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Community gardens bring a little country to suburban neighborhoods

Categories: CSA, Davidson County, Goodall Homes, Hendersonville, Millstone, Neighborhood, New Community, Sumner County | Posted: July 23, 2018

( Bill Lewis. The Tennessean. Click HERE for full article.)

There’s nothing unusual about city folks moving to the country for the experience of growing their own food, but Jason Cloud took a different route. He moved to one of Nashville’s newest and largest subdivisions.

Along with his neighbors, Cloud grows a variety of vegetables, herbs and berries in the expansive community garden at Carothers Farms. The neighborhood, located on the Davidson County side of Nolensville, could eventually have 2,000 residences.

“As more people get involved, it will develop a little community of gardeners inside the community,” he said.

Across the region, community gardens are a hot amenity. Spring Hill’s newest subdivision, Harvest Point, will have one. Millstone, the established Goodall Homes neighborhood in Hendersonville, has an herb garden and orchard.

“Organic gardens and dog parks are one and two of the things people want,” said David McGowan, president of Regent Homes, which is developing Carothers Farms.

As backyards get smaller, it makes sense for neighbors to work together in a community garden, said Jen Lucy, director of sales for The Jones Co. The company is launching Harvest Point, on the Maury County side of Spring Hill, along with Regent Homes, Celebration Homes and Lennar Homes.

“People are looking for them for two reasons. It means they don’t have to take up room in their backyard, and it is a very fun thing to do as a hobby together with like-minded people. It gives such a great sense of community to have a fun area like that set aside just for a garden,” said Lucy.

Harvest Point and Carothers Farms also have dog parks and trails in addition to their community gardens.

Doug Herman, president of luxury home builder Legend Homes, lives in a Franklin neighborhood that started its own community garden several years ago. The company helped expand the garden by establishing additional raised beds for plants.

He and his wife are members of the garden and have their own space.

“It’s great to see neighbors working together,” said Herman. “It’s a gathering space.”

Millstone’s herb garden is next door to the town center, making it a point of activity for the community. Goodall Homes, the subdivision’s developer, also built an onsite farm stand. Each week, residents invite a local farmer to sell produce at a farmers market.

In Carothers Farms, residents are growing sunflowers, melons, tomatoes and other fruits and vegetables in the 44-by-90-foot organic garden. The community provides garden tools and a shed where they are stored. Rain barrels capture water for irrigation. There’s even an area for composting, said McGowan.

The garden is so popular that Regent plans to add more as the neighborhood grows, he said.

Meanwhile, Cloud was heading over to the garden to see what was ready for harvest.

“I’m going to have some radishes I planted,” he said.

“While homeowners are there, they can enjoy the walk through the herb garden and pick some herbs to go with their produce.  … Both the farm stand and herb garden offer a unique lifestyle catered to those who want to experience and learn about planting and growing,” said Jana Pastors, Goodall Homes’ community lifestyle director

The garden surrounds pergolas, benches, a swing and a fountain. Plants growing there this year include pineapple mint, Italian oregano, golden sage and more. Millstone’s orchard garden includes Golden Delicious apple trees.

All of the plants were recommended by the University of Tennessee Agriculture Extension Service of Sumner County, which also offers free seminars for Millstone residents and their guests, said Pastors.

It’s “not just your everyday community garden. It’s an herb-orchard garden built around a lifestyle,” she said

Goodall Homes expands to Murfreesboro

Categories: Goodall Homes, Housing Market, Nashville, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Neighborhood, New Community | Posted: June 28, 2018

(JASON M. REYNOLDS. Murfreesboro Post Newspaper. Click HERE for full article.)

Goodall Homes, an award-winning home builder from Gallatin, has expanded to Murfreesboro.

“Murfreesboro is one of the fastest growing markets in the United States,” said Kelvey Benward, sales manager. “For over 30 years, we’ve built new homes in Davidson, Williamson, Wilson, Sumner and Robertson counties. We’re excited about the growth in Rutherford County and the opportunity to build new homes in Murfreesboro.”

