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Goodall unveils plans for new White House development

Categories: Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Community, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Settler's Ridge, Single Family Home, Subdivision, Sumner County, White House, White House Connection | Posted: February 3, 2016

(This article was published in the White House Connection on February 2, 2016, and was written by Sherry Mitchell.  Click HERE for the direct link.)

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If 2016 finds you thinking about a new home, but staying in the Sumner County community is a must – Goodall Homes is unveiling plans for a new neighborhood in the rolling hills of Ben Albert Road.

The new development – Settlers Ridge is located on the Sumner County side of White House, and will feature 51 single family homes with an array of different floor plans, starting at below $200,000.

“We will offer six to eight floor plans, with a nice mix of one and two-level homes,” said Rachael Overall, director of marketing for Goodall.

Homes will feature two-car garages, luxurious owner’s suites, open kitchen and living areas, optional bonus rooms and energy efficient systems. Overall said the average price range is expected to be in the upper $100’s. Some of the amenities will include sidewalks, common space and a designated park area.

Construction of the first homes is expected to start in early summer; with the complete buildout complete with 24 to 30 months, Overall said, adding that preselling for the homes will begin mid-summer.

WHY A GOODALL HOME?

Goodall Homes builds all of its homes to new energy program standards – most of which are above industry standard, saving money on energy costs, which is a continuing top-of-mind concern for new homebuyers, Overall said.

The company uses R49 insulation – which is four inches more than industry standard. Not only does that fort inside the homes, it translates into savings each year in heating and cooling costs. Other features used include Energy Star® Calking, Low E windows, and CFL Lighting, to name a few. To find out more about Goodall’s home energy program, visit goodallhomes.com/energy-efficiency.

ABOUT GOODALL HOMES

Locally owned and operated, Goodall Homes has been building new single family homes, townhomes, condominiums, courtyard cottages, and villas since 1983. Since then, they have developed many residential communities in locations in the Greater Nashville area, such as Franklin, Thompson’s Station, North Nashville, Mount Juliet, Lebanon, Hendersonville, Goodlettsville, Gallatin, White House, and Cane Ridge. Goodall Homes has had record years in sales and customer service in recent years, establishing themselves as one of the fastest growing and most respected home builders in Tennessee.

Throughout our history, Goodall Homes has proudly served thousands of families with our dedication to quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction, as a Nashville area home builder. This commitment has been recognized through awards such as the NAHB National Housing Quality Silver Award 2016, The Nashville Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Private Companies 2012-2015; The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces 2013-2015; and The Nashville Business Journal’s Best in Business Award in 2011.

Goodall Homes Markets to all Generations

Categories: Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Neighborhood, New Community, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Subdivision, Sumner County | Posted: January 25, 2016

(Goodall Homes’ Millstone neighborhood was featured in the Jan/Feb 2016 issue of Builder and Developer magazine.  It was written by Genevieve Smith.  Click here for the full article.)

Magazine-for-Millstone-8-of-8-copyWith farm-inspired design and above industry standard energy efficiency, Millstone attracts buyers ranging from young families to active adults

By Genevieve Smith

Photography by Derek Darmstaedter

Millstone in Hendersonville is the largest new development in the Nashville area located 20 miles northeast of the center of downtown Nashville, Tenn. As builder Goodall Homes proclaims on its website, the community is “just far enough away from the hustle and bustle, yet in close proximity to schools, shopping, entertainment, and multiple amenities that support active family lifestyles.”

The community opened this year with 45 homes already sold as of December, and Millstone will have 614 homes upon completion. Goodall Homes expects that the community to be completed in 8-10 years, which puts its estimated time of completion between 2023 at earliest and 2025 at the most conservative.

When completed, the 614 homes of the master-planned community will consist of 420 single family detached houses and 194 villas, cottage homes, and town homes aiming to be the “true heart of life in middle Tennessee.” With farm-inspired design and resident-oriented programming, Millstone aims to entice first-time homebuyers, young families, career professionals, and active adults alike to put down roots.

