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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Jan 31 2012

Williamson County Real Estate Market Statistics Dec. 2011

The December 2011 sales numbers for Williamson County showed an increase in volume of houses being sold from December 2010. The number of houses closed in January in Williamson County are already more than January 2011 and we still have a few more days to get them registered as closed in the multiple listing software. It has been a busy winter in Williamson County and in the Greater Nashville Area which has also shown an increase in volume over the year before.

Williamson County Assn of Realtor Statistics

 Greater Nashville Assn of Realtor Statistics

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Sep 20 2011

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Copyright 2011 NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®

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