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Located at the north end of Sevier County, about 12 miles as the crow flies (but about 20 miles via the highway) north of Gatlinburg, Kodak is a paradox in many respects. Kodak is an unincorporated area but does have its own post office. Kodak is loosely defined as the area north of the French Broad River and is a good compromise location for two earner families with one member working in Sevier County and the other in nearby Knox County. Only 17 miles via US Interstate 40 from downtown Knoxville, Kodak is a viable bedroom community for the Knoxville community.
There is also a lot of conjecture about how the community of Kodak received its name. While interesting tales of someone finding a box of Kodak brand film on the ground have been told to visitors I’m not certain of how the area actually received this name. The current Kodak Flour Mill was built in 1916 and is still standing. It remains as a reminder of Sevier County’s early agricultural beginnings.
In another paradox, there are some of the most attractive subdivisions in Sevier County in Kodak and yet some of the least pleasant areas of the county are also within the bounds of Kodak. To put it somewhat bluntly, but accurately, not all of Kodak is a “Kodak Moment”. Very unattractive trailer parks are sometimes within a stone throw of some of the county’s nicest subdivisions so neighborhood selection is extremely important before making an investment in Kodak.
On a happier note, River Islands Golf Course is rated four-star by Golf Digest and is the highest rated public course in the entire state of Tennessee. Expertly designed by Arthur Hill, the course challenges players with three natural island greens, as well as the French Broad River as interesting hazards. I personally don’t play golf as I have enough frustration in my life but for those of you who do this is an excellent course.
Sevier County is also home to The Tennessee Smokies, our area’s minor league baseball team. The City of Sevierville wooed the team from neighboring Knoxville in 1999 with the approval of a brand new, state-of-the-art facility. In a rather rare but much appreciated instance of cooperation between the city of Sevierville and Sevier County the two pushed the $19.4 million facility through and in 2000 the Tennessee Smokies opened the ballpark located just off Interstate 40 at exit 407. Minor league professional baseball continues to enjoy great popularity in Sevier County and is an exceptional (and affordable) activity for families here.
Kodak has its own primary and middle schools (North View Primary and North View Middle) but older students will attend Sevier County High School in Sevierville when they reach the 9th grade. For more information regarding Sevier County schools please click here.
As of Wednesday, December 13, 2017 there were 1,472 residential properties listed for sale in our Great Smoky Mountains Association of Realtors® MLS database. The 56 residences currently for sale in Kodak as of this review were listed at an average price of $254,668. Remarkably, the range of residential properties currently for sale in the Kodak area spans the gamut from a very affordable $74,000 to $1,750,000. In terms of price per square foot, Kodak is one of Sevier County’s most affordable market areas.
|All information provided by Jeff Schoenfield, Broker/Owner, All Pro, Realtors, Inc.|