Best Lakefront Communities in Tennessee
Often overlooked and sometimes underrated, the great state of Tennessee was recently named the #5 best state for retirement. 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.
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.
Water lovers rejoice! This breathtaking Tennessee lake community encompasses nearly 9,000 contiguous acres on the Cumberland Plateau. The property features creeks and woodlands, two dramatic waterfalls, and more than 21 linear miles of bluff frontage with long-range views overlooking the Tennessee River, Lake Nickajack, and the Sequatchie Valley.
Located on Watts Bar Lake, this is a true lakefront community, with Tennessee lakefront property situated directly on the shoreline of the 39,000-acre body of water. Residents have the ability to build individual docks and enjoy fishing and water sports on-site, with the attractions of Knoxville and Chattanooga nearby.
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.
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.
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.