Living in Downtown Knoxville Can Add Spice to Your Life

If you’re looking for urban living, downtown Knoxville is the place to be. With entertainment venues, restaurants, markets, seasonal attractions, shops and more within walking distance, a new kind of life is waiting for you downtown.

Cliff and Jacque Hawks relocated to Knoxville in 2012 and made the jump from the suburbs to downtown. They purchased a condominium in a 1906 structure that was being renovated, allowing them to customize every inch. From adding a second outdoor space to creating a chef’s dream kitchen to making their pets feel right at home, every room is tailored to their lives. 

An open concept floor plan contributes to the light and airy atmosphere. Numerous windows provide ample natural light. A balcony overlooks the street—the perfect spot to watch seasonal fireworks displays and parades. A large kitchen with an expansive island provides room to gather and prepare delicious meals, while a built-in bar creates a fun entertaining space. A library offers a comfy place to wile away an afternoon. Their pets, two cats and a dog, also love their new home, with space to stretch at home and pet-friendly dining and dog parks to meet new canine friends all within walking distance. 

So what do you do when you live in the heart of downtown? With such a myriad of activities available, it’s just a matter of deciding.

“I’m a huge music fan, so to walk out our door and in five minutes be at the Tennessee Theatre or the Bijou Theatre … is really exciting,” Cliff says.

“Because I love to cook, I walk to the farmers market every Wednesday and Saturday,” Jacque says.

There are health benefits as well. “We’re more active because we walk everywhere,” Jacque explains.

Cliff adds, “We certainly walk a lot more on the weekends. I’ve been to more shows and music events in the five years we’ve lived here than I went to the last five [years] we lived in Nashville. It’s walkable, which makes it so convenient.”

Being social is easier, too. 

“We’ve met so many people quickly. Every time you step out the door, you’re meeting someone new, and you’re continually seeing someone you know. There’s a strong sense of community in downtown Knoxville,” Cliff says.

“I think the opportunity to meet up with people is greater in the downtown environment,” Jacque adds. “If you’re sitting on a patio on a Saturday and you see people walk by, you can just say, ‘hey, want to join us?’ It’s an easy way to socialize with people.”

Their visitors are often astounded at all there is to do within just a short walk: a movie theater, bowling alley, multiple music venues, an incredible variety of shops and restaurants ranging from pizza to upscale dining. With monthly parking packages available at the downtown garages, it’s easy to drive anywhere you need to go while living in the heart of the action. The trolleys make getting around downtown even easier. 

With festivals, special events, holiday markets, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, the opportunities are endless. Living downtown adds a level of convenience and comfort that allows you to return to the comforts of home as soon as the excitement is over—without battling traffic. However you spend your time, living downtown adds variety.

If you’re interested in learning even more about downtown living, check out this year’s City People Downtown Home Tour. Taking place May 3-5, the tour includes a variety of urban homes and coincides with First Friday and the first Market Square Farmers Market of the season. See for more information.