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Old 09-14-2010, 01:12 PM
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My family and I (myself, husband and two toddler boys) are seriously contemplating relocating to TN next summer. Mostly because I don't know how many more Michigan winters I can endure! Also, we would like to provide our children with a better quality of life in a small town atmosphere. We have been to Nashville once and loved the downtown area. After reading many threads on your wonderful State, we would like to come and visit to make sure that it would be a fit. However, deciding where is like finding a needle in a haystack. Like I said, I've read numerous threads about relocating but most of them seem to be outdated or have no mention of acres.

Ideally, we would like to find about 5-10 acres that we can build our modest dream home on. In the meantime we would rent. Is this possible with an approximate $50,000 price range? Because I have kids and have no interest in homeschooling (nothing against it at all - I just don't feel I'm qualified to do it!) I would also like to be near good schools and hospitals.

Also I should mention my husband is in the banking industry and I am a Paralegal.

Thank you in advance for any help you can provide!
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:22 PM
Location: Gallatin, TN
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I think you could probably find ample land for $50,000...but I'm not sure on the acreage. It obviously depends on where you look and how far away from major cities you are.

You mentioned Nashville...there are plenty of areas in the surrounding counties with semi-rural areas that you should be able to find that kind of land while also being close to good schools and hospitals.

Nashville is a hospital and healthcare mecca. Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital are top-knotch both in the state and nation. Additionally, there are lots of other hospitals in Nashville and in the surrounding suburbs. You will not have trouble finding quality healthcare or a lack of specialists in Middle TN.

As far as schools go, you might have a bit of a tightrope to walk here. The public schools with the best reputation in Middle TN are in Williamson County (Franklin/Brentwood) and in Sumner County (Hendersonville). The problem is that land in those areas is more expensive and harder to find large tracts. I'm just not sure what $50,000 would buy you. There are plenty of semi-rural areas that you could find 5-10 acres, but the cost could be prohibitive.

You can find good schools in most of the surrounding counties however. Metro-Nashville Public Schools are hit-and-miss.

I'd start my search in Sumner (it's a little cheaper than Williamson...northeast of Nashville) around the Long Hollow Pike area of Hendersonville (lots of rolling hills and some small farms/large tracts), then check out Williamson County (south of Nashville) in some of the outlying communities like College Grove, Thompson's Station, Leiper's Fork. Wilson County (east of Nashville) between Lebanon and Mt. Juliet would be a good spot to look at, as would Rutherford County (southeast of Nashville). Finally, Robertson County to the north would probably have very cheap land but the schools don't have a great reputation I don't think. Same goes for Cheatham County to the west...

There are plenty of opportunities (in a normal economy) for finance and legal work in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Lots of banks and law firms all around.

Good luck and I suggest stopping by each of the TN city subforums (Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga..etc) and see what the locals think.
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Old 09-15-2010, 07:24 AM
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DonCorleone - thank you so much for the very informative and helpful response! We are planning a weekend trip in October and will definitely check out Williamson and Sumner counties. In the meantime I will do research on the schools.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:45 AM
Location: Gallatin, TN
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Glad to help. I'd also check out www.realtracs.com for middle TN real estate listings. I can't remember if raw land is listed on there or not, but it at least gives you an idea of what existing homes are going for.
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