At the core of the community will be the amenity area with the Town Center clubhouse as its anchor. Millstone’s amenity area will offer residents a variety of recreation options, including a farm stand, resort-style pool, fitness center, and playground.

Much of the amenity area is designed to create a welcoming environment for outdoor living. Incorporating the beauty of the surrounding area, the natural community lake has walking trails that connect to sidewalks throughout the community. Goodall Homes designed The Farm Stand to cater to residents of Millstone and the surrounding areas alike by housing a weekly farmer’s market, providing the area’s residents with fresh produce as well as a place to do commerce for local farmers and vendors.

In addition to the farmer’s market, this indoor/outdoor space will also be used as the neighborhood CSA(Community Shared Agriculture) pickup, outdoor workshops, and live music on special occasions. “This will be a great addition for the local residents and serve as a place where students will attend field trips and learn more about agriculture from the University of Tennessee’s master gardeners,” according to Rachael Overall, director of marketing at Goodall Homes. The community builder plans to partner with the University of Tennessee’s Agriculture Extension program to build and maintain the community’s herb garden and courtyard.

Whether buying single-family detached or one-level attached cottages, floor plans at Millstone exceed 1,500 square feet and can reach more than 3,800 square feet. Some plans offer the luxury of walk-in pantries, sunrooms, gourmet kitchens, and covered patios. Many, like the Lexington model, have the option of an extra bedroom with full extra bathroom in place of a bonus room, or a second master suite in lieu of a bonus room like the Jefferson model.

Exterior options for different plans vary but include front elevations like French Country, Tudor, or Victorian. Some, like the Lexington, also offer different roofline options with a choice between a cottage-style hip and valley roof or a more traditional side-gabled roofline featured in the Homestead option.

Not satisfied with simply providing green produce to their community, Goodall Homes has taken several steps to ensure the homes at Millstone exceed industry standards for energy efficiency. “Goodall Homes is committed to helping homeowners take control of energy costs,” said Overall. By partnering with LP® Building Products and using LP® Techshield® as a standard, houses built by Goodall Homes have a lower attic temperature by up to 30 degrees Fahrenheit, thus reducing air conditioning costs.

Another feature that helps keep Goodall Homes energy-efficient is the above-standard insulation used. “More than 90 percent of homes are under-insulated. Goodall Homes uses R49 insulation, which is almost four inches more insulation than the industry-standard R38 insulation. More insulation helps save money on energy bills and increases comfort within a home,” said Overall. Other green features such as Energy Star® caulking, low-E windows, and CFL lighting allow Goodall Homes to save homeowners several hundred dollars per year on utility bills and let their customers breathe easier with the knowledge that their home is as good for their wallet as it is for their family.

Goodall Homes has been building since 1983, and has been the recipient of national and local awards. The builder has received awards several times in previous years, notably making the Nashville Business Journal’s list of the Top 10 Fastest Growing Companies for the last four consecutive years. They have also been recognized as one of Tennessee’s Top Workplaces from 2012-2015 by The Tennessean and they won the 2016 National Housing Quality Silver award.

The highly-decorated builder is now working on exciting new floor plans to introduce in 2016, and will continue to offer one-level living homes. “Goodall Homes is proud to be the only builder in middle Tennessee who specializes in one level living homes in many of our floor plans,” said Overall. The one level living homes, like many of those at Millstone, offer features that make a home easy to live in and visit for all seasons of life, and all within easy reach of vibrant Nashville.

Hendersonville is part of Sumner County and the Nashville MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area), an area that has grown by nearly half a million people since 2000 and supports a vigorously growing job market. In fact, it is one of the fastest growing in the nation; Nashville is already almost as populous as Boston, and is set to surpass Memphis as the most populous city in Tennessee if not this year, then in the next two years.

