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Old 08-17-2006, 09:08 PM
 
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Hi!

This is my first thread. I'm nearing retirement from the military and my wife and I are looking for some land with mountain views. We prefer to be in a neighborhood with children, because we have 2 pre-schoolers of our own. We also want a wooded lot, mountain views, good schools, and hopefully city water. We are going to visit Maryville (just south of Knoxville), but are also going to check out Walland and Townsend which are a little southeast of there.

Can anyone out there tell us more about the last two towns? We want to buy land now because I'm not sure how long it will be before I retire from the military and start a new career.

Thanks for any info,
MountainDreamers
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Old 08-18-2006, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Western NY
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Smile Townsend

I was so interested in Townsend- I was even ready to fight the Bears (from the Park) if there were any but then I read the EPA information on Townsend and could'nt live there...3 kids myself- all 3 plus my husband have allergies and the air quality is too poor. It looks to be a great town- high real estate prices but kind of secluded in its own little corner. If you check out the previous TN posts you will read alot from me and how I am researching the right area for my family--crime, water and air quality--as for mountaineous views and such it seems Townsend fits the bill. I also checked on flooding in the Spring...as for Walland-I did not check this area out too much. Good luck with your search!
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Old 08-18-2006, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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Default Townsend

Townsend is a BEAUTIFUL little town and very steeped in history and culture. However, it is in it's own secluded little corner. The way the roads work around mountains and such, it is a long drive to anywhere and the seasons are a bit harsher there as they are down in a valley right at the base of a large mountain. Very "damp" area. There are also a lot of cabin rentals, campgrounds and high dollar homes that are perfect for people who are escaping big city life for a month or two out of the year and want to do nothing but stay on there side of the mountain for that time. Schools......not really up to par in my opinion. However, it is some of the most beautiful views in the area and the people are very friendly. Tourism is the largest industry there.
Again, just my opinion but hope it helps.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:41 PM
 
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Your info was helpful but wondered where you got the information re: school quality/education and the air quality/EPA? We will be there to see real estate day this Wed (1 day) so the sooner we know the better if you have the time. Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-21-2006, 09:58 PM
 
Location: Beautiful East TN!!
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I was mistaken about the Townsend elementary school, I am sorry. The last time I looked at their report card it was a few years ago, looks like things have changed for the better! Here is the link: http://www.k-12.state.tn.us/rptcrd05/school1.asp if the moderators cut that, just email me. Blount County's as a whole, report card is still not very good, but Townsend looks much better! You will have to ask heathersmom in the EPA thing.
Good luck on the house hunting! If I can help, let me know. Keep us all informed on what you find.
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Old 08-22-2006, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Western NY
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Red face hello...

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Originally Posted by MountainDreamers View Post
Your info was helpful but wondered where you got the information re: school quality/education and the air quality/EPA? We will be there to see real estate day this Wed (1 day) so the sooner we know the better if you have the time. Thanks in advance.
yes I am the narotic mother with the EPA stats...actually if you Google Sperlings Best Places and type in your desired area it will tell you a lot. Also, go directly to the American Cancer Society web site (TN) type in your area, or Google EPA clean air States and you will find information. I Google everything- we are looking at Pikeville area and I think I know things about that area that locals probably don't know (or care to know )
Good luck-
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Old 08-22-2006, 06:29 PM
 
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Thank you both so much. I will try and look on those links and sites tonight before we leave early tomorrow. I'll be back with more info once we return.
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Old 10-23-2006, 02:40 PM
 
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I've had the great fortune to live in Townsend for a few years while working on some projects and regarding the clean air EPA I would have to disagree. Most of the complaints and testing is done from within the park and in certain areas such as the Cove, where we have 10 million cars come through a year. Most of the time the air is crisp and clean, yes very often you will notice a haze over the park but this is just part of the mystique. I wouldn't doubt if within the next 8 years or less Townsend will become the Aspen of the East. It really is a hidden gem and as more and more of the mountains are developed more will move to the area. Real Estate is skyrocketing and homes under 400k are getting harder to find. Presidents, Governors and CEO's of Fortune 100 companies have been moving to the area for the past 10 years. There are great trout streams, caves and hiking trails in your backyard. Over the mountain you have Gatlinburg, Cherokee, Ashville, Lake Fontana and Stone Mountain within a few hours drive. And there is few places more beautiful then this little sleepy town. Most of the homes are built on the mountains so it can be a bit of a pain getting down in the morning after a freezing rain, but by noon it's all gone and you come come down. Yes, the schools in Townsend aren't the greatest, though TN schools have improved immensely over the past years and will continue improving because of the lottery. I believe the High School is actually in Maryville, though I maybe mistaken. But is more then adequate unless you expect your child to go to Harvard or Brown. This is a great town if you don't care about glamour, ritz or need to go out shopping on rodeo or worth avenue. If you can just relax in a hammock all day and read a book while watching the bears and deers this is heaven.
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