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Fourth and Gill Historic District– Knoxville, Tennessee
North of Downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, between US Highway 441 and I-40, lays a charming neighborhood known as Fourth and Gill Historic District. The neighborhood is mesmerizing, and the 72-acres are made of over 280 enchanting Bungalow/Craftsman, Gothic Revival, and Queen Anne-style homes. From the sweet picket fences and large porches to the convenient location of booming downtown Knoxville, it’s evident why this area is so coveted and the housing market so hot.
Written by Jessica Winspear of New Again Houses® Knoxville
The History – Fourth And Gill Historic District
Dating back to the late nineteenth century, Fourth and Gill Historic Overlay District was one of the original streetcar suburbs. Its development was contributed to industrial growth, and the area housed many laborers working in factories along the East Tennessee and Georgia Railroad. This neighborhood was special though. Not only did it house laborers, it was also home to prominent figures in the city such as Tennessee Governor Robert Love Taylor, Architect Albert B. Baumann, Sr., and furniture tycoon James G. Sterchi. In 1897, Fourth and Gill, along with Old North Knoxville, was annexed as part of the city of Knoxville. Like most city neighborhoods, Fourth and Gill started to decline due to the invention of the automobiles as well as urban sprawl.
In the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Fourth and Gill Historic District started to experience gentrification. In 1985, it was recorded with the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District. Its redevelopment has really taken place over the last couple of decades. HGTV chose Fourth and Gill to be home to their 2017 Urban Oasis Home Sweepstakes. They showcased the historic district by turning a one-story craftsman bungalow into a charismatic, all-American home, nothing short of Pinterest dreams. It is safe to say this area is no longer up and coming. Houses in this market aren’t easy to come by and are generally listed well above the median home price in Knoxville, Tennessee. If purchasing a home in this area seems out of reach, there are rent options available in the district as well.
Why Should I Move Here?
Regardless of owning or renting, there is not a lack of things to do in the Fourth and Gill Historic District. While the housing market is no longer up and coming, the commercial industry is currently blossoming. The craft brewery scene has particularly found success in this area, and Fourth and Gill is within walking distance to several unique breweries including Crafty Bastard Brewery, Elkmont Exchange, Last Days of Autumn Brewing, and Schulz Bräu Brewing Company. Coffee shops have also found success in the area. K Brew, Remedy Coffee, Wildlove Bakehouse, Vienna Coffee House, and more are all at its doorstep.
Also located right outside Fourth and Gill Historic District is Knoxville’s Community Food Co-op and supermarket, Three Rivers Market and in the summers and falls, Central Filling Station is a food truck haven. Just a short drive away is Ijams Nature Center, an outdoor oasis for nature lovers of any kind. It’s just as easy to head down and find something to do in Knoxville’s city center.
Between the charming history, the abundance of things to do nearby, and the well-organized neighborhood association, Fourth and Gill Historic District will not disappoint, and it’s easy to venture into the adjacent, equally impressive Old North Knoxville Historic District or the commercialized Old City Historic District.
Don’t miss the opportunity to tour the homes of Fourth and Gill Historic District:
29thAnnual Fourth and Gill Tour of Homes
Date: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Time: 1:00-6:00 pm
Grab a coffee or a beer at one of the breweries above and head to Central United Methodist Church to check-in and receive a tour booklet. If walking is not an option, a red trolley bus is available for transit, along with a resident tour guide host.
Find more information on Fourth and Gill Historic District and the building guidelines here:
The State of the Real Estate Market in Knoxville in 2019
It’s hard to believe it has been ten years since the Great Recession and the collapse of the real estate market. However, in Knoxville, Tennessee it seems surreal that it ever happened. Take a stroll through Market Square or run errands through Turkey Creek shopping center, and it is easy to see the economy in Knoxville is doing well and the result – a strong a real estate market. Forbes recently named Knoxville as a Recession-Resistant City for real estate, along with neighboring city, Nashville, Tennessee. Forbes isn’t the only organization recognizing the southern city. CNBC recently named Knoxville as a top 10 Slump-Proof City, and Livability.com listed it as one of the Top Best Places to Live.
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‘After the recession hit, it was a really rough time in real estate. I witnessed people who lost it all, however, the dynamic has changed significantly since then,’ said Knoxville real estate agent, Dustin Weaver. ‘When I first started, foreclosures and short sales were enough to keep anyone busy full time, but now those are few and far between due to the robust economy.’
Dustin is right: The Knoxville housing market is booming. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development Comprehensive Housing Market Analysis of Knoxville, TN, the average price for new and existing homes sold was $172,800. Zillow reported a ten percent increase in the home value forecast over the past year and shows an upward trend of 6.5 percent over the next year.
