Knoxville is a growing city with tons to do, a beautiful setting, and plenty of 55+ communities.

With Knoxville's low cost of living, small but thriving food scene, and emphasis on arts festivals including the annual Dogwood Arts Festival, it's no wonder active adults are looking towards Tennessee. As the home of the University of Tennessee, residents can take classes to continue their education or learn new skills. And, as one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains, there is an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Knoxville and its surrounding area have five active adult communities with a variety of amenities and home types.

The Cottages at Governor’s Landing

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

The Cottages at Governor's Landing is a new community in the eastern portion of Knoxville, Built by Epcon, it will have 128 low-maintenance and single-family homes upon completion. Plans for amenities include a clubhouse with an exercise room, a multi-purpose room, and an outdoor pool with a patio.

Fairfield Glade

Below $100k - High $700s

Fairfield Glade is located in Crossville, which is a little over an hour from Knoxville, Nashville, and Chattanooga. As a master-planned community with no age restrictions, this community earned the prestigious 2015 Seal of Approval from the American Association of Retirement Communities. Fairfield Circle has 7,000 condos, attached homes, and single-family options.

Because this community is so large, there are multiple amenity centers with access to several golf courses, multi-use rooms, an art studio, library, pickleball and shuffleboard courts, a boat launch, and more. 

Tennessee National

Low $400s - Mid $600s

Tennessee National in Louden is just under 40 minutes from Knoxville. This gated community situated near Watts Bar Lake has a Greg Norman-designed, 18-hole, par 72 golf course, a marina, and a wellness center. There are several model collections, including single-family, attached, and custom-built homes. They range from 2,035 to 4,014 square feet of living space.

Rarity Bay

Low $200s - Mid $3Ms

Located in Vonore, just 45 minutes from Knoxville, Rarity Bay is an active lifestyle community on Tellico Lake. Residents have access to a 15,650-acre lake, world-class amenities, and a championship golf course. Rarity Bay welcomes homebuyers of all ages, and with a very active homeowners’ association and wealth of activities, this Eastern Tennessee community makes it easy to get to know neighbors and encourages lifelong friendships based on common interests and hobbies. This community has 1,600 single-family homes and condos, including many custom home options.

Cottage at Pryse Farm

Mid $300s - High $400s

Cottages at Pryse Farm, located about 20 minutes outside of Knoxville in Farragut, is an active lifestyle community with low-maintenance, ranch-style homes surrounded by scenic mountain views, lush landscapes, and beautiful walking trails. Amenities include a clubhouse that features an exercise room, a catering kitchen, and billiards. Outdoors, the clubhouse features a heated swimming pool where homeowners can relax with a swim or just lounge around the pool deck.