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Old 07-19-2012, 06:24 PM
 
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I am thinking about moving to the Nashville area. What is the area south of Nashville like as far as homes & jobs.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Please be more specific. "The area south of Nashville" could mean a lot of different areas, with a great variance as far as homes and jobs.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:15 PM
 
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Sorry, anywhere really, Franklin, Spring Hill, Thompsons Station, Lewisburg.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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There are a ton of different types of homes, and job market depends on what kind of work you are looking for.

Do you want to rent or buy? How much is your rental budget? That would help us pinpoint areas real quick.

Are you moving with a family or just you?

What kind of work do you do? Different areas are known for different industries.
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Old 07-19-2012, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Franklin is a large suburb (65,000 people) that is a major retail and office center (lots of jobs). It's also a pretty desirable area, so housing tends to be pricier for what you get compared to surrounding areas. The commercial hub centers around the Cool Springs Galleria Mall, which was the catalyst in Franklin becoming one of the largest communities in the Nashville area. Not only is there a massive retail area, but offices have moved in as well, and it has become one of the largest commercial centers in the state. Franklin also has a quaint antebellum town square that has become quite popular. The town itself is an interesting mix of old and new. The benefit of Franklin compared to the other listed areas (since you didn't include Brentwood) is that it's closer to Nashville as well as the other cities in the metro. It simply has more to offer all the way around.

Spring Hill is a mid sized suburb (30,000 people) located about 14-15 miles south of Franklin, that is primarily residential, but has a few local job opportunities. It's generally less expensive than Franklin, and doesn't have the high end range of housing, nor many apartments or lower end rentals. It is situated between two counties, with approximately 2/3 of the population living in Williamson County, and the other 1/3 in Maury County. The town essentially came to be when GM decided to locate a major car plant there. Since then, then plant has closed and reopened a couple of times, but the town has grown large enough where it is not completely dependent on the auto plant.

Thompson's Station is more or less what Spring Hill used to be...a wide spot in the road. The town has grown to more than 2,000 people, but is poised to explode past that. It is located between Spring Hill and Franklin (closer to Spring Hill) and is at the crossroads of TN-840 (the outer Nashville bypass) and US 31 and I-65. There is really not much of anything in terms of jobs in Thompson's Station, but that will likely change as Spring Hill and Franklin continue to grow, and as TN-840 is completed.

Lewisburg is the odd one in this mix. It's about 55 miles from Nashville and 40 miles from Franklin. It is a small town (around 11,000) that really hasn't felt the influence of Nashville's growth. Housing values are a lot less there, but the trade off is that so are the amenities. The closest place of size is Columbia, about 22 miles away. In Middle Tennessee, the farther you get from Nashville, the worse the economy is, and there are fewer job opportunities. There are a few exceptions, but I wouldn't call Lewisburg one of them. It's not a bad little town, but if you are moving to be within a reasonable distance of Nashville and/or looking for job opportunities, I would look more towards the true suburban counties (the ones that touch Davidson).



My question is, what are you looking for here? I'd be better able to address your needs if I knew what you were looking to find.
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Old 07-19-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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Thanks so much for the information! Still trying to figure everything out!
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