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.

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Rarity BayYour score:94 / 100Reviews:252

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Linda
The people in RB are always ready to pitch in and help one another when needed. Can always count on them. Always a wide variety of activities, even short trips or weekends to area attractions. Very fun community!
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: Bob
There is no developer right now. This is a POA run Community. We have more close friends here than anywhere else we have ever lived. The residents come from a variety of locations around the country and have many different backgrounds and experiences. It is this variety that makes for a fun and interesting community. Whether your interest is equestrian, boating, golf, tennis, gardening, cards, spiritual fellowship, etc., etc.; there is an amenity at Rarity Bay that will make you happy. This is a community where neighbors supporting neighbors is a way of life. Come on down! We'll leave the light on for you.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
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: Anonymous
We all came to this beautiful lake/mountain/golf/equestrian center from all walks of life and time zones. The support and friendliness in our community is second to none. We all feel blessed that we 'found each other' and continue to strive to make our community even better.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
40/100
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:89/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
It's the people! an the natural beauty of the lake and mountains!
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: Jean
Rarity Bay is an upscale, gated community that makes you feel safe, relaxed and happy. There are so many activities, people and entertainment you can't possibly get bored...unless that's what you want to be.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
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: 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: Tom
The wonderful VOLUNTEER spirit is prevalent in this spot of heaven at the foothills of the Smokies. Living and playing at Rarity Bay makes all better people and provides a fantastic and fun place for friends and family...not to mention our Friday afternoon Yappy Hours with our dogs.
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
Awesome people!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
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
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: Anonymous
We moved in 8 months ago & have many new friends. How many places in a neighborhood invite 5 couples for 'bloodies & biscuits & gravy' to introduce new neighbors? No answer needed.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:86/100

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Our Score:
Silver
74/100

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Sandra
Rarity Bay is located on a peninsula the juts out into Lake Tellico. It is the most beautiful location I've come across in my over 60 years of living in Tennessee. The people are from every part of the United States. It is a friendly, caring community. I have lived here for over 15 years and plan to stay as long as my health allows.
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
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:93/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
Most residents are in serious denial. Some are blissfully ignorant because they choose to be. Some Association amenities and infrastructure was never completed.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
20/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
20/100
Membership Fees:
20/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
40/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
20/100
Social Clubs:
40/100
Average:26/100
Property Owner: john
equstrian, golf and country club, dog park, boating, community clubs
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 place to live
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
80/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:89/100
Property Owner: Anthony
Having owned in the community since 2008 we can say without a doubt it is the best place we have lived. We came here initially for the lake, closeness to the mountains and no state income tax. After being here awhile the real beauty of living here is the people. Rarity bay residents really look out for one another and care about the community and the surrounding area. Living/retiring here was the best move we have made. It really is "Living the dream".
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 lived in many communities throughout the country and no where have we found the caring, fun people located in Rarity Bay. It compares to no other and we feel so fortunate to be a part of this community.
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: 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: 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: Anonymous
As a recent widow, I am supported and find the community as a whole fully there for those who have lost a loved one.
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
Incredible warm and friendly people from all over the nation; terrific activities include boating, wave running, dancing, singing, bridge, book club, hiking, an active, vibrant women's club, men's and women's golf, couple's golf, hiking, an equestrian center, a dog park, swimming...including water aerobics....the list goes on and on.....beautiful homes and wonderful people!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
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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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: 0.4617%
Sales Tax: 7.55%
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: $7,549
Sport: $2,267
Social: $4,916

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $33,242
Sport: $10,965
Social: $18,261

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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: 0.4617%
Sales Tax: 7.55%
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: $7,549
Sport: $2,267
Social: $4,916

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $33,242
Sport: $10,965
Social: $18,261