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Basics About Brentwood Homes For Sale For Newcomers
by TJ Anderson
I help homebuyers find new homes all across the Nashville area, from Goodlettsville to Franklin. But if I had to pinpoint buyers’ most frequent pick, it’d probably be Brentwood, the manicured suburb just south of downtown.
Brentwood has a lot of positives, and a lot of draws for middle Tennessee families — I outlined a few in this post about relocating to Williamson County. If you’re new to Middle Tennessee and new to Brentwood living, there are a few other key things I think you should know while you’re weighing out where you want to buy a home.
Some of my main pieces of Brentwood-newcomer info:
There are kinda two ‘Brentwood’s
There’s more to a “Brentwood” address than meets the eye. Most of the time, when a homebuyer comes to me about finding a place in Brentwood, they’re aiming for Williamson County, for any of the various reasons one might want to relocate to Williamson County.
But — surprise! — you could be looking at a property with an address that says “Brentwood, TN 37027” that isn’t, technically, in Brentwood proper. There are “Brentwood” addresses in Davidson County (it’s a post office thing, best I can explain), and if you purchase one of those homes, you’re not zoned for Williamson County schools, and not paying Williamson County taxes.
Don’t get me wrong — there are great communities in the Davidson Brentwood, and beautiful, high-end homes that I think any Nashville homebuyer would be proud to own. But if that wasn’t what you were shooting for, I think this factoid is important to know. (The two-Brentwood thing, I find, catches a lot of new Middle Tennesseans by surprise.)
There isn’t really a ‘downtown Brentwood’
Brentwood is a family-friendly community, and largely, it has an upscale suburban vibe. If you’re looking for a more traditional “downtown” feel for weekend wandering, it might not have what you’re looking for.
The 600,000-square-foot Hill Center Brentwood, with its most recent upgrades and additions, is shooting to provide that “downtown” hub feel to Brentwood residents, with shops, restaurants and amenities within a large but walkable footprint. (There’s more on the way there, too.) Still, it’s more of a shopping center than a traditional downtown, so it might not quite scratch that itch. (That said, Franklin does have a charming Historic Downtown, and it isn’t far away.)
Brentwood communities are many and varied
I know I just pointed out that there’s a lot of similarity in Brentwood home stock, but that doesn’t mean Brentwood is wholly homogenous. Looking for homes in Brentwood, you’ll find long-established communities that feel a little more country, gated golf communities, brand new condo communities — it’s an area that can suit a lot of different homebuyers.
Just a few examples:
5016 Jackson Ln
Brentwood, TN 37027
A large, one-story Brentwood Hills home, built in the mid-‘60s.
9456 Foothills Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
A classic ‘90s Brentwood build in Raintree Forest.
9599 Romano Way
Brentwood, TN 37027
A brand new luxury home in Tuscany Hills.
Brentwood might not be as unreachable, budget-wise, as you’ve heard
Brentwood does get touted as one of the wealthiest cities in the country, relative to the cost of living. And to be sure, it’s not the cheapest place to live in Middle Tennessee. But if you’re not working with a near-million-dollar budget, that doesn’t mean Brentwood homeownership is out of the realm of possibility.
For a little context: As of this posting, the average per-square-foot home price in Brentwood was $232. For Nashville, it was $256. And Williamson County taxes are lower than Davidson's, so as you’re calculating your monthly output, you might be able to tick your Brentwood budget up a little more than your Nashville budget would be.
To get into Brentwood proper, you’re probably looking in the mid-$350Ks on the low end. Let’s use a basic average monthly mortgage calculator, for the least-expensive Brentwood listing up as I was writing this: a well-kept 3-bed, 3-bath family home at $364,900. Assuming 20 percent down, you’re somewhere in the area of $1500 a month for your mortgage and taxes. (Home insurance would add a little more.) It’s a nicer number than a lot of Middle Tennessee rents, with pride of ownership, and an address in an area that’s appreciated steadily for a good long while.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC, except where noted.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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