Rarity Bay

100 Rarity Bay Parkway, Vonore, Tennessee
423-519-3258 ext 1
Fishing Fishing
Kayaking Kayaking
Golf Golf
Lake Lake
Tennis Tennis
Equestrian Equestrian
Fitness Fitness

One of the finest views you will find of The Smokies is visible from Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake. Add to the list of community attributes: championship golf, tennis, equestrian, swimming pool, fine dining and even Fido has his own doggie park at this gated community. Located in the foothills of Eastern Tennessee, the 960 acre lakefront neighborhood is surrounded by 10 miles of shoreline on 16,000 acre Tellico Lake. Buyer's searching waterfront retirement communities will find many of the homes at Rarity Bay have private boat docks on the lake. Tellico Lake is the least polluted federally protected Eastern Tennessee lake in the United States and the lake level only fluctuates about six feet in depth during the winter months.

RARITY BAY AMENITIES

  • 24 Hour Manned Gated Entrance
  • 18 Hole Championship Golf Course designed by D.J.VeVictor and Peter Langham
  • Golf Clubhouse with Dining
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool & Tennis Courts
  • White Stables Equestrian Center
  • Walking Trails
  • Dog Park

Tellico Lake was named Best Eastern Tennessee Lake by Boating Life Magazine. Winters are mild and summers cooled by the breezes rolling off The Smokies. 75% of the land around Tellico Lake is undeveloped and protected preserving its natural beauty. Reasonably close to living in Knoxville, big city modern conveniences are not far from Rarity Bay. Most important to Baby Boomers, headline entertainment, lifelong learning opportunities, brand name shopping and award winning medical care are all in nearby Knoxville Tennessee. 

More than 50 social clubs are active at Rarity Bay providing residents plenty of opportunities to meet new friends and socialize; social clubs such as Dinner for Eight and the Rarity Bay Women's Club. Despite Rarity Communities' hard times, there is a bond among the members at one of the friendliest waterfront retirement communities, sticking together as one through the economic recession.

The 18 hole golf course at Rarity Bay was designed by D.J. VeVictor and Peter Langham and has gentle rolling hills, stellar mountain views and interesting elevation fluctations on the course. Golf, tennis, fitness, a swimming pool and miles of hiking trails are inside the gates of Rarity Bay providing activities for residents to stay fit and enjoy life. Rarity Bay is also has an equestrian center providing boarding, horse pastures and trail rides to club members. Horse camps, barrel races and horse shows take place throughout the year.

There is hardly a need to leave Rarity Bay, whether you choose to live at gated community year round or as a second home. When the sun begins to set, make your way over to the Rarity Bay Clubhouse for a delicious dining experience. We had the pleasure of dining at the club and tasting their smoked Prime Rib which was excellent. Prices at the Rarity Bay golf club are reasonable for lunch and dinner. 

Located on one of the most beautiful Eastern Tennessee lakes facing The Smokies, Rarity Bay is far better than living in Knoxville. 1,600 homes are planned with approximately 450 homes built to date. Lots for sale are available in the $30k's, Rarity Bay condos for sale can be found in the mid $100k's, villas in the mid $300k's and single family homes for sale at Rarity Bay start in the mid $500k's. Rarity Bay approved builders include Greystone Construction, Heartwood Homes and Providence Builders. 

Our real estate score for Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake in Tennessee is 74.

When you travel to see waterfront retirement communities or explore living in Knoxville, let us know if you'd like to receive free Tellico Lake Relocation Information. We're happy to share our secrets with you, to make your search more enjoyable.

Call Karen Millikan direct at On the Lake Realty 423.519.3258 ext 1 to schedule a tour or email.

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Rarity BayYour score:94 / 100Reviews:252

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: JAMES
THIS IS THE FRIENDLIEST COMMUNITY I HAVE EVER KNOWN A TRUE SENSE OF COMMUNITY.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Larry
The PEOPLE here are the best part of our community. We have felt so welcomed here from the first day we became property owners and we couldn't be happier! We will never live permanently anywhere but here!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:91/100
Property Owner: David
The beauty of the lake and mountains envelop our peninsula. People here are the friendliest folks and always willing to lend a helping hand. They care about the community and surrounding areas.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:97/100
Property Owner: Linda
The people of Rarity Bay are friendly, social and warm. Everyone knows everyone and willing to help those that need assistance in any way. We are very active in social activities and clubs of your choosing. It is very comforting to know we have our own First Responders. Rarity Bay offers an active lifestyle community and an abundance of beauty to view. Whether you boat, hike, or play cards, or enjoy the view, there is plenty to do at Rarity Bay. We love it.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:91/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
People in Rarity Bay are very warm, friendly and welcoming community. Abundance of volunteer assistance is provided to any and all residence who may need help, comfort of assistance of any kind. The residents of the community are very generous with their volunteer time and donations to service organizations in the surrounding community. Everyone receives a friendly wave from drivers as they meet each other on the streets. There are an abundance of social activities that are extremely well with waiting lists for many.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Larry
Because the people of Rarity Bay are the most friendly we have ever found. We made more friends at Rarity Bay in about 5 months than we did in over 13 years of owning in a nearby community.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:97/100
Property Owner: Harvey
Of all the gated communities we visited, Rarity Bay is definitely the friendliest. Maybe it's because everybody relocated here from somewhere in the U.S. Regardless, everybody learns the name of all the residents within several months due to the numerous, daily social activities. Although primarily a retirement community, we have had some folks pass away. And perhaps the greatest statement of all about Rarity Bay is that the remaining spouse stays. And that's due to the incredible support system.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Maurice
Great retirement community!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:91/100
Property Owner: Larry
I drive through the gates and just start smiling!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
The sure beauty of the entire complex. The mountains, the lake and the golf course.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
60/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:94/100

