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We currently provide our services to select areas in the Chattanooga area but may expand to others down the road.

Cities and Neighborhoods We Serve

East Ridge

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Hixson

Hixson, Tennessee, is an unincorporated community in the northeastern Chattanooga area. It includes the smaller communities of Northgate, DuPont, Big Ridge, and Valleybrook. Northgate Mall, one of the two major malls in the Chattanooga area, is located in the retail area of the community. It was built in 1972. Unlike other cities where older malls have been abandoned for newer, bigger, and fancier malls, Northgate has been renovated and expanded several times.

History

Hixson is named after one of the first families to settle in the area. The Hixsons were from New Jersey and moved to Maryland and Virginia before settling in Greene County. Joseph and Susannah were listed in the 1776 census of Frederick County, Maryland. In 1786, Joseph paid 50 shillings for 100 acres of land south of the Nolichucky River in Greene County. He first visited the Hamilton County area in 1788 when he served under General Joseph Martin during a raid against the Chickamaugas at Lookout Mountain near Moccasin Bend. Some of Joseph and Susannah’s children, including Ephraim, Sr., moved from Greene County to Hamilton and Bledsoe Counties. Ephraim, Sr. settled in Bledsoe County. His son, Ephraim, Jr. was born in 1797 in Greene County, raised in Bledsoe County, and married his first cousin, Margaret. They moved to Hamilton County and bought 640 acres for $5,500. By 1834, Ephraim, Jr. became a Justice of the Peace. In the 1836 Hamilton County tax lists, Ephraim, Jr. and Margaret’s son, Huston was listed as their neighbor. Ephraim, Jr. and Margaret also had a son named Wilson, who married Nancy Hughes. Wilson and Nancy’s son, Ephraim Franklin, built a home near the site of the log cabin of his grandfather, Ephraim, Jr. Ephraim Franklin’s home is located on Adams Road near the train station. It is still standing today. Many descendants of the family still live in the area. They started having family reunions in 1957. In 1961, 560 people attended the reunion.

Demographics

The population of Hixson is 14,500 with 90 percent having earned a high school degree or higher and 29 percent having earned a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The average household income is $54,467 and the average per capita income is $31,160. With 76 percent of the houses being owner-occupied, the average value of a house is $152,697. The average monthly rent is $699.

Things to Do in Hixson, Tennessee

Greenway Farms

Greenaway Farms is a 180-acre park with six miles of running, walking, hiking, and biking trails. It is along North Chickamahuga Creek, so it has three canoe access points. There is also an off-leash dog park. It is open daily from 6 am to 7 pm and is located off of Hamill Road one mile east of Highway 153.

The Chickamauga Dam

The Chickamauga Dam on the Tennessee River is a hydroelectric dam built between 1936 and 1940 as part of the New Deal programs. It included a 60-by-360-foot lock so boats and barges could travel between the Chickamauga and Nickajack reservoirs. It was designed to allow for expansion of the lock to 110 by 600 feet. In 2003, a project to replace the lock was started with a completion date of 2014. Funding issues developed, but additional funding was eventually provided. However, during the delay, the cost of materials to complete the work had increased. In 2013, the estimated cost of the project had nearly doubled, and the estimated completion date was set back five years. As it stands, the current lock will be unsafe to use before 2023.

The reservoir is a recreational area that provides the opportunity for swimming, paddle boarding, fishing, and boating. The recreation area is located at 3012 Kings Point Road.

The Battles for Chattanooga Museum

Located on Lookout Mountain, the Battles for Chattanooga Museum focuses on the battles fought in November 1863 for control of the Chattanooga area that precede General Sherman’s March to the Sea. The show features multimedia projection mapping with 3-D modeling software. After the show, view the display of Civil War relics and weapons. The museum is located at 1110 E Brow Road, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The rest of the year, the museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

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Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee, is ten miles from Chattanooga. It is located on the Walden Ridge and is part of the Cumberland Plateau. It is a residential community with most residents commuting to work in Chattanooga. It has two elementary schools and a combination middle school and high school. Amenities include a community center, a library, a playhouse, an athletic club, and a golf club.

History

Native Americans used a spot on the mountain called Signal Point to transmit smoke and fire signals across the Tennessee Valley. During the Civil War, the Union Army used it as a communication base. At that time, it was sparsely populated. However, in 1873 and 1878, Chattanooga experienced yellow fever and cholera epidemics, and some wealthy families moved to the mountain for clean water and clear air.

