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Old 05-19-2017, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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I'm not seeing a lot of information here regarding the northwestern area of Tennessee. My husband and I are considering retiring to this area from NJ. He is an avid hunter and we both enjoy fishing. We were originally considering Missouri, but Tennessee seems more tax friendly regarding pensions. We would be looking to purchase a minimum of 10 acres.

The area of NJ we currently live in is very rural (believe it or not). We are used to being a 20 minute drive from most services.

What areas would you recommend for us to look into?

Thank you.
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Old 05-19-2017, 10:14 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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There just isn't a lot in Northwest TN. Union City and Martin are both pretty small and they aren't on the way to anywhere else so not a lot of people go up that way other than the students going to UT Martin. Paris is pretty and would make a nice retirement destination, but it too is kind of out of the way. I think that over the years there have only been a few posters that are from that area and I'm not sure they're active anymore.
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Old 05-19-2017, 11:10 PM
 
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Dyersburg is a bigger town in that area, but it's still pretty small. Reelfoot Lake is a well known sport lake for hunting and fishing.

The problem with most of the towns in NW Tennessee is that they lack good restaurants and shopping. Union City and Martin are both an hour from any towns with a decent number or restaurants. And you might have to drive multiple hours for specialized medical care. So if you are used to living 20 minutes from amenities, it could be a hard transition.
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:01 AM
 
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This board seems to be very Nashville-to-Knoxville focused. That makes sense because that's where the vast majority of people are moving to. For us around Nashville and Knoxville that area seems incredibly remote (far northeast Tennessee is also very remote for us). I grew up in far western Kentucky and have family in South Fulton, TN, so that area is a little more "real" for me.

The are area from Dresden to Martin to Union City to Dyersburg uses Paducah, KY, or Jackson, TN, as their primary healthcare and shopping and restaurant destinations. Obviously, for BIG city amenities they will come to Nashville or Memphis. For specialized care you'll be traveling to one of those places in general and for anything needed from a mall or most big box stores that's where you'll head as well. It isn't the most convenient place to live, but property is inexpensive and there are large tracts available. The area has access to lakes with Reelfoot in the far west and Kentucky Lake further east.
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Old 05-21-2017, 01:47 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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I'm not seeing a lot of information here regarding the northwestern area of Tennessee. My husband and I are considering retiring to this area from NJ. He is an avid hunter and we both enjoy fishing. We were originally considering Missouri, but Tennessee seems more tax friendly regarding pensions. We would be looking to purchase a minimum of 10 acres.

The area of NJ we currently live in is very rural (believe it or not). We are used to being a 20 minute drive from most services.

What areas would you recommend for us to look into?

Thank you.
NW Tennessee sounds like a good fit. Are you sure that the Hall tax doesn't apply to your pensions? (I'm not an expert on how it works, but it is my understanding that it functions like an income tax on investment income. Not sure if it applies to pensions or not)

You can pretty well throw a dart at a map in NW TN and you will be able to find what you want. Reelfoot Lake is definitely a big fishing area. What type of terrain are you looking for? In general, the terrain gets hiller the farther east you go.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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Thank you for your replies. The central and eastern parts of TN seem like they would be full of NJ/NY retirees, kind of like FL. I actually know a couple NJ people that retired to TN. One to the Gatlinburg area and the other to Murfreesboro. That's not what we are looking for. As I said, we were originally considering MO to be somewhat near St. Louis and NW TN would still be within reasonable driving distance to St. Louis.

I guess I'm not that surprised that there is not much info regarding this area of TN. If you go to the NJ forum, it's very rare that anyone discusses the NW corner of NJ, and that's where I live.

I will keep investigating.
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Old 05-22-2017, 10:41 AM
 
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Thank you for your replies. The central and eastern parts of TN seem like they would be full of NJ/NY retirees, kind of like FL. I actually know a couple NJ people that retired to TN. One to the Gatlinburg area and the other to Murfreesboro. That's not what we are looking for. As I said, we were originally considering MO to be somewhat near St. Louis and NW TN would still be within reasonable driving distance to St. Louis.

I guess I'm not that surprised that there is not much info regarding this area of TN. If you go to the NJ forum, it's very rare that anyone discusses the NW corner of NJ, and that's where I live.

I will keep investigating.
No, central and eastern Tennessee are not full of NJ/NY transplants other than the planned retirement areas around Crossville and Tellico Village. Otherwise, rural areas in places like Clay County, Jackson County, Grundy County, and others would give you lots of fishing and hunting, inexpensive land, very few transplants, and closer proximity to larger towns than what you'd get in NW TN.
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Old 05-25-2017, 03:27 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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No, central and eastern Tennessee are not full of NJ/NY transplants other than the planned retirement areas around Crossville and Tellico Village. Otherwise, rural areas in places like Clay County, Jackson County, Grundy County, and others would give you lots of fishing and hunting, inexpensive land, very few transplants, and closer proximity to larger towns than what you'd get in NW TN.
THIS!

Also, stay away from Gatlinburg, Sevierville, etc. Lots of people go there on vacation and then decide to live there.
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Old 05-29-2017, 03:45 PM
 
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If you want to be reasonably close to St Louis, I wouldn't stray too far from Dyersburg, as I-155 will be your fastest route.

Check out Obion, Trenton, and Rutherford.
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:14 AM
 
Location: Redneckville, NJ
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If you want to be reasonably close to St Louis, I wouldn't stray too far from Dyersburg, as I-155 will be your fastest route.

Check out Obion, Trenton, and Rutherford.
Thank you.
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