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Old 06-17-2016, 09:01 AM
 
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You are heading in the right direction by looking at Cookeville and Crossville TN areas. Very popular location for several years. Other posts are accurate about the Cumberland Plateau area being attractive for many reasons you mentioned. We might suggest that you also consider Northern Middle TN toward the KY border near Dale Hollow Lake which is a large rec area. Counties in this area are the lowest populated in TN and the regulatory environment is "soft". These areas are 20 miles North of Cookeville. We know lots of private wooded mountain tracts available from 5 - 500+ acres at about $2000/acre starting. Excellent off-grid and retreat properties with privacy and limited access. Some owner financing is available. I would recommend staying way clear of large tracts that have been subdivided into small 1-5 acre tracts - the net is full of bad reports from out of state folks who bought at high prices from scammers and now have low value property and broken promises. Contact a highly experienced local real estate expert who lives the area you are considering. Get local references on that expert. Life in that area is very simple and as quiet as you want it to be, but as mentioned before. Jobs are SCARCE. If you are an experienced teacher, you might connect with Tennessee Tech at Cookeville for work.
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Old 06-17-2016, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Eastern TN
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I love the mountains ...Ideally, we prefer to be where the humidity isn't brutal in the summer time since I don't do well with the wet heat...dry heat is okay but i know that isn't in TN.
You are correct that there is NO dry heat in Tennessee!

That said, going up in elevation does reduce temperatures. You might want to look at areas bordering Cherokee National Forest (which supports hiking and other recreational pursuits). Between Knoxville and Chattanooga, areas like Etowah and Tellico Plains come to mind.

There really are no high property taxes in the state, so I don't think that will be a limiting factor.
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