Boutique neighborhoods take shape in Williamson County

Matt and Elizabeth Wood are looking forward to moving into their new home in one of two new boutique neighborhoods taking shape in southern Williamson County.

The Woods expect to close next month on their newly built home in Allenwood in Thompson’s Station. They will be the first homeowners in the community, located on Clayton-Arnold Road, which will have just 13 custom homes on a total of 8.8 acres.

Not far away, home construction is set to begin in May at Southern Preserve, a 35-acre neighborhood that will have a total of 20 homes. It is located south of Interstate 65 off Lewisburg Pike in Franklin.

“I like the idea of a smaller neighborhood,” Matt Wood said of Allenwood. “The yards are a little smaller, but you have fewer neighbors. Some neighborhoods have 1,500 homes.”

Home sites in Allenwood are 65 to 100 feet wide, which developer Jim Cheney said allowed for about two acres, nearly a quarter of the neighborhood, to be set aside as green space.

“There’s a significant amount of open space that buffers the property from any future development,” he said.

Allenwood is being developed by local real estate professionals and independent business owners Matt Bryant, Cheney, and Daniel Woods.

At Southern Preserve, homes are being built with yards of an acre or more, said James Carbine, president of Carbine & Associates.

About a quarter of the 35-acre site is being preserved as wooded open space, he said.

Lots have been getting smaller in Williamson County as the price of home-building sites has soared, said Carbine, who expects Southern Preserve to appeal to home buyers who still want the privacy of a large yard.

“So many folks are trying to cram as many (new homes) on the site as they can. We’re going the other way with true, one-acre-plus lots,” he said.

Homes in Southern Preserve will be built by Carbine & Associates and Blalock Homes, both based in Franklin. Prices will be in the $750,000 to $850,000 range.

Builders in Allenwood are Gregg & Rains, Langfitt & Associates — both based in Williamson County — Zurich Homes and Arnold Homes. Prices range from $480,000 to almost $1 million, with most in the $550,000 to $725,000 range, Cheney said.

Two spec homes will be completed and for sale by the beginning of June, he said.

Matt Wood said he expects to enjoy Allenwood’s rustic setting but still be just 10 minutes from downtown Franklin.

“We have a little cornfield behind the house. When I visit the site, I see turkey and deer out there all the time,” he said.

In Southern Preserve, Carbine & Associates is building the House for Hope. Vendors and subcontractors are providing materials and work at cost, and a team of designers is donating its work as well.

The home will be open for tours in October. Then the house will be sold, and Carbine & Associates is donating all profits to local children’s charities.

“We expect to raise $100,000. The buyer gets a wonderful house with lots of upgrades, and children’s charities get support,” Carbine said.

“Some of the most creative designers from a four-state area are lending their time and talents to this inspirational home tour, which will impact the lives of so many young people,” Carbine said. “As part of our company’s 30-year anniversary in building, rather than hosting a big party, we are pleased to be giving back to our community through the nonprofit 501(c) (3) House for Hope Foundation, and for the first time are partnering with a creative team of this caliber.”

The 2016 House for Hope Designer Show House team includes: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist, Nashville; Kara Blalock and Lauren Blalock, ReFresh Home, Franklin; Julie Couch, Julie Couch Interiors, Nashville; Lucy Farmer, Lucy’s Inspired, Birmingham, Ala.; Angie Forte and Jerome Farris, Peddler Interiors, Murfreesboro; Chad James, Chad James Group, Nashville; Gina Julian, Gina Julian, Nashville; and Kim Leggett, City Farmhouse, Franklin.

The team also includes Colleen Locke, Trot Home, Nashville; Jamin and Ashley Mills, Handmade Home, Montgomery, Ala.; Lori Paranjape, Redo Home & Design, Franklin; Gen Sohr, Pencil + Paper, Co., Nashville; Rhoda Vickers, Southern Hospitality, Atlanta; and KariAnne Wood, Thistlewood Farm, in Kentucky.

Daryl Walny, Carbine’s vice president of operations, said almost half a million people follow the design team on Instagram and Facebook with hundreds of thousands of page views per month for their personal websites and blogs.

Since 2003, the House for Hope Foundation has raised $600,000 for children’s charities, Carbine said.

Posted on March 23, 2016 .

Allison Klausner Featured in Tennessean Spotlight Column


Describe the company and explain what makes it unique. How did you become involved in real estate? 