Development began around the Signal Point area in the early 20th century, when Charles E. James bought 4,400 acres of land and sold it in parcels for summer homesteads. He used some of the land to build a grand hotel, the Signal Mountain Inn. Twelve miles of street car tracks connecting Signal Mountain to Chattanooga were completed in 1913. Some of the tracks are still visible in the historic district. In 1918, he added a golf course. However, there was a problem. Prior to the development, farmers in the area had allowed their livestock to roam freely and graze on the mountain. Now, the livestock was grazing in the yards of residents and on the golf course. The town requested and received a charter from the state legislature in 1919. The new town government immediately outlawed animals in town and hired a man on a horse to clear out the animals.

Demographics

According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2010, the population of Signal Mountain was 8,264 living in 3,246 households. Among the population, 96% had a high school degree or higher and 62.4% had a Bachelor’s degree or higher. The median household income was $94,000 and the median per capita income was $46,867.

In 2010, there were 3,168 housing units with 85.7% owner-occupied. The median value of owner-occupied housing was $305,000. The median monthly cost of owner-occupied housing with a mortgage was $1,839. The median monthly cost of owner-occupied housing without a mortgage was $557. The median monthly rent was $1,585

Things to Do in Signal Mountain

Cumberland Trail

Signal Point Park is the southernmost point of the Cumberland Trail. The Justin P. Wilson Cumberland Trail is a hiking trail along the Cumberland Plateau. It runs from Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. Covering two time zones and 11 counties, it was 210 miles long in November 2016 with plans to extend it to over 300 miles. It is Tennessee’s only linear park. When it was created in 1998, it was the state’s 53rd state park.

The Signal Point Park section of the Cumberland Trail ends at Suck Creek Road and is 8.4 miles long. Sections of the trail are strenuous with rough, rocky terrain, steep bluffs, and a 400 foot difference in elevation levels. Camping is allowed at Lockhart’s Arch Campsite, approximately two miles from the start of the trail, and at North Suck Creek Campsite, approximately seven miles from the start of the trail. Those intending to camp overnight should park at Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area because overnight parking is not allowed at Signal Point

From Signal Point Park, with its overlook of the Tennessee River Gorge, Williams Island, Raccoon Mountain, and Chattanooga, the trail descends 200 feet to Middle Creek Gorge. You will be in an area called “the mousetrap” using ramps and steps that can be slippery when wet. You will pass the Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area, cross the Middle Creek Gorge, enter Prentice Cooper State Forest and Wildlife Management Area, and climb to the plateau rim with another overlook of the Tennessee River Gorge. At this overlook, you will see Edwards Point. If there has been enough rain, you will also see the 95 foot Julia Falls. About a half mile farther is the Rainbow Falls. Then, the trail goes down into North Suck Creek Gorge and uses a suspension bridge to cross the creek. Upstream is the Rainbow Lake dam. Other trails merge at this point and you may choose to follow one of them. If you continue on the Cumberland Trail, you will climb 200 feet to Edwards Point near the Middle Creek Arches which are composed of limestone. Once at the top, you are 200 feet from Lockhart’s Arch. A mile up the trail, there is another climb. You are now in a section with a variety of plants and several seasonal creek crossing. At about six and a half miles, you pass Mushroom Rock, a 20-foot rock pedestal with a capstone on top. Then, rock steps take you down 300 feet into the North Suck Creek Gorge where you will cross a 225-foot suspension bridge to the North Suck Creek Campsite. A 400-foot ascent follows with another descent in half a mile. Then you will climb steps to Suck Creek Road. If you walk 100 yards to the right, cross the road, and climb more steps to Poplar Spring Trail, you will come to a pullout for parking. Note that all water on this trail should be treated.

Raccoon Mountain Caverns

The Raccoon Mountain Caverns are limestone caverns with large waterfalls, amazing scenery, fossils, and a variety of formations and passages. It allows those who enjoy caving to be challenged. Cavers help each other walk, climb, and crawl through passageways, and over and under formations. Helmets, lights, gloves, and pads are provided and required. Guided walking tours are also available for the general public of any age and skill level. The Raccoon Mountain Caverns are located at 319 West Hills Drive in Chattanooga.

The Mountain Opry

The Mountain Opry is for fans of bluegrass and old-time country bands. Every Friday night through September 29th, bands take the stage starting at 8 pm and play 30 minute sets at the Walden Ridge Civic Center, 2501 Fairmont Pike. Admission is free.

There are also numerous ways to explore the Tennessee River located in Chattanooga.

