Off the east side of Chattanooga, Ooltewah, TN, is the perfect blend of rural ambiance and city amenities. Houses and undeveloped land are abundant, making this a prime location for anyone who likes their space. A handful of apartments and condos are available, but for the most part you should expect a decent walk to see your neighbor. Penetrating the market is easy, as the median home price is a relatively low $104,500. Consistent positive appreciation only makes the deal better.
Economically, Ooltewah enjoys an extremely low cost of living. The rural setting enables a fair amount of self-sufficiency for anyone interested. Unemployment is below average, with most jobs being related to construction, production, transportation, shipping and the various local positions needed in every town. On the surface, income levels seem low, but the majority of residents' wealth is tied into land and the goods produced by it. Primary education is strong. Teachers typically only have 15 students at a time and the graduation rate is well above 85 percent.
Ooltewah itself offers aesthetic beauty and the opportunity for peace that only comes from remote settings. The gorgeous countryside offers endless exploration, including plenty of rivers and streams. Every amenity you could need is only 20 minutes away in nearby Chattanooga. Groceries, supplies, entertainment and dining are all available with convenience. The region is rich in sports activities, including golf, football and baseball. If you want a break from the solitude, a day trip to Atlanta is only two hours away. You can have access to the rich southern culture, legendary nightlife, professional sports and musicians, and everything else Atlanta brings to its visitors. Outside of the city, reasonably short trips put you in range of almost every significant historical site. From settlement to Civil War, the south has endless tellings to keep you educated and interested. Ooltewah is the perfect way to enjoy the comforts of rural life without giving up the opportunities of the city.