In 2016, Clayton, one of America’s largest homebuilders, bought Goodall Homes. Goodall is the second site-built housing company to become part of Maryville-based Clayton, a subsidiary of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. Clayton, through its site-building arm, Clayton Properties, entered the site-built housing market to expand its portfolio of housing options to homebuyers.

The company’s website says it has become the second largest homebuilder in Middle Tennessee. Its recognitions include multiple listings in the top 10 of Nashville Business Journal’s “Fastest Growing Private Companies” and the National Home Builder of the Year Award in 2014.

Locally, the company is working on The Cottages of Valleybrook. Construction of the Compton Road property started in April. The Raleigh floorplan model will be ready in September, and the first homeowners will move in by October, Benward said. The one-level courtyard cottages will sell from $239,000 to $280,475. Sizes are 1,411 to 2,107 square feet. Amenities include a pool with clubhouse, open space, sidewalks, landscaping package, two-car rear-entry garages and courtyard patios.

Goodall will start developing Laurelstone off Lascassas Pike in late fall or early winter. The cottages and villas will go on sale in spring 2019.

2018 Main Street Awards Winners, Finalists named – Stonebridge and Five Oaks Community Wilson County

Categories: Awards, Events, Five Oaks, Goodall Homes, Lebanon, Neighborhood, New Community, Realtor News, StoneBridge, Wilson County | Posted: June 25, 2018

(The Wilson Post. Click HERE for full article)

Main Street Media of Tennessee, which owns The Wilson Post, recently announced the Winners and Finalists for the 2018 Wilson County Main Street Awards.

More than 60,000 votes were cast in this year’s contest, and more than 370 Winners and Finalists were named in the categories of Local Flavor, Local Retail, Local Services and Local Community.

A complete list of Winners and Finalists is in the sidebar, as well as a link to photos of the Winners and Finalists who attended the Finalists’ Breakfast May 30 at Cumberland University’s Baird Chapel.

 

 

Finalist: Goodall Homes Stonebridge Community in Lebanon TN – Best Community/Neighborhood (Visit Community Online, Click HERE)

Finalist: Five Oaks Community in Lebanon TN- Best Community/Neighborhood (Visit Community Online, Click HERE)

 

Developer commits nearly $250K to MJ senior center

Categories: Goodall Homes, Mount Juliet, Nashville Area Homebuilder, Press Release, Wilson County | Posted: June 14, 2018

(Article by LAURIE EVERETT. The Wilson Post. May 4, 2018. Click Here for full article)

Plans for a new senior citizens’ center in Mt. Juliet continue to gain momentum, and a local developer has further bolstered efforts with a commitment to donate nearly a quarter-million toward the facility’s construction.

The contribution is tied to Goodall Homes’ planned Groves Reserve development on Pleasant Grove Road. A development for residents age 55 and older, Groves Reserve will include 99 units – and Goodall Homes has pledged to contribute $2,500 per lot, a total of $247,500, toward the new senior center.

Caleb Thorne, an engineer with Ragan & Smith who represents the developer, said the $2,500 will be donated on a per-lot basis as the permits are pulled.

“Groundbreaking should be this year [for Groves Reserve], with permits pulled the first quarter of 2019,” Thorne said, adding the developer would like to build out Groves Reserve as quickly as possible.

Certificates of occupancy will be issued in 2020.

Goodall Homes’ Maverick Green said the company would agree to contribute 100 percent of the $2,500 per lot toward the construction of the new senior facility.

At the most recent Mt. Juliet City Commission meeting, city squires unanimously approved an amended ordinance to adopt the Groves Reserve preliminary master development plan. The ordinance was amended to reflect the per-lot contribution will be allocated to the senior center and paid prior to pulling the building permit. Commissioners also approved plans to add a turn lane on Pleasant Grove Road during the first phase of Groves Reserve’s development.

Mt. Juliet City Commissioner Ray Justice thanked Goodall Homes for their willingness to work with the city and its senior citizens.

