Jul 28 2015

Franklin TN PumpkinFest


Elsa, Anna and Olaf meet Cinderella and Prince Charming

In the fall of the year, when the princesses and ghouls come out to play, Franklin, TN has an event called the PumpkinFest. It is one of those delightful times when Main Street is closed, vendors sell their grilled food and expensive beer, and the people come out to show off their costumes – or more often their kids costumes – to the world and see friends.


My daughter is a princess. Really. I know, that makes me the Queen, and I don’t complain. She does princess parties for children. And luaus, and she is a style queen, and a beauty queen, etc. She also has a big heart. She and her then boyfriend came out for the PumpkinFest as Cinderella and Prince Charming. They posed with children all day to help raise money for a family to adopt a child. Children love to pose with their favorite princesses. www.TheFranklinPrincess.com


Even Elsa, Anna and Olaf like to pose with Cinderella. If you are in Franklin on October 27, 2015 you should come on down and enjoy the fun. There are lots of events for the kids. Other activities include a Friday night special of South Food and Brews, a chili cook-off, arts and crafts offered for sale, and a costume contest.


Franklin, TN is a beautiful place to visit in the Fall. See you there! Go to http://historicfranklin.com/pumpkinfest/ for more information.


Jul 15 2015

Williamson County Real Estate Statistics June 2015


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Well, June of 2015 was one of the busiest months ever in Williamson County.  Lots of sales.  We are getting lots of new neighbors.  Williamson County continues to be a popular place to live.

“You cannot overstate the value of a REALTOR® in these conditions. Sellers are juggling multiple offers and buyers are striving to find homes before they hit the market. REALTORS® are the all-stars of this market, helping buyers move in and sellers move up.”

There is a lot to coordinate with the busy market and the challenges that come with it.

We are seeing a resurgence of new construction in the area as well as resales selling. I think I mentioned in my last blog that I am buying new construction.  This new construction has helped with the inventory shortages we have seen in the resales.  Ask your REALTOR, or call me if you don’t have one, to show you new construction neighbors.  An experienced agent can bring a lot of value in new home construction purchases.  There are many things to consider in new construction that a REALTOR can help you with.

You can see the statistics for yourself at the Williamson County Association of REALTORS website. You can see the MidYear Statistics Here.



Jun 18 2015

Williamson County Real Estate Market Statistics May 2015

Spring 2015 has been kind of busy in Nashville and Franklin this year. There have been more buyers than there have been sellers this year. So many of the house offerings have had multiple offers on them and many buyers and their agents have had a tough journey in their search for a house. There are houses all over town with contracts and closings though, so there are many people making the offerings and buying house, even if the journey had some twists in it. We have been seeing increases in the amount of new construction being built.  Lots of new houses are being built in Williamson County.  In Nashville, we are seeing continued tear downs of old houses to build more and larger homes on the lots.  Nashville continues to be touted as a great place to live, and I just have to agree. I took a look around myself to see if I wanted to live someplace else and decided to keep the feet rooted right here in Franklin. We decided we can visit lots of other places and live here near our friends and family.

The statistical data show what a bust out month it was in Williamson County. Click here to see the data from the Williamson County Association of REALTORS.

Click here to see the local data from the Greater Nashville Association of REALTORS.


Jan 26 2015

Williamson County Market Statistics January 2015

The market continues to shift.  These days, due to Nashville and the surrounding areas being looked at as the “IT” city, more businesses and individual families are moving here. One of the articles that continues to contribute to the Nashville area buzz is in the Wall Street Journal.  These favorite places cause many to want to stay for a longer period of time. This is creating a great demand for houses.  Median prices are up.  However, people like living here, so inventory is still a bit low.  New houses are coming on the market everyday though.  Buyers need to be proactive to get the house they like in this market.  Be completely up to day with your financing.  Do you have your lender in place?  Are you aware of what you can qualify for and what flexibility you have in pricing?  The buyers who are most prepared are able to act quickly to purchase the home they like.

Let’s look at some statistics.  For Williamson County, click on the Month to see the corresponding data.
October 2014
November 2014
December 2014

For the Davidson County Statistics, click here.  The median house prices are up all over the Mid-State area.



Jan 26 2015

Walking in Franklin TN in the Winter

Welcome to the blue skies of a clear winter day in Franklin TN

Welcome to the blue skies of a clear winter day in Franklin TN

I have a friend who has committed to walking everyday.  He is doing a great job of it and has lost some weight.  He lives on a farm and shares pictures of the animals and barns as he goes out.  Some days, though, it is downright cold here.  It is not as snowy as the northern USA, but it can be chilly.  So, kudos to him.  I only go out to walk in the winter when the sun is shining or I need to get the mail.  I had a great walk recently that I wanted to share about.  We have some great parks for walking in that I have enjoyed at various times in my life.  Pinkerton Park has a great walking trail.  Winstead Park is one of the best kept secrets in Franklin.  Hardly anyone walks there.  The trail does have a bit up and down to it.  It is on the southwest part of Franklin near the Target.  The park I want to mention today is the Aspen Grove Park in Cool Springs.  It is at the corner of Aspen Grove and Seaboard.  My office is right there too.  I went out for a lunch time walk recently and stumbled upon a trail that went through the park. It was a delightful trail.  Trees, water, open space right in the middle of Cool Springs.  If you need a walk during the workday, head over.  Others have discovered it before me and the sunny day I walked there brought out many folks having lunch and getting some exercise.  The photo I have posted here is the beauty I found on a winter day in Aspen Grove Park.

