Nashville Area Neighborhoods
BELLE MEADE - MLS Area 2
Belle Meade is set in a beautiful landscape, just minutes from downtown Nashville. This notably high-end residential community is bordered on the west by historic Belle Meade Plantation, on the south by Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art, and wrapped by the 2684-acre Warner Parks complete with forested lands, horseback and hiking trails, and a steeplechase course. Although officially part of the Nashville Metropolitan Government, Belle Meade has also retained its independent city status, with its own police force, mayor, and city hall.
If you're looking for a home in the most expensive, prestigious and upscale area of Nashville, this area of less than 1200 homes is a good place to start your search. Per capita income in Belle Meade is the highest in the state and among the highest in the nation. Belle Meade homes include large old family estates, newly constructed mansions, and some smaller residences dating from the 1930's and 40's offering opportunities for "fixing up" in a neighborhood where homes in any market are guaranteed to maintain value.
GREEN HILLS - MLS Area 2
Green Hills, located just south of downtown Nashville, is noted for location, affluence, prestige, and shopping - its 37215 zip code is one of Nashville's most desirable, synonymous with a combination of convenience and comfortable luxury. The architecture in Green Hills varies from 50's brick ranch style houses to Cape Cods to grandiose new construction, with some brand new condominiums thrown in for good measure. The Green Hills Mall and new Hill Center are home to Nashville's highest-end shopping and some of Nashville's finest neighborhood restaurants. Green Hills' residents include families who chose this area because of its excellent public schools and proximity to some of Nashville's best private schools. Neighborhood streets are quiet and tree-lined, with an abundance of acre plus lots.
WEST MEADE and HILLWOOD - MLS Area 2
West Meade and Hillwood are established neighborhoods located just west of Belle Meade. Originally composed almost entirely of ranch-style, one-story brick homes, set on large rolling lots and loaded with mature trees, this is an area which has undergone recent transformation. Tear-downs have become the norm, with grand houses of various designs mingled among the ranch-style neighbors. Convenience to downtown and shopping areas, security, little traffic, and opportunity for some more affordable Area 2 homes make these neighborhoods popular choices among home buyers.
SYLVAN PARK - MLS Area 2
Sylvan Park has become one of Nashville's great neighborhoods. Located in an established residential area just southwest of the Vanderbilt University area, this community has developed a personality of hipness and eclecticism. Today it is one of Nashville's most sought after home ownership destinations with properties commanding rising prices.
This popular neighborhood features cozy backyard alleys and is a delightful mix of architectural styles - bungalows, Cape Cods and some Victorians. And the residents are a delightful mix of long-time and new neighbors. There is a creative air to the community, and the area is home to songwriters, artists, musicians, and artists.
The neighborhood association has taken an active role in the rejuvenation and has provided strong leadership through the years. The influx of more affluent homeowners has spawned the opening of some of Nashville's finest eateries.
HILLSBORO VILLAGE - WEST END - MLS Area 2
Nestled in the shadow of Vanderbilt University's hallowed ivied halls, the Hillsboro-West End community is one of Nashville's most desirable areas. Offering a diverse mixture of architectural styles and construction, frame cottages interspersed with stone Tudors, the proximity to the university area adds a trendy intellectual feel to this neighborhood.
Just blocks away is Nashville's answer to NYC's hip "Soho" area, the fashionable Hillsboro Village (a.k.a. "The Village"), with some of the coolest shops, theaters, and restaurants in all of Nashville just a hop, skip and jump from your own fenced-in back yard.
HISTORIC RICHLAND WEST END AND CHEROKEE PARK - MLS Area 2
Think tree-lined streets with sidewalks and front porches and a small town feel, close to the center of a big city. That's what you'll find in these neighborhoods just beyond the heart of Nashville, out West End Avenue. This is a charming area of classic homes, mostly built between 1920 and 1950, where the ambiance and historic character are fiercely protected by strong neighborhood associations.
BELLEVUE - MLS Area 2
At the southwestern edge of Area 2, Bellevue has experienced great population growth in the last few decades. This suburban community is an excellent location both for first-time homebuyers and retirees. Homes range from affordable condominiums to family friendly developments. Bellevue is home to the world famous Loveless Café and a long-standing dinner theatre. The historic Harpeth River and the Natchez Trace Parkway run through this varied community.
CHARLOTTE PARK - MLS Area 3
Tired of those high Area 2 prices? Because of its affordability, Area 3 is a popular Nashville real estate alternative. Developed in the late 60's, the street names such as Henry Ford Drive, Thunderbird Drive, Starliner Drive, Comet, Capri, Sunliner, Fordomatic and Continental are reminders that this neighborhood was first populated with many employees of the Ford Glass Plant. Looking for an updated 3 or 4 bedroom home under $200,000? You might find one you like in this neighborhood!
EAST NASHVILLE, LOCKELAND SPRINGS, and EDGEFIELD - MLS Area 6
East Nashville is so named because of its location on the east side of the Cumberland River, and it is one of Nashville's most interesting and evolving neighborhoods. This resilient area overcame a fire, which destroyed over 1,000 homes in 1916, and a tornado, which ravaged the area in 1998.
East Nashville neighborhoods have a distinctively historic feel, while thriving and bursting with new creativity, diversity, and excitement. It's easy to fall in love with some of the beautifully restored homes in this area. Most have hardwood floors throughout and many have rooms connected by large cased openings with French doors.
The East Nashville neighborhood is adjacent to Shelby Park and Shelby Bottoms, on the banks of the Cumberland River. These areas contain a golf course, playgrounds and sports fields, and miles of biking and running trails. Fashionable new restaurants and bakeries are springing up constantly.
