Living in Tennessee: Why Bristol?

Here’s Why Bristol, Tennessee, Is The Perfect Hometown for You

Bristol is, as our slogan says, “A great place to live,” and a welcoming town with a lot of outdoor activities, amazing food, and live music. Bristol, Tennessee, offers a good quality of life, low-cost living and moderately priced real estate. As one of the best Tennessee private communities, The Reserve at Leonard Farms offers a variety of amenities to help you feel right at home.

Whether you’re looking for land for sale in Bristol, Tennessee, or an existing house for sale in a gated community, The Reserve at Leonard Farms has exactly what you’re looking for. View our available lots.

Bristol Motor Speedway Way - Formerly Bristol International Raceway & Bristol Raceway - What to See & Do - The Reserve at Leonard Farms

Besides being directly between Tennessee and Virginia (the state line runs right through downtown), Bristol, Tennessee, has many other interesting qualities! In 1998, Bristol was named the Birthplace of Country Music for the 1927 Bristol Sessions that took place downtown, and created the “Big Bang” of modern country music. It’s also home to Bristol Motor Speedway, which hosts NASCAR’s Sprint Cup events every April and August.

Bristol Tennessee 10-gigabit internet connection and phone & cable capabilities.
We understand how important it is to be able to contact your loved ones, which is why we’ve provided a list of internet, phone and cable services to keep you connected!

  • Bristol Tennessee Essential Services is proud to offer up to 10 gigabit internet to your new home, as well as phone and cable capabilities. Their mission is to provide clients, employees and community with services that exceed expectations and are beneficial to all concerned.
  • CenturyLink also provides internet, home phone and cable TV services, allowing you to create custom packages with only what you want. Their plans offer 24/7 technical support, and no contracts or data caps.
  • Viasat has the services listed above, but also has Viasat Shield, which protects your internet from common security threats, and offers an Affordable Connectivity Program for those who qualify.
  • Spectrum is available in 100% of the Bristol area! They offer residential packages with TV, home and mobile phone services, and internet.
  • Xfinity offers home security systems in addition to internet, TV and streaming, mobile and home phone packages. You can create your own packages with the services you need.

Please let us know if you require any assistance setting up your services once you’ve moved in.

A happy family of four at the airport. Bristol is easily accessible to many areas of the SoutheastWith downtown being split by the Tennessee/Virginia state line, it’s no surprise Bristol is easily accessible to many areas of the Southeast! Only 15 minutes from the Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Delta, American Airlines and Allegiant offer direct flights to Charlotte, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; and St. Pete- Clearwater, Orlando, and Sanford, Florida.

If you’d like to keep it close to home, there are also great attractions right around the corner! Here’s a list of 16 Places You Won’t Want To Miss Within 16 Miles of Bristol! Some stand-outs locations include:

  • The Appalachian Caverns: Home to the largest show cave in Northeast Tennessee, they offer both walking and wild adventure tours.
  • The Bristol Sign: In 1910, the Bristol Gas and Electric Company wanted to do something for the city, so they donated an electric sign that has approximately 1,330 bulbs.
  • Barter Theatre: This theatre started in 1933 with one man’s idea to pay your way with produce instead of money.

The Reserve at Leonard Farms, a private gated community in Bristol, Tennessee, is near childhood, elementary, middle school, and high schools. Bristol, Tennessee, has a great selection of public and private schools nearby! Bristol Tennessee City Schools have schools ranging from elementary to high school. Students are also able to attend Tennessee Online Public School.

Early Childhood

The Bristol, Tennessee, school system offers a free early childhood program to children living in the Bristol, Tennessee, city limits. Children must be 4 years of age on or before August 15 to enroll in the current school year.


  • Anderson Elementary School: Located in Bristol, this elementary school has been awarded a Gold Level designation by the Tennessee Tiered Support Center.
  • Avoca Elementary School: Also located in Bristol, their mission is to “Bring out the best in each other – socially, emotionally and academically.”
  • Fairmount Elementary School: Now an elementary school, this Bristol location once served as a campground for Native Americans traveling to the salt wells in current-day Saltville, Virginia.
  • Haynesfield Elementary School: This Bristol-based elementary school strives to provide students with the best education, enabling them to lead fulfilling and productive lives in a diverse society.
  • Holston View Elementary School: This Bristol elementary school was designed to promote teacher collaboration that is enriched by an open classroom environment.

