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Old 05-27-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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First of all, thank you to the Nashville residents who answer the many questions posed by potential transplantees. We appreciate your time and help.

Regarding our family, we are coming to visit Nashville for a week in early June to drive through and explore the neighborhoods in Nashville.

We have the following personal requirements as to neighborhoods and if you can just steer us in the general direction of specific areas, it would be most appreciated.

We prefer Southwest Nashville (near Belle Meade) or in the Brentwood area (west of I-65) if at all possible.
Budget: up to $850,000+-
Housing Size: over 4,000 sq ft, 4+bedrooms, 3+baths, lot size at least over 1/4 acre with backyards/room for pool, etc.
Housing Wish List: something contemporary or mid-century in style (if I have to go traditional, I need it contemporary traditional), sidewalks would be nice or really quiet streets or nearby parks for dog walking, like golf course homes, some type of basement for tornado protection
Schooling -- (This is a problem since it splits the potential homes into two distinct areas) -- we will either be at private schools (on west side of town near Vanderbilt or Belle Meade) or will need zoning to attend Brentwood High School -- even if we attend private schools, it seems the area of Brentwood is highly desirable for other factors.
Commuting: From home to downtown, we need a commute time of less than 30 minutes

If you could help us with how far out I-40 or I-65 (or how far from these two interstates) we can live to meet a 30 minute max. commute time, it would be appreciated. We can then draw a radius of potential areas.

For example, I don't know how bad traffic is along Old Hickory in the morning is to get kids to private schools on the southwest side of Nashville if we lived along I-65. I don't know if we lived on the far west side of Brentwood, if a 30 minute commute to downtown is possible since we would have to do a lot of surface streets before we even got to an interstate. And if we did attend BHS, how far south can we live to get a 30 minute commute to downtown Nashville?

Finally, for every close-in neighborhood/subdivision/area (no school issue because we would be attending private schools for sure), there is a certain atmosphere and type of houses available. We just don't have the time to visit all areas to narrow our potential neighborhoods.

If you have a gem of a neighborhood that may be within these geographical and personal requirements, please share. Thank you again and Happy Memorial Day.
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:19 PM
 
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First of all, thank you to the Nashville residents who answer the many questions posed by potential transplantees. We appreciate your time and help.

Regarding our family, we are coming to visit Nashville for a week in early June to drive through and explore the neighborhoods in Nashville.

We have the following personal requirements as to neighborhoods and if you can just steer us in the general direction of specific areas, it would be most appreciated.

We prefer Southwest Nashville (near Belle Meade) or in the Brentwood area (west of I-65) if at all possible.
Budget: up to $850,000+-
Housing Size: over 4,000 sq ft, 4+bedrooms, 3+baths, lot size at least over 1/4 acre with backyards/room for pool, etc.
Housing Wish List: something contemporary or mid-century in style (if I have to go traditional, I need it contemporary traditional), sidewalks would be nice or really quiet streets or nearby parks for dog walking, like golf course homes, some type of basement for tornado protection
Schooling -- (This is a problem since it splits the potential homes into two distinct areas) -- we will either be at private schools (on west side of town near Vanderbilt or Belle Meade) or will need zoning to attend Brentwood High School -- even if we attend private schools, it seems the area of Brentwood is highly desirable for other factors.
Commuting: From home to downtown, we need a commute time of less than 30 minutes

If you could help us with how far out I-40 or I-65 (or how far from these two interstates) we can live to meet a 30 minute max. commute time, it would be appreciated. We can then draw a radius of potential areas.

For example, I don't know how bad traffic is along Old Hickory in the morning is to get kids to private schools on the southwest side of Nashville if we lived along I-65. I don't know if we lived on the far west side of Brentwood, if a 30 minute commute to downtown is possible since we would have to do a lot of surface streets before we even got to an interstate. And if we did attend BHS, how far south can we live to get a 30 minute commute to downtown Nashville?

Finally, for every close-in neighborhood/subdivision/area (no school issue because we would be attending private schools for sure), there is a certain atmosphere and type of houses available. We just don't have the time to visit all areas to narrow our potential neighborhoods.

