The best places to live in Nashville
Prospective residents weighing up a move to Nashville should start their search for a home in the Music City by pinpointing particular areas and suburbs that not only provide for their lifestyle preferences but fit into their budget.
City-living options in Nashville are somewhat limited as the majority of residents opt to live in the suburbs because of the improved quality of life, space and wider range of accommodation options. New arrivals moving to Nashville with children will also need to factor in the proximity of good public schools, as admission is often based on catchment zones. While public transport in Nashville isn’t a viable option for most people, residents should consider commute times, traffic congestion and access to major highways when choosing a neighbourhood.
Here is our take on the most popular neighbourhoods in the Music City.
City Living in Nashville
Often compared to New York City’s East Village because of its evident artistic flair, East Nashville is an up-and-coming part of the Music City. This eclectic area is full of art galleries, quaint eateries and laid-back watering holes. It's a great option for those looking to be close to the action of downtown Nashville while not having to fork out too much on accommodation. Rental rates are much more reasonable than one would find in other trendy areas such as 12 South, Green Hills and Sylvan Park.
Unsurprisingly, this suburb got its name as a result of being home to a large community of German immigrants back in the mid-nineteenth century. Germantown is a vibrant area that has become known for its colourful street-art displays that stand juxtaposed to the historic Victorian architecture that epitomises the neighbourhood. Popular with a young bohemian crowd, this area has a laid-back feel to it and is a fun place to explore thanks to its range of thrift shops, cosy cafes and vibey bars.
Family-friendly suburbs of Nashville
Just south-east of downtown Nashville, in Williamson County, is the relatively new suburb of Nolensville. Having only been around since 1996, Nolensville is a little community of just over 6,500 residents. Despite being a small area, Nolensville is growing in popularity thanks to its good quality schools, brilliant restaurants, craft breweries and excellent shopping facilities. New arrivals who choose to make Nolensville their home will love the small-town vibe and the lovely sense of community in the area.
Franklin is a bustling area located to the south of Nashville with a population of more than 70,000 people. It is famous for its historic charm and has numerous accolades from the American Preservation Association. Franklin’s drawcards include good schools, quaint shops, reasonably-priced eateries and pristine parks. With loads of festivals and events taking place throughout the year, there is always a good vibe in Franklin and residents are never at a loss for things to see and do.
Luxury living in Nashville
One of the long-established neighbourhoods of Nashville, Belle Meade is located close to the downtown area and Hillsboro-West End. It's a picturesque little neighbourhood full of historic architecture which exists alongside newer properties. Although it's a pretty quiet area and almost otherworldly compared to the more vibrant, urban areas, Belle Meade is actually just a stone’s throw away from the city centre. While there is an array of property styles available in Belle Meade, it mostly consists of large family homes. As a result of its sought-after location, its property prices and rental rates are some of the highest not only in Nashville but in the state of Tennessee.
This affluent family-friendly suburb lies just south of Nashville in Williamson County. Brentwood is home to a number of good public schools, including Brentwood High School, which is ranked highly in Tennessee. There are plenty of excellent amenities available to residents too, including a flourishing shopping scene, high-end eateries and lush parks. The properties in Brentwood tend to be large family homes with spacious gardens and ample space for parking. Living in Brentwood also affords a pretty easy commute into downtown Nashville.
Famous for its luxury shopping scene frequented by the local Music City celebs, Green Hills is another one of the wealthier parts of Nashville. It’s a prime location in terms of convenience as residents have everything from grocery stores and restaurants to exclusive clothing boutiques right on their doorstep. Green Hills is a happy medium for those who long to be close to the action of downtown Nashville but also want some respite from the hurried pace of city life. Housing choices are plentiful so new residents will be able to take their pick from single-family homes and condos to luxury loft apartments.
►Read our Accommodation in Nashville for some useful insights into the Music City's property market
Photo credit: Germantown by Sean Webster - Pixabay. Brentwood, Nashville by Brett Moore - Flickr.
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