Fairview

If you like being close to the hustle and bustle of downtown Nashville but want to escape to a more peaceful life at home, put Fairview on your list of areas to check out. Located southwest of Nashville, Fairview residents are close to Interstate 40 and have around a 35-minute commute to downtown. Fort Campbell is also nearby -- about an hour away.

This suburb is certainly a boon for nature lovers. The nearby Bowie Nature Park offers 722 acres of wetlands, grasslands and forests. There you can hike, bike, fish and go horseback riding. Fairview is also just a jaunt from the Natchez Trace Parkway, where you can hike, bike, and camp.

Fairview also keeps its close-knit community feel by offering a selection of yoga classes, organized nature walks and classes about insects and composting. The Fairview Recreation Complex also brings the community together with a wide array of amenities. It has a gym, game room, playground, meeting room, classrooms, indoor pool, wellness center, a football field and a soccer field.

Fairview's rapid growth gives prospective homebuyers in this area access to a variety of affordable housing options. Older ranch homes and brand new homes are available. But new or old, most homes have at least three bedrooms and large lots.