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Old 06-18-2014, 01:30 PM
 
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People deserve accurate information coming in. No one is expecting high rises and Bloomington's for shopping, but want to do something as basic as going to Costco? [quote]


Not to get involved in piling on....but what is "Bloomington's"?

I have no interest in Costco. Never been in one. Don't think I am missing anything.

Look, I have lived in and traveled a pretty broad spectrum of the world. I chose to come to the Tri Cities area specifically because of what it had to offer. In so many ways it is very special: The environment, the climate, the culture, and especially the people.

If you want commercialism, this isn't it. If I want to spend $500 on a pair of slacks, or a similar amount on a pair of shoes, I probably can't do it in this area. If I want a $1,000 bottle of wine, likewise, I am probably not going to find it in the tri cities.

Thankfully.

There is nothing which a LOT of that STUFF adds to the quality of life. Which in large part is why people live in the tri cities, and why their lives are richer, and they are better off, because of it.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:00 PM
 
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Thanks for all the responses and information. I am still struggling <sigh> I do have an interview coming up in middle TN so I plan on checking out that are and seeing if I like it. I'm hoping the "gallatin" area will be closer to Nashville and maybe still have the hills/mountains of East TN?

Believe it or not - the housing is one of the reasons I'm leaning against East TN. It just doesn't make sense to me to spend the kind of money I would need to in order to be on the east side of the state. As one of the posters mentioned - on my real estate tour the houses that were in my range with like 5 acre lots were HORRIBLE - I couldn't even believe some of these houses were on the market without a realtor telling them to fix them up! Mind you, my budget is around 200-250. I did find some nicer homes further out, but those would be like an hour commute from the hospital I would be working at - so again, I'm stuck.

I have found some really nice listings in the GAllatin area and very affordable. Something that seems to be more doable with my objective. Is there a big difference between the geography of these two places? The types of people?

Thanks so much!
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:23 PM
 
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a quick glance suggests to me that Gallatin is nothing like east Tennessee.

Here in the east we have the mountains, and the TVA lakes, and the Smokey Mountain National Park.

Gallatin seems to be slightly north of the downstream lakes, and more in what is called mid Tennessee. I would guess it is hotter, more 'sultry' in terms of summer humidity, and a good deal nearer to the tornado action which roars through that part of the state with no mountains to break up the storms.

Someone more aware needs to chime in however, I know east Tennessee, but mid Tennessee, not so much. If I had to guess, I would say the two areas are very dis-similar.

I did see that the 2017 solar eclipse is expected to be completely visible in Gallatin.....so you have that going for you if you settle there.
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:57 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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Once you get west of the Cumberland Plateau (roughly west of Cookeville) you lose a lot of the more rugged terrain. It's still pretty, but more hilly than mountainous looking, and more towards Memphis you start getting into gently rolling terrain. You will also lose the weather advantage of the higher elevations, so yeah, more 'sweaty' summers, and winter precipitation is usually in the form of rain or ice and little snow.
People wise? Well, Nashville has become something of a hot spot lately. I don't know if all the transplants moving in has had much impact on the surrounding areas or not yet. Sounds like an excellent question to ask in the Nashville forum though.
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Old 07-01-2014, 09:47 AM
 
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Thanks for all the responses and information. I am still struggling <sigh> I do have an interview coming up in middle TN so I plan on checking out that are and seeing if I like it. I'm hoping the "gallatin" area will be closer to Nashville and maybe still have the hills/mountains of East TN?

Believe it or not - the housing is one of the reasons I'm leaning against East TN. It just doesn't make sense to me to spend the kind of money I would need to in order to be on the east side of the state. As one of the posters mentioned - on my real estate tour the houses that were in my range with like 5 acre lots were HORRIBLE - I couldn't even believe some of these houses were on the market without a realtor telling them to fix them up! Mind you, my budget is around 200-250. I did find some nicer homes further out, but those would be like an hour commute from the hospital I would be working at - so again, I'm stuck.

I have found some really nice listings in the GAllatin area and very affordable. Something that seems to be more doable with my objective. Is there a big difference between the geography of these two places? The types of people?