“This is just a really big deal for the senior center’s future new facility,” he said.

“I am just so appreciative for all the things happening for our seniors,” Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center Director Sonja Robinson said. “They need a new center. I didn’t realize how much until I recently became director.”

The Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center now counts more than 645 members. Thirty-five percent of those are recent sign-ups.

Robinson noted a recent raffle event brought in $10,000 toward the senior center’s building campaign, and another fundraiser is scheduled for June.

The City of Mt. Juliet has also extended support to the center’s building campaign, agreeing to lease a three-acre, $500,000 piece of property on Clemmons Road to the senior center for $1 per year as a site for the new facility. Justice said this week a land lease contract will be signed by both entities.

 

 

Sumner real estate: Durham Farms, Millstone come alive in the summer

Categories: Community Service, CSA, Events, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Hendersonville, Millstone, New Community, Sumner County, The Tennessean | Posted: June 4, 2018

(Article Click HERE, Special to Nashville Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORK — TENNESSEE)

Home is where the heart is, as the old saying goes, but this summer in two Hendersonville “lifestyle” neighborhoods, it’s also where you can listen to an outdoor concert or learn how to grow herbs and veggies and sample produce grown by local farmers.

“Have fun, get out of the house, and celebrate summer,” said Lacey Edwards, lifestyle director at Durham Farms.

The public is invited to attend upcoming concerts at Durham Farms and agriculture classes at Millstone that will be taught by experts from the University of Tennessee Extension Service. The events are free.

Durham Farms’ summer concert series continues June 2 in one of the pocket parks in the subdivision, located on Drakes Creek Road between Vietnam Veterans Boulevard and Long Hollow Pike. Food trucks, including Cousins Maine Lobster, will be on hand. There will be a petting zoo and a bounce house for kids.

On June 23 another concert will celebrate the grand opening of the community center, named The Farmhouse, which includes a fitness center, a pool, a café and a WiFi hub. It will host community events like happy hours.

At Millstone, being developed by Goodall Homes off Saundersville Road, agriculture experts from the extension service will answer questions about tomato gardens. They’ll also help kids plant tomatoes and peppers, said Jana Pastors, community lifestyle director.

The class is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on June 14, she said.

“Agriculture classes fit the lifestyle and the theme” of Millstone, which is designed around an outdoors lifestyle, said Pastors.

‘The kids are running, the adults are relaxing’

On July 24, adults will discuss canning and freezing produce while kids learn about planting seeds and flowers. On Aug. 28, adults will learn about maintaining healthy turf while kids learn how to grow succulents in containers. Classes begin at 6:30 p.m.

“Back in the day, canning was very popular. Now it’s popular again,” said Pastors.

The classes will be held at Millstone’s farm stand, next to the community center. That’s the place where local farmers are periodically invited to offer samples of their produce.

At Durham Farms, other events planned this summer include movie nights and kids’ parties with paint ball and ice cream.

“The kids are running around and the adults are relaxing,” said Edwards.

Hosting concerts and giving local artists a chance to perform makes sense for a neighborhood in Hendersonville, with its rich music industry heritage, said Edwards.

“Live music attracts so many people,” she said.

Durham Farms and Millstone are among a handful of Nashville-area communities with professional lifestyle directors. Others include Goodall Homes’ StoneBridge subdivision in Lebanon and the Waters Edge neighborhood in Franklin, where Pastors plans community activities.

Westhaven the master-planned community in Franklin, and Southern Springs, the new Del Webb active adult community in Spring Hill, also have lifestyle directors.

Durham Farms will eventually have 1,000 homes. Millstone will have 614 homes, including single-family houses, cottage homes, villas and townhomes.

Millstone Community to host UT Ag Classes: Open to the Public

Categories: Community Service, Events, Gallatin, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Hendersonville, Millstone, Subdivision, Sumner County | Posted: June 1, 2018

COME LEARN & GROW with US!

Goodall Homes, Millstone Community, and UT Extension Instutute of Argiculture Sumner County

would like to invite you to join us for first UT Ag Class at Millstone of the season.

