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Big City Benefits… Small Town Charm

Looking for a location with the many benefits of a major city, but without the hustle and bustle? Jefferson County, Tennessee is just that. This beautiful community is emerging as one of the most popular destinations for retirees looking to live the good life.

Our county is home to Douglas and Cherokee Lakes and hundreds of miles of shoreline, neighbor to the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, and within a half hour drive to the vibrant city of Knoxville. You will never find a lack of things to do.

Here are just a few reason why Jefferson County is the perfect place to call home:


Quality of Life Is High & Cost of Living is Low


No State/Local Income Tax


No Tax on Pensions


Low Property Taxes


Enjoy Lakeside Living on Cherokee or Douglas


Low Utilities Costs


Four Distinct Mild Seasons


Things to Do when Guests Visit


Scenic Beauty


Outdoor Adventures


Limited Traffic in a Laidback Atmosphere


Close to Several Destinations: Gatlinburg, Knoxville, Asheville, and more

Living in Jefferson County

There’s no better place to call home during your retirement than Jefferson County. We’re a great place to live as well as visit for when you have children, grandchildren, friends, and loved ones come visit your new home.

Jefferson County has five incorporated cities: Dandridge (established in c. 1792, and incorporated in 1843), White Pine (1893), Jefferson City (1901), New Market (1977), and Baneberry (1986).

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The City of Baneberry is a quiet, family-oriented, resort community nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains on Douglas Lake in beautiful East Tennessee. Wherever you look, incredible views abound.

Enjoy the challenging and picturesque 6,700 yard, 18-hole championship Lakeland Golf and Resort course winds through the heart of the city.

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History is rich in Dandridge, the county’s seat of government, and fondly know as the 2nd oldest town in the state. Dandridge was awarded the ‘Best Small Town on the Water’ by Life on the Water magazine.

Dandridge sits on the shores of Douglas Lake. Douglas Lake is notably a winner of the ‘Best Bass Lakes’, voted by the members of BASSmaster.

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Jefferson City

Jefferson City is home to Carson Newman University and the historic Victorian charm of Glenmore Mansion. Jefferson City is located near the tail water of Cherokee Lake and the Cherokee TVA Dam . 

Jefferson City is the retail center of Jefferson County, offering a variety of shopping and dining options. It also has the largest population of all the municipalities in Jefferson County.

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White Pine

White Pine is located in the eastern end of Jefferson County, Tennessee. It is flanked by the French Broad River on the south and Long Creek on the north. 

White Pine is home to the Smoky Mountain EXPO Center which is maintained by Walters State Community College and which hosts several cultural events and activities throughout the year. 


Nationally acclaimed Tennova Jefferson Memorial Hospital is an acute care facility with over 200 affiliated physicians and 300 associates located in Jefferson City. The hospital recently completed a $3.2 million dollar building expansion.

Awards and Recognitions:


Thomson-Reuters 100 Top Hospitals


Everest Award Winner


Becker's Hospital Review's "20 Best Community Hospitals in America"


Spend a day on the waters of Cherokee or Douglas Lake, experience a music or heritage festival, drive scenic roads with mountain views, play a round of golf, or visit the Great Smoky Mountain.


Talk with someone that understands and specializes in this local market, the properties, and the many important decisions that buyers face in the area.

Whether it’s the lake or mountain cabin you have always dreamed of, or the condo with no maintenance, let our local realtors provide you their expertise and customer service to make your move a smooth transition. They will be sure to provide you with insight that only a local can provide.