The following post is a guest post from Houston, Texas area real estate developer and entrepreneur Tracy Suttles. Tracy can be best contacted for questions, comments and concerns on Twitter at @tracydsuttles.
Murfreesboro is a booming city of 100,000 people located just south of Nashville, TN in Rutherford County. It is the geographic center of Tennessee and it is home to the state’s largest university, Middle Tennessee State University. There are two malls, many popular restaurants, green ways, high performing schools, a new hospital slated to open soon, and it is an easy commute to Nashville. There are many things to consider when shopping for the perfect Murfreesboro home.
There are two school systems. The Murfreesboro City Schools District contains most, but not all of the elementary schools located within the city limits. All middle, high, and some elementary schools are part of the Rutherford County School System. Some of the city schools are on the modified year round calendar, which is slightly different from the county and the other city school’s calendar. A buyer might want to take into consideration if their children will be in different Murfreesboro schools. Also, some of the homes located in the higher performing school zones can be a little more expensive. For a list of schools and their performance grades, visit their websites.
Murfreesboro is an easy commute to Nashville, which makes it an ideal place to buy a home. Nashville commuters might consider buying a Murfreesboro home in an area close to I 24. There are several nice, affordable subdivisions off of Church Street, and off of Highway 96 or Manson Pike in the Blackman community. If north Murfreesboro is more appealing, look at some of the neighborhoods that are off of Sulpher Springs Road or Jefferson Pike. Both of those roads have an interchange for I 840, which leads to I 24.
Floods and Sink Holes
Stones River flows throughout Murfreesboro. Insurance companies usually require homes close to the river to be covered by flood insurance which is more expensive.Also, like much of Middle Tennessee, Murfreesboro is prone to sink holes. If a home is being built and a sink hole is discovered or develops, many builders will simply repair the sink hole and continue building the house. Be sure to ask about the possibility of having to buy flood insurance and if there are any sink holes on the property or any adjoining properties to avoid extra costs in the future.
Murfreesboro Shopping, Restaurants, and Entertainment
If close proximity to good shopping, restaurants, and entertainment is a factor, consider look near The Avenue. The Avenue is a new mall located off of Medical Center Parkway. It is full of popular shops such as American Eagle, New York and Company, Carters, Belk, Ann Taylor Loft, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy, plus restaurants. Murfreesboro’s movie theater is located off of Cason Lane near Old Fort Parkway, and any home close to the interstate is just 40 minutes away from all of the fun downtown Nashville has to offer.