Even though Zillow lists the Knoxville seller’s housing market as ‘very hot,’ it’s affordable. Livability also gave Knoxville a number eight ranking in Top 100 Best Affordable Places to Live. With the median home sales price of $172,800, the estimated monthly mortgage payment in Knoxville would be roughly less than $900. This figure doesn’t include taxes, insurance, or private mortgage insurance (PMI), but is subjected to the down payment along with other variables. Even with those variables, Knoxville’s monthly mortgage payment is less than the national average. (Zillow.com has a great Mortgage Calculator based on national interest rates. Input all mortgage variables to calculate an estimated monthly payment at www.zillow.com/mortgage-calculator.)
In 2017, the United States Census Bureau listed Knox County’s population as 461,860. Knoxville’s ability to provide job security to its residents plays an equally important role in the housing market. The Knoxville area is home to multiple successful, well-established corporations including the US Department of Energy, University of Tennessee, Covenant Health, McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc., and Alcoa Inc. According to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the Knox County unemployment rate was at 2.7 percent in May 2018, down 7.2 percent from 2010. The vitality of the Knoxville real estate market is in large part due to job security and the increasing ability to work remotely.
Dustin went on to say,
‘I have listed many houses that have gone pending within hours of listing or have gone multiple offers and sold well over the asking price. While no city is completely recession proof, it is easy to see why the Knoxville area real estate market has flourished. It is a great area and it has a lot to offer people of all ages.’
Simply put – the Knoxville real estate market is thriving and affordable.
Dustin Weaver is a licensed real estate agent with The Real Estate Firm® in Knoxville, Tennessee. Dustin has been working in real estate for several years and services Knox, Blount, Sevier and surrounding counties. He sold approximately 6 million dollars in real estate in 2018 and has started 2019 off with a bang! Along with his passion for real estate, Dustin loves his family and is an advocate for foster care and adoption. Follow Dustin’s real estate journey and ‘dadisms’ at www.Facebook.com/Realdadrealtor.
Written by Jessica Winspear of New Again Houses® Knoxville
You’ve heard it said many times before: “Bristol is a good place to live.” And it’s true! It’s so true that it hangs over the train tracks, serving as a gentle reminder to every Bristolian as they travel home from work that the place they live truly is good. Throw in Kingsport and Johnson City and together the Tri-Cities are a great place to be.
Travel lovers love living in the Tri-Cities! Popular daytrip locations such as Asheville, NC, Knoxville, TN, and Blowing Rock, NC are all less than two hours away. The opportunities for adventuring outdoors seem endless, with the surrounding lakes and rivers and the Appalachian Trail close by. Hiking options such as Grayson Highlands, Bays Mountain, Roan Mountain, and Buffalo Mountain can be found in and close by each city. For longer trips, the Tri-Cities Regional Airport sits almost directly in the center of the Tri-Cities.
The first point in the triangle of cities, Kingsport, home to Eastman Chemical Company and Funfest, is a good place to buy a home. Kingsport is made up of many smaller communities, such as Indian Springs, Colonial Heights, and Lynn Garden to name a few. The Kingsport City school system feeds into Dobyns Bennett High School and is a selling point for families in and moving to the Tri-Cities. Home values in Kingsport vary from street to street, and neighborhood to neighborhood. Kingsport is a great place for all demographics, from young single professionals, to empty-nesters.
Big manufacturing companies such as Eastman and Domtar help to give Kingsport its value. While it has no actual college of its own, Kingsport houses The Academic Village, where many satellite campuses such as King University, East Tennessee State University, and the University of Tennessee provide classes to Kingsport residents. Kingsport is home to many popular chain restaurants and retail stores, but if you’re looking for that “shop local” feel, we would suggest the Mercantile on Broad in downtown Kingsport, and for dinner, Pratt’s Barbeque or the Purple Cow.
Johnson City, TN
Johnson City, the second city in the Tri-Cities, is home to East Tennessee State University, a popular college choice for young adults all over the East Tennessee region. Johnson City was also named one of the best places to retire in Tennessee, shortly followed by Bristol and Kingsport. Johnson City brings that perfect college town feel with popular college hot spots such as a few Starbucks locations, a First Watch Daytime Café, and a massive Forever 21, which is located in the Johnson City Mall. Johnson City has a huge shop local feel, and plenty of locally-owned restaurants, breweries, and coffee shops.
Housing in Johnson City is a slightly different feel with the college in town so it is mostly populated with apartment complexes, and bigger old homes in the neighborhoods surrounding ETSUr are also mostly converted into apartments and duplexes. However, some bigger residential neighborhoods are scattered throughout the city, a well-known one being the “Tree Streets” neighborhood. This neighborhood is one for families who want to invest in good property value and be close to everything in Johnson City.
