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New Year, New Home!

Categories: Ole South Neighborhoods, TN New Homes | Posted: January 5, 2018

Happy New Year! We’re all familiar with lifestyle resolutions people make when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st.  What’s your biggest goal? Are you setting one to buy a new home in 2018? It’s a daunting task, but we’ve been in the business for decades. We want to help you find your dream home in one of our communities!


Who are we?

We are Tennessee’s largest homebuilder, serving the convenient Tennessee locations of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, Fairview, and Spring Hill, close to major highways, neighborhood schools, recreation areas, and shopping. Since our founding in 1986, we have been helping families big and small find the homes that fit them best. Whether that’s a low-maintenance townhome or traditional 3, 4, or 5 bedroom home, we make it happen with beautiful, high quality, energy efficient homes. We are proud to be in the top 100 homebuilders in the nation by Builder Magazine.


Why should you partner with us?

Because we care! You’ve heard every good salesperson say it, but did they really mean it? Not only will we help you land the quality home of your dreams, Ole South also truly cares about the middle Tennessee community where we build. With the creation of the John Floyd Charitable Foundation, more than $1 million in financial, material and labor support has been given to various organizations throughout Middle Tennessee. We are engaged in the local community and help build interest and resources for building vocational programs. We #GiveWithOleSouth all year round through volunteering and food drives. We’re here to better the whole community.  


In the spotlight: Ole South South Haven Community

Just an idea to get you started (and excited!).  Our South Haven Community is located along State Route 840, perfect for commuters, in the highly acclaimed Stewarts Creek school district. Tucked away in a perfectly secluded setting just minutes from everything that Franklin, Murfreesboro, and Smyrna has to offer, these 3, 4, and 5 bedroom homes are high quality with unmatched features.


On the exterior, you will find brick or stone per plan, concrete patio, driveway, and sidewalk, landscape package, raised panel steel garage doors with glass, and more. The inside boasts engineered flooring in foyer, kitchen, breakfast area, and dining room/study per plan, stain resistant carpeting, crown molding (1-pc) in three rooms, wood spindled stair rails and overlook railings, brushed nickel hardware, utility room with washer and dryer connections (per plan), pull-down attic stairs, kitchen appliance package (smooth-surface electric range, side-by-side refrigerator with icemaker, dishwasher, built in microwave), and more.


Still not sure where to start? Give us a call today at 615-219-5644. You can also check out our blog for a checklist for new homebuyers and our quick and easy home buying process.


We look forward to partnering with you in 2018!

Celebrate + Give Back

Categories: Holidays | Posted: November 22, 2017

The smell of spices wafts through the air, silverware and glasses clang enthusiastically, voices chatter, faces smile and stomach no longer growl. Thanksgiving is here! How will you celebrate the holiday this year?

Be prepared. Decorate your home and set the tables ahead of time. Prepare as much of the food the day before as you can to help alleviate some of the stress. It’s supposed to be a joyful day!

The recipes. Whether you’re working from a list of passed down family recipes, your latest favorite cookbook or even some new Pinterest ideas, everyone knows the food makes the day. Mix it up with healthy options and guilty pleasures to keep everyone happy.

Activities. Bring out the games and/or crafts to entertain the kids (and adults!). After exhausting the table conversation, break out one of the latest group games to stir up the laughs and a little competition.

Many people want to give back while they’re celebrating giving thanks. Think about the gifts you take advantage of everyday: how can you share that gratitude? Some activities are great for kids and adults alike. Need a few ideas to get started?

  • The ever popular – volunteering at a kitchen to pass out food and warmth to those who need it most (check out the Hands On Nashville calendar, the Nashville Food Project, or other local organizations to see how you and your family can get involved). Oftentimes the organizations get overloaded with volunteers on Thanksgiving (not a bad problem to have!), so you may want to consider picking the day before or after.
  • Host a food drive for perishable items or a clothing/coat drive and drop it off at a local shelter or church
  • Create care packages for homeless families or adults in need. Consider filling bags with basic toiletries, warm socks, snacks, etc.
  • Sign up with Meals on Wheels to deliver prepared meals to elderly adults who cannot prepare food due to health or physical limitations.
  • Make care packages to send to the troops, who may not have a chance to be home with their families for the holidays. (hint: great opportunity for the kids to write some nice letters to go with the packages!)

If you don’t have time this holiday season to volunteer, host a food drive, or build your own care packages, you can always #GiveWithOleSouth. The next time you are at the grocery store pick up a couple of extra canned food items or you can even write a check to Second Harvest and drop them off at one of our model homes listed below.

