it seems much hotter (where I live). You should be able to find something with a nice stream at or through the property in this price range

I've seen some places listed on sites like realtordotcom with a starting search on "Mountain City, TN" and suitable filtering to focus your search.
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Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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It use to be folks looked for vacation homes in Florida where it was sunny and near the "water".
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thank you all for your responses.

will keep on looking.
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