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C.m., Home Buyer in Tennessee

Where are the best places for a young couple to live in Nashville?

Asked by C.m., Tennessee Tue Feb 19, 2008

My husband and I are a young couple relocating to Nashville. We want to start looking for places to live but have no idea where to start. We are looking for townhomes or condos in a nice area in the city. (So far we're trying to avoid the suburbs.) We want to be accessible to the entertainment the city has to offer, but not smack dab in the middle of it. I saw some nice-looking places in the 37203 and 37214/5 zip codes. Are they probably areas we'd be interested in? What are some other areas?

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This is an old question, but for those wondering the same thing in 2013, the best places for a young family depend very much on that family's interests. Sylvan Park is an affordable up-and-coming area which may represent a smart equity investment, while those who want proximity to downtown, schools and the interstate may want to consider a home in Hillsboro Village, West End, or Belmont. In particular, Hillsboro Village and Belmont are safe and family-oriented neighborhoods, with close proximity to shopping, child-friendly parks, plenty of local shopping, restaurants, and cafes, and a close-knit sense of community.
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Check out Normandy Place (Sylvan Park/Heights), Row at 51st (Historic West Town), Westland Square (Brookside), The West Eastland (Maxwell Heights/East Nashville), Spence Enclave (Near Rolling Mill Hill), Harrison Square (downtown), Morgan Park Place (Germantown), Row 8.9 (Hope Gardens), Elkins (Sylvan Heights)
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Hi C.M.,

As you can see you have all the right answers coming about the areas of Nashville that would include Midtown(high rise condos), but the Green Hills area sounds just like what you are looking for and I have just listed the perfect condo in a small neighborhood called Park Green....near I440 and the new Hill Center of Green Hills and Vanderbilt....This is going on my web site immediately, so take a look.

There are also other condos listed in this same area, from Burton Hills to Four Seasons to Versailles to Hillmont to Hillsboro Station (and more)mostly ranging in the low $200's......Take a look!
Web Reference: http://www.Laura-Scott.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Apr 26, 2008
Depends, r u a condo dweller? do you have lots of hobbies that require storage, how about that parrot you picked up in Costa Rica that screams all day long and aggrivates the neighbors? If your trust fund is backing you, (yea!!), then lets look at homes that are 100% renovated or brand new!! Should you be borrowing the bucks, then talk to a lender first...why look at homes/condos you cant afford.?....If all thhis seems like a major pain.....it is.........think about interviewing and hiring the best buyers broker you can find...... thats been around the block, knows where all the bodies are buried, and has access to every vendor known to man to help you when things start to go south....and they will. There is a reason that 9 out of 10 homes now have two brokers, one representing the buyer and one representing the seller....its not as easy as it used to be.
Steve Condurelis
Broker co-owner,
Keller Williams Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 23, 2008
Check out the new Neighborhood section of my website - you might find it helpful.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Apr 22, 2008
I'm going to throw out something different. Depending on where you work, you may want to consider Cool Springs. Everything in fairly new, and it has the best selection of food and shopping around. It;s 15 minutes south of town on I-65. Parks and recreation abound in Williamson county, as well as lower taxes and association fees. Just something to consider
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 2, 2008
37215 (Green Hills), 37212 (Vandy, West End), 37203 (downtownish - may be too in the middle of it all for you), 37209 (Sylvan Park, west side), 37205 (a LOT of people like this area). That gives you a good place to start -
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Apr 2, 2008
C.m. stated a price range and said they didn't want to live smack dab in the middle of it.......
Try 37221, 37220, 37211 zip codes. :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Mar 2, 2008
For $100K-$200K for a 2 bedroom in the urban Nashville area, townhome areas that are hot for GenX and GenY are The West Eastland (Maxwell Neighbors, East Nashville) and The Row at 51st (Historic West Town, West Nashville). Both are brand new.

If a home better suits you, the hot spots in this price point are in Cleveland & McFerrin Park (East Nashville), Inglewood (East Nashville), Shelby Village/Boscobel Heights (East Nashville), Woodbine (South Nashville), Hope Gardens (Downtown District) and Murray Hills (South Nashville).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Feb 23, 2008
Your instincts are good. If convenience to Nashvilles' most popular---and pricy--entertainment and dining areas is important...... you"re there. Also all major hospitals, most major universities,and many private schoools are within 10 minutes....As you probably guessed....these are among the most expensive and exclusive areas of town. Ka-ching.........Next hire a realtor thats been around for awhile, knows where all the bodies are buried, knows the healthy hoa's (homeowners associations), and knows good construction. You make your money when you BUY realestate, not when you sell it........
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Basically Townhomes/Condos are less maintenance. That is why the Home Owner Dues/Association Fees can be pretty high for some places, depending on the condition and amount of work the association covers. They typically cover grounds, maintenance, exterior (like roof, painting, etc)insurance, some provide water, trash collection, etc.

One thing you want to look for when you are looking into a particular development is to check on their bank accounts and association meetings as well as special assessments. You don't want to move into a development that has no reserve account or a poor financial history.

