Rarity Bay Properties, LLC

Resident Testimonials

Meet Your Neighbors...

John and Kim Woods

John and I moved to Knoxville (Farragut) in Nov 1992 and were here a little more than two years, departing Jan 1995. Our short stint here in TN was for work reasons. We left in Jan 1995 when John was recruited to work for another company, but kept our house as a rental with the thought we might come back.

We had both worked and lived many other terrific places before and after 1995, and in 2005 knew we were within two years of John's retirement so needed to get serious about deciding where to retire to. We were living in Charlotte NC and enjoyed our time there, but learned something about ourselves  - that having a view of water and mountains was a real quality of life consideration for us. We knew we wouldnt move permanently to a place that didn't have a view of some sort.

We came back to Knoxville over the 4th of July 2005 weekend and revisited the Farragut area. We found that although the wonderful Turkey Creek shopping area had been built (we love movies and eating out a lot) that our view from the house we kept was not the same  the hills we looked out over had been developed and it wasn't the pastoral view that we had in the 1992-1995 timeframe. We still loved the lake, but thought we could do better re the view. NOTE: about the lake, we wanted to be close to or on the TVA lake system because the water here is warm and clean, and you can go so many fun places by boat as opposed to a small land locked lake.

During that July 4th weekend visit, we stumbled onto an ad for Rarity Bay in a Homes & Land Magazine, and decided to drive out to see what it was all about. We had acquired two horses too while in Charlotte, so needed to find a suitable place for them to be boarded and this aspect of Rarity Bay was very appealing to us.

Well, the drive was pretty long from Farragut to Rarity Bay  down Highway 321, over the dam, on to 444, etc., but when we came to the gates  we were bowled over. We found our views.. everywhere. We were very positively inclined, but went home to Charlotte to think about whether the distance away from Turkey Creek, etc., would become a problem for us. We concluded that there was so much of Rarity Bay that we loved and couldn't find anywhere else, that we would go for it, make the investment at Rarity Bay and find ways to make the drive to town fun.

In 2006, we bought our lot at The Bluffs and were so thrilled with the view that we began the building process. We moved in on July 2nd 2008 and could not be happier with our decision. We still wake up every day pinching ourselves that we really live here! We know most of the local haunts in Madisonville, Sweetwater, Vonore, Tellico Plains, etc., and love the small town-ness of it all. The local residents are wonderful and we both have our favorite volunteering outlets and church opportunities in Vonore and Madisonville that help us build those local relationships.

The one thing we had no way of knowing anything about is the Rarity Bay community. Our builder told us about the Rarity Bay Womens Club (RBWC) and that it runs everything. So I joined the RBWC as a non-resident while were building our home and still living in Charlotte so I could get emails and access to the RBWC webpage to see what kinds of fun things were going on. I've become more involved in the RBWC and this year have the honor of serving as the President with a wonderful group of ladies who I will count as life long friends. John is on the 1st Responders and Boys and Girls Club boards and is happy to be lending his time to such valuable organizations.

Both John and I were embraced by this community like none weve ever lived in before. It may be a retirement community, but some of us are still not at retirement age (I'm 53). Some are of retirement age and still working part time or are completely retired. But either way, for all of us our opportunities for fun (and our calendars) have never been fuller. We cannot say enough about the dear friends we've made here and how much like a family it is. Neither John nor I are golfers or tennis players, but we are boaters and are members of the RB Yacht Club which is a ball. We have connected with nearly all the residents of Rarity Bay through the fun get-togethers the RBWC and RBYC organize, and count ourselves the luckiest of folks to have found this wonderful community.

Marvin and Janis Houston

My husband Marvin and I have thought about where we wanted to retire for many years. We knew we wanted to live close to our four children, but two have already moved away from our home state of Michigan for college and jobs. We knew we wanted to live in a warmer climate on the east coast with milder seasons, but didn't know exactly where. Since our last child was going to graduate from college soon, we thought it was time to start seriously researching different places to retire. We looked into Georgia, North Carolina, Florida, and Tennessee. We found several communities we could visit and we planned on going to the different areas when we had vacation time. Since Tennessee was within driving distance from our home, we went there first.

We had seen a video of Rarity Bay and looked at several pictures, but pictures and videos didn't do it justice. We knew we wanted to be near water and the mountains, but also in a community that had activities to keep us as busy. We wanted our active lifestyle to continue. So we decided to visit Rarity Bay in February. It is not the prettiest time of year, but being a teacher my vacation time is scheduled according to the school calendar. When we got there we were surprised to see pansies planted around the clubhouse. We thought that was a nice touch. We saw the grounds crew working on the golf course even though it was February. We saw the potential of natural beauty in the spring, we loved that the developer had the vision to leave some of the land untouched. We thought all the rolling hills would be beautiful in the summer. We fell in love with the French country and English Manor architecture of the homes that were built there. When we drove into the community we saw beautiful horses in the meadows grazing and at that time we realized that Rarity Bay was different. It seemed peaceful and the natural beauty of the lake and the mountains were breathtaking. The community is located on a peninsula so the lake is all around. Lake Tellico is 16,000 acres and the community offers docks for the residents so we could have a boat, which is something we have always wanted.

We worked with realtors Dennis and Susan Pollitte who helped us tremendously prior to our visit. They found out what our needs were and sent us several homes to look at prior to coming there. They took the time to send us information about the area and we never felt pressured. They answered every question we had in a timely manner and were a pleasure to work with. My husband broke his leg one week prior to our visit and Dennis folded and unfolded his knee roller at least a hundred times that weekend putting it in and out of his trunk! They were very accommodating and helped to make our visit definitely worthwhile.

We were only there for three days and decided to buy a piece of property that has a beautiful view of the mountains and the lake. We hadn't even been to any of the other places on our list! I guess we just knew this was it. Our children are all within driving distance of Rarity Bay and Knoxville is just 30 minutes away. We are near a big city, but not right in the center of all the traffic and chaos. We can't wait until we get to build our new home and then attend the University of Tennessee football games, shop in the Turkey Creek areas with tons of restaurants and enjoy all the area has to offer. Yet, we can leave the big city behind and go back to Rarity Bay and enjoy the natural beauty all around you. It's the best of both worlds!

For us retirement is still a few years away, but we plan on visiting the Knoxville area in the near future to learn more about our new home and enjoy Rarity Bay in bloom!