If you need a guide to where the parks are in Franklin, here is a link, http://www.franklinis.com/franklins-fabulous-parks.  They all have their own personalities.  The Park at Harlinsdale has a dog park.  Pinkerton Park has great kid playsets.  The Del Rio Park has a skate park.  Jim Warren has ball fields, tennis courts and a walking trail.  Williamson County Rec Center has a trail that connects to a longer one that goes behind Franklin High School.  Happy Trails!


Sep 03 2013

Historic Sites in Franklin TN

The McGavock's Franklin Mansion was called the Carnton Plantation

The McGavock’s Franklin Mansion was called the Carnton Plantation

One of the many things Franklin has to offer is the terrific history from the Civil War. In fact many tourists come here to see the historic sites and then are delighted to have landed in such a cute town. The city of Franklin has been diligent to protect the Civil War history in Franklin.

The Battle of Franklin took place on November 30, 1864. It was among the bloodiest of the Civil War Battles. The city is gearing up for the 150 year anniversary in 2014. There are preservationists that are raising money to try to buy more battlefield land from the commercial sites that currently stand there. There have been 3 new parks added in recent years. Here is a nice summary of the battle and the ongoing efforts for preservation.

The main sites for Civil War buffs or general historians are the Carnton Mansion off Lewisburg Pike. There is a park near it – the Eastern Flank Battle Park. It is currently being renovated from the old status of golf course. Beside the Carnton mansion is the Confederate Cemetary. It is really a neat experience to go there. The book, Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks, details the journey of Carrie McGavock who tried to identify and memorialize the men who died in the Battle. You can read more at Robert’s site, www.WidowoftheSouth.com.

The Carter House and the Lotz House are across the street from each other on Columbia Pike. The Carter house has bullets in it from the day of the battle. One of the family members in the house died in the battle. It is an excellent tour. I took it several times in my elementary field trip days. (Smiley face goes here.) The Lotz House is across the street and a compliment to the Carter House. The house stood at the time of battle and the Lotz family weathered the battle in the basement of the Carter House. Today it is a historical replica of the time. There is even a set of candlestick sconces there that my dad donated that came from his mother’s estate. Www.LotzHouse.com. www.Carnton.org features information about the Carter House and the Carnton Mansion.

My friend has just opened a new Inn in her historic family home. www.FranklinBattlefieldInn.com. You can find the historical influence all through the town. Historic churches and the old courthouse. Many of the houses along 3rd Avenue and West Main date back the 1800’s and early 1900’s. They have signs in the front yard with the dates. If you happen to be here when we have the homes tours, you can see inside of some of the homes. Come and take in the history of a thriving southern town.

This home in Downtown Franklin was in the direct path of the Battle of Franklin.  A member of the family fought in that battle.

This home in Downtown Franklin was in the direct path of the Battle of Franklin. A member of the family fought in that battle.


This is the cemetery where Carrie McGavock worked so hard to identify and label soldiers graves.

This is the cemetery where Carrie McGavock worked so hard to identify and label soldiers graves.



Jul 22 2013

What is fun at the Williamson County Fair? Everything!

Welcome to the Midway at night!  The Williamson County Fair in Franklin TN has fun for all ages!

Welcome to the Midway at night! The Williamson County Fair in Franklin TN has fun for all ages!

When I say the words, “county fair”, what do you think of? Do you have memories of going to the state fair or a county fair in your town?  Do you have memories of reading books about the whole community participating in the county fair?  What images come to mind? Quilts, cotton candy, live music, the Ferris Wheel, or maybe a petting zoo. All of these things are part of the fun I have experienced at the Williamson County Fair in August at the Ag Center on Long Lane. They started it up again about 8 years ago. I can’t remember exactly when, but not too long ago.

Some of my fun memories of the fair include the year we went after we bought our new camera and wanted to capture the sights and colors of the fair. My husband probably took the picture you see featured here. He is the visual creative of this duo. I took some too, but the best ones inevitably turn out to be his. We waited for dark and experimented with our settings and tried to capture cool views. The next year I entered some photos I had taken into the Photography competition. Two of my photos received second place in their categories. That was fun – to improve my skill and enter it into competition and exhibition. I do enjoy the art, photography and the quilts that are on exhibition.

I also enjoy the live music. Because this is Nashville, it is always good. The fair has several stages going at the same time, so if you don’t like what you hear at one stage, move along and you will find some more not far off. The food selections are what you expect at a fair. No disappointment there. The fair has not moved to healthy, organic food. They still serve cotton candy, ice cream, real lemonade and turkey legs. And of course, funnel cakes!

