As a native of Putnam County, Donnita loves the Upper Cumberland and believes this is the ideal place to live and raise a family. With that passion as her drive, she has become a strong advocate for buyers and sellers. Her dynamic customer service and intense care for clients has set her apart in the real estate community for nearly 40 years.

We are excited for the chance to find a home that fits your needs in our wonderful town. In hopes to answer any questions you may have about Cookeville, or to convince you to take the leap in moving to our town, we wanted to share a few reasons why we love calling Cookeville “Home-Sweet-Home!” and why we think you will too.

  • Cookeville has EVERYTHING you could ever need

Cookeville has been the “hub” of the Upper Cumberland for over a century gradually growing into the “happening” city it is today. Approximately 15,000 residents from the Upper Cumberland Region commute to Cookeville every day for their career, school, health care needs, activities, and shopping trips. Cookeville is home to over 30,000 people who live and enjoy the amenities of our “small town city.”

With a large shopping center on Jackson, six elementary schools, two middle schools, one highschool, a nationally recognized public college, numerous state and local parks, and more restaurants than you could count, Cookeville truly has it all.

  • Convenient, Central Location

Cookeville is almost directly in between Nashville to the west and Knoxville to the east on Interstate 40. This makes a commute to the bigger cities and the East Tennessee mountains easier than ever. If the wanderer inside of you is looking for an adventure, drive south on Highway 1-11 to Chattanooga, or north to Dale Hollow Lake. It seems like Cookeville natives find themselves saying, “It’s about an hour away,” as an answer to most questions about Tennessee’s most popular spots because of the central location of Cookeville in Middle Tennessee.

  • Affordability

Moving to a small town city like Cookeville has some great benefits. Cookeville ranked the 8th Least Expensive Are in The Council for Community and Economic Research’s 2015 Cost of Living Index. Moving to Cookeville will better your standard of living because life is simpler and more affordable here!  

  • Voted Best Place to Settle Down

In a study by SmartAsset in January 2016, Cookeville was ranked #4 in Most Affordable Place to Retire. SmartAsset pointed out that, “Since the state of Tennessee has no state or local income taxes, retirees would only pay taxes at the federal level. At the same time, they would enjoy a cost of living 15% lower than the national average… A gross income of $34,792 would be sufficient for a comfortable retirement in Cookeville.” Cookeville is indeed an affordable place to retire, but it is also a great community to be part of during retirement. With rich history, a beautiful, walkable downtown, 7 golf courses, and small, friendly neighborhoods, being in Cookeville is sure to make for a wonderful retirement.

  • Shop Local, Eat Local

Support our local economy by shopping and eating at one or more of our many small businesses. Cookeville has over 15 locally owned antique shops, over 20 boutiques, and over 50 family run restaurants or bakeries. As a new Cookeville resident, join the long standing friendly argument of which local donut shop you owe your loyalty: Ralph’s or Big-O’s. Spend your Friday nights having dinner at one of the many restaurants in the Historic District followed by sipping a warm drink at Poet’s Coffee right in the middle of the square.

  • All Four Seasons, Beautiful + Mild

Cookeville, Tennessee experiences mild, sometimes unpredictable winters. One day you could see a light snow and 30 degree temperatures, and the next sunny skies and 50 degrees. The Spring season are beautiful and you will definitely feel joy in the air as Cookeville residents move about the town and our parks enjoying the breeze and blooms. During the summer, experience the epitome of a Tennessee Summer. Think ice cream dripping, swimming holes, and beautiful sunsets at community gatherings. As fall arrives, you’ll feel a desire to drive down back roads enjoying the dramatic color changes in our beautiful forests.

Cookeville community gatherings remind you of why you chose Cookeville in the first place: that small town family feel. You will love the people in our community. In the summer, enjoy Movies in the Park at Dogwood, Summer Cinema at the Depot, and Red, White, & Boom on the 4th of July. As fall rolls around, enjoy Jambalaya or Chilli in a handmade bowl at the annual Habitat for Humanity’s Cooking On The Square or our annual Fall Fun Fest boasting delicious barbeque, family fun, music, and more. During the winter, visit the Home and Garden Show or Santa’s Workshop at Hyder-Burks Pavilion, and while you’re there, stop by our brand new Animal Shelter facility. During the spring, venture back out into town and enjoy the beautiful park in the center of downtown, maybe even jump in the fountain if the sun is shining bright enough!

