Looking For A Great Burger? These 4 Top Our List

Last week we talked about how to turn your outdoor living space into a fun outdoor movie theater to entertain friends, family and even new neighbors.  If you missed it, you can check that out here.

Been craving a big, juicy burger?  You’re in luck!  This week we’re sharing our top 4 places for a GREAT burger in the Franklin/Nashville area. We’ve complied the list below in no particular order.

burgerrepPhoto Credit: BurgerRepublic.com


1) The Bunganut Pig Pub & Eatery – 1143 Columbia Avenue Franklin, TN 37064

Since 1986 this pub style joint has been serving up Black Angus specialty burgers that are melt in your mouth delicious.  You can even enjoy live music and a little dancing.  In 1997, they opened another location in Murfreesboro.

bunganutBunganut Pig : Franklin
Photo Credit: Erin Anderson (Bunganutpig.com)

2nd Location: 1602 West Northfield Boulevard Murfreesboro, TN 37129



2) Burger Shack – 7175 Nolensville Road Nolensville, TN 37135

Located in Nolensville, features what former West Coasters will attest to as a serious copycat IN-N-OUT burger.  As former west coasters ourselves, we had to try it out.  Burger Shack can certainly fool the taste buds into thinking we are biting into a little piece of west coast magic that is IN-N-OUT burger without ever leaving out back yard.  You can even get their version of IN-N-OUT’s Animal Style Fries – – they call the Shack Fries.

burgershacktnBurger Shack : Nolensville
Photo Credit: Pinterest 



3) Burger Republic – 6900 Lenox Village Dr., Suite 22 Nashville, TN 37211

From the Tennessee Burger to the Truffle Tots this eatery has carved out a niche for making not only great burgers, but some delicious milkshakes in some crazy-delicious combinations.  Did someone say Nutella? Yep, they’ve got that – and if you want it SPIKED, they’ve got that too!

Burger-RepublicBurger Republic : Lennox Village
Photo Credit: BurgerRepublic.com

2nd Location: 420 11th Ave South Nashville, TN 37203



4) Southside Grill – 6601 Sugar Valley #101 Drive Nashville, TN 37201

Three words come to mind when I think of Southside Grill.  Effortless, Cool and Delicious.  The vibe there is the kind of cool that appears effortless.  However, there are so many incredible details that go into all that is Southside Grill that foodies will appreciate.  We had the pleasure of dining with a couple regulars and the attention and service of the staff was bar none.  Refreshing to see that the art of treating customers well has not died.  The burgers were absolutely incredible.  Juicy, great flavor….a real burger.

southsidegrillSouthside Grill : Nolensville
Photo Credit: Southsidegrillnashville.com

Don’t just go for a burger though, their menu features delicious options including a gigantic slice of chocolate cake.  You’ve been warned.  (You can thank us later).



A quick disclaimer: ** Pharmacy – you’re on our list!  We tried at 8pm on Sunday night and there was a wait of more than an hour.  So, we are certainly going to have to find out how to get in on that action – – if it’s worth waiting an hour for, we want to try it!

We need YOUR help!  Can you help us?  We’d like to add a # 5 to our list.

If you have a recommendation for a great burger joint here in the Franklin – Nashville area, leave us a comment below.  We’d love to check it out.

The Spackman Group at KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY (Franklin)
Each Office Is Independently Owned & Operated
9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110
Franklin, TN 37067
615-778-1818 (Office)
gregspackman@kw.com   ||  615-939-1252
katespackman@kw.com  ||  615-840-2692










Hosting An Outdoor Movie Theater Party In 5 Steps

We talk about buying homes and selling homes, prepping homes and listing homes, most often, here on the blog. Today, however, we are going to talk about something you can do to ENJOY your home in a fun and practical way.

Summer is winding down.  Go out with a bang this year by throwing an outdoor theater party that will instantly leave everyone wanting to plan the next one!  Did you just relocate and need a good way to meet new neighbors?  Or, maybe you just moved down the street and you have want to show your new digs off to friends and family?  Planning an outdoor movie theater night is just some welcome old fashioned fun. These outdoor parties are a great way to relax, unwind and reconnect (or connect) with others.

7.22.15 Fun Ahead Peeps

photo credit / source: simplestories.com

My sister shared this image with me on Facebook yesterday and knew it was just the thing for our weekly blog feature. Of course this image reminds me of the vibe here in Nashville/Franklin, Tn.

7.22.15 Cozy Outdoor Theaterphoto credit / source: thegardenglove.com

# 1) Select your seating and your screen / equipment. What I LOVE most about the idea of an outdoor movie party, is that there are so many ways to be creative, if you like to, or just keep it simple and still make those lasting memories with your loved ones. There are so many other styles out there from a laid back DIY approach with cushions and a sheet on a rope…..

7.22.15 DIY Outdoor Theater

photo credit / source: myhomeoutdoors.com

to of course some are a tad more luxurious…..like this set up with cozy chaise lounge chairs built for two.

