Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Blake Pruitt

Originally from Winston-Salem, NC, Blake has lived in Knoxville for the past 15 years. Coming from a family that has been involved in real estate for over 20 years, you could say it is in his blood.

Prior to joining Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty, Blake worked in management for Dick’s Sporting Goods. During that time, he was responsible for over $20 million in sales. As a manager, Blake had the opportunity to gain a vast amount of experience in marketing, customer service, team building, problem-solving, and working with many different personalities. This experience has been extremely beneficial in his career as a real estate agent.

“One of the biggest lessons I learned was the importance of going the extra mile. Doing what needed to be done to make the deal happen.”

Blake’s honesty, diligence, and easygoing personality have helped him immensely throughout his career. Being a people-person is what initially drove Blake to pursue a career in real estate. Whether he is working with someone looking to buy or sell property, Blake listens closely to the client’s needs and can easily discern what marketing efforts are needed for that specific property.

In his spare time, Blake loves being in the great outdoors. He can often be found hiking, fishing, or taking his Jeep off-roading as an active member of the Smoky Mountain Jeep Club.


To contact Blake, please call the office 865.357.3232 or his cell 865.323.2699

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Ellen Fernandes

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Ellen Fernandes

Ellen understands that amidst the excitement of buying a new home, selling a home can sometimes feel more like parting with a cherished piece of your past. She is committed to making that transition honorable and positive for all her clients, whether buying their first home or their next home! From the historic charm of North Knoxville to progressive West Knoxville and surrounding areas, Ellen sincerely desires to find the perfect match for her clients. She is committed to serving her clients with dedication, creativity and integrity.

Born and raised in New Jersey and New York, Ellen earned a B.S. in Marketing from the State University of New York College at Oswego and has over 10 years of experience in marketing and promotions.  Her previous positions in NY include: radio advertising account executive in the Albany-Saratoga market and the marketing director for Wilton Mall in Saratoga Springs. In Tennessee, she excelled as a media buyer and account coordinator for an advertising firm that regionally represented General Motors and select dealer groups throughout the US. Her professional background honed her skills in effective communication and promotion and fostered an eye for fine lines. Her appreciation for quality and excellence in construction and attention to detail has been invaluable as she segued her career to real estate.

Ellen has lived in Knoxville for 20 years, and possesses an excellent knowledge of the local area. She has volunteered as a leader with BSF International and MOPS (Mother-of-Preschoolers); as well as having served on various committees with the Junior League of Knoxville and TN Children’s Hospital.

She and her husband have 2 children, and enjoy traveling, spending time with friends and visiting family from Manhattan to Scottsdale.

Notable Sales | March 2018

Notable Sales | March 2018

Shadowfax Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Melinda Grimac


Waterslea Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Debbie Elliott-Sexton


Bridlebrook Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Amy Moody


Crestwood Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Jenny Snodgrass


Edgelake Lane | Kingston, Tennessee | sold by Mary Ann Swann


Saligugi Circle | Loudon, Tennessee | sold by Roamy Kilmer


Woodburn Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Angie Riedl


Congratulations to all of our agents on a great month!

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Debbie Elliott-Sexton

Extraordinary Agent of the Week | Debbie Elliott-Sexton

For me there’s no greater reward than making a positive impact on the life of another. I have made real estate my career because of the benefits of helping others. To navigate the complex decisions involved in today’s real estate market requires the guidance of a professional. I am committed to service with an emphasis on accountability, reliability, timeliness and enthusiasm. Providing all the information necessary to make real estate investment decisions throughout the changing market cycles is something I take pride in.

As a leading real estate professional in Knoxville, I took my career – and the real estate industry – to a higher level by opening the doors to Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty. I felt that the Knoxville real estate market was in need of a higher standard in luxury properties and communities. Sotheby’s International Realty is a world-wide leader in marketing and selling exceptional properties and I am proud to bring Knoxville into that equation. Our agency has become home to many of the area’s premier agents who are attracted to the unique marketing and brand awareness that Sotheby’s International Realty provides.

Alliance Sotheby’s International Realty takes a different approach to real estate, one that is built on personal touch and positive results. A home is not a home because of its room dimensions or the color of the walls. It is about how you feel when you walk through the front door, the way you can instantly envision your life unfolding there. This is about more than real estate. It is about your life and your dreams. Our brand works to utilize the latest technologies, market research and business strategies to exceed your expectations.

I love helping other people achieve success. Whether it’s helping a client find the perfect home or helping my agents build their businesses, there’s nothing more rewarding and inspiring to me than making an impact on people’s lives.

Lakefront Contemporary

A contemporary masterpiece located on Tellico Lake in Tanasi Coves.  A beautiful paver driveway coupled with landscaping and lighting create a beautiful entrance to this magnificent home.

Welcome to 234 Tecumseh Way in Tellico Village.


There are over 400 feet of Tellico Lake frontage with this home located on a large point. This beautiful setting allows breathtaking views of the channel and the mountains on the horizon.


