Nashville's Historic Neighborhoods


Remember the feel of well-worn banisters and smooth, polished wood floors; or majestic, tall ceilings in a house that feels sturdy and built to last forever? Wide front porches with swings and rockers - a place to enjoy a cool spot on hot summer days and visit with your neighbors as they stroll down the sidewalks?    


Nashville is preserving the splendor of its older, historic neighborhoods. Its charming homes and communities are unique and offer many livable benefits: homes that are affordable, close in, and most of all, houses with character and strength that simply can't be found in the newer parts of town.

When looking for a new home, consider one of Nashville's historic neighborhoods - with great big old houses (and great big old trees), brick sidewalks, neighborhood stores and parks, and, of course, neighbors who know you, know the neighborhood and work together for a sense of community.

That's life in our historic neighborhoods - and Nashville has many choices. Head east across the Cumberland River from downtown to find some of Nashville's older suburbs (now inner city neighborhoods) such as Edgefield, East End and Lockland Springs. Downtown itself features Rutledge Hill and Cameron-Trimble to the South. Buena Vista and the unique Germantown are just north of downtown. And Fisk/Meharry grew up around those universities. Vanderbilt University's nearby neighborhoods include Richland West End, Hillsboro West End and Belmont-Hillsboro. A little further west is Sylvan Park, while to the south are Woodland-in-Waverly, Waverly Place and Sunnyside.


During the early 1970s, economic conditions, a growing love for the architecture of earlier eras, and a rising interest in urban living prompted a return to the inner city by middle income people. Most historic neighborhoods have active and friendly neighborhood associations. Well-versed in preservation and other city issues, these organizations strengthen and continue to build these neighborhoods.

On top of that, they encourage and welcome new neighbors and friends. Picnics, pot-lucks, parades, home tours, tree plantings, neighborhood watches, alley clean-ups and more... "nice to meet you." Some facts to consider about historic neighborhoods:

  • Most are convenient to downtown
  • Property values in these neighborhoods continue to appreciate and have remained strong during periods of recession
  • Older homes in historic neighborhoods are often a good value for their price, since homes of comparable size in newer neighborhoods are significantly more expensive.

Take a look at some of Nashville's historic neighborhoods and see why, more and more, they are the neighborhoods of choice.