Tennessee Middle School: The Bristol elementary schools listed above combine at Tennessee Middle School in the same town for grades 6-8.

Tennessee High School: Also located in Bristol, Tennessee High School enrolls students in grades 9-12.

Private Schools

  • Tri-Cities Christian Academy: Located in Blountville, Tennessee, Tri-Cities offers pre-K to high school classes with college and career counseling options for older students.
  • Tennessee Avenue Christian Academy: This private, Christ-centered K-12 college preparatory school is centrally located in Bristol, Tennessee. The community is committed to achieving excellence in academics and spiritual growth.
From specialty restaurants, to locally owned shops, there’s so much to see and do in Bristol, Tennessee! Here’s a list of some of our favorite places.

Restaurants near Bristol, TN. Texas-style barbeque near The Reserve at Leonard FarmsRestaurants

  • Eatz on Moore Street: As the name suggests, this Moore Street eatery is located in the center of Birstol’s Historic Arts District and serves a variety of Southern comfort foods.
  • <Blackbird Bakery: Known as Bristol’s Old-Fashion Bakery, they boast all kinds of tasty treats, from breakfast pastries to pies.
  • <Mad Greek Restaurant: Although there are now locations in Johnson City and Kingsport, Tennessee, their original location was right in Bristol. Founded by Greek Cypriots, Georgia and Achilleas Georgiou, their full-service eatery is a local favorite for Greek and Italian foods, as well as legendary, homemade desserts.
  • <Burger Bar: This Bristol classic has been serving the freshest, juiciest burgers around since 1942. It’s also famous for being the last place Hank Williams Sr. was seen alive!
  • <620 State: This casual bar and eatery offers Asian fusion and American bites, as well as fresh sushi rolls.
  • <Bristol BBQ: Offering fast food cooked nice and slow, you’ll find your classic BBQ mains and sides!
  • <Greene’s Seafood: Founded 40 years ago with 6 quarts of oysters, Greene’s Seafood has been providing Bristol and the surrounding area with seafood for decades. You can either eat in the restaurant, order takeout, or purchase fresh fish to cook at home.
  • <The Southern Churn: This ice cream and candy shoppe offers 26 flavors of Ashby’s ice cream, candy and homemade fudge!

ShopsShopping in Bristol, Tennessee. Shopping options and Boutiques. The Reserve at Leonard Farms

  • The Pinnacle Bristol: With dozens of shopping, dining and entertainment options in an open-air environment, The pinnacle has everything you need conveniently located in Bristol.
  • Misty Mountain Designs: This one-of-a-kind boutique has many carefully selected products from clothes to crystals and fine jewelry.
  • Cranberry Lane: Furnish your new home with treasures found at Cranberry Lane!
  • Serendipity Boutique & Marketplace: Where style is always in season! They sell a variety of women’s clothes and accessories.
  • Wm. King Clothiers: Since opening in 1981, Wm. King Clothiers has a reputation for being one of the finest stores in the South. The selection of men’s clothes has both a classic, and timeless style.
  • Willow Creek Antiques & Collectibles: With over 14,000 square feet of antiques and collectibles, you’re bound to find something you love right in Downtown Bristol!
  • Pen’s Floral: As a leading florist in Bristol, Pen’s Floral offers high-quality floral arrangements that are perfect for any occasion.

Great music and arts around The Reserve at Leonard Farms. Live music in Bristol, TN. As the “Birthplace of Country Music,” it’s no surprise that Bristol, Tennessee, has some of the greatest music and art facilities around!

