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Old 02-25-2022, 07:58 AM
 
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This is just going to depend on your perspective.
Hey this is the 21st century, there is also Amazon for your specialized shopping needs.
I guess it is perspective. I used to live near Memphis and Atlanta, those cities didn't have anything that Greeneville doesn't have, nothing I needed anyways. Now, when we moved here, we considered medical care - so we have Greeneville, and just a bit farther off - Johnson City...or Bristol, or Kingsport. It's one of the reasons we didn't move to Mountain City or one of those truly rural communities, as beautiful as they are. Now THAT is what I consider rural and lacking services. You not only have the hospital, but a variety of doctors offices and general practitioners. If you need specialized medical care, you move to a city with specialized medical care. Fortunately that is not an issue for us and, I assume, most of the population of the US. Plenty of retired and aged people live in the area, and they seem to do OK. Not that I am encouraging people to move here.
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Old 02-25-2022, 08:10 AM
 
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I think you got the wrong impression. I don't see Greeneville rural at all. There are grocery stores, too many to count, and hospitals. And traffic in town on 11E can be super busy. There are parks, resteraunts, community clubs, shopping (but no high end malls), schools, churches, housing communities ranging from affluent to modest.
The difference is this is not a suburb/bedroom community to a bigger city, but stands on it's own.
If you want rural, there are plenty of places in N.E. TN, but Greeneville ain't it.

I live rural, driving to Greeneville 20 miles away for me is going into the city. But I don't need Costco, Trader Joe's, or Sushi, and I avoid malls like the plague.
I've never been to Greeneville. I was going along with the comments that were made as far as it being rural and unfriendly to people that aren't locals. When I lived in Maryville, as much as I liked the town, some of the locals were not friendly to me at first calling me a northerner. At first, I thought it was a joke but found out it wasn't. (I moved from SE Mo) After a while, we were all okay with each other but it took some time. I think they thought I was going to blow them up or something.
Knoxville, Morristown, Jonesborough and Johnson City didn't give me that impression.
I would love to live in a town close to the mountains and rivers but still be close enough to grocery stores and basic things like medical. Good restaurants are nice too.
At this point in the nations's situation, it might be best to either have your own land and grow your food or live within walking distance of stores, medical, etc.
To me, Greeneville sounds like a nice place to live, other than the standoffish types of people.
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Old 02-25-2022, 08:32 AM
 
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I've never been to Greeneville. I was going along with the comments that were made as far as it being rural and unfriendly to people that aren't locals. When I lived in Maryville, as much as I liked the town, some of the locals were not friendly to me at first calling me a northerner. At first, I thought it was a joke but found out it wasn't. (I moved from SE Mo) After a while, we were all okay with each other but it took some time. I think they thought I was going to blow them up or something.
Knoxville, Morristown, Jonesborough and Johnson City didn't give me that impression.
I would love to live in a town close to the mountains and rivers but still be close enough to grocery stores and basic things like medical. Good restaurants are nice too.
At this point in the nations's situation, it might be best to either have your own land and grow your food or live within walking distance of stores, medical, etc.
To me, Greeneville sounds like a nice place to live, other than the standoffish types of people.
You know, when I read these city forums I see lots of comments on race and politics and attitude, north vs. south, east vs. west, all these things..."don't move here if you are a liberal", "don't move here if you are xxx race...". Every city forum has them. Then others, those that may not even be from the area, come in and reinforce it. Most of it is nonsense. It's all based on media driven stereotypes, and further renforced by social media.
For the most part, I don't see it as standoffish. But most people are from here, it's not a big city where, by it's nature, most of the population is transient. So you get that in any small town. You know what you can do if it truly bothers you - move into a new build community, some are popping up in Greeneville and the area, then you will be guaranteed that everyone will be from somewhere else.
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Old 02-25-2022, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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Just saying that when one of the other posters made a comment about Greeneville being standoffish, it reminded me of when I first moved to Maryville and brought back memories. I ended up liking most of the Maryville people and most of them ended up liking me. It was just that beginning.....I guess they weren't used to me and thought i was going to blow them up or something.
We're planning on visiting when the weather gets warmer and looking forward to it. Sounds like a good place to be.
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Old 02-26-2022, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I must have missed your post the first time around Angler, but I also appreciate your perspective. The people I know of who have moved to TN recently (in the past few years) have done so from California and I believe low taxes and the conservative political climate are the draws. Yep, they probably have some culture shock with shopping, restaurants, 'night life,' etc, but like with us (moving to VT from CA) you get used to it really quickly if you moved to get away from the nonsense of the big cities.
Currently, I'd move tomorrow if I could. The political divisiveness here is really over-heated, by people who have never ever lived with people of color (I hate to even use that expression) but who now feeling talking about it every second of every day is the only thing they can do to 'atone.'
I loved Greeneville and Jonesborough. Nice little towns.
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Old 02-27-2022, 10:45 AM
 