Hendersonville is part of these fast growing communities in Tennessee, and attributes its rapid growth to geographic location and scenic beauty. Millstone is set to provide new residents with the best of both the city and country life has to offer,“ said Overall. “As the Nashville market continues to flourish, we are making plans to expand into additional submarkets within the Nashville MSA.” But in Hendersonville, a city that encompasses 38 square miles of land and 26 square miles of shoreline on Old Hickory Lake, residents might never guess their proximity to a bustling city like Nashville, until they want to.

 

 

 

Goodall realtor keeps focus on customer

Categories: Employee News, Goodall Homes, Hendersonville, Millstone, Nashville Area Homebuilder, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Subdivision, Sumner County, Team | Posted: January 18, 2016

(Bill Lewis at The Tennessean highlighted our own Tammy Chambers on January 15, 2016–for full article, click here.)

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Tammy Chambers, Realtor

Goodall Homes

393 Maple St., Ste. 100, Gallatin 37066

615-448-8929

www.goodallhomes.com

Years the company has been in the home building business: 32. Years I have been in the industry: 9.

Describe the company and explain what makes it unique. How did you become involved in real estate? My father is a retired builder from White House, Tenn. I have been around new construction most of my life.

Goodall Homes was building in White House at the time I was interested in selling new home construction. I met Todd Reynolds, a VP with Goodall, and called him weekly until he hired me. Todd brought me  on board as a new home consultant and his first new hire in July 2007.

The culture of Goodall Homes is amazing — the focus is customer based, delivering homes with integrity and care. Throughout the years, I’ve been asked to sell and manage communities as if they were my own business. This type of culture has taught me to become the business woman I am today.

I have a voice, ideas are welcomed. Additionally, I have learned how to make decisions and our management provides the tools I need to be successful both professionally and personally. The Goodall family and the management team have created an environment that allows us to truly take care of homeowners, which makes our sales team very proud.

Where in the Nashville region are you active? Sumner County. Since 2007, I have sold new home construction in multiple communities. I am a member of Sumner Association of Realtors (SAR) where I have served on committees and also as a chairman.

Goodall Homes’ culture showed me that giving back to our community is one of the greatest blessings. Goodall Homes also sets a good leadership example emphasizing the importance of serving in our industry. In 2013, I served on the board of directors for the Sumner Association of Realtors, as first vice president 2014 and president elect 2015. This year I will serve as the 2016 president.

I am honored to have been a recipient of the Home Builders of Middle Tennessee Sales Person of the Year award in 2014 as well as the Realtor of the Year for SAR for 2014. There were many individuals at Goodall Homes that helped make this possible. It has truly been a team effort that has led to my success in the real estate industry.

When selling a home, what can the owner do to maximize its value? The top three things I recommend to someone placing their home on the market are: home inspection, staging and de-cluttering. Prior to listing the home, have a home inspection for any repairs needed. Staging a home will help deliver the best first impression to a potential buyer. Last, de-clutter your home. Less is better when selling a home.

What advice do you have for clients who are preparing to buy a home? What steps should they take? Contact a real estate professional who can do all the work for you.

Once you have hired a Realtor, he/she will set up showings and gather information on the area. If you have a home to sell, your real estate agent can advise you on how to prepare your home to maximize the selling price.

How is technology changing the way people buy and sell houses? The Internet has definitely changed the way people buy and sell homes. Today’s buyer is looking for information prior to onsite showings. Customer service starts on your website by quick response time, accurate information, photos, virtual tours and area information.

Now when they call you, most likely they have conducted research from your website and they are excited and are ready to view the property.

What features are the most popular with today’s buyers? One-level, open floor plans are in big demand. Baby boomers are downsizing and want one-level living with high-end finishes.

Additionally, granite, hardwoods and crown molding are popular. Customers also are looking for energy saving features. This starts with the construction of the house. For instance, insulation, electrical, appliances and plumbing all play a roll in providing energy efficiency.

