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jbeletti
09-24-2009, 10:18 AM
There are a couple of RV Communities in Tennessee that I am aware of. In this thread, I will share what we have learned about Gardens RV Village in Crossville, TN.

Location
Crossville, Tennessee
- 76 miles west of Knoxville
- 113 miles east of Nashville
- 326 miles east of Memphis
- 200 miles north of Atlanta

Development Information
- Development website: www.gardensrvvillage.com (http://www.gardensrvvillage.com)
- Developer: Tim Wilson
- Phone: 931-456-7794
- Email: teresa@gardensrealtyllc.com
- YouTube videos by: rvretirementhomeport (http://www.youtube.com/user/rvretirementhomeport)
- YouTube videos by: rvgarage (http://www.youtube.com/user/rvgarage)

Age of Community
- 10 years old (~1999)

Type of RV Community
- Homes with RV garages

Home Types
- Homes are sited "duplex" or "side-by-side" style
- Owners have flexibility in home styles and sizes
- Use a developer design, bring your own design or have developer design what you want
- Garages are attached to the homes and are fully enclosed (up to 80 feet long)

Lot Sizes
- .23 to .50 acres (lots sold separately from home except home resales)

Lot Costs
- $42k - $60k in the newest phase (6) as of September 2009

Home Costs
- $150k - $300k+ (just my estimates based on what I have seen on past home prices)

Assessment Fees
- $250 base annual assessment for unimproved lots (as of 2006)
- $320 base annual assessment for improved lots (as of 2006)
- Base Annual Assessment only covers maintenance of common areas. It does not include any home maintenance

My Experience with this Community
I have no experience other than interaction with the developer on potential purchase and interaction with one home owner there. So far so good. People seem to love this place.

My Recommendation of this Community
I have no recommendation as of yet as I do not live there and have not spoken to enough owners (2009-Sept).

More Information

vangoes
09-24-2009, 11:04 AM
Jim,
I have lived here in Crossville for 3 1/2 years now. I retired from St. Louis and moved here. It is a small retirement community and is considered the Golf Capital of Tennessee. Obviously the golf, the cost of living and the mild climate is the attractive aspects for retirees. As far as the RV Gardens, it is an attractive development in a very good location of the city.

jbeletti
09-24-2009, 11:18 AM
Hi Van,

Thanks for the feedback on Crossville and Gardens RV Village. With this new forum, it is my hope that we end up with a decent number of RV Communities being represented in order to serve as a starting point for this interested in such communities.

I am dropping you an email about a trip I have coming up to your area.

Jim

bsedor
09-25-2009, 04:02 PM
What other RV Communities do you know of in Tennesee?

THX!

Bob

jbeletti
09-25-2009, 04:56 PM
Cumberland Mountain Preserve (http://www.cumberlandmountainpreserve.com)

Delaine and Lindy
09-25-2009, 08:40 PM
Our Eastern Region Rally leader has a place in Gardens RV village. He said its very nice. GBY

jbeletti
09-25-2009, 08:48 PM
Our Eastern Region Rally leader has a place in Gardens RV village. He said its very nice. GBY

Cool - emailing you now :)

Jim

jbeletti
08-03-2010, 07:56 AM
Well, we have finished our own first pass at a home design and have sent it to our developer/builder to review and estimate.

While we know there will be changes to be made, we're hopeful the basic layout will be viable.

See attached PDF to see the lay out.

Jim

07-31-10 Details:
2234 square feet of living space on a slab (3 bedroom and 2 baths)
1785 square feet of garage space (RV and car)
864 square fee of deck (with 342 square feet of it covered)
174 square feet of front porch (covered)

kakampers
08-03-2010, 01:27 PM
Really nice Bro...but there's something missing...no RV spot for Sis' rig??? Seriously...looks like it will be a beautiful home...congrats!!

jbeletti
08-03-2010, 01:49 PM
Oh Sis' - you judge too quickly :)

Not shown in the floor plan is a 50 amp power outlet, water and Direct TV outlet outside the RV garage door for my traveling through friends to squat for a day or two.

I got your back!