Location: TN/NC
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Hey this is the 21st century, there is also Amazon for your specialized shopping needs.
I guess it is perspective. I used to live near Memphis and Atlanta, those cities didn't have anything that Greeneville doesn't have, nothing I needed anyways. Now, when we moved here, we considered medical care - so we have Greeneville, and just a bit farther off - Johnson City...or Bristol, or Kingsport. It's one of the reasons we didn't move to Mountain City or one of those truly rural communities, as beautiful as they are. Now THAT is what I consider rural and lacking services. You not only have the hospital, but a variety of doctors offices and general practitioners. If you need specialized medical care, you move to a city with specialized medical care. Fortunately that is not an issue for us and, I assume, most of the population of the US. Plenty of retired and aged people live in the area, and they seem to do OK. Not that I am encouraging people to move here.
An example of something I can't easily find is USDA Prime beef for a nice cut of steak. I've never seen Food City selling it. Costco sells it, but again, no nearby Costco. Other than calling speciality butcher shops, I don't know where I could find prime beef in this area.

Speaking of Costco, I used to buy the family size pre-made meals when I lived in Indianapolis to eat on throughout the week. They had all sorts of ethnic and variety options beyond things like the standard BBQ, chicken fajitas, sliced beef, etc., that Sam's sells. It's just nice to have the variety.

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I've never been to Greeneville. I was going along with the comments that were made as far as it being rural and unfriendly to people that aren't locals. When I lived in Maryville, as much as I liked the town, some of the locals were not friendly to me at first calling me a northerner. At first, I thought it was a joke but found out it wasn't. (I moved from SE Mo) After a while, we were all okay with each other but it took some time. I think they thought I was going to blow them up or something.
Knoxville, Morristown, Jonesborough and Johnson City didn't give me that impression.
I would love to live in a town close to the mountains and rivers but still be close enough to grocery stores and basic things like medical. Good restaurants are nice too.
At this point in the nations's situation, it might be best to either have your own land and grow your food or live within walking distance of stores, medical, etc.
To me, Greeneville sounds like a nice place to live, other than the standoffish types of people.
One thing to note is that the area around the Nolichucky River is some of the most fertile in the area. Land prices reflect that.

I can't believe the real estate run-ups. This house is ~2,000 sq. ft, vinyl siding on around a quarter acre, and nicely maintained, but it is nothing fancy. It's almost $300,000. There's no way I'd pay $289k for this in JC, much less Greeneville.

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...3_M88688-69168

I had a job offer in Maryville in 2019. I didn't care for it. It has proximity to Knoxville, but there was just no "there there." I went for a long weekend and wanted to like it, based on a couple people I know there and some of the buzz it has gotten on the Knoxville forum for retiree, but it was not right for me. I'd personally rather live in Greeneville than Maryville, if you compare them just apples to apples.
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Old 02-28-2022, 05:55 AM
 
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You know, when I read these city forums I see lots of comments on race and politics and attitude, north vs. south, east vs. west, all these things..."don't move here if you are a liberal", "don't move here if you are xxx race...". Every city forum has them. Then others, those that may not even be from the area, come in and reinforce it. Most of it is nonsense. It's all based on media driven stereotypes, and further renforced by social media.
For the most part, I don't see it as standoffish. But most people are from here, it's not a big city where, by it's nature, most of the population is transient. So you get that in any small town. You know what you can do if it truly bothers you - move into a new build community, some are popping up in Greeneville and the area, then you will be guaranteed that everyone will be from somewhere else.
So true about ridiculous stereotypes being perpetuated by the media, social media, and people who just plain don't know what they are talking about (some never having even been to the South...!)
I found the people in the areas I visited to be kind, friendly, courteous, respectful, and willing to chat up a visiting stranger They are a much nicer bunch than people up here in the Northeast, that is for sure!!

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Old 02-28-2022, 08:02 AM
 
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An example of something I can't easily find is USDA Prime beef for a nice cut of steak. I've never seen Food City selling it. Costco sells it, but again, no nearby Costco. Other than calling speciality butcher shops, I don't know where I could find prime beef in this area.

Speaking of Costco, I used to buy the family size pre-made meals when I lived in Indianapolis to eat on throughout the week. They had all sorts of ethnic and variety options beyond things like the standard BBQ, chicken fajitas, sliced beef, etc., that Sam's sells. It's just nice to have the variety.