For instance, we dealt with an association that had no reserve account and about 4 of the 6 buildings in the development needed a new roof. Instead of pulling money out of the reserve account or account for captial improvements, all the homeowners were charged a special assessment to cover the repairs. In another similar situation, roofs needed repair on another complex. There was no special assessment and the Home owners association took care of it because they had the money, they were also a larger development.

Hope this helps and I have attached a link with some available properties that met your criteria.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Thank you all. Those answers have all been helpful. For a little more detail on us: we have no kids, we are looking for 2BR, 1100-1300sqft., 100k-200k price range. And sort of as a sub question, I know I don't want the full responsibility of a house right now, but what is so great about condo/townhome living? Also, Are there any single-standing condo/townhome communities in the areas you've mentioned?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Hi! How exciting that you've decided to move to Nashville. It can be overwhelming to begin your search without knowing the area. I think the others have mentioned great areas. However, you mentioned that you wanted to be close to the action, but not in the middle of it all. Most of your options will really be determined by your space needs and your price range. Without knowing that, I'll make some general suggestions.

As was mentioned already, the zip code 37215 you are already looking encompasses the Green Hills area, which is definitely very close to the entertainment while still being in the city. 37204 also has Green Hills and surrounding area properties. Green Hills, itself, has plenty of entertainment, shopping, restaurants, etc. so if convenience is what you're looking for, it's a great area. It can get a little congested at times because of its popularity. 37203 is a good option that is almost in the middle of it all so it's definitely convenient to everything in the city. The 37214 zip code is a little further out, but if you were to consider that area, I'd recommend the Donelson area.
As for areas you did not have on your list, East Nashville may be an option for your consideration. It definitely has it's own character, charm and entertainment, but is also very conveniently located as well. So you may be interested in some properties in the 37206 zip code.

Just on the other side of I 440, you might look at 37209 around the Sylvan Park area. There's a complex called Parklane Condos that give extremely quick access to the West End area and any area really in and around Downtown.

Check out 37204 in general as it has a lot of great areas encompassing it. It will cover some of the other areas you've already been searching as well as a few new ones.

Bellevue is not really a suburb as it's still within the city limits, but it has more of a suburb feel to it close to the city. It is a nice area that is close to the Natchez Trace and has easy access to several really great parks. I mention it because it has a ton of condo/townhome options. That zip code is 37221.

Hopefully, that is enough information to get you started. The best thing is to schedule a visit soon to see some of these areas for yourself so you can make the determination of which area is best for you.
Web Reference: http://homenashvilletn.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Those areas that you have mentioned are excellent areas and do provide many opportunities for urban living. 37215 and 37203 are probably the two best. There are quite a few new developments and plenty of entertainment in those areas. It all will depend on the price you want to pay. As real estate has slowed down and the buildings are starting to go up, there are some good incentives in many of the developments. A couple of other zip codes to look at would be 37212 and 37204. 37204 is the Green Hills/Hillsboro Road area. There is loads of quality shopping and food. 37212 is an area around the universities (Vanderbilt and Belmont) There is great food at Hillsboro Village and around the campuses.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
I am a native Nashvillian, and I would suggest either the West End , midtown or Green Hills area.I love the Green hills area it has great shopping, great resturants and 10 minutes to downtown Nashville where you have access to sports ie hockey,football, baseball , the symphony and the theatre.The prices range from a low of $150,000 up to $1,000,000 for condos and townhouses but I just sold a darling condo in A place called Burton Hills fro $225,000 that 3 bedrooms 2 baths.The devlopement has walking trails ,pool and Tennis.Let me know if I can send you more information.Good luck with your move
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
Having grown up in Nashville all my life, those are some of the better places to live, as far as access, dining, shopping, and entertainemnt. 37203 is in the Downtown/West End area. You can find townhomes/condos in that area in just about any style. The square footage runs from a little over 500 SQFt to almost 4,000 SQFT. There are several new high rise/condo developments in that area. Some of them include Bristol on Broadway, Centennial Row, Wedgewood Park, Midtown Lofts, Terrazzo, The Rise at West End Park, Midtown Lofts, and many more. The prices start in the low to mid $100's and go on up over $1,000,000.

37215 is considered the Green Hills area. It is great for dining, shopping, and entertainment. The condos/townhomes in this area are about the same, however there are not as many new developments. They too start in the low to mid 100's and go up over $1,000,000. Some of the new developments are the Whitney, Bedford Commons, Hobbs Place, and The Enclave. You can get to the downtown area in about 10 minutes depending on traffic.

Some other things to think about are how far do you want to commute, is traffic an issue, do you want to be close to parks, schools, etc? If you would like more info on the developments listed above, just let me know and I'll be glad to send you more info.

I hope this info has helped and happy house hunting!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Feb 19, 2008
I'd probably first suggest the Midtown area (this is the area around Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, and includes part of the West End area, Hillsboro Village, and the 21st Avenue area).

Second choice might be one of the nicer parts of East Nashville.
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