Last but not least, Bristol, home to the Rhythm and Roots festival every year in September, is packed full of the southern small-town character and charm. Shopping with small businesses and supporting local restaurants is important to all Bristolians. Downtown Bristol is flourishing with small boutiques, local breweries, and live music. Bristol is also home to the world’s fastest half-mile (Can we get a “Dale Yeah”?)! For two weeks in the year, one in the spring and one in fall, Bristol hosts Nascar fans from all over with exceptional Bristol-style southern hospitality.
The Fairmount neighborhood streets, just off of downtown, is lined with historic homes of all shapes and sizes, all surrounding King University. Some of these homes have been transformed into apartments and duplexes housing college students and young families, while other houses make great family homes. This neighborhood sits in the Bristol City school zone, which is a big appeal to most Bristol residents with children. We love the character of these old homes, and whenever we get a chance, we love to move into the neighborhood! We bring our modern touches to the homes while keeping the architectural elements true to the home – all these old homes need is a little TLC to be made New Again! (And maybe an updated heat pump.)
For anyone wanting to experience the perfect small town weekend getaway, we would recommend stopping in for an iced latte at Bloom Café and Listening Room, browsing the local shops such as Virginia Vintage Interiors, and Studio 6 Apparel, and painting your own pottery piece at Kiln’ Time. For dinner, be sure to visit 620 State Restaurant for some amazing Asian or classic American dishes, or Quaker Steak and Lube just across the street to try wings of all temperatures. Wind down at one of Bristol’s many local breweries on either side of the state line or visit Bristol Virginia’s famous Blackbird Bakery for a donut or a slice of cake and some live music by local performers, and then gaze at the stars from the Lumac Rooftop Bar at the Bristol Hotel and spend the night in one of the 65 boutique rooms. Enjoy breakfast in bed the next morning made by Vivian’s Table, and then stroll next door to the Birthplace of Country Music Museum for some souvenirs to take home.
The New York Times has named Chattanooga one of the “Top 45 Places to go” in the world. And we believe that it is so true! Chattanooga, internationally known for the song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” by Glen Miller and his orchestra, is a perfect mix of outdoors, artsy, and college-town feel. There are plenty of local attractions and restaurants that could easily make up a weekend trip.
The City of Chattanooga is full of wonder-filled and awe-inspiring attractions, living up to its nickname “Scenic City.” See Rock City atop Lookout Mountain. View all seven states and don’t forget your birdhouse while you’re there! Visit Ruby Falls and marvel at the massive underground wonder. Ride the Incline Railway and experience the thrill of riding “America’s Most Amazing Mile.” You can also hike through many trails, such as Sunset Rock, on Lookout Mountain and explore historic Point Park. Take an early morning hike up to Signal Point on Signal Mountain and experience the beauty of Tennessee (and maybe even some fog!).
Head on down to downtown ‘Nooga where there are just as many outdoor attractions and activities as indoor, making it a perfect spot to visit in any type of weather. On a nice sunny day, take a nice stroll over Walnut Street Bridge and treat your inner child to a ride on the Coolidge Park Antique Carousel. Walk the paths along the Tennessee River and explore the neighborhoods as well as the small shop atmosphere. On a rainy day, visit the Tennessee Aquarium and marvel at some jellyfish. Take your little ones to the Creative Discovery Museum for a day full of indoor exploration.
Chattanooga is also home to many sports teams, including the Pro Soccer Team, the Chattanooga Redwolves, and the Minor League baseball team, the Chattanooga Lookouts. The University of Tennessee Chattanooga also adds the Mocs to the mixture. Any of these games are sure to be an exciting time!
While Chatt is full of adventures, it is also filled with amazing restaurants. Some must-visits from us would include Champy’s Chicken, which can only be found in a handful of locations across the Southeast, Tremont Tavern for burgers and beers, Tony’s Pasta Shop and Trattoria for some of the best Italian cuisine around, and of course, the college favorite: The Yellow Deli. Coffee lovers, make a stop at Rembrandt’s Coffee House for a cup of joe and a sweet treat, and then take a quick stroll through the surrounding shops. And last but not least, be sure to save some room for The Ice Cream Show for dessert!
Why Should You Move to Chattanooga?
Not only is Chattanooga a popular spot for a weekend trip, but it is also a great city to call home. The median home value in the city is $152,000, making it an affordable place to live. In 2009, Chattanooga was ranked 8th out of America’s 100 largest metro areas for the best “Bang For Your Buck” city, according to Forbes magazine. Notable employers include Volkswagen, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and TVA, all which bring significant worth to the economy. Tourism and hospitality also play a huge part in the growth of the economy of the city.
