KenFran, I understand your concerns with Tennessee. I've lived here all my life. The joy of Tennessee living is we do have 4 very distinct seasons. Autumns are brisk, winters are cold, springs are pollen-filled and green and summers can be smoldering.
Regarding green living, I have to question your sources. The Music City Star just launched a few months ago as one of the most economically built commuter rails in America. The first leg just opened from East to downtown. Nashville has one of the most aggressive Greenways programs of any city our size. My company, Village, just gave a sizely donation to help continue the greenways throughout Davidson County. We also have amazing dog parks, green parks and Tennessee's first fully-green development with 5th and Main. As far as recycling, I'm confused there, too. My recylcing bin is sitting outside of my home as I type this. On Tuesday, my neighbors all have them at their curb.
We are a commuter city. You will see lots of cars, however our traffic doesn't compare to DC or LA. In those cars will be some bible-basher, some gay couples, some families, some singles, some democrats, some republicans...Nashville, while in the Bible belt, is a very diverse ideological city. You can find exactly the mentality you are looking for here. It's just with whom you surround yourself. A girlfriend of mine from Los Angeles just moved here and was at a party at my home where she met families, gay couples, multiple races, vary socioeconomic levels, etc. Her comment was...oh my gosh...I feel so LA right now.
Nashville is the Cheerios of cities. We tend to blend well with everything. You really should try our Cheerios!!
My family and I moved to the Nashville area about 2 years ago this November from California. There are many things about the area we love, and a few we don't. Would we do it again...maybe. The answers provided so far are accurate, but there is much more to living in this area than this space can provide. The U.S.A is a big country with plenty of choices when it comes to living. If interested in a more detailed opinion from someone who has moved recently themselves, please feel free to contact me. Best of luck!
You'll love it here. And if you are environmentally concious, you'll flurish here. There is a huge community of people that are emerging that are recycling, and conserving, and investing in these type of processes. Governor Bredesen has dedicated 70 Million Dollars towards the advancement of Switch Grass in this years budget. Switch Grass can be refined as an alternative fuel source that will grow virtually anywhere in our state. 40 Million of that is going to build a refinery in East TN and the other is to encourage our local farmers to grow it? We really have progressive minded leaders that are doing what is necessary for today to insure a great tomorrow. I think you'll find we are very progressive regarding the environment.
Brian Copeland is an excellent resource for out of are relocations to the Nashville and surrounding areas. I know him personally, through professional Realtor meetings and programs. I have sent other referrals to him. He is knowledgeable, quick to respond, and very dedicated to clients and his profession.
You might get some other RE Pros repsonding here and their information may be quite useful.
Feel free to reach out for Brian. Please do let him know that I suggested you contact him.
http://www.nashvilleandbeyond.com/ - home page
http://www.nashvilleandbeyond.com/contact.html - phone and email info
Brian, I haven't had as much time for Truia this last week, am wrapping up a few large projects and commitments tdoay and tomorrow. I popped on Trulia ever so quickly....
So.. Brian,,,, while I am here, can I ask you to take a moment and stop by the following thread. We would love for you to partiicpate in National Open House Day.
KenFran....thks again for letting me borrow your thread. Good luck with Nashville. Vistied there before and thought it was terrific. I get lots of inquiries here in NJ about Nahsville. Good luck w/ Brian and any other agents from the area who may be able to help you out!!