When you say you are from Nashville, people throughout the world immediately form an image of the city in their mind, but most of the world only knows of the Nashville that spans a few city blocks on Broadway. It's true that tourism brings in about $7 billion a year in revenue and employs nearly 1 in 10 Nashville residents, but few of us locals wear cowboy boots and jump onto the pedal tavern for a ride through the downtown. While the Broadway honky tonks, the Grand Ole Opry and the Ryman Auditorium are Nashville icons, there is so much diversity in a city that is growing at a staggering rate of nearly 100 new residents a day. With a business friendly climate, attracting new employers like Amazon and Oracle, Nashville is quickly becoming a city of technology and high paying jobs.
Nashville and Davidson County offer an abundance of diversity with housing options ranging from chic urban lofts in once abandoned warehouses to high rise condominiums with walls of glass to historic homes on tree lined streets to sprawling mansions occupied by celebrities and magnates of industry. Throughout the Nashville metropolitan area, you will find an abundance of restaurants, live music and lots of traffic. If you are thinking of calling Nashville home, it is important to have someone who knows the landscape to help you find the section of the city that is just right for you.
Downtown/SoBro (SoBro stands for South of Broadway) is located between 10th Avenue and the Cumberland River, from Charlotte Avenue to Peabody Street. This area was first settled in the late 1700s as passengers landed on the shores of the Cumberland River packing fiddles and playing tunes. That hasn't changed in the last 200 years, as SoBro is the heart of the Nashville music scene, with the honky-tonks that line Broadway to the historic Ryman Auditorium to concerts at Bridgestone Arena or the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. You will find luxury high rise condos and warehouses converted into lofts mixed in with high rise office developments. Here, you will recognize that you are in the heart of Music City, USA.
Midtown/Vanderbilt is known for the university that gives this area its name, as well as the variety of dining options, bars and live music venues. This is a community where you will find lots of locals, and very few of them are wearing cowboy boots. The area is also known for its green spaces and hospitals, with most residents living in high rise luxury condos.
The Gulch was once home to Nashville's downtown railroad terminal. Known for upscale restaurants and multiple music venues, the real estate in this area largely goes up, with housing options represented by high rise condos in contemporary buildings, some offering a view of the downtown Nashville skyline. Walkability is a key feature of this neighborhood, bounded by Broadway and I65. On nice days, the restaurants of the Gulch can even walk downtown.
Germantown is one of the most historic neighborhoods in Nashville, named for the German immigrants who made this home in the mid-19th century. This walkable neighborhood is full of high end shops and some of the best restaurants Nashville has to offer. You will find renovated historic homes, mainly from the Victorian era, throughout the neighborhood. At the edges, you will find new construction homes, condos, lofts and townhomes. Germantown is known for brick sidewalks and green spaces, with the Bicentennial Park bordering Germantown. Emerging Salemtown is adjacent, offering buyers priced out of Germantown an opportunity to live close to one of the most vibrant parts of the city.
East Nashville is a large and diverse neighborhood located east and north of the Cumberland River. Known for its food scene, East Nashville is one of the coolest and trendiest neighborhoods in the city. From the center of East Nashville at Five Points, you will find cottages, bungalows and craftsman style homes built after the historic fire that destroyed much of East Nashville in 1916. As you expand from the center of East Nashville, you will find high rise luxury condos with a view across the river to downtown Nashville.
Buchanan Arts District is located just northwest of Germantown in emerging North Nashville. Here you will find creatives and artists who are displaying the entrepreneurial spirit that Nashville is known for. You will find a mix of old and new here, with original cottages dating to the 1920s, renovated homes and tall and skinny new construction homes. If you are looking for an opportunity to purchase in an emerging neighborhood with eateries and art studios, be sure to circle the Buchanan Arts District on your map.
Edgehill/Music Row can be traced back the the early 1820s, gaining popularity a century later when a new streetcar line opened. Music is a more recent addition to this near to downtown neighborhood, with the first music studio opening in 1954. In addition to recording industry studios and offices housed in office buildings and bungalows, you will find a lot of other arts related businesses here, including architects and interior designers. Housing options include new construction in a craftsman style, along with high-rise condos. Edgehill Village is just steps away and offers an opportunity to experience Nashville as the locals do.
12 South - Located just a few miles south of downtown Nashville, this eclectic community is as diverse as the people who live here. The 10 city blocks that run from Linden Park to Sevier Park comprise one of Nashville's most popular neighborhoods. From restored historic homes to tall and skinny HPRs (a unique type of property ownership in Nashville), 12 South offers an opportunity to eat, drink and play near where you live. Known for its murals, restaurants, walkability and trendy boutiques, you will find a lot has changed since Granny White opened an inn for weary travelers here over 200 years ago.
Melrose/8th Ave South is home to stone and brick cottages mixed in with mid-century modern ranches in a small community located just west of 8th avenue South. Here the entertainment options are vast, including music venues like The Basement, a comedy club and the Melrose Theatre, Billiard Parlor and Bowling Alley, all blended into a destination dining and entertainment venue. Restaurant options are just as varied and diverse as are the housing options and the residents who choose to call this vibrant area home.
Belmont gains its name from the Belmont Mansion, now on the campus of Belmont University. Located between Belmont Boulevard, I440, Magnolia Boulevard and 20th avenue, this iconic neighborhood spills over with charm and character. You will find tree-lined streets flanked by a diverse offering of homes, ranging from Tudors built in the early 1900s to Contemporary homes built in the last few years. The campus is the heart of the community, offering concerts and an enjoyable place to take an evening stroll.