If you have a gem of a neighborhood that may be within these geographical and personal requirements, please share. Thank you again and Happy Memorial Day.
First of all, we are very glad to help potential new residents find the spot that suits them best (or at the very least head you in the right direction).

Second of all, thank you for your detailed first post. It's refreshing to see something that is specific, rather than very vague.

And finally, with ~$850,000 in the budget, there will be very few restrictions in the Nashville area.



I don't think you can necessarily go wrong with SW Nashville or Brentwood. The area has the nickname of the "Fertile Crescent" (get a map out and you'll see what I mean). It really comes down to individual preferences...and while I can only dream of living in an $850,000 house, I'm pretty familiar with both areas.

My take:

Housing size: plenty of houses fit that description in both areas. Plenty. And to find something in that price range with under a quarter acre, you're probably going to have to go closer to town (West End, some of Green Hills...perhaps some houses in the Belmont area)...really, what you're going to have to decide is, what is too big? Brentwood houses typically sit on at least an acre, per zoning requirements. You can find smaller lots in ORSD neighborhoods (open space residential...lots are still sizable, but open space averages the development out to 1 acre per house). Belle Meade has a mix of both. If you would rather have a smaller, more manageable yard, that might suit you a little better. If you would rather have a larger yard, Brentwood, or possibly Forest Hills or Oak Hill might be better (the latter two are in Davidson County, east of Belle Meade, north of Brentwood).

Housing wish list: Brentwood is going to offer mostly newer houses, 80s to current. If you are looking for "mid century," I don't think you'll find a whole lot there. The area has gained most of its housing stock and prestige in the last 30 years...primarily the last 15-20. To me, most of the larger houses are what most would call McMansions, though there are some that are a little more distinctive. The SW Davidson area has a lot more architectural variety, ranging from older estates, turn of the century, mid century, and McMansions as well. To me, it's an area with more of an individual feel, because a lot of houses on the same street were built at different times, have different architectural elements, and a different feel. Brentwood has large subdivisions, where a lot of the houses went up around the same time...so the housing tends not to vary as much from street to street in the same neighborhood. Another thing...Belle Meade is definitely an old money established area. Brentwood is more nouveau riche. If that makes any bearing on your decision...

Schooling: I think this one will be your toughest call. It really depends on what you want. On one hand, you have Brentwood High School, which is a very good public high school, which would save you a bit of money (Ravenwood, which is on the other side of I-65 is also a good school, is newer...but to be zoned there, you might be slightly farther from town).

Nashville does have some pretty good private school options...but it really depends on what you are willing to spend. The top private schools are MBA and Harpeth Hall. They are all male and all female, respectively, and will set you back a good $25-30k per year for each child. There are some other decent private schools in the $12-25k range, too. At that point, factors such as religious preference come into play. If you want to explore those options, we can go further in depth...but the information is out there on the web if you are considering private schools. We'll get to that later if we have to.

Many areas of Brentwood should satisfy your 30 minute commute requirement, but some will push that, depending on how far you are from the interstate...and how bad traffic happens to be on certain days. The time of day you leave can make a lot of difference. Leaving 15-30 minutes early can sometimes make a 10-15 minute difference in commute time. I will say that traffic can be bad on the SW side of Davidson, too, because most of the streets are two lanes, outside of the main highways. That, and having to travel through the busy Vanderbilt area can add on a lot of time quickly. I honestly don't think that you'll want to fool with trying to get to I-40. There are some good cut-through streets that can cut down on the commute time, depending on where you choose to live.

I will throw out this: one of my favorite areas (that happens to be in the range of where you are looking) is Oak Hill. It's a very quiet area, because there are almost no businesses within the city limits. Yards tend to be larger...1-2 acres+ (if that suits you), and there is enough variety to probably find what you are looking for. You would have very easy access to I-65 (via Harding Place), or you could ride in on Franklin Road (8th Ave in Nashville) or Granny White Pike (12th Ave in Nashville). You could be downtown in as little as 10-15 minutes, depending on what area of Oak Hill you are talking about...and still under half an hour in rush hour traffic (barring a wreck). It also puts you very close (10 minutes, give or take) from Green Hills for shopping, and about the same to Brentwood, and about 20 minutes to Cool Springs. The airport would also be pretty easy...probably 20-25 minutes. All drive times will vary depending on how you drive and what routes you take.

