Jasper Highlands: The Exquisite Outdoors
By Becky Eades
For some, rest and relaxation can be found in a luxury spa and penthouse. For others, it’s lying on the beach with a book. For you, maybe it’s sitting on a back porch with the one you love the most, looking to the left, then to the right, and seeing nothing but beautiful forest and farmland. Are you wondering exactly where that place might be? Look no further than Jasper Highlands, located in southeast Tennessee. Here, residents are tucked into the bluffs of Jasper Mountain and your view extends for miles. But we encourage you to take a few steps off that front porch and head into the wilderness to explore one of the amenities that makes Jasper Highlands truly unique: hiking and walking trails.
This residential community is located on the Cumberland Plateau, which overlooks the Tennessee River Valley and Sequatchie Valley. It’s also part of the site of an extensive hiking trail project that’s being implemented all over the eastern part of the state. Once it’s finished, the Cumberland Trail State Scenic Trail will extend over 300 miles from the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park to Chickamauga-Chattanooga National Military Park on Signal Mountain. During the extent of the trail, one can see nature in all her glory. Deep gorges, various waterfalls, and native flora and fauna are all part of the journey. Many people would need to travel from the outskirts of the state or even from other states, to reach some of the access points to the trail. But when you’re living in Jasper Highlands, it’s right outside your door.
Your neighbors, on the other hand, are not right outside your door. In fact, you may not even see your neighbor’s house. Potential residents have the ability to choose from various lots which range in sizes from less than an acre to nearly 10 acres. Some properties are ideally situated for mini-farms or equestrian estates, while others are located on mountain bluffs, providing breathtaking views of the valley. And for those who don’t feel like working the land during retirement, but still want some peace and quiet, small, diverse lots are available for purchase.
And just as no piece of land is exactly the same, no Jasper Highlands house is exactly the same. Community members can customize homes that are already equipped with the “rustic character, modern interiors and amenities” associated with comfortable mountain living. Square footage ranges from just under 1,500 to almost 3,500. But again, each house is customized to meet the needs of the homeowner. And a bonus perk is that property taxes can run as low as $160 per year!
Retirement dreams can take many different forms, just as the trees in the Tennessee mountains change color ever year. But if you dream of living out your days surrounded by wilderness and the beauty it has to offer, Jasper Highlands is an affordable option that provides a priceless amenity no developer could build: the exquisite outdoors.