Thanks so much!
I'm from Kingsport, but have spent a lot of time in Nashville over the past year and was in Sumner County (Gallatin is county seat) in early June.

All of greater Nashville is really up and coming. The northern suburbs, like Hendersonville and Gallatin/Goodlettsville even more so, have not gotten nearly as expensive as the trendier suburbs of Williamson County. Sumner County still has good schools and Gallatin is about thirty miles from downtown Nashville. If you want more rural, you could probably consider Cheatham County, depending on where you are working.

I wouldn't say there is a tremendous cultural difference, both are Southern, mid TN more so, and without the Appalachian/Mountain influence. Both areas are heavily Republican and Christian. Middle TN is going to have more transplants - even on a "per head" basis, there is a whole lot more activity on Nashville forums than Tri-Cities.

I was just flipping through the Tri-Cities craigslist and looking at homes for sale, and I am very surprised at some of the asking prices. I saw a very nice home on seven acres for $375k...in Nickelsville, VA. I saw a mobile home on 4-5 acres in Unicoi for $90k. There was a beautiful loft in downtown Kingsport for $191k, but downtown Kingsport has issues with smell/pollution. I think there would be a lot more upside to settling in greater Nashville, especially in job market and home resale value, down the road.
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:39 PM
 
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Thanks Emigrations - defintiely one of the things I'm thinking of is resale, I'm already stuck in this house and not one call on it after being on the market for a month!!! I dont want to get myself into this situation again I'm supposed to be going down end of July so I will keep everyone posted yet again - and maybe moving to the Nashville forum? LOL
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:51 PM
 
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Default Nashville vs E. TN

I'll just put in my 2 cents! About 6 years ago we went to Nashville for the 2nd time to visit relatives that had moved there from Huntington Beach, CA and loved Nashville. We went to put a deposit on an apartment or to purchase land. Well the 2nd day we were there a tornado watch came through that evening. I was never so scared in all my life. So they say get in the bath tub! One of the places it touched down was near Gallatin and that was one of the places we were looking at to move. Needless to say we quite looking after that!! And that area has grown so much and is so busy.
As we left all across the interstate 40 was leveled. I had never seen anything so creepy in my life and I lived in CA most of my life with the earthquakes. So that is when I started focusing on E. TN. And I think it is so much prettier then mid TN. The Tri city area is the only place I'd live in TN! It's beautiful!!
And I'm still planning on moving next year when I start getting my social security. That was the only thing holding us back for the last few years is JOBS there! Everyone said not to move there without having employment.
Hope that helps you.
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Old 07-11-2014, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Telford, TN
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You'll be ok.
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Old 07-11-2014, 03:22 PM
 
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I'll just put in my 2 cents! About 6 years ago we went to Nashville for the 2nd time to visit relatives that had moved there from Huntington Beach, CA and loved Nashville. We went to put a deposit on an apartment or to purchase land. Well the 2nd day we were there a tornado watch came through that evening. I was never so scared in all my life. So they say get in the bath tub! One of the places it touched down was near Gallatin and that was one of the places we were looking at to move. Needless to say we quite looking after that!! And that area has grown so much and is so busy.
As we left all across the interstate 40 was leveled. I had never seen anything so creepy in my life and I lived in CA most of my life with the earthquakes. So that is when I started focusing on E. TN. And I think it is so much prettier then mid TN. The Tri city area is the only place I'd live in TN! It's beautiful!!
And I'm still planning on moving next year when I start getting my social security. That was the only thing holding us back for the last few years is JOBS there! Everyone said not to move there without having employment.
Hope that helps you.
Great story, thanks for sharing it! I moved my interview to mid August and I'm back to leaning toward east TN again - I forget what started this whole thing and now I'm back up here in NH after being at the beach and its already starting to get that "fall chill" starting - now I remember LOL soon enough those gray days will start covering the sky and depression will hit with a vengeance. I'm definitely looking for beautiful scenery, outdoorsy life, a good place for my old horses so the winters aren't so brutal and I can still ride them year round without 6 feet of snow - and ofcourse, the proximity to my family in Florida helps. Thanks for all your opinions and sharing your stories!! Its soooo helpful!
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Old 07-15-2014, 12:26 PM
 
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You'll be ok.
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