When some people think of Knoxville they think of the entryway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, while others immediately think of the University of Tennessee Volunteers. While the city is home to both, it also has a number of other diverse pockets in the city that appeal to retirees, like posh country-club communities, small-town suburbs, and even a young, hip urban scene with modern condos and lofts to call home.
Downtown Knoxville is home to a number of individual neighborhood pockets, each with their own charm and appeal. The Gay Street neighborhood includes over 40 different unique restaurants and bars, theaters, a History Center, and the historic Mast General Store where you’ll find everything from uniquely Knoxville goodies like old-fashioned candy to housewares and clothing.
Old City is another downtown neighborhood rich with things to do, including fancy wine bars, urban eateries, art galleries, antique galleries, nightclubs, and fitness centers. There are several convenient ways to get downtown from neighboring communities, as well as both historic homes and upscale condos available to live right in the area.
Livability named Knoxville as their number two “Best Place to Retire in 2014” because of the city’s low cost of living, entertainment choices, access to great health care, the natural beauty, and favorable climate in the area. Holston Hills is among one of the best-known suburbs in the city, popular for their Golf and Country Club, and the Dogwood Trail. The community is named by real estate site Movoto as one of the top three best places Knoxville-area retirees should consider in the area.
Movoto also names Edgewood, located near the city center and with quick access to health care a well as the popular John T. O’Conner Senior Center as their second pick. Sequoyah Hills is their final choice in the area, one of the safest and wealthiest suburbs of the city, that features beautiful homes, lots of nature, and has four separate assisted living facilities within the suburb itself.
Of course, the neighborhood that’s right for you might be different from these recommendations. A great way to browse Knoxville neighborhoods is through the AreaVibes website. They’ve gathered all the pertinent information on all of the area neighborhoods and make it easy to click and browse for the attributes that are important to you.
AreaVibes scores neighborhoods based on many different criteria, including things like amenities, cost of living, housing, and crime. It also provides details, reports, and links for each individual area.
Street Advisor is a second website that takes a unique approach to matching you with a great neighborhood. Users sort based on many different criteria, like the types of people (families, retirees, professionals, singles), price, personality of the community, things to do nearby, and other attributes like access to public transportation or health care. From there, you’re matched with neighborhoods and even streets based on reviews of other community members who live in the area. For example, when choosing neighborhoods that are retiree-friendly, for someone with an average income looking for peace and quiet, and convenient access to medical facilities, we were matched with Belle Morris. When we changed it up just a bit and wanted bars and nightlife, Oakwood became our best choice.
Regardless of what kind of lifestyle you’re searching for, Knoxville has neighborhood pockets that are the perfect fit. Good luck exploring all the city has to offer and finding the right home for you.
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