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Why Tennessee?

More and more people are considering East Tennessee for their next home, here are just some of the reasons why!


Location & Travel Times

Knoxville is within a day’s drive to two-thirds of the population, conveniently located near three major interstates (I-40, I-75 & I-81). Are you considering moving to Tennessee and want to visit ahead of time? Quick trips are simple via a short drive from the local McGee-Tyson airport.


Travel McGee-Tyson, Knoxville, Gatlinburg, Chattanooga

Travel Asheville, Nashville, Atlanta


Knoxville – Hub of the Southeast

If you are thinking of moving to Knoxville TN, you may already be aware that it is the largest city in East Tennessee and the 3rd largest in the state. Knoxville has made Forbes' list as one of the top 25 places to retire and has cracked the top 10 on Livability.com. Knoxville is highlighted for the low cost of living, an abundance of recreation, strategic location, diverse business climate, growing downtown, and as the home to the University of Tennessee.

With strong economic growth, steady income, and a solid increase in home value, it is easy to see why Knoxville has one of the hottest housing markets.

If you’re a history buff, you’ll be excited to learn that Knoxville was home to the 1982 World’s Fair. You can see the iconic 266’ Sunsphere while downtown visiting local shops, enjoying local eateries, and traversing Market Square.

Lenoir City - Home to WindRiver

WindRiver is located in Lenoir City, also known as the “Lakeway to the Smokies” with Hwy 321 providing a direct scenic route to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Lenoir City is rich in history; it was founded in 1840 and incorporated in 1907. With its proximity to Knoxville and abundance of natural splendor, including three lakes, it tops the list of nice places to live in Tennessee.

Lakefront Living

WindRiver is a lakefront community, a wonderful place for boaters and those just looking for relaxing days on the lake. Lenoir City is home to three lakes, with WindRiver situated on Tellico Lake with access to Fort Loudoun and Watts Bar. Tellico Lake is a 16,000-acre lake fed by the clean, sparkling streams of the Great Smoky Mountains. Tellico formed in 1979 with over 350 miles of shoreline. The lake wraps around the WindRiver community, providing it with 5 miles of Tellico shoreline.

Has all of the above moving to Tennessee info convinced you to take the next step yet? Book a Discovery Tour with WindRiver to see what lakefront living in our community is all about, and experience the best of the Lenoir City and Knoxville area.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With over 520,000 acres of mountain wilderness, 2900 miles of streams, 800 miles of hiking trails, and over 200 waterfalls, it is no wonder there are so many visitors each year. The Great Smoky Mountains is #1 as the most visited National Park, hosting more than the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Yellowstone combined.

Eastern Tennessee Climate

East Tennessee has four mild seasons. Lenoir City averages 51 inches of rain per year and less than 6 inches of snow. The comfortable year-round climate is a major attraction to many considering moving to Tennessee, especially those that enjoy migrating south for vacations. Near the East Tennessee lakes and Knoxville, you can have vacation-weather almost all year long.


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Turkey Creek has become the retail mecca of Knoxville and is 15 minutes from WindRiver. It houses over 200 stores and the Regal Flagship Pinnacle theater.

Tanger Outlets is located in Sevierville and is one of the largest outlet centers on the east coast, just 45 minutes from WindRiver.

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Medical Facilities

WindRiver has 5 major hospitals within 30 minutes from its gates.

  • Fort Loudoun – 8 minutes from WindRiver offering one of the largest Emergency Rooms in the area
  • Tennova – 2nd largest healthcare provider in the area
  • Fort Sanders – Over 540 beds, regional referral center for neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, oncology, cardiology, obstetrics, and rehabilitation medicine.
  • Children’s Hospital – Tennessee’s highest level of certification for pediatric hospital care
  • Park West – named one of the top 100 heart hospitals for over a decade
  • University of Tennessee Medical Center – The region’s only teaching hospital with over 500 beds

Doctor’s offices and pharmacies are also within minutes from WindRiver’s gates, so there is no need to worry about healthcare transitions if you decide moving to Tennessee is for you.

Tennessee Education

Tennessee has an 89% High School graduation rate and with so many available continuing education grants and programs, it allows more people the ability to obtain degrees. To learn more on Tennessee’s programs, click the links below:

  • Tennessee Promise - Two years of tuition-free attendance at a community college or technical college in Tennessee.
  • Tennessee Reconnect - Tennessee's program to help adults with higher education.

The University of Tennessee

Just 30 minutes from WindRiver’s gates, the university has been ranked among the nation’s top public universities. UT was founded in 1794 as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian divide. The 600-acre campus in downtown Knoxville houses over 22,000 undergraduates and is the largest research institute in the state. College sports are huge in the south; on Saturdays, you will see people dressed in orange anywhere you go rooting for the Vols! Neyland Stadium houses 102,455 people on game day, with thousands of fans tailgating--and don't forget those who cheer by boat in the Vol Navy!

Arts & Culture

Knoxville is home to 21 museums and 2 theatres. There are more galleries, historic landmarks, museums, and theaters than any other mid-size city in the Southeast.

Low Cost of Living & Taxes

If you're still uncertain, a last important and attractive detail to note is that the state of Tennessee is extremely tax-friendly:

  • NO State Income Taxes
  • NO State Inheritance Taxes
  • NO Personal Property Taxes
  • Real Property Taxes = $.45/$100 or $450 per $100,000


Still not convinced? Contact us today about WindRiver's Discovery Tours to see for yourself what Tennessee has to offer as your potential new home.

Contact Info

WindRiver Properties, LLC
350 Lighthouse Pointe Dr. 
Lenoir City, TN 37772

Telephone: 865-988-1864

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