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The greater Knoxville area has won accolades for its livability, a combination of qualities that encompasses such factors as economic outlook, climate, cost of living, education, transportation and the KnoxvilleTN_CityScapearts, therefore dubbing it one of the best places to retire. Though the city is the corporate hub of East Tennessee, home to the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s main campus, the city is not yet among the South’s urban giants. In the last several decades, however, Knoxville has experienced impressive gains, particularly in high-technology industries and related firms.

Just thirty miles north of the country’s most visited national park, Knoxville has long been known as the gateway to the Smokies. Over nine million tourist visit each year, making The Great Smoky Mountain Park the most visited National Park in the nation. The Smoky Mountains and the Cumberland Mountains provide beautiful national and state parks that have an abundance of recreational activities from which to choose. Initially, the TVA system was designed for navigation, flood control, generation of electricity and reforesting. Now, a wide range of recreational activities have become an additional facet of the system. Five of the “Great Lakes of the South” are within 30 miles of Knoxville. Fort Loudon Lake is of particular pride to Knoxville, with homes along both the north and south shorelines. This makes the area the perfect place for the top Tennessee gated communities.

KnoxvilleTN_TennRiverVolunteer Landing—a waterfront development located in downtown Knoxville along the Tennessee River—is home to several historical sites, including James White’s Fort and Blount Mansion. Visitors can also take a train ride through some of Knoxville’s first settlements aboard the Three Rivers Rambler or cruise down the Tennessee River on board the Star of Knoxville riverboat. Home to a rich arts community, Knoxville has many festivals throughout the year. Its contributions to old time, bluegrass and country music are legendary. The Old City and Market Square host several music festivals and free concerts throughout the year including everything from rock to reggae, bluegrass to blues, and jazz to classic country.

Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Knoxville is home to one public and three private institutions of higher learning. The largest and most influential by far is the main campus of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with 26,000 students, which is located near downtown. The centerpiece of a statewide university system, it has 21 different schools and colleges. Several of the university’s programs are highly ranked nationally.

Medical Facilities

Quality, affordable health care is available through the Knoxville region’s five general-use hospitals, offering about 2,590 beds and providing KnoxvilleTN_Couplepractically every imaginable specialty, including many that are generally not found in communities of this size. In addition, Knoxville’s East Tennessee Children’s Hospital devotes itself exclusively to prenatal and intensive care, pediatrics and children’s surgery. The largest hospital in the area is the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville, nationally renowned for its research programs in heart disease, cancer and genetics.

Energy Policies

Because of the influence of the TVA, the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and world-famous Oak Ridge, thirty miles away, Knoxville have become known as some of the foremost enKnoxvilleTN_Riverergy centers in the world.

Green Incentives

The Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB), the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the environmental community are working together to provide KUB’s customers the option of utilizing Green Power. Green Power is electric power drawn from renewable resources that have a minimal impact on the environment. The use of Green Power can help ease the dependency of the Tennessee Valley upon non-renewable resources such as coal and other fossil fuels.

Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

Tellico Village - Tennessee Retirement Communities

Tellico Village is a lakeshore community in east Tennessee that offers a unique combination of natural beauty, mild four-season climate, outstanding recreational facilities and close proximity to Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains. Read More...



WindRiver is a stunning, lakefront and golf community located minutes outside Knoxville, Tennessee on Tellico Lake. Inside our gates, you will find world-class amenities surrounded by sparkling, fresh-water lakes... Read More...

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Rarity Bay

Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is an award-winning gated lakefront community that combines waterfront living with mountain views and amenities that include a country club, championship golf course, tennis and pickleball facilities, swimming pool, community docks, horseback riding, hiking trails, and more. Come be a part of it and make the majestic Smoky Mountains and serene, clear waters of Tellico Lake the backdrop for your vacation home, second residence or forever home. Read More...

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