Say hello to Nashville’s most exclusive cluster of neighborhoods! The luxurious, 3.1-square-mile city of Belle Meade, a city within the city of Nashville, has been called home by a number of famous figures, from former U.S. vice president Al Gore to country music stars Amy Grant and Vince Gill. That should come as no surprise when you consider that the per capita income of Belle Meade is not just the highest in the state of Tennessee — it’s also one of the highest in the nation. Venture west across Harding Pike and you’ll find Hillwood and West Meade, which offer access to luxury and large, private homes and lots at an even more affordable price.
Things to Do
Connecting these neighborhoods is a wealth of gorgeous green space and attractions that highlight the natural and historical significance of the area. The manor and grounds of Belle Meade Plantation, an expansive 19th century Greek revival estate that serves as the area’s namesake, is available for tours, wine tastings and events. Located just a few minutes drive south of the plantation is Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Opened to the public in 1959, this massive Georgian-style mansion estate was once the residence of the Cheeks, a prominent Nashville family, who’s wealth is associated with Maxwell House Coffee.
Further south, you’ll find the Percy and Edwin Warner Parks, which offer several thousand acres of multi-recreational space, with amenities like golf courses, hiking trails, athletic fields, idyllic picnic areas and even an equestrian center.
There are a number of restaurants and retail shops along Harding Pike, and Belle Meade’s close proximity to Green Hills’ premiere upscale retail district means that you’re never too far away from world-class shopping.
From longtime family estates to newly constructed home, a wide range of different architectural styles and tastes can be found throughout Belle Meade. Homes typically fetch prices that are well over $1 million. In West Meade and Hillwood, which are established neighborhoods characterized by older ranch-style brick homes, vast rolling lots and a beautiful stock of mature trees, you’re more likely to see numbers that range anywhere from $400,000 and up.
Belle Meade. Hillwood and West Meade are in differing public school zones which includes Julia Green Elementary, West End Middle School and John T. Moore Middle School, H.G. Hill Middle & High Schools and Hillsboro High School. However, many residents choose to send their children to private schools. Harding Academy, located just a block from Belle Meade Plantation, is a standout choice for K-8 education. For a full K-12 educational experience that places an emphasis on independent coeducation, be sure to check out Ensworth School . Other great choices include the Harpeth Hall School for girls and the Montgomery Bell Academy for boys, as well as other private parochial, faith-based and secular schools.
Life in Belle Meade/West Meade/Hillwood
If you’re looking to build a life in one of Nashville’s most prestigious and upscale neighborhoods, this is it. While the homes here tend to cost more than the rest of the Nashville metro area, the privacy and exclusivity of the community is well worth the price.
Local Hot Spots
Best Local Restaurant – Sperry’s
Best Toy Shop – Phillips Toy Mart
Best Liquor Store – The Wine Chap