Often lauded as the "Music City," Nashville offers more than iconic tunes and historic landmarks. At its heart, Downtown Nashville boasts a rich tapestry of communities, each with its distinct flavor and vibrancy, and many homebuyers moving to Nashville will target them during their home search. From the bustling streets overflowing with melodies to the quieter corners echoing whispers of history, understanding the city of Nashville requires an intimate dive into its Downtown communities.
It doesn't get more central than the Downtown Core of Nashville, home to some of Music City's best-known attractions and amenities. It stretches from the State Capitol to Broadway, between 10th Avenue North and the Cumberland River. This area includes the rowdy, exciting stretch of Lower Broadway, home to Downtown Nashville's best honky tonks, including famous spots like Tootsies Orchid Lounge.
Those who'd like to catch a show at one of country music's most revered venues will also find the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry.
But it's not all partying; Downtown Nashville is also the site of many of Nashville's most significant employers and largest offices. In addition, Downtown is a top spot for those looking to get around Nashville without a car, with numerous city-operated WeGo Transit bus lines originating from the area's terminal.
As one of the densest parts of downtown, housing is exclusively condos and multi-family units. Buildings vary widely in style and age but are generally full of amenities ranging from parking garages to 24-hour concierges and security to fitness centers and pools.
Most of the homes for sale in Downtown Nashville list from the $500s to $1.5 million, though cozy one-bedroom downtown condos with around 800 square feet can be found in the $400s. Top luxury properties can reach as high as $3–$5 million, offering three bedrooms and upwards of 2,500 square feet.
Downtown Core Amenities
- Commercial/business district
- Lower Broadway nightlife
- Highly transit-accessible and walkable
- Nashville Public Square Park
An even more recently redeveloped community, the mixed-use 32-acre Capitol View offers a top option for would-be downtown residents. It's located east of Interstates 40/65, north of Broadway, and west of the Tennessee State Capitol complex. Developers billed it as a "multi-use urban district," combining high-end residential buildings with retail and local services, all in one walkable neighborhood that also ranks as one of Nashville's best neighborhoods for public transportation.
It's also home to a growing and diverse selection of restaurants, including the unique Chauhan Ale and Masala House, which serves Indian cuisine and cocktails, and The Mockingbird, a hip, upscale "modern diner." Residents and visitors alike can also enjoy regular community events, from fitness classes to food festivals. Plus, with over a million square feet of office space, Capitol View can potentially attract some of Nashville's best companies. Meanwhile, the best attractions of the downtown core and The Gulch are just a short trip away via car, public transit, or on foot.
Housing in the area remains almost exclusively rental apartments instead of condos or other homes for sale. Rents for one-bedroom units start at around $1,700, while luxurious three-bedroom apartments can cost up to $6,000 per month. Residents of these modern units have private amenities like a swimming pool, sports courts, reserved parking, and more.
Capitol View Amenities
- Highly walkable
- Convenient to I-40 and I-65
- Regular community events
- Extensive commercial space
SoBro—short for "south of Broadway"—spans its namesake area between the Cumberland River, the train tracks, Korean Veterans Boulevard, and 8th Avenue South. It's a slightly quieter alternative to the bustling area of Broadway itself but maintains all of the vitality and convenience.
It includes the famous Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and popular performance spaces like Ascend Amphitheater, a waterfront spot to catch some of music's top acts. Residents can also cheer on the NHL's Nashville Predators or see a show at Bridgestone Arena. Sobro residents can also relax in some of the area's most desirable waterfront green spaces at Riverfront Park.
Like other dense downtown neighborhoods, buyers have their choice of condos in the SoBro area, some of which are among the most sought-after high-rise condos in Nashville. On the lower end, properties can routinely be found for under half a million dollars, typically for one-bedrooms with under 800 square feet of living space.
Conversely, SoBro's highest-end homes can reach close to $5 million for penthouse-style suites with more than 2,700 square feet. Typical homes for sale in SoBro list from the $500s–$1.5 million and generally include extensive in-building amenities to provide extra value.
