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re: Questions and comments - 7/17/2007 Posted On: 12/12/2007 10:17:45 AM
Although there have been a few tornadoes in Nashville, even though I lived there over 24 years and never actually saw a one, the threat is still there. I never saw one in Fraklin either. It does get hot and humid in Franklin but it's only during the summer months, mainly June,July, and Aug.
I'm not too sure about fishing and hunting in Franklin area but there are several lakes in and around Nashville. Nashville is only about a 20min ride from Franklin. Hope your visit went well and you were able to get a feel for the city.
Response to Shawna Posted On: 9/28/2006 5:24:08 AM
Shawna, I would highly recommend moving to Franklin if you guys can afford it. The homes are not cheap in Franklin but the schools are very good. You may not find a lot of work in Franklin but there are many jobs in Nashville. As I mentioned in my review of Franklin, Franklin has the look of small town but its equipped with all of the big town features like nice restaurants, great shopping, great history etc. You also probably won't get nearly as much rain in Franklin but during the summer the temps can get pretty hot. I loved my time in Franklin and hope to get back real soon. Anyone can feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like more details on life in Franklin, TN.
Nice part of town Posted On: 9/20/2006 8:28:32 AM
Brentwood is a very nice part of town. Brentwood is kind of in between Nashville and Franklin but closer to Franklin. I think Brentwood is on the boarder of Williamson county which is the wealthiest county in Tennessee. Officially I believe it is in Davidson county though.
The Homes in Brentwood are not cheap. A moderate sized home will probably run about $180,000. There are some older areas of Brentwood so you can probably find some cheaper homes in those areas. But there are alot of very large homes in Brentwood with alot of property.
Climate in Brentwood is similar to Nashville. Cold winters with a little snow but mainly sleet is the problem. During Summers the temp can get up to 96 or so. But at least this area has all 4 seasons.
I'm not sure how much history is in Brentwood but theres some in Franklin which isn't far from Brentwood. Brentwood is surrounded by hills and trees and for the most part is very clean and classy looking.
If you can afford it, I'd recommend living in Brentwood. There are some country music stars that live there and also a number of sports athletes as well. You'll enjoy being close to Franklin and not too far from Nashville when living in Brentwood.
Great city! Posted On: 9/19/2006 8:55:37 AM
Nashville is a great place to live. I lived there for over 25 years and currently (unfortunately for me) am living in Houston TX.
Nashville is nice sized city. Not too big and not too small. Like all cities Nashville has it problems with crime and trash. But I wouldn't say that it is overly crime ridden or overly trashy.
Aside from the obvious (the country music scene), Nashville has a lot to offer. Great restaurants, shopping, nice parks, and a fair amount of history. Also, all types of musicians seek out Nashville, not just country music stars.
Nashville has great restaurants as well. From southern cooking to large chinese buffets.
Traffic is not the greatest right now as they seemed to be doing some kind of construction on all the major highways. But for the most part traffic is not that bad. Not too sure about the public transportation but they do not have a rail system in place.
Night life is always pretty jumping. Not too sure about the whole club scene but there are plenty to choose from.
Nashville's Climate is mild. Warm summers range from 94 to cold winters down to the teens and below. Nashville does not get much snow. Enough to coat the ground and on occassion, to make a snow man and sled. Nashville gets mainly ice and sleet and when they do get snow or sleet, it tends to shut down the city. Nashville also has vibrant colors during the fall and you can expect that cold crisp air during that time of year.
People are very nice in Nashville but if you're from New York and you move to Nashville.. People in Nashville are not in a big hurry. Fast talking New Yorkers will get frustrated at easy going Nashvillians.
I loved my time in Nashville. I grew up there and consider it home. Actually if Nashville is not your taste, you can try Franklin which is about 15 miles South of Nashville. Franklin has a small town feel with a big town amenities. Nashville is great city that is not too big and not too small.
Great city! Posted On: 9/19/2006 8:03:00 AM
I loved living in Franklin. This city has the small town feel with all the big city extras.
I've lived in Nashville and Franklin and now (unfortunately) living in Houston. I miss living in Franklin very much.
