The Neighborhoods of Metro Nashville
Welcome to the All My Sons Nashville Guide to Nashville neighborhoods. This guide will provide insight into the many neighborhoods in the greater Metro Nashville area. Nashville is much like Los Angeles due to the fact that there is a lack of public transportation. Therefore, no matter which neighborhood you live, driving is inevitable.
8TH AVENUE SOUTH The 8th Avenue South neighborhood of Nashville is located south of downtown and The Gulch. 8th Avenue South features Nashville hotspots Zanies Comedy Night Club and Douglas Corner Café, that has live music six times a week, and showcases new songwriters and artists. The area is known to be one of the most family-friendly areas of downtown and one that is not known to be a “touristy” area. The area is known to be a premier antiques district that hosts auctions that result in “standing room only” crowds. There are a variety of restaurants that specialize in authentic, Southern cooking.
ELLISTON PLACE Elliston Place is known to be a young and trendy neighborhood of small homes and cafes. Located west of downtown Nashville near Vanderbilt University, Elliston Place is a mecca for sporting events, museums, and nighttime entertainment. The area’s most famous street, Elliston Avenue, is home to many a late-night nightclub, including Exit/In, where artists like Jimmy Buffett began music careers. In addition to the nighttime scene, the area also houses Elder’s Bookstore, a nationally famous bookstore that sells rare books, including Faulker and Hemingway special editions, signed copies and leather-bound collector’s versions.
12 SOUTH The area of 12 South, bordered by Linden Avenue and Kirkwood Avenue, was once a rundown and dilapidated area of Nashville that has recently seen restoration both residentially and commercially. Investments have been made in new sidewalks, street lighting, boutiques and restaurants. As a result, the area is newer and has become a younger, trendier living area.
GERMANTOWN Germantown is another of Nashville’s historic neighborhoods. In the mid-19th Century, Nashville saw an influx of German immigrants that formed the first suburb of Nashville. The neighborhood is “architecturally heterogeneous”, with Victorian-style architecture. Germantown has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a neighborhood since 1979.
DOWNTOWN The Downtown Nashville area was once dubbed “Printer’s Alley”, as it was once composed of all of the printers that published playbills and newspapers. The Downtown Nashville area comprises three city blocks between 4th and 5th Avenues. Second Avenue is considered the most tourist-friendly area in the city, and the area features a variety of music venues, performance halls and live music. In addition to a variety of retail stores, Downtown Nashville is home to the State Capitol, the Tennessee State Museum, the Tennessee Center for the Performing Arts, the Tennessee Convention Center and Ryman Auditorium.
THE DISTRICT A sub-neighborhood of Downtown Nashville is known as The District. Located at 2nd and Broadway, The District is the center of nightlife in Nashville and is a tourist-friendly destination. The area features a number of restored buildings and housing.
THE GULCH Another Downtown Nashville area is The Gulch. The Gulch was once an industrial area that has since been abandoned. The area has been refurbished – taking old warehouses and converting them to condos, lofts, high-end hotels, restaurants and clubs.
WEST END/MUSIC ROW/HILLSBORO VILLAGE The West End and Music Row areas are adjacent to downtown Nashville and are a part of Hillsboro Village, a small village that comprises a four-block radius. The area is centrally located and is home to both Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. The area is a haven for young professionals, trendy boutiques and specialty stores. Every major recording label in the world has an office on Music Row. In addition to musicians, songwriters and producers, there are also many off-beat recording studios and PR firms. The area is considered one of the most popular areas and is a place to “see and be seen”. The Belle Meade community of Hillsboro Village is where many of the country stars reside in their multi-million dollar mansions. The area is the former home of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (moved in 2001).
BRENTWOOD Brentwood is an affluent neighborhood in greater Nashville. The area is considered a “corporation relocation haven” and has a family-friendly feel. The area is far more rural than the inner-city and is not as congested as downtown. The area also features large shopping malls and outlets.
FRANKLIN Franklin is one of the oldest towns in Middle Tennessee. Over two-hundred years old, the area exemplifies small-town USA. The area is famed for its antique malls and quaint neighborhood cafes.
OPRYLAND Opryland is located in Nashville near the Nashville International Airport. Home to the Opryland theme park, the area was also once the home of the Grand Ole Opry. Opryland also features the Opry Mills Shopping Center.
EAST NASHVILLE Located across from the Cumberland River is Eastern Nashville, also known as Music Valley, as it is home to the Opryland Hotel, the Grand Ole Opry House, and the Opry Mills shopping center. The area features historic homes from the early 1900s. The area is both family-friendly and affordable. Many of the historic neighborhoods are going through a re-birth – rebuilding many of the buildings that were destroyed in the great East Nashville Fire of 1916. The East Nashville area also is home to Historic Edgefield, one of two “historic preservation districts” approved by the Metro Historical Commission. Near Edgefield and Lockeland Springs there is a world-renown retail area called Five Points.
GREEN HILLS The Green Hills area includes South Nashville, Berry Hill and Green Hills. The area features the world famous Bluebird Café, which has a national reputation as “the place” for songwriters. Faith Hill, Garth Brooks and Michael McDonald have all been Bluebird Café performers. The area is also famous for its shopping, with the Green Hills Mall as well as famous high-end boutiques like Tiffany & Co and Louis Vuitton.
SYLVAN PARK Sylvan Park is located southwest of downtown Nashville. The area is close to downtown, but far enough outside of the city where it has a residential feel. The area is famous for its 1920s clapboard homes and 1930s bungalows.