Comparing Green Hills homes to Brentwood homes – I get this question frequently from people relocating to the Nashville area, and I can see why most people struggle with this decision. In order to decided, you have to determine a few things about your own lifestyle, and then find the area that fits. Most of the people who live in Green Hills work in downtown Nashville, and the commute to work is one of the most important factors in deciding where to live. Since Green Hills homes are just a few miles from most of the largest employers (HCA, Vanderbilt, Saint Thomas) in Nashville, it’s just a few minutes on city streets to and from work every day. The prices of homes in Green Hills are more expensive than similar homes in Brentwood, but some people are willing to pay the difference, or buy a smaller home just to be close to work.
If on the other hand, schools are part of your decision criteria, Brentwood is easily your best choice. Comparing test score of Brentwood high school to Hillsboro high school is really shocking to parents. The average ACT score for Hillsboro high school in 2012 was 19.6, inline with the state average, but the average ACT score for Brentwood high school was 25.3, a full 29% higher. Comparisons to elementary schools in the areas are a little closer with Scales elementary in Brentwood averaging 11% better average TCAP scores than Julia Green in Green Hills. If schools are more important than a downtown location, Brentwood is a better choice. The commute to the HCA corporate office in Nashville from Brentwood is 15 miles or 20 minutes according to mapquest, from Green Hills, it’s 5 miles and 11 minutes.
Now lets compare homes. The median price for Green Hills homes sold in 2012 was $490,973 and the median size was 3110 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The median price per square feet was $158, and the average property taxes for a house this price is around $4503 a year. The median price for Brentwood homes during 2012 was $524,685 with the median size being 3836 square feet with 4 bedrooms and 3 baths. The median price per square foot for Brentwood homes sold in 2012 was $137, or 15% lower than Green Hills home. Property taxes for Brentwood homes averaged around $3241 per year for the median house.
- The median price per square ft for Green Hills homes is $158
- The median price per square foot for Brentwood homes is $137
- The commute time from Brentwood to downtown Nashville is 20 minutes compared to 11 minutes for Green Hills
- The schools in Brentwood average much better in test scores ranging from 11% for elementary schools to 29% for high schools
- Brentwood property taxes averaged $3241 per year compared to $4503 for Green Hills
Both of these areas have more positives than negatives, making them both very popular, and then of course you have Belle Meade and Franklin to compare to these also. For most people who plan to purchase a home in the $400,000 and up price ranges, these are the most popular choices. The questions that I always ask is, where do you work, where will you be spending your recreation time, and how important are schools.
If you work in Cool Springs or Brentwood, and a lot of people do, it’s an easy decision.
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This posting and the contents written here are the intellectual property and opinions of Larry Brewer of Benchmark Realty. Providing real estate services to clients in Nashville, Brentwood, Franklin, Spring Hill, Green Hills, and the middle Tennessee area
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