As Director of Relocation at RE/MAX Masters I help many clients move their life to the greater Nashville area. Everyone has a different motive for relocating; it may be work, lower cost of living, music, or even retirement. Some people have visited Nashville many times while others have never visited and are not familiar with the different areas. The latter feel particularly lost when trying to decide where to live. They contact me hoping that I can provide some orientation and help them determine what area or even surrounding city would best be suited for them. As a result, I have compiled the best five resources for anyone wanting more information to determine where to reside.
Selecting the area and neighborhood that is best suited for an individual or family is truly a function of budget, priorities, and lifestyle. If you are a parent with school aged children, for example, living in areas zoned for the best schools within your budget may be of most importance. If you are a childless young professional, however, living within walking distance of restaurants and nightlife may be more important than living near great schools. The resources below may help anyone, in any stage of life, with any list of priorities find a neighborhood that is right for them.
We have discussed learning about schools and their rankings in a previous article. Niche ranks schools a bit differently and I like their methodology. They use a system of A+ to D- (with A+ being the highest and D- being the lowest) and have an entire page on their website that explains their ranking system of which state standardized test scores is only one factor. http://www.Niche.com
Any parent will tell you that protecting their children against harm and predators is of utmost importance. Anyone with children in their household should take a look at the Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) Sex Offender Registry. Many of us have heard of Megan’s Law that requires law enforcement authorities to make information about registered sexual offenders available to the public. On this website you can type in your address or future address and see a list of offenders. Tennessee Bureau of Investigations (TBI) Sex Offender Registry
Another way to stay as safe as possible is to do some research on crimes happening in your neighborhood, because that is also public information. This becomes particularly important when moving into transitional neighborhoods and with all the gentrification that Nashville is currently experiencing. When you type in an address on this site, you get a map view with icons representing the types of crimes recently committed in that area.
On a lighter note, if you enjoy being able to walk to different amenities, there are websites that rank your home’s walkability. Factors influencing an area’s walk score include the presence or absence of sidewalks, traffic, road conditions, and safety among others.
Lastly, I am your best resource. I am familiar with the greater Nashville area and can orient you to different resources that give you the knowledge and data you need to make an educated decision about your neighborhood. In addition, I can help you search for homes in your selected areas based on your budget. Partnering with me can make an otherwise overwhelming process seem much more manageable.