Are you moving to Nashville, but don’t know where to begin? Figuring out what each unique area in Nashville has to offer can be hard. This Moving to Nashville Guide was designed to make your decision about what area to live in a little easier.
The guide focuses on the main areas in and around Downtown Nashville, within about 10 miles of the heart of the city. If you want to be close to all the top things happening in Nashville, these are the best neighborhoods to research. Keep in mind, that living this close to the city means a higher cost of living.
We do not focus as much on the suburbs of Nashville, such as Brentwood, Hendersonville, Hermitage, or Franklin in this article, however, these areas are also worth looking at, if you don’t mind being on the outskirts of Nashville. More information on these areas is at the end of the article.
VISITING NASHVILLE BEFORE YOU MOVE
If you’re serious about moving to Nashville, we highly recommend visiting and exploring like a local. The honky tonks are fun, but once you move to Nashville, they won’t be at the top of your list anymore. You’ll probably be more concerned about things like grocery stores, shopping, exercising, schools, safety, and transportation.
DOWNTOWN-AREA HOTEL RECOMMENDATIONS
When it comes to location, great amenities, and nice rooms, these are some notable hotel options in the Downtown area:
- The Joseph Nashville
- Virgin Hotels Nashville
- JW Marriott Nashville
- Westin Nashville
- Dream Nashville
- Fairlane Hotel
- Bobby Hotel
- Hilton Nashville Downtown
- Hotel Indigo Downtown
- Omni Nashville
- Sheraton Nashville
- Hilton Garden Inn
- Hutton Hotel
- Aloft Hotel
- Loews Vanderbilt Hotel
- Marriott Vanderbilt
NASHVILLE NEIGHBORHOOD MAP
Since you may not be familiar with Nashville neighborhood names or locations, take a quick glimpse at the map below. We’ve provided you with a general location of each neighborhood.
Keep in mind, that some of these neighborhoods are small and side-by-side with other neighborhoods, so they are often interchanged or lumped together. For example, Midtown technically encompasses Demonbreun, Elliston Place, and West End, but locals often refer to these areas separately.
View a larger map and additional details on neighborhoods here
URBAN & WALKABLE NEIGHBORHOODS
Zip Code: 37203
The Gulch is located a little bit south of Downtown Nashville. The small area has an upscale, trendy vibe and is packed with things to do. The Gulch is extremely walkable because it’s located between several different areas. You can walk to shops and restaurants in the Gulch as well as other areas such as Downtown Nashville, Demonbreun, and Midtown. The Gulch is not ideal for families, but rather for young adults or people who want to be in the heart of the action in Nashville.
The Gulch has everything you need to maintain a walkable lifestyle, including restaurants, bars, grocery stores, fitness studios, clothing stores, music venues, apartments, and condos. There’s also a new greenway, bike path, and walkway to Capitol View.
When it comes to living in the Gulch, there are only high-rise apartments and condos.
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Downtown Nashville & SoBro
Zip Code: 37201
Downtown Nashville is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. With the famous “honky tonks” on Broadway and 2nd Avenue, which feature live music every day of the week, and the constant events going on at Bridgestone, Nissan Stadium, the Ryman, and Riverfront, Nashville has earned the nickname “Nashvegas.” If you live in Downtown Nashville or SoBro (South of Broadway, which is really just the southeastern portion of Downtown), you can definitely walk everywhere in the vicinity of downtown and maybe to a few other areas such as the Gulch, Demonbreun, and Midtown, but it is a bit of a hike to get to any other area. One great thing is that you can get a ride via Lyft (use this link for a free credit) or Uber and get to the other neighborhoods. You should expect to be a part of the tourist scene in Nashville and be affected by many of the events going on downtown.
Downtown Nashville is not ideal for families but is great for people who are new to Nashville and want to experience what Nashville is known for. If you have already experienced Nashville, either as a local or a passionate tourist, you may want to opt for living in another area so you can choose when to experience the Nashvegas energy. Downtown Nashville has well over sixty bars and restaurants varying from local hotspots to national chains. Shopping in Downtown Nashville consists mostly of boot shops, western wear, clothing stores, and souvenirs. Make sure to check out Fifth + Broadway for a variety of shopping and dining options!
As for living in Downtown Nashville or SoBro, there are mainly high-rises and apartment buildings.
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Zip Code: 37212
Hillsboro Village is urban, walkable, and has ample housing options. Hillsboro Village is located between Belmont University and Vanderbilt University. You will see a lot of college students, young adults, and families. Hillsboro Village tends to be more family-friendly due to the amount of single-family homes available. Since Hillsboro Village is right between Downtown Nashville and Green Hills, you are really close to everything, but you may drive more than you would in other areas.
If you live in Hillsboro Village, you can enjoy over 20 bars and restaurants including Nashville staples like Pancake Pantry and Fido. Hillsboro Village also has some great shopping including several unique boutiques. It is home to the Belcourt Theatre, which is a theater house with productions like classic, independent and foreign films, musical performances, and live theater.
Hillsboro Village has a mix of townhomes, houses, duplexes, and mid-sized apartment communities. You won’t see many high-rises in this neighborhood.
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West End & Elliston Place
Zip Code: 37203
West End (or West End Avenue) is one of the main streets in Nashville. It’s essentially the continuation of Broadway to the west side of the city. Technically it runs through the center of Midtown, but most locals refer to anything off West End Avenue as “West End.” This area is best known for Centennial Park and The Parthenon. Sidewalks line the street, making it walkable from end to end as well as to other areas like Downtown and Midtown.