  •  South Haven – Murfreesboro
  • Evergreen Farms – Murfreesboro
  • Puckett Station – Murfreesboro
  • Old Hickory Commons – Nashville
  • Vista at Whites Creek – Nashville
  • Western Woods – Fairview
  • Meadowbrook – Spring Hill

However you celebrate, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Checklist for First-Time Homebuyers

Categories: First Time Home Buying | Posted: October 23, 2017

Purchasing your first home is a big deal. Knowing all the right steps doesn’t have to be! Today we are helping you navigate the home buying experience by offering a checklist for first-time homeowners.

  1. Know Your Limit
    After calculating your debt to income ratio, utilize an affordability calculator and check your credit score. These numbers will help you accurately decide on an appropriate down payment, and budget. According to Fannie May, it is recommended to spend no more than 28% of income on housing.
  2. Get Pre-Approved
    When shopping for your first home, get pre-approved for a mortgage. A pre-approval will review your assets and debt, income, and credit score and offer an estimate on how much you can be approved for. Pre-approvals expire after 90 days, so be sure to plan your timeline accordingly.
  3. Create a Wish List
    Creating your home wish list will help you begin to narrow down the seemingly endless list of options available. Choose your location, home type (townhome or single family home), size, price range, and list of must-haves. Your wish list will help you choose the best home as a first-time homebuyer.
  4. Find the Best Partner
    Partnering with a trusted real estate agent and a quality builder ensures your homebuying process will be smooth from start to finish. Seek out referrals, and choose a builder backed by integrity. As Tennessee’s #1 builder, we pride ourselves in offering a wide selection of quality move-in ready homes across Middle Tennessee. All Ole South homes are designed to be energy efficient in voluntary compliance with TVA’s Energy Right® program guidelines, which provides a taste of our enduring commitment to quality.
  5. Make an Offer
    After determining the purchase price of your ideal home, list out all of your special requests to the seller along with any contingencies you may have. Define your move in date, and have the agreement drawn up. Sign your Purchase and Sale Agreement, and prepare to move into your first home.

Whether you are moving into your first townhome or traditional home, you are taking an exciting step. We hope you allow Ole South homes to be the first to congratulate on these next steps, and wish you luck in the first-time home buying journey!

Avoiding Clutter in Your New Home

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: October 2, 2017

A new home means a new opportunity to start fresh. Avoid clutter from day 1, and keep your home feeling brand new. Today we are exploring 3 tips and tricks to avoid clutter in your new Middle Tennessee home.

1. Keep it Clean
Take the time to purge! Moving into a new home offers the prime opportunity to start fresh. Ask yourself “when is the last time I used ‘x’ item?” If you can’t remember, take it as a sign to part ways. Make a habit of donating on a regular basis, and limit yourself to the number of “holiday shopping trips” you take.

2. Create a Space for Everything
Organization is the key to a clutter free home. Take the extra time to find a space for each item. Label, color coordinate, and store like items together. Start with one room at a time, and find a system that works for you. In need of a few ideas? We have you covered:

• Living Room: Keep flat surfaces clutter free, organize your abundance of electronic cords, and take advantage of the extra space behind your sofa!

• Kitchen: Organize your kitchen by like items. Arrange your cabinets by category – utensils, coffee/tea, food prep, etc. Create a cohesive look by using clear containers, such as glass jars for all of your pantry items.

• Bathrooms: Use storage bins to separate toiletries, towels, and medicine. Organize makeup in an acrylic storage container. If you are tight on space, utilize the additional space above your toilet for a storage cabinet.

• Bedrooms: Purchase draw dividers and closet organization items. Create a place for each item in your bedroom, and be sure to tidy up each morning or evening.

3. Go Green
Going green is a great way to live eco-friendly, and reduce the clutter in your home. Switch to a paper-free home – think paperless bills, Google Calendar, and Todoist. Scan in all of your paper documents, and store on an external drive. Software such as Evernote, which allows you to capture, organize, and share your documents. Be sure to store essential paper documents in a labeled file cabinet or storage containers in an easy to find location.

Keeping your home clutter free is as easy as 1-2-3. Spend less time cleaning, and more time enjoying your new, clutter free home.

