Rutherford County offers a great location, about 30 minutes southeast of Nashville on I24, heading toward the Cumberland Plateau and Chattanooga. With a forward thinking strategy to attract business, Rutherford County has seen great economic and physical growth in the past decade. Corporations like Nissan, Amazon, Bridgestone, Cintas and Icee have all selected Rutherford County as a national or regional hub, and for good reason. Rutherford County offers a more affordable alternative compared to neighboring counties and a great variety of real estate, along with an award winning public school system. Rutherford County is also home to the world famous Tennessee Walking Horse, and you will find many horse farms dotting the path connecting the cities of Rutherford County.
Murfreesboro has the feel of a small town with big city amenities, including a wide variety of local and national chain restaurants, just about every store you could imagine and a great university in Middle Tennessee State University. Murfreesboro is steeped in history, with a historic downtown and Stones River National Battlefield. Single family houses and townhomes make up most of the market, with a few cool lofts beginning to pop up in the downtown area.
Smyrna is the 2nd largest city in Rutherford County. Here you will find a small airport, a quaint downtown area and a shopping area connecting the downtown to the interstate. The small town feel and sense of belonging to a community are great attractions to Smyrna. Percy Priest Lake, just a short distance away, and numerous parks along with an extensive greenway system make Smyrna a great place to call home. The housing landscape is primarily single family homes, with several new subdivisions and townhomes having been constructed in the last decade.
Lavergne is convenient to I24, making it a great industrial and transportation hub on the north side of Rutherford County, closest in proximity to Nashville. It's also a popular spot for those who love the great outdoors, with Percy Priest Lake shoreline and the Poole Knobs Recreation area near your doorstep. Like much of the Middle TN, there has been a great boom in housing in Lavergne in recent years, bringing many new construction communities to the area.
If you are looking for a more rural lifestyle, you might check out some of the surrounding areas, including Christiana, where you will find horse farms as you drive through the gently rolling countryside. Eagleville is primarily a rural community, with charming antique stores and restaurants. Be sure to check out Lucy Ladd farms in Eagleville. It's Tennessee's largest petting zoo and farm playground, featuring over 60 acres of down home fun on the farm. Lascassas is all about the quiet country life, with most residents having a yard big enough to require a tractor to mow. You are more likely to drive through counting cows instead of cars. Rockvale is a quaint suburb of Murfreesboro, generally offering larger yards, fewer city lights and the feel of living in a small town.
Wilson County lies just east of Nashville, situated between Old Hickory Lake to the north and Percy Priest Lake to the South. Wilson County has experienced tremendous growth over the past couple of decades, and you will find easy access to Nashville along with a more suburban feel.
Mt Juliet is located about 20 miles from downtown Nashville in Western Wilson County. Mt Juliet has a great shopping area with a modern cinema and variety of restaurants and stores all in one spot, making it sometimes easier to drive to Mt Juliet for a shopping trip than it would be to drive all over Nashville to visit a couple of your favorite stores. Growth here also brings new construction communities, including some specifically for the 55+ crowd.
Lebanon is just under an hour away to the center of downtown Nashville, making it a viable spot for those that have to commute to work downtown just a few times a week. Lebanon is one of the oldest communities in the state, giving it a historic downtown area. Businesses like Dell Computers and Cracker Barrel have made their home in Lebanon and there is also a 4 year college there.
Sumner County is located northeast of downtown Nashville, and it includes shoreline on the beautiful Old Hickory Lake. Growth here, as in all of Middle Tennessee, has really boomed over the past few years and you are sure to find all you need without ever needing to leave for Nashville, unless you want to.
Hendersonville is the largest city in Sumner County, sitting just 30 minutes northeast of downtown. A sense of community definitely exists here, with many annual festivals parades and holiday celebrations filling the calendar and giving you a chance to meet your neighbors. Several parks and Old Hickory Lake give you plenty of reasons to get outdoors. Single family homes and townhomes are both available here, with a growing number of townhomes located near the interstate and the Indian Lake shopping area.
Gallatin gets you even closer to downtown Nashville, with a prime location on the Cumberland River. The "Fire on the Water" outdoor music festival is held on Old Hickory Lake, with Fire on the Water being a tribute to Johnny Cash, who lived on Old Hickory Lake and is buried just 10 miles away. Gallatin is also home to Volunteer State Community College.
Goodlettsville straddles the Sumner and Davidson County lines and is a great place to shop for antiques or enjoy the out of doors at Moss-Wright Park. White House is a fast growing city on the I65 corridor, offering a convenient location with lower prices and a more laid back atmosphere. Castalian Springs is full of history, with a variety of historic homes, Civil War battle sites and Native American sites from the Mississippian period. Westmoreland is a half way point between Nashville and Bowling Green, Kentucky. Here you will find rolling hills, barns and a town with a great library and community center. Portland is at the Kentucky state line and a great place if you are looking for a rural life style. Portland is home to the annual strawberry festival, held each year in May. In all the smaller cities of Sumner County, you will find mostly single family homes, with a lot of new construction options beginning to fill in the countryside.