Oak Hill is also home to the Governor's Mansion. It's on South Curtiswood Ln. Check out that and Glen Leven Dr, Robertson Academy Ln, Tyne Blvd, and Granny White Pk. The area is also home to Radnor Lake State Natural Area, a favorite in-town "getaway" for locals that is great for wildlife viewing and easy to moderate hiking.


If you have any more questions about any of these areas, keep asking away!
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Old 05-27-2012, 07:50 PM
 
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I agree with nashvols also. We lived in Oak Hill for several years, and I love that area. If you are leaning towards private school anyway, I would look in Oak Hill and Forest Hills. They are both very desirable parts of Nashville. You will get much more variety of house styles and being close to Radnor is a huge plus.

Here are some examples from those areas:
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I absolutely love this one:
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:58 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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I agree with nashvols also. We lived in Oak Hill for several years, and I love that area. If you are leaning towards private school anyway, I would look in Oak Hill and Forest Hills. They are both very desirable parts of Nashville. You will get much more variety of house styles and being close to Radnor is a huge plus.

Here are some examples from those areas:
RealTracs Mid-South Real Estate Property Finder Listing Details

I absolutely love this one:
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The one on McGrace is absolutely beautiful. Nice find.
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Boca Raton, FL
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Thank you for the kind responses. I will try to respond to points raised.

Nashvols, your information was most helpful. One clarification is that we would want at a minimum 1/4 acre but our ideal size would be an acre more or less. I just put in the 1/4 minimum since I don't want a large house on a small lot which can be a problem in the inner city neighborhoods that have done some remodeling/additions.

With regard to inner city housings, I did see some houses that might work near Whitland Avenue - are there other pockets of similar houses with sidewalks in the inner parts of Nashville?

Truly, I have no preference to old money vs. new money in terms of neighborhoods. People are people and we hope to find nice neighbors in either location. Based on your responses, it appears that the house style we would like would be in the "private schools" location (Belle Meade/Oak Hills/Forest Hills) and the area best for public schools/neighborhood kids going to the local school would be in the Brentwood area.

And one other consideration is country clubs. I haven't seen much on this site with answers as to the various country clubs/entrance fees/annual/monthly dues, etc. that are available in the Nashville area. Some clubs will be old-style/stuffy and others will be more open to kids/teens. Any thoughts on those clubs since we would also want to be in close proximity since our child will be practicing at least two-three times a week?

Regarding schools, although we would probably prefer a private school environment (simply because that is what we have now), Brentwood High seems to be the best choice in public high schools in the area as to closer proximity to downtown, academic results and all-around extra-curricular activities.
Unfortunately, we don't want to rely on luck (lotteries) to qualify for admission to the Davison County public school magnet programs. Regarding choices in private schools, we will visit the University School and Ensworth for campus tours during the week and we have read many good things about Father Ryan HS and may tour that school also.

Dog-walking in some of the neighborhoods -- I have to ask so please excuse the question if the answer is obvious. In our current gated community, it is a social activity where you greet other neighbors walking their dogs both morning and night. From looking at the street-level pictures of many of the houses in all neighborhoods , it appears that the roads are two-lane and no sidewalks unless you are in the inner-city areas. Is it accepted to walk your dogs and is it safe with the terrain being hilly and only two lanes of traffic? Besides our human child, we have several animal children and we attempt to be an equal opportunity provider of extra-curricular activities.

As to the houses that were specifically mentioned, one is unique and the other is modern contemporary which meets our housing design criteria so I thank Brentwoodgirl for the examples. We definitely don't want cookie-cutter designs.

But what I have noticed (with some sadness) is that there is an abundance of Southern style homes with similar layouts. Now, I am a Southern girl myself but I just can't wrap my mind around living in a dated Tara. So, as you can see, it might be a few months before we find the right neighborhood/house -- but I am hoping for guidance in specific neighborhoods to wander while we are in town.

To Moving123, thank you for providing your professional contact information. But we aren't going to pick a realtor for the present since, once we narrow down the neighborhoods, I will try to find a local area specialist to work with us until we move. If you are based in those areas, you will be on our list to call.

