Hot Nashville Neighborhoods
Local's Guide to the Gulch
The Gulch, the small but mighty community just south of downtown, is one of Nashville's most popular urban neighborhoods. A Cinderella Story of sorts, this once industrial area housing a railroad terminal now features towering condominiums, some of the city's best restaurants, and unique shops and music venues, making it the perfect place for urbanites to live, work, and play. With its upscale and trendy vibe, The Gulch is packed with things to do. Residents of the many high-rise condos enjoy living in this highly desirable and walkable neighborhood. There is an abundance of unique shops and a wide range of dining options from Southern fare to haute cuisine to quite literally everything in between. While strolling around the neighborhood, a stop into some of the one of a kind shops such as the Turnip Truck or Two Old Hippies will give you a taste of the unique vibe that Nashville has to offer. The Gulch also houses high-end bookmaker, Lucchese, so you can pick up a pair of beautiful boots before you head out to the honky tonks. The Gulch received the distinction of being the South's first LEED certified community due to its focus on building an efficient and sustainable neighborhood. Though the mostly newly developed community has an obvious focus on all things modern, bits of the original history can still be found. Nearby Union Station, a railroad station built in 1900 turned historic hotel, gives a glimpse into life in Nashville over a hundred years ago. The Station Inn, a small venue focusing on Bluegrass and roots music, was opened in its current location in 1978 and frequently sees musical greats such as Bill Monroe and John Prine drop in for a set. Though there is plenty to see and do in the Gulch, it is also conveniently located within walking distance to some of Nashville's finest museums, music, and sporting venues. Residents of the Gulch can easily enjoy all the best parts of Nashville without ever having to get in a car. If you're a professional looking to live in the best urban community Nashville has to offer, the Gulch may be where you belong.
Local's Guide to Belle Meade/West Meade
Belle Meade, which means beautiful meadow, is a small city located in Davidson County Tennessee. Approximately the same size as neighboring Warner Parks, it's a luxurious neighborhood within a fifteen-minute drive of downtown Nashville and Green Hills. The community has an almost European feel and offers a mix of plantation-style estates, charming Tudors, and mid-century modern homes. Many of Nashville's earliest wealthy families settled in Belle Meade, including the Cheeks of Maxwell House Coffee fame and the Hardings who's plantation lent the community its name. Today, thousands of guests visit both Cheekwood and Belle Meade Plantation annually. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens hosts several seasonal and history-related events each year, plus rotating special exhibits including Cheekwood in Bloom when over 100,000 tulips put on a botanical show, the Harvest celebration when pumpkins, scarecrows, and mums take over the grounds, and Holiday Lights, when visitors can see over 1 million lights illuminating the trees of the estate, plus visit Santa and his reindeer. Belle Meade Plantation is open daily for not just tours of the historic Victorian home, but also provides tours of their horse stables, their winery, plus an on-site restaurant known as the Harding House. The site hosts several holiday-themed events each year, book clubs, and lots of educational opportunities. The area also boasts some great dining options. For fine dining, locals enjoy Sperry's, a long-time staple of the area serving steak and seafood. 360 Bistro is another great option that has received numerous awards for its stellar wine list. For Italian fare, you can't go wrong at Giovanni Ristorante West. Percy and Edwin Warner Parks border Belle Meade to the southwest and offer locals an easy getaway from the city with hiking and horse riding trails, plus nature and environmental programming. Belle Meade Country Club is a private 18-hole course that attracts the area's premier golfers. If you'd like to feel like you live in a park, West Meade may be a better option. You get the convenience and upscale lifestyle of Belle Meade, but it offers surroundings that make you feel miles away from any city. The terrain is so rugged that in some areas you won't have cell reception, and your neighbors are outnumbered by the foxes, deer, and other wildlife that have called the area home for centuries. For upscale living in one of the most convenient locations to Nashville, the Belle Meade and West Meade neighborhoods cannot be beaten. If you're looking to settle in one of the area's most affluent neighborhoods, look no further.
