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Old 04-30-2017, 07:27 AM
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We are looking at areas in TN to move once we retire in two years. We'll be visiting the Johnson City area this Nov and would really appreciate specific communities to look at that best represent the quality living possible in the area. Peaceful, safe, custom-home community preferred with reasonable access to retail, medical, activities. We would really like to make a list of places to check out! Thanks for any thoughts.

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Old 04-30-2017, 05:57 PM
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Many of these general questions have been answered before. Look back through the first few pages and you will see.

Are you looking to buy a lot and build custom, or are you just looking for new construction? Keep in mind that there are few housing starts in the JC metro, so there are few new homes for sale. Most new homes start around $200,000 - $250,000. I didn't see any returns for "new construction" on realtor.com this afternoon.

If you want to build truly custom, this is going to cost more. Existing housing is going to be more reasonable than new construction, much less a custom build.

Johnson City has East TN State University, which gives the town more things to do than is typical of towns this size. Downtown is going through a revitalization with new restaurants, businesses, and breweries opening on a regular basis. North Johnson City is more suburban, south Johnson City is more urban.

Johnson City has the area's only healthy mall, and the most shopping options. However, the area lacks upmarket shopping options - there is no Macy's or higher end department store. Options can also be limited - for instance, I like Clark's shoes, and while the area stores do have a small selection of Clark's, finding what you want can be hit or miss. I end up having to go to Asheville to buy my shoes. JC has two Walmarts, Target (no Super Target), Sam's (no Costco in the area), regional grocery stores, Kroger, Aldi, and two upmarket grocers called Fresh Market and Earthfare. Depending on where you're coming from (I'm a native but lived in Indiana for three years), groceries are expensive. I have taken some prices down recently for other posters, please send a message if you want the list.

Activities depend on the person. Outdoor activities of almost all types can be done easily here. The school obviously brings in sports, some plays, etc. I think JC has a small orchestra. It is fine for the size of town it is, but remember we are isolated from larger metros.

Good luck.
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