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The Highlands At Ladd Park: A New Neighborhood In South Franklin

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By Brenda

the-highlands-at-ladd-park-entrance.jpg One of Franklin’s newest communities is located in the city limits but feels a world away.

Tucked behind the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center off of Peytonsville Road and surrounded by farm land and hillside, The Highlands at Ladd Park has the makings of a wonderful combination of spacious homes, beautiful views and opportunities to enjoy nature at its best.

There is a lot to look forward to with this new subdivision going in on the south side of Franklin.

Details About The Subdivision
The community developer, Trillium Ventures, has made room for 198 single family home sites, a 150-acre park, 10 miles of paved walking trails, and a pool/clubhouse.

There are also 2 miles of Harpeth River frontage on the property.  The park, which will be located along the river, will offer a canoe launch, observation site, nature plant reserve and arboretum.  It appears from the site plan that there will be two entrances to the community — both on Long Lane.  From I-65, The Highlands at Ladd Park is just 2 minutes away.

As a reference point, The Highlands at Ladd Park is a short 6-mile drive up I-65 to Cool Springs, where you will find every convenience imaginable.  If you are working in downtown Nashville, it will be a 20-mile or so commute.  As far as rush hour goes, you could find yourself in the car for 40 minutes, as you’ll run into a couple slow spots along the way.

Homes start in the mid-$300s and go up to the $750s, with anywhere from 2,800-4,000 SF.  Only a handful of homes are occupied a this time, so the build out has just begun.  Three builders currently have home sites available:

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According to the development’s website, The Hughes Group, Glenn Giles, and Brunswick Builders will also have home sites.

The Highlands at Ladd Park will be zoned for the following schools:

First Impressions
After driving through the development this week, I have a few observations to share.

The Peytonsville Road exit doesn’t have much to offer right now, other than a couple gas stations and a truck stop.  Oh, and there’s the old Goose Creek Motel.  I’m sure that will change in years to come.  Until then, if you need more than the staples, you’ll have to drive north one exit to Highway 96/Murfreesboro Road where you’ll find Home Depot, Publix, Walgreens and some other stores, as well as a few restaurants and banks.

The actual drive from I-65 to the entrance of Ladd Park is a bit disappointing, as you must pass the Williamson County Agricultural Expo Center.  Though the center itself is well-kept, it’s not the most beautiful property in Franklin (and traffic and noise could be a problem during the Williamson County Fair and other events).  But, once you get past all that, you enter what feels like a faraway place — even though it’s less than 2 minutes from the interstate.

view-of-main-entry-road-from-neighborhood.jpg As I turned into the entrance, it had a farm feel (which I personally love).  The entry is very nicely done, with a stone monument and flags flanking each end, and then a black farm fence lines both sides of the street.  You can see views of the hills out in the distance, and even a few fields of hay (the haystacks had just been rolled when I was there).

Mature trees line the streets, as well.  And there are several one-way round-abouts throughout the neighborhood, along with sidewalks.


The home sites are small, not appearing to be more than ¼-acre, so the houses are pretty close together.  This tends to be the trend for new homes in Williamson County and in this price range.  The benefit, certainly, is less yard to maintain.

Most homes appear to have front-facing garages, but a few have side or rear facing garages, depending on lot size and location.  And, although there are mature trees throughout the community, the home sites consist of just that — the home (with the exception of new landscaping installed by the builder).

There were only a handful of homes completed when I visited, so it’s possible that there will be larger home sites in other s
ections of the development.  The few homes I saw completed were built with either brick, stone or Hardiplank fiber cement siding, or a combination of two or more of these elements.  It appears that each builder has secured a section of the property on which to build their homes, so they won’t be intermingled throughout — at least for now.

I can’t wait to see how the park area and riverfront shapes up.  It sounds like it’s going to be a great place to walk, sit and fellowship.  Overall, The Highlands at Ladd Park looks like a great design concept.  It will be interesting to watch it come to fruition in the months ahead.

If you’re considering a move to the area and are intrigued by some of the features of this community, take a drive out there and see it for yourself.  It might be just what you’re looking for!