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Old 01-26-2008, 02:34 AM
 
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We are family scheduling to move at Nasville for a year with a job at Vanberbilt University. Is it a nice area to live with children (neighborhood, polution, schools, children place, rental price)? Otherwise, what is the best place for us?
Do you know if there is school with french teaching?

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Old 01-26-2008, 08:28 AM
 
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It is a wonderful neighborhood, bonus that you will be working at Vandy. If you can find something you like and can afford, by all means stay! If the kids are of school age you there are a couple highly regarded public schools in the area.
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Old 01-26-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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We've lived in the Nashville area (north of) before and if we ever get back for a relocation our hearts are in the Vanderbilt area or Franklin because of the Churches and community. We have 4 teenagers now and they were there in elementary/middle schools and would not mind a life interrupt to move back there. For what it's worth.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:23 AM
 
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thanks for yours answers. How far Springfield and Franklin are from Vandebilt? Is there a good public transportation at Nashville, including for kids to go to school?
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:29 AM
 
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Look into University School in Nashville. Very close to Vandy and probably has the best language instruction.
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Old 01-27-2008, 09:32 AM
 
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Others here can probably give you a better estimate from Franklin to Vanderbilt (I would guess 30 to 40 minutes). For Springfield it would depend a lot on where in the county you lived; the closer to I-24, the quicker the commute. If you are thinking about Springfield, you might also consider Pleasant View and Coopertown.

The public transit in Nashville is primarily buses (and one rail line to the northeast). I don't know that I would say it's great; more like, adequate. There are school buses for the public schools.

At times the traffic near Vanderbilt can be heavy (I sure know that one, I used to work right beside Vandy). It can take a few minutes just to get out of the immediate area.
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Old 01-27-2008, 01:07 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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We are family scheduling to move at Nasville for a year with a job at Vanberbilt University. Is it a nice area to live with children (neighborhood, polution, schools, children place, rental price)? Otherwise, what is the best place for us?
Do you know if there is school with french teaching?

Caroline:
Nashville is home to the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (Tennessee Foreign Language Institute - TFLI - serving the World, located in Nashville, TN.). The Institute offers classes in everything from Farsi to French; I've taken French classes myself there and I recommend them.

Now for your question about the Vanderbilt area: I live in the West End/Richland/Bowling Ave. area (about 2 miles from Vanderbilt). I love it. I especially like the abundance of trees. You'll find that many of the neighborhoods around Vanderbilt date back 90 years or more, so the trees are mature and lovely. Vanderbilt itself is like an arborteum--most of the trees on the campus are labeled with small bronze plaques showing the common and scientific names. You can walk around Vanderbilt and see, among others, giant magnolias, oaks, catalpas, ginkgos, maples, tulip poplars, redbuds, cottonwood, eastern hemlock, and even a bald cypress. And speaking of labels, just a couple of blocks from where I live there is an American elm that has a plaque on it as well. It's registered, apparently, with an organization dedicated to saving elms from Dutch Elm disease. The tree is old and lovely and a survivor of the blight that has devastated the North American elm population.

The Vanderbilt/West End area is a wonderful place to live--it is close to downtown and has easy access to shopping, the Interstates, and the parks (Warner Parks are only 4-5 miles away).

Best of luck,
Cheryl
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