June 14th, 2018 at 6:30pm

Millstone Community Town Center

447 Carriage House Lane Hendersonville, TN 37075

(Directions visit: click HERE)

Adults will enjoy a UT Ag Presentation on Tomato Diseases and Disorders

Kids will enjoy planting their own container tomatoes or peppers

Classes are FREE to the Public.

RSVP Today to jpastors@goodallhomes.com

Sponsored by Goodall Homes

 

Buying and Selling – What You Should Know

Categories: Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Housing Market | Posted: February 27, 2018

Tips to help you get ready to buy a new home

Spring is coming and people who are considering a move are ramping up to prepare. Here are some tips to help you get ready to buy a new home.

1. Make a wish list

Determine the type of home you want, where it should be located, and the features that are a must. How many bedrooms do you need now and in the future? What do you want in your kitchen? Is the lack of closet space a deal-breaker? Create a priority list to help you evaluate priorities.

2. Do your homework

A lot of things have changed with new homes and new home construction. If you haven’t shopped for a while, you might want to learn about the best practices in new home construction for energy efficiency and safety. Find out how to identify signs of quality construction and those to signal you should run away.

3. Get pre-approved

Talk to a reputable lender to obtain mortgage pre-approval before you start shopping for a new home. You’ll learn the qualify amount you can spend on a home and can browse with peace of mind that you can afford that dream home you just fell in love with.

4. Understand your budget

Once you have mortgage pre-approval, you know how much of a home loan you can likely secure. If you’re thinking of buying a resale home, you might want to set aside money for repairs—perhaps a new roof, replacing the HVAC system, updating the kitchen, or painting the interior. Consider the age of the appliances and the cost to replace them. Don’t use up all your financial resources to buy a home and then have nothing to make it move-in ready. If you have concerns, narrow your search to new homes. They have a builder’s warranty to protect the structure, all the systems and appliances are under warranty, and you can often choose details so your new home is move-in ready.

Getting Ready to Sell Your Home

Do you need to sell your home so you can purchase a new one? Follow these tips to get your home ready to sell.

1. Purge

No matter how long you’ve lived in your home, you’ve got stashes of possessions that don’t need to make the trip to the new home. You’ll be paying movers by weight so don’t waste money on items you don’t need. Work one room at a time and sort out the items to keep, donate, and trash. Be ruthless! You should start out in your new home with a clean slate.

2. Simplify the décor

Potential buyers don’t want to see all your personal belongings, including family photos, collectibles, and your children’s artwork. Pack up those pieces to get a head start on your moving.

3. Boost the curb appeal

The first thing your prospective homebuyer sees is the front of your home. Take the time to improve the view. Pressure wash the house (including the roof), apply a fresh coat of paint to your front door, and clean up the landscaping. Place a container garden of colorful plants by the door. If you have an abundance of lawn art, remove it.

4. Make scents of the interior

You might be nose-blind to the odors in your home, especially if you have pets. Have your carpets and upholstery professionally cleaned when you’re ready to start showing your home. Don’t scent rooms with candles and air fresheners that can add a heavy scent. Use an essential oil diffuser instead.

As you start your search for a new home, please consider Goodall Homes. We’re a local home builder—one of the largest locally-operated builders in the Greater Nashville and Knoxville areas. Our new home communities are located throughout Gallatin, Franklin, Nolensville, Murfreesboro, Hendersonville, Knoxville, and Maryville. Take a look at our floor plans and selection of currently available move-in ready homes. Contact us to make the home-buying process a breeze!