West End has plenty of dining and shopping, though you’ll see more chains than local spots. Nevertheless, West End has some good local bars and restaurants, too. A wide variety of people live off West End, from wealthy professionals to college students.
Elliston Place is a small segment off of West End that has its own hip vibe and culture. With local music venues like Exit/In and The End, this is an area suitable for music lovers. The Elliston Place demographic leans younger and hipper, especially with its close proximity to the Vanderbilt campus.
Living options on West End are primarily apartments and condos.
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Melrose & 8th Avenue South
Zip Code: 37204
Melrose is a small neighborhood south of downtown and just east of the ever-popular 12 South neighborhood. Melrose’s main road is Franklin Pike, which turns into 8th Avenue South as you head north towards downtown. Franklin Pike is a main artery to the city, so the area is always bustling with traffic. The neighborhood doesn’t have any high-rise buildings, so it feels less urban than some of the other neighborhoods. Melrose attracts young adults and families due to its close (but not too close) proximity to downtown and nearby restaurants and bar scenes.
There’s a sidewalk along Franklin Pike and many of the side roads, making walkability easy. In addition to some of the city’s best restaurants and bars like Sinema, there are salons, shops, convenience stores, and a grocery store. Sevier Park is just a short stroll away, too. Melrose is one of the few remaining areas of Nashville that still hasn’t been completely redeveloped, so more growth and change are expected over the next few years.
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RESIDENTIAL & CULTURE-RICH NEIGHBORHOODS
Zip Code: 37204
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 Burger Up, Urban Grub, and Frothy Monkey. There are a few main places that make up the “late night” action in 12 South including Mafiaoza’s, 12 South Taproom, and Bottle Cap. 12 South also has several shops that sell everything from vintage finds to modern apparel. From 12 South, you can walk to Belmont Blvd, but would need to drive to the other areas in Nashville.
There are a couple of apartment options, but most 12 South residents live in houses along the perpendicular side streets of 12th Avenue South.
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Zip Code: 37208
Germantown is one of the oldest areas in Nashville with an awesome, eclectic vibe. The area is fairly small and is undergoing major development, so be sure to check it out before you make your move. Germantown is known for its annual Oktoberfest, when the entire city shows up for German beer, German traditions, and live music.
Germantown has some of the city’s favorite restaurants, including local gems like City House, Rolf & Daughters, and Germantown Cafe. The night scene in Germantown is mild with most restaurants closing by 10:00pm. There are a few boutiques, including local favorite ABEDNEGO. People who live in Germantown also love being near the Nashville Farmers’ Market and local state park Bicentennial Capitol Mall.
Germantown offers several different types of living options such as single-family homes, townhouses, duplexes, and low-rises.
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Zip Code: 37203
Wedgewood-Houston is one of the fastest developing neighborhoods in Nashville and is home to local favorites like Bastion, Diskin Cider, Jackalope Brewing Company, E+Rose, and Flamingo. The buzz surrounding this area has even attracted international brands like Apple Music and SoHo House, the members-only club and hotel.
While the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood has almost always been older single-family homes, numerous apartment complexes and condominiums are either completed or under construction. New and modern homes are also popping up in former lots.
Wedgewood-Houston is especially suitable for young professionals who like walkability to bars and restaurants without being overwhelmed by tourists.
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Sylvan Park & Sylvan Heights
Zip Code: 37209
Sylvan Park has a friendly “know your neighbor” culture. People who live in Sylvan Park and Sylvan Heights 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 Neighbors, Park Cafe, and Star Bagel. With Sylvan Supply now open, there are a variety of different cuisines available close by.
If you are an active person, Sylvan Park may interest you. With the McCabe Community Center, Climb Nashville, the Richland Greenway, and the proximity to Centennial Park, there is some serious exercise potential. From Sylvan Park, you can walk to West End and The Nations, 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.
Sylvan Park’s living options are mostly single-family homes, but apartment communities are popping up nearby.
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Zip Code: 37209
The Nations is currently one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in Nashville. Over the past few years, a variety of restaurants, salons, skincare studios, and fitness destinations have opened within the area. If you’re a beer lover, you’re in luck! We recommend checking out Czann’s Brewing Company, Fat Bottom Brewing, Harding House Brewing Co., and Southern Grist—all are pretty close to one another!
The Nations is primarily occupied by young couples and families who are looking for more of a residential feel. This west side neighborhood offers several different types of living options such as single-family homes, townhouses, and some low-rise apartments.
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Zip Code: 37212
Belmont Blvd is a beautiful, mainly residential area located right next to Belmont University. Nestled between Hillsboro Village and 12 South, Belmont Blvd proves to be a desirable, central location in Nashville. From incredible million-dollar homes to fixer-uppers, you will see all types of people along Belmont Blvd. This area is great for anyone, although, you do see a lot of strollers and tricycles in front yards. Belmont Blvd is a mile strip with wide sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides of the road making it superb for walking, jogging, or biking.
Belmont Blvd has several restaurants including the well-known coffeehouse and roaster Bongo Java, which has a huge patio filled to the brim when the weather permits. There is also a flower shop and animal hospital. The mix of people on Belmont Blvd creates an energetic culture that keeps you guessing. If you choose to live on Belmont Blvd, you can walk to 12 South and Hillsboro Village pretty easily, but plan to drive to most of the other areas.