How to Stay Cool in this Tennessee Heat

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: July 19, 2017

Tennessee heating up? Here’s how to stay cool

When the temperature starts creeping up to 100 and the humidity makes your clothes stick to you, you know it’s summer in Tennessee. We’ve got some ideas for how you can keep cool this summer.  Tip #1: Make sure your AC works! But seriously, grab your friends and family and complete the checklist below before summer ends!

Trying to keep the kids cool and occupied but don’t want to spend a million dollars? Head to the store for a big tarp (or two) and some soap and you’ve got yourself a homemade slip n’ slide! You’re sure to be the hit of the neighborhood once all the kids (and adults!) start clamoring for a turn to slide and cool down.

Nerd out at the Adventure Science Center. Check out the new exhibits and relax in the cool under the stars in the planetarium.

Invite friends or families over for a Movie Day or Game Night! There’s bound to be some days that are just way too hot to spend time outside, so why not gather people together for some movie-binging or good ol’ friendly competition.

Make your own ICE COLD popsicles. Enough said.

Spend a fun day or weekend at a water park! Check out Wave Country or Nashville Shores Water Park.

Try this hilarious game with friends or family members. The Frozen T-Shirt Contest! Before the contest, prepare a T-shirt for each participant by soaking it with water, wringing it out, and folding it. Placing waxed paper between each one, stack the folded shirts on a baking sheet and freeze them. When they’re stiff, hand them out to the players. The first person to get into their frozen tee wins.

No Shade, no problem. Create a canopy in your backyard to keep you cool!

Many of us aren’t real people in the morning unless we’ve our our coffee. Cool down your morning joe with these iced coffee cubes.

Whether you choose any combination of indoor or outdoors ideas, these ideas are sure to help you stay cool this summer (and of course, don’t forget to drink water and wear sunscreen!)


Happy Summer from Ole South!

Connecting With New Neighbors

Categories: Helpful Hints | Posted: June 7, 2017

You just moved into a new neighborhood and you are in your dream home. The last box is finally unpacked. What’s next – connecting with new neighbors! We understand that moving is a big change, so we are sharing 5 secrets to making new friends in the neighborhood.

Say “Hello”

It can be difficult to feel like the new kid on the block. Start by spending time in your yard, or walking your dog. As simple as it seems, saying “hello” can make a world of a difference when making new connections.

Host a Housewarming Party

Whether you know 1 or 100 people, host a housewarming party. Inviting neighbors over for a casual get together is a wonderful way to create lifelong friends. Host a backyard BBQ or bring out drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Here in Middle Tennessee, we call this southern hospitality at its finest!

Join Your HOA

If your new neighborhood has a Homeowners Association, consider joining. As a member, you can meet other residents, assist in shaping the future of your community, and make new friends in the process.

Make Community Connections

Joining a social group is one of the best ways to make new connections in your community. A variety of websites and apps exist to create the connections you need. Meet Up allows you to find or create a meetup to match people with their interests! Also, check in through Next Door. This app will help you connect with neighbors and stay in the know with what is going on in your community and those around you.


To make the most out of your new experience, give back your time and talents. Volunteer Match provides volunteers with local opportunities. Connecting with a local nonprofit such as the Humane Society or Big Brothers Big Sisters of America will help connect you with others that share similar passions.


Make the most out of your new community. Enjoy the next chapter of your life, and make new connections today!

Trending: Outdoor Patio and Kitchens

Categories: Helpful Hints, Trending | Posted: May 25, 2017

You have seen them pictured all over the most popular home magazines, posted all over social media and advertised in all your major home improvement stores nationwide. The latest trend for your home is: amazing outdoor patios and kitchens.

In the past, large patios and outdoor kitchens were found outside larger, higher end homes, but now there are more affordable options for everyone to choose from. The great thing is the homeowner can personalize the space however they like!

When designing your outdoor space, consider having room for prep, cooking, and serving. This will keep you and your guests from having to go in and out of the house to get something. Rather, you can install an entire outdoor kitchen complete with granite countertops or simply create a grill built in with brick counters. This will allow you to be outside and socialize more with your family and friends. TIP: When picking out materials for your outdoor kitchen, make sure they are weather resistant.

Now that you have added your workspace, do you want to add more amenities? Some outdoor kitchens go as far as under the counter refrigerators, wine chillers and sinks. While refrigerators or wine chillers may be out of your budget, do consider the sink. By adding a sink, you can avoid running in to the house every time you need to clean something or to retrieve water. Are you someone who likes making your own pizza? Why not build your very own brick pizza oven? One good thing about a pizza oven is you can use it for more than just pizza. You can brick fire almost any food and it lends a distinct flavor that will have your friends and family raving at your next cook out.