Goodall Homes builds all homes to above industry standards to maximize energy efficiency, which helps lower energy costs for homeowners. Goodall Homes’ Carellton and StoneBridge communities feature an energy room that educates buyers on how we provide energy efficiency when building each home.

What is the hallmark of the service you provide to your clients? Listening to them. Everyone is buying or selling for some form of life change. People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.

In order to truly provide good service, you have to understand your client’s wants, needs and why they want to make a change.

What boomers want: Active adult communities designed just for them

Categories: Condominium, Cottages, Franklin, Gallatin, Goodall News, Housing Market, Lenox Place, Neighborhood, Nolensville, Realtor News, Subdivision, Sumner County, The Cottages at Bent Creek, The Tennessean, Williamson County | Posted: January 12, 2016

(This article is from the Tennessean on January 9, 2016.  It was written by Bill Lewis.  Please click here to view the original article.)

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Patty Bellar wanted the comfort, convenience and security of a one-level home closer to her grandchildren, so she purchased a house in one of the growing number of Nashville-area communities restricted to homeowners 55 and older.

Her neighbors, from states including Illinois, Arizona and Michigan, had the same idea.

“All of us downsized to be closer to our kids and grandchildren,” said Bellar, who moved from Robertson County to the Cottages at Bent Creek subdivision in Nolensville, where Goodall Homes is building 36 homes reserved for buyers at least 55 years old.

“Any builder is smart not to ignore this market,” said Bellar.

A fast-growing market

Home builders are taking her advice and planning construction of more than 1,300 homes in age-restricted communities across the region.

A partnership of Craighead Development and Ole South, one of the area’s largest home builders, hopes to launch The Binns, a 500-home active adult community planned for 285 acres off Lebanon Road in Hermitage.

In Lebanon, 240 active adult residences are planned at Hamilton Springs, Middle Tennessee’s first mass transit subdivision, which is being developed around a depot for the Music City Star commuter train.

In Spring Hill, Del Webb is launching Southern Springs on the Maury County side of the city. The community will have 600 homes on more than 300 acres. The company previously developed the 1,000-plus-home Lake Providence community in Mt. Juliet.

“Of the 76 million baby boomers in this country, 50 percent are between the ages of 50 and 58, which makes the over-50 buyer one of the fastest-growing consumer groups. With the recent completion of our Lake Providence community, there is no active adult community to meet the housing and lifestyle needs of the active baby boomer in Tennessee,” said Jon Cherry, Del Webb’s president in the state.

Goodall Homes, the company that built Bellar’s house in the Cottages at Bent Creek, has just 10 homes left to sell in that neighborhood. This year the company expects to build an additional 30 homes at Lenox Place, an active adult community in Gallatin. Lenox Place will have a total of about 240 homes when it is full, said Chris O’Neal, the company’s chief sales officer.

“We hear a common theme from our customers,” he said. “Their children have moved out and they need something with less upkeep.”

Homes for active adults feature one-level living, no-step entries and interior doorways wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. Exterior maintenance is performed by the homeowner’s association.

Bellar said those are the features she was looking for. She’s mobile and active, but was planning ahead.

“You don’t believe there will come a day, but I just didn’t want steps,” she said.

A successful blueprint

Bill Hostettler, chief manager of Craighead Development, said Del Webb’s success at Lake Providence proves that demand is growing for active adult communities.

“We want to copy Del Webb in Mt. Juliet,” he said of plans for The Binns in Hermitage.

Nashville has a lack of housing that appeals to the active adults moving to Middle Tennessee, said Hostettler.

“They want to live near the grandkids, but it’s hard for them to find a nice home on a small lot,” he said.

The community will feature homes ranging from 1,200 to 2,500 square feet. Most will be single-level, but some may feature an upstairs bonus room. That floor plan has proven popular in other communities because the bonus area can be converted to quarters for a caregiver.

