Families move amid rezoning to get kids into choice middle Tennessee schools
WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. —
A last minute crunch to get your kids into your preferred school zone is the "move" people in Williamson County are making as the school year begins.
Building their dream home is about more than just the house for Laura and Dustin Tracy.
"I've spent the past five years explaining the importance of Williamson County Schools, and why I wanted to move Earth to get into Williamson County," Laura Tracy said.
So moving earth they are; signing a contract to break ground in Nolensville with their 2-year old son's education in mind.
"We're going to be living across the street from his elementary, his middle and his future high school," Dustin Tracy said.
Picking a home for that reason isn't unusual or hard thanks to online apps like Zillow, Redfin and Trulia.
"A lot of buyers are spending months in advance looking over neighborhoods, builders, floor plans, school systems," Realtor Flint Adam said. "They're figuring out the factors that matter to their family, honing in on that, then deciding where to go."
There are plenty of places to choose from when it comes to schools in the mid-state.
Aside from Williamson County's "10" great schools score, which measures based on testing, Sumner, Wilson and Rutherford County Schools are all in demand as well.
Recent rezoning issues in Williamson County have ruffled some feathers with parents there. Some are moving just to keep their kids in the same school as last year.
"They don't want their kids to have to pick up, move to a new school, make new friends, so they're actually weighing the benefits of putting their house up for sale and finding something new just to stay in the school system they want to be in," Adam said.
In a Nolensville neighborhood, one street serves as the county line with one side Davidson and the other Williamson County. Comparable homes there can go for tens of thousands more on the Williamson County side.
"Obviously it's an investment into my child, but it's kinda double the effect," Dustin Tracy said. "If I live in a county where the schools are great, the house value is going to go up."
The crunch to get settled will continue through next month with home buyers facing the most competition in the real estate market through the start of school.