Looking at possible move to the Oak Ridge, TN area. Where is the best place to live if I work at the Lab? TC

Asked by Tc, California Sat Jun 28, 2008

Possible move from California, so do realize there is a big cultural difference, but what can we expect. Empty nesters so kids aren't a problem. Will there be enough adventures there?

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Megan Manly, Agent, Nashville, TN
Sat Jun 28, 2008
I grew up in this area and now am a REALTOR in Nashville, Tennessee. While I'm Nashville-faithful, there are a LOT of things I miss about this area. I worked at the lab while I was in grad school, and my dad still works and lives there with my mom.

Expect a highly educated community with wonderful cultural diversity. The home market is a bit cold in my opinion and Oak Ridge lacks a sense of historic charm that you see in neighboring cities like Clinton and Harriman.

Adventures...well....I can't say Oak Ridge itself is an adverture-filled city; however its surrounding area can be. In Oak Ridge, you'll find some great activities, rowing, skulling on the Clinch River. In fact, many Ivy League schools spend their crew training seasons in Oak Ridge and Clinton.

Within 30 minutes of Oak Ridge, you'll find more hiking, fishing and boating than you can ever imagine, if outdoor adventure is your thing. If you like nightlife, you'll find Knoxville your big outlet. Most of Knoxville's night life is catered toward the university crowd; however, you'll find more restaurants than in most America cities its size. The trend that is emerging heavily is growth in "college towns" with empty nesters and baby boomers. Your generation is more healthy and active than your parents and crave that type of adventuresome environment. You won't find it immediately in Oak Ridge, but it is extremely accessible.

The adventures in Oak Ridge outside of its rivers and outdoor spaces would include a great local theater program, a pretty good symphony and a little bit of so-so shopping.
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Chris Fitzpa…, Home Buyer, Oak Ridge, TN
Tue Apr 15, 2014
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Kewlgyrl, Renter, Oak Ridge, TN
Wed Jul 11, 2012
Centennial Village on Waterview Dr. Straight shot to ORNL and approximately about 14-15 minutes.
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Dan Endsley, Other Pro, Knoxville, TN
Fri Jul 8, 2011
I have been a firefighter in Oak Ridge for over twenty years, and have lived in several areas of town. I love a lot of the original Oak Ridge housing, and there are some real "hidden gems" in these areas. This would be areas off the state streets (Georgia, New York, etc). I now live on the east end off Emory Valley Rd. The two large areas here are Emory Valley and Briarcliff. These are a mix of 60's-70's construction and new houses. We love the neighborhood. Near the marina, easy access to Knoxville, the mtns, etc. But all areas of Oak Ridge are close to the lab.
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Shabby, , Oak Ridge, TN
Mon Apr 4, 2011
Well oak ridge has nice weather, great schools and its probly one of the nicer places to live.

Avoid roads starting with W, Like Wadsworth, and behind Kogers, ( We call it the valley) Also Don't live in Rolling hills or the manthans they all are very drug infested. Unless that your thing.

But Like Where i Live ( In the A part) Its a quiet place to live, the most that happens around my house is when an old person falls down and need do go to the ER.

I think Oak ridge is best blend of a big city meets small southern town, I just wish they did not close our mall down :(

Also Oliver springs is really close to oak ridge, and its more of a southern town, about a 10 drive.

and Clinton is more of a city type feel to it, great people there. But I would never live in knoxville.

But If you buy a house in oak ridge, find E tennessee and California that area is great if you have family,
Tara hills is great for single and couples, and if you have the money go for Rivers run, or the other side of town, where West outter ends, Some good nice housing out there.

But For a good 3 bd ( Normally one bath) house, East drive, The roads starting with A IS great, I think 202 Alhambra Road Is for sale still, Its a nice place to live. Lots of Kids and friendly people.

I hoped this helped
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Penny Fanning, Agent, Kernersville, NC
Tue Mar 1, 2011
Plenty of adventure in and around Oak Ridge, TN. Oak Ridge has a lot of history and is close to Knoxville,
Pigeon Forge, Gatlinburg and only three hours from Nashville, TN. There are mountains for hiking and lakes for fishing, canoeing and boating adventure. Atlanta, Georgia is 3 to 3-1/2 hours away. North Carolina mountains within an hour of Knoxville, maybe 1 to 1-1/2 hours from Oak Ridge.
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Volfan9, Home Seller, Oak Ridge, TN
Mon Aug 30, 2010
We actually have a house for sale that is listed as an Oak Ridge address but is in Knox County so the taxes are lower. Anderson Co in which Oak Ridge is located has one of the highest tax rates in the area. Don't know what type house you are looking for but ours is an all brick rancher built in 1964 but has been totally remodelled recently. About 1700 SF. 3 BF 2 BA. Has a 3/4 acre lot in quiet subdivision with beautiful lake view. Including 6 person hot tub with large deck for entertaining. We are selling it totally furnished with everything. If you might be interested, email me at volfan9@peoplepc.com.

As for adventures, there are as many as you want to enjoy. As I say, our house is 5 minutes from a boat ramp. Great Smokies National Park is 1 hour away. Lots of activities.
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Oakridger, , Oak Ridge, TN
Mon Sep 14, 2009
I have lived in Oak Ridge since I was a child. Moved away after college, but the minute I was pregnant with our first child; headed home. Lived here another 12 years since and cannot imagine living anywhere else. Granted it is no Cali, but I have to say I love the 4 distinct seasons, the arts are alive with symphony, opera, ballet, and theater are very active. My parents are still here and plan on staying.
East Tennessee is very different in that the whole area is religious - more churches than you can imagine (one on almost every corner), but at least it is very diverse.
Adventures are here if you look - more than most places and all if not in Oak Ridge - at least within a 20 minute drive (hiking, 4wheeling, rowing, golf, horseback riding, fishing, whitewater rafting/canoeing, a firing range - hunting very active, lots of rivers for boating/skiing, winter skiing, state parks galore, etc.) Spring and fall are absolutely breath-taking.
Hope this helps.
As for housing - stick with Emory Valley or Briarcliff.

Not a realtor - just and Oak Ridger.
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Kim Haase, Agent, Powell, TN
Wed Jul 1, 2009
Adventure?! Anderson County has it!!! Boating, water skiing, hiking, picnicing, kayaking, fishing, fly fishing, walking trails, horseback riding, ATV 4-wheeling trails, uncrowded state swimming pool, firing ranges, hunting, shopping, concerts, symphony, plays, fireworks. What did you have in mind? East Tennessee is loaded with adventure and learning opportunities! Oak Ridge places you very close to work. Andersonville places you close/on Norris Lake and 15-20 minutes to OR. Norris,TN another great community 15 minutes to OR! West Knoxville loads of shopping/dining and 10 minutes to OR! You will not have a problem adjusting to Tennessee life! WELCOME!
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Kenny, , 37876
Sun Jun 29, 2008

I have spent most of my life 30 minutes from Oak Ridge. I think Oak Ridge is a great place to live because it is pleasant and quiet but it is also just a short drive from a ton of things to do in the mountains and plenty of shopping for your wife. If you could give me a little information( price range, how many beds and bath ect...) I can send you some houses to look at.

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Sherry Wheel…, , Knoxville, TN
Sat Jun 28, 2008
If you love the outdoor life your love east Tennessee. There's plenty to do here & within close range. It all depends on your interests. The major portion of Oak Ridge workers live in Knoxville because this is where yo'll have to go to shop, etc. Give me more details & I'll give you better advice!
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