Say hello to one of the most important travel corridors of eastern Nashville. Starting with Donelson, this neighborhood is named after one of Nashville’s co-founders, John Donelson, who was also known for being the father-in-law of former U.S. president Andrew Jackson. A few miles east of Donelson you will find the charming suburban neighborhood of Hermitage, which was named in honor of Jackson’s longtime plantation estate, The Hermitage. Farther along this eastern corridor is Mt. Juliet, a newer, retail-centric suburban city that is called home by 28,000 people.
Things to Do
Each of these areas offers distinct cultural attractions, commercial centers and recreational opportunities. One of the most notable draws to the Donelson area is the Grand Ole Opry, which moved to the area in 1974 after leaving the historic Ryman Auditorium. Today, the main Grand Ole Opry building is surrounded by the Opry Mills shopping mall and the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. On the south side of Donelson is the Nashville International Airport, which gives the neighborhood the distinct honor of providing the city’s first impression to visitors.
Moving beyond Donelson, Hermitage’s proximity to several major bodies of water, including the Cumberland River, Stones River and the J Percy Priest Reservoir, make the neighborhood ideal for people who love nature and water sports. Further east, Mt. Juliet is distinguished as a suburban destination for shopping. Some of the nation’s biggest retail, dining and theatre chains can be found through the city’s multiple commercial developments. Of course, it’s also nice to get some fresh air, and Mt. Juliet has a lot of it! There are five public parks within the city, as well as three state parks located just a half hour away.
Home prices in this cluster of neighborhoods are among the most affordable in the metro Nashville area, with median sales prices ranging from $150,000 to $300,000. Like many early post-war suburbs, you’ll find a lot of mid-century brick ranches in Donelson, but more modern infill developments are beginning to pop up as more people invest in the area. Farther east in Hermitage and Mt. Juliet, homes tend to be newer suburban tract constructions, with a handful of denser apartment and townhome dwellings situated near commercial developments.
Donelson and Hermitage are served by Metro Nashville Public Schools’ expansive McGavock cluster, which features a pathway of 10 elementary schools and 4 middle schools ultimately leading to McGavock High School. Meanwhile, students in Mt. Juliet attend Wilson County Schools, namely Mt. Juliet Elementary School, Mt. Juliet Middle School and Mt. Juliet High School.
Life in Donelson/Hermitage/Mt. Juliet
With Music City Star train stations all along the eastern corridor extending from Donelson through Mt. Juliet and beyond, these affordable suburban neighborhoods are perfect for any Nashville commuter who prefers taking public transportation over sitting in traffic.
Local Hot Spots
Best Indoor Entertainment – Veloce Indoor Speedway
Best Family Attraction – Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort
Best Park – Charlie Daniels Park