I have Oak Hills, Forest Hills, Whitland Avenue area currently on my list -- if there are any other pockets of homes that might work, we appreciate your assistance. We will have maps and GPS Ipad while we wander and I am a former Girl Scout (I never get lost).
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:31 AM
 
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Thank you to CountryGirl for her nice private message. I can't respond until tomorrow for some reason (1 private message a day limit) but I will.

The contemporary house that you pointed out is very nice with the only negative it being located on the east side of I-65. I love the 3-sided fireplace which we have in our current home. I will keep your friend's professional information in mind for future reference.

But I have to agree that contemporary or mid-century modern homes are few and far between in the various Nashville areas. I have lived in mostly contemporary homes (a split level w/3 floors growing up in a small Southern town which my father built in the early 1960's), 1950's two-story contemporary in Houston (extremely rare in a close-in neighborhood) and our current home is a totally renovated tract home in a gated community (gulp, I made it work to live in the best public school zone). My idea of a perfect home would be one with lots of windows and lots of living space on different levels to keep family members content with their varied activities.

Unfortunately, it seems that the potential areas for us might be either western Brentwood (to be close to private schools and/or qualify for public school option) or north of Old Hickory between I-65 and I-40 if only private school options with the downtown as the top part of our triangle for commute purposes. And the geographical areas might limit our choices unless we just happen to find the perfect home that is a fluke in the architecture style.

The good news is that we have until completion of the next school year to even move and we can buy anytime in the next year if we finalize the move decision and the right house comes along. The purpose of this trip (and I am sure several more) is to try to find areas that will work in terms of school, commute, lifestyle.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:42 AM
 
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Yes, there are a lot of Tara style houses . . . with a few sort of really nice log cabin-y things. We bought a small house, painted the walls cream, and then went to look for furniture, and all we could find were big overstuffed chocolate brown leather couches that, and I am NOT kidding, would not fit in our front door!

That's why I mentioned the furniture store in Atlanta which has more 'clean line' type things - Parsons tables, new Eames, etc.

The only thing about the West side of 65 is it seems to have a lot more traffic. But Brentwood has some lovely homes. There is this ultra modern VERY cool white house near Cheekwood that is . . I don't know . . does anyone know what I am talking about? It's like a triangle and at night it's all lit up and it's just WILD for the area. A friend told me it only houses this person's art collection?

Oh, I found it, it's on Chickerling. Check this out! Best of luck!

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Old 05-28-2012, 11:40 AM
 
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With regard to inner city housings, I did see some houses that might work near Whitland Avenue - are there other pockets of similar houses with sidewalks in the inner parts of Nashville?
If you like the tree-lined, sidewalked neighborhood feel of Whitland, then you may also want to check out Richland which is just on the opposite side of West End Avenue from Whitland. They're practically sister neighborhoods. Of course, if you don't mind being closer to the core then you should also take a gander at Belmont/Hillsboro and Hillsboro Village. You will definitely get gorgeous, sidewalked neighborhoods. The trade off would likely be finding one in budget with the space and style you want. Many of those homes will be the traditional four squares and tudors which do not exactly sound like your style, but it's certainly worth a look.

One other neighborhood that hasn't been mentioned that may be worth checking out is the Hillwood area. This area will be further west than Whitland/Richland and north of Belle Meade along Hillsboro Boulevard, but in the same zip code as those. I mention this area because the estates there will vary in style and age. Most home styles will still be traditional, but there are definitely some contemporary and some mid-century homes in that area. You may actually be able to find a mid-century split-level there that you could renovate to your liking. Of course, if you really want a show-stopper of a contemporary and are not opposed to new, I would also consider building your own. Nevada Heights is a neighborhood of brand new, ultra modern and contemporary homes on a hill overlooking the entire city. There are still a handful of lots available there. The neighborhood would lack the cachet of the others we've been discussing, but the homes in that area are super contemporary and have views that are virtually unparalleled for homes in this metro. However, you will likely not have much of a yard at all and that's definitely more of an area for "urban pioneers," but very unique for Nashville.

Your price range definitely opens up a range of options. It just sounds like it may take some time and compromise to get something that you'll love in the right neighborhood for you. I wish you the best of luck!
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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Thank you for the kind responses. I will try to respond to points raised.

