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Old 07-09-2017, 09:31 AM
 
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Hi all!

My husband and I are in our late twenties/early thirties looking to possibly relocate to Tennessee from Chicago. The taxes and housing prices in our area of the suburbs are making it nearly impossible to buy our first home and start a family. Tennessee looks like a feasible move for us - not super far from family, milder climate, job potential, lower taxes, etc. We'd love some advice as we look for a towns to focus on. Here's some priorities if that helps!

-Need good schools
-Would love a walkable downtown nearby. Right now we're renting in a great spot in the Chicago burbs where the commute to the city is fairly easy, but right out our front door is a historic downtown area with bars/restaurants/shops. We would love to have the same kind of access to a historic district where we could walk for coffee or dinner (not to be this person, but think Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls...just a more realistic version!) We've definitely been spoiled in our current location and would love something similar.
-Job opportunities nearby
-Safety, obviously
-House budget: preferably under $250k for 3 bed/2 bath
-Would love to stay nearer to the Northwest side of the state, to be closer to Illinois/family

Really would appreciate any insight as we begin our search!
Thanks so much!
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:42 AM
 
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Hi all!

My husband and I are in our late twenties/early thirties looking to possibly relocate to Tennessee from Chicago. The taxes and housing prices in our area of the suburbs are making it nearly impossible to buy our first home and start a family. Tennessee looks like a feasible move for us - not super far from family, milder climate, job potential, lower taxes, etc. We'd love some advice as we look for a towns to focus on. Here's some priorities if that helps!

-Need good schools
-Would love a walkable downtown nearby. Right now we're renting in a great spot in the Chicago burbs where the commute to the city is fairly easy, but right out our front door is a historic downtown area with bars/restaurants/shops. We would love to have the same kind of access to a historic district where we could walk for coffee or dinner (not to be this person, but think Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls...just a more realistic version!) We've definitely been spoiled in our current location and would love something similar.
-Job opportunities nearby
-Safety, obviously
-House budget: preferably under $250k for 3 bed/2 bath
-Would love to stay nearer to the Northwest side of the state, to be closer to Illinois/family

Really would appreciate any insight as we begin our search!
Thanks so much!
Northwest Tennessee does have small towns with quaint downtown areas and inexpensive housing, but they also have chronic unemployment, very low wages, and aren't particularly known for good schools.

What kinds of jobs are you looking for?

You might check out Clarksville which is right on I-24 which heads straight into Illinois. But it's not particularly small (150,000). Or check out the small towns to the north of Nashville: Springfield, Gallatin, Portland, White House. Jobs are plentiful in Nashville although commuting into Nashville can be a real bear.
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Old 07-10-2017, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Yep, northwest TN is very isolated without a lot there. JMT is exactly right.

Employment options will dictate where you will go. The main job centers in the state are metro Nashville, metro Knoxville, and metro Memphis. Nashville is getting the lion's share of new job growth and positive press, but is also the most expensive. I would wager that most of the professional office type jobs in the state are in metro Nashville, though it isn't a majority of the state's population.

What you want screams near downtown Franklin, but your budget isn't enough to really get you into Williamson County. A 3/2 will be doable in most of the suburbs, and will go further in more outlying areas like Gallatin. Below is an example of something nice in Gallatin within your budget.

https://www.trulia.com/property/3073...latin-TN-37066

If you work in medical or education, that opens up more options with where you can live, as these professionals are needed everywhere. Some quaint towns like Jonesborough or even Rogersville in fairly rural areas of the state would have the cute downtowns and cheap housing, but schools and job prospects in these areas can be lacking.
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Old 07-10-2017, 04:48 PM
 
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Look at Franklin or Murfreesboro
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Old 07-11-2017, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Nazi, Germany
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Cookeville is nice, walkable, affordable, small and is growing. TN Tech gives it some decent diversity.

think Stars Hollow from Gilmore Girls.

Not a clue, but I'm certain we've never been to the moon.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:01 PM
 
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Checkout Collierville outside of Memphis. Your budget won't get you on the Square, but you can get a good house in the more established part of town. The schools are top notch with a new $100M high school slated to open next year and there are good job opportunities in town and in Memphis.
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Old 07-12-2017, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in the lower 48.
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Checkout Collierville outside of Memphis. Your budget won't get you on the Square, but you can get a good house in the more established part of town. The schools are top notch with a new $100M high school slated to open next year and there are good job opportunities in town and in Memphis.
Charges issued after Collierville Independence Day Celebration b - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee
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Old 07-13-2017, 07:25 AM
 
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Collierville is one of the safest communities in Tennessee. One incident does not change that. Besides, teens fighting happens in every community from time to time.
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