  • Birthplace of Country Music Museum: As an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, this award-winning museum in Historic Downtown Bristol is a mustsee for every country music enthusiast.
  • Bristol Rhythm & Roots Music Festival: Established in 2001, this annual 3-day music festival takes place in early September to celebrate Bristol’s music heritage as the birthplace of country music.
  • PUSH! Film Festival: Originating in 2019, this film festival showcases features shot in Tennessee or Virginia, or by people residing in either state.
  • CDR Frame & Art Gallery: In addition to being providing custom matting and framing, they also feature an art gallery with handmade gifts, original paintings, pottery and jewelry from 50 local artists.
  • Benjamin Walls Gallery: Internationally acclaimed artist, Benjamin Walls, shares his photographs at his Bristol gallery.

 Golf courses in Bristol, TN. The Reserve at Leonard Farms, a private gated communityThe Reserve is minutes away from private or public golf courses! There are six courses right in Bristol, with an additional eight within 20 miles.

  • The Golf Club of Bristol: The oldest course in Bristol was designed by Alex McKay/(R) Mark McCumber, ASGCA, in 1894. This public course features 6,474 yards of golf.
  • The Virginian Golf Club: As the name suggests, this course is located in Bristol, Virginia. Clocking in at 7,110 yards of golf, this private course is the longest in the city
  • The Olde Farm Course: This private course offers 6,885 yards of golf and is also the highest rated in the area.
  • Steele Creek Golf Course: The only 9-hole course in town, this municipal course features 2,779 yards of golf.
  • Bristol Golf Club, LLC: Not to be confused with The Golf Club of Bristol, this public course offers 5,886 yards of golf.
  • Clear Creek Golf Course: This municipal golf course features 6,516 yards of Bermuda grass golf.

If you’re planning on moving, consider one of the best gated communities in Tennessee! The Reserve offers houses and land for sale. If you’ve never lived in a gated community before, here are some of the benefits you can expect:

  • Safety, Especially for Children. With fixed entrance and exit points with extra security measures, only verified people and their guests will be able to enter the community. The 24/7 surveillance cameras, electric fences and intercom systems all assist the security teams in protecting residents. Since there are no open roads or strangers, children can safely play in their yards and at our playground and pool (with adult supervision, of course!).
  • Sense of Community: Gated communities tend to foster an unspoken understanding between residents. Events held at our clubhouse or pool are great for getting to know your neighbors!
  • Amenities: We offer a variety of amenities at The Reserve at Leonard Farms! Our clubhouse provides the perfect place to hold events. The pool and playground provide great opportunities to get to know other families in the community. And if you’ve got a dog or a green thumb, you’ll love our garden and dog park area.

Group Of Teenage Friends Watching 3D Film In Cinema

Social clubs are a great way to meet the rest of the community! From book worms to adventure seekers, there’s a club for just about everyone!

  • Tri-Cities Movies & More: Primarily a group for seeing movies in theaters, there are sometimes other events as well. Members must be over 18 to join, and most showings are weekend matinees or early evening events
  • Tri-Cities Book Club: This book club reads one book a month and is open to everyone!
  • Tri-Cities Seniors 60+: If you’re looking to explore the great outdoors through hikes, bicycle rides or paddles in your kayak with other like-minded seniors, this is the group for you!
  • Craft Beer Lovers of the Tri-Cities Tennessee Meetup: Socialize and have a great time over local and regional craft beers!

Lifestyle and fitness centers and nutrition coach in Bristol, TN. The Reserve at Leonard FarmsWhether you want access to a personal trainer or just want to hit the gym, there are a variety of fitness centers in the Bristol area.

  • Lifestyle Fitness: As the leading health and fitness center in the Tri-Cities area, this center provides a free fitness assessment to all new members.
  • YMCA of Bristol: From group exercises to youth sports, the YMCA offers fitness solutions suitable for the whole family.
  • Workout Anytime Bristol: In addition to 24-hour access to all members, you can also receive monthly fitness evaluations, hydro-massage therapy system, Matrixstrength training equipment and much more!

We can’t wait to welcome you to your new home! Please reach out to our friendly staff at The Reserve at Leonard Farms with any additional questions about lots or houses for sale in our gated community.

Office/Property Manager

Tammi Berry

Real Estate Inquiries

Christin Dewar