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Soddy Daisy

Soddy Daisy is located in Hamilton County in Southeastern Tennessee. Situated 17 miles northeast of state capitol Chattanooga, the city had a population of over 13,000 as of 2016. Boasting a graceful rural feel and a relatively low cost of living, this city and region have proved increasingly popular to Chattanooga workers looking to rent or purchase property.

Local Geography and Climate

The city comprises 28.3 square miles and lies at the base of the Cumberland Plateau. Chickamauga Lake runs through much of the region; elsewhere, a wooded mountain range flanks the city on its western edge. It lies within the broader Chickamauga Creek Natural Are and, like much of rural Tennessee, is renowned for its trails and hiking opportunities.

This town receives on average 55 inches of rain a year, higher than the national average. With 5.6 inches of rain falling, many consider December the wettest month. The average January low hovers around 29 degrees with an average July high of 89 degrees. Its average annual humidity of 76.60% nearly matches the U.S average of 77.52%. The town enjoys an average of 209 days of sun per year.

History

The communities of Soddy and Daisy incorporated in April 1969 to create the present city. Often considered one of the odder city names in the country, how these two communities received their names is a mystery. Soddy was believed to derive from the Choctaw word “Tsati” that referred to the region’s original inhabitants. There was also a William Sodder who ran a trading post. Meanwhile, many believe that the name of Daisy referred to the daughter of coal magnate Thomas Parks who established the Daisy Coal Company in April 1881. The arrival of coal mining led to increased growth in both communities.

Population

According to Census figures, the population of the Soddy Daisy stood in 1970 at 7,569 inhabitants. Over the succeeding decades, population grew steadily with a minor boom between 1990 as 2000 as the population increased 40% to 11, 530. Between 2010 and 2016, the population grew at just over 2%.

The population is 98% Caucasian, higher than the Tennessee average. As of 2016, there were 5,129 households in the city. Its square mile density of just over 560 inhabitants is more than 250% higher than the state average. The median resident age is 42.1 years. While somewhat higher than the national average of 37.4 years, Soddy Daisy remains by and large a city of families. The age-range of its inhabitants is fairly evenly spread with 23% under the age of 18 and 13.5% aged 65 or older.

Things to Do

Nestled right in the middle of the scenic Chickamauga Creek Natural Area, abundant opportunities exist just outside the city for exploring the outdoors. You will find numerous hiking trails of varying difficulty. These trails follow a winding path directly through craggy rock formations which, at one point, crosses over a flowing creek via a bridge. Lush scenery ensures that as the seasons change, there will always be something new to enjoy. The Stevenson Branch campsite permits free camping but spots must be reserved in advance. Meanwhile, the nearby lake features marinas and launching facilities intended for sport and hobby fishing.

Within the city, the Parks and Recreation Department operates four parks and three playgrounds. All parks feature a walking path. State Park, the most northern park in the city, features a public fishing pier. The newest park, Holly Park, overlooks the lake and includes picnic tables with a full lake view.

Schools and Education

The school district includes five public schools, with Allen Elementary ranked the highest of its public schools at 123rd out of 853 Tennessee PK-05 schools.
The school district spends 8,841$ per student with an average 14 to 1 student-to-teacher ratio. The average test scores remain 15% higher than the national average.
As of 2015, over 84% of the population of the city over 25 had finished high school while 18.1% held a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

The Local Economy and Cost of Living

The median owner-occupied income is $55,000 with a per capita income at $25, 000. Both of these figures are somewhat lower than the state and national averages. The unemployment rate is 4.8%. The fields of management, business, or finance employ 33.75% of the population, almost twice the percentage of its second-highest employment category of sales and office support.

With a local sales tax of 9.0%, Tennessee boasts no state income tax, one of seven states in the country to share this distinction. Overall, the cost of living remains steady at 11.10%, lower than the national average.

Real Estate Options

According to Zillow.com, the average home price in Soddy Daisy stands at $140,000, expecting to rise 3.6% over the next year. This median home price is 29% lower than the national average. The median amount of household rooms has been consistent at 5.5 rooms with 2.5 inhabitants serving as the median household size. The rate of owner-occupied properties is 72% while the amount of renter-occupied households stands at 28%.
The average monthly rent for a one bedroom unit is $774, a one-bedroom unit rents for $971 with a two-bedroom monthly rent running $1101.

Overall, Zillow.com rates the city’s real estate market health an 8.2/10 which is deemed very healthy. The cost of housing in general remains 25% lower than the national average.

