195 Sunset View, Sharps Chapel, Tennessee 37866
All Ages Community of Sunset Bay in Eastern Tennesee Boasts a Wide Variety of Home Styles, a Good Selection of Prices and a Lakeside Locale
Spread across 1,000 rolling acres in eastern Tennessee, Sunset Bay is bounded by Norris Lake and the Chuck Swan Wildlife Management Area. Knoxville is less than an hour away. Gatlinburg and the Smoky Mountains are under two hours away.
Although Sunset Bay has an architectural committee and a list of home builders, available resale homes are an eclectic mix and range from modest log constructions to palatial brick estates. Most have a garage and views of the lake or mountains. Some properties come with a dock. Home prices begin in the mid-$200,000s and rise to more than $1,000,000.
Community activities include tennis matches, pool parties, and yoga classes. The clubhouse has a conference room, a kitchen, an exercise area, and an outdoor pool. An evening security patrol and neighborhood watch help keep residents safe.
The Mariner's Club manages a boat launch and marina. The marina has covered and uncovered slips. A few are for day use or rent.
Norris Lake is known for its secluded coves, water skiing, and fishing. Trout, bass, crappie, and bluegill are frequent catches. The Chuck Swan Wildlife Area has miles of mountain biking and equestrian trails. The Union County Farmer's Market allows local growers and artisans to sell their best. The market has a DIY canning plant. Nearby Big Ridge State Park is open for hiking, camping, and swimming.
Summer temperatures reach the mid-80s, while winter temperatures are generally in the 30s, 40s and 50s. The area receives 48 inches of rain per year.
Lafollet Medical Center is 15 miles away and is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Visit www.sunsetbaypoa.com for more information.
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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