Having relocated to Knoxville myself, I can tell you that it's a wonderful place to live. As such, making the decision as the where in Knoxville you'd like to put down roots is a tough choice!
The area around Merchants and Carrie Belle has a lot going for it. Proximity to I-75 and 640 puts you within reasonable driving distance of almost anywhere in Tennessee, while its central location within Northwest Knoxville makes it ideal for accessibility to shopping, restaurants, and many recreational activities. Traffic can be a little heavy around Merchants Drive at times, but the traffic patterns are well organized, and you may find that any commute may be made easier once you become familiar with the local shortcuts.
May I inquire as to why you've chosen to look in this area in particular? As Lisa mentioned below, I think it's important to explore all of your options when making a big move, and I'd be more than happy to speak with you about your plans in order to help you find the area that best fits your personal needs. Whether you'd like to set up a search of the MLS based on your criteria, or plan a visit to "scope out" your options, I'd be happy to assist you. Please let me know how I may help!
You may reach me by phone, text, or email at any time.
Caroline Holt, Realtor
Coldwell Banker Wallace & Wallace