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Southside Chattanooga

Southside Chattanooga, Tennessee has seen a major revitalization in the past decade. Once the industrial heart of Tennessee’s fourth largest city, the Southside neighborhood had fallen out of favor. Now, thanks to grants and a vision, what was once a neighborhood lined with abandoned buildings has blossomed into an eclectic mix of homes, eateries, art galleries, and entertainment.

City leaders decided to offer grants to encourage growth in the area. Their first goal was to bring housing to the Southside neighborhood. Once there was ample housing, grants were offered to businesses to open storefronts. The grants ended five years ago, but the area has continued to grow ever since.

Southside Chattanooga Real Estate

Chattanooga, Tennessee is home to an estimated 177,571 residents. The average home price runs $225,000 with rentals having a median cost of $584 per month. Currently, Southside rent prices vary from $895 per month for a 1 bed, 1 bath apartment and $2,200 per month for a 2 beds, 1 bath condominium.

Most of the recently sold homes in the neighborhood were bordered by 17th, 19th, Long, and Cowart Streets. These homes generally sold between $270,000 and $300,000. This area is within close walking distance of public transportation and many other highlights in Chattanooga.

Features of Southside

Not only does this neighborhood offer excellent schools and a close proximity to downtown, it is near a number of other Chattanooga highlights.

Art

One of the main focuses on the revitalization has been to create a reason for residents and visitors to visit the Southside Chattanooga area. Along Main Street, visitors can take a stroll, visit unique shops, dine in a variety of restaurants, and enjoy the sculptures and artwork of local artists.

Also on Main Street are Area 61 and HART Gallery. These local art galleries feature works from local artists. HART Gallery’s artworks are created by homeless and other local non-traditional artists. It is a non-profit agency which strives to help local artists sell their work. Area 61 is a more traditional gallery, with local woodworkers and craftsmen displaying and selling their crafts.

Due to its proximity to the Tennessee River, Southside was prone to flooding. The city wanted to go above and beyond when solving the problem and created Main Terrain Art Park to benefit residents and visitors. The park acts as a reservoir for flood waters and recycles the water it to reuse in the park. Scenic walkways encourage residents to be more active and artwork fills the park to draw people in.

Locally Crafted Foods

Artwork isn’t the only thing crafted in Southside. Chattanooga is also home to food and drink craftsmen who rival the best in the country. Chattanooga Brewing Company is a great example of this. Its unique brews can be sampled at many local restaurants, as well as bars and taverns.

Other crafted dining companies include Main Street Meets and Niedlov’s Breadworks. Main Street Meats produces meets cut by a local craft butcher, while Niedlov’s brings the local bakery back to Chattanooga. You can try out their foods their local restaurants and many other local eateries.

Dining

Raised in Chattanooga, Chef Daniel Lindley returned home to open his third restaurant, Alleia in 2009. Alleia features a rustic Italian menu and is very popular among Chattanooga natives and visitors. Lindley is one of the Southeast’s top 20 chefs and has received several James Bear Foundation nominations.

If you prefer American and Southern classic cuisine The Feed Co. Table and Tavern is another unique Southside Chattanooga eatery. Located in a rehabilitated feed mill, this restaurant combines amazing food with a unique ambiance that beckons to its humble beginnings. Chef Charlie Loomis prepares meals at the Feed Co. from seasonal and locally sourced produce and meats.

STIR is another restaurant that screams local flavor with unique scenery. STIR was built in the Chattanooga Choo Choo, a former railway terminal station. This restaurant and bar prides itself in using local foods, taking advantage its proximity to the Tennessee River. Seafood, crafted drinks, and hand cut ice are few of the samplings you will find here.

Entertainment

Southside Chattanooga does not fall short when it comes to entertainment. They have a variety of venues and activities nearby. If you wish to attend a concert, nearby Track 29 is located in Chattanooga Choo Choo on Market Street. It is a great place to catch your favorite musician. If you would rather play ping pong to live honky tonk music, and have some great food and a beer with your friends, Clyde’s On Main is another fun place to visit.

For family-friendly fun, check out a football or soccer game at Finley Stadium Davenport Field. If you want to do something together instead, you may prefer to bowl or play other games with your friends and family at Southside Social. This boutique-style bowling alley and restaurant offers many games and has a courtyard with fire pits, horseshoes, corn hole, and more.

Managing Your Tennessee Properties

Properties in the Southside neighborhood of Chattanooga are a great place to invest in real estate. Families and singles alike can find a lot to love in the neighborhood and don’t have to travel far to get see the best Chattanooga has to offer. For property management, please contact us today for a market analysis of your rental property.