The site’s current agriculture zoning allows homes on two-acre lots. The developers are requesting a change to allow 1.75 homes per acre. More than half of the 285-acre site will be preserved as green space.

The proposed site is near the city’s Stones River Bend Park and is close to shopping and a YMCA.

The developers intend to donate several acres for expansion of adjacent Hermitage Elementary School. They will give another 40 acres to the city to extend a greenway along the Cumberland River.

“Think about getting on your bike and riding downtown,” said Hostettler. “You could ride your bike to the football game.”

Reach Bill Lewis at 615-262-5862 or wlewis77229@comcast.net.

Goodall named 2015 Sumner Countian of the Year

Categories: Awards, Charity, Community Service, Employee News, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Operation FINALLY HOME, Realtor News, Sumner County, Team | Posted: January 5, 2016

(Congrats to Bob Goodall, Jr., President of Goodall Homes for being named Sumner Countian of the Year.  This article was written by Sherry Mitchell of The Gallatin News, published on 12/31/15.  Please click HERE to view the original published editorial.  The same article was published in The Hendersonville Standard and can be viewed HERE.)

Sumner Countian of the Year

He’s known to many as a successful home builder and real estate mogul, but when it comes to service to others, Bob Goodall truly has a heart for giving.

From making sure the hungry are fed; to providing homes to much deserving members in the community; Goodall consistently puts others before himself.

It is for these reasons that the Gallatin News has named Goodall as its Sumner Countian of the Year for 2015.

When Joe James – a double amputee veteran, and his family were offered a home through Goodall Homes and Operation Finally Home, James was a bit skeptical as to why anyone would go to that extent for someone else. He wanted to make sure it was a good fit for his family, and that is was being done for the right reasons.

“He (Bob Goodall) opened up to me that he was just in awe and so thankful for all that veterans have done and he completely sold me – I knew for a fact his heart was completely into doing this, but not for himself,” James said. “And he’s not going to stop – nothing can stop him from giving back to the community and giving back to veterans. He loves just changing people’s lives.

“Even to this day, they haven’t forgotten us – they are always checking up on us to see if we need anything.”

James said after speaking with Goodall, it’s not hard to understand why he is so selfless towards others – the fact is – he’s just a great guy.

“He gets it and he is such a pleasant man – he’s always happy and always has an ear for you,” he said. “You would think a man with a business that big wouldn’t have time for a veteran, but he goes out of his way.”

This is the second home Goodall has built through the Operation Finally Home program.

“We have a strong sense of philanthropy at Goodall and we respect our veterans tremendously,” Rachael Overall, director of marketing for Goodall Homes, said. “They sacrifice their lives to keep us safe and we feel like it’s our job to give back to those veterans when we can – it’s such a great cause.”

Goodall provides home for couple married 54 years

Though not a profitable career, Pastor James Gill has served the church for most of his life. He and wife, Barbara had long ago accepted they would never own a home.

But the director of the Sumner County Food Bank was in for a big surprise in late last year, when Goodall Homes honored the couple with a brand new house in Castalian Springs. Gill said the more-than-kind gesture from Bob Goodall, was a dream come true.

“He gave me something I never had; nor would I ever have had, being a pastor, and he gave my wife a yard she can plant a flower in; a wall she can hang a picture on, and a swing on the front porch she can swing in anytime she wants to,” Gill said. “I prayed many years she would have that opportunity, but I never thought it would happen after 54 years of marriage – it just fulfilled a fantasy, a dream, and a miracle. He gave us what we had both agreed; we would never have on this earth.

Goodall said the idea to build the Gill’s a home came from a discussion he had with other volunteers at the Sumner County Food Bank.

“We got to talking how he is 72-years-old and he’s never owned his own home, and it just stuck with me, and a little bit later a gentleman from the church came by my office and he really planted the seed,” Goodall said. “He said Brother Gill had taken all of his savings and put it in the food bank and that was what he had to build a house with and we needed to see if there was a way we could help.”