I chose Pilkerton because it is a locally owned real estate firm that has had a presence in Nashville real estate since 1969.

The realtors and staff at Pilkerton are incredibly professional and the level of training that has been given to me is unsurpassed. I work out of the Brentwood office and the people there are like family to me.

I have a mortgage sales background, so real estate was a natural fit for me. I enjoy assisting people with one of the largest and most emotional purchases they will make in their lifetime. I have met so many interesting people. There is never a dull day!

Where in the Nashville region are you active?

I have been fortunate to represent buyers and sellers throughout the Nashville area, but most of my clients live in Williamson County.

When selling a home, what can the owner do to maximize its value? The work starts long before the sign goes up in the yard. Choose an experienced Realtor that can advise you about upgrades, staging, repairs and pricing that will help enhance the marketability and appeal of your home.

Try to look at your home objectively, as if you were touring it as a potential buyer. Remove the clutter. Make the necessary repairs to show that the house has been well maintained.

What advice do you have for clients who are preparing to buy a home? What steps should they take? First and foremost, meet with a good lender to find out how much you can borrow on a mortgage. This will help you set realistic expectations. If you don’t know one, your Realtor can advise you. Go to open houses and search neighborhoods, schools and prioritize the things that are important to you. Then share all of your gathered information with your real estate professional and let them guide you through the process.

How is technology changing the way people buy and sell houses? Technology has revolutionized the real estate industry giving people instant access to houses through online virtual tours and even the use of drones for aerial views.

It has definitely made the process more efficient. Through the use technology, such as electronic signatures, we can speed up the time from contract to close. Although technology is a terrific and necessary tool in our business, I believe that real estate is still a relationship business. At the end of the day it is important to have a real person guiding you through the buying and selling process.

What features are the most popular with today’s buyers? I think people are simplifying in the busy world we live in. They want usable space with high-end custom finishes. Even first-time homebuyers have come to expect updates such as stainless appliances, granite countertops and updated lighting.

What is the hallmark of the service you provide to your clients?

I have a long-term relationship with my clients. During the buying and selling I am constantly communicating and guiding them through the process. After they close on their home, I am still available to them as a referral source for everything from where to purchase appliances, hire a handyman, or even where the good restaurants are located. I am always a phone call, email or text away!

—Bill Lewis, for The Tennessean

Posted on February 4, 2015 .

Arnold Featured in Builder Spotlight


Randy Arnold

Owner, Arnold Homes LLC

103 Forrest Crossings Blvd. Suite 201E, Franklin 37064


Years in business: 5

Describe the company and explain what makes it unique: Arnold Homes LLC’s flexible building process embraces homeowners’ special requests to deliver the home of their dreams. Highly focused on direct communication with our clients, Arnold Homes is a family oriented company providing premier craftsmanship, competitive pricing, a non-stressful building process and life-long friendships.

What developments do you have under way or recently completed in Middle Tennessee? We are currently a featured builder in the holiday Parade of Homes at Kings’ Chapel in Arrington, open for tours through Dec. 21.

Arnold Homes LLC builds in Williamson, Rutherford, Davidson and Wilson counties. Our current neighborhoods include Tuscany Hills (Brentwood), Ivan Creek (Franklin), Brienz Valley (Franklin), Kings’ Chapel (Arrington), Bridgemore Village (Thompson’s Station), Cherry Grove (Spring Hill), Autumn Ridge (Spring Hill), Arbors of Autumn Ridge (Spring Hill), and Mirabella (Murfreesboro). We also build on private lots as well.

What type of housing do the company’s developments include? Arnold Homes’ developments include single family detached homes and townhomes.

What is the range of home sizes or average size? We generally build homes ranging from 3,000 to 4,200 square feet, and build many custom homes beyond both ends of that range.

What is the price range? We build a spectrum of homes from $350,000 and up, including neighborhoods and custom home projects that are $800,000 to $1 million-plus.

What features are most popular today? Our clients today love smart, functional, open floor plans. We also find two bedrooms on the first floor to be a popular choice with our multi-level homes.

What amenities are nearby? All our clients throughout the Nashville area enjoy being minutes from Cool Springs, Franklin and downtown Nashville.

Who is your customer base? First time buyers comprise about 15 percent of our business. Seventy-five percent of Arnold Homes clients are home buyers who desire to increase square footage and upgrade amenities, while the other 10 percent are empty nesters looking to downsize.

