General Area in Knoxville>Question Details

Sam Lyles, Home Buyer in Sandy Springs, GA

What are the hipster/artsy neighborhoods in Knoxville?

Asked by Sam Lyles, Sandy Springs, GA Wed Jun 19, 2013

Hey folks!

I am looking at grad schools and UT is close to the top of my list. I have been to Knoxville once before but did not venture out from Downtown/Gay St.

To my question... What are the cool/hipster/artsy neighborhoods in Knoxville? I am looking for someplace similar to (if you are familiar with the places) East Atlanta, GA; Mission district, SF, CA; Wicker Park, Chicago; and East Austin, TX... Google any of those places and you'll get the idea.

I'm coming out there to do some exploring and would like to know where to start.

Any help would be appreciated!


Help the community by answering this question:


Not knowing the areas you mentioned, but looking at pictures on line, I don't know that you could say that Knoxville has cool/hipster/artsy neighborhoods like any of these. I'm sure there are those that might disagree.

I think the closest we come is the downtown area ( ,, After that you would probably want to take a look at Old North Knoxville ), 4th & Gill (, maybe parts of Ft Sanders ( Another area that is up and coming is "Happy Holler" or the North Central Business District (…).

Hope this helps. Let me know if there is anything else I can do for you.
Web Reference:
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
4th and Gill! It's the hippest neighborhood I've seen. Lots of local color and community there. Walking distance to downtown too. Check it out.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Sep 4, 2013
Thanks for the nod, Jennifer. I'm happy to help any hipster types who'd like to work with a buyer's agent who knows the turf! And remember, in Tennessee, if the property you want to buy is listed on the MLS, then my services are paid for by the seller, NOT the buyer. As your buyer's agent it's my job to look out for your best interests throughout the purchase process. Contact me if you think it's time to start looking for a house, Sam.

Regina Santore
regina.santore AT coldwellbanker dotcom

You get MORE with Regina SANTORE
more money for your house * more house for your money
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 19, 2013
Ms. Santore is most accurate. Hipsters don't live in downtown lofts. There's a beginning migration from Parkridge to the Island Home area (closer to Ijams and Meade Montessori than the park, though). Just go to the Pilot Light and follow one home!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 18, 2013
4th and Gill, Old City, Downtown Market Square, Gay Street, and Central Ave Pike
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 11, 2013
Sam, please take a look at my firm's website,
I would love to talk with you about Downtown living. Please feel free to give me a call at 865.588.5535.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
Although each sub area has it's own niche, there are several areas in Knoxville which can be referred to as artsy. 4th and Gill in North Knoxville and Bearden Hill in West Knoxville are just two. None of these neighborhoods are going to be on the scale of Atlanta or San Francisco. Should you have any more questions on any area of Knoxville, please let me know!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
Hey Sam,
I recommend Old North Knox, 4th & Gill and downtown lofts. Are you looking to rent or buy? Ft. Sanders, or The Fort, as it popularly known here has lots of places for rent, and it is very close to campus.
Happy to assist in your search,
Claire Hyrka
Realty Executives Associates
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
Web Reference:
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
Hi Sam.

The neighborhoods directly surrounding Knoxville's downtown, and downtown itself, are the "hipster/artsy" neighborhoods: 4th and Gill, Old North Knoxville, Fort Sanders (where most students live,) Island Home Park, Edgewood/Emoriland, Oakwood/Lincoln Park, and Parkridge. But perhaps the very most "edgy" at the moment is Happy Holler, which starts at the intersection of Broadway and Central, and continues up Central Ave for a good bit. You'll find everything from yoga to tai chi there - a tea room, a concert venue, and an awesome neighborhood bar or two. Rents and mortgages in this area are still on the low side - gentrification is creeping in that direction but haven't fully arrived there yet. It's close to downtown, and even has a dedicated bike lane that will get you most of the way there. Downtown is just a mile, and UT just two miles.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
Hi Sam,

4th & Gill, Parkridge, Forest Hills, Holston Hills, and Lakemoor Hills are a few. Let me know if I can help find your next home in Knoxville.

Thank you,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jun 19, 2013
Search Advice
Ask our community a question
Email me when…

Learn more

Copyright © 2016 Trulia, Inc. All rights reserved.   |  
Have a question? Visit our Help Center to find the answer