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Lakefront condos in Gallatin offer best of both worlds

Bill Lewis, Special to Nashville Tennessean / USA TODAY NETWORKPublished 7:00 a.m. CT Nov. 2, 2017

Dianne and Jeff Payne had purchased a lot and were ready to build a house in Foxland Harbor, the lakeside golf community in Gallatin, when their plans changed.

Instead of building a house, the Paynes will move to their new condominium, now under construction in Foxland on the shore of Old Hickory Lake.

“There’s not anything like it if you’re on the lake,” said Dianne Payne.

Foxland plans to build a total of 77 condo flats in the development, appropriately named Water’s Edge. The first 22 are under construction, and seven have already been purchased. Water’s Edge will have several four-story buildings when complete.

Prices range from $355,000 to $385,000 for a two-bedroom condo; $550,000 to $575,000 for three bedrooms; and $775,000 for a penthouse, said Joe Godfrey, Foxland’s president.

Sizes range from 1,536 square feet for a two-bedroom residence to 2,020 for three bedrooms. Penthouses each have 2,864 square feet.

The idea of living in a lakefront condo that is part of a country club community is appealing to many home buyers, he said.

No one else is building anything like Water’s Edge, said Godfrey. Early buyers include “downsizers and retirees who are ready to simplify their life but still want to be on the lake.”

Until now, they couldn’t have both. Someone wanting to live in a multi-story condo building could find what they wanted in the Gulch or other areas of Nashville, but that meant leaving the lake behind and possibly paying more for less space, he said.

“When you look at downtown, it’s unbelievable how expensive they are,” said Godfrey.

At Water’s Edge, residents will have lake views and can step from their door onto a lakeside trail being developed at Foxland. They will have access to the clubhouse, pool, restaurant and fitness center and will be able to enjoy the 7,200-yard golf course.

All of the condos will have elevator access, a covered balcony and garage and surface parking. The development will be gated, said Godfrey.

Residents of Water’s Edge will enjoy a secure, maintenance-free lock and leave lifestyle, he said.

That appeals to the Paynes, who are moving from a three-level, 6,000-square-foot house in Goodlettsville’s Twelve Stones golf community. They initially planned to downsize to a smaller house in Foxland, but condo life, with no lawn care or exterior maintenance worries, is appealing.

“He has no intention of taking the mower. He is so over that,” Dianne Payne said of her husband.

The couple are not strangers to condo living. They’ve had a place on the Gulf Coast for years.

“So many times I was there and felt that I could live here,” said Dianne Payne. “When we heard about Water’s Edge, we got out of the mindset of building a house.”

The Paynes are moving from one golf community to another, but when they are not busy at work they plan to spend their limited free time on the water, not the golf course.

“We’re boaters,” said Dianne Payne. “You can’t do both.”

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