Best Places To Live In Tennessee In 2018

Dated: 05/28/2018

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by TJ Anderson

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I’ve been in Tennessee for a long time, and I have some strong feelings about where the best places to live are. But as much as you may value my opinions, I’m sure some of you prefer to weigh out data when you’re thinking about buying a home, too.

The neighborhood- and schools-focused website released a report on the “2018 Best Places to Live in Tennessee,” ranking via an array of data from the U.S. Census, FBI, CDC and more, weighing out diversity, safety, family-friendliness, value and more.

Their “best places” report also breaks down a list of the best places to buy a house in Tennessee, graded by school quality, crime and safety, available housing and other factors.

Middle Tennessee cities and neighborhoods among 'best places to buy a house'

Unsurprisingly, quite a few Middle Tennessee towns score near the top of that “best places to buy a house” list. 

You might, however, actually be a little surprised by the highest-ranked Midstate area: small but growing Nolensville, Tennessee, in Williamson County, which sits at No. 3 on the list, boasting A+ ratings in school quality and family friendliness, and an A rating for housing.

What would’ve been my top guess was close, too: Brentwood, Tennessee, landing at No. 5, and snagging its own set of A grades.

Other cities that Niche ranked as promising options for Middle Tennessee homebuyers: Mount Juliet, Tennessee, in Wilson County, at No. 9; upscale Nashville neighborhood Green Hills, at No. 10; Williamson County hub Franklin, Tennessee, at No. 11; Spring Hill, Tennessee, at No. 15; and Thompson’s Station in Williamson County and Oak Hill in Nashville, at No. 19 and 20, respectively.

Check out the full rundown at, and dig deeper into why Niche found these cities and neighborhoods to be prime spots for local househunters.

If you’d like to do some on-the-ground research, look at some homes in some of these high-rated areas and explore the surrounding communities, I’d love to help.

Toward that end, below, a few homes on the market now that sit in some of those “best places to buy a house,” all of which, I think, show off the unique charms of where they sit.


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4785 Kintore Dr Lot17

Nolensville, TN 37135


If you follow our blog, you hear plenty from me about how I love when new construction in the Nashville area gets inspired by classic home style and architecture. This 2017 build in Nolensville is a perfect example: The classic foursquare clearly had an influence on the design of this 4-bed, 3 1/2 bath brick home, with just under 3100 square feet of space. Listed at $156 per square feet in Williamson County, you’re getting a lot more home for the money than you would in much of Franklin and Brentwood.


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1207 Brentwood Ln.

Brentwood, TN 37027


You’ll find a lively crop of well-kept brick homes, built in the ‘90s, in various Brentwood subdivisions. You’ll also come upon large luxury homes with hilltop views. Sometimes — and this is when I personally get the most excited — there’s a midcentury stunner with loads of original details and beautiful updates, perched in a setting that’s like a leafy retreat. That original door alone sells me.


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384 Anthony Branch Dr.

Mount Juliet, TN 37122


If you have a growing family, Mount Juliet is well worth a look, and this 2013 build is a good picture of the space and finish grade you can manage at what’d be a fairly average family-home price in Nashville. The 4-bed, 3 1/2-bath home stretches out with more than 3400 square feet, which includes high-end finishes throughout, a sizable (and fenced) backyard flanked by trees, and lots of bonuses, including a screened porch, cinema room and double master suites.


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2007 A Lombardy Ave.

Nashville, TN 37215


It’s not a mystery why Green Hills is the top-ranking Nashville neighborhood on the Niche list — it’s close to everything, stocked with beautiful and well-kept homes, and long established as a steady bet for Nashville homeowners. You’ll find plenty of renovated older homes in Green Hills, along with lots of newer construction, like this 4-bed, 3 1/2-bath property with a modern influence. If you like loft-y touches, but prefer them to be a little more subtle, it’ll probably appeal to you — the home is breezy and open, with lots of windows and a few industrial-inspired fixtures and details. The covered deck (with fireplace) and massive master shower are a few favorite touches here.


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1222 Jewell Ave.

Franklin, TN 37064


Franklin is a favorite for Middle Tennessee families, and I certainly don’t see that changing any time in the near future. High-ranked schools, manicured subdivisions and a Historic Downtown that’s stocked with charm (and world-class dining) all add to its enduring draw. One of my go-to neighborhood recommendations for buyers with families in Franklin: Westhaven, an impeccably kept, neighborly community with lots of homes that appeal to design-minded househunters. This 4-bed, 3-bath home in Westhaven is brimming with farmhouse charm — the rockingchair front porch, the farmhouse sink in the kitchen, bedroom barn doors, shiplap… a new custom detail at every turn, feels like. Added bonus: There’s 800 square feet of unfinished space that’s already been wired and plumbed, so you have the opportunity to invest and grow if you want/need to later.

Have you been trying to find the right Middle Tennessee city or Nashville neighborhood to settle down in with your family? Hope the above info offers some food for thought — and if I can help you dig deeper, and/or show you some homes, please call or email TJ Anderson Homes!

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.

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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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