Growing Trend Of Living Where You Work And Working Where You Live In Nashville And Franklin

Dated: 10/28/2015

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by TJ Anderson 

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With all the (understandable) complaining happening about rush-hour traffic in Nashville of late, it makes sense that homeowners and house-hunters would be thinking about how to minimize commute. The resurfacing trend of live-work townhomes takes that minimization to the extreme: You stroll downstairs, and you’re at work. You clock out, and it's steps back to your PJs.

The Tennessean shared a story this week about the growing live-work options in Middle Tennessee, and if the idea appeals to you, our future is pretty exciting.

The piece notes live-work townhome communities with existing or upcoming availability in Westhaven and Berry Farms in Franklin, and Wedgewood-Houston in Nashville, and it looks like that’ll only ramp up further, as live-work units have apparently been pre-selling quickly to entrepreneurs, telecommuters, freelancers and other independent professionals who love the idea of having an office or a storefront right downstairs.

This is all certainly not a new concept — decades back it was more than common for shop owners to have apartments above their businesses in cities all around the country. But that morphed into more separation, and now, as our lives and the way we work changes again, the live-work home is clearly coming back into favor in a noteworthy way.

What do you think of live-work townhomes? Could you see planting your storefront or office right down the stairs from your master bedroom? We’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

While you think about whether a live-work townhome is something you’d love or leave, take a look at just a few of the options available (or soon to be available) here in Middle Tennessee:

Regent Homes’ Charleston in Westhaven (Franklin)

1001 Westhaven Blvd., Franklin

Price range: $337,900 to $408,900

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Regent’s Charleston floorplan in charming, family-friendly Westhaven gives you flexible business space on the first floor — you can choose a large, open space with a half bath or a foyer with a separated office space and full bath. In the living area, you have high ceilings, a kitchen with high-end touches, a huge great room and dining room and more on your second floor, with 3 beds (including a large master suite) and two baths on the top floor. Lots of space to live, lots of space to work, and a beautiful community.

Regent Homes’ Westbrook III in Berry Farms (Franklin)

1034 Rural Plains Circle, Franklin

Price range: $181,900 to $400,000

The Westbrook III floor plan is a three-story live-work townhome, too, with that flexible first-floor flex space. It could be used as living space, an office or a storefront, right below your 3 beds, 2 1/2 baths and ample living space on the two floors above.

SIX10 Merritt in Wedgewood-Houston (Nashville) 

Merritt Avenue and Martin Street, Nashville

Price range: starting at $149,900

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Among the cool things about the May, Rains and Briley floorplans for the 12 WeHo live-work townhouses coming to the Northwest corner of Merritt Avenue and Martin Street: a spacious flex/work space on the first floor, cool second-floor balcony off the living area (for Rains and Briley), huge roof deck and a vibrant and growing neighborhood.

1260 Martin in Wedgewood-Houston (Nashville) 

Not a lot of details on this one yet, but it’s located right across the street from SIX10 Merritt, and like that development, the designs “will reflect the ‘maker’ culture already present in the … neighborhood, with extensive use of industrial materials.”

Mixed-use development in The Nations (Nashville)

51st Avenue, Nashville

Price range: between $135,000 and $175,000

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Coming from MiKeN Development, this one’s in the early stages, but definitely sounds interesting, especially for first-time homeowners drawn to rapidly rising Nashville neighborhood The Nations.

A little tip-off info about it from MikeN owner Michael Kenner in the Nashville Post a few months back: “Kenner envisions a project with a combination of live-work and loft-style units ranging from 450 to 700 square feet, with 22 parking spots (most of them off-street). He wants to create what currently are not offered price points in The Nations, with units to be priced between $135,000 and $175,000.”

Does this all get you thinking? If you decide a live-work home is for you, and you could use help navigating what’s available and what soon will be, reach out to us — we’d love to help make work-life living work for you.

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TJ Anderson

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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