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: Ronald
The beauty of the development is its physical apperance and design. However, the people make the difference. Rarity Bay has a fine group of homeowners who care about their homes and the development they live in. This is the place to live if you want to enjoy life to the fullest.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
60/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
100/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:71/100
Property Owner: Anonymous
This is a very close knit community with everyone doing their best to help each other and the community. Great variety of activities.
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: Anonymous
Great people that are friendly with a strong community commitment.
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: Kim
We have lived all over the Southeast and this is, by far, a community with the nicest people and the best place to live to stay active and maintain good relationships.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
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: Jim
The community is large enough to have a full range of activities and small enough that we all have fun together!
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
100/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
100/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
100/100
Average:91/100
Property Owner: Bill
Great views & great people
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
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:89/100
Property Owner: Bill
In transition to new ownership now. An awful lot of potential. Beautiful setting, nice people, will be great w new management.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
HOA/POA Dues:
60/100
Membership Fees:
60/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
60/100
Average:63/100
Property Owner: Mary
Beauty, friendly, active, social
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
20/100
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:86/100
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: Richard
When first visiting the area 13 years ago, we fell in love with Rarity Bay even after visiting several other developments in the area. There was no comparison to the quality of homes, views of lake and mountains and friendliness of the residents of rarity Bay. We bought our lot in 2000, built upon retirement in 2005 and have been extremely happy that we live here. The golf course is very enjoyable to our members as well as visitors who have been very complimentary on its beauty and condition. Golf fees are very competitive in this area. Tennis, pickle ball, swimming, boating and equestrian activities are very popular as are events at our Activities Center. The best, however, is the welcoming of neighbors to their homes for dinners, cards, and other games. Our "Yacht Club"/boating club is very active with several events per month.
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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Our Score:
Silver
76/100
Your Score:
Gold
94 / 100

Property Owner Reviews

Property Owner: Paul
We are a unique collection of mostly "over 55 folks", though not age-restricted by deed. Most have had successful careers at high levels of accomplishment. So there is a homogeneity that is unusual in a community of our size (400 plus homes now, 1100 pus at build-out). This is reflected in broad participation in governance, committees, clubs, outside volunteerism, and social interaction. The sense of family that exists here is unmatched in any other community in which we have lived. We care for each other, and we support each other in the most meaningful way. When you add to this sense of community the beauty of a lakeside venue in close view of the Smoky Mountains, The boating and water sports, golf, tennis, and country club membership, we believe this is the happiest community by far.
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: John
This place has it all-Lake, horses, golf country club, location and mild climate and the beautiful smoky mountains which is fantastic for motorcycling and camping. Best of all the people here are gracious, friendly and with a real sense of caring and 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
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: Anonymous
The people who live in Rarity Bay are the friendliest and most helpful group of people I have ever met! We have lived in several states in the past and have never been welcomed and included in the community like we have been here. Neighbors are always ready to give support or lend a hand if needed. We have numerous clubs and activities within our community which are open to all members. There is truly something for everyone!
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: Kim
We have lived all over the Southeast and this is, by far, a community with the nicest people and the best place to live to stay active and maintain good relationships.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
100/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
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
EVERYONE is so very friendly and helpful when you need them. There are no unhappy faces.
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: Marlee
The homeowners welcome everyone. The community is gracious, helpful and ready to please. I felt at home the minute I moved here. It is wonderful to wake up each morning to paradise and caring new friends.
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: 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: Sue F.
I lived alone before I purchased a home in Rarity Bay. I still live alone,but am no longer lonely. I have been included in so many activities. I am now again using my brain and social skills. I have some kind of activity to look forward each day if I choose. I am so happy here.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
100/100
Developer Creditability:
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: Al
It affords me the best in rural living, varied areas of interest and beautiful surroundings.
Curb Appeal and Maintenance:
80/100
Developer Creditability:
60/100
HOA/POA Dues:
80/100
Membership Fees:
80/100
Proximity to Places of Interest:
80/100
Quality of Community Amenities:
80/100
Social Clubs:
80/100
Average:77/100

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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: 0.3786%
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: $7,671
Sport: $2,291
Social: $4,779

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,659
Sport: $11,465
Social: $18,222

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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: 0.3786%
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: $7,671
Sport: $2,291
Social: $4,779

Initiation Fees/Deposits

Golf:
$0
Sport:
$0
Social:
$0
Southeast Average
Golf: $39,659
Sport: $11,465
Social: $18,222