What is the hallmark of your homes? Arnold Homes excels in providing premier craftsmanship with natural and architecturally pleasing details inside and outside the home. We strike a balance between the newest trends in building while continuing to offer comfortable and functional floor plans.

Posted on December 23, 2014 .

Gregg & Rains Featured in Builder Spotlight


Gregg & Rains Building Group LLC

202 Fifth Ave. S., Franklin 37064


Years in business: Gregg & Rains Building Group was started in May 2011. Prior to creating Gregg & Rains Building Group, Alex Gregg owned and operated Alex Gregg Construction, LLC, which started in 2008. Jake Rains owned and operated Rains Construction LLC from 2007 until 2011.

Describe the company and explain what makes it unique. Gregg & Rains Building Group is owned and operated by Jake Rains and Alex Gregg, who are Franklin natives and lifelong friends. Growing up, they were classmates in elementary school and teammates in youth athletics.

Rains and Gregg take pride in the fact that Gregg & Rains Building Group is a small, hometown company and they both are involved in every aspect of the homes that they build.

What developments do you have under way or recently completed in Middle Tennessee? Today’s the final day of the Parade of Homes tour at Kings’ Chapel neighborhood in Arrington, and our English Country home is open until 8 p.m.

We primarily build in Williamson and Davidson Counties. We have worked on infill projects such as Evans Estates in Historic Downtown Franklin as well as on Lone Oak Drive in Green Hills. Recently, we have been building in developments in Franklin such as Berry Farms, Henley, Delta Springs, and Gallant Ridge. We will continue to build in Kings’ Chapel in Arrington after the Parade of Homes. Future developments will include Benelli Park in Historic Downtown Franklin and Allenwood in Thompson’s Station.

What type of housing do the company’s developments include? At Gregg & Rains Building Group, we primarily build single-family detached homes.

What is the range of home sizes or average size? The typical homes built by Gregg & Rains Building Group are between 3,000 and 5,000-plus square feet.

What is the price range? Most of the homes are priced between $500,000 and $1 million.

What features are most popular today? Open floor plans and main level masters are features that have almost become the norm. Other floor plan trends include a second bedroom downstairs, drop zone areas — mud rooms near the entrance from the garage, and pocket offices close to the kitchen.

In general, most people are looking for homes where entertaining is easy and that have a good “flow.” Homeowners are also eliminating spaces that aren’t used very often such as formal living rooms and occasionally formal dining rooms.

What amenities are nearby? Obviously, the schools in Williamson County and the proximity to Cool Springs and Nashville are the primary draws to this area. Another reason why people have been moving to this area is the Historic Downtown Franklin district. Main Street is the host of many festivals, has plenty of great restaurants and retail shops, and is also the home of an incredible venue, the Franklin Theatre. The energy and buzz is apparent any time you visit downtown Franklin.

Who is your customer base? Our homeowners are usually move-up buyers or empty nesters, but we have also built many homes for first-time buyers.

What is the hallmark of your homes? We pay attention to the details of the structure and foundation, the architecture, the functionality, and the finishes. We focus on creating value for our homeowners by providing high quality construction at a great price.

Posted on December 23, 2014 .

Thompson’s Station subdivision seeks 13 buyers only

Bill Lewis | The Tennessean | December 9, 2014

Williamson County home buyers have their choice of popular master-planned communities with hundreds of houses. The developers of Thompson’s Station’s newest subdivision are looking for 13 buyers who want something different.

Allenwood, on Clayton-Arnold Road, will have just 13 homes on its secluded 8.8-acre site. About half of the land is being reserved for green space and a park. The developers plan to preserve 75 percent of the existing trees in the interest of privacy and to maintain the site’s rural character.

Four local custom builders have been selected to craft homes with distinctive architectural styles. Homes are expected to be around 3,000 to 3,400 square feet with prices starting in the high $400,000s. Initial infrastructure development began this month and home construction should begin in the spring.

The goal is to create an intimate neighborhood “opposite from large master-planned communities” where houses may look alike and ongoing construction can be an inconvenience, said Jim Cheney, one of Allenwood’s developers.

“We know what a Thompson’s Station homebuyer wants. We’re hitting a sweet spot,” he said. “Allenwood is beautifully remote without being removed from everything. You’re nine miles from Columbia Avenue in Franklin.”

