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Neighborhood Guide: Nashville

Moving to Belle Meade 

If you have a substantial amount of money and are relocating to Nashville, you may want to check out the suburb of Belle Meade. With money from the sale of a New York, New Jersey or San Francisco home, you can pick up what is virtually a mansion on multiple acres in the region. The architecture ranges from old mansions to new construction; you may even find a smaller fixer-upper in this area with superior school districts and the highest per capita income in the state. Although it's considered part of the Nashville Metropolitan Government, and is minutes from downtown Nashville, it also retains its status as a separate city.

Moving to Donelson-Hermitage

The Donelson and Hermitage suburbs of Nashville are about 10 miles from downtown, and are home to the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, the Grand Ole Opry and a host of other Nashville Tourist Attractions, as well as Nashville International Airport. No wonder it's called the Gateway to Music City! However, this region also has lots to offer residents moving to Nashville. The area called Pennington Bend, right near the convention center, is home to many newer construction homes at affordable prices. Donelson-Hermitage is home to nine distinct neighborhoods and is part of the McGavock cluster of schools in Nashville.

Moving to Downtown Nashville

This is where it all happens. Downtown is what most people think of when they think about the city of Nashville. It’s further divided into eight different areas: the Gulch, North Capitol, North Gulch, Sobro, Rutledge Hill, Rolling Mill Hill, Hope Gardens and The District. Considered the heart of downtown, The District is a historic area comprising Broadway, 2nd Avenue, Riverfront and Printer's Alley. It borders Cumberland River and Riverfront Park. If you want to live in the center of it all, finding an apartment or luxury condo downtown is the way to do it. Rather than living in Downtown, however, where prices are higher and it may not be as safe as a suburb, locals recommend Mt. Juliet, Hillsboro, Belmont or Vanderbilt, where you can take public transportation, the STAR train, into the city.

Moving to East Nashville

East Nashville is sometimes called “Nashville's East Village,” referring to the Bohemian segment of New York City, for better and for worse. The East Village of New York was formerly an area of poor artists, but, in recent times, has become gentrified.

The same goes for East Nashville, which is a mixed-use area of residential homes (smaller and less costly than those in Brentwood, Hillsboro and other suburbs), retail homes and commercial office space, found predominantly on the main thoroughfares of Gallatin Avenue and Ellington Parkway. The Cumberland River borders East Nashville. The area is further divided in to four neighborhoods, including Historic Edgefield. These neighborhoods, like most inner-city neighborhoods, are culturally diverse, walkable and lower-priced than some of the Nashville suburbs.

Moving to Brentwood 

Just outside Nashville city limits, about a 20-minute commute from Downtown, this is an exclusive residential area, where many country stars have homes. Brentwood is in Williamson County, lauded for the excellent school districts. But Brentwood, Nashville and Nolensville intersect at Nolensville Road, so be sure to research school districts carefully and make sure your new home is located in the district you want, as parts of Brentwood fall into another county. Single-family homes start at about $300,000 and go up from there.

Moving to Vanderbilt/West End/Hillsboro 

This area is highly recommended by locals for families with kids, and is just a short commute to Downtown. You can even take the STAR train for added convenience and savings on gas. Like other residential areas of Nashville, homes range from mansions over $500K to smaller condos. Prices range from about $150 to $300/square foot. The Vanderbilt Medical Center is in this area, along with the children's hospital, making it a good region to relocate to if you're in the healthcare industry.

Moving to the Gulch 

One of eight districts in downtown Nashville, this region deserves its own mention because of its unique character. The first LEED certified neighborhood in the south, earning the prestigious honor for Neighborhood Development, the district is undergoing a revitalization. It already has a rich artistic character and heritage that is being preserved and amplified through building projects and other initiatives. One of the few areas of Nashville that is suitable for walking rather than driving, retail, commercial office space, condos, loft apartments and some of the best restaurants Nashville has to offer are all contained within the space.

Moving to 12South

While not one of Nashville's biggest or most well-known neighborhoods, this up-and-coming area has a Bohemian flair. Think of it as Williamsburg South, with more of an upscale vibe created by shops such as the Green Pea Salon or Imogene & Willie's, a custom jeans store frequented by celebs. You can navigate this neighborhood easily by foot and, if you move to Nashville, it's a great place to shop, eat and play. It's also close to Belmont University, but the college-town feel doesn't dominate the area, according to locals.

12South is part of the 37204 zip code, encompassing 12South, Belmont, Waverly, Breeze Hill, Melrose, Berry Hill, Green Hills, Lipscomb, Rains Waycross, Fairgrounds, Southmeade, Sunnyside and Marengo Park. There is some confusion over neighborhood delineations in this area, but the bottom line is to drive the area, spend several days, shop where the locals shop, enjoy the excellent restaurants, and find a home you like on a street you like. You'll find everything from one-bedroom condos for just over $100,000 to 3,000-square-foot homes for half-a-million dollars, although condos seem to dominate buying options. Real estate in 12South and its surrounding neighborhoods is higher than the median price across Nashville, but it's also a region that puts you in the center of friendly culture, plenty to do, and a short trip to Downtown.

Moving to Hendersonville

Located in Sumner County on the northeast side of Nashville, Hendersonville is a popular suburb. It's worth considering this area if you're moving to Nashville, especially if you are looking for good schools, family-oriented neighborhoods and reasonable real estate prices that fall below what you'll find in Brentwood and other suburbs. Family Circle magazine ranked it as one of the top places for families to live. The median household income in the city is $50,000. You can expect about a 20- to 40-minute commute from parts of Hendersonville to Nashville, depending on the time of day, where in the city you're traveling, and any accidents that may block up roadways during your trip. If you want the perfect blend of suburban living with close proximity to Downtown, Hendersonville is worth considering.

Moving to Mount Juliet

Another region of Nashville highly recommended by locals, Mount Juliet offers more middle-class living and mid-range home prices than Brentwood, Hendersonville or some other areas. Located in Wilson County, the city lies north of Nashville and borders interstates I-40, I024, I-65 and SR-840, making it easily accessible for your move and also close to nearly everything the South has to offer, including the Atlantic coast and the Appalachian Mountains. It's within close commuting distance of Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities and many of Nashville's other top employers. Mt. Juliet is also a good place to relocate if you don't intend to work in Nashville, but would like to enjoy some of what Nashville has to offer. The city was named “Most Business Friendly City” by the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.