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Zip Code: 37212
Edgehill Village is a small “village” located parallel to Music Row. This is one of the smaller areas in Nashville but still has a few shops and several eateries, including popular restaurants like Barcelona Wine Bar and Bella Napoli. The housing around Edgehill Village varies greatly but is comprised mostly of single-family homes. This area would be suitable for young couples or singles looking for a good central location.
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Zip Code: 37203
Demonbreun or Demonbreun Hill (sometimes lumped in with Midtown or Music Row) is a small area of town located adjacent to the Gulch and just South of Downtown Nashville. The area is only about a quarter mile long with big outdoor patios hooked to most of the restaurants and bars. When the weather is nice, the patios fill up and create fun city energy.
Demonbreun is most well-known as the “going out” spot for college students and young adults, who stay out late and sometimes overindulge in beverages at local hotspots like Tin Roof. There are several bars and restaurants, most of which are open from 1:00am to 3:00am. This area is ideal for young adults who don’t mind the party atmosphere and want to be able to walk to downtown, Midtown, and the Gulch.
Demonbreun is all commercial buildings, so housing is limited to apartments and condos.
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Midtown & Music Row
Zip Code: 37203
Midtown is definitely a bar-hopping mecca but has also recently added some culinary treasures. There are a lot of bars and restaurants, with most of the bars staying open until 3:00am. Midtown gets a lot of attention thanks to Patterson House’s speakeasy theme and the unique dining concept at The Catbird Seat.
The vibe in Midtown is a little more relaxed and less touristy and is a popular area for locals that enjoy a vibrant night scene without mingling with the honky tonking visitors.
Midtown is not ideal for families but would be great for young adults or singles who enjoy plenty of nightlife options and dining out.
As far as living, Midtown has a nice selection of condos and apartments.
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HAVE IT ALL NEIGHBORHOODS
Zip Code: 37215
Out of the other areas mentioned, Green Hills is located the furthest south of Downtown Nashville. Green Hills is an area you can live in and not have to leave. You can’t walk to any other area from Green Hills very easily, but you can walk around most of the Green Hills area.
This is one of the bigger areas in Nashville that has pretty much everything you need, from restaurants to grocery stores to clothing boutiques. The area is well-known for its high-end shopping scene due to the designer-filled shopping mall and The Hill Center, a development with local boutiques and well-known clothing stores such as Anthropologie and Lulu Lemon.
Every type of person lives in Green Hills, but the majority seem to be wealthy families and adults. Living options include single-family homes, condos, and apartment complexes.
Zip Codes: 37206 & 37216
East Nashville also has everything you could need, but it is the polar opposite of Green Hills. East Nashville is probably Nashville’s most eccentric and progressive area, especially embraced by artists and musicians. The area has undergone extreme revitalization over the last decade, drawing a lot of attention to an assortment of newcomers who enjoy a laid-back community and culture.
East Nashville has a huge list of amazing businesses, from restaurants to shops, that are undoubtedly some of the best in Nashville. So many people live in East Nashville, but expect to see mostly young, hip adults and families at the local spots.
There are all types of properties including houses, townhouses, duplexes, and apartments. Walking from East Nashville to the other areas is pretty much out of the question, so be prepared to stay on that side of the river or be willing to drive a little.
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OTHER AREAS OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE
We get emails every day asking about affordable, safe neighborhoods near all the action with great schools. Unfortunately, it’s hard to have it all, especially without paying the price. If you’re willing to live outside of Nashville, though, you tend to get more for your money in terms of square footage, acreage, safety, and schools.
Popular Areas Outside of Metro Nashville:
- Franklin | See Real Estate
- Brentwood | See Real Estate
- Crieve Hall | See Real Estate
- Belle Meade | See Real Estate
- Smyrna | See Real Estate
- Mount Juliet | See Real Estate
- Hermitage | See Real Estate
- Hendersonville | See Real Estate
- Bellevue | See Real Estate
NASHVILLE’S BEST SCHOOLS
If you’re looking for an area with the best schools, including elementary, middle, and high school, we recommend using this handy mapping tool by GreatSchools.org. Here’s the map of Nashville showing each school and its rating. You can quickly pinpoint a nearby neighborhood based on the school’s location. Most real estate and rental listings also include the GreatSchools.org rating information.
Top-Rated, Nonsectarian Private Schools in Nashville
The following schools are some of the top-rated, nonsectarian private schools in the Nashville area.
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- University School of Nashville
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- Harding Academy
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- Harpeth Hall
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- Montgomery Bell Academy
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NASHVILLE CRIME RATES
Safety is almost always a concern. With any city, crime rates are generally higher in and near the city than in the suburbs. One of the best tools for checking nearby crimes is CrimeMapping.com, which uses Nashville Police records to populate crimes. You simply enter the street address of your potential home or apartment, and you can see crimes that have occurred nearby. Adjust the date range so you can see the kind of criminal activity that has happened over a longer timeframe. If you notice a lot of activity compared to other parts of the map, it’s probably not the safest part of town. Click here to view the Nashville crime map.
IS NASHVILLE RIGHT FOR YOU?
Making the move to Nashville can be scary, especially if you aren’t familiar with the city. But there is one amazing thing about Nashvillians — we’re very welcoming! To get a better understanding of Nashville and all that it has to offer, we highly recommend going through our neighborhoods section, checking out the events page, and keeping up with us on Facebook and Instagram to get a glimpse of what Nashville has to offer. Nashville is an awesome city, and we’re convinced there’s something for everyone.
