Apr 25 2013

Condo Options Overview in Franklin TN

There are lots of condo options in Franklin TN

There are lots of condo options in Franklin TN

Condos continue to be a great way to live for people who want a turnkey kind of lifestyle.  Condos do not usually require much, if any, lawn care.  The exterior of the unit is cared for by the Homeowner’s Association.   Often, condos can be found in convenient areas near shopping, restaurants and amenities.  They are available in 1, 2 and 3 bedroom sizes, usually.  That is the case in Franklin, though I have seen the occasional 4 bedroom or multi use room used as a bedroom.

 

There are some communities that have been here in Franklin for a while, Orlean’s Estate across from Franklin High, Indian Springs on Murfreesboro Road, Laurelwood  and Regency Square on Boyd Mill Pike near Jim Warren Park, and the Carriage Park condos off Lewisburg Pike.  I know Orlean’s Estate did some extensive exterior work on their units recently.  The Carriage Park units are arranged in such a way that most of them have very private back yards.  Southwinds near the Franklin Post Office has some units they converted from apartments or townhouses into condos.  River Rest is in the Grassland Community.  They have one and 2 level units.

 

There has been a lot of building recently of new condominium communities.  Hardison Hills is a large community on the west side of Franklin. It has one and 2 level units with 1-3 bedrooms.  Prescott Place is in the Fieldstone Farms community. They have one car garages.  There are the 3 level units with garages at Andover.  These are within walking distance to the south parts of Cool Springs.  Park Run in McKay’s Mill has a convenient location too.

 

The newer condos are in many varied price points.  As we move up a bit in price, we see some differences – among them are larger units, maybe 2 car garages, granite, terrific locations.  These communities would be Parkside at Aspen Grove – 2 bedroom units right in Cool Springs,  Forrest Crossing, Brentwood Pointe  – which has several different kinds of units and may have a post of its own.  General’s Retreat is a small community with units that have garages, and is fairly close to downtown Franklin. McKay’s Mill has some great units – so great that they don’t come on the market often.  Jamison Station has loft type units and some of them have elevators.  Check out an earlier post on them.  They weathered a bit of a downturn from the market, but are thriving now in their great location near the Factory.  Some of the units have elevators.  Berry Farms is the newest community.  Berry Farms is a mixed unit community south of Franklin near I-65 and they seem to be selling well in preconstruction.  Millgate townhomes have 2 car garages and master bedrooms down and are convenient to many areas.

 

Jamison Station would also be included as we move into next price range.  Some of the units are large and a few are mixed zoning which makes them great for people who want to run a business out of their home, but need a commercial zone.  Grant Park, right in Cool Springs has a terrific location by Whole Foods.   Gateway Village is near Moores Lane.  They have a growing retail community right there near the units.   Willow Springs has some nice townhomes also – and the community has a lake and lots of single family homes.  The Preserve at Forrest Crossing occasionally has a resident move out.  These units feel a lot like a single family home.  And the Ashton Park and Westhaven condos are townhouses – 2-3 floors with beautiful finishes and garages.  Ashton Park is in Cool Springs and the Westhaven condos have their own draw in the Westhaven community that offers so much for its residences.

 

There is one more segment of condos in Franklin – the 55+ communities.  These are age restricted communites.  Reid Hill Commons – brick units on the west side of Franklin with garages.  Windsor Park is in the Fieldstone Farms community of homes – right across from the Pulix.  Morningside is in Cool Springs.  One level units with an assisted living center in the same community.

 

What kind of condo do you prefer?

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Apr 17 2013

Spring in Franklin TN – Main Street Festival

Welcome Spring Franklin TN

Well, it is April 17th. Several months have passed since the most interesting parts of winter, notably Christmas. It has been a long winter here as in most places in the country. Spring appears to have arrived, though we will see a sneak down in temps this weekend. The trees are blooming and the sweet green of the young leaves are appearing on the leaves. This really is a beautiful time of year. I see all my friends excited about the weather change and posting wonderful spring photos on Facebook. The real estate market has been busy through the winter though. We have lots of new neighbors in the area and not enough inventory. As a result of this, the new construction has been booming! I just helped a client close a fabulous new construction home yesterday.

 

I wanted to say a few things about the Main Street Festival that is coming up in 10 days. I may have even written about it before. It is a wonderful event in Spring when most of the town comes out to stroll around downtown, eat kettle corn, listen to some great live music and buy wonderful crafts from area artisans. I always see friends in town when I go. It reminds me that Franklin is still a small town. The dates this year are April 27 and 28, 2013. Please go to the Heritage Foundation site for more info about it. I expect they will post a schedule for the music shortly.

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Dec 19 2012

Walking in Downtown Franklin in the Winter

Downtown Franklin TN

Walking at night in Downtown Franklin TN

 

Everytime I go Downtown Franklin in the evening, I just feel happy. I don’t care if I am eating, drinking, walking, going to the movie – whatever. Even just driving through makes me smile. I love the feel of the lights on the poles and the warm lights coming from the businesses. It is usually quiet or fairly so, compared to the daytime. It seems to capture that feel we all long for of a simpler time when life wasn’t so complicated. Somehow I find it easier to relax there at the restaurants than if I am at a bigger place in Cool Springs.

