Best Lakefront Communities in Tennessee

by Robert Borges on August 23, 2019

Often overlooked and sometimes underrated, the great state of Tennessee has long been considered one of the best states to retire in. That’s based on many factors, including cost of living that’s well below the national average. 

Dominated by the Appalachian Mountains in the east and Gulf Coastal Plains in the west, there are an abundance of lakes in every corner of the state that make it all sparkle.  

So if you’re looking for a more active—and aquatic—lifestyle, Tennessee has much to offer. For boating, fishing, or just admiring, these top lake communities should definitely be on your shortlist if you’re considering retirement in The Volunteer State.

Fairfield Glade- Crossville, TN

Fairfield Glade Tennessee Lakefront Community

Encompassing 11 lakes for boating and fishing, as well as marinas, 5 golf courses, fitness, tennis, and equestrian centers, it’s clear why this lake community in Tennessee was named one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities” by Where to Retire magazine. Low taxes and association dues, tranquil rural surroundings, and an impressive array of established resort-style amenities make the homes with lake, mountain, and golf course views all the more attractive. 

Rarity Bay- Vonore, TN

Rarity Bay Tennessee Lakefront Community

Situated on a scenic peninsula overlooking the Great Smoky Mountains—with 10 miles of shoreline along Lake Tellico—Rarity Bay is ideal for retirees as well as second home and vacation property buyers seeking peaceful Tennessee waterfront living. Amenities include 18 holes of championship golf, an equestrian center, clubhouse, swim & tennis club, activity center, and private boat docks.

Tellico Village- Loudon, TN

Tellico Village Tennessee Lakefront Community

Forty miles of shoreline along the fresh clear waters of Tellico Lake make for some of the best Tennessee lakefront property in the state. A strong sense of community coupled with an abundance of recreational facilities and amenities including a yacht and country club for social activities and dining, recreation and fitness centers, boating and fishing on Tellico Lake, and dozens of social, sports, and community clubs. 

WindRiver- Lenoir City, TN

WindRiver Tennessee Lakefront Community

This luxury lake community in Tennessee boasts sweeping, long-distance views of the Great Smoky Mountains and five miles of shoreline along Tellico Lake. It was named one of the top inland boating destinations in the nation and ranked by Forbes Magazine as one of the nation’s Top 25 Places to Retire. While the community's amenities are among the finest anywhere, it is the rare combination of fresh-water lakes and dramatic mountain vistas that imbue this special place with a spirit all its own.