Great website. I am moving to Nashville and found your guide helpful as I narrow down neighborhoods.
Is there an area where there are reasonably priced homes for the ‘older’ people. Every neighborhood seems geared to the young singles, young families. If you are retired, where would you suggest would be a good area to live in the Nashville area?
The most reasonably priced houses will be in the Sylvan Park or East Nashville areas. Belmont Blvd, Green Hills, Hillsboro Village and Franklin have a lot of retired people, but those areas can be pricey. If you were open to a condo, you can find great condos Downtown or in the Gulch.
Thanks for the great comment, hope this helps!
Great Website. Thank you! We will be moving to Nashville in the next couple of weeks. Never been there. What area is close to the Airport? We are also looking for a good school district for our 5 year old son. Thanks.
Hey Christi! Thanks so much for checking out the website. We focus mostly on the downtown vicinity, so most of these areas are about 5 to 15 miles from the airport. The airport is only about 6 miles from the downtown core.
For schools, take a look at Metro Nashville Public Schools – this website should give you some pretty good pointers.
Thanks for the comment!
This is so helpful! The husband and I will be moving to Nash in the next couple months. I also have a young son and appreciate the link above! I am glad I have found this page; sharing it with the husband!
Great website! I’m looking to move down there at some point, its been a dream to! and I’m a young adult and love that you broke everything down into certain areas! Can’t wait!
I am moving to Nashville and found this to be an extremely useful resource. Thanks for your effort.
Hi, I’m looking to make the move to Nashville with two of my friends. We’re all female, 22 and recent college graduates. We’re looking for some place fun, yet very affordable. Any advice?
I’m moving from NW Indiana in the summer of 2013 to the Nashville area or Franklin area. I found this on Pinterest. It’s a big help.
I moved into the Woodland Point subdivision off Bell Road. It is a small peninsula that juts out into Percy Priest Lake. It is a 5 minute walk through the woods to the lake, or a 20 minute drive will get you to the Honkey Tonks on Broadway. The airport is just 5 minutes away… Shhhhh! keep this a secret!
I’m moving to Nashville from Denmark for a job. I’m looking for a furnished apartment. Do you have any advice on this?
Btw, this site is awesome and very helpful. Happy New Year.
I’m looking to move to Nashville in the next few months from NYC. Any advice for an inexpensive area for someone in 20s?
I am looking to move to Nashville from Los Angeles and start a clothing company. Is there any apparel manufacturing near Nashville? Sewing contractirs, cutters, dye houses, acteenprinters?? Thanks for help!
These are awesome descriptions. I’m about to graduate from college and will be looking for a job in Nashville. I want to live in a fun, hip area, but I will also be on a tight budget.
Hello! I am: a relatively recently divorced older woman, folk songwriter and performer, creative individual on a tight budget looking for like-minded people. I am an Atlanta native and a graduate of Georgia Tech. I am considering moving to Nashville. I hope to find a “regular gig” there, and find additional creative, socially interactive work and friendly community. Any suggestions? Thank you! : )
Love the site! Very informative. I will be new to Nashville, working a day job while pursing the singer/songwriter/music scene. Looking to rent, will be on a tight budget.
Thank you for everyone’s comments! We’ve started emailing everyone individually to help with your specific needs. Email us back if you have any other questions.
thank you so much for all this wonderful information!! we would love to move to nashville this fall but we have never been. i plan to make a trip out there in February to check out all the neighborhoods you had mentioned. right now we live in southern california. we have a 1 year old and 3 year old so schools are important to us and a community with younger families. we also love the quirky coffee shop downtown vibe. Out of all the places you’ve mentioned above, which one do you think i should spend most of my time checking out while i am there in February for only a few days? thank you so much!
We just moved to Williamson County and had to rent quickly. Ended up in Nolensville/Brentwood area. Nice but extremely removed from all thats happening. I just got a job at Belmont and my fiance works in Cool Springs.
What area do you suggest? We are a professional couple and love local entertainment.
I love the response you gave Susan on 9-22-12. Her situation is much like mine. I am going to check out the areas you suggested for her in 2 weeks. In any of these areas would I be able to buy a home for under 150,000? I am especially concerned about the real estate taxes too. Can you refer a good realtor/company that would cover all the areas you suggested? Thanks.
Hey, this was a great run down of the Nashville neighborhoods. I am 22, single and looking for a place to build my career as a paralegal or in administration while hoping to find that right guy. Where would you recommend I look to live? I’m not big into the party scene.
My husbands new job is in Nashville and we are looking to buy a home in a family, safe, suburban area with a great school system. I’ve never been in this area so have no idea what area to raise our children in… please help
I will be living in Nashville for 2-3 months starting in May. Do you have any studio or 1 bedroom rentals you could recommend in the downtown or gulch area?
Hi, my husband and I are moving to Nashville late summer because I will be starting a Masters program at Vanderbilt. We’d like to rent a 3bed/2.5 bath single family home OR town home. Ideally, we want to be no more than 30 minutes away from campus, but we also want to have that ‘neighborhood feel’, perhaps with others young couples/families. Where would you recommend we look to live? Thank you in advance!
I’m moving to Nashville next month and have been looking for an affordable one-bedroom apartment (850.00 or less..)
I’m a 24 year old single girl and am looking for an area with a lot of life and people my age (maybe a bit of the party scene?). I’ve heard lots of things from different people and am not sure what to believe! The Gulch looks fabulous, but a bit out of my price range. I qualify for the Laurel House.. but is it a safe place? Is there a long waiting list?
