Brentwood

If you're looking for an established community that provides an environment for academic success, keep Brentwood as an option on your list of areas to visit. Although part of Brentwood is located in Davidson County, most of it is in Williamson County, only about a 20-minute drive south of Nashville.

Outstanding public schools and a stable community are staples of Brentwood.

This area of town is unquestionably self-sustaining, and there's no shortage of happenings. Residents in Brentwood enjoy concerts in the park, a local farmers market and family-friendly holiday activities. No reason to go downtown Nashville for live music -- it can be found at Brentwood's restaurants and bars. Stores and boutiques abound, and the area is only minutes away from parks and recreation.

Most of the homes in Brentwood are newer and come with a price tag that may be higher than found in other areas of the city. Still, prospective homebuyers can find condos, townhomes and luxury homes that match their budget.