Great commute location,
amenities keep former
Parade site thriving
By NANCY MUELLER
For Brentwood Home Page
The importance of location is the single
best explanation for how a luxury
neighborhood like Annandale has
formed and flourished in the midst of
This still-growing subdivision is situated between Old All about Annandale
Smyrna Road and Church Street, making most of its
110 residences only five minutes or so from I-65. Description: This luxury neighborhood is
still in development, and has a small
“The location of this neighborhood probably was the northern portion that is located in Davidson
number one thing for us,” said Connie Kimbro, who County.
moved into an Annandale home with her husband three
and a half years ago. Entrance: Entrances on Cloverland
Dr.and Old Smyrna roads.
She said proximity to the interstate was important to her
husband because he commutes to downtown Nashville No. of homes: 180 homes when
every day. completed
Price Range: $850,000s-$2 million-plus
An avid volunteer, Connie goes all over the place, from
Green Hills to Franklin, so being close to the interstate
is important to her too. Timeline: Built from 2006-present
HOA info: HOA dues $640/quarter
Kathy Smith and her husband moved to Annandale
from a subdivision located off Concord Road specifically
due to the neighborhood’s proximity to the interstate. Amenities: Two swimming pools, cabana,
childrens’ play area, walking trails,
sidewalks, underground utilities, 14-acre
She said her husband travels out of town for business park, architectural review
often and being able to get him to the airport on time is
much easier now that the couple doesn’t have to fight Schools: LES, BMS, BHS
the morning traffic jam of Concord Road.
Facebook page: Annandale Community of
As the real estate agents who work the neighborhood Brentwood
are quick to point out, Annandale’s location pretty much
trumps that of the neighborhoods that compete for the Website: www.annandalecommunity.com
same homebuyers, like Governors Club or
Unlike those two subdivisions, Annandale is not gated, though there have been proposals by the
developer, CPS Land, to make it such.
The city of Brentwood has said that it cannot be gated because it contains a portion of Jones
Parkway, a street that has been deemed a “collector road” on the major thoroughfare plan for
Brentwood, serving regional traffic.
Rob Pease of CPS Land said they entertained the idea of gating the last section of Annandale but
the idea didn’t have much support from either the city or Annandale residents.
Despite the absence of gates, the neighborhood has steadily grown since its beginning in 2006,
when it was the site of the last really opulent Parade of Homes to occur here before the housing
slump started to take hold.
The homes in that parade were palatial mansions filled with of-the-moment decorator touches
and luxurious finishes.
It wasn’t too long after that parade that the economy started tanking, and pretty soon,
conspicuous consumption went out of style.
The developer and the homebuilders in Annandale however, adjusted their pace and the for-
market home products were scaled back a bit in square footage.
The developer also went forward with the amenities that were planned for Annandale, giving the
project a sense of completeness. These include a resort-style swimming pool and cabana,
walking trails and winding sidewalks alongside a 14-acre park.
There are traffic-slowing roundabouts in the streetscape of Jones Parkway, and a rigorous
program of architectural review that is applied to every new home elevation to ensure that it does
not clash, compete or repeat the elevations of other homes.
It’s more attention to detail than most Brentwood developers have given to their neighborhoods,
and it shows, now that Annandale is more than halfway complete.
A new phase of 13 lots will go into development this fall, in response to consumer demand, and
20 buyers are on a waiting list for homes in the last section of Annandale.
On Sept. 8 there were 12 homes for sale in the neighborhood, priced from $915,000 to
$2,375,000. Seven of them were new construction or “to be built” homes; the rest were resales.
Reprinted from “Brentwood Home Page, (Real Estate)” September 13, 2010