 

We went to eat at McCreary’s this week.  I always enjoy being there – having a beer or some food.  Sometimes they have some music.  The place is small and intimate.  I love the quote around the ceiling – a Celtic Blessing.  It is actually a part of a quote from the “Breastplate of St. Patrick”.  I posted this on Facebook and a dear Irish friend sent me the whole thing.  Here is the part on the wall at McCreary’s:

 

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 
Christ on my right, Christ on my left, 
Christ in breadth, Christ in length, Christ in height.
 
I feel this way though at other restaurants.  Whenever my brother comes into town, we eat at the Mellow Mushroom, because they too love going to Downtown Franklin when they are here – to think of home and enjoy the atmosphere that is Franklin.  Or the festivals – I go just to hang out downtown. Or to enjoy the shops and the vendors.  And I always see friends.  I like that too.
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Dec 07 2012

Christmas Cheer on the Corner

This corner has looked mostly the same as long as I can remember. The Noel sign shines bright every year! Starbucks is there now, but it was a drugstore when I was growing up here. I call it a comfortable Tennessee Christmas. And yes, Amy Grant’s Tennessee Christmas is my favorite Christmas song. Merry Christmas all!!

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Nov 29 2012

Dickens of a Christmas – Franklin TN

Christmas Downtown FranklinDowntown Franklin TN has a number of wonderful events during the year.  One of them happens in December.  It is called Dickens of a Christmas.  It happens on Main Street.  There are many wonderful folks dressed up like characters from Dickens famous Christmas Story about Ebeneezer Scrooge.  Come and see Marley and Tiny Tim walking the streets of Franklin.  There are carriage rides and some wonderful winter vendors.  There aren’t a lot of vendors for this festival.  And it was interesting for us one year.  We spent most of the weekend downtown.  We went on Saturday and had fun.  We realized all the cars that park on Main Street normally were gone, so we could get some wonderful photos of downtown Franklin without the cars.  So, Sunday morning, we went downtown and had a wonderful time collecting photos of our lovely town.  And while we were there, it began to snow, really snow.  It was FABULOUS!  The people who came downtown for the festival mostly ended up enjoying the snow from inside the many wonderful dining establishments, and watched the rest of us walk in the snow and enjoy the treat from heaven.  It was a delightful Dickens of a Christmas!

 

The dates for the Dickens of a Christmas are December 8th and 9th, 2012.  Click here for more information.

A snowy Dickens of a Christmas in Franklin TN

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Nov 15 2012

Real Estate Statistics for Williamson County and Franklin TN October 2012

Franklin TN has a great downtown area that continues to draw people looking for great places to live.

Wow! The volume of residential home sales in Williamson County went up 41% over October of 2011. Pricing is up too. The number of condo sales in October 2012 is double what it was in 2011. There is still a fair bit of inventory generally on the market, but there are some definate areas where buyers want to buy and there are no houses available in that price and description, even though those types of houses do exist. Some neighborhoods have almost no houses on the market!

If you are looking for one of those, we may be able to do some research to find the needle in the haystack. Call me and we discuss the ways we look for those!

Click on the link below to see the details by town and what is happening in some of the surrounding counties.

Details of Real Estate Statistics for Williamson County October 2012

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Sep 21 2012

New Microbrewery in Franklin TN

Microbrewery in Franklin TNYesterday, my friend asks my husband to meet him at a place called Turtle Anarchy. What? Where is that? They called me to join them about 8:30 and my husband was having a great time and going on about how close to our house this new Microbrewery is. The area he is talking about is an industrial park! I was more than a little surprised to find a Microbrewery and restaurant (a wrong inital assumption on my part) in that part of town. But the reality is that it is in walking distance to two very large neighborhoods, Polk Place and Sullivan Farms. As I am walking in, I hold the door open for a gal bringing in her own food. Strange. Not what I expected. Coming in to the bar, I instantly enjoyed the open warehouse feel and space. It is not a restaurant. It is the brewery with a taproom open on the weekends and tables for folks to enjoy the brews. And they don’t serve food. It is a “Bring your own Food” bar. They don’t want to compete with the many local restaurants that serve their beer. The setup is similar to the Yazoo Brewery in the Gulch in Nashville. The hours at this time for the Turtle Anarchy Taproom are Thurs and Friday from 5-10 pm and Saturday from 4-10 pm.

There are lots of great restaurants in the area to grab some food and head over for some great beer. My husband, being the beer expert, commended their beers as excellent. I did enjoy the one I had with the citrus flavoring in it. I am generally a beer wimp and did put in my request for a pilsner or pale(r) ale. They don’t have those at this time, but here’s hoping. :) They have many beers to choose from so if you have a broad taste, you should get the sampler and enjoy some wonderful beers.

