The results are enlightening, in that — when all the school performance measures are mixed in with cost-of living — your “best” school districts might not be where you expected.
Of course, the idea of a “best” school is subjective, and I wouldn’t advocate for one or another, especially without taking into account a specific family’s needs and desires. But according to the Business Journal, the best educational bang for your buck is in Rutherford County, where the cost of a “performance point” in their methodology would be $6135, as compared to $10,928 in oft-favored Williamson County.
A complaint I’ve heard from a fair share of home buyers in the area is that, if you head outside the greater Nashville area, new home builds tend to be more cookie-cutter in style, and don’t offer the nods to classic architecture we see in Nashville neighborhoods. This new build in Murfreesboro does a good job of brushing aside that notion — it’s cute and classic with historic aesthetic touchstones (and with that, its garage pushed to the back), and it's solid on the space front (with more than 2200 square feet) and located in a gated community. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
4408 Maplestone Lane
Smyrna, TN 37167
A good example of the Rutherford bang-for-buck quotient: This large new-construction home in Smyrna has 4 beds, 3 baths and almost 2800 square feet, a decent-sized piece of property and all the key new-build components (hardwoods, granite). The great room’s high ceilings are particularly impressive. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 6 p.m.
1410 Avellino Cir
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
A look at what a lot of space and a share of luxury sets you back in Murfreesboro: This Mirabella home is a little under 6300 square feet, with 5 beds, 5 full and 2 half baths and just under an acre of property in an established community. Traditional design throughout, with manicured landscaping and a pretty sweet cinema room. Per-square-foot asking: $120; if we compare that to the average in Franklin, at $271 per square foot, you can get a sense of how/why Nashville Business Journal’s findings shook out.
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