You definitely have the right idea. Most people that come to Gatlinburg want to be in a cabin or condo that is secluded but within walking distance to downtown. That can be a little challenging sometimes but if you can find that property then you could be sitting on a real moneymaker.
I looked up a few listings for you that you might be interested in. If you decide to go the condo route, check out listing #'s 176847 and 171786. Some houses that appear to be structurally sound are MLS #'s 183176 and 181145. You could probably get a lot more bang for your buck if you are up for a remodel challenge that those listings would need.
If you will click on my website, it will take you to the MLS where you can look at those listings. Please let my know if you need anymore information or if you would like to schedule a time to see these properties.
Hey!! I have several cabins listed for sale. Please check out MLS #'s
182924, 179722, 179723, 179724, 179726, 179727, and 179728. I can also sent you a listing of other cabins on the MLS.
I'm a Realtor for Colonial Real Estate in Pigeon Forge. There is a property manager in my office who handles rental properties and might have something available for you. Her name is Laine Morris and you can reach her by calling the office at (865) 453-3333. Hope this helps you with your future plans...what a great place to retire!... more
There are pros & cons to living in a tourist town. Your best bet would be to contact the local school system and see what positions might be available or if there is a demand for your specialty. There is no industry to speak of in Gatlinburg, almost everything is going to revolve around the tourist trade. It would be relatively easy to find employment in the retail or hotel/restaurant management segment but keep in mind that it might not be the type of schedule (or pay rate!) you are used to. Many places will stay open until 11pm during the season and might close entirely in the off season, usually Jan 1 to mid March/April.
Your best bet would be to look into possible employment before you get too far into a home search, just to make sure that there are positions that you'd be comfortable with.... more
I agree with Jane that it is difficult to say if your home will sell for top dollar without seeing it. Many of the residential neighborhoods here in Gatlinburg have maintained their values. I too live in an all residential subdivision which prohibits overnight rentals in Gatlinburg. I believe our values have not been affected as much since speculators and investors were never interested in our homes to begin with. However, buyers have many choices right now and your home should not have too much deferred maintenance in order to attract the most buyers and reduce the time your home will stay on the market. Good Luck, Justin... more