by TJ AndersonThis prediction from Dwell magazine, from late last year, just made its way into my Facebook feed: “Step Aside, Subway Tile — Penny Tile Is the New Classic.” Penny tile,
Benefits Of Shopping For A New Home During The Holiday Season
by TJ Anderson
There are benefits and drawbacks to househunting in Nashville during any season. In the spring, there are lots of options, but lots of competition. In the summer, you get a good sense of how the HVAC’s handling the heat, but you’re also exploring backyards in southern-summer swelter.
As far as I’m concerned, the best time to buy a home in Middle Tennessee is when the timing works for your life — when you’re ready emotionally and financially for the big changes that come with a change in address.
Still, I liked this piece from Bankrate on the reasons to buy a home during the holiday season. The pros they outline — how it’s not as overwhelming, how sellers can be motivated and deals can be had — are definitely truths I’ve seen in practice, and definitely good arguments.
There are obvious stresses to shopping for a new home during the holidays — trying to juggle househunting with family plans and gift shopping and prepping your place for visitors. But don’t write the timing off; it might turn out to be the exact right time for you. And if I'm your agent, I'm committed to making the process as stress-free as it can possibly be.
On that front, for this week’s Open House roundup, I just picked properties all around the Nashville area that seemed like they’d be warm and festive places to go home for the holidays. Subjective, I know. But maybe they’ll kick up your yuletide spirit too.
First, the broader options:
Then, some picks:
239 Morton Ave
Nashville, TN 37211
This is a really cozy renovation of a historic home in one of our favorite Nashville neighborhoods, Woodbine. Along with a lot of charming design touches, from refreshed original built-ins to newer barn doors, a key plus with this place is that it has room for everyone: a separate AirBNB-able apartment for your visiting family, big family room for Christmas-morning shenanigans, workshop for the handymen and/or -women in the family, even a cool coop for the chickens. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
1900 5th Ave N
Nashville, TN 37208
It isn’t getting any easier to find a single-family home in the Germantown area that has a little property. A totally renovated historic home with property, plus garage parking: that much more of a unicorn. What I also really like about this overhauled 1910 charmer, from a holiday-season standpoint, is the kitchen, with a massive island that’ll allow for lots of help prepping, open to a living room with fireplace and mantel to hang your stockings on (with care). Open Saturday and Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
1102 Navaho Dr
Brentwood, TN 37027
Maybe it’s the giant jingle bells tied around the trees out front, but something about this classic brick Brentwood property just felt like home. Built in 1996, it’s been beautifully kept, and has lots of space for a large family — 5 beds, 5 baths and just shy of 5200 square feet on almost three quarters of an acre of land. And big respect to the sellers for trimming not one but two Christmas trees before the listing photos were taken. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
149 Timberline Dr
Franklin, TN 37069
I’m a sucker for Christmas lights, but even more, I’m a sucker for really well-done landscape lighting — and this Franklin home is an excellent example of artful work on that front. Elegant drama for your nighttime curb appeal is never a bad selling point. The drama and elegance don’t stop once you get inside, either — check out the great room with its impressive fireplace and soaring two-story ceilings. Definitely wouldn’t mind opening presents in there. And maybe not for Christmas (then, who knows with Nashville weather), but the swimming pool/patio is a stunner, too. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
3812 Central Ave
Nashville, TN 37205
Huge kitchen with chef-worthy appliances: Check. Lots of sitting areas so everyone can hang out together and/or separately? Check. Wet bar? Check. Clawfoot tub for someone to soak off the stress of hosting a big crew? Check. Huge garage with potential for a detached apartment to stick your guests in next year? Check. This overhauled historic Dutch Colonial in Historic Richland is something special, especially for holiday entertaining. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Thinking about shopping for a new home for the holidays? Any of these catch your eye? Need to see some more options? I’m always here to help — email or call TJ Anderson Homes here.
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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