Thanks Guru 🙂
We are considering a move to Nashville for my husband’s job. We have 2 young girls and are looking for a family friendly area with lots of other kids and some walkability. As long as there are a few restaurants & coffee shops that would be fine. We are friendly, open-minded (maybe a little liberal), and enjoy outdoor activities- we have a price range of $200-$275K for a single family home. Any neighborhood suggestions?
Hi, My teenage daughter and I are moving to Nashville in a couple of months and I’m wondering whats a good area with great schools for a single mom. I’m looking to rent an apartment until we get the swing of things and can be confident enough to buy a house. I would love a decent area with mature people around my daughter and I age range so we can feel comfortable in no time. Please assist me with this. Thanks a bunch!!
My husband and I are moving to Nashville in April and are currently looking for somewhere to live that is close to Brentwood but also close to Davidson County. He will be working in Brentwood and I will hopefully be working for the Metro Nashville Public Schools. Do you have any suggestions on what towns would be good for us to find an apartment in? Or know of a realtor or agent that focuses on apartments? We are definitely looking for something with a “community” feel where we can make friends and get to know neighbors.
Hi, I’m moving to Nashville with my fiance . We’re looking for some place safe, very affordable, and possible close to the action of downtown or the Gulch Any advice? Were from south Philadelphia if that helps in terms of what we could be looking for.
I’m moving to Nashville with my 9 year old daughter and I’m wondering where could we could live I’m not rich but I’m ok finacially…looking for an area that is pretty good and somewhat safe of course and reasonable…not the suburbs and not the ghetto…
Do you have any suggestions?
Just graduated from college and accepted a job in Nashville. I’m 23 and looking for an inexpensive place within walking distance of a solid night life. Is Sylvan Park too far removed? Thanks for the great information.
I’m going to be transferring to Belmont University this fall or next spring, and my mom and brother are moving with me (we currently live about an hour away in ky). We need somewhere to rent that’s reasonably priced and will allow us to have our three dogs. Any suggestions on where to look and maybe a real estate agent that would be helpful with our needs?
I have enjoyed reading all the messages on this site. I will be flying into Nashville on Thursday and will be leaving Friday afternoon after a second interview. It is very possible that I will receive an offer, and I would like to make the best decision that I can. I would be moving from the DC area. I am a 50 something single woman. I prefer suburbia and areas that are up and coming and have good schools even though I don’t have any children. I would like to know some areas that I should check out while I am there on Thursday. Because I will have to sell a home, I will probably have to rent for a while. Any suggestions there would be appreciated as well. All suggestions will be greatly appreciated!!!!
I’m looking for an inexpensive place yet I love the parks and the city life! I have been researching Nashville for two years now and would like to make this my home for the next fase of my life!
I’m a singer/songwriter and moving to Nashville alone in June. I’m not sure where would be the best place for me to live, but I am from Louisville, Kentucky which has a little bit of everything. I am not looking to spend a lot on rent each month but I do want to be in a safe neighborhood close to the other musicians and music neighborhoods. I am wanting to work at a bar as well. Any idea what area would be best for me to live in?
We are considering a move to Nashville for my husband’s job. We have 2 boys, ages 7 and 10, and are looking for a family friendly area with lots of other kids and some walkability. We enjoy the outdoor activities and being around people. As long as there are a few restaurants & coffee shops that would be fine. We are looking for high quality schools in the specific neighborhood area, sports, etc. Any neighborhood suggestions?
Hello! Just got accepted to a master’s program in Nashville, but coming from the midwest I don’t know anything about neighborhoods. What neighborhoods are more diverse? Is there an area with a higher Latino population?
Hi! I’m planning on moving to Nashville within the next couple of months. I’m 24 years old and looking for a safe but not boring area to live in. I’ll be moving with my friend and we both want an area that fits our needs. Already did the whole College scene so not necessarily looking to repeat that all over again. I really am glad I came across your page because it gave me a lot information but still looking for some additional helpful tips! We will be moving from the Boston area.
I am 25 and looking for reasonable rent in a safe neighborhood that is close to LP field. I would like to be in walking distance to restaurants and bars. I am moving from California and my new job starts May 1st.
I am moving to Nashville and this gave me a great starting point! Thank you!
Great site! I’m a 25-year-old female relocating to Nashville in late April. Looking for a fairly safe neighborhood with a lot of young professionals that’s within walking distance of parks, restaurants, etc. Would prefer to live in a home with roommates instead of a condo. Love the charm of the Belmont/Vandy area but curious about neighborhoods closer to where I work (just north of Germantown…what may be some options there?) Thanks!
Hello, Thanks for your helpful website. We are retirees planning to move to Nashville in a year to be close to kids-grandkids. One son and family lives off Acklin near Vandy and another son and famiy in Hendersonville. We would like to find pet friendly condo/townhome/small home in $160,000-$200,00o range near community garden, park, and busline? Years ago, I used to live on Beechwood near Belmont. While loved the area, it has become too pricey for us now. But 12th looks nice now but is it too hipster for older folks? Used to walk at Radner, shop in Hillsboro and Greenhills. I looked at a coop planned near shelby park Germantown area that looked wonderful but maybe above our budget. Shelby park area looked great but seemed many wrote about many bars nearby and few grocery stores? Someone posted saw needles in park so wonder if safe. We look forward to your suggestions.
Hey-this is so helpful-thank you! I am going to spend 2 months in Nashville this summer and I’m 20. I want to be in a fun neighborhood with young people, but also want to get a “southern” feel if at all possible…any suggestions?
