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Old 09-30-2020, 01:41 PM   #1
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The Gardens RV Community Crossville Tn Any Help?

We were looking at The Gardens RV Community in Crossville Tn. Wondering if anyone has visited,looked at,purchased in this development? Kind of like to get some impressions whether good or bad. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2020, 04:27 AM   #2
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It looks very nice. Provided you keep your SC location, that is cold country in the winter months.
I don't see any reference to HOA fees but I guarantee there are. Probably as pricey as the homes.
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We have a friend who has a home there (with a huge RV port!). It's a lovely community and more "residential" than the typical RV community that packs in permanent RV sites. We've only visited, so don't know much about the social life there.
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I used to go thru Crossville for business, and still have friends there. The Gardens look like a very nice place, but it's hard to tell what joint facilities they have.

What's nice about Crossville is the central location--within a day's drive of half the U.S. population. Healthcare is marginal, and most go to the larger Cookeville 1/2 hr. to the west to specialty doctors. Or, they go to Knoxville 1 hr. east or Nashville 125 mi. west.

The city is a golf heaven with 8 fabulous golf courses and a numerous country clubs located in Fairfield Glade development. The area has great natural resources with waterfalls and whitewater.

I have found Cookeville to be more popular as a retirement community and a really happening place. The society in Crossville is half country club (Ford and GM retirees) and half Jeep owners with rebel flags in the back.

It all depends on whether you're wanting to make this your main residence to make RV trips out of. Or, are you just looking for another campground to spend time in.

We keep our fifth wheel in a deeded member owned campground in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Georgia. Dues are $450 a year, and it cost $1 a day to stay as many as 14 days a month--12 months out of the year. My camper stays there in storage @ $1 a day. The campground is very fiscally sound, and facilities are fabulous. This works out well for our camping needs.
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We visited, bought a lot, went through design, and escaped by reselling the lot when we realized the actual cost to build there (about 50% higher than they will put in your contract). Plus the guy doing the design (developer's son) had absolutely no building science or design training. We had to do our own layouts. We did the actual legwork on cost estimates of everything - what they put in the contract for allowances, etc., is woefully insufficient to even complete the home. A contract of $450K will actually run you close to $700K to complete. Local bank loan officers will tell you they cannot get appraisals to work out for lending.

Happy to answer questions by PM. We did move to the general area, built with another builder (there are several who have experience building RV garages and RV garage homes), and every time we drive past the Gardens we say "glad we dodged that bullet" and "that's 2 years of our lives we will never get back".

The Gardens has no community amenities other than a small clubhouse that won't fit the entire population.

ETA - I agree with Bamaman's comments as well. We go to Cookeville or Knoxville for medical, any shopping other than the supermarket or Lowes, and dining out (when we did, which we aren't).
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