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Old 04-11-2007, 07:24 AM
 
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I moved from southern California some fourteen years ago. Here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee you have more beauty than you can consume. Tennessee has wisely spent a good portion of its budget on Parks and conserving natural and historical sites. The climate has four distinct seasons which are moderate that we never had in So. Cal. There is a level of tranquility here not found in many places. This is a relatively sparsley settled part of the country, and if I were wise I woudln't share its uniqueness.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Hush.

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Old 04-11-2007, 08:18 AM
 
Location: Cumberland Cove, Monterey, TN
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Default Cumberland Plateau

Hi Windsong Ranch,

Are you in the Cookeville/Crossville area? If so, I would love to hear more about your thoughts regarding this area. I would also like to hear about your experience in moving from California and finding a place in Tennessee. Did you buy an already built home? Did you buy property and build a home on it later? What can you tell me about things to look out for? I am looking for a place to retire and will be visiting the Cookeville/Crossville area in August. Your thoughts will be appreciated.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:55 AM
 
Location: On the plateau, TN
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I moved from southern California some fourteen years ago. Here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee you have more beauty than you can consume. Tennessee has wisely spent a good portion of its budget on Parks and conserving natural and historical sites. The climate has four distinct seasons which are moderate that we never had in So. Cal. There is a level of tranquility here not found in many places. This is a relatively sparsley settled part of the country, and if I were wise I woudln't share its uniqueness.
This a secret location.
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Old 04-11-2007, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Hometown of Jason Witten
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I moved from southern California some fourteen years ago. Here on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee you have more beauty than you can consume. Tennessee has wisely spent a good portion of its budget on Parks and conserving natural and historical sites. The climate has four distinct seasons which are moderate that we never had in So. Cal. There is a level of tranquility here not found in many places. This is a relatively sparsley settled part of the country, and if I were wise I woudln't share its uniqueness.
Shhhhhhhh!
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Old 04-11-2007, 03:47 PM
 
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Can't wait to relocate from Fl to Tn
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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What about jobs???
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:30 PM
 
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I spent quite a bit of time on the Cumberland Plateau. Indeed, the area is sparsely populated but features many unique geographic features such as natural sandstone bridges and formations, clear rivers and lakes, and even a fairly healthy wine industry. Not many know of the area so whenever I come to visit family, I always hike in that region.
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Old 04-11-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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Hi Windsong Ranch,

I am looking for a place to retire and will be visiting the Cookeville/Crossville area in August. Your thoughts will be appreciated.
Are you in the Cookeville/Crossville area?
I'm close. I'm very near Fall Creek Falls, which is about 45 miles south of Cookeville...

If so, I would love to hear more about your thoughts regarding this area. I would also like to hear about your experience in moving from California and finding a place in Tennessee.
I started looking for a place to retire on the west coast and worked my way east. I had weighted criteria of what I wanted; healthcare, taxes, near large cities, yet far enough to enjoy rural living, seasons, but not harsh winters or crazy hot summers, and beauty. And this area delivers. Culturally, the adaptation took some time. Simplifying your life sometimes means simplifying your entertainment or intellectual stimulation. My appreciation for a hammock and a good book has grown, and my desire for symphony or art has diminished and that's O.K.
Did you buy an already built home? Yes, bought a small farm property and improved it to my liking. Pond, stream, orchard and woods were my requirements, and they are easily found up on the Cumberland Plateau.
Did you buy property and build a home on it later? No, but that is a popular option, and a wise one, because for most people cashing out of metropolitan areas, your dollars go far here.
What can you tell me about things to look out for? I would say take your time and really know what you want, because there are compromises to be made if you live rural. I love it and adjusted well, but some may not (read: your mate). Cell phones, satellite T.V., and high speed Internet are the great equalizers.

I hope I answered the question above in italics.

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Old 04-11-2007, 07:40 PM
 
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What about jobs???
Depends on what you do.. A commute here is common. But define commute where you live. Does it include wonderful vistas, empty highways, deer, turkey, birds, etc. My son (he moved here too..) used to drive 45 minutes to travel 15 miles; when he moved here, he drove 30 miles in 30 minutes, and all of it through beautiful surroundings. He told me, driving in southern California was a stress-filled competitive effort, and here, it was almost meditational. Personal time. You may find an entrepeneurial opportunity here, or you may take a job that earns less than you need where you are at, because the cost of living is lower here.
Bottom line - there are two types of currency: money, and time. You can make and lose fortunes, but you can only spend time at the same rate as everyone else. So, you need to spend time wisely.
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