Named for the German immigrants that settled here in the mid-19th century, Germantown lays claim to the title of “Nashville’s first suburb.” Characterized by a distinct array of architectural styles ranging from 1830 to the present day, Germantown experienced a community revitalization effort beginning in the 1970s, that was further galvanized by the neighborhood’s addition to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. That’s not the only accolade it has earned — as a nod to the more than 100 different tree species that lines Germantown’s streets and front yards, the Nashville Tree foundation designated it as a city arboretum in 1993. Today, this historic district continues to thrive and grow, all while maintaining the charm that made it so desirable in the first place.
Things to Do
Start your day at one of several coffee shops in the area, like Steadfast Coffee, Barista Parlor or Red Bicycle Coffee & Crepes. Then head south to the Nashville Farmers’ Market, which is wedged between Rosa L Parks Blvd and the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Park. Don’t forget to grab lunch or dinner at one of the neighborhood’s beloved eateries! While Germantown Cafe’s upscale bistro food always knocks it out of the ballpark, also consider Rolf & Daughters for phenomenal farm-to-fork fare or Monell’s Dining & Catering for some family-style southern comfort.
One of the biggest draws to this neighborhood is the annual Oktoberfest celebration, which attracts around 200,000 people each year for beer-fueled festivities including a massive parade, a 5K bier run and even a dachshund derby race. Other annual festivals include the Garden Guzzle in May and the Germantown Home Tour in December.
Packed with almost two centuries worth of history, this area is thriving with a diverse zoning mix of classic Victorian-style single family homes, duplexes, modern townhouses, trendy low-rises, quaint storefronts and converted industrial spaces. The average sale price for properties in both Germantown and Salemtown hovered around $450,000.
As one of Nashville’s oldest parts of town, it should come as no surprise to learn that the area is not far from the city’s first public school — Hume-Fogg High School. Consistently ranked as one of the top public high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, this is one of the most highly sought after magnet schools in the city. Other schools in this area include Buena Vista Elementary Enhanced Option, Jones Paideia Elementary School, John Early Middle School and Pearl-Cohn High School. As for higher education options, Fisk University, Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University are mere minutes away.
Life in Germantown/Salemtown/Morgan Park
Bolstered by an active and enthusiastic Historic Germantown neighborhood association, this historic area offers the comforts and atmosphere of a walkable small row without sacrificing the convenience of living within close proximity to the hustle and bustle of Nashville’s denser downtown districts.
Local Hot Spots
Best Sporting Venue – First Horizon Park
Best Dining Experience – 5th & Taylor
Best Food/Crafted Cocktails/Live Music/Community Events/Social Space – The Goat