With an outstanding quality of life and escalating economic opportunity, Nashville is one of the fastest growing and most desirable cities in the region. But for many local neighborhoods, growing pains haven’t been a problem. Here’s a few that have been discovered, developed, and transformed from “meh” to “wow!”
Who wouldn’t want music studios, recording artists, and big-name record execs in their backyard? The secret is out about Edgehill, just next door to Music Row.
Housing stock is scarce, but those fortunate enough to find a place to perch–mostly singles and young couples–are drawn to its convenience and charm. The big picture in this small neighborhood is the trendy retail scene, the focal point of which is Edgehill (1200 Villa Place), perhaps best characterized by its website, which calls it a “carefully curated selection of restaurants, shops, and businesses.” Among them: Warby Parker, the trendy Edgehill Café, and Kore, a hip yet earthy luxury lifestyle boutique.
There are more than 400 businesses in tiny Berry Hill, just south of Nashville (pop. 500). Independent retailers rule here: cafés, gift shops, vintage clothes, health and wellness studios, and the like. There’s also a robust assortment of crafting supplies for jewelry makers, knitters, stitchers, and other creative types. If you can’t decide where to shop or dine next, take a break and play The Escape Game (510 East Iris Drive), an immersive team activity that will entertain you for an hour or so.
Everything old is new in Melrose. For decades, this neighborhood has been a destination for used records, thrift shops, and the like. That hasn’t changed, but things are definitely more elevated today.
“Used” now means antique dealers, consignment shops, and vintage clothing boutiques. Nashville’s ground-zero for used records, Grimey’s New and Pre-Loved Music (1604 Eighth Ave. South) has vinyl treasures from every era. But that’s not to say it’s all shopping in Melrose. Places like the Douglas Corner Cafe (2106 Eighth Ave. South) and the Sutler Saloon (2600 Eighth Ave. South) keep an old tradition very much alive with the Nashville trifecta–food, drink, and live music.
Whoever said the U.S. housing market is in a slump hasn’t seen what’s going on in The Nations. Developers can’t keep up with the demand in this booming West Nashville enclave.
The Nations–so named after its earliest inhabitants, the Chickasaw Nations–has transformed from a mostly no-nonsense neighborhood (think auto body shops and fast food) into one of the hottest zip codes in town. Long-time residents, young professionals, and Nashville newcomers live happily side-by-side with new startups and old businesses putting down new roots. The result: an affordable mix of homes and retail in a modern urban setting with a semi-industrial vibe. Popular spots include House: A Social Eatery (712 51st Ave. North), Fifty-First Kitchen & Bar (5104 Illinois Ave.), and The Mill Boutique (812 51st Ave. North), a funky brick-and-mortar fashion boutique that began as a small e-business and kept growing and thriving–just like Nashville.