Widely known for its rich and colorful history, Knoxville has the distinction of being one of the best places that one can live in. This is according to the U.S. News & World Report, which placed Knoxville in the 41st spot in its “Best Places to Live” list for 2020.
One major reason behind this distinction is Knoxville’s cost of living, which is considerably lower than the national average. Not only that, but the average cost of a home and the average monthly rent in Knoxville also fall below those of similar-sized cities, making it extremely attractive to young professionals and new families.
Real estate properties in Knoxville, for instance, cost an average of $295,544, which is lower than the national average, which currently stands at $315,743. This is complemented by the fact that Knoxville has very low property tax rates, as well as a relatively low unemployment rate.
A vibrant city of nearly 188,000 people, Knoxville prides itself on its ability to provide its residents the comforts of the city, while at the same time, allowing them to experience the peace and quiet of rural America.
This is reflected in the city’s neighborhoods, such as the luxury development Regas Square, which is a go-to place for urbanites, and quiet areas like Fountain City and Harrill Hills, which are both popular among first-time homeowners.
Knoxville is home to an incredibly diverse range of restaurants, with each one serving a specific niche within the city. These include OliBea, which is famed for its take on Mexican-Southern cuisine; A Dopo, which serves some of the best pizzas this side of Tennessee; and Wild Love Bakehouse, which is known for its impressive selection of delectable and fine pastries and viennoiserie.
Aside from its plethora of upscale restaurants, Knoxville is also known for its casual dining spots, such as the food trucks at Central Filling Station, as well as the local pubs Schulz Bräu Brewing Company and Hops and Hollers.
Because of the city’s rich history, there is never a shortage of things to do in Knoxville.
Those with an interest in history, for instance, can visit over 100 historic structures in the city. These include Crescent Bend House and Garden, the Bleak House, and the Mabry-Hazen House, all three of which have since been restored to their former glory.
Those keen on architecture will greatly enjoy taking a stroll in Knoxville’s downtown area, which is lined with houses built in a mixture of architectural styles from various periods, such as Georgian, Craftsman, Greek Revival, Victorian, Gothic, Ranch, Mission Revival and Art Deco.
One notable fixture in the Knoxville skyline that visitors and new residents are sure to notice is the Sunsphere, a 266-foot-tall, gold-tinted steel truss tower that was originally built for the 1982 World’s Fair. Now fully refurbished, the Sunsphere houses several attractions, including an observation deck, an events space, and a nightclub.
Just like the neighboring city of Nashville, Knoxville is a city that has an intimate relationship with music, with the city known for being a bastion of bluegrass, folk, and Americana.
The city is home to several classical musical groups, including the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, which is considered to be the oldest continuing orchestra in the Southeast; the Knoxville Opera; and the Knoxville Jazz Orchestra.
Here’s some good news for those who are raring to go on an adventure: The Great Outdoors is well within reach in Knoxville. The city is located right between Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, both of which are famous for their breathtaking gorges, trails, and bluffs, as well as their other natural and historic features.
Knoxville is also surrounded by seven lakes, namely Cherokee, Douglas, Ft. Loudon, Melton Hill, Norris, Watts Bar, and Tellico. This makes Knoxville the perfect destination for thrill seekers who wish to experience a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, stargazing, boating, and jet skiing.
Knoxville is a city that strikes the perfect balance between urban and rural living. If you decide to make the move, just give the Sundance Property Management team a call.
Equipped with two decades of experience, Sundance Property Management is dedicated to helping tenants find properties that perfectly complement their lifestyles.