Downtown Franklin has a small town feel with a square, an old style movie theater and very old historic homes. Yet Franklin still has many of the big city extras like a large 20 screen movie theater, great restaurants, parks and great shopping.
Franklin is located in Williamson county and Williamson is the wealthiest county in Tennessee. The climate is great. Hot summers but nice crisp falls and mild winters. Frankin doesn't average much snow per year but they get enough the cover the ground and sometimes for sleding. Ice and sleet seem to be a bigger issue in the Nashville/Franklin areas.
Franklin is surrounded by rolling hills and many rural farms and white picket fences. There are an abundance of trees and seeing the leaves change colors in the fall can be therapeutic.
Franklin seems to be mainly white but since Franklin has the small town feel, everyone says hello to you. Some country music stars live in Franklin and several Tennessee Titans have taken up residence there as well. I find the people there very classy but not snotty.
Homes can be expensive because as I mentioned, I believe its the wealthiest county.
I look forward to the day when I can get back home to Franklin. I get home about once or twice a year now and from what I've seen it is really growing. I am hoping that it hasn't lost it's small town appeal. I would highly recommend living in Franklin for any considering a move to Nashville.
Not the greatest city Posted On: 9/19/2006 7:33:11 AM
I think the heat has to do with the bulk of these negative posts. I personally don't care for Houston either but I have been able to make it tolerable.
The heat is unbearable and there are no change of seasons here. There is only summer and spring. Houston gets a lot of rain so it floods regularly. Also there are constant threats of hurricanes.
Traffic is horrible. Public transportation is expensive and the light rail only runs near town (what a joke). Even on weekends, traffic is like rush hour.
Houston is very diverse but obviously Hispanics seem like they out number everyone. There must be something in the water or floating in the wind because Houstonians are pretty stupid and lack common sense.
On the plus side, homes are very affordable and there are some very nice restaurants. No income tax is a plus. At least Houston is better than Dallas but that ain't saying much.
Anyone thinking from moving from the East coast to Texas, you might want to rethink that.
Also, Houston residents, even though Texas is in the south.. this is not a southern state.
Tolerable living for Texas Posted On: 9/19/2006 7:11:35 AM
Let me be frank.. I really can't stand living in Texas. The Houston/Katy area is not my home but I have lived here for 5 years. I hate the climate, the traffic, the size and the city of Houston as a whole. However since I have to work here for now, I must say living in Katy has made it tolerable.
Katy is about 21 miles West of Houston. Katy is not in a flood zone and thats huge here in Houston area. Katy schools are suppose to be very good (not that it matters to me much as we do not have children). Katy has multiple restaurants and access to a large Mills Mall. The homes are very affordable in Katy. You can get a 2000 sq ft home for under $140,000 in many areas. Traffic in katy isn't quite as bad as Houston but if you need to go downtown then you will have to fight the traffic.
Obviously the climate isn't any different that Houston. Katy just doesn't get as much of the rain. Flooding is normally not a problem in Katy and it is not in a flood zone. There are no seasons in Houston/Katy area.. only Summer and spring. Very hot in the summer and there is no fall or winter. Trees do not change colors and there are few trees and rolling hills here anyway. In the winter the temp can drop to 35 degrees but rarely below that. Summer, highs are in the 100's and heat index is normally over 100. Heat will last from May to Oct. Normally by Nov. it will cool down to about 75 degrees or so.
Again Traffic is horrible in Houston/Katy. Actually traffic is Katy is fine but if you work in Houston be prepared to sit in traffic. You options are taking the bus or picking up riders from the park and ride. The HOV lane is the way to go if working downtown. There is a light rail but it only runs near town. Public transportation is not cheap. If I wanted to ride the bus every day it would be $7 a day.
Houston is very diverse but Katy is mainly Hispanic and White. Better brush up on your Spanish because it is ver fluent Houston/katy.
All in all, Katy is not a bad area to live if you have to live in Houston. Personally, I miss the crisp fall air and the change of seasons. The heat is unbearable and requires your AC to be in perfect working order. The city itself is small and nice and not too far away from Houston. The people are very kind and courteous. Houston also has 3 major sports teams and their sports talk radio is very good. I plan on living here about another 5 years and then will make the effort to move eastward. I can't trash this city too much because it ha