Sylvan Park/Sylvan Heights/Charlotte Avenue is home for many who enjoy the great outdoors and want to take advantage of the extensive greenway system. You will find residential streets flanked by bungalows and three story new construction homes in this friendly neighborhood known as home to some of the oldest restaurants in Nashville.
West End/Elliston Place is beloved for its large greenspace, Centennial Park. Because of its convenient location to Nashville's hospitals and universities, many professionals call the luxury condos found in this area home. Many restaurants and night-life options are also found in West End/Elliston Place. It is a larger neighborhood so you will need a car to get around, but it won't take you long to drive your car downtown.
The Nations is an emerging neighborhood that is quickly gaining its own unique identity in Nashville. Many of the chefs that you see on Food Network have opened unique restaurants with diverse food options. You will see an abundance of new construction in the nation, with many of the homes being tall and painted with vibrant colors, boasting rooftop decks. This area is located close to downtown and accessible to many of the city's best green spaces.
Bellevue is outlined by the SE Davidson County line and extends north to the Cumberland River. I40 runs right through Bellevue, making it about a 20 minute drive from downtown. One Bellevue Place, a new mixed-use development, and the Ford Ice Center/Bellevue, residents have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options in a community that offers a price point more affordable than many surrounding zip codes. Although new construction is popping up in Bellevue just as it is all over Nashville, you will find neighborhoods where most homes were built in the last 30 years of the 20th century. Bellevue is home to the start of the Natchez Trace and the famous Loveless Cafe.
Belle Meade is a small city within a city, located between Hillsboro and Harding Pike and bordered by Woodmont Boulevard and Warner Parks. This luxury community is filled with sprawling mansions with manicured lawns. Some things haven't changed since many of Nashville's earliest wealthy families settled here, including the Hardings (Belle Meade Mansion) and Leslie Cheek and Mabel Wood (Cheekwood Plantation). The community offers a mix of European style estates and mid-century modern homes. Located just a few miles from downtown, Belle Meade is a convenient location for business people and socialites who want to be close to downtown - and have the money to make it happen in Belle Meade.
Green Hills is one of Nashville's most affluent neighborhoods and home to some of Nashville's most prestigious shops, both within and outside the Mall at Green Hills. Its proximity to some of the most desired parks and golf courses has made Green Hills a zip code that comes at a price tag that matches its desirability. Here you will find many restaurants and the Bluebird Cafe, one of Nashville's most famous music venues. Residential streets are lined with historic craftsman cottages and large estates with manicured lawns. New construction townhomes and condos are popping up throughout the area, giving buyers who desire a Green Hills address a little more opportunity to call it home.
Oak Hill/Forest Hills are located about 20 minutes south of Nashville. The proximity to Radnor Lake State Park is just one of the things that make this area one of the most sought-after, exclusive places to live in the greater Nashville area. High-end single family homes are the predominant feature here, giving it a sense of community. You won't find high-rises and nightlife here, but you will find it located a short drive away.
Hillsboro Village is home to a diverse mix of renovated cottages, Tudor style homes, townhouses and condos. The four square blocks of Hillsboro Village are lined with unique shops and neighborhood eateries. The Belcourt Theatre is a favorite Hillsboro Village attraction, showing new and independent films that often don't land in mainstream theaters. On weekend mornings, you will see a line of tourists waiting to be seated at the Pancake Pantry, something on the "must-do" list of many Nashville tourists. You'll also find murals and art throughout the community, giving it a charm and celebrating the vibrant culture of Hillsboro Village.
Berry Hill, located between Nolensville Pike and Franklin Pike and just south of the Eight Avenue South district, is its own city within the neighborhood of Nashville. Berry Hill is dotted with 1940s cottages, renovated homes and newer townhomes and HPRs. There are also more than 40 recording studios and music publishing houses in the neighborhood, offering real estate options for the industry that are a bit off the high prices and traffic patterns of Music Row. Four city parks offer a place to enjoy the Nashville sunshine, while many coffee shops and restaurants are located in cottages throughout this quaint suburb of Nashville.
Woodbine is a neighborhood south of Downtown Nashville. Bordered by Interstate-440 to the north, Interstate-24 to the east, and the railroad tracks from Radnor Yard to the south and west, this community is culturally diverse and offers a variety of ethnic restaurants and grocery stores. With Nashville growing at a record pace, it is predicted to be one of the next "IT" communities for its location to downtown Nashville and homes with large yards.
Wedgewood Houston is located just south of downtown and is called WeHo for short. The area is now filled with art galleries, unique restaurants and co-working and makers spaces. Nashville's first pro soccer team calls the area home, with a new stadium built near the Nashville fairgrounds. This historic neighborhood offers an industrial, urban environment with many new construction homes and townhomes nestled among trendy bars and restaurants.
Antioch is the fastest growing area of Davidson County, nearly tripling in size between 1990 and 2020. Located close to Percy Priest Lake, this neighborhood covers a large geographic area and offers opportunities to explore the great outdoors. The new Ford Ice Center recently opened in Antioch.
Lenox Village is located on Nolensville road, about halfway between downtown Nashville and the quaint town of Nolensville in neighboring Williamson County. You will find a neighborhood with single family homes, condos and local restaurants in shops in this area that sits halfway between I65 and I24, southeast of Nashville.
Crieve Hall offers convenient access to all the amenities you'd usually find in the suburbs, in a location that is only 15 minutes and a few I65 exits away from downtown. Updated 1950s and 1960s one story ranch homes with larger yards dominate this neighborhood. Green spaces surround the area, including Whitfield Park and the Ellington Agricultural Complex. Crieve Hall has exploded in popularity throughout the past few years, but here you will find homes that are more likely to be renovated than razed, in contrast to some other nearby neighborhoods.