Tennessee is one of the fastest-growing states in America. It’s known as a tourist destination, but now many retirees are flocking to the state in search of a low cost of living and access to great healthcare. Nashville is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation and over 12 percent of the population is over the age of 65.
One thing you might be interested in when looking for a home in Tennessee is a gated community. Active adults generally desire gated communities for the peace of mind they provide, as well as the lack of day-to-day traffic. Historically, gated communities are known for their high price tag, but that's not always the case today.
If you’re interested in moving to Tennessee, we’ve got a list of the five most popular gated communities in the state.
Rarity Bay - Vonore
Located in Vonore, Rarity Bay is an active lifestyle community on Tellico Lake, located on a 960-acre peninsula with views of the Smoky Mountains. Rarity Bay welcomes a wide range of buyers with several different home styles, although the condos and single-family homes are what cater to active adults.
The amenities offered within the gates of Rarity Bay are some of the best in the area. While many of these require memberships, the Activity Center is available to all residents and offers a comfortable atmosphere with plenty of tables and chairs for meetings and card games. Memberships for the Rarity Bay Golf and Country Club and Grand Swimming and Tennis Club can be purchased. On-site amenities also included a marina with boat slips, dog park, and equestrian center.
Del Webb Lake Providence - Mt. Juliet
Del Webb Lake Providence is an active adult community near Nashville in Mt. Juliet. This community offers a resort lifestyle with 1,029 attached and single-family homes ranging from 1,205 to 2,597 square feet. Del Webb homes feature nine-foot ceilings, oak cabinets, GE appliances, and a two-car garage. The exteriors are low maintenance with a fiber cement siding.
At the heart of Del Webb Lake Providence is a 24,000 square-foot recreation center that overlooks a beautiful lake. The lake is stocked with fish and includes a canoe and kayak launch. Amenities here include an indoor and outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor walking track, ballroom, aerobics studio, and hobby and craft studios. Outdoors, there are five miles of walking and biking trails, and sports courts including bocce, pickleball, basketball, and tennis.
Tennessee National - Loudon
Tennessee National is an active lifestyle community set on 1,500 acres of beautiful, lakeside Eastern Tennessee landscape in Loudon, a short drive from Knoxville. There is a wide variety of both attached and single-family homes available in this community. 10 single-family floor plans are currently available, ranging in size from 2,035 to 4,014 square feet with two to four bedrooms, two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half bathrooms an attached two-car garage.
Homeowners can use an impressive collection of amenities such as the Greg Norman-designed 18-hole, par-72 golf course, and a clubhouse with a restaurant, outdoor patio, pro shop, and practice facilities There's also a marina with 300 slips and all the conveniences needed to store your boat. The marina is linked to the rest of the community by both roads and the community’s network of trails.
The wellness center is the heart of activity and social interaction at Tennessee National. Here, residents can stay healthy and active at the state-of-the-art fitness center. Outdoors, there is a saltwater pool and in-ground spa along with an outdoor patio with beautiful views of the scenic Tennessee Valley.
Academy Place - Lebanon
Located in Lebanon, Academy Place is a resale-only community with 114 attached residences. These homes range from 1,763 to 2,205 square feet and offer two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and two assigned carport spaces. Most homes have hardwood floors, main-level bedrooms, and fireplaces, all set in an open layout.
A community clubhouse greets residents upon entering the community. Indoors, homeowners can gather in the meeting room for a get-together. There are also several ways to enjoy the comfortable year-round climate with an outdoor pool and patio. Walking and biking trails, as well as parks and natural space, make Academy Place a picturesque place to call home.
The Cottages at Innsbrooke - Murfreesboro
The Cottages at Innsbrooke is a 55+ community in Murfreesboro. There are 148 attached low-maintenance homes that range from 1,524 to 1,704 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. All homes in this well-maintained active adult community feature stairs-free floor plans that make getting around easy. A variety of interior features and finishes can be found in these homes.
There is a clubhouse at the center of The Cottages at Innsbrooke that is the community's hub of social activity and recreation. An exercise room at the clubhouse is perfect for maintaining a healthy workout routine. Outdoors, a patio is perfect for enjoying warm summer days surrounded by the community's manicured grounds. The two phases of The Cottages at Innsbrooke are connected by a walking path, allowing residents to visit neighbors without needing to drive.