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Old 04-19-2012, 12:06 PM
 
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We are retired and are moving out of CA to TN. We will be staying on family property outside of Gainesboro in May. Need to formulate an itinerary so we don't waste gas in the search.

We are both retired, very active mid 50's, no need for employment or schools. We are currently live in Grass Valley CA (Sierra Nevada foothills) north of Sacramento. We love the area but hate CA. I have listed some of our criteria below and hope the members can give some ideas of areas we might consider:

4 seasons

Probably at least 2000' elevation for cooler summers

1 hr to 1.5 hrs to major airport (don't want to have to get on regional jets to get to larger airport)

30 minutes to good medical care (we are in excellent health) Mom may move with us so closer medical would be good as she has some manageable chronic conditions and is 83.

Decent grocery shopping (access to farmers markets, CSAs, organic/natural foods)

Reliable internet service

Less than 15 minutes to trails and outdoors recreation. Love kayaking, backpacking, hiking as well as snowshoeing, skiing etc.

Specific sites would have level to rolling terrain that is combination of open green pastures and trees. Creek frontage would be wonderful.

3-5 acre parcel well off major roads (more or less acres dependent on specific properties)

Looking for lower risk of tornadoes

Housing budget would be up to $300,000; 3/2 2000"
Initially rent and buy afterwards, depending on what we find.
I think we are looking for outside small town vs total country.

Any help in pushing us into areas we might be interested would be so appreciated. Will save us time and gas money by having a detailed plan.
Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-19-2012, 05:51 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Probably at least 2000' elevation for cooler summers
Pretty tall order!
...and the few places we have at that elevation aren't going to meet your other needs. I think we might have a few places that come pretty close though.

If a major airport is a must, then the most likely place for you would be on the Cumberland Plateau, around Crossville/Cookeville, closer to the Nashville airport. forum/cookeville/
If you can live with the smaller airports in Knoxville or Asheville NC then you might also consider the northeast corner of TN in and around the Tri-Cities area. kingsport-johnson-city-bristol/
If you can narrow your search area people in those subforums can give you some more specific areas to look at.

Snow skiing in TN is mostly at Ober Gatlinburg or at one of the resorts just across the state line in NC
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Old 04-20-2012, 04:21 AM
 
Location: Soddy Daisy, TN
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The Chattanooga area would meet the vast majority of that except it would be about 2 hours from Atlanta or Nashville airports and the closest skiing is also about 2 hours away. Look specifically at Signal Mountain or Lookout Mountain.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:32 AM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Sewanee in Franklin County meets most all of your requirements. Take a look. Let me know if questions.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:43 PM
 
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Based on your criterion, you'll be happy somewhere in the vicinity of Nashville. It's a very cosmopolitan town and traveling a bit northeast would bring you closer to your elevation. It's beautiful country for sure.
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Old 04-22-2012, 06:20 PM
 
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You'll find a lot of choices if you give up the 2000' requirement.

There is even a community named Grass Valley between Nashville and Franklin.

Last edited by creeksitter; 04-22-2012 at 06:21 PM.. Reason: .
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:13 PM
 
Location: South of DAYTON
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Default CLINCH river , Knoxville region

SOON,: WELCOME . We are slightly older,, & moved back up from the Florida region.. Also love kayak & small boats, etc .. For your outdoor requests, you need to consider / visit / paddle the CLINCH river area.. Should be quite clear water.. About the Clinch River in Tennessee | The Nature Conservancy
.... ANOTHER LINK Outdoors - Clinch River
. You would be close to the higher N.Car Mtns for Snow , or Snowshoe , West Virginia..
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Old 04-22-2012, 08:47 PM
 
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Nashville has the best airport in Tennessee and also tends to be the most progressive city in the state. If you really want to be at or above 2000' you would need to look at the Chattanooga area or areas along the NC line, however you will either be going to a regional airport or traveling to Atlanta or Charlotte for your flights. Keep in mind that buying acreage means you will not be in an urban subdivision with large lots - you will be in living with farmers, hillbillies, rednecks, and other country people. I don't say that to be negative, just to bring light to an issue that I think some people forget. For example, if the dogs in the area keep you up at night there is nothing you can do about it, that's life in rural Tennessee.
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Old 04-23-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Cumberland Cove, Monterey, TN
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We are retired and are moving out of CA to TN. We will be staying on family property outside of Gainesboro in May. Need to formulate an itinerary so we don't waste gas in the search.

We are both retired, very active mid 50's, no need for employment or schools. We are currently live in Grass Valley CA (Sierra Nevada foothills) north of Sacramento. We love the area but hate CA. I have listed some of our criteria below and hope the members can give some ideas of areas we might consider:

4 seasons

Probably at least 2000' elevation for cooler summers

1 hr to 1.5 hrs to major airport (don't want to have to get on regional jets to get to larger airport)

30 minutes to good medical care (we are in excellent health) Mom may move with us so closer medical would be good as she has some manageable chronic conditions and is 83.

Decent grocery shopping (access to farmers markets, CSAs, organic/natural foods)

Reliable internet service

Less than 15 minutes to trails and outdoors recreation. Love kayaking, backpacking, hiking as well as snowshoeing, skiing etc.

Specific sites would have level to rolling terrain that is combination of open green pastures and trees. Creek frontage would be wonderful.

3-5 acre parcel well off major roads (more or less acres dependent on specific properties)

Looking for lower risk of tornadoes

Housing budget would be up to $300,000; 3/2 2000"
Initially rent and buy afterwards, depending on what we find.
I think we are looking for outside small town vs total country.

Any help in pushing us into areas we might be interested would be so appreciated. Will save us time and gas money by having a detailed plan.
Thanks in advance.
My wife and I live in the Sacramento metropolitan area and will also retire in Tennessee. We selected the Cumberland Plateau area, between Cookeville and Crossville. I believe this area will meet most of your needs, except for the elevation. I believe the elevation in this area is around 1,000 to 1,500 feet. We bought a 4 acre lot in a development called Cumberland Cove. It has a Monterey, TN address, but it is really outside of the town of Monterey. The lots in Cumberland Cove are fully wooded, but the development already has electricity, natural gas, telephone, and water lines. Many 4 acre lots are available. Many lots have level to rolling terrain. If you are looking for an already existing home to purchase, there are homes on the market in Cumberland Cove. There are 4 parks in Cumberland Cove for the use of residents. There are light restrictions in the development which help to maintain property values. The city of Cookeville is about 20 minutes away and provides all of the goods and services you will ever need, including a hospital. The airport in Nashville is only 90 minutes away. If you do an internet search for Cumberland Cove, you will find the Cumberland Cove Property Owners Association website which provides a lot of information. There are many state parks in the Cumberland Plateau area which will provide you with all of the recreational activities that you are seeking. This is a very beautiful area with a lot of very friendly people. I hope this helps.
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Old 10-30-2012, 12:09 PM
 
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The OP's most recent post in this thread was about Cookeville, so I moved it to a new thread in the Cookeville forum. You can follow it here:

http://www.city-data.com/forum/cooke...questions.html
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