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Island Home Historic South Knoxville

Even though it is called Island Home, it is not located on an island.   Rather, this historic neighborhood sits on the south side of the Tennessee River in Knoxville. Like many of Knoxville’s suburbs, Island Home, began as a farm and later was developed as a “streetcar suburb” in the early 1900s (similar to Fourth & Gill and Parkridge). With the city’s highest concentration of Craftsman and Bungalow style homes and a beautiful traditional boulevard lined with old hardwoods, the area retains the charm of yesteryear.  The neighborhood is just a few miles to the Gay Street Bridge or the Henley Street Bridge and Downtown Knoxville as well as the University of Tennessee

The main thoroughfare, Island Home Boulevard, along with Spence Place and Fisher Place has the oldest homes in the neighborhood; all of varying styles such as Craftsman, Tudor Revival, and Colonial Revival. Several dozen properties in Island Home were added to the National Register of Historic Places as the Island Home Park Historic District in 1994.  

Many residents enjoy the area because of the proximity to downtown Knoxville shopping, restaurants, amenities, the surrounding Ijams Nature Center, Island Home Park, and access to the larger area of South Knoxville.

Adjacent to Island Home is the Tennessee School for the Deaf which was established is 1845 and the Downtown Island Home Airport, a private airfield. If art is your passion, The Candoro Marble Building, built in the beaux-arts style in 1923 (listed on the Register of National Historic Places) is a former business showroom for a Tennessee pink marble company. The site has recently been lovingly restored as a venue for artists in residence and as a gallery.  For outdoor activities, nearby Mead’s Quarry Park offers easy access to cycling trails, swimming, kayaking, and paddleboarding. Island Home has a very active neighborhood association, the Island Home Park Area Association, and hosts neighborhood park and community events.

Island home is zoned for Dogwood Elementary, South Doyle Middle School, and South Doyle High School. All are a part of the Knox County School District.

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Best of the Neighborhood:

EAT: King Tuts Grill, SoKno Taco, Print Shop Beer

SEE and ENJOY: Ijams Nature Center, Mead Quarry Park, Historic Homes

SHOP: Stanley’s Greenhouse