The Story of Jackson Mountain Homes

Michael Anderson and A.J. Bland founded Jackson Mountain Homes in the summer of 1994 as a source for the finest Gatlinburg Cabins and Gatlinburg Chalets. Prior to this time both Michael and A.J. operated successful businesses, Michael in the nuclear power industry and A.J. in the adventure cruise industry. Although Michael and A.J. had been friends since the early 70’s, as fate would have it, they both sold their Florida based companies almost simultaneously in 1993. In 1994 the partnership was cemented, all of the required real estate licenses were in place and the groundwork was being laid for the summer of “95” opening of the Jackson Mountain Homes office in Gatlinburg’s Winery Square.

On the first day of August, 1995, Jackson Mountain Homes opened its doors with only one vacation rental cabin on its program, the Blue Heron, which remains there today along with four other cabins with the same owners. Over the years, Jackson Mountain Homes has grown considerably. So in 2001, with JMH bursting at the seams in the Winery Square location, JMH purchased the 10,000+ sq. ft. current location at 1662 East Parkway in east Gatlinburg. Today JMH manages more than 160 homes in the greater Gatlinburg area with the help of many full time employees and scores of subcontract housekeepers and maintenance personnel. As a leader in the vacation lodging field, JMH was among the first companies in Sevier County to feature a state approved computer based reservations and owner accounting system, an extensive internet based property catalog with multiple photos and floor plans of each property, an online reservations system, and a fulltime quality control department whose purpose is to assure that guests receive the best vacation experience possible through it’s 120+ point precheck-in inspection system.

In 1996, Christine Maltese of Jupiter Florida joined the JMH management team, bringing with her a strong background in accounting as well as several years of experience as the manager of a successful West Palm Beach based vacation-lodging company. As JMH has grown, Christine has grown right along with it and she now holds the title of Executive Vice President/CFO and Principal Broker.

In 2000, Deb Cason joined our growing team in the newly created position of Property Coordinator. Deb’s extensive background in the travel industry gave her a unique perspective into the vacation lodging industry. In the position of Property Coordinator, Deb ushered in the next wave of property owners into the Jackson Mountain Homes family. In 2004 Deb was promoted to Operations Manager and as our current Vice President of Operations/CTO has continually proven to be a valuable part of the JMH management team.

While Jackson Mountain Homes has always been licensed by the state of Tennessee as a real estate company, the main focus has always been property management and the promotion of quality vacation rental homes. The building located at 1662 East Parkway in east Gatlinburg has proven to be a convenient prime location both for guests and property owners alike.

Jackson Mountain Homes is an active member of the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce®, the Great Smoky Mountains Association of Realtors®, the Vacation Rental Managers Association®, and Vacation Rental Housekeeping Professionals®.

View of the Smoky Mountains and a bright sky

Along with its professional commitments, Jackson Mountain Homes is also committed to the community through volunteer efforts and donations to the Appalachian Bear Rescue, the Good Hope Clinic, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, the Animal Shelter, and much more.

As Jackson Mountain Homes grows it will continue to be the premier source for vacation rental properties in Gatlinburg and the surrounding Great Smoky Mountains area and is committed to providing guests, owners, and prospective owners with the highest quality accommodations and services possible. If you are looking for a wonderful place in the mountains for an exceptional vacation experience, a weekend getaway, or a family retreat, Jackson Mountain Homes is your key to courteous, friendly, and professional service in the greater Gatlinburg Area.

"Our stay with Jackson Mountain Homes in February 2014 was perfect. The word that we all (5 adults) kept saying as we discussed the place was that it was a great value – the price was very reasonable and the place exceeded expectations – clean, spacious, comfortable, beautifully set. We had a great stay with no hitches."

− Kicking Back Cabin – 3/2014

"Jackson Mountain Homes comes through once, again! Loved the location, the quiet and the spectacular views. Huge kitchen, comfy couches and the covered deck was a wonderful place to relax. Will keep this one on my list of favorites. JMH staff are consistently the best in town."

− Dreamweaver – 11/2013

"Whenever we begin to plan our stay in Gatlinburg, I always begin with Jackson Mountain Homes. The ladies who work in the office are super friendly at all stages, from making reservations, checking in, and any questions or concerns that may arise during our stay. Our favorite cabins to stay in are at Black Bear Falls. The cabins are always clean, and the view and amenities are exactly what you expect. The worst part of our stay is packing up to leave our favorite place!"

− Cub’s Corner – Mabry, 8/2013