Located only eight miles south of the bustling city, Brentwood, Tennessee is often referred to as the place “where Nashville lives,” according to the city’s official website.
The real estate market in this wealthy enclave has remained remarkably stable through the nation’s recent crash; “housing maintains its steady appreciation, while new construction provides a continuing stream of both large-lot luxury subdivisions and mixed-use developments,’’ claims the website. Home hunters will find a pleasant blend of 1960s architecture—some fixer-uppers—contemporary homes, million-dollar estates and antebellum homes. Brentwood maintains a rural, tree-filled atmosphere, despite the fact that 450 new homes are built annually, and the area “has grown at a steady rate of 4.7 percent each year.”
Originally settled in the 1700s, Brentwood saw devastation throughout the Civil War. The 1920s brought the purchase and restoration of many homes, and the 1960s encouraged growth with the arrival of the Interstate. “By the 1990s, the area was again one of the wealthiest in the state,” claims Come to Brentwood’s website.
If you’re hoping to find work in Brentwood, you’re in luck. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says Williamson County is in the “top 5 fastest growing counties in employment growth in the nation.”
Brentwood also offers recreation opportunities for the entire family. A local sports complex, YMCA and several golf courses are conveniently located. Lakes make water sports a popular form of play in Brentwood, and the Natchez Trace Parkway National Park is ideal for outdoor fun. Brentwood is also near Nashville, where musical entertainment abounds, as well as the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.
While the cost of living in Brentwood and throughout Middle Tennessee is lower than the national average, “88.1 overall cost of living using 100 for a national average according to the ACCRA Cost of Living Index,” housing in Brentwood is somewhat more expensive. That’s because there is a minimum one-acre residential density policy. This policy helps Brentwood maintain an open, rural feel while meeting its residents’ housing needs.