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Old 08-08-2010, 11:44 PM
 
Location: Maryville, Tennessee
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My wife and I are looking to move to Tennessee in the late summer of 2011 after our oldest daughter gets married.

Employment is not a factor as I fly to and from work. Also, I have an above average income and Arkansas State income tax is the biggest reason for the move, along with just looking for a fresh start.

I have a co-worker who lives on the lake in Ten Mile, TN and he is suggesting the Knoxville or surrounding area. I'm trying to pen down a few areas to look at when we take a road trip there in a few weeks.

My younger daughter will most likely be in college. She has been living at home since the college in Russellville is only 20 miles away. She will most likely want to continue living at home and we're looking at a college commute.

We also live in the country and love it, but hoping to get down to a smaller yard. I have 2 acres to keep up and it's a pain. Also, looking for a house 5 years or newer. Subdivision is okay as we are basically up in the air and no plan, open minded as ever.

We are looking for shopping, culture (plays, art galleries, etc,), restaurants, but no problem if we had to drive 30 min to an hour to get there.

My wife is a church secretary/bookkeeper but would only work if she wanted to since I'm not home 1/2 the time.

We're thinking an apartment for 6 months while narrowing down housing might be the way to go, but if anyone could point us to a few areas, I'd be grateful.

Thanks,
Kevin
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Old 08-08-2010, 11:57 PM
 
Location: Powell,TN
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I suggest reading all the other threads on here,Especially the Maryville Vs Seymour posts...Those two areas would probably be the best fit for you since both areas are 15-20 mins from Knox itself...But also read about the Oak Ridge ,Hardin Valley and Farragut areas also...Either one of those 5 areas you're bound to find and like what you're looking for
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:17 AM
 
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Maryville probably is the place you would like. Maryville/Blount county is somewhat in comparison with R'ville/Pope. You won't have to travel far to the closest regional airport.

Seymour is a nice little community, but it is located near a major tourist h***hole in Sevier county (Piegon Forge/Gatlinburg/Sevierville).
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:56 AM
 
Location: Maryville, Tennessee
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Thanks for the feedback and advice. It's a little overwhelming when first starting out reading. Lots of good post and information.

Kevin
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Old 08-09-2010, 12:22 PM
 
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How close do you need to be to the airport? I would suggest Louisville- which is on the water and close to the airport and downtown Knoxville- just across the bridge.
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Old 08-09-2010, 02:04 PM
 
Location: The Conterminous United States
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Actually, Seymour isn't bad. It's close to Knoxville and the airport and unless you traveled well east, you wouldn't be anywhere near a tourist area.

Also, there are numerous lovely subdivisions in West Knoxville and Farragut that would probably fit the bill. I also think Louisville waterfront property is fabulous.

More than likely, your daughter will heavily consider the University of Tennessee, a great school with fabulous students.

How much do you want to spend? What amenities are you looking for? Size? Bedrooms?

And yes, a lot of people don't know that Arkansas is 14th in the country in tax burden. By the way, we are 44th.
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Old 08-09-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: Maryville, Tennessee
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It's an hour and a half to the Fort Smith airport, so anything closer would be a bonus.

We would be looking for a 3 bedroom, hopefully 5 years or newer with garage, around $250K.

A road trip is in order, thanks for all the great responses.

Cheers,
Kevin
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:03 PM
 
Location: Knoxville
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Welcome and way too many areas to suggest and several places will fit what your looking for. Ten Mile is about an hour and half from airport and is very rural, but does offer some lake living, but not for the 250 price. I showed several propeties there recently and distance is a problem and lake front homes, will be around 500 or so. Louisville is only 20 minutes from airport and several homes to choose from in your price, but not on the lake. Touring will be your best shot, and several colleges to select from. Good luck and happy touring.
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Davidson County "Brentwood"
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What about Tellico Plains? Plenty on the lake, and some of that rural countryside. Your daughter could check out Roane State College.

Maryville is a good choice, look at properties on Topside Drive area, Friendsville, maybe Lenoir City. LMU, Maryville College are also in the area.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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I'm going to shake things up a bit and not recommend Maryville for once.

In all seriousness before you look for neighborhoods that might fit the bill for lakes, housing costs and proximity to colleges, you may want to check out flights available from and to Knox's airport (McGhee Tyson: Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport )and see if you can make connections and afford the flights. Some flights are quite reasonable but others are much more expensive than leaving from a larger metro airport like Nashville and you may not want to always make the multiple connections to get to some cities.

I went through the search for the *right place* recently enough to know nothing will replace the feet on the ground of at least 2 or 3 trips to see cities and towns of interest. Once you are sure of the airport there will be several good choices for you, I'm sure! The general area of Knoxville has many towns that would be of interest and we can all make lots of recommendations.
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