Originally Posted by Cali-Glock
Most of my wife's family lives in Cumberland county and we own 5 acres (which some in-laws are living on right now) there also. Bettween the family members they own about 25 contiguous acres. Theoretically I would love to own another 20+ contiguous acres to retire on but there is no such aniamal available.
I was looking at my options for putting money aside for retirement, and thought, hell I would rather buy land. I figure it is likely we will retire in TN, thus I started casually looking online this evening to see what is available.
I started my online hunt in the greater Monterey area, but quickly found myself looking a little to the west of there... It looks like one can buy land for pretty cheap (under $2K an acre) north of Cookville in the Gainsville - Whitleyville - Celia neck of the woods. I would love to own 50-100 acres or more!
Any suggestions, pointers, etc? Is the Gainsville - Whitleyville - Celia area "nice"? I know to stay the heck away from the west/south west end of the state. Anyone know the Monterey - Mayland area? (north or south of 40)
Google up census data for any area you're considering. That tells you a lot.
Monterey is a nice area but if you go too far west of there, you start feeling Nashville's influence (i like nashville and visit there often in hockey season, i just wont live near a city).
Lebanon is to be avoided (demographics again).
Cumberland county and nearby are very nice and full of yankee retirees. Still pretty countrified, but prices reflect yankee economics.
Scott, Union, and Claibourne counties are pretty rural and low cost, but the areas are poor and the tax base is small, therefore less services. Campbell county, except for the lake properties is full of meth labs, as are the rural areas of Anderson counties.
Rhea county is where the Scopes Monkey Trial took place. Nuff said.
It used to be said that 'every family in Newport had a still in the hills' and I believe it. Now they say they all grow pot, and I believe that too. At least it isnt meth.
Avoid Knox, Sevier counties and anything associated with Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge/ Smokies like the plague. Nice to visit or even vacation if you like that kind of thing, but NOT a place to live.
Grainger county is nice with probably the largest percentage of Hispanic folks in the state.
Hawkins/Sullivan/Washington counties are all a city for all practical purposes.
Carter and Unicoi counties are pretty wooded and you can still find some decent prices on mtn land if you look hard (ie, not using realtors).
If you are willing to go 1 county over the border into VA, Scott county is probably the best value/close to services etc that I know of. $1k/acre is doable on tens of acre tracts and the Kingsport metro is just across the Clinch mtns.
North Carolina borders on being a communist state by southern standards. The people are great, but they need to take back their state from the politicians.