Now more than ever, home buyers are taking walkability into consideration when looking for a new place to live, and if you happen to be looking around the Nashville area, there are plenty of great walkable communities that are sure to meet and exceed all your expectations.
From easily being able to catch public transportation to enjoying a close proximity to all sorts of different lifestyle amenities like public parks, shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, the advantages to living in a walkable Nashville neighborhood are not only clear to many of today's modern home buyers, but also a determining factor when deciding on a potential new home.
So with that in mind, if you're in the market for a new Nashville home and might be someone who values walkability, here's a look at several Nashville neighborhoods that may be a good place to begin your home or condo search:
A former industrial district, The Gulch offers potential home buyers with an authentic urban atmosphere that continues to become more and more trendy with each passing year. Some of Nashville's hottest restaurants now call The Gulch home, not to mention many of its most expensive condo towers and developments. Although pricey, many will tell you its well worth the premium to call The Gultch home.
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A thriving music scene, a low key vibe, a diverse population, and relatively affordable housing all make East Nashville a great place to consider calling home, especially when you factor in its vibrant and energetic nightlife that continues to expand. Offering more of an artsy ambiance than anything else, East Nashville is a fun Nashville neighborhood to live in for so many different reasons.
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Arguably one of Nashville's hottest neighborhoods right now, many consider 12 South to be the ultimate live, work, and play community. But along with that, its collection of beautifully restored homes, quaint coffee shops and cafes, and wide range of unique boutiques also helps make it one of the more walkable neighborhoods you'll find in the city.
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One of Nashville's more historic neighborhoods, Germantown not only has a rich history that dates back to the mid-nineteenth century, but also one of the best food scenes in the city. There's also a year-round Farmer's Market that also takes place here, so fresh produce and various other goodies are never far away once calling Nashville's Germantown neighborhood home.
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If you're already familiar with Franklin’s Westhaven master-planned community or perhaps even live there already, you’re probably already well-aware that not only does this fabulous community provide any number of different attractions and amenities for residents to enjoy, but also plenty of housing options that help making living here a walkable experience.
Specifically designed to live like a small town, Westhaven is almost like taking a step back in time, only with all the modern amenities and conveniences today’s home buyers want in a new place to live. Westhaven’s Town Center has just about everything you could every want or need in a community, from a big box grocery store and medical offices to all kinds of different retail shops and restaurants that never leave you wanting more. In additon, Westhaven is also filled with lush landscaping, wide sidewalks, and over half of the community’s 1,500 acres kept as dedicated green spaces, you’ll absolutely love taking a stroll through the neighborhood, especially in the spring and summer.
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Anytime a major university is part of a neighborhood's landscape, you can be sure there won't be a lack of things to do or places to go—and Nashville's Midtown is certainly no exception. Home to both Vanderbilt University and Nashville's Centennial Park, those considering a home in Midtown will be close to some of the city's best outdoor amenities, as well as an eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, boutiques, and more.
Nashville is full of opportunity for many different types of people. New residents move to the city all the time because of the music scene and for many other reasons. As one of the most walkable large cities in the country, it's very attractive for just about every type of person. Here are a few of the top walkable neighborhoods found throughout the city.
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Edgehill Community Garden
Although, this isn't the most walkable neighborhood in the city, it's still a very easy place to get around by foot. It received a Walk Score of 78, which is pretty high. Edgehill Community Garden is found to the south west of Downtown. Its home to nearly 1,000 people and offers many amenities including a grocery store, elementary school and family health center within walking distance.
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Fisk - Meharry
Another very walkable area with a Walk Score of 75 is Fisk - Meharry. This neighborhood is home to around 3,000 residents and provides a close location to downtown. Fisk University is found here, along with the Nashville General Hospital, grocery stores and plenty of entertainment.
Found in the larger area called East Nashville, this neighborhood is home to just over 650 residents. It received a Walk Score of 80 and provides the second most walkable neighborhood in all of Nashville. It's close to downtown and many amenities are within walking distance including a grocery store, churches, bars, restaurants, salons, schools and more.
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Citizens Protecting Revitalization
Yes, it has a strange name, but the most walkable neighborhood in Nashville with a Walk Score of 83 is Citizens Protecting Revitalization. This community is found between I-40 and Broadway. The area is very walkable with plenty of entertainment and shopping options found very close to the residential areas.
If you're looking for a very walkable neighborhood to call home in Nashville, these four are some of the best choices in the city.
Downtown is a great area for a great deal of walkability. There are many places to live here like converted lofts and newer condo developments. You can get your groceries easily and many people already work downtown. Many people live in the old Kress building or in Veridian. H.G. Hill's Urban Market is the place for grocery shopping.
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Probably one of the best areas for walkability in Nashville is living in The Gulch. It's the largest community for mixed use. Not only can residents enjoy 17 restaurants and 15 retail shops, but there are over 4,500 condos and apartments to live in here. You can pick up groceries at The Turnip Truck, a full service organic market.
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West End is great for enjoying the outdoors and free entertainment. They have Centennial Park and free live music in this neighborhood. Traffic can get bad but most people walk since everything they need is in walking distance. You can reach restaurants, shopping and coffee shops in this great neighborhood. Homes can get pricey but there are affordable options here too.
With roughly 1,500 residents, the neighborhood of Historic Edgefield is one of the more walkable neighborhoods throughout Nashville. With plenty of amenities in the area, residents are able to complete most errands on foot. With roughly 55 restaurants, coffee shops and bars in the neighborhood, it's easy to find what you want in the area. It's a neighborhood described as quirky, offering something for just about everyone. It's only a few blocks from downtown, and on the East Bank of the Cumberland River. The area has a range of housing options, with many new condominiums in Edgefield. The area continues to grow in popularity for those looking to live in an urban environment with a retro feel.
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If you want to live near the excellent night life options, Midtown/Music Row is the place to be. It's next to downtown and doesn't have as many tourists. You can walk to restaurants although there are less shopping options. The neighborhood is known strictly for its entertainment options more than anything and luxury condos.
Along with these excellent neighborhoods, you can find walkability in Sylvan Park, East End, Belmont and 12 South.
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These neighborhoods are some of the most walkable neighborhoods throughout Nashville. They all provide something unique and the right match for your family will allow you to fit right in and feel at home.
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