A Walk Through 10 Nashville Neighborhoods
Whether you are a true Nashville local or are new to the area, you have likely heard of these 10 Nashville neighborhoods. We want to walk you through and give you an overview of what you should visit in these popular destinations, but also to give you a glimpse into a few of our favorite commercial design and development projects.
And if you’re looking for a Nashville neighborhood in which to develop, buy, or sell commercial real estate, Southeast Venture’s team is here to help. We love our city!
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Part of the Belmont-Hillsboro neighborhood is a relatively younger developing area of Nashville off Granny White Pike – 12 South. The more historical elements predating 12 South’s rise in the 1990s can be seen in the architecture of the foursquare homes and traditional church fronts, but new developments have quickly sprung up-and-around and engulfed much of the old. Today 12 South is a strip frequented by locals, college students, and tourists for its easy walking, boutiques, bars, gift shops, and murals.
One of the most diverse neighborhoods of Music City is East Nashville. It has attracted eclectic shopping experiences, award-winning restaurants and bars, as well as a young crowd that’s been called a “stomping ground for Nashville’s creative class.” Its murals, bookstores, and events are many. Even Vogue Magazine dubbed East “Nashville’s coolest neighborhood.”
It’s no wonder, then, that mixed-use developments, apartments, and other multi-family housing options have cropped up around East Nashville for residents to be close to the action and nightlife scene.
Nashville’s Germantown neighborhood was named specifically for the German immigrants who settled in the city in the early 1800s. An 18-square block that sits north of Downtown, Germantown has undergone major changes in recent years, including rebuilding after the 2020 tornado that tore through its streets and businesses.
The area is historic, high-end, and resilient. Its mixed-use neighborhood gives its residents and requenters access to the Bi-Centennial Mall, Nashville Farmers Market, and the Tennessee Library and Archives. Notably, Germantown also boasts a thriving food scene. Monday Night Brewing, Bearded Iris, and Brooklyn Bowl are fun hangout destinations, and locals and tourists like to catch Nashville Sounds baseball games at First Horizon Park.
Both a popular and affluent Nashville neighborhood, Green Hills has experienced significant growth and development over the years. With the current bustling commercial and residential offerings, not to mention Green Hills’ proximity to the Hillsboro Pike corridor and I-65, the neighborhood continues to catch the eye of developers. Attractions in and around Green Hills include the Mall at Green Hills, The Bluebird Cafe, and Radnor Lake State Park.
An alternative destination to Nashville’s busy Lower Broadway scene is the neighborhood of Midtown. While it is not just about bars and nightlife, Midtown’s perimeter is outlined by the well-known Winners Bar & Grill, Losers Bar & Grill, The Catbird Seat, and The Row Kitchen & Pub.
If you’re wondering whether The Row has anything to do with Nashville’s famous Music Row, it does. Midtown is also home to the strip of multiple music studios that recorded hits by Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, as well as artists Lionel Richie, Jimmy Buffett, Reba McEntire, Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Taylor Swift, and more.
A rapidly developing downtown district that is south of Broadway, the SoBro neighborhood has been a fixture of Nashville since 1996 with the construction of Bridgestone Arena; development then really took off in 2000 when the Downtown Hilton opened next door. Then came the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (moved from Music Row) and the crown jewel of SoBro – the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
For those inclined towards the outdoors, Sylvan Park features McCabe Park, Richland Park, and the Richland Creek Greenway, where visitors can choose between walking their furry friends, golfing, or biking. This friendly residential neighborhood is home to many local businesses and flair. Residents also enjoy plenty of choices, from well-established to new eteries, recreational activities, and entertainment venues.
The Nations is a Nashville community with an industrial past, but with growing commercial and residential real estate developments today. Paying homage to the past is the 200-foot tall abandoned grain silo across from the Cumberland River. Southeast Venture, Nashville Walls Project, and Brian Greif arranged for Australian artist Guido van Helten to paint a larger-than-life portrait on the silo to capture the essence of The Nations’ community; the massive mural has since become a well-known landmark.
Silo Bend, the master-planned, 38-acre community for which Southeast Venture is directing the development, is also located in The Nations. Silo Studios is purposed for exceptional office and retail leasing spaces, Silo Park offers single-family homes and townhomes, and Silo House is a 103-unit condominium.
Transformed from a previously industrial area of factories, garages, and warehouses is Wedgewood-Houston (WeHo). Two miles south of Downtown Nashville, this neighborhood is a buzzing art hub. Art galleries and creative spaces are nestled throughout the area, there is a monthly Art Crawl, and the David Lusk Gallery is often credited with the spark of redevelopments that have occurred since 2014.
WeHo also is the place for craft beer, wine, and dining destinations like Jackalope Brewing Company’s The Ranch, Diskin Cider, Americano Lounge, and many many more. It attracts lovers of theater at the Nashville Repertory Theatre, along with avid soccer fans – including fans of Nashville SC.
West Nashville is a lively, residential neighborhood that has recently been attracting more attention for its increased shopping, dining, and entertainment options. This up-and-coming area along Nashville’s Charlotte Avenue has also seen unique developments in the last couple years, with one such example being L&L Market. Plus, even the outdoorsy will find that West Nashville provides an option designed especially for them in the challenging indoor rock climbing experience at Climb Nashville.