7.22.15 Luxury Theater

photo source / credit: projectpeople.com

#2) Invite guests. Do you have children? Involve them in the planning stages, maybe they can help you select movie themed invitations if you will be inviting additional guest.  I found these printable versions for $5.00 on etsy – just pay, download and print.  How easy is that?  (Click the photo to link to the listing.)  Or make your own with stuff you have around the house.

7.22.15 Printable Movie Tickets

photo source / credit: etsy.com

#3) Pick your movie. You can make a sign to display the movie that will be playing

7.22.15 sign for movie night

photo credit / source: mykitchenaddictions.com

And if you are one to take it to the next level, use a fun marquee sign sign to direct guests


photo credit / source: ohhappyday.com

#4 ) Concessions! What would a movie be without concessions?  Popcorn.  Candy.  YUM! Pick out some great things to snack on during the flick.

7.22.15 Nashville Flair Concession

photo credit / source: partyplusplanning.com/2015/06/08/outdoor-movie-night-themed-party-week/

You could make a sign together listing all the goodies you’ll serve and can let the kids run the concession stand – after a summer of selling lemonade, I’m sure they will enjoy a change of pace.  Not sure where to start – google printable concession signs and I’m sure you’ll find lots of freebies.

7.22.15 Full table concessions

photo credit / source: thetomkatstudio.com

or you can organize and arrange the candy, popcorn and drinks like they’ve done here with fun metal wire baskets and cute popcorn containers.

7.22.15 All out concession stand 2

photo credit / source: pinterest.com

or like this….(my personal favorite, I know….way over the top!)  This one just screams whimsical and unique and those are right up my alley!

7.22.15 wagon concessions

photo credit / source: williefunevents.com

#5) Give it a drive-in feel for the toddlers – kick the party up a notch with fun cars that the younger children can use as seats during the movie.  How fun are these decorated hot rods?  They would be fun to make ahead of time and talk about a memory! Keep your eyes out for empty boxes that might double as a great drive-in seat at your next double feature!

7.22.15 BYOC Bring Your Own Car Drive In Party

photo source / credit: babble.com/disney/10-ways-to-host-a-disney-infinity-party/

Of course you don’t have to go to all this work.  You can simply throw a blanket on the grass, prop up your laptop and bring out the mircowave popcorn (in the original bag!). Maybe this approach, using sheets as seats.

7.22.15 sheets as seat

photo source / credit: thefoundblog.com

Or maybe you don’t have an outdoor space large enough to host an outdoor movie theater party.  Don’t let that stop you!  Improvise and hold a drive in movie night INDOORS.  Move some furniture, set up seating on the floor and line up the snacks!

Have fun with it.  Take lots of pictures and make great memories with your family. If you want to share your pics with, we’d love to see how YOU did your outdoor theater party this summer.  You can share them on our Facebook with #SummerMovieNight2015.

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!  And as always, if you or anyone you know is looking to buy a home, sell a home or invest in real estate here in the Nashville / Franklin TN area, reach out to us.  We would love the opportunity to earn your business.  Thank you!

The Spackman Group at KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY (Franklin)
Each Office Is Independently Owned & Operated
9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110
Franklin, TN 37067
615-778-1818 (Office)
gregspackman@kw.com   ||  615-939-1252
katespackman@kw.com  ||  615-840-2692





For additional resources and inspiration, visit these great links!

How To Build A Backyard Theater

DIY Outdoor Movie Seats – I’m thinking these would be GREAT for a Girls Night Out (or in depending on your home) with a good click flick and some drinks and appetizers.

ETSY – Backyard Movie Night Items

The Found Blog – AMAZING ideas for all kinds of events, I LOVE her style!

Simple Stories – A fun line of memory keeping products


Need Help Getting Your Home Sold?

Congratulations! You made the decision to put your home on the market.  You interviewed a few real estate agents in the Franklin/Nashville area, or you had a family member or friend offer their services.  You prepared your home for the market, cut the clutter, stowed away all the kids toys and now spend every morning trying to make it look like no one lives there for the potential buyers that may show up while you are at work.


There is no denying we are currently in a SELLERS market in the greater Nashville/Franklin areas.  If your home was listed well and priced right, offers should be flying in.  But instead….crickets.  SILENCE.  And silence in Real Estate is never a good thing. Everyday your home sat on the market without a contract, it lost it’s appeal to serious potential buyers.  Your listing is now expired.  Your home went unsold.  Now what?

Selling your home doesn’t have to be a stressful process.  Often times the reason(s) your home hasn’t sold are 1) price 2) condition and lastly the most important reason is 3) that your home is INVISIBLE to the RIGHT buyer.

Are you using a family member or friend as a realtor who offered you a discount to market and sell your home? Or have you chosen a realtor who’s offered to give you a deep discount to get your home sold? Often times this can cost you in the long run.

Maybe you’ve heard the saying  “You get what you pay for.”  Well, this is especially true in real estate, not just here in Franklin, TN, but everywhere in real estate.  Those agents who offer to discount their services, in order to get your home sold, are also decreasing what they will do for you.  They took the listing, often times, just to put their sign in your yard.