Goodall said the first person he approached for a donation wrote a $30,000 check.

“We knew once we had that, we were well on our way to getting this home built,” he said.

More agencies helped

Goodall Homes is also an avid supporter of the Second Harvest Food Bank –

“Our goal is to help raise awareness of how hunger affects our friends and neighbors,” he said. “It’s part of our heritage to make sure we do that, to make sure that folks are fed and that they don’t go home hungry and that they are making sure they go home nourished.”

But the list of community service doesn’t stop there. The company’s other non-profit sponsorships also include: Sumner Co Drug Free Coalition, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Children Are People, Too, Sumner County Food Bank, United Way of Sumner County, Habitat for Humanity of Sumner County, Bass n Buddies, and Make a Wish Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

In 2014, Goodall Homes was named “Builder of the Year” by Professional Builder, North America’s leading business publication dedicated to the home building industry. The award spotlights the best of the best when it comes to building homes.

The Gallatin-based company was founded more than 20 years ago when Bob built his first home in 1983. Goodall Homes can now be found in Wilson, Williamson, Sumner and Davidson counties.

Although honored to receive the award, Goodall made a humble comment; saying it wasn’t just about building good houses.

“We’ve done a good job of finding niches in the market,” he said. “We want to continue to build leaders and give back to our community.”

Goodall plans to continue to serve his community and also work with Operation Finally Home. Those who have been helped – they just hope he understands what a difference he has made in the lives of others.

“He is continuing this process and working with other organizations,” James said. “They are losing money doing this and he doesn’t care and that really inspires me. We were in a house we barely fit in and we would not be where we are today if it were not for him.

“He has allowed me to feel safe and happy again where I live, and if it wasn’t for Bob Goodall; that would have never happened.”

A man of many words to others, Gill said he is at a loss to find the right words to thank Bob Goodall.

“Bob Goodall gave me a new life and it meant more than I can possibly put into words,” Gill said. “I can think of nobody that deserves this more than he does.”

Sumner County Offers Good Life for Less

Categories: Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Hendersonville, Millstone, Neighborhood, New Community, Realtor News, Sumner County | Posted: December 8, 2015

(This article was posted on December 3rd by The Tennessean, and was written by Bill Lewis.  For the full article, click here.)

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Ali and Mike Oxley considered buying a new house in Williamson County, but then they found a home with the same floor plan in Sumner County for tens of thousands of dollars less.

The Oxleys were the first owners to move into a new single-family home in Millstone, the new Hendersonville subdivision being developed by Goodall Homes.

“Our home would probably have cost 30 percent more in Franklin. It’s ridiculous to pay more for what you want,” Ali Oxley said.

Builders are counting on thousands of home buyers to discover Sumner County. Goodall has plans for 614 homes in Millstone. Prices start at $279,900. Durham Farms, the Hendersonville neighborhood being launched by Texas-based Freehold Communities, will have 1,100 homes with prices expected to start in the mid to upper $200,000s.

Homes in phase one of Durham Farms will be built by Lennar Homes, David Weekley Homes, Drees Homes and Celebration Homes. The neighborhood’s grand opening is expected to be held next spring.

In Gallatin, Ole South, one of the region’s largest builders, offers homes in several subdivisions, including Stratford Park and Cairo Estates, where prices start in the $160,000s, and Fairway Farms, with prices beginning in the high $200,000s.

“Sumner County is getting more magnetic every day,” Ole South Vice President Trey Lewis said.

Same qualities for less

“We see a lot of people shopping Rutherford, Williamson and Sumner counties. A lot of people are considering all three,” he said.

Goodall Homes Vice President Todd Reynolds said buyers are attracted by Sumner County’s combination of good schools, a strong economy and job growth, a lifestyle that includes golf courses and Old Hickory Lake, reasonably quick commutes and affordability.

“It’s like the perfect storm. It’s like all of the pieces of the puzzle are coming together at once,” he said.

