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Living a Golf Lifestyle in Tellico Lake, Tennessee

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Where to Retire in Tellico Lake and Home Prices

You can live in one of the small towns around the lake, or in an active adult community. Rarity Bay and Tellico Village are 2 of the biggest (see links at right).  Home prices are hard to determine here, because it depends if you are in a development and/or how close you are to the lake. A look at listing in early 2023 showed homes for sale from the $400s to $1.3 million. Building lots are available as well.

What Is Special about Tellico Lake

The recreational possibilities are incredible here for boating, fishing, golf, and just plain relaxing. If you recall the famous snail darter (an endangered species), the controversy over the creature was the reason why Tellico Dam was one of the last TVA dams to be constructed.

What Is Not Special about Tellico Lake

The area is rural and somewhat remote. You will have to drive just about everywhere for anything.

Climate and Physical Environment

Average January temp is in the high 30s and average July temp in the high 70s. Tellico Lake is in the eastern part of Tennessee.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Vonore has a library and Community Center. Trip Advisor lists 19 restaurants in Tellico, with undoubtedly more in Vonore (Countryside Inn) and other towns. Most of these restaurants are casual cafes, drive-ins, and the like.  The outdoor life is the main form of culture here. Vonore has a community center. Early American Indians had major settlements in the area and there are rich archeological remains such as the Icehouse Bottom Site.


The crime rate is unusually low.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospitals of any size are in Maryville or Knoxville (UTenn), about 45 minutes away.


The automoblile is the major form of transport. Knoxville McGhee Tyson Airport is the nearest larger airport, although the Monroe County Airport is in Sweetwater.  Many people travel by boat although there aren't many commercial destinations along the reservoir.

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