Jim

kakampers
08-03-2010, 03:19 PM
Oh Sis' - you judge too quickly :)

Not shown in the floor plan is a 50 amp power outlet, water and Direct TV outlet outside the RV garage door for my traveling through friends to squat for a day or two.

I got your back!

Jim

Now we're talking!! I knew you'd always look our for me....:o

Flying Dutchman
08-03-2010, 03:34 PM
Cool. I like it. :cool:

hcriddle
08-03-2010, 08:42 PM
Sweet Jim. Will this be in the Elgin area also?

porthole
08-03-2010, 08:47 PM
I like it - but the Jersey Shore Snob Goldens think the doggie area is a little small for anything but a Yorkie.


Oh yeah - thats right

convert
08-03-2010, 09:07 PM
Hey Jim,
nice pad whats the build date?
Reg Hromek "convert"

talley
08-03-2010, 10:04 PM
Jim... after leaving the Nashville rally, Diane and I spent a week at Deer Run RV at Crossville. I was doing some family research from the 1850's in Sparta (White County), Cumberland County and Fentress County. Don't know if there are any living relatives, but did locate cemetery locations of great-great-grand parents and other ancestors. Two (Lewis and George Oakes) are listed on Confederate side of the memorial on Main St in Crossville.

When returning from Sparta on Hwy 72 Diane noticed a very nice RV community. I then recalled that you had posted sometime back about looking for such a commmunty. Jimtoo also mentioned your interest in Crossville. During our visit there we found very friendly and helpful people. It is a nice area and the town seems progressive. New Library, well kept ollder downtown area and growing businesses.

The Gardens community looks very, very nice... well-kept and maintained. Takes lots of work... save time for Rving!!!

Good luck with your plans and buillding project

Jerry & Diane
961196109609


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jbeletti
08-03-2010, 10:08 PM
Buddy and Maureen - this will be in Crossville, TN

Duane - yeah, Yorkie sized doggy area. But a really nice neighborhood for critter walks. I am sure you guys will enjoy your visit :)

Reg - it's our retirement pad. So dates are a bit fuzzy.

Jim

MC9
08-04-2010, 06:23 AM
When we built our retirement house here in N.MI. it is all kitchen and a place to sleep it off. You guys gonna eat out?

Randy
08-04-2010, 07:21 AM
Jim, Good looking design. Santha said we are moving in. LOL. Welcome South. Randy

4ever
08-04-2010, 08:36 AM
Jim,

That is a good looking layout on the house. Like the community as well. Claire and I keep talking about moving south either TN or FL. Now you hvae us back thinking again.

Ted

truknutt
08-04-2010, 10:45 AM
Where's the Golf Cart Garage??

jbeletti
08-04-2010, 01:11 PM
Dave - plenty of room between the car and RV for the golf cart :) That space is open (looks like a wall there but there isn't).

Ted - The Gardens is a great place. If you want info from there, PM or email me your mailing address and I will pass it along to Tim Wilson, the developer.

Randy and Santha - Thanks y'all :)

MC9 - we will eat in mostly. I have tried to balance cost / function and indoor / outdoor living. Plan to do a fair amount of grilling outdoors. Indoors, I will have a pretty nice complement of kitchen hardware to get the job done. Just priced the kitchen and laundry appliances out and I am approaching 17k MSRP. Not pro-grade stuff, be pretty decent.

MC9
08-04-2010, 01:40 PM
My apologies Jim, I didn't read the fine print. Thought the pantry was the kitchen. whew!! Like you we did the great room bit.

jbeletti
08-04-2010, 01:52 PM
My apologies Jim, I didn't read the fine print. Thought the pantry was the kitchen. whew!! Like you we did the great room bit.

The open floor plan for the kitchen/family room is similar to what we have now in our townhome and we love it. The new one is larger though - it's about 30 x 27 versus 30 x 17 in the townhome.

Jim

Nabo
10-23-2010, 03:03 PM
Jim - Nat & I just ran by The Gardens (cuz we are camping in Crossville for the weekend) and was very impressed with the community. The road to phase 6 wasn't opened so we couldn't get over to your site but can't wait till it's finished. Keep us updated on estimate complete time and we'll have to through a "new home party".
B--

jbeletti
10-23-2010, 03:15 PM
Hi Byrd,

They have sold 8 of the 14 lots in in phase 6 now - I think. My design is being entered into the CAD system by the developer now. Hope to have a price soon! We expect to break ground early spring and close late fall. Yes to an open house! Once construction starts, I will be putting pictures online. Also, when we arrive at a final floor plan, I will post that updated image too.