Nashvols, your information was most helpful. One clarification is that we would want at a minimum 1/4 acre but our ideal size would be an acre more or less. I just put in the 1/4 minimum since I don't want a large house on a small lot which can be a problem in the inner city neighborhoods that have done some remodeling/additions.
I understood that. I added that part because many people that move here are a bit surprised when they realize just how spread out things are. Acre+ lots are very common, even for some smaller houses (especially those built in the 50s-80s).

I think you will generally find the Belle Meade lots to be a little smaller overall...but they are still definitely bigger than 1/4 acre.

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With regard to inner city housings, I did see some houses that might work near Whitland Avenue - are there other pockets of similar houses with sidewalks in the inner parts of Nashville?
Excellent choice. Whitland is a gorgeous area. Most of what you'll find that is similar will be adjacent to that. Richland & Central Ave (across West End), and some of Bowling and Woodlawn Aves. There are a number of beautiful, very well kept Foursquares on Belmont Blvd, plus a lot of other nice houses....you might like the neighborhood, but I'm not sure you would like all of the houses or lot sizes.

As for the other inner parts of Nashville...nowhere is as far along in terms of being a "nice" inner city area as Whitland & Richland/West End area.

A lot of the areas are works in progress, at various stages. East Nashville used to be a rather rough area (some of it still is), but some nice enclaves of historic homes, and cool neighborhood shops have been built. It has turned into sort of the artsy neighborhood/district of town (specifically Five Points/East End, and some of the Lockeland Springs and Edgefield areas). Areas such as Sylvan Park, Germantown/Salemtown, 12th South, and Waverly are in various stages...mostly safe now, but still having to rehab a lot of properties.

I don't know if any of the above would interest or suit you at all...but they are definitely areas to check out in terms of seeing what's there. Some of the best up and coming restaurants/diners/bars/shops/etc can be found in these neighborhoods.

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Truly, I have no preference to old money vs. new money in terms of neighborhoods. People are people and we hope to find nice neighbors in either location. Based on your responses, it appears that the house style we would like would be in the "private schools" location (Belle Meade/Oak Hills/Forest Hills) and the area best for public schools/neighborhood kids going to the local school would be in the Brentwood area.
I would agree that if you put a lot of value in house style, you're going to find more in Davidson County. Not all of the Brentwood area is cookie cutter in fashion...but it does lack the breadth of styles that you will find in SW Davidson. And yes, public schools wise, Brentwood is definitely the better bet.

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And one other consideration is country clubs. I haven't seen much on this site with answers as to the various country clubs/entrance fees/annual/monthly dues, etc. that are available in the Nashville area. Some clubs will be old-style/stuffy and others will be more open to kids/teens. Any thoughts on those clubs since we would also want to be in close proximity since our child will be practicing at least two-three times a week?
While I have been a guest at a few clubs on occasion, I really can't tell you anything much on the details of the different clubs, or how they are on a day-to-day basis. I will say that Belle Meade Country Club (sometimes arrogantly referred to as The Club) would probably be the most stuffy/old-style of the bunch. I could be mistaken. They have taken some flack over the years, though, for being very elitist, and several very prominent members have dropped their membership or changed clubs.

Richland Country Club is on Granny White, which would be pretty convenient to that whole area, including Brentwood. I honestly can't tell you much about it, though.

I'll also add that if your kid is a golfer, there are a couple of very good public courses around the Warner Parks, specifically Harpeth Hills.

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Regarding schools, although we would probably prefer a private school environment (simply because that is what we have now), Brentwood High seems to be the best choice in public high schools in the area as to closer proximity to downtown, academic results and all-around extra-curricular activities.
Unfortunately, we don't want to rely on luck (lotteries) to qualify for admission to the Davison County public school magnet programs. Regarding choices in private schools, we will visit the University School and Ensworth for campus tours during the week and we have read many good things about Father Ryan HS and may tour that school also.
I had some friends that attended USN, and they seemed to enjoy it a lot. I myself attended Father Ryan. DM me and I'll give you my opinion.

