As real estate prices skyrocket throughout many well-established neighborhoods in the city, millennial home buyers and forward-thinking investors are flocking to West Nashville to embrace and nurture a changing community. Within the larger swath of West Nashville, you’ll find two neighborhoods that really stand out: Sylvan Park and The Nations.
Things to Do
Although it’s only located about 10-15 minutes away from many of the city’s more centralized urban enclaves, West Nashville can certainly hold its own. Sylvan Park, in particular, is generally considered to be one of Nashville’s most walkable neighborhoods thanks to its concentrations of cute restaurants and shops that make up the strip running along Charlotte Avenue. It is here you’ll find the Richland Shopping Center as well as eateries like Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Thistle Stop Cafe, Flip Burger and M.L.Rose Craft Beer & Burgers. On the south side of Sylvan Park near McCabe Golf Course and Community Center, there’s another little cluster of shops that includes Star Bagel Cafe, Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Caffe Nonna. The Nations is also turning heads with boutiques like The Mill and restaurants like Fifty First Kitchen & Bar and House: A Social Eatery and The Centennial.
For some fresh air and exercise, the Richland Creek Greenway offers 5 miles worth of paved pedestrian and cyclist trails that offer scenic views of the babbling Richland Creek. Other parks in West Nashville include Charlotte Park and the Nations’ England Park and West Park.
In Sylvan Park, you’ll find a great diversity of architectural styles ranging from stones bungalows and classic clapboards to charming Cape Cods and elaborate Victorians. Likewise, in the Nations, the recent influx of new residents is spurring big changes that emphasize denser, more walkable communities punctuated by modern, space-conscious infill developments. This eclectic housing stock is complemented by remarkably affordable prices compared to the rest of Nashville — the median sale price for the Nations area is hovering around $250,000 as of 2016.
West Nashville straddles three different public school clusters — Pearl Cohn, Hillsboro and Hillwood. Children in Sylvan Park are served by Sylvan Park Elementary School, West End Middle School and Hillsboro High School. Meanwhile, in the Nations, children follow a pathway that starts with Cockrill Elementary School and then moves on to McKissack Middle School and Pearl Cohn High School. Further west, neighborhoods like Charlotte Park are served by Charlotte Park Elementary School, H.G. Hill Middle School and Hillwood Comp High School. West Nashville is also conveniently located a stone’s throw away from Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University is not too far either!
Life in West Nashville/Sylvan Park/The Nations
People moving to these communities are typically first-time home buyers or creative professionals and artists who are thrilled at the prospect of fostering community in historic, up-and-coming areas alongside passionate, involved neighborhood associations. Needless to say, big things are happening in West Nashville, and with the real estate getting hotter by the day, everyone’s clamoring to board that train before the secret’s out.
Local Hot Spots
Best Bagel – Star Bagel Cafe
Best Italian – Nonna Cafe
Best Bite – House Social Eatery