Goodall’s sales are strong in Thompson’s Station, Nolensville and Franklin in Williamson County, but the company now sells more homes in Sumner County, where it builds in neighborhoods including Millstone, Carellton, Elk Acres, Foxland Harbor, the Retreat at Fairvue and Lenox Place, a community for buyers 55 and older, he said.

One reason for Sumner County’s popularity is price. Soaring lot costs are driving up home prices throughout Williamson County, but building sites and homes are more affordable in Sumner County, Reynolds said.

A townhome that Goodall builds for $350,000 in Franklin can be purchased in Millstone for $225,000, he said. “The same, exact townhome,” Reynolds said. “People are realizing there are choices out there.”

A place to put down roots

Sumner County’s growing population is creating demand for new neighborhoods like Durham Farms, said Suzanne Maddalon, vice president of Freehold Communities. The population, which the U.S. Census Bureau estimated at 172,706 in 2014, has grown about 25 percent since 2000.

Many of those new residents will commute to Nashville on Interstate 65 or Highway 31 East. But Maddalon said others will be employed locally by companies including Beretta USA. The firearms manufacturer relocated to Gallatin, where it will operate a $45 million manufacturing and R&D facility that is expected to create 300 jobs.

“Freehold Communities believes that Hendersonville provides an excellent location for a new home community due to the top-performing schools, the access to Old Hickory Lake, the expansive trail and park systems, which allows for a healthier lifestyle, as well as the proximity to downtown Nashville and all the city has to offer,” Maddalon said.

Durham Farms is expected to attract move-down empty nesters as well as young, move-up families. In addition to its 1,100 homes, the community will feature a recreation-amenity center called The Farmhouse with more than 5,200 square feet of space.

The Farmhouse will include a state-of-the-art fitness facility complete with a group fitness room, The Hub Wi-fi Cafe, a resort-style pool and splash pad for children, a great lawn for community events, a natural “playscape” tot lot, and a full-time social and activities director. In addition, the neighborhood will feature 3 miles of walking trails and several pocket parks.

The Oxleys, who moved from Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood, see Hendersonville as the place where they want to start their family.

“We really want to put roots down,” said Ali Oxley.

Reach Bill Lewis at 615-262-5862 or wlewis77229@comcast.net.

Join us for Waffles & Wreaths at Waters Edge in Franklin

Categories: Cottages, Events, Franklin, Goodall Homes, Neighborhood, New Community, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Subdivision, Waters Edge, Williamson County | Posted: November 30, 2015

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Robertson County veteran honored for volunteer service.

Categories: News Channel 5, Operation FINALLY HOME | Posted: October 27, 2015

(In light of our relationship and appreciation for Operation Finally Home, we wanted to post this beautiful segment from News Channel 5.  Originally posted on Newschannel5.com on October 21, 2015.  Click HERE for the article and an accompanying video.)

GREENBRIER, Tenn. – Veteran Service Officer of Robertson County has gone so far above and beyond his job title that he has helped countless Veterans adjust to life after combat and navigate the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Like many Vietnam veterans, Wayne Dugger’s war stories aren’t pretty.

“Our intelligence told us we’d hit a reinforced platoon. We hit a 700 guy battalion instead. It turned out to be a particularly nasty day. We lost a lot of good men,” said Dugger, as he recounted one of his many stories.

He was awarded a Purple Heart for his service that day as a Platoon Sargent with the 101st Airborne, but at the time not much of anything else.

“They told us ‘go home, hang your uniform up and don’t even put it on your job application’ that’s how bad it was then,” said Dugger.

Little did Wayne know how that moment would shape his life decades later when other young men and women headed off to war.

He first persuaded officials in Robertson County to fill the then vacant position of Veteran Service Officer. A position every TN county has a job designed to help vets navigate the VA.

However, he didn’t know he’d be the one to fill it for several years, and his work paid off.

