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Old 07-08-2020, 12:21 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,
Live in Florida now and it has gotten so crowded and stressful. Looking for an area in Tennessee to buy a small farm where I can have peace and quiet, a few animals maybe even a horse. Any suggestions would be great.
I prefer not to live too far from a town where I can shop and also socialize when needed.

I lived in Switzerland a long time ago and miss mountains and greenery.

Thank you so much.
Lj
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Old 07-08-2020, 12:27 PM
 
Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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You're probably going to want to supply more info to get any meaningful responses, budget, retired or needing a job, are things like schools or medical care a concern, etc.
In the meantime I am sending a link for you to 'dream on'
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Old 07-08-2020, 05:05 PM
 
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Retired have no children at home. Looking for friendly diverse area but not crazy busy. Shopping unimportant high speed internet and a downtown dog parks etc. Clean safe etc.
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Old 07-08-2020, 06:05 PM
 
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If you invest in a small hobby farm, you won’t need a dog park. Buy a used 4-wheeler and take the dogs out “checking fences” everyday

We are retired on 25 acres with horses and that’s how we exercise our big dogs. No need for masks either

You really do need to give an idea of your budget. And you also have to be careful of the counties you consider. A few are not safe for anyone - not even their own kin
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Old 07-08-2020, 07:03 PM
 
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My own kin? I don’t understand that phrase?
Thanks for your response
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Old 07-08-2020, 07:49 PM
 
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Hi Everyone,
Live in Florida now and it has gotten so crowded and stressful. Looking for an area in Tennessee to buy a small farm where I can have peace and quiet, a few animals maybe even a horse. Any suggestions would be great.
I prefer not to live too far from a town where I can shop and also socialize when needed.

I lived in Switzerland a long time ago and miss mountains and greenery.

Thank you so much.
Lj
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Retired have no children at home. Looking for friendly diverse area but not crazy busy. Shopping unimportant high speed internet and a downtown dog parks etc. Clean safe etc.
The rural areas outside of Cookeville have gigabit internet which is unusual for rural areas in Tennessee. Cookeville itself is a popular retirement area. Lots of us ex-Floridians have moved here including me. The people are wonderful and welcoming, the town is very attractive and prosperous, the area is beautiful, and it's affordable. Cookeville itself is a college town with a large regional hospital, lots of restaurants and shopping, museums, galleries, concerts, and thousands of other retirees.

You didn't give a price range, but here are samples of small farms that have recently sold in the area so you can see what it's like.

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...41557050_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...90081721_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...41993478_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...70548045_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/3...41555336_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1...52145811_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6...1999820_zpid/?

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/6...42000339_zpid/

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/9...41231899_zpid/
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Old 07-08-2020, 08:03 PM
 
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My own kin? I don’t understand that phrase?
Thanks for your response
What I said was “—-their own kin”. Meaning some counties are pretty rough and even the relatives of the wrong doers are not safe, much less outsiders
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Old 07-09-2020, 01:43 AM
 
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Ok thanks to all for their detailed responses.
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Old 07-10-2020, 10:47 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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I lived in Switzerland a long time ago and miss mountains and greenery.

Not many Mtns near Cookeville,

NE TN has more Mtns and rural (small) towns, Eastern TN near Smoky Mtn NP is kind of short on towns (except tourist towns). But would be a very nice area to ride a horse! (Public lands)

As a retiree, I like to be near a college town for arts and culture, but I always have lived 'rural' near National Parks / desirable places to visit. (But I miss the great mtn living in Switzerland (Short term work assignment))


Consider making a weighted spreadsheet / decision tree:
Add in your; Musts / wants, climate, activities, medical access, near city or airport, paved road access, near lakes?... size of property... Then price range,

There is a C-D poster who built a rural place in NE TN on a very beautiful acreage (Younglisa7 ? ) She had an exhaustive blog with pics and details of progress.
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Old 07-17-2020, 03:10 PM
 
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I lived in Switzerland a long time ago and miss mountains and greenery.

Not many Mtns near Cookeville,

NE TN has more Mtns and rural (small) towns, Eastern TN near Smoky Mtn NP is kind of short on towns (except tourist towns). But would be a very nice area to ride a horse! (Public lands)

As a retiree, I like to be near a college town for arts and culture, but I always have lived 'rural' near National Parks / desirable places to visit. (But I miss the great mtn living in Switzerland (Short term work assignment))


Consider making a weighted spreadsheet / decision tree:
Add in your; Musts / wants, climate, activities, medical access, near city or airport, paved road access, near lakes?... size of property... Then price range,

There is a C-D poster who built a rural place in NE TN on a very beautiful acreage (Younglisa7 ? ) She had an exhaustive blog with pics and details of progress.
New to this post but I wanted to chime in...

Mountains would be lovely. Near by lake or rivers. Country home with short drive into town 30 minutes to an hour.. 15 - 20 might consider for the drive. Looking as retiree but with work options. Climate that's a hard one the lower to sea level the better for me, activities walking, hiking, biking, kayaking, photography, gardening so farmers markets. Medical wise GP who doesn't push prescriptions. Specialist like Neuro, ENT, Physical Therapy rare conditions. Would mind picking a favorite diner for breakfast and a coffee shop. I do volunteer support work tinnitus an hyperacusis and for those with vestibular issues. Home 2-3 bedroom would like a porch 2-3 acres land. Cottage home or as near to it TN has. Patriot area best.. I love communities with flags out and friendly neighbors.
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