I find this site extremely helpful! Wish I would have found it when I first came to Nashville! But never too late! Would like to see more living options, both for renting and purchasing. Please try to update the site when any apt/condo/house/etc. is becoming available! thanks!!!!!
Thank you so much for this info. I am moving to Nashville in a couple of months. I am single and 32. I was hoping to find an apartment for 600 dollars or less (studio is fine), away from the intense downtown/drunken college scene. I would still like the throw back Nashville vibe with great shops and places to eat/hangout. I will be working at VMC. Thanks!
I am 23 and relocating to Nashville this summer. I am looking to move to a safe area with other young professionals where there is an active nightlife. I’m looking to live in an area similar to the gulch, but slightly less expensive, maybe around 900-1000 a month. Can you help me?
My wife and I are relocating to Nashville. We used to spend long weekends in Nashville when we lived in Atlanta. Since we moved to DC, we have not been able to visit. We are looking for a walkable area, a place we can exercise, meet friends (we don’t have kids), and enjoy a home with character and a yard for our pup.
What about Brentwood? The public schools seem to be amazing but I’m wondering what type of people are there. We’re pretty open minded (liberal) family with two young children and we want to make sure we are not in a really conservative neighborhood that will feel oppressive. Thanks for any tips you have!
My 5 year old son and I are moving to Nashville in July. We are going to look at some apartments at the end of the month. I want to make sure he gets into a great school district. I am trying to stay around $700/month rent range. How do I ensure that he gets into the best school and what areas should I be looking at? Thanks for your time!
hello my name is gary
i am a single dad with a teenage daughter i am moving to nashville in october and need your help to find a house in a nice area with a high school close by my price range 500/550 per calander month any help will be gratfull
Moving to Nashville soon, I am an avid kayak-er and cyclist. Your site was informative, but still wondering which area might be most accommodating to my hobbies.
I’m probably moving to the area soon, and I’m looking for an affordable, yet convenient area for young professionals. I like to hit the honky tonks occasionally but am more looking for a casual area to walk to and grab a dinner/drinks. Any advice?
This guide was very helpful. My boyfriend and I are considering picking up and moving from Chicago. Would someone be able to contact me to answer a few questions?
Great website! Are there any really dog-friendly neighborhoods/areas that may have dog parks, etc? Thanks!
My son is moving to Nashville in a few weeks. He accepted a job near the new convention center. He is in his mid twenties and single. Do you have any ideas for an area in which he should look to live? Thank you, Lori
Hi! My two friends and I (all 23) are from the midwest and looking to move to Nashville at the end of the summer. We are all nurses and would like to live downtown but are having difficulty finding three bedrooms. Any areas that are easier to find three bedroom places but still near downtown? Thanks!
What is the one apartment complex and two condos in Midtown and you refer to? I’d like to check those out!
Hi! Im very interested in moving to the nashville area by september. This site has very interesting info! Im 20 and looking for a great waitress/bartender/manager position in the downtown nashville area. Particularly on the broadway strip. Any ideas on jobs? Or places to live with a short commute but far enough away to be out in the open? Thank you!!
I am moving to Nashville in about 9-10 months with my wife, 3 year old daughter & soon to be adopted son. We want to rent 1-2 years until we learn more about Nashville & decide where we want to live. Where is a good place to rent without paying more than $1200 for 3 bedrooms? We would like to be in/around downtown Nashville. Any advice? We are a younger couple always looking for things to do.
Wonderful site! Thanks for the great info here. We are looking at moving to from Minnesota. Looking for a great community with bike friendly attitude, great restaurants within walking distance but also hiking or access to a nice lake. Am I asking for too much? Thanks again for this great website.
My husband and I are moving to Nashville this summer. We are looking at apartments in Midtown and have seen mixed reviews on the safety of the area and the quality of the properties. We want to be close to downtown and the music scene. He is a musician, I am an artist and we will be working a lot from home. Do you have any advice or insight for us? Thanks so much!
This site is great. I plan on moving to Nashville in a few months. I will be a college grad and I will be working in Franklin. I will be looking for something affordable and nice. Also I do not want to drive more than 30 minutes to work. Any suggestions?
Hello, My husband and I are moving to Nashville in August. We don’t have any kids yet. Also, I’m a country singer-songwriter so I want to be close to the music places. But I’m also very claustrophobic and therefore don’t want to live in the middle of a place where it’s really loud all the time. Please help us. We are a young married couple. He will be going to Nashville community college for two semesters for paralegal.
I’m moving to Nashville, want to be around a lot of activity, possibly near Vanderbilt University, but am bringing two senior dogs (ages 14 & 15) and a small Corgi. I want to rent something with a small yard. What do you recommend? Thanks!
Hello! I just found this website!
My husband and I are full-time California residents, but we are interested in buying a condo in Nashville – and the condo will be second home for us. Our plan would be to spend time there in Nashville, several times during the year, as our schedule permits.
We’d like a small place, where we are close to shopping and grocery stores, as we are not planning on having a car when we are there. Urban, but homey is probably best for us – and we would not enjoy having much upkeep to maintain, because we already have that here in CA.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, as we will be there, soon, too look around.
My wife and I are looking to move to Nashville within the next month. It is just the two of us. I am going to be working on the West End, but could be relocated somewhere in the Nashville area. We are looking for something afordable either near the West End or centrally located. We would prefer to rent a house, but would consider an apartment.
