Why can't I find anything affordable in Brentwood Tn - I get this question a lot, usually from parents who really want to take advantage of the best schools in the top school district in the county. The answers are simple.
Brentwood has great schools because the city has resisted the temptation to build high density housing that leads to transient students. Apartments and condos make a lot of money for developers, and some cities allow an unlimited amount to be built, but so far, the city of Brentwood has not apartments, and very few condo developments.
The result is that almost all of the students that start in Brentwood schools, graduate from Brentwood schools. You rarely have the students who are holding back the class because they just moved from Mt Juliet, or New York. It happens, but not nearly with the same volume you would see in Nashville schools, or even Murfreesboro.
The Brentwood guidelines for neighborhoods is still one acre per house. Notice I said neighborhood, so some homes are built on half acre lots, and land is used for green space that is managed by the HOA. Walking trails, playgrounds, and in some cases golf courses make up these areas, but the one acre per house means that development cost per house is fairly expensive compared to every other city in middle Tennessee. It's a good thing, and it keeps the congestion to a minimum.
You would think that all of these advantages, as well as 7 public parks, a fantastic library, and a police force that seems to be hiding behind every tree would cause taxes to be excessive, but that's far from the truth. In fact Brentwood property taxes are 30 to 40 percent lower than a comparable home in Nashville, and have not increased in over 20 years.
All of these attributes make Brentwood homes some of the most desirable in the Nashville area, driving prices up and availability down. I don't see a case where the current home owners and voters would want to change any of this, so don't expect to find affordable housing in Brentwood any time in the future.
Plenty of affordable housing is available just a few feet away from the county line in Nashville, of course you have average schools, high density housing of all types, higher taxes, congested traffic, and more crime. That's what happens when you build affordable housing. We don't want it or need it in Brentwood.