Local's Guide to East Nashville
East Nashville is one of the most vibrant communities in Nashville, with colorful shops, locally owned restaurants, and a unique sense of community that residents are proud of. Located conveniently across the Cumberland River from downtown Nashville, it's a great place for growing families, professionals moving to Nashville, and those that have called Nashville home for their entire lives. Known as one of the hippest communities in town, East Nashville certainly has its own identity. A focus has been placed on high quality, unique businesses, and creativity is encouraged. Regularly changing murals cover the walls of brick buildings that have been a part of the city for generations and new shops and restaurants are constantly popping up, offering locals something different to see each time they stroll through town. Foodies from all over Middle Tennessee make regular pilgrimages to East Nashville for the wide variety of delicious restaurants. You'll find a line out the door at the Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Bier Garden nearly every time you visit, and Pepperfire is making a name for itself for its hot chicken in the hot chicken capital of the world. Rosepepper Cantina not only offers great Mexican food, but locals love their witty sign which changes frequently. The area also has a good handle on the craft beer scene that has exploded in Nashville and is home to several great breweries including East Nashville Beer Works, Southern Grist Brewing, and Smith and Lentz Brewing, all of which have taprooms for visitors to sample. The community puts on several events each year that draw large crowds from around town including the Hot Chicken Festival each 4th of July and the Tomato Art Festival which closes out each summer. The Grassy Knoll movie nights are another great family-friendly event that brings the community together on warm summer nights. Being a stones-throw away from downtown Nashville, East Nashville has also made a name for itself because of its distinct music venues. Small venues such as the 5 Spot and the Basement East draw both up and comers and big names from all genres. The area's homes also have a ton of character, with everything from small renovated bungalows to large, historic Victorians that have been impeccably maintained. Each home has its own personality, just like the residents that call East Nashville home. If you're looking for a welcoming community to call your own, spend a day in East Nashville. There's a lot to see and do, and we're betting you'll want to stay a while.
Local's Guide to Germantown
Founded in the 1850's by European immigrants, Germantown is Nashville's first official suburb. At just 18 square blocks, the small neighborhood packs a lot into the small space, including gorgeous homes, unique restaurants, and locally owned stores and businesses. The community provides one of the most beautiful areas for a stroll, and residents enjoy 19th-century architecture in the Victorian brick row homes, colorful cottages, and ornate churches along the way. The area is one of Nashville's most walkable, with a network of easy to traverse sidewalks that pass by unique coffee shops, chocolatiers, and impressive restaurants. Nearby, you can find some of Nashville's other popular and historic locations. Bicentennial Mall is an impressive monument to Tennessee's history and is a great place for both runners and kids looking to cool off in the fountains in the hot summer. To the west, you'll find the farmer's market which is home to locally grown produce, food artisans, and craft vendors. Visit during one of their special events or participate in one of their workshops or chef demonstrations for a truly unique experience. To the east is First Tennessee Park, home to Nashville's minor league baseball team, the Sounds. The award-winning park is a must visit for not just a baseball game, but also for concerts and festivals throughout the year. Germantown also rightfully puts on one of the best annual festivals. Each year for four days, the streets are shut down for the second largest Oktoberfest in the country. Nearly 300,000 guests make their way to the tiny community to enjoy German food and beer as well as live music and other fun activities. Germantown has seen a rebirth that has brought about a distinct modern atmosphere. It is inviting to Nashvillians seeking urban living with historic grandeur and makes a great place to live, work, and play.
