Franklin, Tennessee is a highly desirable place for everyone from high level executives to professionals and families to call home. It’s because it can offer you the best of all worlds. You get the small town Southern Charm feeling, but you also have all the modern conveniences at your finger tips. It’s those reasons and many more that allows Franklin, Tennessee to continue to make the lists of Best Towns in America. Southern Living named Franklin as one of their South’s Best Small Towns for 2020 and Travel and Leisure named Franklin one of America’s Favorite Towns. So, why does Franklin keep receiving national accolades? Let’s dive into what makes it so appealing!
Idyllic, Southern Charm Architecture
Franklin’s century-old architecture has stood the test of time. The Victorian style architecture makes the perfect backdrop for this small Tennessee town. Downtown Franklin in particular is on the national Register of Historic Places as a “Great American” Main Street experience! As is true with small southern towns, downtown Franklin is centered by a town square surrounded by 16 blocks of that classic architecture. Downtown Franklin is also home to the Franklin Theatre, which boasts true art deco style. FUN FACT: The Theatre was actually was the community’s first air-conditioned building and housed the first public restrooms. It underwent a major, three-year long renovation before re-opening in 2011, but it has quickly become known as an entertainment and cultural icon and the Crown Jewel of Main St.
Boutiques & Restaurants
Downtown Franklin’s historic architecture is home to many must-see quaint boutiques and restaurants. You have everything from name brands like Anthropologie to local shops, such as, the ever-popular White’s Mercantile. Also, just a short drive from downtown is The Factory at Franklin, which is home to many local businesses, eateries and performance venues. If you’re looking for some “to-die-for” Southern food, you have to dine at Gray’s on Main (try the Fried Pimento Cheese Balls! You can thank me later!) and Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant.
Great for Couples & Families Alike
One of the reasons Franklin continues to be a popular destination for Tennessee natives and those who are relocating is because it has something for everyone, whether you’re single, dating, married or have a large, beautiful family. There are plenty of places to meet for a date, grab a drink after work and places to take the kids for a Saturday full of fun.
Top Rated Schools
Speaking of being family friendly, Williamson County is known for having top rated schools. One thing that’s unique to Franklin is that within the Williamson County school district, there is actually something called the Franklin Special School District (FSSD). It’s an eight school, city-run system that encompasses pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. The schools included are Franklin Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Liberty Elementary, Moore Elementary, Poplar Grove Elementary, Poplar Grove Middle, Freedom Intermediate, Freedom Middle. Upon graduation from eighth grade, students attend a Williamson County high school.
Franklin, Tennessee is dog-friendly! In fact, in 2017, Franklin was the pilot city for the Mars PetCare Better Cities for Pets program, which was an initiative launched by the pet care company to educate and inform businesses and guests about the possibilities of building better, happier communities through inclusion and awareness of pets. Following that initiative, more than 90 Franklin business owners agreed to pet codes of conducts in order to make their places more pet-friendly. As you walk around downtown Franklin, you’ll notice plenty of dog bowls out for our four-legged furry family members.
If you love a good festival, you’ll love Franklin! Each year, Franklin holds several festivals including the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Main Street Festival, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas. They appeal to both adults and kids alike.
Pilgram Music & Cultural Festival first started in 2017. Set at The Park at Harlinsdale, the festival offers a diverse line-up from rock and roll, alt-country, bluegrass, jazz, indie, gospel and more while also supporting hundreds of local businesses from local artisans to restaurants, food trucks and makers. It also has a Lil’ Pilgrims Area to keep the kids entertained.
Main Street festival is one of the largest events in the Southeast. The fun-filled weekend full of music, arts, crafts, food and children’s activities typically draws crowds of upward of 100,000.
Pumpkinfest is Middle Tennessee’s largest family fall festival. It draws over 65,000 people to Main Street and the surround side streets in downtown Franklin. It offers all the fall fun you can imagine from costume contests to pumpkin carving contest. It also offers a Beer Garden and Leiper’s Fork Distillery Whiskey Lounge.
Dickens of a Christmas is Middle Tennessee’s largest outdoor Christmas festival. Using Downtown Franklin’s historic Victorian architecture as a backdrop, the festival recreates the time of Charles Dickens. More than 200 dancers, musicians and characters fill the streets telling Charles Dicken’s stories.
Franklin Real Estate Snapshot
As of July 2020:
- Median Price of Homes: $526,758 in Franklin in Williamson County
- Average Days on Market: 65 days
- Average Price per Square foot: $193
We are in such a seller’s market currently that a home that is priced right and marketed well is flying off the market. If you are thinking about buying in Franklin, let’s connect to discuss strategy on how to help you land your dream home!
Founded in 2007 by Kix Brooks of legendary country duo, Brooks & Dunn, Arrington Vineyards is a beautiful vineyard that features picturesque views of the rolling hills of Tennessee. While I won’t pretend that it’s Napa, it is still a great place to enjoy wine with great company while sitting hillside at a picnic table.
Natchez Trace Views
The Natchez Trace is such a special gem for Middle Tennessee. It is actually a historic forest trail that runs 440 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi. In Franklin, you’ll find the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge that offers some of the most beautiful views in Middle Tennessee. In fact, it’s one of the most photographed spots in all of Franklin.
Franklin may have all the Southern Charm bottled up into one city, but Leiper’s Fork will have you feeling like you stepped back in time to a simpler time. Leiper’s Fork is a short drive from Franklin, but it might as well be a time machine. This quaint little charming town is tucked off the Natchez Trace Parkway. It has cute art galleries where you can actually meet and chat with the artist and restaurants where you find the locals hang out for as long as anyone can remember. If you want the best biscuits and gravy, you’ll want to stop into Country Boy Restaurant, which has been around since 1968.
You can’t listen to a country song without the mention of whiskey or the like, so it should come as no surprise that Middle Tennessee is filled with boutique distilleries. One in particular is Leiper’s Fork Distillery. Not only is a beautiful distillery decorated by beautiful woodwork, but once a month the distillery turns into a singer & songwriter showcase.
Open Mic Nights
Yes, Nashville is Music City and there are plenty of live music venues, but there is one in particular that’s more of a special gem. That’s open mic nights at Puckett’s Grocery in Leiper’s Fork. If you do a quick google, you’ll find there are a couple of locations around Nashville, but the one in Leiper’s Fork is actually the original location. Their open mic nights are on Thursdays and you never know which celebrity might pop in for a jam session.
Gorgeous Rolling Hills
This is not only one of my personal favorite things about Franklin, but I’ve so many clients tell me the same thing. We are blessed to be surrounding by rolling hills all over the Middle Tennessee area. You’ll notice as you drive around you’ll turn the corner to be greeted by a gorgeous shot of the rolling hills. There’s just something so beautiful and peaceful about the hills.
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