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Old 03-19-2009, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Franklin
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Politics aren't everything, folks. Were raging liberals who left NorCal for Nashville and love it.
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Old 03-19-2009, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Politics aren't everything, folks. Were raging liberals who left NorCal for Nashville and love it.
Yes Indeed! *high fives akm*
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Old 03-19-2009, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Liberty
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Politics aren't everything, folks. Were raging liberals who left NorCal for Nashville and love it.
Me too! Moved from SF Bay Area to Middle TN and yes, it takes some getting used to. I miss the good burritos and other west coast stuff, but it's a slower pace of life at one third the cost..

I rented a studio in SF back in the early 90's for $900 a month. I have a whole cabin with utilities here in TN for $400..
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Old 03-20-2009, 08:25 PM
 
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I totally understand why you want to leave the liberal left coast.
Add me to that happy list. Adios, taxes. Adios insane hand-out policies/social programs. Hello sanity, reasonable prices, and all that Tennessee offers. I guess I'll miss the ocean at times, but that's why God made airplanes.

This is a good thing.

As for the singles scene, there's all sorts of things going on around the West End and around Vandy. I've known several who found their wives or husbands in church. It really just depends on what's your scene and what you're looking for.

I agree with the faux-pas recommednations of alleycat. Just stay away from complaining about what is wrong with Nashville and Tennessee relative to where you came from. It's poor form, it's the one thing that gives you away as a transplant, and it leaves a bad taste in the mouth of others. Just smile a bit more than you might. Also maybe avoid trashing the place you came from too much, too. That's the other tendency all transplants have. Everyone likes to talk about all the new things they like; just make sure it's not a constant gripe. That's just a general personal quality, though.

The one beautiful thing about being a transplant is you're still really curious. Go and branch out and explore. Who knows? You might teach a local a thing or two soon enough.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:49 PM
 
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I attend Fellowship Bible Church in Brentwood. It is a bit of a commute from my house near downtown, but worth it. It is non-denominational and has a really active young adult ministry (a mixture of college, grad, and young careers). good luck
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Old 03-22-2009, 03:40 PM
 
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I was told Bethel World Outreach Center is a good church...

I didn't get a chance to visit any churches when I was in Nashville though....
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:20 PM
 
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Default where to live

Green Hills, Belmont area is great. Condo's price range similar to SF to a little cheaper. Neighborhoods are upscale and crime is very very low.
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Old 04-01-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for your advise and help... I'm really excited about coming back to that part of the country. Definatley looking forward to apartment hunting this summer! :-)
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, TN
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Check out Crosspoint Church in West Nashville. It sounds like it fits what you're seeking. It's convenient to everything and a rapidly growing church.... you can learn quite a bit about them just by reading the pastors' blogs and watching some of the videos. I believe there are podcasts on the site as well at: Cross Point Church
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Old 04-01-2009, 05:56 PM
 
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Default Info. for new Nashvillians

This could help.


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This is a great poll for many reasons, & I can answer some of epelton's questions, since people from outside of Nashville can't admit they have crap nightlife, schools, dining, & architecture (compared to Davidson County). I say Davidson County instead of Nashville because they are one and the same. Davidson County became the Nashville city limits in 1963, & it's important to know what exactly is "in Nashville," since the Nashville area is very spread out. Many areas in the poll aren't even in Nashville & shouldn't be included because they are simply sub-par (for numerous reasons) compared to the "areas of town" within Nashville-Davidson Co. (aka. Metro Area/ Metro Nashville/ etc.).

Nashville's areas of town (communities):
Downtown, Sylvan Park, Belmont, Green Hills, East Nashville, Germantown, Belle Meade, Forrest Hills, Oak Hill, & the Vanderbilt area. (East Nashville & Germantown can be sketchy depending on where you are however)

The above places above are the best places to live in town, coming from a long-time resident of Nashtown. They are the best because they have a great mix of nightlife, dining, parks, shops, people, & only a 5 to 15 min. commute to work since you're in Davidson County. The architecture is also the best and oldest. North Nashville is a rough area for the most part, but it has mas some progress.

