Few people know Knoxville quite like Rob Howard.

True, being an authority on the city’s homes and neighborhoods—their specs, market values and the unique details that make them perfect for one buyer or another—is part of his job as a realtor for Keller Williams.

But it’s Rob’s instinctive curiosity for Knoxville’s lesser-known, sometimes hidden, charms that makes him a true ambassador for all quadrants of the city. His eye for architectural details has led him to prize historic homes, and he once owned the sprawling Victorian house adjacent to the legendary Sassy Ann’s in the Fourth and Gill neighborhood. He fondly recalls enjoying the late-night club vibe next door from the comfort of his own porch.

As a longtime fan of college rock, Rob’s ear for the independent makes him a fan of many local bands, leading to hours spent at The Pilot Light in the Old City and trolling the aisles of the Disc Exchange for local releases by The Bitter Pills, the Tim Lee 3, Quartjar and others. And although he laments not making the scene as often as he once did, he still enjoys catching The Vibraslaps at the West Wing Café, Kimber Cleveland at Mulligan’s, or the occasional up ‘n’ coming band at the Preservation Pub.

Rob Howard is an insider now, having lived here for 20 years, but when he talks about his Knoxville, his eyes twinkle just like they did when he first visited as a youngster from Polk County who was so dazzled by the city he would eventually call home.

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