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Knoxville’s Most Walkable Neighborhoods

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Living in a walkable neighborhood has many perks. From accessible restaurants and shops to living a healthier lifestyle, our buyers express many reasons for wanting a home in one of Knoxville’s walkable communities. If the ease of lacing up your shoes and heading out the door is a high priority in your Knoxville home search, we encourage you to explore these three great neighborhoods.

4th&Gill/Historic North Knoxville/Happy Holler

Historic North Knoxville offers a well-blended mix of residential and commercial properties. You’ll find that the neighborhoods offer a cozy, community feel although only blocks away from some of Knoxville’s most popular shopping and dining establishments. In January 2023, one of Tennessee’s most notable breweries, YeeHaw, opened its doors in Historic North Knoxville, and the community is set to welcome several new businesses this year including a wine bar and a fine dining restaurant. 

The homes in Historic North Knoxville offer quaint charm and many have been remodeled with modern updates. You’ll find sidewalks connecting most of the area, so you can safely explore the community. Walk over to Knoxville’s only dog park bar, grab a bite to eat at a food truck, sip coffee at Jack’s, or buy locally-sourced groceries at Three Rivers Market. There’s so much to do within walking distance in Historic North Knoxville.

Downtown/Old City

Downtown Knoxville is an ever-evolving community with many places to explore. In late 2022, Downtown welcomed new businesses including The Frothy Monkey and The Brass Pearl, and more are on the way in 2023. With Knoxville’s recent booming growth, Downtown is a lively spot most evenings and weekends. Downtown residents enjoy a stress-free commute on their way to explore the community.

Unlike Historic North Knoxville, you’ll find that Downtown Knoxville homes are more integrated with commercial spaces. Many buildings are multi-use with shopping and dining at street level and residential condos above. Homes in Downtown Knoxville are typically intimate 1-2 bedroom condos with an industrial feel reminiscent of the repurposed buildings where they are located. The area includes sidewalks and crosswalks, so you can safely take your pup to the dog park, meet friends for drinks, shop at the weekly farmers market, or head to your office or community co-working space.

Hardin Valley

Hardin Valley is the most traditionally suburban community out of the three we mention, but it deserves its spot. Hardin Valley is a rapidly growing community in West Knoxville made of mostly residential neighborhoods and a few commercial establishments including a luxury spa, local restaurants, bars, and many medical and dental offices. The community welcomed its first specialty coffee shop in 2022 and will become home to its 2nd brewery in 2023 when XUL opens its West Knoxville tap room.

Hardin Valley offers more spacious homes than you’ll find in Historic North Knoxville and Downtown since most homes are multi-level with 3-5 bedrooms. This makes Hardin Valley a great community for families. Much of Hardin Valley road and the local neighborhoods include sidewalks and ample street lighting making this community desirable for residents who enjoy exercising outside. Additionally, many of the school-age kids in Hardin Valley can easily walk to school along sidewalks, which relieves the daily stress of morning drop-off and afternoon pickup. While Hardin Valley may not be the most walkable neighborhood in Knoxville, it may be just walkable enough to fit your lifestyle while also offering homes sized for your family.

If you would like to learn more about buying a home in one of these great Knoxville communities, please reach out. Our team of expert Knoxville Realtors would love to help you find your perfect home.

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