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I had a fun conversation this week with a family about to move here.
They wanted to know, “What is it really like to live in Brentwood — the good and the bad?”
After referring them to this website (naturally!), we talked about the pro’s and con’s of living in one of Nashville’s best suburbs.
#1 Brentwood has the shortest commute into Nashville from all of Williamson County.
Good: You can be downtown in 15 minutes.
Bad: Cool Springs shopping & restaurants are popping up to the south of Brentwood. In fact, our favorite restaurants are either in Franklin or Nashville.
#2 Brentwood schools are the best.
Good: Brentwood’s schools are considered far better than Metro Nashville schools, and they’re even superior to the rest of Williamson County because of high housing prices. There is racial diversity, but little socioeconomic diversity.
Bad: You may have a Brentwood address, but actually live in Davidson County.
Also, school zoning is only guaranteed for one year, so houses on the Nolensville side may no longer be zoned for Ravenwood schools.
#3 Quality of life ranks really high here.
Good: Brentwood is full of nice people. Plus, there are lots of active social centers like the fabulous Brentwood Library, thriving church congregations, and nonstop sports (a la Crockett Park.)
Bad: Singles may find themselves driving to downtown Nashville for nightlife, concerts, and other events.
Likewise, if you’re not religious, you may get tired of people asking “if you’ve found a church home yet.”
#4 Getting around Brentwood is a breeze.
Good: I-65 gives great interstate access in and out of Brentwood, with newly paved, wide driving. You can also avoid the interstate entirely by taking Franklin Road from Nashville all the way into Franklin, TN.
Bad: Rush hour slowdowns are common on streets leading to I-65 exits, namely Old Hickory Blvd (leaving Maryland Farms office park) and Concord Road (leaving a huge number of subdivisions).
I hope these observations about living in Brentwood, TN are helpful as you plan your move! Overall, we LOVE living in this FUN community!
I'm a wife, mom of 4, and resident of Brentwood, Tennessee. I love finding fun new things for my family to see and do in Brentwood and the Nashville area!