As I said, the atmosphere is open. All the folks there when I was there seemed to be really enjoying the large picnic table seating – great for conversation. It is a comfortable place to be. I am excited for this new Brewery in town and hope you can check it out if you like quality beers.

www.TurtleAnarchy.com is their website, and most of the updated news is on the blog portion.  There you can see the restaurants that are serving their beer – in case you want it at other times during the week, or with food.  Or if you don’t live down the street from the Taproom.

Microbrewery in Franklin TN

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Jun 29 2012

Electric Car Charging Stations in Franklin TN

Charge while you shop!

I don’t own an electric car.  Disclaimer.  However, I am attentive and with all our automobile influences in our area, I watch out for car advances and influences.  And I think they are pretty cool actually – electric cars.  I knew there were a few chargers around.  But one struck me recently as it is new and not necessarily where you would expect to find one.  Of course they are at Whole Foods and the Nissan Dealership.  But at Kohl’s?  I think it is a good decision.  They have added 4 electric car chargers to the primo parking near the front of the store.  I thought to myself, wow – 4, may be a bit long-sited.  But really, how many times have we wished people in the road industry would have been a bit more long sited, while they were at it.  So, 4 charging stations.  When I pulled up next to them, I though they were interesting, but were there really enough cars using electricity to warrant this investment?  This article from Franklin Life from February 2012 says there are 26 electric cars registered in Williamson County.  Maybe not a great investment right now, but I do have to tell you the rest of my story.  I came out of Kohl’s after shopping for about 30 minutes and there was a car using the charging machines.  I sure didn’t have to wait very long to see the usage.

So I thought about this and maybe the decision was a good one.  Kohl’s sells a wide variety of items, it is a department store.  Someone with an electric car may now decide Kohl’s over the mall or over the freestanding home goods stores.  It may create a new loyalty.  I think the fact that it has a varied selection of items does make it a good option for the car chargers.  And maybe while the topic is hot, there was funding from our tax dollars to help them. The article from Franklin Life also discusses the Federal funding.  Who knows, but by the time the cars are mainstream, it looks like there will be plenty of places to charge them.

Other locations for electric car charging in Franklin are the parking garages in downtown Franklin, the Embassy Suites, Cracker Barrel – they want to get those hungry clients every 100 miles on their trip, and of course Whole Foods.  Here is a link to help find charging stations.

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Jun 29 2012

Real Estate Statistics Update for May 2012 – Franklin TN

Well, the Spring Real Estate Market has been booming.  The houses are selling – volume is up almost 25% from May 2011.  And inventory is way down.  So we have seen many mulitple offer situations on the best houses.  The Median house price is flat from last year, though we have seen price increases in certain price points and neighborhoods.  The more desireable neighborhoods and school districts have seen some increase.  I am seeing this localized increase in Franklin, Brentwood, Nashville and Murfreesboro.  When National ranking magazines look at our town, they put the whole metro area together.  This triangle was recently ranked 4th in Job Opportunities statistics on Fox Business News.

The Williamson County Assn of Realtors puts out an article with statistics on the market every month.  Here is the article for May 2012.

Are we over the slump?  Have we hit bottom?  What is the full picture?  For many folks in the area this was a good spring to make a move.  For some folks, who didn’t take care of their homes or asked more money than the market was willing to pay, their move didn’t happen.  Every house on the market did not sell this spring.  Nearly every rental house that was available has been rented though.  The rental market – wow!  Our economy is still not on firm ground and the ObamaCare ruling came out today.  And we have a Presidential election in a few months.  Nothing is certain.  But for now, people still like moving to the Middle Tennessee area and our local market is strong.  Even with some fluctuations and possibly more foreclosures, Nashville remains poised to continue to be a desireable place to live.

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Jan 31 2012

Polk Place Subdivision in Franklin, TN

Polk Place Franklin TN homes for sale 135 Gallagher Dr.

Polk Place is in Franklin, TN.  This neighborhood was built out over 10 years, from 1995 until 2005.  They are all brick homes with small yards that are nicely landscaped.  Many of these homes are built by custom builders so the houses are not all the same.  There is a nice diversity of interior style in this neighborhood.   They have sidewalks and a neighborhood pool. They don’t require all the homeowners to pay for the pool upkeep, so there is an annual joining fee for those who want to swim.  Currently it is $195.00.  The neighborhood is conveniently located off
Mack Hatcher Parkway near Hwy 31.

The shopping area, Parkway Commons, is about a mile away.  Parkway Commons features a Kroger, Target, Panera Bread, Chilis and the favorite of my children – Chick-Fil-A.  It is a few miles from downtown Franklin and 15 minutes to Cool Springs.

You can find out more information about the subdivision from those who live there at www.PolkPlace.com.

I am glad to share with you a terrific house I have listed in Polk Place.  The address is 135 Gallagher Drive.  The house is mostly 1 level with 3 bedrooms and 2.5 baths on the main level.  Upstairs is a large bonus room and bed/bath suite.  All brick exterior with a large porch in the front and patio in the back. The kitchen is very open with a breakfast area and hearth room as part of community space.  The list price is $445,900 and you can view the photos here.

As you look for your home in Franklin TN, I hope you will consider this one.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  Monica Neubauer, 615-568-8384

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