WILLIAMSON COUNTY NEIGHBORHOODS - MLS Area 10
Home buyers choose Williamson County, located just south of Nashville, for a variety of reasons, but the most compelling one is that life in Williamson County provides the "best of both" - combining the advantages of both the urban and the rural worlds. Williamson County is adjacent to Nashville's Davidson County -- interstates and major roadways provide quick access to downtown Nashville, to the Nashville Airport, to Nashville's outstanding hospitals and medical facilities, and to the entire Nashville suburban area. At the same time, the beautiful setting of Williamson County, with its rolling hills, horse farms, fresh air, historic small towns, magnificent estates, and friendly "down home" atmosphere provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of nearby Nashville. Add to the mix a wide variety of shopping opportunities -- from delightful one-of-a-kind family owned shops to one of the largest shopping malls in the mid-South -- plus excellent public schools, parks and green spaces, and top it off with some unique and outstanding restaurants, and it's easy to see why families are flocking to live in Williamson County. Williamson County's population grew 12.5% between 2000 and 2004. However, a small town feel still remains.
Williamson County is the most affluent county in Tennessee and among the 30 wealthiest in the nation, but there is a great deal of variety among the various Williamson County towns and neighborhoods. Following are some highlights of these particular areas:
Franklin is famous for its beautiful historic homes, its town square and surrounding area, its Civil War battleground; for antique shopping, art galleries, bakeries, and a variety of excellent restaurant dining opportunities. Money magazine recently listed Franklin among its 100 Best Places to Live. In the midst of the history, there is an ongoing growth in residential building in Franklin.
There is always something special and fun to do in Franklin - the annual calendar of events includes such things as the Main Street Festival in April, a Rodeo in May, the Heritage Foundation Town and Country Tour of Homes in June, an Independence Day Celebration - "Franklin on the Fourth" in July, the Franklin Jazz Festival in September, a Southern Folklife Festival at the Carnton Plantation in September, Pumpkinfest in October, and the Anniversary of the Civil War Battle of Franklin in November. And that all leads up to a spectacular December, including the Franklin Christmas Parade, the Carter House Candlelight Tour of Homes, and a Victorian holiday festival called "Dickens of a Christmas."
Franklin has an eclectic atmosphere where "brand new" is adjacent to "historic old" -- if you visit the town square, you will find pick-up trucks parked right next to Jaguars. Franklin literally glows with antique lampposts, chandeliers, and candlelight - the warmth of the town is palpable. Ask anyone who lives in Franklin, and they will tell you they are thankful to be in such a special place!
Brentwood is the Williamson County community that is closest geographically to Nashville, and, as such, is known as Nashville's premier "bedroom" community. Brentwood boasts magnificent million-dollar homes with stately black gates and wide manicured lawns. Brentwood families enjoy centrally located parks, a world-class new library, upscale stores and hundreds of shopping opportunities at nearby Cool Springs retail center. Ask anyone who lives here what makes Brentwood tops, and you're sure to hear about its excellent Williamson County public school system whose children consistently score at the top among Tennessee's students. Brentwood also contains first-class office and business space at Maryland Farms, and construction of a new town center is underway which will create a true downtown identity in the heart of Brentwood.
More rural and further removed from city-life, little Leiper's Fork has definitely emerged as the new "place to be". Painters, musicians, craftspeople, sculptors, and photographers have discovered Leiper's Fork. With its sense of privacy, peace, and quiet, it is a perfect place for artists of all kinds to work. Although no longer a secret, Leiper's Fork remains a sleepy little farm community where overalls are the standard uniform for the locals.
Puckett's Grocery hosts early rising day laborers and artists at breakfast, serves lunch to tourists, and presents down home live music, performed by hit songwriters and recording artists, on weekend evenings. In spite of the tourists, this is the place where local folk gather to greet their neighbors.
The rolling hills and horse farms that surround the Leiper's Fork community speak of traditional, old-fashioned country life. If you want some acreage and a sense of tradition, this is a wonderful place to call home.
As growth in Williamson County heads east, Nolensville is experiencing a boom. This is an "up and coming" community! A home-building explosion is going on in historic Nolensville, however homes are being built with an eye to a community lifestyle of sidewalks, front porches, and designed open space. Efforts are underway with the use of berms, trees, and landscaping to keep this area scenic in spite of the overwhelming growth. Homes here are a little more affordable than in some other Williamson County neighborhoods. This is a perfect place for families with small children to own "starter homes" and take advantage of solid schools and the happy blend of rural and urban life.
Nolensville has a particularly attractive location, near Cool Springs with its vast array of shopping and restaurants, and convenient to Interstate access.
With the county's most affordable housing and a relatively undeveloped small town atmosphere, Fairview is another good Williamson County choice for young families. Homes here may contain more acreage than in some other county communities where land is becoming pricier.
Not to be outdone by the attractions of some of the other towns, Fairview boasts the Bowie Park and Nature Center with more than 700 acres of forests, lake, and trails.
THOMPSON STATION / SPRING HILL
Thompson Station, the county's smallest city, is another "find" for affordable housing for those willing to drive a little farther south from Nashville. This area is a mix of young, first-time homeowner families and retired empty nesters. Subdivisions have been carved out of pastureland, and residential building continues at a rapid rate. Home buyers can find new homes on smaller lots than in some other communities, and they will quickly see that they can get "a lot of house for the money" in rural Thompson Station.
The community of Spring Hill overlaps Williamson and Maury Counties and is one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee. Residential development is booming in Spring Hill, and commercial development is picking up the pace to support the housing boom that has continued here for over a decade.