Guide To Brentwood, TN

Janelle Waggener


With proximity to bustling downtown Nashville and vibrant, historic Franklin, Brentwood is a popular area to reside in Tennessee, often appearing on the “Top Places to Live” lists and making an impression on people visiting the area to look at properties for sale. Before you make this area your new home, find out exactly why Brentwood is so amazing.

The vibe

Brentwood may be just outside urban Nashville, but it has a calm feel balanced with old-school suburban charm. The town is highly ranked in a number of areas — #1 for Best Place in Tennessee and Most Business-Friendly City in Tennessee, #4 for Top Tennessee High Schools, and #13 for Most Educated Places in America. Brentwood is friendly, warm, and fun, with enough activities to keep you busy but not so much to keep you up at night. The area is particularly popular with couples preparing to start a family or young families who have decided to move away from the urban buzz and settle into a more relaxed life.


Brentwood is in a prime location as a Nashville suburb. It has the shortest commute into Nashville in Williamson County and is also within close proximity to other suburbs and the airport, making it easy to take a day trip or a vacation at your convenience.

Always evolving

Brentwood is always evolving. People move as job changes or lifestyle adjustments take them on a new adventure, but the popularity of the suburb means new families move in just as fast and provide residents the opportunity to make new friends.  The town itself also updates, with new businesses and restaurants frequently popping up.

The houses

As an upscale suburb, Brentwood has primarily single-family homes, but the expansive range of architectural styles means that anyone can find a house that fits their aesthetic. Whether you’re seeking a sweet little cottage or a spacious, regal estate, Brentwood has something for you.

The necessities


Brentwood is beloved by families in large part due to the educational opportunities in the area.  Lipscomb Elementary is the 8th best elementary school in Tennessee, while Brentwood High School is the fifth-best high school in the state and even operates its own television station.

The town is also home to Vanderbilt University, one of the top 100 schools in the world and top 20 in the United States. This private college offers over 70 different undergraduate majors and has a nationally-renowned scholarship and financial aid program to help all potential students receive the education they desire.


While nearby Nashville has some amazing restaurants, there’s no need to head into the city for dinner. Uncle Julio’s brings some spice to the plate with bold Mexican dishes like honey-habanero shrimp, sizzling fajitas, and their infamous margarita-sangria swirls.

In contrast, Mere Bulles offers traditional Southern dishes, like Charleston crab bisque and shrimp and grits. Located in an old farmhouse, the quaint setting adds to the intimate and cozy feel of the restaurant and highlights the delicious, homestyle recipes.

For a fancy night out, try Ludlow and Prime, a steakhouse offering cedar plank salmon, the best cuts of prime beef, and their signature gumbo bar, where you can select your own ingredients for an over-the-top dish that packs serious flavor. Their extensive wine list means you can find a pairing regardless of what you order, but don’t be afraid to delve into their signature cocktails. The Catalyst is a delicious and bright grapefruit-tequila concoction that can make any day better.

Hair salons

Everyone needs a trim sometimes, but there’s no reason to leave Brentwood to find a good stylist. Parlour 3 is owned by celebrity stylist Melissa Schleicher, whose roster includes Carrie Underwood, Alan Jackson, and Brad Paisley. The salon features top-notch stylists with a variety of specialties who can handle any hair vision you might have.


There’s plenty of shopping in Brentwood, making it easy to run errands without going too far. UAL offers designer clothes and home goods at a discount and is a popular place for those looking to expand their closet. Hill Center is a shopping center with a variety of stores to visit, from Paper Source to PetPeople and REI.

For those seeking out the freshest ingredients for dinner, there are several farmers markets in the surrounding towns, offering locally raised meat, organic vegetables, and artisan goods. It’s easy to spend hours looking at everything in the markets and enjoying the fresh air.

Religious Buildings

Some options for religious services include:


Brentwood Public Library offers something for every need with events, programs, and resources that benefit everyone from children to adults. Residents can check out books or movies, attend fun programs, connect with the community through classes and workshops, or simply find some peace and quiet in the library’s comfortable atmosphere.


Brentwood hosts an annual Fourth of July celebration that includes fireworks, food vendors, and music. The festivities take place at Heritage Park on Old Hickory Boulevard.

If you’re looking for something more low-key, head over to one of the area’s many dog parks or go hiking on the miles of trails at Raven Hollow Lake Park or Peavine Falls Park. The Nature Conservancy and the Deerwood Arboretum are both excellent places to take advantage of the great outdoors, with trails, programs, and plenty of protected space where you can birdwatch or keep an eye out for wildlife. Another option is visiting one of Brentwood’s many local wineries, including Twin Oaks Winery & Distillery and Black Abbey Brewing Company.

Golf enthusiasts can join the Governors Club, a premier country club featuring 18 holes designed by the incomparable Arnold Palmer. The clubhouse also offers other activities, including a crystal-clear pool, a pro shop, and a gourmet dining room for a mid-day or evening meal.

If watching sports is more your speed, Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans and the Tennessee State University Tigers, is nearby. The stadium is also the location of numerous special events every year — most notably the CMA Music Festival

If you’re considering moving to the Nashville area, you’ll want to put Brentwood at the top of your list of places to consider.  Contact Janelle Waggener at Partners Real Estate to find out about new homes for sale in Brentwood, Tennessee, and schedule some showings.


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