I didn't count Brentwood & Bellevue as being in Nashville because they are on the outskirts of town, & Nashvillians have no need to go there, & generally only go when necessary. Traffic moves to & fro from these places in generally one direction, that of rush-hour traffic. No one from Nashville goes to Brentwood or Bellevue to "do stuff" (b/c there is nothing to do. Bellevue has an old mall & apartments. & Brentwood has an old roller rink, if you want to act like it's 1990 again, or 1970. That's it & that's all besides offices and random crap like Applebees. Truth.)

The best mall in Nashville is "The Mall at Green Hills." No, it's not called the Green Hills Mall like a normal mall. It's better than that. It's the only Nashville mall that has Prada, Tiffany & Co., Louie V., etc., so if you have a gold-digging wife, sucks for you. It does have a really good cookie place I gotta mention though. & their Santa Claus is probably the most grandiose of them all, if you care.

You are closest to our best park, Centennial Park (where the Parthenon is), if you live the in Vandy Area. The park is great during the daytime (I heard rumors growing up that gay dudes met up there at night in shady areas.) With that said, it's a great place for kids. They have a huge old steam train that every boy likes & a good museum/ gallery in the Parthenon.

These civic buildings in Nash are another huge reason why you should live in the city, not the surrounding 'burbs. It's why we don't mind paying a few more $$ in taxes than our Williamson County neighbors. Our downtown library is new and is world-class, with a HUGE reading room that everyone should at least check out. They have murals everywhere, a courtyard, restaurant, etc., & it's all downtown on Church St.

Green Hills & Belle Meade are the areas I know best. They are within 5mins of each other. Green Hills has a new library. good for kids I guess... Belle Meade has no library because all of the houses have them. They do have their own police force though (with the smallest jurisdiction ever). Live in Belle Meade if you have the means. It's beautiful, with a huge park at the end of it's main road (Belle Meade Blvd.) & a great public golf course. There are excellent public & private schools in the area, including Harpeth Hall (Reese Witherspoon's alma mater), an all-girls school that used to have the hottest girls (& biggest *******). Yep. It's true.

It's also true that there are insanely conservative, Brooks Brothers only, "old-money" idiots in Belle Meade, but there are also plenty of open-minded liberals, as well as a lot of Jewish people. I grew up there and I know I found more diversity than I would have in any of Nashville's surrounding areas. Out-of-towners take note, the closer to downtown you live, the less culture-shock you'll have when you get here, generally. Nashville is a diverse town, no matter what people say, but it has deep roots. This clash of differences is one thing i like, & hate, about Nashville. Many people have moved here in recent years and the diversity has helped the cities' growth ,but few realize that to have friends outside of "the city," one must have an appreciation for the country life that many Tennesseans have always loved (even if you think it's really boring & you'd never hang out at a Sonic on Friday night). That's why a lot of people live out in the middle of nowhere. They simply appreciate the peace it brings.

I'm in my mid-twenties, so I know something of the bar scene in Nashville, especially compared to some older people who clearly don't get out much, or are ridiculously biased (Leiper's Fork is only cool if your idea of cool is sitting in the woods, getting bored, & then realizing you should drive to Nashville to find something to do). I won't describe where to go now though because i've already typed an ass-load...I also know a ton about every local school, public & private, including some info. that will make some parents angry (Brentwood Academy has problems, don't ever send your kid there, & it's a private school no less). You find out a lot when you talk to graduates...If you want my opinion on either of these topics just reply & ask....


This is random, but I have a theory that could help some people out in terms of deciding where to live:
Some people that move to the 'burbs say they do so to leave the "hustle & bustle" of Nashville. Maybe they say it just to justify it to themselves, but this is hilarious to anyone from a big city, who realizes there is no great hustle & bustle in Nashville, only a little more traffic & people compared to the outlying areas. The funny part is that people leave Davidson County saying they want to leave "the hustle & bustle," then end up hustling more driving to work every day for an hour (or 2), in heavy traffic, on interstates that Nashvillians never even need to use for the daily commute.

I realize I probably offended some people, but it's for the good of everyone trying to move.
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