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Old 10-30-2015, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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Greetings all. Looking for comments and suggestions regarding my plans to retire with my wife to Tennessee. First, some background. I was born and raised in Alaska but have spent time in Georgia and Kentucky thanks to the US Army so I know about the heat and humidity as well as the abnormal daylight (sun sets are like throwing a switch and having to turn headlights on in the summer is just weird). So I know I can acclimate in about 1 or 2 years as long as I have AC to retreat to during the process.

I'm thinking about north-central Tennessee as I want access to military commissaries and exchanges as well as VA. I want some acreage (5-10) in a rural setting as I enjoy gardening and want to try my hand at a small orchard and I don't want to accidentally smack my neighbors in the face if I stick my hands out and twirl. Being born in Alaska and raised in Anchorage I've experienced a city going from less than 40,000 in an area of 1,961 square miles (20 people per square mile) to a city of just over 300,000 (152 people per square mile) and I'd like to get back to that feeling of elbow room. I'm also ready to say goodbye to long winters and my wife (born and raised in Miami) is more than ready to say goodbye to snow. (We both will miss true mountains ... you know the ones that trees can't grow more than 1/3-1/2 of the way up because they are too tall?)

Our budget for the property will be under 100k in order to stay debt free.

Thank you in advance for any helpful suggestions you may have.
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Old 10-31-2015, 06:31 AM
 
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Greetings all. Looking for comments and suggestions regarding my plans to retire with my wife to Tennessee. First, some background. I was born and raised in Alaska but have spent time in Georgia and Kentucky thanks to the US Army so I know about the heat and humidity as well as the abnormal daylight (sun sets are like throwing a switch and having to turn headlights on in the summer is just weird). So I know I can acclimate in about 1 or 2 years as long as I have AC to retreat to during the process.

I'm thinking about north-central Tennessee as I want access to military commissaries and exchanges as well as VA. I want some acreage (5-10) in a rural setting as I enjoy gardening and want to try my hand at a small orchard and I don't want to accidentally smack my neighbors in the face if I stick my hands out and twirl. Being born in Alaska and raised in Anchorage I've experienced a city going from less than 40,000 in an area of 1,961 square miles (20 people per square mile) to a city of just over 300,000 (152 people per square mile) and I'd like to get back to that feeling of elbow room. I'm also ready to say goodbye to long winters and my wife (born and raised in Miami) is more than ready to say goodbye to snow. (We both will miss true mountains ... you know the ones that trees can't grow more than 1/3-1/2 of the way up because they are too tall?)

Our budget for the property will be under 100k in order to stay debt free.

Thank you in advance for any helpful suggestions you may have.
How close to a military commissary do you want to be? Fort Campbell is north/west of Nashville near the Kentucky border and Arnold AFB is south/east of Nashville but closer to Chattanooga.

Some smaller cities have some VA services like Cookeville but no commissary or exchange.

What are more of your wants?
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Old 10-31-2015, 10:49 AM
 
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Unless you find a foreclosure near any of the military bases, you will be hard-pressed to find anything under 100K in a safe area; let alone 5-10 acres that has a well/septic and any sort of of housing that is livable
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Old 10-31-2015, 11:26 AM
 
Location: Anchorage, AK
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Thanks Jumeby and Normashirley. I know I'm looking for 'distressed' property (fixer-upper or foreclosure). I would also like to be within an hour of a military base. Fortunately, I did just return from a road trip and found that Arnold AFB is more like a shopette than a commissary.

Jumeby, one of the things I wasn't able to determine in a short (5 day) drive through was a sense of the attitude of locals towards driving off main roads to purchase from 'mom & pop' home based operations. A side effect of gardening and orchard management is an excess of plant starts and tree grafts and I'd be looking to sell that excess. I know that, here, many people will drive up to an hour round trip to get trees and plants. I've lived places where people looked at you as if you just stepped off a flying saucer if you said you routinely traveled out of county.

Also, how prevalent are property use restrictions once past the boundaries of an incorporated town/city?
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Old 10-31-2015, 01:24 PM
 
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Thanks Jumeby and Normashirley. I know I'm looking for 'distressed' property (fixer-upper or foreclosure). I would also like to be within an hour of a military base. Fortunately, I did just return from a road trip and found that Arnold AFB is more like a shopette than a commissary.

Jumeby, one of the things I wasn't able to determine in a short (5 day) drive through was a sense of the attitude of locals towards driving off main roads to purchase from 'mom & pop' home based operations. A side effect of gardening and orchard management is an excess of plant starts and tree grafts and I'd be looking to sell that excess. I know that, here, many people will drive up to an hour round trip to get trees and plants. I've lived places where people looked at you as if you just stepped off a flying saucer if you said you routinely traveled out of county.

Also, how prevalent are property use restrictions once past the boundaries of an incorporated town/city?
Being fairly new to the area I'm not the best source to answer but from what I have noticed people seem to network pretty good to buy, sell and trade out here.
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Old 11-02-2015, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Co., TN
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Jumeby, one of the things I wasn't able to determine in a short (5 day) drive through was a sense of the attitude of locals towards driving off main roads to purchase from 'mom & pop' home based operations. A side effect of gardening and orchard management is an excess of plant starts and tree grafts and I'd be looking to sell that excess. I know that, here, many people will drive up to an hour round trip to get trees and plants. I've lived places where people looked at you as if you just stepped off a flying saucer if you said you routinely traveled out of county.

Also, how prevalent are property use restrictions once past the boundaries of an incorporated town/city?
LOL. Its common place. It is hard for me to imagine otherwise.

Every area has their own restrictions but generally if you are out of the city limits and not in a HOA there are few restrictions.
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Old 11-03-2015, 12:38 AM
 
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Note that there are parts of south central Tennessee (roughly south of Pulaski / Fayetteville / Winchester) that are within an hour of Huntsville / Redstone Arsenal Alabama, which has a commissary / hospital. There is also a new VA clinic in Huntsville.
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Old 11-07-2015, 08:47 AM
 
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Note that there are parts of south central Tennessee (roughly south of Pulaski / Fayetteville / Winchester) that are within an hour of Huntsville / Redstone Arsenal Alabama, which has a commissary / hospital. There is also a new VA clinic in Huntsville.
True. But, due to the steady growth of Huntsville over the past 20 years, the OP would be REALLY hard pressed to find something in their price range.
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