Wonderful Site! My fiance, myself and 2 daughters (7 and 4 mos) are considering moving to the Nashville area and was wondering if you could give some pointers on where to start.
Thank you for posting the school district link that was helpful as well!
I am looking to move to the Nashville area in September I have two children 7 and 9. We are coming from NY want to get out of the city setting is there more of a country setting not to far from nashville seeing as I am in the marketing industry and would be working in Nashville with decent schools as well?
I’m planning to move to Nashville in the next 2 – 3 months. I would love to be close to downtown (walking distance)- but I’m not sure where the job search will take me. (it could be Lavergne) I’ll be renting initially, can you recommend some specific apartments or condos in the downtown area that are safe and affordable (less than $1000/month)
Thanks for your help – can’t wait to get to Nashville 🙂
Hello! What a nice site! My husband and I are planning on moving near Nashville in Sept. We don’t plan on living “in” Nashville, but we are wondering if we should stay away from certain areas because of crime. Any help would be appreciated! 🙂
According to Forbes.com, Nashville is rated in the top 25 cities ideal for retires to live and continue to work if desired. We want to start researching the key areas in the southern states on the Forbes list. We plan on being in Nashville in September. Can you provide information on hotels near either Hillsboro Village, Sylvan Park or Belmont Blvd. We are looking to purchase a home in the $150,000-$200,000 range.
Thank you for your help.
Hi…I am considering moving to Nashville..I am an artist in my late forties..single female from the NYC region. I like artsy areas but that are safe and still sophisticated. I also would like to be able to walk and get coffee or walk to eat… Where do you suggest?
Awesome website!!! Very useful information, I really appreciate the time you invested building this site.
I’m relocating to Nashville in 3 weeks for a new job. I need to find a temporary, furnished place to stay for 3 months while I learn more about the area and start my housing search. Do you have any good recommendations for me?
Corporate housing seems to be fairly expensive in Nashville. I’m looking for a simple 1 bedroom place that is not in a bad neighborhood. I came across a place in the Belevue area next to Edwin Warner park. What do you know about this area?
Any ideas, suggestions, or contacts you could provide would be very helpful.
What town’s are near Vanderbuilt Hospital?? How are they in prices for homes and neighborhoods for families?? How about schools. I am looking for a quiet neighborhood!
Great and informative site. A suggestion to your excellent work would be to add the zip codes of the areas so people, such as myself could look at apartments and real estate.
Thanks for doing what nobody else is!
Hey, my fiance and I are looking to move to Nashville next year. We are definitely tight on money, but we want to be close to the action. We have two cats, both have been spayed are up to date with shots. Which area do you recommend? And maybe which apartment area do you recommend? We definitely don’t mind a small place, but we don’t want to pay anything over 1,000 a month, especially since we are so young.
Wow, your website has been so helpful! I’m moving there and i’ve been there before as tourist but would not even know where to begin to look for a place to live! Thanks!
Hi, I’m looking to get married and start a new life with my wife and son down in Nashville. I’m a musician. Where would be a good affordable area for new, young families?
Great website and thanks for your much needed advice in advance 🙂 I am a 46 year old songwriter and write original musicals for film & stage who wants to relocate to the right place in or near Nashville immediately and I have no clue where I should live. I want to live in a VERY low crime rate area with lots of affordable living space for my lifetime’s worth of stuff & gear. I have lived in and outside of NYC, Los Angeles, Chicago. Although I am much more a suburbanite than citygoer, I want to live where all the top mainstream music pop artists are living first & foremost and somehow be able to afford it. Advise me asap please, GURU I NEED YOUR GENIUS WISDOM !! hugs 😉
My wife and I are empty nesters and looking to relocate in or around Nashville. Any suggestions for the “over 50” crowd? Great website BTW !!
Hey, my husband and baby and I are moving out to Tennessee from the West and we are trying to find a place to live. He is going to school at the Nashville General Hospital, but is working in Shelbyville 3 times a week. We are tight on money being that he is doing school full time. Where is a good place to live, but reasonably priced?
What can you tell me about the 112 Creighton area… what was the neighborhood like before all the new construction? Was there flood damage in this area? Is it now in the designated flood plain?
Thanks for posting this great forum. I’m 24 and am planning on moving to Nashville in the spring. I currently work at a concert promoter and am hoping to find another job in the music industry down there. I’m not sure what my budget will be like, but I will be looking for a reasonably priced 1-bedroom apartment and I would prefer to live in a bit of a suburban area but still close enough to the action that I could drive to downtown Nashville within about 15-20 minutes. Any suggestions?
I’ve been told that I have champagne tastes on a beer budget since becoming an adult haha so advice would definitely be appreciated!
My husband’s job is relocating us to Nashville from Alabama. We have 3 kids, 11 year old girl, 10 year old boy, and 2 year old girl. Where would be the best place to focus on when trying to pick somewhere to live? I’m looking for great schools with a “small town” vibe. This is a BIG change for us, so I want to pick the best place.
Thanks so much!
Love this site, thank you! I recently made a couple visits to Nashville and fell in love with it! I decided to join my brother out there and I’ll be relocating from Los Angeles in the spring. I’ll be looking at the affordable, safe, fun areas for singles in late 20’s-30’s, so East Nashville, 12 South, Germantown, etc. What I would love to know is what the best way of finding a rental is when you’re doing a long distance move? I hear that many Nashville rentals require 60 day notice instead of 30, but when I see the great finds pop up on Craigslist, they are for a quick move in and are snatched up in a day. Is it worth coming out there 8 weeks before a move? Is closer to the move date more realistic? Or do I just take my chances and live on my brother’s couch until I find something? 🙂
Great site thank you!
