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|Erlanger Hospital in downtown Chattanooga|
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|A pretty little house in East Ridge listed by Randy Durham's team|
Red Bank is very similar in age and character to Hixson. It makes up the western end of the Chattanooga metropolitan area, in between downtown and Signal Mountain. It is somewhat less expensive a a whole than Hixson as it doesn't boast the same availability of waterfront property. It has many lovely views of nearby Signal and Raccoon mountains, however, and is only 10-15 minutes from both downtown and Hixson shopping. It has access to some of the nicer grocery stores in the Chattanooga area, including two Super Bi-Lo stores and a Wal-Mart. Red Bank is also home to many restaurants including Mojo Burrito (a local chain not unlike Chipotle), Crust Pizza, Old Saigon (a Vietnamese restaurant with a cult following), Fire House Subs, several Chinese and Mexican restaurants, and an institution called simply Southern Restaurant with classic homestyle comfort food. The traffic is slowed with cameras installed by the City of Red Bank, and it's easy to get around without having to get on the highway. The area is also served by a large branch of Erlanger Hospital at their North Campus.
|Hamilton Place Mall decked out for the holidays|
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East Ridge is situated opposite from Red Bank on the southeast side of Chattanooga. It is a quiet part of town with many lovely post-war homes and ranches, situated between downtown, Missionary Ridge, and the Georgia border. Groceries, shopping, pharmacies, mechanics, salons, medical suppliers, and other businesses are all nearby along Ringgold Road. Antique shops and flea markets are popular, including Pot Luck Antiques, the East Town Antique Mall on Slater Road, and the aptly named East Ridge Flea Market. East Ridge is served by the East branch of Parkridge Hospital.
It is a short drive from Hamilton Place Mall and the vast shopping array of East Brainerd, yet removed from the traffic and continual development. It is also one of the more inexpensive areas in Chattanooga's already well-priced metropolitan area. East Ridge is directly across I-75 from a somewhat similar area, Brainerd, where there are a plethora of restaurants up and down Brainerd Road, including Out of the Blue Cafe (where a tasty yet inexpensive lunch is paired with kites), Sweet Basil Thai, Bud's Sports Bar, Heavenly Wings, Applebees, a Starbucks, Nagoya (serving inexpensive Japanese and sushi), the standard fast food chains, and more.
|A typical East Brainerd home, listed by the Randy Durham team|
East Brainerd is a large, still-growing area to the northeast of Chattanooga, about 15-20 minutes away from downtown and right off of I-75. Even in the past few decades it was still largely undeveloped farmland, but thanks to the continued success of Hamilton Place Mall and nearby shopping centers, the area's residential and commercial areas have boomed. There are homes at a variety of price points and in newer architectural styles. This is a great area to find modern design elements like great rooms, two story foyers and spa-like bathrooms. It also has one of the highest concentrations of doctor's offices, medical offices, and outpatient facilities, making routine visits extremely convenient.
In addition to a nearby Publix, EarthFare, and Boston Market there is an unending selection of restaurants. There familiar chains like The Melting Pot, Red Lobster, Carrabas, P.F. Chang's and Bone Fish Grill, with more franchises than nearby than anywhere else in Chattanooga. There are also, increasingly, second locations of popular downtown restaurants and smaller, regional chains like Big River Grille, Mellow Mushroom, and Sticky Fingers. These restaurants have realized that with so much to do and day to day amenities so close at hand, there is rarely a need for East Brainerd residents venture back downtown for necessities or entertainment.