Along with Cheney, Allenwood’s developers are Matt Bryant and Daniel Woods. All live nearby and are veterans of Southern Land Co., the developer of Westhaven in Franklin.

“We all live here. We’re not making decisions out of Detroit or Atlanta. I think people appreciate that,” Cheney said.

Because Allenwood is small, residents won’t have to put up with ongoing construction for years to come.

“Our goal is to be done in less than 16 months,” said Woods, whose design credits include Westhaven and The Grove, the gated golf community off State Route 840 in College Grove.

Allison Klausner, a Realtor with Pilkerton Realtors, said Allenwood will resemble a traditional neighborhood where houses have different architectural styles.

“It’s very similar to infill (construction) in West Nashville,” she said.

Randy Arnold, owner of Arnold Homes, said demand for new homes in Williamson County is outpacing the supply and he expects homes in Allenwood to sell quickly. His company will build four houses in the community.

He recently sold homes in Williamson County to people arriving from Minnesota, Indiana and Memphis.

“They are coming mainly for the schools. Everybody says you need to be in Williamson County, but there aren’t a lot of places being developed in downtown Franklin or Brentwood,” he said.

He believes Thompson’s Station and the surrounding area southeast of Franklin along State Route 840 and Interstate 65 are “natural hotspots” for growth.

“You’re in the right location, south of Franklin where you don’t have to spend a million dollars but you’re 12 minutes from Cool Springs and 20 minutes from Nashville,” he said.

Allenwood’s other builders are Gregg & Rains Building Group, Langfitt and Associates and Zurich Homes.

Gregg & Rains will build three homes in Allenwood, said Jake Rains, a partner in the company.

“Allenwood’s attraction is it’s a tucked-away, nestled community,” he said.

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Posted on December 10, 2014 .

Allenwood Community Launches in Thompson's Station

Thompson’s Station, Tenn. — Local real estate professionals and independent business owners Matt Bryant, Jim Cheney, and Daniel Woods have officially announced the launch of Allenwood, a 13-lot residential development located on Clayton-Arnold Road in Thompson’s Station. 

Located on 8.8 acres, the secluded property will offer options for village and estate homes with price points expected to start in the high $400s. All 13 lots have been purchased by local builders who are now in their product planning phase. Initial development activity for infrastructure began this month, and the first homes are expected to come out of the ground in the spring of 2015.

The Town of Thompson's Station is truly a beautiful place in the fall. The Allenwood Development Team hopes to preserve as many of the property's trees as possible, adding to both the privacy of the residents and natural beauty of the landscape.

The Town of Thompson's Station is truly a beautiful place in the fall. The Allenwood Development Team hopes to preserve as many of the property's trees as possible, adding to both the privacy of the residents and natural beauty of the landscape.

“If you are looking for local craftsmanship, a prime Thompson’s Station location, a very short build-out schedule, a neighborhood that balances privacy and density, and design standards that are consistent and in place to retain value, you need to come see us,” said Jim Cheney. “Collectively, our development team has touched almost every type of real estate project in the market, and Allenwood reflects what we believe the majority of Williamson County buyers are seeking.”

Allenwood’s extended team includes Gregg & Raines, Langfitt & Associates, Arnold Homes, LLC, and Zurich Homes. Allison Klausner and Elena Cheney of Pilkerton Realtors will serve as the development’s sales team.

While builders currently have commitments on all 13 lots, prospective buyers are encouraged to make contact early for pre-sale opportunities that could result in custom home designs.  

“The development team wants to ensure that they can deliver on the vision,” said Klausner. “They’ve done a great job identifying builders who have long-standing ties in Williamson County, and ultimately this is a huge plus for buyers. If you get in the door early enough, you have an opportunity to build the home that you want, with a credible team of people who have a vested interest in creating communities that will last.”

In addition to carefully designed, regionally authentic home styles, Allenwood developers have allocated more than 4 acres of common area and park space. A walking trail system will connect the homes to the park, as well as the conservation of more than 75 percent of the existing trees in the interest of privacy and maintaining the rural character of the land. 

“Our goal is to be done in less than 16 months,” said Daniel Woods whose design credits include some of Williamson County’s most high profile communities such as Westahaven and The Grove.  “We are very committed to an aesthetic that creates a sense of community, but with a level of flexibility that is appropriate to the market. When we’re gone, our hope is that the only people who know that Allenwood is tucked back on Clayton-Arnold are the residents who live there.” 


Posted on November 7, 2014 .