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 76.

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: Anonymous
It is a gated community where everyone may socialized without regard to who, where or what you've been. Full acceptance and support for each other at all levels in family, health, and social. We have privacy but excellent access to theater, arts, music , water, equestrian, golf, tennis, and atmospheric dawns and sunsets which are not rivaled by many. I am a photographer and never lack for settings, moods, or wildlife to capture.
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: Samuel
This is a very close community that is there for anyone at any time. There is something for everyone.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:100/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
I have lived in this community from the time they cut their very first roads and formed their womens club and watched it grow into a warm loving, caring community. The neighbors not only look out for and help one another, and socialize with one another, but they reach out to the surrounding communities to help the less fortunate.....it is a place that is extra special.....there are few places like this left on earth that are not only an attractive community, but actually have heart.....
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: Anonymous
Beautiful views, weather, and people!
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
We have wonderful neighbors, beautiful water and mountain views, lots to do. Heaven on Earth.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:83/100
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
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: Anonymous
Two things stand out here. The first is the quality of the people. From our personal experience, this place is full of people that you want to spend time with, and there are more than ample activities to give you that opportunity. The second feature is the property. We think it is the best piece of property in the region: on Lake Tellico which is lowered a minimal amount by TVA each year and that preserves the beauty of the property, a fine and picturesque golf course and equestrian center on the grounds, and mountain views from many, many sites on the property.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
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:91/100
Property Owner: Nancy
Great people, friendly and very inviting. Lots of great activities organized by the various social groups that bring people together. In addition to organized activities, opportunity for spur of the moment and more activities abound. Environment is peaceful and relaxing allowing us to just enjoy the lake and views.
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
Property Owner: Ted
The views are breathtaking, the people are amazing and the spirit of living the American Dream is appreciated each and every day.
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
76/100

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Anonymous
We have wonderful neighbors, beautiful water and mountain views, lots to do. Heaven on Earth.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:83/100
Property Owner: Kasey
I bought my home in 2012, but was actually raised in the community. I am 27 years old but i do NOT feel like I am living in a "Retirement Community" These folks are AWESOME!
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: Robert
Friendly People, Moderate Southeastern Climate, Lake, Golf, Tennis, totally active community.
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: kkmillikan@yahoo.com
Living in the community for 17 years, almost since it's inception, The friends we have made and fun we have had is so worth it! I have also made a good living encouraging others to come and helped them purchase their dream home. Rarity Bay is Truly RARE!
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 people in Rarity Bay are the best!! Our residents represent all areas of the United States. Everyone feels included in our many social activities. We have numerous clubs and sport opportunities. We have residents who come from all regions of the country. Our women's club is the best! From personal experience I know that when a resident needs help or support there is an unbelievable response from the community. After living here for several years I know I could never find another community as caring as Rarity Bay! We are now managed by our own member elected board instead of by the developer.
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
A GREAT GATED, WATERFRONT, GOLF COURSE COMMUNITY WITH EXCEPTIONALLY FRIENDLY PEOPLE...GREAT PLACE TO LIVE AND RETIRE TO.
Average:0/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
The people make this the best place to live!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
60/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
100/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
60/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
60/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:83/100
Property Owner: Marcia
Rarity Bay has the friendliest people who truly care about each other. There are many options for pursuing any interest or hobby you may have.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
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: James
We chose Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake as our home because it is an incredible place to live, offering breath-taking water and mountain views on a large, pristine lake offering wonderful four seasons and endless boating excitement as well as access to the Gulf. The golf course is challenging, yet offers an enjoyable experience every time you play a round, year round. The Equestrian Center and surrounding riding trails and pastures offer a pleasing addition to the community. Plus Rarity Bay possesses all the other reasons to retire in East Tennessee: no income tax, low cost of daily living, low property taxes, great medical care and facilities, centrally located in the US with easy access. However, the primary reason for Rarity Bay being the happiest community to live is grounded in our community residents. These are the most caring, nurturing, friendly people you could ever want as your neighbors. Their origins are as geographically dispersed as are their professions and backgrounds. The long list of activities, clubs, associations, etc. are amazing and one can easily establish deep friendships while enjoying a vast assortment of hobbies, etc. This is a community that truly cares about the welfare of each and every one of our residents and their extended families. We feel truly blessed to live in a community where our "neighbors" aren't just the ones next door or across the street. We could not have picked a better place to retire for all the reasons you may list. We really mean it when we say, "Waking up each morning in Rarity Bay on Tellico Lake is just another day in paradise."
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: Richard
Friendly people who will provide aid if ever needed. Residents who have been successful in their careers, and the, don't have anything to prove. This results in a very open, caring and giving community.
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: 0.4446%
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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Packages include the master site plan, current price list and discovery packages offered.

Community Scorecard

Our Score:
Silver
76/100

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

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.

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: 0.4446%
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