Rarity Bay

100 Rarity Bay Parkway, Vonore, Tennessee
423-519-3258 ext 1
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One of the finest views you will find of The Smokies is visible from Rarity Bay. On the list of community attributes: championship golf, tennis, equestrian, swimming pool, fine dining and even Fido has his own doggie park at one of the prettiest Tennessee golf communities. 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. Buyers searching waterfront retirement communities will find many of the homes at Rarity Bay have private boat docks on the lake. Tellico Lake is one of the least polluted federally protected Tennessee lakes in the United States and the lake level only fluctuates about six feet in depth during the winter months which is great for homes with boat docks.

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 the lake is undeveloped and protected preserving its natural beauty. Reasonably close to Knoxville are big city modern conveniences and collegiate sports. Important to Baby Boomers relocating to Tennessee, it's easy to find headline entertainment, lifelong learning courses, brand name shopping and award winning medical care in Knoxville.

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 of the past, a bond has been cemented among the members at one of the friendliest waterfront retirement communities in Tennessee and it's impressive.

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 Tennessee golf communities 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 enjoying 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 Tennessee lakes facing The Smokies, to us, Rarity Bay is more relaxing 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.  All of these custom home builders are ready to make relocating to Tennessee as seemless as possible.

Our real estate score for Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake in Tennessee is 76.

When you travel to see waterfront retirement communities and Tennessee golf communities, 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:254

Property Owner Reviews

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: Anonymous
Great people and a lot of activities.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
60/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
60/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:69/100
Property Owner: Cheryl
The people are the friendliest because we are from all over the country and are like family. The grounds, the view, the landscaping and venue are extraordinaire.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
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 PEOPLE! Friendliest community I have ever lived in.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:89/100
Property Owner: Samuel
Beautiful Smoky mountain views, lake Tellico on three sides of the peninsula, 1000 acres keeping it small enough to really be a close community, 24 hour manned gate house, and property owner run community...no developer involvement. Close to Knoxville, and terrific health facilities
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
Wonderful, interesting people, beautiful scenery, golf and boating, and lots of fun activities.
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:
80/100
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
Despite serious developer issues, the people of Rarity Bay continue to attract new residents through our welcoming process and our well established social and sports organizations. We have over 30 new homes under construction at the present time; a rate we have sustained since early 2013 following the removal of the developer and takeover of community management by the residents.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:74/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
It is all about the people who live here.
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: 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

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Our Score:
Silver
76/100
Your Score:
Gold
94 / 100

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Anonymous
Great people in a great area. Living on Tellico Lake and close proximity to the mountains makes it very enjoyable for outdoor activities.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
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:83/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
There is a special closeness between residents that we have never felt in any other place we lived.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
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: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: Jeff
This is the most beautiful community in more ways than one! It sits on the banks of gorgeous Tellico Lake while nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains. To say the mountain views are breathtaking in an understatement. The natural beauty of this community is truly secondary to the warm and friendly residents that call Rarity Bay home. This is a community you look forward to coming home to even if you're only away for a few minutes!
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: Bob
Great people here. Lots of choices for social activities. Golf, equestrian, and boating are all right here.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
60/100
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:91/100
Property Owner: Ronald
The overwhelming natural beauty, diversity of property offerings, & mainly the residents are some of the myraid of factors that make Rarity Bay a truly wondrous place in which to spend our retirement years.
Average:0/100
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: Lori
Being one of the first residents in this community, we love it now as we did then. We have grown from 4 homes when we moved here to almost 500!!!!
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:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:97/100
Property Owner: Pete
Great location near Knoxville. Caring residents always eager to help neighbors. Maybe smaller than some developments, but smallness creates a real sense of "family".
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: Rita
The size of this community is just right. We treat our neighbors and friends like family. We support each other in good times and in times of need and help each other anyway we can. All the activities and friends we have here keep us young at heart and we look forward to each new day! Our residents and surroundings are beautiful and it's hard not to be happy when you look at the beauty of Rarity Bay.
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:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:91/100

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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
Nearest Odorous Facility:
4 miles
20/100
Proximity Average90/100

Amenities

Clubhouse:
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

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.

UPDATE: In May 2015, Rarity Bay amenities including the golf course were acquired by a business partnership called Salem Pointe Capital. The sale was worth a total of $5.75 million. The purchase includes 172 lots, 11 condos, the golf course and clubhouse and 27 acres of undeveloped property.

100/100

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: 0.3753%
Sales Tax: 7.43%
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: $7,696
Sport: $2,376
Social: $6,453

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,764
Sport: $11,654
Social: $18,411

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Packages include the master site plan, current price list and discovery packages offered.

Community Scorecard

Our Score:
Silver
76/100
Your Score:
Gold
94 / 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
Nearest Odorous Facility:
4 miles
20/100
Proximity Average90/100

Amenities

Clubhouse:
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

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.

UPDATE: In May 2015, Rarity Bay amenities including the golf course were acquired by a business partnership called Salem Pointe Capital. The sale was worth a total of $5.75 million. The purchase includes 172 lots, 11 condos, the golf course and clubhouse and 27 acres of undeveloped property.

100/100

Taxes

County:
Monroe
Real Estate:
0.0058%
Sales Tax:
9.75%
Southeast Average
Real Estate: 0.3753%
Sales Tax: 7.43%
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: $7,696
Sport: $2,376
Social: $6,453

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,764
Sport: $11,654
Social: $18,411