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Dog-walking in some of the neighborhoods -- I have to ask so please excuse the question if the answer is obvious. In our current gated community, it is a social activity where you greet other neighbors walking their dogs both morning and night. From looking at the street-level pictures of many of the houses in all neighborhoods , it appears that the roads are two-lane and no sidewalks unless you are in the inner-city areas. Is it accepted to walk your dogs and is it safe with the terrain being hilly and only two lanes of traffic? Besides our human child, we have several animal children and we attempt to be an equal opportunity provider of extra-curricular activities.
It depends on the specific area. I don't know what the neighborhood activities are in these areas...there are some gated neighborhoods in the area (not a whole lot) where that might be a little easier. The northern ends of Oak Hill and Forest Hills tend to be flatter, which would make walking safer. My concern would be on the bigger hills...because while there might be little traffic, there's also little reaction time. You might check out some of these places in the morning or evening to see if there is any evidence of dog walkers.

At the very least, there a few parks you can take your dogs to. Radnor Lake only allows leashed pets on the road part (which just skirts around the south side of the lake)...but it's long enough to get a decent amount of exercise for a dog.

The Warner Parks, on the other hand, have a tremendous amount of land for your pups. If you can't regularly walk them on the street, I would suggest taking them for a short ride here once or twice a week.

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I have Oak Hills, Forest Hills, Whitland Avenue area currently on my list -- if there are any other pockets of homes that might work, we appreciate your assistance. We will have maps and GPS Ipad while we wander and I am a former Girl Scout (I never get lost).
GPS should help, but a warning to those unfamiliar, out of towners sometimes complain to me about the ease of getting lost here due to the winding streets, changing road names, and the lack of "directional"(N,S,E,W) streets.

We have a spoke and wheel pattern. If you can remember the main spokes and the main wheels, you should be OK.


As for what is currently on the list...good list. I can give you my own rundown of favorite streets or routes to take if you would like.

And if you are eating out, you might check out some of the other neighborhoods I mentioned. East Nashville, 12th South, Sylvan Park, and Germantown all have some great places to eat! Check out this site to see some of what is out there. See what there is that interests you.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:07 PM
 
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CountryGirl, what a great looking house - if only I could afford it! -- but truly, I am just not the Tara style house person and never was. At this stage of our lives, we would like clean lines, simple decorating and a minimum of "stuff" possibly limited to nice art on the walls and minimum of furniture. My sister can do the clutter look and make it look chic - mine just looks like it is clutter.

NashVols, again, you receive the award for most useful information compacted in a single message. And your additional suggestions of specific inner city neighborhoods to tour are most appreciated. I understand that I may have to sacrifice some house aspects, but then I do gain in location and sidewalks.

I spent a good many years in the Houston area and knew it quite well. For each area of the inner city, there was a distinct feel/atmosphere as well as a stage of development from urban raw to sophisticated renovation. I just don't know which neighborhoods to explore in Nashville that are in such transition mode. So, your insights are appreciated.

As to country clubs, again, there seems to be no central depository of information so I will call each one and ask for their membership packets. I have been to stuffy clubs and, to be honest, my family just isn't stuffy. We do private and public courses all the time here in Florida so we are just trying to find a home golf course nearby so he can have his lessons, do his practice rounds and spend as much time on the course/driving range as he likes. An active pool scene for teens would also be great so that our son can hang out with kids his own age. When I was growing up, every summer was spent at the club swimming or playing tennis so it was a 2nd home to us kids.

As far as dog walking, leashes/poop retrieval are mandatory where we currently live so we are used to the chores. And I have to agree that it might be a bit more difficult to navigate open roads in certain neighborhoods since I would assume that speeding might be an issue with such long roads and houses being far apart. In Houston, we lived across the street from a small elementary school park and it was just lovely to walk the dogs around the circular trail.

Now, we have 6 full days to drive Nashville so your favorite streets/routes are most appreciated ( will DM you when I can and get your insights on schooling also).

We will be heading all over Nashville just to get a feel of the city and people. I really don't know why I have never visited the Nashville area as an adult although, when I was a young girl, my parents took us on the Appalachian Trail road trip and we did Rock City, Ruby Falls, Cherokee tribal shows, and Clingsman Dome. Even if we did visit Nashville, I don't remember it and I am sure it has changed significantly since that time.
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