To this type of real estate agent, and they are out there, the sign in your yard means new leads for them, not necessarily a contract on YOUR home.  Selling YOUR home is now not their main priority.  They figure the home will sell itself.

Since they’ve discounted their fee, often they will be cutting corners with your home photos. They’ll take bad pictures, often with their personal cell phones, in horrible light and from terrible angles. They’ll upload those dark, ugly photos into the MLS where would be buyers will react by clicking through your listing, despite all your home has to offer.  Good Photographs SELL homes.  Your home should be presented in the very best light with photographs taken by professional real estate photographers like HouseLens or Showcase Photographers, to name some local options.

There are approximately over 10,000 realtors in the greater nashville area.  Who you choose to represent you in selling your home matters.  It matters in the days your home sits on the market, how many looky loos vs serious buyers will traipse through your home, and countless stressful days/nights spent wondering if you’ll ever get an offer.

Has your home left the market unsold?  Or are you thinking of putting it back on the market? Are you currently attempting to sell your home without the assistance of a real estate professional?  We’d love the opportunity to meet with you and earn your business by providing you with a custom strategy to get your home sold FAST.

Send us an email, or give us a call and we’ll send you our Seller’s Guide which includes 47 Easy Ways To Make Your Home Sell Faster.  These are great tips for homeowner’s to look at their house through the eyes of a potential buyer instead of as the owner of the home. Often these quick and easy changes can mean higher and better offers.

The Spackman Group at KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY (Franklin)

9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110
Franklin, TN 37067
615-778-1818 (Office)
gregspackman@kw.com   ||  615-939-1252
katespackman@kw.com  ||  615-840-2692
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5 Signs You’ve Outgrown Your Current Home

Whether your current home was just a starter home or you are an empty nester wondering why you ever thought you needed so much space.  You may be asking yourself “Have I/we outgrown this house?”  Life occasionally throws curve balls.  You, and your family, may be trying to field one of those curve balls right now. Outgrowing your house doesn’t always mean you need something LARGER than you currently have.  You may need to DOWNSIZE.The Spackman Group Tiny House Time to Move                                         {Courtesy of istockphoto/gettyimages}

We’ve complied a list of 5 tell tale signs you may want to consider moving to a home that better suits your current needs.

1) The definition of your family unit has changed

Every family is unique and has unique needs.  Whether you’ve added to your brood or taken away, the amount of space you need to live comfortably may have changed due to that increase or deduction.  Have you recently had a baby?  Are you caring for a aging parent or family member?  Is your oldest leaving soon for college?  Have all your children left the nest? Or that puppy that has taken up permanent residence in all your hearts is no longer a puppy anymore, he needs space to run and play and the tiny back yard just isn’t big enough anymore.

2) You’ve had a change in your career

The job you used to have to commute back and forth to each day has evolved into a home office position.  Or maybe you’ve changed from a corporate employee to an entrepreneur and you need space within your home to work efficiently and productively. Maybe there is a need for storage, a place for inventory and product prep and you just can’t carve that out in your current home.

3) Your Finances have changed

You may be making more money and can easily afford to step up on the property ladder.  Or, you may have had a change in income – possibly a reduction (see #1 – someone in your family has gone from an income earner to a care taker) and you need to adjust your mortgage accordingly.

4) Entertaining isn’t entertaining anymore

You fell in love with your house.  Your furniture fit perfectly.  The neighborhood was tops on your list.  But you forgot to consider the holidays, entertaining for birthdays and other family events.  Parties are supposed to be fun.  But, now when you have more than three people over, and your guests are eyeing the only empty seat in the room – you find yourself wondering why you offered to host.

5) Storage & your Parking Space 

If passersby mistake your garage for a flea market or adjunct thrift shop – you might need more space.

Over the years you’ve accumulated some great pieces and you love them.  But, there’s no place for them in your house anymore.  Your garage has become a storage unit and your three cars are now relegated to the driveway.  On Saturday you’ve filled your garage so full – you decided a storage unit was the only option to regain those precious covered parking spaces.  Now all those gorgeous things that mean the world to you are packed in boxes or wrapped in blankets and no one can appreciate them.

Is it time for you to consider purchasing a new home?  Our team is here to help you.  Our buyer’s rep will meet with you to determine what your current needs are and assist you with finding a lender to determine your budget.  We are here to guide and advise you in the process so you don’t overpay for a new home just because you can afford to.

Have a home to sell that you’ve outgrown?  It’s a seller’s market here in the Nashville/Franklin and surrounding areas.  Our listing specialist can meet with you to determine the best possible price to get your home sold quickly and tips to help make the process a smooth one.

If it’s time to move for you and your family, contact us today by phone at (615) 939-1252, visit our website www.spackmanrealtygroup.com to begin your search today or stop by our office in the heart of Cool Springs – 9175 Carothers Parkway, Suite 110 Franklin for personalized and professional service.

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