“When I first started trying to help the vets here, the veterans in Robertson County were receiving a little over $1.5 million a year from the VA,” said Dugger. “Now, it’s somewhere over $16 million a year.”

It only took one phone call to change his battle plan. A veteran called the American Legion Hall ready to take his own life.

“He was so distraught, so depressed for one simple thing. He couldn’t feed his family,” said Dugger. “Once I got him to start making a list of what he needed, I asked him if he knew where the Kroger in Springfield was. He said he did, and I said I’ll meet you there in an hour.”

It was that encounter that made Wayne realized it wasn’t just about navigating through the bureaucracy, more needed to be done to meet the basic human needs of many veterans.

So he rallied the troops bringing together several military organizations and charities and getting everyone to march in the same direction.

“If a Veteran comes in here, and we know he’s a veteran and he needs help we’re gonna help him,” said Dugger.

No one’s keeping track of how many vets have been helped. To them, the number isn’t really what matters, and Wayne isn’t collecting a paycheck for the long days he puts in. “It is a pure passion driven endeavor,” he said.

For his service, and the many years of work he’s done after returning home, he was honored by NewsChannel 5 and Operation Finally Home with a $500 gift.

Yet, to Dugger, he sees it as an answer to a question decades in the making.

“I wondered a long time why so many of our guys got killed and I didn’t, and I think I found that”

Wayne and his team do all of this out of a tiny American Legion Hall in Greenbrier, proof you don’t need a lot of space or things to make a big difference.

Millstone grand opening was a huge success

Categories: Events, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Neighborhood, New Community, Realtor News | Posted: October 26, 2015

MS Grand Opening ToddThe Grand Opening for our new community Millstone in Hendersonville was absolutely wonderful! Guests were able to experience the lifestyle vision of Millstone. There was southern food by Chef’s Market, Farm Fresh produce from Lester Farms, elegant farm style table décor, Bluegrass music, and more!

A very special “THANK YOU!” to our sponsors who helped make this event possible – Smith Sholar Milliken, Wilson Bank & Trust, James Hardie, and Piedmont Natural Gas!

Check out some of the pictures HERE! To learn more about this community, visit www.goodallhomes.com/millstone

 

 

Four middle-Tennessee counties among top growing in the country

Categories: Davidson County, Housing Market, Investment Opportunity, Nashville Area Homebuilder, New Homes Nashville Area, Realtor News, Sumner County, TN Homes, Williamson County, Wilson County | Posted: October 23, 2015

(From WSMV Channel 4 on October 20th.  For link to article with VIDEO, click HERE.)

 

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) –

Nashville is expected to overtake Memphis as the biggest city in Tennessee in the coming years.

As fast as Nashville is growing, the surrounding counties are growing even faster. Four Middle Tennessee counties are among the top 100 fastest growing in the country.

Since 2010, Williamson County has grown 12 percent, making it the 34th fastest growing county in America.

Matthew Hill, redistricting supervisor with the state comptroller’s office, is in charge of making all the numbers make sense.

The comptroller’s office has taken all of the U.S. Census numbers and has come up with some new trends for the state.

“If you really look at Middle Tennessee, four of the fastest growing counties in the entire United States are here,” Hill said.

Montgomery, Rutherford and Wilson counties are experiencing double-digit growth. Sumner, Davidson and Maury counties are also growing rapidly.

Nashville could pass Memphis as the biggest metro area by the end of the year, but certainly will by the time of the next census in May 2017.

“You will see the trends of Nashville up 9,000 to 10,000 a year, and you see Memphis trending down,” Hill said.

Even with 41 Tennessee counties losing population, Middle Tennessee is so strong that the entire state is on track to replace Indiana as the 16th most populous state in the country.

By 2020, the state will know if it picks up a congressional seat. With redistricting, Middle Tennessee could have more congressional and statewide political power.

Nashville is now approaching Boston in terms of population.