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Renan, Other/Just Looking in California

is franklin tn a good place to buy a home?

Asked by Renan, California Thu Dec 27, 2007

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Renan...The short answer to your question in my opinion is yes. As with most places, there are good points and bad points. I'll try to touch briefly on both. First, just a little history regarding myself and family. Up until 2 years ago, we lived in the SF Bay Area. At that time we were looking at other areas in the country to invest in and possibly move too later on. I was born and raised in the Bay Area and after some 50 years or so, just got tired of the rat race and wanted something different for our then 3 year old daughter. I started searching websites that listed the best places to live and retire to. At that time, Franklin was rated about 54 out of the top 100 to live. That got our attention. We wanted a spot that had the 4 seasons represented, (we did not have that in the Bay Area), but not have the massive amounts of snow that you can get further north (we love New England though). We did not want the sweltering and humid summers you get in more southern states like Florida(although this year here in Franklin was close to that). Franklin seems to be, at least fo us a happy compromise. I personally was interested in Civil War History and one of Franklin's claim to fame, is that the bloodiest 5 hours of the war was fought here on Novemeber 30th, 1864. We like the school system, very highly rated; compared to most areas of California, your $$$ goes further particularly in regards to housing and such. However, by Tennessee standards, Williamson County where Franklin is located, is one of the most expensive places to live, and is expensive compared to many other areas of the country. So, I guess it depends on your perspective...and again coming from California, most areas are cheaper in comparison. We eventually found a home on line and bought sight unseen. We leased it out for a year until we took care of loose ends in California and moved out.
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.
grahamlombardo@bellsouth.net
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