Franklin, TN is a Great Retirement City

Franklin, TN's amenities and small-town atmosphere attract retirees and seniors.

By Nancy Christie on April 15, 2013 at 10:00 am EST
Brentwood TN The Heritage At Brentwood Assisted Living Facility

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Williamson County’s focus on serving the needs of an older, yet active, population has made it a destination of choice for those ready to enjoy their retirement years in the seasonal climate and beautiful pastoral setting that are the hallmarks of life here.

While no state income tax and superior health-care services are obvious draws, says Joe Horne, Williamson County community development director, “many seniors have chosen to move to the county, following their adult children who came here to take advantage of employment opportunities. This allows them to maintain their family ties while enjoying an active lifestyle in a pleasant small-town environment.”

Housing Options

Housing is a key issue for those moving to the area. Fortunately, Williamson County has plenty of choices – from modern and historic homes, upscale apartments and farms to senior communities and assisted living centers able to meet the needs of older residents.

NHC Place at Cool Springs, in Franklin, is the county’s only assisted living center and multispecialty health center on a single campus, with assisted living, long-term care, rehabilitation and palliative care options. Emeritus at Legacy Crossing and The Manor at Steeplechase, both in Franklin, provide independent seniors a full, active lifestyle. The Maristone of Franklin, another assisted living community, offers a separate memory-care unit and specialized adult day services.

When completed, Fountains of Franklin will be Franklin’s newest senior living community, with services for independent, assisted and memory-care residents. The 59-unit assisted living facility is scheduled for opening in May 2013, with construction on the memory-care unit and some villas to begin in 2014.

An active senior community in Brentwood, The Heritage at Brentwood features a 48-acre campus of villas and apartment residences, surrounded by the natural beauty of the wooded Tennessee hills. Richland Place includes independent retirement living for active people 55 or older, assisted living Elmington Suites at Richland Place and Richland Place Health Care Center, offering skilled nursing care, rehab, intermediate care and general inpatient hospice care.

Recreational Amenities

Williamson County’s diverse recreational opportunities are a major attraction for seniors. With the outdoor charm of the county’s many public parks, entertainment options such as the Summer Concert Series at Brentwood's Eddy Arnold Amphitheater, and the proximity of Nashville's big-city attractions, it’s no wonder seniors have found the county a vibrant and entertaining place to live.

Forget about sitting on the porch and rocking away those golden years. The biggest challenge for seniors in Williamson County is finding enough time to enjoy all the available activities. For example, in addition to its host of recreational opportunities and leisure services, the Williamson County Parks and Recreation Department also has senior programming at its Franklin and Spring Hill locations, with discounted prices for those 55 and older.

To support lifelong learning (and more than a little fun) both Brentwood’s FiftyForward Martin Center and the JL Clay Center in Franklin, offer a variety of classes and programs including, health and fitness education, recreation, arts, travel and community service for adults 50 and older. The county is also home to three YMCA branches – Brentwood Family YMCA, Maryland Farms YMCA and YMCA of Cool Springs – and many other sports, recreational and outdoor areas, such as Deerwood, a 27-acre natural area and state-certified arboretum in Brentwood.

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