Realtor Lunch & Learn – Sumner County March 6th

Categories: Events, Gallatin, Gallatin Chamber of Commerce, Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville, Neighborhood, New Community, Realtor News, Single Family Home, Sumner County | Posted: February 20, 2018

Goodall Homes and Acopia Home Loans invite you to join us for a

Realtor Lunch & Learn- Sumner County

Learn about new Neighborhoods in Sumner County

Tuesday, March 6th

11:30am-12:30pm

The Club at Fairvue Plantation

981 Plantation Blvd Gallatin, TN 37066

Catered Lunch and Door Prizes

RSVP to jpastors@goodallhomes.com

Live like a local in Music City

Categories: Goodall Homes, Goodall News, Nashville Area Homebuilder | Posted: February 16, 2018

People come to Nashville for a visit and certain attractions are always on their list of things to do, like the Grand Ole Opry, the Belle Meade Plantation, Ryman Auditorium, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Those (and many more like them) are the obvious places to see in Nashville and the surrounding area. But when this Music City becomes your home, here are some ways to live like a local!

Take in the architectural eclectica

Local architect Nicky Dryden described the city’s architecture as “place making”. He explained that the design blends a passion for “urban anthropology and cultural salvaging”. It’s all about reinvention. An old service station was converted to a hip retail boutique. You can walk around the city and see lovingly preserved remnants of the Old South, landmarks like the Union Station, and contemporary structures (AT&T Building, Fifth Third Center).

Find the best-kept secrets for fabulous food finds

Southern cooking is a perfect blend of flavor and ingenuity. Your list of “Where to Eat in Nashville” should include locally-owned eateries. Grab a quick bite from one of the hundreds of food trucks throughout the Greater Nashville area, each of them completely redefining your expectation of fast food. Martin’s BBQ Joint and Edley’s Bar-B-Que serve up some of the best barbecue in the city. Arnold’s Country Kitchen is renowned for its fried chicken and banana pudding. Feast on flaky biscuits from scratch and “meat ‘n’ three” lunch choices at the Loveless Café. Take the family to Swett’s for cafeteria-style dining with good home-cooking.

Of course, there’s legendary hot chicken, a local treat so popular it has its own association, the Nashville Hot Chicken Coalition, and the Annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival.

Cheer on the Titans

The Tennessee Titans are a big favorite in Greater Nashville. The NFL team continues to play harder, get stronger, and climb toward the top of its division. During football season, join a crowd of fans at any of the local sports bars, or head to the Nissan Stadium in Nashville to get a closer look at the action.

Take part in the festivals

One of the best ways to fit seamlessly into the Greater Nashville landscape is to join the locals in one of their many celebrations. Nashville loves its festivals, and you can take your pick among many: Americana Music Festival, Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Tin Pan South Songwriter’s Festival, Ragin’ Cajun Crawfish Boil, Wild West Comedy Festival, Tennessee Renaissance Festival, Tomato Art Festival, NAIA Pow Wow, and Full Moon Pickin’ Parties, to name only a few.

Hang out at the park

Take your kids, your dog, your bike, your lunch, or just yourself to one of the scenic parks around Nashville. Centennial Park is a favorite place to get outdoors on a sunny Tennessee day. The park’s 132 acres include walking trails, a dog park, a band shell, the famous Parthenon, sand volleyball courts, a sunken garden, and the scenic Lake Watauga.

Whether you’re already a local in Music City or thinking of moving to the area, talk to us at Goodall Homes. We’re a local home builder with new home communities throughout Nashville (including Gallatin, Franklin, Nolensville, Murfreesboro, and Hendersonville). Browse our available homes and floor plans, and contact us to become part of the Music City lifestyle.

What’s Happening at Goodall Homes

We’re hosting special events at many of our neighborhoods, and we are now building Patterson Farms, opening soon for sales in Clear Lake Meadows, and a new phase at Carrellton, all in Gallatin. The Grove at Five Oaks in Lebanon has begun a new phase of single-level villas. In Murfreesboro, Goodall Homes will be offering courtyard cottages at Valleybrook.

Fitness Equipment Tutorial- Waters Edge Clubhouse Finess Center

Categories: Events, Franklin, Goodall Homes, Neighborhood, New Community, Waters Edge, Williamson County | Posted: February 7, 2018

Join us for a Fitness Equipment Tutorial

by Cybex Representative Mike Geiser

Tuesday February 27th, 2018

6pm-7pm

Waters Edge Clubhouse Fitness Center