Community Video | Brentwood, Tennessee
The area between Davidson and Williamson counties is home to some of the prettiest communities in Middle Tennessee. Brentwood, Tennessee sits just minutes from downtown Nashville and features pristine parks, some of the best schools in the state, and homes that look like they've come out of a Southern Living magazine. Brentwood is located about 10 minutes south of Nashville in scenic Williamson County, and because of its easy access to Nashville and small town feel, Brentwood has quickly grown to become one of the most attractive and desirable communities in Tennessee. The town is home to an abundance of recreational and cultural amenities such as 11 public parks, the Brentwood Library, which is a must visit if you have kids, the YMCA, and the Williamson County Indoor Sports Complex which features a pool and tennis courts. Crockett Park provides a beautiful space for a walk or bike ride and houses several multipurpose fields, basketball courts, and an amphitheater that hosts several concerts and events each year. There is no shortage of places to shop and eat in Brentwood. Unique boutiques, organic grocery stores, and locally owned restaurants are mixed in with well-known chains and shopping centers. Locals particularly enjoy staples such as the Perch or the Wild Iris for daytime eats. You'll find people grabbing a bite from Local Taco or Judge Bean's during their lunch break. Uncle Julio's make great places for a casual dinner, and Mere Bulles is popular for special occasions. Nearby Cool Springs gives residents even more shopping and dining locations with the high-end Cool Springs Galleria and surrounding restaurants. Brentwood is a part of the Williamson County School system, which is the 2nd best in the state. The public elementary schools were ranked top 10 in Tennessee, and all of them ranked a 10, the highest rating by Greatschools. It is also home to two of the top 10 high schools in the state. Whether you're a business professional wanting a convenient place to call home, a parent looking for a great environment and school system for your kids, or someone who's ready to settle in an affluent neighborhood, this region has something to offer all. With beautiful landscapes, plenty to see and do, and safe and established neighborhoods, you can't go wrong settling in Brentwood.
Community Video | Franklin, Tennessee
Franklin, Tennessee, a town rooted in Americana, is located about 20 minutes south of Nashville in Williamson County. Known for its picturesque main street, historical attractions, antique shops, and lively music scene, Franklin is fondly known as "Small Town, USA" and was voted the number one small town in Tennessee. Main Street in downtown Franklin thrives with southern hospitality, historic preservation, and modern sophistication. There, you can enjoy a craft cocktail at one of the many bars, indulge in local cuisine, snag an heirloom in the antique district, or attend one of the numerous free festivals throughout the year. Locals also enjoy movies, live concerts, live theater, and stand-up comedy performances at the historic Franklin Theater. Franklin is a part of the Williamson County School District, the 2nd best in the state, and has amazing public schools like Centennial High School and Franklin High School. The county also boasts top-ranked private schools such as Battle Ground Academy, Harpeth Academy, and the Franklin Classical School. Shopping in Franklin is very popular and has some of the most unique places for shoppers to get nearly anything they need. Main Street is flooded with local boutiques, antique shops, and gift stores that you cannot find anywhere else. The Franklin Farmers Market brings a large base of loyal customers each week at The Factory which also offers shopping, restaurants, and entertainment daily. There is a wide variety of dining options in Franklin that are sure to please, some even mentioned on the Food Network! The famous Puckett’s Grocery, Grays, 55 South, and Cork and Cow are some of the most popular places to dine. It's common to pass one of these and hear live music flow out as the doors open for guests to come and go. Whether you're craving pub or bar food, seafood, cajun, Italian, or traditional southern cuisine, there's something for every palate. Just minutes from downtown Franklin is the Cool Springs area which features even further high-end dining and shopping opportunities. You can find both historic and newly renovated homes that are conveniently located to downtown Franklin for ideal walkability and community. For longer strolls and runs, bike rides, or even kayaking, parks and historic sites such as Harlinsdale Farm, Carnton Plantation, and Pinkerton Park are all just a short drive away. These venues play host to many other annual events, concerts, and even vintage base ball games, so be sure to become familiar with their event calendars. Dog parks like Freedom Run and K9 Korral are also great places to take your four-legged friends. Franklin residents enjoy both small-town charm and big-city class that is not found anywhere else. This historic town is a place for creativity, learning, and is a community for all ages. From festivals, concerts, rich civil war history, and so much more, you will never have a dull moment in Franklin, TN.