Once considered exclusive to the city’s most distinguished families, Belle Meade now boasts at least a little bit more diversity. Residents now include entertainers, West Coast transplants, and those who just want to live the dream. Taxes are high here, no doubt. But with that comes a devoted neighborhood police patrol (who successfully do their part to enforce speed limits) as well as easy access to Percy Warner Park and Cheekwood.
Building restrictions ensure the residences look like they always have—and keep the neighbors from putting in out-of-control swimming pools or wildly modern additions. You’ll find sprawling, well-kept lawns, which commuters find to be lovely and peaceful. The “powers that be” keep this neighborhood in check—but they also keep it timeless. It’s all part of the appeal and it’s why home values here remain some of the highest in the city.
Sylvan Park is so cool and has a great “know your neighbor” culture. People who live in Sylvan Park tend to be very involved in the community and are very supportive of their neighborhood businesses. Of course, it’s easy to support your neighborhood businesses when they rock! A few Nashville favorites in Sylvan Park are Local Taco, Park Cafe, Neighbors, and Star Bagel. There is also some shopping and a natural foods market.
If you are an active person, Sylvan Park may interest you. With the McCabe Community Center, McCabe Golf Course, Climb Nashville, and Richland Park, there is some serious exercise potential. From Sylvan Park, you can easily walk to West End, but would have to drive to the other areas in Nashville. Sylvan Park is wonderful for families of all types or single people wanting to be in a more residential area.
12 South is a great area comprised mainly of young families and free-spirited individuals. You will find freelancers and musicians at the local coffeehouses and moms with strollers walking to the nearby Sevier Park. There are some awesome restaurants in the 12 South area including laid back joints as well as fine dining. You can also enjoy the 12 South Farmer’s Market every Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6:30pm during the warmer months.
12 South also has several apparel shops that sell everything from vintage to modern styles. From 12 South, you can walk to Belmont Blvd, but would need to drive to the other areas in Nashville. There is one apartment complex called 12 South Flats and a few condo options. Most people live in houses along the perpendicular side streets of 12 Avenue South.
An area that sports some of Nashville’s most desirable homes, Green Hills also has its fair share of exciting destinations for a night out. Many locals flock to the area to fulfill their shopping needs. Green Hills is also home to The Bluebird Cafe where guests can experience an “in the round” show. A true Nashville experience that should be on everyone’s bucket list.