So, I guess it depends Downtown Franklin itself has a very small town feel.
Nashville is within 30 minutes or so, so you can feel out in the country, but still be close to a major metropolitian area for entertainment and such. As mentioned, Franklin does have the seasons, but you can get a little snow in the winter, not enough usually to have to dig out of, and it won't last long. The fall colors can be magnificiant. They will close the schools down if there is ice on the roadways. The Franklin/Brentwood area itself has several shopping meccas. But within several minutes, feel like your out in the country again with horses and cows and rolling green fields.. One sad thing we note that like in California, they are building fairly constantly, new subdivisions all over. With so much land available, it will be sometime before it starts to feel like California, and there are segments of the currrent population that is trying to slow down this type of progress and make it more orderly. With all the new development, I find that the infrastructure has not sufficiently kept up. I see local taxes on services and ammenities rising in the future to support growth, including water and sewage. My wife seems to feel that people here are not as friendly as say you might find in California, but I think a good majority of the current residents are from places outside of Tennessee and this may just be a gut feeling rather than fact. I will say that most native Tennesseans that we've run into are very friendly. Funny though that it's getting harder and harder to find NATIVE residents anymore. Another thing that takes a little getting used to is seeing a freshly killed deer or two, hanging out the tailgate of a pickup truck.
To sum up, would we do it again, yes definitely. As mentioned, there are good points and bad points to anyplace, but for what we personally were looking for, at this time in our lives, Franklin was the ideal location. Hopefully others will chime in with their thoughts too.