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Our Score:
Silver
74/100

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Anthony
The size of Rarity Bay and it being a gated community give it the perfect feel. It is also provides the most beautiful/spectacular views I have ever seen. It is big enough to offer a large variety of activities and people to socialize with yet small enough to get to know people. I love it!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:94/100
Property Owner: Robert
Great active Neighbors, Amenities, Climate, Lake & Golf.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
60/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:94/100
Property Owner: bob
I am not yet a full time resident who can participate in the myriad activities available here, so I cannot comment on some issues. What is apparent is the beauty and diversity of this well planned development. The grandeur of the Smoky Mountains are omnipresent whether you are entering or leaving the community. There are many times of many days when the only sounds piercing the quiet comes from the ping of a golf swing or birds chattering in the trees. The community is well run and the residents are friendly, helpful and engaging. As I enter the community, the attendants at the gatehouse often greet me with a "welcome home". As I drive toward my house and look around, I feel that I am home. There is a WOW factor here that has to be experienced. If you come here and don't find happiness, I am afraid you cannot be happy.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:89/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
Rarity Bay provides all the amenities that I require from a development, along with waterfront access to beautiful Tellico Lake. But best of all, the people are genuine and friendly, regardless of economic status. I believe the community brings out the best in the people, who now call Rarity Bay their home.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Cheryl
Most beautiful and serene place on earth. The golfing, boating and horseback riding is sensational.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
Gorgeous lake and mountain views, golf course, and beautiful French Country architecture make Rarity one of the most beautiful places around. The active residents in all the social clubs make this the BEST and happiest community in the state!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:94/100
Property Owner: Anthony
The views, quality of life, access to all the amenities and the location.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: James
My wife and I have lived in Rarity Bay since 2002 having bought our lot in 1996. This has to be one of the most beautiful scenic areas in the USA. The lakes are clear, the mountains are inspiring, and the golf course is awesome... especially for retirees who don't need the difficulty of a PGA course. The social clubs in the community are many and varied and it is not difficult to find a group focused on your particular area(s) of interest. Whether its the Women's club, the Yacht Club, Dinner for 6 or 8, pool/billiards, bridge, Garden Club, Mens and Women Golf, Couples Golf, etc., Rarity Bay has it all. Our First Responders are made up of skilled health care specialists/residents that offer a level of confidence and quite confidence that should something happen to you, you will be well cared for in a loving, professional way. The Health care systems in the Knoxville area are outstanding. But what makes this community thrive and what makes it so wonderful are the people who live here and their caring attitude toward their neighbors. This year, my wife had to be admitted to a Dementia/ALZ assisted living facility in the local area. The outpouring concern, help and caring for both my wife and I has been simply awesome. And this support started 3 years ago as my wife began the slow decline into cognitive disability. A day does not go by that someone in this community reaches out to my wife and I in a caring, loving manner. This is truly what makes this absolutely the most amazing community to live in. I feel so blessed that we chose Rarity Bay to live out our retirement years. There can not possibly be a better or more beautiful and certainly not a more caring community in this whole country.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Harvey
Of all the gated communities we visited, Rarity Bay is definitely the friendliest. Maybe it's because everybody relocated here from somewhere in the U.S. Regardless, everybody learns the name of all the residents within several months due to the numerous, daily social activities. Although primarily a retirement community, we have had some folks pass away. And perhaps the greatest statement of all about Rarity Bay is that the remaining spouse stays. And that's due to the incredible support system.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Jim
Great people who care about each other and support the local community.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:97/100

