When people think of the Smoky Mountains, they think of cabins, close to nature but also near all the entertainment in our mountain towns. If you’ve been tempted to buy your own cabin in the Smokies, here’s why Gatlinburg is your perfect location.

Why Buy in Gatlinburg?

A Gatlinburg cabin is a great place for your own family to vacation and an equally great investment as a rental property.

Gatlinburg sits on the doorstep of the most visited national park in America, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The park drew 12.5 million visitors in 2019, more than either the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. With this stunning mountain setting and the park’s wildlife, waterfalls and four-season beauty, you’ll want to visit often--and you can be confident that renters will want to visit here too.

The park is Tennessee’s jewel, an outdoor destination with hiking, rafting and fishing. Gatlinburg complements this wild treasure with even more to do. The famed Dollywood theme park is nearby. Gatlinburg offers seasonal festivals, entertainment for all ages, great dining and the only ski resort in the state.

Gatlinburg’s small-town feel and low cost of living make it attractive. Architectural Digest named Gatlinburg one of its 25 best small towns in America in 2019. U.S. News ranked Gatlinburg No. 14 among the best small towns in the country for 2020, praising Gatlinburg’s combination of “both wild adventures and down-home charm.”

Should You Rent Out Your Cabin?

If you’re sold on the idea of owning a cabin in the Smokies, work with a real estate company that knows the area. True locals can advise you on where to buy and how to figure out costs for your vacation home. Because “cabin” can mean a one-bedroom hideaway or a multi-bedroom house, you’ll need to consider what you really want from your Gatlinburg property.

Even if you want to buy, you might still wonder if renting out your cabin to vacationers is right for you. Will renters damage it? What amenities do renters want? Isn’t it a hassle to deal with bookings and cleaning? How do you ensure your cabin is ready when you want it for your own family?

To deal with those questions, use an experienced property management firm to handle the day to day details. As the owner, you should be able to enjoy your cabin and benefit from rental income--not see it as a source of stress.

Want to learn more about buying a cabin or renting one to get a feel for the Smokies? Contact us today and see why Gatlinburg could be your dream destination.

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