There are lots of competitions – food, art, music, beauty pageants, and animal displays. I love that it still celebrates the craft skills that seem to becoming a rarity in our nation. My daughter has done the pageant 2 or 3 times. She was first runner up one year. It is a simple and inexpensive pageant for those who want to do one, but don’t want to get into the serious competitive part of the industry. They start from the very young up to age 20.

And let us not forget the Midway. Riding the rides is a highlight of any fair-going experience. Especially for the teens. You can pay per ride, or buy a wristband to ride for the whole day.

For more information, check out the Williamson County Fair website. They have all the applications and schedules. The dates for 2013 are August 2-10.

I’ll be going! Maybe I will see you there!




Jul 09 2013

Where to Listen to Live Music in Franklin TN?

I heard the Ham Family at the Puckett's Boathouse.  They are terrific!  Folksy - The dad, Mark and his 3 sons.  Talent oozing.  https://www.facebook.com/thehamfamilyband

I heard the Ham Family at the Puckett’s Boathouse. They are terrific! Folksy – The dad, Mark and his 3 sons. Talent oozing.

Good Question! Not so long ago, there were not a lot of places in Franklin to hear live music – despite the fact that we had lots of music people living in the area. I think the arrival of the Tin Roof 2 in Cool Springs was a bit of a game changer in that area. Mickey Roos BBQ was also an early player in providing live music for Franklin. I used to go to Mickey Roos fairly often on Bike Night with my Biker friends and we enjoyed the patio and the live music when it got going later in the evening. Now there are lots of places to hear live music. I am so glad I can stay close to home to hear great music instead of standing in line at the Bluebird or hanging out on Broadway in Nashville, though I do enjoy going to 3rd and Lindsley once in a while.

Places to hear live music include:
Mickey Roos on Hillsboro Road
Tin Roof 2 on Carothers in Cool Springs
Kimbros on Margin St. near downtown Franklin (great quirky bar)
Bunganut Pig on Columbia Pike – sometimes they have an indoor and outdoor option.
Pucketts on 4th Avenue in Downtown Franklin and their partner restaurants, Puckett’s Boathouse near 1st Avenue and Pucketts in Leiper’s Fork.
The Franklin Art Scene. I have been hearing bands or musicians play as I walk around town.

Those are the regular places to hear good music, well, it may not always be good, but most of the music around here is. One thing I am never afraid of and that is that the music will be bad. More often than not, you end up hearing session and touring musicians of 20+ years just kicking around with friends at the local places or backing up their younger friends or proteges. I really get spoiled.  If I hear live music anywhere else, I am often disappointed.  I just think this level of skill is normal.  Get your perks where you can, I say.  And great music in Franklin TN are some of our best perks!  I am sharing photos of some of my personal favorite bands/singers.  One that I don’t have a photo for is http://www.2country4nashville.com/.  They have some serious old style country music.

There are other venues, like some of the parks in summer.  I will write about them separately.

Is there somewhere else you like to hear music? Which of these is your favorite?

Jan was the Maid of Honor at my wedding and my Grown up #BFF!

Jan was the Maid of Honor at my wedding and my Grown up #BFF!

Dale and his wife, Jan, have been my longtime friends.  Dale has been singing off and on for many years.  I love his mixed style of personal music and favorite covers. He is a great entertainer.

Dale and his wife, Jan, have been my longtime friends. Dale has been singing off and on for many years. I love his mixed style of personal music and favorite covers. He is a great entertainer. www.DaleStumbo.com


Jul 09 2013

Who has the Best Blog in Franklin TN?

I was thrilled to be voted 3rd best Blog in Williamson County. Thanks!

I was thrilled to be voted 3rd best Blog in Williamson County. Thanks!

Well, that is certainly a subjective question.  There are a number of excellent blogs about Franklin TN with various areas of interest.  My blog was nominated for the Pick of Williamson as the Best Blog as offered by the Tennessean newspaper recently. Here is the link.  Well, since I didn’t even know I was nominated, I was thrilled to receive the 3rd place award.  If you voted for me – Thanks a bunch!  I hope you will like it and take a minute to comment with your experiences and additions to my stories.


Jun 25 2013

Market Statistics for May 2013 for Williamson County TN

Real Estate Statistics in Franklin, TN May 2013

The real estate market has been very busy this spring. The market rebound began last November and has continued to be strong through the spring. Single family home sales volume was up 21% from 2012! The condo market was actually down a bit. And I can see that reflected in my listing inventory. The houses have been selling faster than the condos. In Franklin we are seeing many houses selling with multiple offers in the price ranges up to about $400,000. The inventory has been down and houses have had several possible buyers. New construction has been booming as well. Buyers, unable to find resales they like, opt for a new house that might be slightly off their ideal – either in price or location – but provide a desirable alternative to the lack of resales. I have personally observed the prices increasing too. Sellers are pushing the market to see where it will go. And it appears to me that the market is beginning to push back. That pricing might be stabilizing a bit. I will continue to watch through the summer and see what pricing does. East Nashville has also been a highly desirable area with a lack of inventory and multiple offers.

Here is the data from the Williamson County Association of Realtor – May 2013 Statistics.


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