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Proximity

Nearest Hospital:
11miles
80/100
Nearest State Park:
8 miles
100/100
Nearest Shopping Mall:
23 miles
40/100
Nearest Good Restaurants:
5 miles
60/100
Nearest Airport - Commercial:
29 miles
80/100
Nearest College:
3 miles
100/100
Nearest Landfill:
57 miles
100/100
Nearest Nuclear Facility:
24 miles
20/100
Proximity Average90/100

Amenities

Clubhouse:
80/100
Community Parks:
80/100
Dining:
100/100
Dog Park:
60/100
Fitness Center:
80/100
Golf Course:
80/100
Lake:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Swimming Pool:
80/100
Tennis:
80/100
Walking Trails:
60/100

Curb Appeal

Gated Entrance:
Yes
60/100
Streets Paved:
Yes
60/100
Street Lighting:
Underground
60/100
Landscaping:
Extensive
100/100
Architecture Style:
French Country
Water:
City
Sewer:
City
Natural Gas:
No

Developer Credibility

Real estate developer Michael Ross has been a celebrity in the press, however, not the kind he would want to be, I'm sure. Rarity Communities had nine golf and lake real estate developments planned in Eastern Tennessee. With financing frozen and sales almost non-existent in 2008 and 2009, Rarity Communities were plagued by bad timing, sales to investors/flippers and unrealistic optimism.

All nine Rarity Communities have either gone bankrupt or have pending foreclosures filed against them. Rarity Bay and Rarity Pointe are still operational. To ease your mind, please consult with an attorney before purchasing at Rarity Bay. Despite these issues, sales have not stopped at this beautiful Eastern Tennessee golf community.

20/100

Sold Pricing

Mean Price (lot):
$52,804
Median Price (lot):
$9,900
Mode Price (lot):
$9,900
Mean Price (home):
$570,833
Median Price (home):
$372,500
Mode Price (home):
$0
Number of homes built:
450
According to the MLS, there were 50 closed sales in 2012; 9 single family homes and 41 lots. In 2011, there were 26 closed sales; 9 single family homes and 17 lots. According to public records in 2010, there were 28 closed sales; 5 single family homes and 13 lots.
Pricing updated annually for prior 12-24 month period. Mean price is defined as average sold price, Median price as middle sold price and Mode price is defined as most often sold price.

Taxes

County:
Monroe
Real Estate:
0.0058%
Sales Tax:
9.75%
Southeast Average
Real Estate: 0.4446%
Sales Tax: 7.54%
The real estate tax millage rate has been converted for you to an annual percentage.

HOA/POA Annual Dues

Annual Dues:
$686

Annual Club Membership Dues

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $7,650
Sport: $2,229
Social: $4,981

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,642
Sport: $10,737
Social: $18,412

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Community Scorecard

Our Score:
Silver
74/100

Proximity

Nearest Hospital:
11miles
80/100
Nearest State Park:
8 miles
100/100
Nearest Shopping Mall:
23 miles
40/100
Nearest Good Restaurants:
5 miles
60/100
Nearest Airport - Commercial:
29 miles
80/100
Nearest College:
3 miles
100/100
Nearest Landfill:
57 miles
100/100
Nearest Nuclear Facility:
24 miles
20/100
Proximity Average90/100

Amenities

Clubhouse:
80/100
Community Parks:
80/100
Dining:
100/100
Dog Park:
60/100
Fitness Center:
80/100
Golf Course:
80/100
Lake:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Swimming Pool:
80/100
Tennis:
80/100
Walking Trails:
60/100

Hidden from Standard
Hidden from Narrow

Curb Appeal

Gated Entrance:
Yes
60/100
Streets Paved:
Yes
60/100
Street Lighting:
Underground
60/100
Landscaping:
Extensive
100/100
Architecture Style:
French Country
Water:
City
Sewer:
City
Natural Gas:
No

Developer Credibility

Real estate developer Michael Ross has been a celebrity in the press, however, not the kind he would want to be, I'm sure. Rarity Communities had nine golf and lake real estate developments planned in Eastern Tennessee. With financing frozen and sales almost non-existent in 2008 and 2009, Rarity Communities were plagued by bad timing, sales to investors/flippers and unrealistic optimism.

All nine Rarity Communities have either gone bankrupt or have pending foreclosures filed against them. Rarity Bay and Rarity Pointe are still operational. To ease your mind, please consult with an attorney before purchasing at Rarity Bay. Despite these issues, sales have not stopped at this beautiful Eastern Tennessee golf community.

20/100

Taxes

County:
Monroe
Real Estate:
0.0058%
Sales Tax:
9.75%
Southeast Average
Real Estate: 0.4446%
Sales Tax: 7.54%
The real estate tax millage rate has been converted for you to an annual percentage.

HOA/POA Annual Dues

Annual Dues:
$686

Annual Club Membership Dues

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $7,650
Sport: $2,229
Social: $4,981

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,642
Sport: $10,737
Social: $18,412