There is something for everyone in Knox County! Whether you are into sports, outdoor activities, arts, music or food, Knoxville has you covered. It is home to the University of Tennessee and there is a reason they are the Volunteers. The people of Knoxville are very giving and there is always a way to get active in the community. The Marble City is home to great school districts with the number one school district in the state being in its backyard. There are several large headquarters located in Knoxville, but also a lot of locally owned businesses. It has a big city feel mixed with a small-town vibe. The median home value in Knox County is $176,500, making the city affordable, with a population of 461,860.
Knoxville is divided up into four districts, the first being South Knoxville, which is affectionately nicknamed SoKno. South Knoxville hosts the Big Ears Music Festival in March (you can catch it March 21-24thin 2019). Several neighborhoods make up SoKno, including Island Home Park and Colonial Village, which has a lot of unique and charming homes. It is an area that draws in a lot of first time home buyers, young families and business professionals. Construction is still in place for new development along the South Knoxville waterfront which will hold flats, apartment buildings, riverwalks, parks, and more. South Knoxville employers include the University of Tennessee, Regal Entertainment Group, and the UT Medical Center. SoKno is home to Downtown Knoxville, which makes it the perfect spot for a day trip. Wander through Ijams Nature Center and the Historic Ramsey House, and then stop in for lunch at SoKno Taco Cantina. Spend the afternoon shopping in Downtown Knoxville and stop in for a coffee break at Honeybee Coffee Co. For dinner, we recommend Ye Olde Steak House or Sweet P’s Barbeque for something a little more casual.
North Knoxville is positioned directly above downtown Knoxville and is home to many neighborhoods such as Fourth & Gill, Old North Knox, North Hills, Whittle Springs which houses the beautiful Whittle Springs Golf Course, and Fountain City, home of the popular Fountain City Duck Pond. There are several historic neighborhoods in this area. There are a lot of craft breweries and coffee shops popping up in the area. It has a relaxed vibe, is convenient to downtown, and is close to the Zoo, making it a great area for all ages. Knoxville is all about shopping local, and you can find some great local spots such as the Hot Southern Mess Boutique, Chandler’s Deli, and Litton’s. One of the things we find to be particularly cool about this area is the Open Streets Events. These events are held twice each year and give residents a chance to explore their neighborhood and local businesses in a safe and fun way that caters to the whole family.
West Knoxville is situated west of downtown and is particularly large due to the way the city is laid out. This area houses bigger shops, restaurants, and venues for all ages. Among these venues include Main Event, Carl Cowan Park, and Gettysvue Polo, Golf & Country Club. You can easily spend a weekend shopping at both the West Town Mall and Turkey Creek, stopping for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory or Altruda’s Italian. While this area of Knoxville caters to more chain stores and restaurants, it also has plenty of local places! Stop in at the Farmacy for brunch, catch a movie at the Cinnebarre, grab dinner at Cazzy’s Corner Grill, and spend the evening with craft beer and pinball at Token Game Tavern. West Knoxville houses Bearden, Rocky Hill, Hardin Valley, and Farragut, making this portion of Knoxville a very family-oriented area due to the classic neighborhoods and great schools. The dining and shopping is fantastic!
The last district, Northwest Knoxville, is made up of neighborhoods such as Karns, Brentwood, Pleasant Ridge, and Amherst, and is located in the Knox County Public Schools District. It is home to the Dogwood Arts Festival, and plenty of outdoor places including Victor Ashe Park and Knoxville Municipal Golf Course. You can find plenty of small-town restaurants in this district. Enjoy The Front Porch for lunch, Lulu’s Tea Room for a girls’ afternoon, and Ichiban Japanese Grill for dinner. This is a more laid-back area with lots of Southern Charm. It is great for families both old and new, as well as retirees.
Last but not least, Knoxville also encompasses Maryville and Alcoa. This area has a median home value of $179,500. Notable employers here include Denso Manufacturing, Clayton Homes, Blount Memorial Hospital, and McGhee Tyson Airport. This is a very scenic area home to Maryville College. A day trip to Maryville might look like an escape from the bustle of Knoxville, and there are plenty of places to relax! Wander through the Cade’s Cove Museum, with a stop at Full-Service BBQ for lunch. Spend the afternoon relaxing at Blue Goose Vineyard or shopping at the Foothills Mall. Enjoy dinner at The Walnut Kitchen, and wrap-up your day (in the summer!) with a movie at Parkway Drive-In. The Maryville/Alcoa area is a great area because there are charming homes close to the small city, or you can live in a more rural area surrounded by nature! Neighborhoods here include College Hill, West Maryville, Westfields, Asbury Estates, and West Springbrook. It is a great area for all ages young and old. There are great schools in Maryville and it is close to Downtown Knoxville or the Smoky Mountains National Park!