When Katherine Pinkham and her family moved here from Chicago in November 2013, they knew they were leaving an urban lifestyle for something completely different. But they didn’t know they’d be so pleasantly surprised by Williamson County’s housing options.
Looking for a home in the $500,000-$600,000 range, Pinkham and her husband, Dan, wanted more space, good schools, a bigger yard for their two young children and a convenient location. They found all that in a new house in Nolensville, after looking at some 45 homes.
“We were surprised by how much you could get for your money in Williamson County, and we were surprised at how new houses here are,” says Pinkham, who works at Nutro, a division of Mars Pet Care. “I never thought we’d live in new construction. I am a city mouse, my husband is a country mouse and now we have the best of both: we’re suburban mice.”
Describing herself as “somewhat picky,” Pinkham nonetheless feels she had plenty of options to choose from in her house search. Paige Thompson, relocation director at Zeitlin Realty, agrees.
"I think Williamson County has something to offer for whatever stage of life you’re in,” Thompson says. “We’re diverse in our offerings, and with some of the newer development projects coming we will offer even more diversity.”
Thompson particularly notes the significance of planned residential-office-retail developments like Berry Farms in Franklin and Ovation in Cool Springs for the local housing scene.
“Many people want a mixed-used lifestyle project where they can work, play, shop and dine. That’s the wave of the future.”
Traditional housing in the county ranges from moderately priced apartments to high-end luxury homes. A non-comprehensive list:
$1 Million and Up
Williamson’s well-heeled live in many estate properties throughout the county, and in luxury subdivisions such as Governors Club, Laurelbrooke, Wynnstone, historic homes in Franklin and the Leipers Fork area.
$500,000 to $800,000
Find Franklin homes in this price range in Westhaven, Berry Farms, McLemore Farms, Avalon, River Landing, Carlisle, Chardonnay and many more neighborhoods. Brentwood offers Governors Club, Valle Verde, Chenoweth, Tuscany Hills, Fountainbrooke and McGavock Farms, among many more. New luxury homes are being built in Nolensville neighborhoods, among them Catalina, and Benington.
$200,000 to $425,000
“There are rare opportunities, surprisingly, to buy in this price range in Brentwood,” Thompson says. Among the possibilities: Carondelet, Mooreland, Stonehenge. In Franklin, older neighborhoods like Fieldstone Farms, Cottonwood, Forrest Crossing, Maplewood and Heath Place offer options. Spring Hill possibilities include Wyngate Estates, Woodside and Port Royal Estates. Canterbury and Tollgate Village in Thompson’s Station offer attractive homes and community amenities at a moderate price. And in Fairview, Heartland Reserve is a new option.
Yes, you can buy a home in Williamson for less than $200,000. Where? Pipkin Hills in Spring Hill, Bent Creek in Nolensville, Loopers Landing and Pickett’s Ridge in Thompson’s Station, Clearview Meadows in Fairview, and several Franklin neighborhoods.
“We have a good range of apartment complexes, but because the rental demand is high so are the prices,” Thompson says. Good options include Alara Farms, Bell Historic Franklin, Windchase in Cool Springs, the more moderately priced Landings at Brentwood, and the new Tapestry development in Brentwood, where one- and two-bedroom condos will be available to rent in fall 2014.