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Finding The Perfect Blend Of Urban And Suburban Living Near Nashville
by TJ Anderson
Caveat: I’m not prepared to say this new moniker is apt to catch on outside this Tennessean story. But: Among the rising draws for young and downsizing Nashville-area homebuyers, the paper says, are “surban” communities, meant to combine the ease and walkability of urban living with the calmer, grassier suburban life.
That general sense feels completely logical — I meet so many Nashville-area homebuyers who are torn between the varied things they want: a home with a white picket fence, easy access to dining and shopping, plus affordability, which rarely come together in one convenient package.
But communities that do seek to combine a walkable commercial hub with manicured residential spaces have risen up to create a sweet spot for buyers.
It’s not a brand-new approach — Lenox Village, in Davidson County, sprung up almost two decades ago when they were still calling this approach “New Urbanism” — but it’s most definitely a growing one, with new communities coming online across the region.
If that urban/suburban blend sounds like your ideal, check out a few Nashville-area communities that fit the bill, below:
614 Watermark Way
Franklin, TN 37064
The well-manicured, family-friendly Williamson County community of Westhaven was designed with that blend of urban density and suburban serenity in mind, so over its 1,500 acres, you’ll see lots of green space, high-end amenities (including a golf course), a busy town center (with anything from dining to dentistry) and the kind of tight-knit community that results from having everything you need at arm’s reach. Homes there were designed to blend into the Franklin aesthetic, nodding to traditional architecture, and offering luxury details. The barrier for entry is on the higher side — townhomes like this one tend to start in the $400Ks — but that’s largely been due to the area’s steadily increasing desirability. And although it’s now an established Middle Tennessee community, tracing back to the early 2000s, they’re continuing to build new homes in Westhaven, with that same stylistic nod to Franklin’s old-South charm.
201 Swain Cir, #104
Franklin, TN 37064
Another planned community in Franklin, Berry Farms is a little smaller than Westhaven, at 600 acres, but offers a similar mixed-use makeup, with a walkable retail/commercial center and mix of high-end custom homes, from town center “flats” like this to larger, single-family homes.
8690 Gauphin Place
Nashville, TN 37211
In planned community Lenox Village, residents aren’t getting access to the prized Williamson County schools, but there are plenty of similarities to Westhaven, from the busy business district to the throwback aesthetics in the mix of single-family homes and townhomes. This location brings a lot more on the affordability scale, too, with family homes like this one — 4 beds, 2 1/2 baths, more than 2300 square feet — coming in at around $150 per square foot.
523 Pleasant Street #128
Nolensville, TN 37135
Newer Nolensville community Carothers Farms isn’t as centrally collected as Westhaven or Lenox Village, but the neighborhood is stationed just off Nolensville Pike and Concord Road, where a slew of dining and shopping options sit. And there’s lots of charm in the new cottage-style homes on the market there, with rockingchair front porches, manicured sidewalks and hilly green vistas.
513 Ivor Street
Nolensville, TN 37135
Another new, walkable mixed-use development in Nolensville, Burkitt Commons will have a retail “Village Center,” due to open this fall, that’ll offer that prized walkability for shopping and nightlife. This area’s built for townhome dwellers, specifically, with units ranging from around 1,300 to 2,200-plus square feet, listed from the high $200Ks to mid-$300Ks. Higher-end units like this one offer plenty of space for a family, with 4 beds and 3 1/2 baths, along with pronounced Main Street charm.
Think one of these urban/suburban sweet-spot communities might be the right fit for you? I’d be thrilled to show you around any or many. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here, and tell me what you’re looking for in a new Nashville-area home.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.
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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