St. Elmo

St. Elmo is a historic district located in the south of Hamilton County in Chattanooga. The heritage rich neighborhood sits within a valley in the Lookout Mountain, at the foot of the Tennessee River. It is among the region’s oldest towns with a history that goes back to the settlement of Native Americans. Although the suburb has undergone some tumultuous times over the decades, it is currently enjoying a revitalized economy as small businesses take root in the region.

A community plan drafted in 2001 by the Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency aimed to transform the suburb into an area where people from all backgrounds will be glad to call home. The town is on its way to achieving this as the community continues to welcome new residents who have discovered the potential of the region. Part of the renewal project has witnessed the restoration of historic houses, which contribute to the charm of the place. A good number of properties are on the National Register and some 19th and 20th-century architecture is preserved.

History

Located between 2 Indian trails, St. native Americans occupied Elmo during the Woodland period. Hunting and gathering were the economic activities of these settlers who were then replaced by Mississippians who did agriculture. The Cherokees also settled in the area between 1776 and 1786. Before 1929, the town operated as an independent municipality until the annexing, which saw it incorporated into the city of Chattanooga. The little suburb gained popularity during the yellow fever exodus of 1878. As people fled from Chattanooga, they occupied the area around Lookout Mountain.

In the early 1880s, the town saw a boost in its residential community as the region experienced a construction boom. The expansion of an electric trolley between the town and Chattanooga in 1893 also contributed to the developing real estate market. In the following years, more connections between the two Tennessee towns were created including the narrow gauge Incline #1 opened in 1887, the broad gauge line, and Incline #2. These connections allowed both residents and tourists to commute without too much trouble. In 1926, the town got a direct route, which simplified transport further.

Places to See and Things to Do

One way to experience the beauty of St. Elmo is to ride the Incline from the top of the mountain to the town that rests snugly at the bottom and back up. At the top, you have Lookout Mountain, which is generous with magnificent sceneries. The view of the waterfall is particularly mesmerizing. The mountain also provides an opportunity for different kinds of sports like gliding for those who can handle the thrill. On the way down, take the time to pop into various attractions like the caves and other historical sites. Visitors can either use the cable car or drive to enjoy the sights.

The quaint neighborhood at the bottom welcomes you with a line of delightful restaurants and other eateries where you can stop for snacks. For family outings, the town offers friendly shops and restaurants to sample. Visitors can arrange microbrewery tours to expand their sightseeing. Chattanooga is only a few minutes from the Incline and the historic suburb, so it provides another set of attractions to marvel at.

The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame, for example, is only three minutes from the Incline. For vehicle enthusiasts, the museum is a precious find. Ten minutes from the Incline is the Tennessee Aquarium, which is a must see whether you are visiting with family or not. It houses various marine animals including sharks, penguins, and stingrays. A further distance for the Incline, about 11 minutes, is the Hunter Museum of American Art, which is home to numerous art collections dating back to the colonial era.

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The neighborhood has evolved into a pretty suburb that is surrounded by historic buildings. You will find several residences from the 1940s while some are older than that and others are undergoing restoration to return their original glory. The concentration of historic buildings gives the region its personality. Besides Victorian bungalows, which characterize this Tennessee neighborhood, there are also small and medium-sized family homes ranging from studio to two-bedroom to 3/4-bedroom houses. Owners and renters are almost in equal proportions in this little town. The median price for real estate is $ 158,184 while rental properties average $940-$1,200, which is lower than a majority of the neighboring regions.

Over the years, the town has grown exponentially to include residents of different cultural backgrounds. St. Elmo contains a high number of Scot-Irish and English-ancestry occupants compared to other areas. The environment is also friendly to students, which has influenced the development of rental apartments. Occupation trends are varied in the neighborhood with a significant population working in professional employment. Other residents have jobs in sales, service, and manufacturing. Such a demographic is an attractive quality for potential buyers who want a vibrant neighborhood. Individuals moving to this suburb can expect a lower crime rate compared to its neighbors. The preferred means of commute is driving.

St Elmo Tennessee offers a neighborhood that has managed to maintain its historic atmosphere without lagging behind in its development. Although still undergoing a renewal phase, the region is suitable for all kinds of homeowners from a young family to a large unit with school-going children. The quiet and laidback environment offers a great setting for raising kids and the perfect escape for a retiree. Residential properties are also available for young professionals and students looking for simple accommodation.

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