Go Vols!

Jim

loafer
10-23-2010, 03:34 PM
Hey Jim
What a great concept perfect for your rig and a base to travel from . Looking forward to following the build online here.
Keep up the good work looks like you may end up living in the rig for awhile till its built.
Congrats
Bill

Nabo
10-23-2010, 03:41 PM
Jim - my only concern, and you probably thought of this already, is that the rv garage door in the existing units will not accommodate (oops spelling) the height of our BC. Our rig with the second AC unit is just over 13' and the highest clearance on the existing units is 12'9". We couldn't get our rig in - which would be a concern to us.

jbeletti
10-23-2010, 11:52 PM
Bill, yes, we'll likely live in the RV for a number of months depending on when our homenin Il sells.

Byrd, some of the older homes were built with shorter doors. Guess they had short RVs. Each owner can build what they want. We are going with a 14 foot door as are most newer homes built there in the last several years.

Jim

porthole
10-24-2010, 09:55 AM
I got the impression from the community you are going too as well as a few others I have looked at, that it seems in the beginning of these communities their thoughts were for the more affluent whose RV's were usually class A's. So 12'6 doors made sense.

Now that 5th wheels are becoming the so much more popular you have the 13"6 requirement, at least for those with toy haulers.

Jim - just a point of interest for you to check on your build. A friend of mine had a 13' door built for has new custom garage that was to house his 35' Donzi.
When it was done the actual opening, thanks to a screw up with both framing and the floor he ended up with a 12'4" "hole. 2" less then what he needed!

jbeletti
10-24-2010, 07:06 PM
Hi Duane,

I believe you are right on the reason for the lower doors on the older homes. The development is about 15 years old. I think even for resale, a 14 foot door should be considered. But with that 14 foot door comes the expense of a higher interior. I think a lot of folks consider this their last home and are not thinking of resale. Can't take the proceeds with you :)

I will check in on construction next year as often as my schedule allows.

Jim

lmcclure
06-12-2011, 07:42 PM
Hey Jim,
Found out this weekend that we have friends that live right behind where you house will be. We were camping in Crossville at Bean Pot Campgrounds and they camped with us. They have an Alfa See Ya MH. Good people. Marlene and Glenn Thomas. She has something to do with the home owners Assoc.

goldenbetty
06-12-2011, 09:02 PM
Jim,
Couple of things I may have missed in your "blueprint". How about a door from the RV garage midway somewhere, as into the kitchen? Sure would save some steps when loading up. Sewer cleanout? I'm jealous. When we are heading to Gatlinburg at Mardi Gras time, not with the RV, we'll have to stop by and say hi!

jbeletti
06-12-2011, 09:56 PM
Hey Jim,
Found out this weekend that we have friends that live right behind where you house will be. We were camping in Crossville at Bean Pot Campgrounds and they camped with us. They have an Alfa See Ya MH. Good people. Marlene and Glenn Thomas. She has something to do with the home owners Assoc.

Very cool Lee and Linda. I am sure I have met them by now too. Out home has begun. They are probably framing by now.

jbeletti
06-12-2011, 09:58 PM
Jim,
Couple of things I may have missed in your "blueprint". How about a door from the RV garage midway somewhere, as into the kitchen? Sure would save some steps when loading up. Sewer cleanout? I'm jealous. When we are heading to Gatlinburg at Mardi Gras time, not with the RV, we'll have to stop by and say hi!

Betty,

A visit would be neat. In the final design, we have 2 entrances into the home from the garage. One at each end. Entering into the kitchen on the long wall wasn't what we wanted. But we could always add it later if we feel it's needed.

porthole
06-25-2011, 11:09 AM
Jim, glad you invited the Gardens to the rally. Although that is in the distant future it was good to see and talk to the people that make it work. And I looked at your blueprints - awesome!