Rutherford County

Because of its exact geographic center location in the state, Rutherford County is nicknamed the "Heart of Tennessee." It's located southeast of Nashville and includes the towns of Murfreesboro and Smyrna. The county seat of Murfreesboro is about a 40-minute drive to Nashville, while the town of Smyrna is only around 30 minutes.

Antiques, boutiques, gift shops, and malls abound in Rutherford County. Murfreesboro is home to The Avenue, which is the biggest open-air dining and shopping center in Tennessee.

Anyone who enjoys quiet, close-knit communities with plenty of outdoor activities will find this area an attractive place to call home. Percy Priest Lake, for example, offers hiking, swimming, boating and fishing.

History buffs visiting this area might take a trip to the Stones River National Battlefield, or perhaps to Cannonsburgh Village where they can see what it was like to live in earlier times with a one-room school, a gristmill and a general store.

Overall, Rutherford County is an ideal place for prospective homebuyers in the market for a home in a pleasant, affordable suburb. Like the other communities surrounding Nashville, this area is seeing plenty of growth. That means homebuyers will be able to choose from new construction, townhomes, brick ranch homes, and even large estates.