I live in Lakewood and I can attest to the major improvements in the past few years. I went back to school to pursue my bachelorâ€™s degree and as a single mother with limited income; I needed to live somewhere more affordable and one thing many of you are certainly correct about is the price of property here, it is dirt-cheap. I can assure you that could not find lake living cheaper anywhere! My father built a house in Lakewood so he could move out here when he retired; he was living in downtown Nashville but has always owned property out here and visited regularly. Anyway, I moved here almost 3 years ago and at first things seemed little scary, seeing torn apart campers and burnt down trailers can cause a little anxiety for anyone, right? However, they are being cleaned up slowly but surely, the biggest problem with that is finding the people who have abandon these properties and getting permission to make the improvements. We have bunch of great people volunteering time and equipment and are more than willing to help make this a great place to live and visit again! It really is not some community of societies unwanted, I promise! Moreover, I do not live in a run-down trailer or shack; I live in a house with running water, electricity, wireless internet, and even get hi-def. TV. It is much better than living in Murfreesboro. Why? In Murfreesboro, I had a nice apartment in a great part of town yet it still had more criminal activity than I have seen in Lakewood. I live in a place where my son can ride his bike up and down the street while I do homework in the hammock on my front porch, we can go fishing anytime we want, we have a beach that is not overrun with people, and I can walk my dog around the lake, no fear at all. We ride four-wheelers and golf carts around, visit with our neighbors, stop by each otherâ€™s houses just to check in, it is peaceful! We are for the most part, a community of great people, some are what you would call â€œcommonâ€, and some have chosen to leave successful careers in the city and retire where you do not hear sirens or gunshots daily! My screen doors are always open and I have not had a single problem. I know many trustees personally, and at least 2 of them ride by my house daily just checking on things. I can assure you that even the security officer in my apartment building in the city never did that!
In the past couple of years there has been a MOVEMENT, the property owners here are a force to be reckoned with, they are cleaning this place up. They are fed-up, sick and tired of people looking down on them for the name of the community they choose to live in. It seems that people have finally decided enough is enough and the problem will not be fixed without action!!