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A pretty and popular suburb of Nashville, Brentwood is a relatively new town compared to its Williamson County neighbor of Franklin. Brentwood slowly grew on the land of former tobacco and horse farms during the 1940s and 1950s, before finally becoming incorporated as a city in 1969. Today, Brentwood has a reputation of comprising only new construction mansions, but the reality is that there’s quite a range of lot sizes and houses within the town. If new development is what you’re looking for, that’s certainly available in Brentwood, whether it’s within a gated community or built from the ground up on your own parcel of land. But people looking for older neighborhoods—many with smaller houses set on large lots—will find plenty of options as well. Brentwood is particularly known for its green spaces, with 14 major parks in town and an extensive trail system for walking or biking.

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Living in the Nashville Metropolitan Area

Nashville’s nickname is “Music City,” and it has steadily been climbing the charts as one of the best places to live in the country. The quality that sets Nashville apart is its spirit—something that’s hard to quantify, but that touches every part of the metro area. Of course, by any measure, Nashville is a powerhouse, as it serves as the state capital; a well-known college town, anchored by Vanderbilt University; a major center for healthcare; and as a burgeoning destination for tech, with both Amazon and Oracle building major campuses in town. But it’s the generations of musicians who have imbued Nashville with its distinct personality. Nashville is synonymous with country music, but the city’s musicians can’t be so easily defined, as they play everything from the blues to indie rock. Music is Nashville’s heart and soul, creating a soundtrack to every part of life here.