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The resurgence of this neighborhood shows no signs of slowing as new buyers are finding endless remodeling opportunities (read: there’s construction and renovation on almost every block). Located between the ever-improving Charlotte Pike and West End Avenue, this area is tops for convenience to downtown. Close to hospitals, good schools, and easy access to I-40 and I-440, it also boasts a lineup of fun, family friendly restaurants (McCabe Pub, Local Taco, Caffé Nonna) and one of the city’s most well-appointed community centers. Sylvan residents take pride in their state-named streets, which are usually bustling with runners and walkers on their way to the convenient trails of the greenway or for a round at the McCabe Golf Course. www.sylvanpark.blogspot.com
Once deemed a “transitional” neighborhood, this nook of Nashville is now bustling. Parallel parking and bike paths accompany an eclectic mix of homes and storefronts, making 12 South a go-to for young families, first-time homeowners, and entrepreneurs alike. Historic bungalows are nestled comfortably among newer construction projects, and residents are within walking distance to some of the best shopping, eating, and drinking spots in town. The amenities here seem endless: Tuesday farmer’s market in Sevier Park; distinct architecture; stylish shops and restaurants. And don’t forget accessibility to the city’s best popsicles at Las Paletas. www.12south.org
A recent facelift has earned Nashville’s oldest neighborhood a spot on the list. Anchored by Werthan Lofts, historic Germantown’s tree-lined roads host a number of new restaurants and multipurpose buildings. Being able to walk to the Farmer’s Market is a bonus but so too is the commute since Downtown is right next door. Neighbors enjoy curated treasures and craft brews at street festivals like Oktoberfest, while upscale eateries like Rolf and Daughters and City House give residents and visitors alike a taste of what Germantown has to offer. www.historicgermantown.org
What was once considered a rough part of town has very quickly turned into a hot market. First and foremost, it’s one of the city’s final frontiers for truly affordable, single family homes. The area is actually made up of several small mini-hoods like East End, Lockeland Springs, and Historic Edgefield, which might only be a few blocks long and wide. (Within those, realtors can pinpoint the more desirable streets.)
Renovations are happening on just about every block, but most homeowners, especially within Lockeland Springs and East End, can easily find renovated 2,000-square foot cottages on small lots that are landscaped to the edges, making the most of each cozy footprint. Residents here run from creative types in rentals to young families in starter homes, all of whom are finding a tight-knit community and one of Nashville’s fastest-growing food-and-drink scenes. www.eastnashville.org
Keeping up with the growth in this section of town is about as easy as stopping a high-speed train: It’s fast, furious and constantly on the move. High-rise condos inside the Icon and Pine Street Flats are now being trumped by large apartment dwellings being built to serve those living in town on a limited basis, or just needing a plush crash pad for entertaining.
The convenience is unparalleled, with the growth of dining, retail, and entertainment venues keeping pace with the housing market. Residents range from the city’s most respected downtown attorneys to advertising agency execs who might be using their luxe Terrazzo condos as a work-life combo space. Prices are high, but the time saved in escaping traffic is worth the investment. There's even a great grocery store on the corner.