150 Rarity Bay Parkway, Vonore, Tennessee 37885
A Wide Range of Prices, a Bounty of Amenities and a Lakeside Setting are What Bring Retirees to Beautiful, Gated Rarity Bay in Eastern Tennessee
Rarity Bay is a lush, gated, resort-style, all ages community that markets to empty nesters, pre-retirees and retirees. Nestled at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, it is about 35 miles southwest of Knoxville and boasts striking mountain vistas and lake views at nearly every turn. Construction began in the mid-1990s and continues today. At build out, Rarity Bay should have 1,300 condominiums, single family homes and estate homes.
Residences sit atop gently rolling hills, along the water's edge and next to the 18 hole championship golf course that winds through the center of the community. The architecture is reminicent of that found in the French countryside, giving the development an understated elegance.
Condominium prices start in the low-$100,000s, and single family home prices start in the mid-$200,000s. Prices top out in the millions. Please check with a Realtor or the development to verify these prices as they may change.
As lovely as the homes are, the amenities are what really set Rarity Bay apart. The DeVictor Langham-designed, 72-par golf course is a popular place, but so is the gorgeous clubhouse with its cozy bistro and full service bar. Ten miles of shoreline along Lake Tellico provide plenty of opportunities for boating, fishing and water skiing. Private and community boat docks are available.
The swim and tennis club has lighted courts and an outdoor swimming pool, and the state of the art equestrian center has a lighted show arena, paddocks and boarding facilities. Miles of riding trails meander thoughout Rarity Bay's ponds and woods. The dog park is an active place, as is the community garden. Wine tasting events, art shows, pot lucks, card games and more keep homeowners active.
Rarity Bay is overseen by a small resident board. This helps ensures that management has a vested interest in the future of the community.
Vonore straddles the Tennessee River and the Tellico River. Small and rural, it does not have a hospital of its own. The closest one is in Lenoir City, about 15 miles away. It is not, however, accredited. The nearest accredited hospital is in Knoxville.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
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The state's nickname was born in the War of 1812 when a contingent of volunteer soldiers fought valiantly at the Battle of New Orleans. The Volunteer State was the 16th to enter the Union on June 1, 1796. Today, it may be best known as the home of blues and country music. Its largest cities, Memphis and Nashville, have hosted the best in both genres from Muddy Waters and B. B. King to Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton.
Tennessee is only 112 miles wide, but its longitudinal borders stretch from the Appalachian Mountains to the Mississippi River. It contains 41,200 square miles of land and 926 square miles of water. Main land regions include the Blue Ridge, the Appalachian Ridge, the Cumberland Plateau, the Nashville Basin, and the Gulf Coastal Plain. Clingman's Dome, the state's highest point, is in the Blue Ridge. Weather throughout is generally mild. Winter and spring are the rainiest seasons. Hazardous storms are rare.
Farmland spreads over 44% of the state. Beef cattle and calves are top agricultural products. Tennessee's manufacturing industry produces processed foods, transportation equipment, and chemicals. Tourism is also a driving force.
Nashville's Grand Ole Opry began in 1925 as the WSM Barn Dance. It's one of the state's most popular attractions and remains on the record books as the longest running radio show in the U.S. Named after a city in Egypt, Memphis is home to Sun Studio and Elvis Presley's Graceland.
Population - 6,651,218
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+ - 24%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent - 6%
White persons, not Hispanic, percent - 75%
Median household income - $45,219
Median home price - $144,400
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
What are the Benefits of a 55+ Development?
Developments designed for the 55+ crowd offer a lot of benefits. The main ones are security, plenty of recreation opportunities and a sense of community with people of similar backgrounds, but the benefits do not end there. Nearly all 55+ single family home communities, particularly newer ones, have single story homes, whether single family homes, town homes or condominiums. No more having to go up and down stairs all day long. Many have a homeowners' association that take care of the exterior maintenance, including mowing the lawn and shoveling the snow. Others have rental programs so that if you decide to go on vacation for six months, the association will find a qualified renter for you. There are even communities that will, for a monthly fee, provide meals, housekeeping and 24/7 emergency services.
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