Pickwick Pines Resort
Up in the northeastern corner of Mississippi is the small town of Iuka, a rural spot in the deep South that has an older population. It is also home to Pickwick Pines Resort, a large, well-kept planned community that is age-targeted; retirees and “second home” families reside here, attracted by affordable housing in a resort-like setting.
This is an reasonably priced community with top-notch amenities, access to popular lake recreation and lovely homes. Prices start at around $100,000 and square footage starts at roughly 60 square feet. These are custom-built, site-built homes, not manufactured homes, making them all the more attractive. 10% down is required to secure a lot and lock in a home price as this is a growing development. HOA fees include use of all facilities and upkeep of common grounds, which are extensive and spread across 160 acres. Utilities are each homeowner’s responsibility, but the rates are some of the lowest in the country. Pets are allowed.
This is a private, gated development, and residents enjoy excellent amenities including a large resort lodge, a 14,000 sq. ft. activities center, a 20′ x 40′ swimming pool, several smaller pools and nature paths. There are monthly potlucks, pancake breakfasts, holiday celebrations and more, all contributing to a welcoming sense of community.
Pickwick Lake is just a mile down the road, and camping and waterskiing are favorite endeavors. The close at hand Tennessee River is known as a great fishing spot as well. Shiloh National Military Park is a must for history buffs and there are 4 nearby golf courses.
Iuka is a peaceful, rural location, but it has seen better times. It appears to be a fairly safe place, just not one with a lot happening. The area surrounding the town is pretty, though, with hills and woods peeking through the morning mist.
Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s; winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. Average humidity is high, with 5 to 7 inches of rain per month. Tornadoes occasionally are not uncommon.