Franklin, TN's Diverse Communities
Cities in Williamson County create unique sense of community.
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Charming small towns. Booming suburban cities. Quiet rural enclaves. Williamson County’s communities reflect lifestyles and tastes as diverse as the county’s residents.
Young families are flocking to many of these areas, drawn by community amenities, good schools and well-priced homes. Older couples are downsizing into condominiums and apartments in other parts of the county. And young singles are finding the restaurants, chic shops and recreational opportunities they want in the very communities they grew up in.
Communities Meet Diverse Needs
“People move to different communities for different reasons,” says Allison King of the Williamson County Association of Realtors. “Some people want to stay close to Nashville for work and are pulled to Brentwood, more so than to Spring Hill. But then people in Spring Hill are enthusiastic about affordable new homes there, compared to other parts of the county. And of course, everyone is intrigued by the good schools.”
Fairview, in western Williamson, once was so isolated that a phone call from Franklin was long distance, historian Rick Warwick recalls. Today, it’s growing steadily, thanks to the beautiful rural landscape, affordable homes and convenient Interstate 40 access. Tiny Leiper’s Fork has become a phenomenon, its shops and historic homes draw country music stars and corporate executives alike.
Historic Communities in Eastern Williamson
On the other side of the county, College Grove, Triune and Arrington retain the evocative rural charm of the 19th and early 20th centuries, offering lovely old homes, quaint shops and a proud cultural history, Warwick says.
Further north, Nolensville once was the dairy farming center of the county. Now, King says, it is popular for “very attractive larger homes at all price points, and special amenities families enjoy, like outdoor kitchens.” The vibrant town's growth is aided by its proximity to Nashville.
Much of Williamson’s growth has been along the I-65 corridor, from Brentwood south to Cool Springs, Franklin, Thompson’s Station and Spring Hill.
Brentwood, which came into being with the railroad line from Nashville to Franklin in 1855-56, is known for its luxury residential developments, large lots and homes, easy commute to Nashville and the Maryland Farms office development.
Cool Springs, a regional shopping mecca, has become nearly a city all its own, with single family homes, condos and apartment residences springing up around corporate headquarters and office campuses.
Growing fast, and looking ahead to even more development are Thompson’s Station and Spring Hill, bolstered by the General Motors plant and easy access to Interstate 65. These historic, once-rural towns are popular for their attractive homes, new schools and community amenities.
Franklin reflects much of all that Williamson has to offer, from rural beauty to stately historic homes to suburban housing developments. Its residents are diverse, but they share a sense of pride in their community, says King. The county seat is immersed in history, yet very 21st-century -- wherein lies much of its appeal.
“Franklin has capitalized on its historic legacy, while at the same time developing,” says Warwick. “People may be living in a suburban setting like Cool Springs, but they think of themselves as living in historic Franklin.”
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