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Old 07-28-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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If you still considering Indiana; explore Bloomington. Top graduate school of music; two nearby lakes; overall a great place to live. I lived their throughout the 80s and have lived in Champaign, IL past 18 years. Hate Illinois, absolutely love the Bloominton/Indiana University area.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:29 PM
 
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Mod Note: I am resurrecting this thread for a current poster. While it is meant for retirement, and he is not interested in retirement, I hope it gives some good insight into the area.
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Old 09-25-2013, 06:10 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Wow I have to admit that I may have dismissed Kingsport too soon. I was doing a research trip last year for the same reason as the OP. I spend a lot of time in JC, then traveled north to Bristol. As I came in from the south I was overwhelmed by the mill/factory, both the site and the smell. I had been warned but also told the downtown was nice. Sorry, I just couldn't get past that first impression. Turned around and headed north.

By the time I got to Bristol I was kind of burned out. Saw the track, never did find the town, and again headed north. I guess we need to make another trip before totally deciding. As it stands now we have found the same affordability an hour from us in Charles Town, West Virginia, and that seems to be the leader in the clubhouse. But I love the big mountains of TN so it may be worth another look.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:41 AM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Wow I have to admit that I may have dismissed Kingsport too soon. I was doing a research trip last year for the same reason as the OP. I spend a lot of time in JC, then traveled north to Bristol. As I came in from the south I was overwhelmed by the mill/factory, both the site and the smell. I had been warned but also told the downtown was nice. Sorry, I just couldn't get past that first impression. Turned around and headed north.

By the time I got to Bristol I was kind of burned out. Saw the track, never did find the town, and again headed north. I guess we need to make another trip before totally deciding. As it stands now we have found the same affordability an hour from us in Charles Town, West Virginia, and that seems to be the leader in the clubhouse. But I love the big mountains of TN so it may be worth another look.
Not hard to do, really only a few main streets on the TN side, most of the big box stores, strip malls, fast food, etc that you typically associate with the outskirts of cities are on the VA side.
If you come for another visit feel free to message me and I can point out a couple of neighborhoods, parks, etc. you might enjoy in Bristol.
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Old 09-26-2013, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Kingsport
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.........Still searching for the best Tennessee retirement Town ?.....I have read so much about retiring to Bristol or Kingsport or Johnson City ( I believe they are called the Tri City area ? ).....In as much as I will be retiring within a year ... I will not be concerned with Jobs or Schools; but will be concerned with Housing Costs ? Costs of Living ? Medical/ Health care ? Crime Rate ? Area Amenities ?( City or Rural...Any Mountains or Lakes ? )...Lastly; what ( if anything ) makes Bristol ; Johnson City and/or Kingsport different from each other ??? What are the pros & cons about retiring to Bristol or Johnson City or Kingsport ?? Are any of these good areas to retire to or are they more suited for younger families seeking good jobs & schools ?
Here are a couple of links to information that may help.
Current city housing market performance by sales and average prices for Tri-Cities as of August August Tri-Cities housing market – ranked by top city performances

Current county housing market performance by average price and sales as of August. Monday, September 23,2013

Cost of living compared by major city in Tri-Cities region Cost of living in the Tri-Cities region
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Old 09-28-2013, 06:15 AM
 
Location: Mount Airy, Maryland
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Wow I have to admit that I may have dismissed Kingsport too soon. I was doing a research trip last year for the same reason as the OP. I spend a lot of time in JC, then traveled north to Bristol. As I came in from the south I was overwhelmed by the mill/factory, both the site and the smell. I had been warned but also told the downtown was nice. Sorry, I just couldn't get past that first impression. Turned around and headed north.

By the time I got to Bristol I was kind of burned out. Saw the track, never did find the town, and again headed north. I guess we need to make another trip before totally deciding. As it stands now we have found the same affordability an hour from us in Charles Town, West Virginia, and that seems to be the leader in the clubhouse. But I love the big mountains of TN so it may be worth another look.

Caught an error, I meant to say as I entered Kingsport. I never really did get a look at Bristol
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Old 11-20-2015, 03:46 PM
 
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What town has single family homes starting about 60,000 . Low crime rate.
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