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Brentwood: A Thriving Nashville Suburb

Brentwood is seen as one of the most desirable areas to live in the whole state of Tennessee. It features larger-than-life homes, lots of parks and all of the shopping you could ask for, making it the preferred place for many people with children.

It’s one of the more rapidly developing suburbs of Nashville, particularly in the commercial sector. Its growing downtown area is a testament to that so if you’re looking to settle down in an area with convenient shopping, restaurants and lots of entertainment, this is it.

Where is Brentwood?

The suburb of Brentwood is located in Williamson county, flanked on one side by Davidson County (the Metro Nashville area) and Dickson County on the other. It is roughly 20 minutes from downtown Nashville by car.


Brentwood has a long and storied history! Records of the area’s settlement began in the 15th century with the Mississippian Native American Culture. There’s so much to learn about the area, especially during the Civil War and the years directly after. It’s been a fascinating journey for the town, and plenty of historical guided tours are available to explore it.

Incorporated in 1969, Brentwood has done nothing but develop into a busy commerce hub, leading to the thriving, prosperous community we have now.


One of the wealthiest areas in America, Brentwood prides itself on its low-density standard, with single-family homes averaging an acre of land each. Since the influx of more and more commerce to the area, luxury apartment complexes and high-rises are cropping up like crazy, as are open-air malls and shopping.

What to Do

Brentwood has over a dozen parks, not counting its trails and greenways. One of the most impressive is the Deerwood Arboretum and Nature area. It features an observation deck, outdoor covered classrooms, an amphitheater and an arboretum. It also contains man-made lakes, nature trails, the little Harpeth River and tons of indigenous wildlife. Crockett Park is also popular, hosting multiple sports fields, a historic events space and a playground.

Community sports are big in Bretwood, particularly for kids. It boasts plenty of indoor/outdoor recreational areas, too, the most popular being the city’s two YMCA facilities. The more popular of the two, Maryland Farms, features a kid’s water park, Olympic-sized indoor/outdoor pools, professional-grade tennis courts and an expansive fitness area.

Dozens of outdoor shopping centers and one huge indoor mall call Brentwood home, and the shopping possibilities are endless. From upscale grocery stores and specialty wine stores to boutique shops and nationwide retailers, if you want it, Brentwood’s got it.


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Brentwood is known for its family-forward atmosphere. There’s no shortage of massive trampoline parks, indoor laser tag games, bowling alleys, roller skating rinks and kid-centric parks to keep them entertained.

Where to Eat and Drink

You can throw a rock in Brentwood in any direction and hit a bar or restaurant. Seriously, if you’re in the mood for it, you can find it. Due to the busy business scene, there’s an endless array of quick, cheap eats for weekday lunches but you’ll find some fancy little gems, too.

Stoney River

Stoney River is an upscale steak house known for its… well, steaks. Amazing steaks. Oh yeah, they carry a beautiful selection of fish and local farm-raised chicken as well. The sides are great; the desserts are incredible. Pretty much everything is good.


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Mere Bulles

Mere Bulles has you covered with one of the best wine lists in town. Located in a huge plantation house, it offers a great mix of French and standard American fare. They’re also known to host a mean Mother’s Day brunch, although you have to make a reservation WELL in advance to get a table.


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Wild Ginger

Wild Ginger’s menu is packed with fabulous Asian standards like Thai curries, pad-Thai and fresh Sushi. They do pride themselves on blending Pan-Asian, Western and South American cuisine. You’ll find a host of other dishes like roasted kimchi and chicken tacos along with grass-fed ribeye.

Moving to Brentwood

Real Estate Snapshot

The average cost of an apartment in Brentwood will set you back $1,495 a month. Not too shabby when you consider that Metro Nashville’s average is $1,428.


Public transportation isn’t really Brentwood’s thing. While the Nashville MTA does have a few routes that run from Brentwood to downtown, they’re a little spread out. When it comes to doing some shopping, don’t expect a whole lot of walkable sidewalks between neighborhoods and shopping centers, either. They’re working on it, but in the meantime, you need a car.

Schools and Employment

Brentwood claims public schools that ranked among the best in the state. Public elementary, middle and high schools are abundant. There are several private schools in Brentwood as well.

There are so many office buildings; it’s difficult to estimate just how many businesses there actually are in Brentwood. You’ll see an abundance of professionals on their lunch breaks, frequenting the lunch places and shopping centers in the area on any given weekday.

Healthcare is big business in Brentwood, with nearly half of its employers falling under the healthcare industry umbrella. But companies like Nissan, Mitsubishi and Tractor Supply Co. are big employers in the area, too.

Florentina Sarac
Florentina Sarac
Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 9-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email. Florentina’s work and expertise have been featured in several major U.S. and international publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bisnow, The Mercury News, Curbed, The NY Post, CBS News, Business Insider and She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish, as well as an M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication, which serve as a testament to her love of literature and language.

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