For every neighborhood in America, there’s a developer who pioneered the project. And for many neighborhoods in Williamson County, Tennessee, an individual like Scott Sohr was that pioneer. Land developers like Scott Sohr claim their stake on large plots of land with uncertain futures, and after much careful deliberation and research, they sketch out a rough draft of what the finished product will look like. A few years and a lot of money spent later, and Scott Sohr ’s sketch has become a reality—complete with backyard softball games, neighborhood potlucks, and children riding bicycles.
The dream of such neighborhoods took a hit in recent years, says Scott Sohr, but with the economy rebounding in a major way since the recession began in late 2008, the housing market has also seen a big upturn in recent years. Scott Sohr, who has many properties throughout Middle and East Tennessee, says the market is almost at 2006-levels, with many homebuyers actually preferring to build new homes rather than buy existing ones.
For Scott Sohr and his team of developers and builders, much of this growth in the Volunteer State has been concentrated in Williamson County. Home to the prosperous city of Franklin—as well as the affluent neighborhoods of Cool Springs and Brentwood—Williamson County is one of the hotbeds for economic and property development in the country. In fact, when ranked per capita, Williamson County is among the richest counties in the entire nation, reports Scott Sohr.
According to Scott Sohr, much of this explosive growth is due to the state’s tax incentives and lack of income tax. Williamson County is also home to some of the state’s best school systems and lowest crime rates. These conditions all add up to a perfect storm for land developers like Scott Sohr to create neighborhoods where people want to live and raise families.
One of those neighborhoods is Arrington Retreat, located right in the heart of Williamson County. Arrington Retreat was developed by Scott Sohr to be an upscale neighborhood for families who enjoy a slower, more relaxed pace of life in a country setting. Scott Sohr says that Williamson County was the perfect choice for the location of Arrington Retreat, and the area’s rolling hills, sweeping country vistas, and natural charm fit as the perfect backdrop for the classic Southern-style architecture of the homes.
Arrington Retreat is 283-acres, describes Scott Sohr, and is a neighborhood designed to function as its own community with amenities such as a resort-style swimming pool and nature trails to accommodate neighborhood gatherings and social events. The lot sizes, which range from 1/3 to ½ acre, are large while maintaining a close neighborhood feel for the residents.
Arrington Retreat also has the advantage of being in close proximity to Arrington Vineyards, a world-renowned winery and restaurant that sits atop a gorgeous hill with a 360-degree view of Williamson County. In addition, Scott Sohr says the neighborhood is just a short drive away from I-65, making it especially convenient for families where one or both parents work in Nashville and commute to work.
Winterset Woods is another one of Scott Sohr’s recent developments in the Williamson County area. This neighborhood is ideal for families who want elegant living without spending a fortune. The homes are modern and stylish in just about every way imaginable—including the architecture, landscaping, interior design, appliances, and more.
Like Arrington Retreat, Scott Sohr says that families in Winterset Woods can enjoy a short drive to I-65 and shopping in Brentwood and Cool Springs. The neighborhood is zoned for Williamson County schools, which have been recognized for their excellence in test scores, achievement levels, and preparing students for top-tier colleges.
Scott Sohr is a serial entrepreneur and land developer who has a diverse background in business and real estate. He is also the co-founder of Elmington Capital Group, an investment firm that has financed many development projects, including more than 300,000 square feet of office space—along with countless residential lots and apartment units.