If there’s one thing that really underlined 2014 for Nashville, I think it was growth — the continued, far-and-wide talk about our city’s “itness,” our rapidly growing population and the rising rents that came with that, a future that’ll almost certainly continue down this path. Being in the middle of a boom time has its pluses and minuses, and I definitely felt my share of pluses in 2014. But I’ve also thought a lot about young families and longtime renters, and what they might be thinking about if they’re hoping to stay here in Nashville long-term.
If you’re currently renting and Nashville is where you really want to be, I imagine you’re going into 2015 thinking a good bit about the possibility of buying a home here. The good news is, even if your budget is fairly tight, there are great starter homes to be found, with some digging and some guidance.
Thinking about starting your house hunt by hitting some open houses? There are plenty coming up:
Prefer a house-hunt that’s a little more directed? Here are just a few houses on the market now that I think could be great possibilities for first-time buyers:
1701 Evelyn Ave.
With rents steadily rising in East Nashville, if you’re hoping to stay in that neighborhood at a reasonable budget, it’s more than worth thinking about buying. I won’t say it’s always easy to find a cute and well-kept starter home for less than $300,000 in the area, but it’s absolutely possible — particularly in fast-growing Inglewood. This totally renovated cottage is just steps from busy Riverside Village, has a great open kitchen and living space, and asking is under $180,000 — not an everyday find.
2410 Kimberly Dr.
The Donelson area is known for a healthy cache of charming brick ranches, many of which have been renovated to bring the mid-century into today. If you’re drawn toward updated ranches with unique design touches, this one’s worth a look — the beam detail opening up the well-appointed kitchen alone is a great eye-grabber. And at just over $200,000 asking, this 3-bed, 2-bath home is a great possibility for first-time buyers.
1113 Wade Ave.
Finding the ideal location is a big part of hunting for your first home, and a lot of my first-time buyers tend to really want to be close to action — restaurants, bars, shops, general things to do and see. With this 4-bed, 2-bath home, you’re right near all the things to do and see around 12 South and 8th Avenue. Plus, you have a mix of 1960s charm and youthful updates.
1100 Birdsall St.
Old Hickory, TN
I’ve mentioned before that I see a lot of growth coming to Old Hickory Village — between its charming historic homes and proximity to lakeside fun, there’s a lot to love. And it’s still an affordable area, which makes it a great place to look for first-time buyers. I love the appliances and exposed brick in the kitchen here, and the mix of artful touches and historic detail throughout.
What do you think — do any of these places have what you’re looking for in a first home? Are you thinking about something totally different, or in a different budget? If you need help navigating the process of becoming a homeowner, I’d love to help — just reach out!
Author:TJ Anderson Phone: 615-364-1530 Dated: January 2nd 2015 Views: 875 About TJ: TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a h...
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