Can you suggest an area in Nashville for an urban couple w/o children?

Asked by Jen and Blake, Chicago, IL Sat Feb 16, 2008

We will be moving from Chicago later this year and would like a neighborhood that offers excellent restaurants, shopping, night life, etc. all within walking distance. We do not want to be near a college community. We have a dog so we would prefer a property with some type of yard. We would like a place with at least 3 bedrooms and 2 baths in the 200-250k price range offering two parking spots or a two car garage.

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Dena Parker…, , Tennessee
Sun Feb 17, 2008
Oh Chicago!!...I did a lot of consulting work in Chicago. There are so many things I love about that city and the surrounding areas. However, I definitely do enjoy the weather more here. For a much smaller city, Nashville has its own character and charm. Everything will be in much smaller scale here, but you should be able to find some urban areas that come close to meeting your needs. East Nashville does sound like a great option for you. If you're searching the MLS and can select neighborhoods, Lockeland Springs and Edgefield are popular subdivision options to get you started. East Nashville is just a very quick drive over to the heart of downtown. Another urban area many people enjoy is on the West side (West End, Belmont/Vandy, Hillsboro Village, Music Row, Edgehill, 12 South, etc.), but that is right in the middle of a couple of colleges also. Housing tends to be more expensive on the West side. Even though you don't want to be near a college, you might check into neighborhoods like Cherokee Park and Sylvan Park on the West end of town also. These neighborhoods are extremely convenient to West End, Hillsboro Village, Green Hills, Interstate, Downtown, etc. A third area you might consider on the outskirts of downtown is Germantown. Lastly, Green Hills is more of a suburban/urban area that is very popular with much to offer, but the price ranges there do tend to be higher than what you are seeking.
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art, , Nashville, TN
Sat Feb 16, 2008
The East Nashville area sounds perfect for you. It has excellent restaurants, shopping & nightlife; it's not a college community; most houses not only have yards but fences too, plus there is Shelby Dog Park nearby. In the hotter areas and/or homes with higher-end finishes, you'll have to pay more than $250 for a 3/2, but it shouldn't be too hard to find something that still meets your criteria.
A brief background: In Nashville's early days, around the turn of the last century, e.nash was the luxury area with beautiful mansions, brick sidewalks, ornate churches, and (a little further out - riverside, etc.) weekend/vacation homes. As commerce continued and crossing the river became a barrier, things moved west. In the 70's & 80's, during the withdrawal to the suburbs, e.nash became neglected, somewhat deserted, and overrun with drugs and crime. It was the bad part of town. Slowly but surely, original residents started taking a stand and other urban pioneers moved in to restore and reclaim this beautiful community. A tornado in '98 hit e.nash hard, but this fortuitously created a surge of renovations funded by insurance claims. Shortly after that, urban renewal was becoming a popular idea in major cities everywhere and varied people, but especially young professionals, came in to stake their claim on these beautiful properties, so close to downtown, and many people continue to work to restore and revitalize this eclectic community.
There are four historic districts. Closest to downtown & the large Titans stadium, there is Historic Edgefield. Some of the most beautiful houses are here (some worth well over a million dollars), but it's also partially adjacent to housing projects. Then, in the thriving 5 Points area, there is Historic East End. This is a smaller district with mixed-use zoning and some gorgeous homes. Next, there is the larger Historic Lockeland Springs, a larger district with lots of schools, churches, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, shops, and houses ranging from under 200k to $600k.
Those three neighborhoods are all adjacent. Then, about five to ten minutes further out from downtown, there is Historic Inglewood, a charming neighborhood growing in popularity, where you get more house for your money.
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Moniel, Agent, Nashville, TN
Wed Mar 16, 2016
If you're wanting a house, rather than a condo, consider East Nashville; it's walkable to restaurants and bars and you could actually find a 3 bedroom, which would be difficult in condos, which are usually 1 or 2 bedroom. But honestly, these days, for all those things you'll need to look more in the 300-400k price range minimum! There are very few homes for sale under 250 which are considered to be in 'walkable' neighborhoods.
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Melissa Irwin, , Nashville, TN
Sat Mar 8, 2008
There are some single family homes in the Hope Gardens area in that price range. One really great house that overlooks a new park for that particular community. It's near Germantown and Downtown....with some walkable areas but still might need a quick cab for nightlife. You can research Hope Gardens or email me and I can send you some listings. I've been in quite a few of these recently.
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Megan Manly, Agent, Nashville, TN
Mon Feb 18, 2008
Glad you're looking here! Very few neighborhoods are walkable, with restaurants/shops in Nashville at that price range, unfortunately. East Nashville is a great option, however, you're stock for a 3/2 in that price range is very tight in many areas of East (with exception of Inglewood, Cleveland Park, McFerrin Park). Lockeland Springs and Edgefield will bring a 3/2 at a minimum of $275K. You can expect a 3/2 in great condition to be $285K to $325K.

Now to get to the areas that will forward you what you want at the price point you desire....

1. Inglewood (Area 6: Zip Code 37216 if you are searching on Non-college, very progressive, major influx of gen x, gen y, socially liberal. Mixture of Tudors, bungalows, some new construction and ranches. Few swanky restaurants, decent yards.

2. Cleveland & McFerrin Park: (Area 6. Zip Code 37207) Still transitional, but you can get a steal. Definitely still an urban pioneers' purchase. Expect Victorians, bungalows, cottages, Tudors and new construction. Hard to find a home OVER $250K there.

3. Crieve Hall, Murray Hills: (Area 1 and 2) Mostly ranch homes, HUGE yards, again, few restaurants in area.

4. Hope Gardens: (Area 3) Considered a downtown community at the 50% level of transition. Easy walk to tons of restaurants and a few shops. Expect Victorians and stone cottages and A LOT of new construction. The neighborhood is only a tiny little area, so stock can be limited.

5. Sylvan Heights: (Area 2) One spot is $500K plus with downtown views, but the backside is often in the price range. Yards can be a challenge with the terrain however. No restaurants/shops in safe path of walking. On edge of Sylvan Park (which isn't in the $ range) but is a great spot!

6. Antioch: (Area 1) You choice of a smorgasboard of homes, mostly new construction or post 70s builds. Expect tons of stock and almost anything you want. Not known for its charm, but has tons of chain-style restaurants and a burb-typical large mall. No careful.

Outside of Nashville (which is another entire essay) you can check out Ashland City, Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hermitage, Pleasant View, Dickson, Smyrna and LaVergne.
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