Now that you have your workspace and your extra amenities, think about whether or not you want to upgrade your grill. Maybe consider a grill that does it all. Gone are the days where a grill simply grills. You can now have a grill that comes with a rotisserie, side burners, griddles and more! The options are almost endless.

Once you have your workspace and appliances laid out, think about coverage? Yes the counters you are purchasing are weather resistant, but how much rain does the state of Tennessee get in the spring? Consider adding a permanent covering to protect, preserve and extend the lifespan of your counters and appliances. When adding a permanent covering, you can also add recessed light, ceiling fan, and a TV!

Whether you choose a high end outdoor kitchen and patio makeover or something on a smaller, do-it-yourself scale, you can enjoy the outdoors even more with an outdoor kitchen and patio.


Categories: Ole South Neighborhoods | Posted: May 9, 2017

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Community Spotlight: Woodland Trace

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: April 28, 2017

Our Woodland Trace neighborhood, located at 1998 Red Jacket Trace in Spring Hill Tennessee, offers beautiful Townhomes and Villas ranging from 1,464 sq ft to 1,631 sq, ft. Inside these homes you will find spacious living rooms, 2-3 bedrooms and kitchens with a light airy feeling to brighten every room. The neighborhood is convenient to Marvin Wright Elementary, Spring Hill Middle and Spring Hill High School. Also residing in the area is Cool Springs Galleria for all of your shopping needs, the gorgeous Arrington Vineyards, Bowie Nature Park and Kings Creek Golf Club. This neighborhood is sure to please, rather you are a business professional, budding family or looking to sit back and relax and hit some golf balls. Woodland Trace is just right for you.

Features of the homes interior include hardwood entry, no-wax vinyl flooring, textured ceilings, vaulted or trey ceilings depending on the floor plan, brushed nickel lighting and hardware packages and so much more. Bathrooms feature beautiful custom cabinetry, cultured marbled vanities and chrome fixtures. Kitchens include staggered height birch cabinetry with crown accents which offer a lot of storage, laminate countertops, stainless steel sink with sprayer, garbage disposal, appliance package available that includes electric range, dishwasher, refrigerator with icemaker, and built in microwave and more. On the exteriors of the home you will see seamless gutters and downspouts, 6-panel fiberglass front door, brushed nickel door hardware, ornamental mailbox and maintenance free landscape package with sodded front yard. A perfect place to call home with little maintenance.

If you are looking for a low maintenance town home that offers everything, and is within walking distance to the neighborhood elementary school, is in close proximity to major highways, and an abundance of local dining and shopping then you should stop by and learn more about Woodland Trace. Visit our Meadowbrook model home for more information or check out

Driving Directions: If you are coming in from Nashville take Interstate 65 South to Exit 53, Saturn Parkway/Hwy 396 West.  Exit Port Royal Road and turn left/south on Port Royal.  Turn left at Marvin Wright Elementary School and you will see Woodland Trace on the left.  

Gardening Season is Here!

Categories: Gardening Tips, Helpful Hints | Posted: April 24, 2017

Spring has sprung and now is the time to start thinking about gardening. Whether you are wanting a backyard garden or a container garden, there is something for everyone.

In Middle Tennessee, the last frost is usually in the middle of April. Once the last frost has happened you are probably safe to start planting. However, if you are thinking about starting your indoor garden, now is a great time to do so. Some vegetables require a longer germination period than others so make sure you read the seed packet carefully.

There are several plants that love to be sowed indoors then transplanted. Some of these include: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. There are several ways you can do this, such as purchasing germination terrariums at your local plant supply store. However, it can be as easy as using a plastic cup, potting soil, seeds, and water. Simply fill cup with soil, dig a small hole at the depth according to the seed packet, add the seed, cover, water regularly and make sure they get plenty of sun. Once the plant has begun to grow and has done so for the allotted time in your home then it is time to transfer to your garden.

Some plants such as cherry tomatoes and peppers like to be grown in containers. This is great for people who don’t have a yard or simply only want to grow a few things. Just make sure the container has proper drainage, enough soil to germinate the plant, plenty of water and a little love and care. Many plants do best without being transplanted including, corn, beans, turnips, carrots and most root type vegetables.

A newer trend that has been popping up is to plant vegetables around your house to use as food as well as decorative landscaping. It is very practical and fun to do with the entire family. Plus the satisfaction of growing your own food is an added bonus.

Whatever you decide to plant this season, happy planting!