Knoxville's World's Fair Park Fountains

Knoxville's World's Fair Park Fountains

Wednesday, February 28, 2018


Today's post we look at a very unique complex on the northeast side of Knox County called Panorama.  Named aptly for the outstanding mountain views from the property. The complex has 12 large brick units intertwined with connected walls and pathways.  It is a unique lay out.

The all brick units appear to be mostly around 2200 square feet and are on 2 floors.  Many units are 2 bedroom and 2 baths. The complex was built in 1979 on approximately 4.8 acres.

The complex is well cared for, noting good management. Property features a pool and associated areas.  Fees currently are $750.00/ quarterly.  Fees include  Exterior maintenance, grounds maintenance, trash and bldg insurance.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018


I found a recent article in the Knoxville Metropolitan Planning Commission website that talked about the rising air quality in the area.  The article quoted several sources including the National Park Service and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Improvements have been attributed to  higher standards in motor vehicle emissions, and industry compliance.  And, investments by power companies, such as TVA.

Quoting from the page:

 Over the last several decades, the Knoxville region has been out of compliance with EPA standards for two pollutants – ozone and particulate matter – and was officially designated a ‘non-attainment area.’ That designation carried a heavy cost: it meant the air was sometimes unhealthy to breathe and it kicked in federal restrictions on some types of new business recruitment, detrimental to the regional economy.

The better quality air can be seen in the compliance with the ozone limits. In 1999, the area was out of compliance on more than 120 days.  In 2017, the number dropped to just one day!   One of the biggest impacts of the better quality the views from Knoxville itself of the Smoky Mountains.  Most days the views are striking to the Smokies some 35 miles away.

Better air is just one more reason to think about relocating to this great area and looking at the great selection of condos and housing available. If you have questions about the area or housing in Knoxville, Knox county or the surrounding counties please email me at or visit my website

Thursday, November 30, 2017


My post today looks at a very active Planned Unit Development(PUD) in West Knoxville called Chips Crossing.  Chips Crossing is a 110 home complex with brick buildings of 4 units per and offers a common swimming pool.  It is located in the Ball Camp area just off Andes Road.

There are a number of floor plans in the complex with many of them being a 2 bedroom 2 bath unit of approximately 1350 square feet with a single car garage.  Some of these homes have a front porch and the homes offer vaulted ceiling living rooms and a split bedroom floor plan.

There are other floor plans as well, with  some at 1500 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 baths and a more compact floor plan at 1250 square feet. Both units offer a 1 car garage and all are on a single story

The fees are reasonable, consisting of $94.00 monthly which includes exterior maintenance, grounds maintenance, trash and the swimming pool.

Values in 2017 were starting at $114,000 for a 2 bedroom home to $135,000 for a 3 bedroom home.  Chips Crossing has a good location for commuting and because of the number of homes in the complex usually has some available for purchase.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017


Located in the heart of West Knoxville off Gleason Drive is Brookshire Commons.   Brookshire was built in the years 2001-2003 and consists of approximately 65 units.

The homes are configured in long rows with the garage being the common wall on most of the units.  It is a pure condo with monthly fees and benefits that go along with a condo.  The complex offers a club house and the fees are presently $115.00 month.  Covered in that fee is the exterior maintenance, insurance, grounds maintenance and trash.

The homes are mostly 3 bedroom, 3 bath units that are around 2200 square feet and all one story. There are also 2 bedroom, 2 bath units that are around 1450 square feet, also one story.  Last year prices ranged from $140,000 to 180,000.

Location of course in a big plus about this complex, the West Town Mall is very close, with lots of other shopping and restaurants in the area.  Getting to Route 40 is less than 5 minutes away.

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


I have come across this question many times with potential clients when contemplating a purchase of a condo in downtown Knoxville.  There are many considerations to think about, as well as lifestyle choices and just making it work.

In our discussions,  one of the first consideration is what many folks have described as the New York City lifestyle.  Living downtown, means lots of dinners and lunches out.  Entertainment only a walk away, many choices between market square and old city and it is expanding.

If thinking about who do you shop in person, where do you store your car and what it the cost?  Is biking really an option?  What is the cost of delivery services for food like Blue Apron as an example.  How do you shuffle packages and items from your car if you have to commute to work?

One of points for brought up was the use of the KAT trolley system and the recent creation of Publix and Walmart near the UT campus.  Parking of course is a big one. Most of the homes have a dedicated space but they are usually fees associated with.  Another consideration is how far is the parking from your home and what are the logistics concerned.

These are just some of the many topics to think about when considering looking at a home in the downtown area.  It has real benefits and is tempting to live the urban lifestyle.  But, since it is a huge financial consideration all these items and many more should be considered before a decision is made.

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Thursday, June 1, 2017


Apologies for my absence... Busy real estate market.

The Old City is buzzing and a new complex has emerged on the scene and is offering some "more affordable" alternatives to the downtown condo market.

The Jacksonian, newly revitalized 1900's era building being developed by Brian Testerman has 3 initial units being offered. The units are 1 bedroom 1.5 bath  open floor plan homes.  The homes are between 1200 to 1300 square feet.

The units offer according to the mls, Hardwood floors, quartz countertops bamboo accented bars, stainles appliances and a lot more.

Big feature of the $218.00 monthly HOA fee is a single parking space.  The offered price is from $245,000 to $275,000.

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017


In your purchase of a condo or Planned Unit Development(PUD) home, the question arises "should I do a home inspection?"

Of course the answer is a resounding YES!  There are lots of items that can be looked at in a home inspection on a condo and a PUD.  One of the first items to consider is what is the association maintaining ?  Are they responsible for outside maintenance, like the roof, decks or patios, windows, doors ,garages etc. If so, it still might be good to know what items may you need to make the association aware of or not.

Naturally, any of those items not covered need to be looked at, but interior items, plumbing, electrical, heating, air conditioning.  Exterior doors or sliding/atrium doors.  Lots to consider.  Attic spaces as well.

An inspection can really give you a feel as to how well things are being kept up and are the fees being used for there intended purpose.  

So, get ready after getting the home under contract you need to do your inspection!

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