- Riverfront Park
- Music City Center Convention Center
- Bridgestone Arena
- Ascend Amphitheater
- Schermerhorn Symphony Center
- WeGo Transit bus and Star rail access
One of downtown's hippest areas and widely considered one of Nashville's best neighborhoods, The Gulch resides between the train tracks and the Interstate 40/65 loop south of Broadway. Once an expanse of warehouses and factories, the Gulch transformed into a thriving space of high-end homes, public art, and a wide variety of shops and local services.
Residents have a vast selection of bars and restaurants, including neighborhood favorites like Biscuit Love, Sambuca, and Tin Roof, a bar and music venue—just one of the great places to listen to live music in the community. The Gulch's location also offers convenience to both the downtown core and further out neighborhoods with equal charm, like nearby Midtown and the area around Vanderbilt University. Meanwhile, its proximity to the interstates means it's easy for downtown residents to get anywhere in the region quickly and easily.
The condos and multi-family units that make up The Gulch's housing are typically among the city's newer options, thanks to the relatively recent redevelopment of the area. This often means features like large windows, open-concept floor plans, sleek, modern finishes, and extensive building amenities. Condos in The Gulch list from the $500s and generally top out at just over $1 million. However, the neighborhood's share of Nashville luxury condos can list for as much as $3 million.
The Gulch Amenities
- Extensive dining/nightlife scene
- Convenient to I-40 and I-65
- WeGo accessible bus transit
- Close to Vanderbilt, Midtown, and Music Row
Rutledge Hill/Rolling Mill Hill
The lesser-known, up-and-coming areas of Rutledge Hill and Rolling Mill Hill sit at the southern end of downtown, tucked against the Interstate 40/24 loop and the Cumberland River.
Another former industrial area that's benefitted from 21st-century redevelopment, the fast-developing community is home to a growing number of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and other eateries, most notably the Southern fine dining of Husk. The area is also home to the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge, which provides quick transportation across the river to spots like the green spaces of Cumberland Park—one of Nashville's best parks—and Nissan Stadium, home of the NFL's Tennessee Titans.
One-bedroom units of approximately 500 to 800 square feet start around half a million dollars. Many two-bed units of 900–1,200 square feet are available in the high six figures to around $1 million, with top three-bedroom choices for almost twice that amount, often providing incredible views of downtown, the river, and other parts of the region.
The Nashville condos that make up Rutledge Hill/Rolling Mill Hill's housing stock are also typically fairly new, reflecting the area's recent transformation. The Rutledge Hill portion of the community also showcases a more limited selection of older single-family detached homes.
Rutledge Hill/Rolling Mill Hill Amenities
- Convenient to I-24, 40, 65
- Highly walkable
- WeGo Transit accessible
- Close to Cumberland Park
- Rolling Mill Hill Greenway
The hip, historic, culinary-focused Germantown community is just north of the downtown core between the State Capitol and Interstate 65. It's best known for its redeveloped buildings and delicious, fast-growing food scene, with restaurants ranging from the classic Southern cooking of Monell's to the trendy seafood of The Optimist to beers and cocktails at Monday Night Brewing.
Germantown is also adjacent to Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, one of Nashville's top green spaces. Residents can stroll the gorgeously landscaped green spaces, check out local events, or even take advantage of nearby amenities like the Tennessee State Museum and Nashville Farmer's Market. They can even catch a minor league baseball game or other events at First Horizon Park.
Homes in Germantown are a mix of condos and townhomes, often built in repurposed industrial buildings or other historic structures that contribute a unique charm. This includes exposed brick, preserved features, loft spaces, and more. Average properties sell from around half a million to about $1.5 million.
- Historically preserved buildings
- Extensive dining scene
- Morgan Park and Recreation Center
- Convenient to I-24, 40, 65
- WeGo Transit accessible
Variety at the Heart of Nashville's Downtown
Beyond the glitz of stage lights and the resonance of guitar strings lies a network of Downtown Nashville communities, each contributing to the city's rich narrative. While this list is a good start, truly understanding the city requires strolling Nashville's most walkable neighborhoods, immersing oneself in its ambiance, and listening to the stories told by its walls and alleys.
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