The Great Room boasts soaring ceilings up to 30 feet and houses a pair of skylights along with a wall of windows that allow natural light to pour into the main living space. An Oak spiral staircase is a gorgeous feature that is a marvel in it’s design.


The gourmet Kitchen with ample granite counter space for preparation and serving is open, inviting and offers views of the water as well as access to the Great Room.


The rear exterior of the home offers expansive and spacious Brazillion wood decking that allows room to entertain a party of 2 or a party of 20!


Truly enjoy all that East Tennessee waterfront living has to offer during mild springs, hot summers and warm falls by accessing the water via the dock with covered decking and a lift.


Truly unique with location and design, this lovely contemporary home is a Tellico Lake showcase property perfect for those who want to live and relish the best of East Tennessee lake life.

For more information about this property, please click on any photo or call Angela Fowler at 865.244.7494

August’s Extraordinary Feature | Pools

Extraordinary Feature | Pools

Extensive research has been done about water and the effects of water on our mental health and well-being. While the how and why question of this relationship is still being researched, we do know that bodies of water – like swimming pools – can provide a sense of calm, a place for play, a venue to entertain plus so much more. 


The personal home’s swimming pool and the addition of the pool house can help create additional entertaining space for family and friends.

Garnett Woods Way | listed with Elizabeth Wright



Views of Tellico Lake create an even more dynamic setting with this custom pool and spa.

Lighthouse Pointe Drive | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton



Regardless of the temperature outside and the warmth of the water, pools may still be enjoyed year round by either viewing the water from an elevated screened porch and balcony or  relaxing pool side on a warm fall day.

Chickadee Circle | listed with Jenny Snodgrass



The addition of landscaping helps create a sanctuary that not only provides privacy but also showcases the beauty of nature.

East Brow Road | listed with Sandy Poe



The addition of outdoor lighting allow the use of this pool to spill over into the evening hours and enhances the experience of viewing the Smoky Mountains.

Sunshine Way | listed with Debbie Elliott-Sexton

 Pools built for play and used as a place to entertain. Pools designed for relaxation both in the water and around.  Regardless of their purpose, pools are extraordinary in both sight and sound and will set any property apart from the pack. 

*For more information about any of these properties, please click on the photograph.


Contemporary in Kinzel Springs

Custom Contemporary

Modern and Cool Contemporary. Warm Interior Design.

Welcome to Sunshine Way.

Beautiful finishes and attention to detail complete this incredible contemporary home located in the Smoky Mountains.


The kitchen was constructed with custom maple cabinets, granite counter tops, Miele appliances, and imported hardware and sinks from England.


The open and spacious living space is full of natural light provided by a wall of windows that cover the entire room from top to bottom.


Mornings are glorious from the master suite view. The handy work of nature on full display!


An expansive Vermont slate deck with in-ground pool and hot tub provide an outdoor experience that is not like any other.


An unique and enviable home for those who desire a lifestyle beyond the ordinary and expected.

For more information about Sunshine Way, please click here or contact Debbie Elliott-Sexton at 865.755.0107

Notable Sales July 2017

Notable Sales July 2017


Barnsley Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Debbie Elliott-Sexton


Webster Drive | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Jenny Snodgrass


Lindenhall Circle | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Deanna Mendenhall-Miller and Paula Kelley


Couch Mill Road | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Melinda Grimic


Kenesaw Avenue | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Angie Riedle and Debbie Elliott-Sexton


Villa Nove

The story of Villa Nove started with a field of dandelions and an amazing view of the Appalachian High County and has transformed into an event venue and private residence that is spectacular in vision and in service.  From the beautiful vineyard covered grounds to the exquisite 360 degree views, Villa Nove will transport you to the hills of Tuscany.


The primary home is an unique and authentic representation of an Italian farmhouse. The interior is over 5000 square feet and is elegant yet comfortable for every day living.

Thoughtfully designed interior elements from the hand-made maple beams to the thick walls of Texas limestone help perpetuate the farmhouse charm.


The Vineyard Pavilion provides the perfect venue for accommodating up to 200 guests for weddings, reunions, corporate events or other special occasions.


A three bedroom cottage rests at the foot of the vineyard and provides an overnight retreat for hosts or a private space for the wedding party to prepare for their big day!


Thirty-four rolling acres supply award winning wines for the Watauga Lake Winery.


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Wedding Venue and Event Center

Dreams and opportunities are limited by only your imagination!


For more information about Villa Nove, please contact Sandy Poe 865.207.0004

Notable Sales May 2017

May 2017 Notable Sales

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Highway 33 South | New Tazewell, Tennessee | sold by Elizabeth Wright

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2228 Lake Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Jenny Snodgrass


1116 Ingleside Avenue | Athens, Tennessee | sold by Ellen Fernandes and Elizabeth Wright

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9819 Colby Station Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Debbie Cope


1500 Willow Field Lane | Knoxville, Tennessee | sold by Walt Gilbertson


1225 Ansley Woods Way | Knoxville. Tennessee | sold by Debbie Elliott-Sexton