Why I Moved to Nashville, by Jackie Sinatra

    As my husband Enzo and I start our second year in Nashville, we have been reflecting on our decision to come to this great city. When people meet us, after asking if we are related to Frank Sinatra, everyone wants to know what made us relocate here. Was it a job, music, family? None of the above. I was working at a K-4 elementary school as a principal and Enzo had his acupuncture office. All was well, but I we wanted a change. I always dreamed of selling real estate, and we wanted to find the right place for that endeavor. One morning, Enzo awakened me to say, “Let’s check out Nashville.” Now, no offense, but New Yorkers don’t really talk too much about the south and I was a little stunned. “Do you mean as in Tennessee and country music?” Well, he did, and after the initial shock, I listened to his reasoning.

    He said there was a lot of building going on there, a lot of industry has been moving there and the economy and real estate market is thriving. The weather is more temperate than in NY, the cost of living is less, and it is a manageable city with lots of universities and access to the arts. So, I am flexible, let’s check it out!

    In April of 2007, we visited the “city.” I put this in quotes, because we wanted an urban setting and decided not to rent a car, as we wanted to be in the “city.” We had a room at the Downtown Sheraton and expected to be in the center of it all. After 5 days roaming around 2nd and Broadway, I was not relocating to Nashville. Then, for a change of pace, we decided to take a walk up Broadway. First, the Frist Museum, then Music Row, then Vandy! WOW! This must be Nashville! So, I guess the city is not just Downtown but also what surrounds Downtown.

    Well, we fell in love, bought a condo and moved here that summer, after taking a camping trip across the country. I received my real estate license, Enzo opened his acupuncture office in Green Hills and we haven’t looked back, except to miss our new granddaughter in NY. Our dreams were coming true. We went to shows at TPAC, took docent tours at the Frist (now I volunteer there) and attended every event at Centennial Park. We’ve been to the Grand Ole Opry, the Schermerhorn, 3rd and Lindsley and keep meaning to get to Bluebird Café. We have met awesome people and love living in West End Park. Working for Mark Deutschmann at Village Real Estate has been the icing on the cake. So, if you know of anyone who is considering a move to a really cool city, Nashville is the best kept secret! And, remember to refer me to them! Thanks, Nashville, for welcoming us with open arms.

    Jackie Sinatra

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