  • Cookeville is Calling Out to Nature Lovers

Home to, or within an hour’s drive to, over 15 State Parks, Natural Areas, and local parks. Hiking trails, picnic pavilions, and over 3 different waterfalls increasing in size, Burgess Falls State Park makes a perfect family outing. Drive about 20 minutes from town and visit Cummins Falls, Tennessee’s 8th largest waterfall (based on height and volume). Cummins Falls was voted the 6th best swimming hole in the United States by Reader’s Choice. The Adrenalist named Cummins Falls one of the “Best Wild Swimming Holes in the World.” Other state parks include Rock Island State Park, Fall Creek Falls State Park, and Standing Stone State Park. For an easier day time activity, visit Cookeville’s Cane Creek Park, Dogwood Park, or one of the many neighborhood parks throughout town. Also, Cookeville is in between two expansive lakes, Center Hill and Dale Hollow, as well as home to a smaller City Lake and too many creeks to count. Recently, Cookeville took part in the Rails to Trails program and created a 4-mile Tennessee Central Heritage Rail Trail that begins around the Historic District and ends in Algood, TN. Whatever your nature loving heart desires, Cookeville definitely will provide.

  • Family Friendly

Cookeville is a safe, family friendly place to live. We have multiple playgrounds and paddleboats at Cane Creek Park designed with families in mind. We have awesome opportunities for children including a Children’s Museum, SmartPlay, The Little Gym, Victory Gymnastics, and Cookeville Children’s Theater, to name a few. Start your day at the Putnam County Library then walk across the parking lot to enjoy beautiful days at Dogwood Park with a large amphitheater, a fountain splash pad, winding sidewalks for running, riding, and playing, and a state of the art playground installed in 2015. Heart of the City Playground is the only all-inclusive playground that is accessible to every child in the Upper Cumberland. Cookeville is not lacking in exciting activities for children.

  • Cookeville Has an Excellent Selection of Schools

“Cookeville and Putnam County have a consolidated school system. The Putnam County Board of Education operates fourteen schools with an enrollment of approximately 9,200 students. Six elementary schools, (grades K-4), two middle schools, (grades 5 & 6 and grades 7 & 8), an alternative school, a high school (grades 9 – 12) and an adult high school are located in Cookeville. The high school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Cookeville High School serves as a comprehensive vocational education center for all Putnam County Schools. Since 1989, Putnam County has received the Governor’s A+ Award for Excellence in Education, and ACT scores of Putnam County students are above the national average. In addition, two state-supported vocational schools serve Putnam County,” (Visit Cookeville TN).

Cookeville also remains proud of Tennessee Technological University (TTU) which was founded in 1915. TTU is the second public university in Tennessee to be awarded the Tennessee Quality Award and ranked as a National University. TTU has about 370 faculty members and about 11,000 students each year. “Tennessee Technological University has a total of 44 bachelor’s degree programs and 20 graduate programs as well as doctoral programs in the fields of education, engineering, and environmental sciences. TTU emphasizes a focus in STEM degrees but also provides infrastructure for traditional programs including liberal arts and nursing.” (TN Tech Website)

  • Southern Hospitality

It’s difficult to deny that Cookeville is immersed in southern culture. Because of our geographic location and our history, Cookeville is rich in southern hospitality. Small acts of kindness and providing meals for those in need are our specialties. There is a church on nearly every corner and welcoming people all around. Cookeville natives have never met a stranger, know someone everywhere they go, and the local grocery store baggers at Spring Street carry your bags to the car. Cookeville cares about the members of the community and generally will go the extra mile to show some southern hospitality that is rooted in our hearts.


We are excited for you to join our community and honored to help you find your home here. We can’t think of a better person to speak with than Donnita Hill. She has been a Realtor in the Upper Cumberlands of Middle Tennessee for 39 years and The Upper Cumberlands #1 Realtor for 37 consecutive years! Just this month, Donnita was honored by Corporate EXIT as the No. 1 EXIT Realtor in the state of Tennessee. Obviously her past results and current knowledge of the real estate market will provide you with answers to any of your questions.

Visit our town and the Upper Cumberland just once and you will see why so many folks fall in love with our quality family life and see that this is a special place for folks who are looking to retire.


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