One thing to note is that the area around the Nolichucky River is some of the most fertile in the area. Land prices reflect that.

I can't believe the real estate run-ups. This house is ~2,000 sq. ft, vinyl siding on around a quarter acre, and nicely maintained, but it is nothing fancy. It's almost $300,000. There's no way I'd pay $289k for this in JC, much less Greeneville.

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...3_M88688-69168

I had a job offer in Maryville in 2019. I didn't care for it. It has proximity to Knoxville, but there was just no "there there." I went for a long weekend and wanted to like it, based on a couple people I know there and some of the buzz it has gotten on the Knoxville forum for retiree, but it was not right for me. I'd personally rather live in Greeneville than Maryville, if you compare them just apples to apples.
I've never been to Costco. Good meat is at Publix I think.
Real Estate is crazy even compared to the increases in the rest of the country. We really had a difficult time looking at houses. I think part of the problem is there is lack of good housing. So many houses on the market here are just old and beat up, seem like they go in estate sales when the prior owner passes - one bathroom, outdated, small, no garage. A really clean modern house, 2 bath...hard to find. Since we bought our house I am still looking at the marketplace in realtor.com. Nothing has improved, prices are still going up, with a bunch of beat up old houses and the few move-in ready houses are just priced crazy.

The one you showed is not a bad house and it's already contingent it looks like, I bet they will get an offer over the list price - move in ready and clean, but detached garage and almost no land, a house on the side and back mere feet away, I wouldn't buy it.
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Old 02-28-2022, 02:22 PM
 
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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An example of something I can't easily find is USDA Prime beef for a nice cut of steak. I've never seen Food City selling it. Costco sells it, but again, no nearby Costco. Other than calling speciality butcher shops, I don't know where I could find prime beef in this area.

Speaking of Costco, I used to buy the family size pre-made meals when I lived in Indianapolis to eat on throughout the week. They had all sorts of ethnic and variety options beyond things like the standard BBQ, chicken fajitas, sliced beef, etc., that Sam's sells. It's just nice to have the variety.



One thing to note is that the area around the Nolichucky River is some of the most fertile in the area. Land prices reflect that.

I can't believe the real estate run-ups. This house is ~2,000 sq. ft, vinyl siding on around a quarter acre, and nicely maintained, but it is nothing fancy. It's almost $300,000. There's no way I'd pay $289k for this in JC, much less Greeneville.

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...3_M88688-69168

I had a job offer in Maryville in 2019. I didn't care for it. It has proximity to Knoxville, but there was just no "there there." I went for a long weekend and wanted to like it, based on a couple people I know there and some of the buzz it has gotten on the Knoxville forum for retiree, but it was not right for me. I'd personally rather live in Greeneville than Maryville, if you compare them just apples to apples.
Nice house for sure but like you, i wouldn't pay that much money for it. Houses here in Missouri are way overpriced too for what you get.
I've thought a few times over the years that I'd like to move back to Maryville but in reality, I really don't. I just like being close to the mountains and the water. Like one of the posters mentioned, we can get most of our stuff online these days but I still like a good grocer to go to for meat, veggies and dairy and even though I didn't give health facilities much thought when I was younger, now that we are in our 60's, it would be nice to be fairly close to a hospital.
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Old 03-04-2022, 07:43 AM
 
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I agree with DD on Greeneville being not that rural but also agree with SC that it depends on your perspective. I mean, sure, it is a small town and the county is huge with lots of ruralness, but the town is not that rural to those of us that have lived in a rural place with one grocery store and being a couple hours from any big city. But in Greeneville, there are probably 8+ grocery stores, a nice new movie theater, a nice performing arts center, renovated Capitol Theatre for music/plays, Lowe's, Chic-Fil-A, and essentially all of your amenities.

No, there is definitely not going to be a Best Buy, Chipotle, and REI, but if you are within about 30 minutes of a Target like you are in most of Greeneville, that is not truly rural to me. Mountain City, as DD stated, is rural. Now if you are in the North Greene or South Greene areas of the county, it gets very rural, and you could be an hour from Johnson City. That said, if you are in, say, South Greene, you could probably be in Asheville sooner than you can Johnson City, so there's that.

Healthcare is a serious concern for sure, but I think that is pretty true for any small town that is not a bedroom community of a suburb. Greeneville is its own town and is very much a local, working class place. But if you move to Greeneville and are not from there, I would hope you are moving for the beauty of the mountains and abundant outdoor opportunities. Of course, there are several towns in East TN or Western NC for that, but Greeneville is a pretty good simple town for it.
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