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Finding a West Knoxville Apartment

Posted 03-01-2021 at 10:09 PM by Igor Blevin
Updated 03-02-2021 at 02:18 PM by Igor Blevin

Well, I have found an apartment, been approved, and have a moving date of early April. I am spending hundreds more per month than I had budgeted for "low cost Tennessee", but it is a 5-star apartment, and isn't that why I put off retirement for years and worked so long for? So I could afford what I wanted and not have to compromise again. Hey, you only live once.

What's money for if you can't spend it?

That was easy. OK, not as easy as it sounds.

Having decided on Farragut, TN as ground zero for my apartment search, I listed my needs and desires, and went about trying to find a neighborhood and specific apartment that best met those needs.

- 2 bedroom
- A/C mandatory
- In unit laundry mandatory
- modern, built in the last 10 years
- 9-foot ceilings prefered
- higher floor with elevator preferred, or else ground floor to avoid stairs.
- covered parking (not to be found as it turns out)
- very low crime rate
- close to shopping desired
- close to water desired
- & etc.

Farragut itself is a bedroom community with maybe 2 apartment complexes, so the search had to be widened to a lot more of West Knoxville than just Farragut proper.

In fact, I widedened the search considerably.

Oak Ridge. Powell. Lenoir City. Maryville. Mascot.

I looked far and wide.

The modern internet has everything at your fingertips to find almost all the information you are looking for if you are creative enough to find it.

First, I used apartment search websites to cast a huge net over the entire area, careful not to miss some hidden gem.

After culling down dozens of apartments that met my list of criteria, I plotted all of them on "Google Earth" along with pricing, ratings, crime rate, and demographics. When done, I had a beautiful map of the cost/crime tendancies of the entire region in and around Knoxville. It was an instant visual snapshot of everything. It gave me a wonderful starting point to select an apartment.

Next, was culling them down.

I looked at hundreds of pictures of the apartments inside and outside. I used Google Earth to look at the areas around the apartments. I read reviews. I checked the distancs to shopping and amenitites I would use regularly. I checked distances to medical.

I made a list of my favorite apartments, and then picked one from among those that had availability and met most of my desired criteria.

I wound up picking an apartment which I think is near the Northshore/Choto nighborhood or possibly the Concord/Bluegrass neighborhood. Being an apartment it is not in those neighborhoods since they haven't got any, but it is in that neck of the woods.

I really prefered the areas of Turkey Creek and Hardin Valley. The hills are pretty and some of the apartments have nice views. They were very high on my list.

In the end, I will be in a quiet, upscale area of very low crime, close to some nice parks along the Tennessee River, walkable to shopping, and close to amenities. My best fit.

I am thrilled and can't wait to begin my Tennessee adventure.

In the next entry, I will explain in some detail my moving process and search. In fact, it was cart before the horse. I set up the move before I ever had a place to move to.
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