I am with ken as well ( post date 8/23). Did not see a response. Any info on that. Empty nester and all.
So helpful! I am considering moving to Nashville once I graduate. I’m 21 so I am looking for something fun around other young professionals but still affordable for a recent grad! Thanks
Hi! Will be moving to Nashville in a few months with my sister and looking for some suggestions as to where to move. She is 26 and I am 29; both like bars and big city life but not looking to live right in it. Looking for affordable living, in a place where a car is not necessary so long as I can get to work (which will hopefully be in a school) and to and from down town and fun places.
Hey I am luking out for affordable apartment on rent in nashville such that it has good preschools nearby probably walking distance can i get help
I am planing to move to Nashville in two months which is the best area to live near TSU.
I am graduating this December and I recently accepted a job offer to work in Nashville. Where are some good areas in or around the city to live for young adults/professionals? I’d be looking for an apartment, reasonably priced, and be open to having a couple roommates. I’ll be working near the airport, so an area that is not too far away that offers a reasonable drive to work would be ideal. I’m a very active person, so an area with a gym and a few parks for biking or running would be great too.
I am hoping to move to Nashville Fall of 2014. I am a single mom with a three year old daughter. I am an education major so I am hoping to find a preschool teaching job. I want to find a place that is safe for the two of us. We are country girls at heart moving from the city so we definitely want to be near the music scene as well. Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated. This website was a great start.
I am from south Florida born and raised so I am used to the ocean and boat life but a friend and I had a crazy idea to get out for a few years and we want to move to Nashville. We are 21 and 22 yrs. of age and have no idea what a good town would be for us. If anybody has any suggestions we would love to hear them so when we go up to visit we can check some things out.
Thank You so much!
Just wanted to thank you for the website. My husband and I are thinking about moving to Nashville once we get a bit more equity built into our Los Angeles home. This is a great tool for us to narrow down neighborhoods!
Hi, my wife and I are planning on moving from Iceland to Nashville or area around next summer and we are looking for a good family place or neighborhood that is perfect to race a family. My parents in law live in Clarksville but we think that is a little to far to drive to school in Nashville every day. we have 3 kids 10/8/5
Hi- Love the site. My wife and I have been doing research on Nashville recently. Is it true that Nashville is very conservative? We want to get away from the Florida and NY liberals that continue to raise taxes and are anti middle class. I am a small businessman so we can basically move anywhere.
We want to send our kids to public schools that are more pro family which is getting rare these days. Leaning towards Nashville.
Lived in Nashville in the late 90’s for school and looking to come back. I need info on a company that can help find a furnished apartment for a limited time while I determine where I would like to settle.
My fiance and I are relocating to Nashville at the end of January. We are a younger couple that are looking to purchase a home in an area near or in downtown. We would like to find somewhere that will have good resale value but also a good urban vibe. We also have a small dog so other pet friendly activities would be a plus.
I am from Kinshasa, and my wife and I, are planning to leave in Nashville in next couple of month, we just wondering about getting job there and having a small one bedroom for starting a new life, she zero experience as she just graduated lastely and my self I am experienced in fleet management…
I wish you could answer the questions online. There are a lot of great questions which your answers would suit many. I am
interviewing for a job there and really hope I get it. Nashville looks like a great place to live. We are older, but think young. Children grown and have little ones of their own.
Have a couple of small dogs.
We like to be near restaurant, shopping and some night life.
We are a homeschool family wanting to rent. We want to be around other family’s, areas with playgrounds, pools and other family fun things but not to far from things that’s that are happening in the city. Please Help!!! Moving In two weeks and we are so lost on where to live.
My daughter & a friend may be moving to Nashville later in the year to start college at Lipscomb University…They will be living off campus so we are trying to find a safe place for them to live…They would need a pet (dog) friendly place, 2 bedrooms and may be able to go $600 to $800 a month…Could you help us out with what area is the safest for 2 girls to be living alone? Also one will be looking for a job so will need close working area…I am a Mother concerned for her daughter’s safety so will appreciate your help… Thanks
Hi, I am planning to move to Nashville or its surrounding areas. However I don’t know where to start. I have a 5 year old & a 9 month old. I would love a family oriented community with a great school nearby. And would love to rent a house. If someone could give me some places to look that would be great. Thank you in advance.
Hello! I am a 22 year old college grad moving to Nashville in June of 2014. I am looking for a house or apartment to rent with a friend, obviously something extremely affordable. 2 bed 2 bath would be great. We like East Nashville and Germantown areas and the social scenes of these places, but we need help finding a place!
I love this site, it is very informative. My family and I will be moving there in a few months. We are looking to rent a single family house or a 2-3 bedroom apartment would be fine for now. We do not want to buy just yet. If you know of a good property management company or apartment community, please let me know. Thank you.
I will be moving near nashville about 8 miles away. Reading about the crime rate has made me very concerned since I am a single woman that takes care of my mom. What is the safest area but something nice for a single person. I can buy a house for approx $200K or rent in a safe area. Do houses have guest houses?
What a fantastic resource for all of us looking to move to Nashville. Thank you!
My husband and I are coming in two weeks to do some on the ground research before moving our two children (ages 3 and 5) and two dogs (7lbs and 14 lbs) to Nashville this summer, prior to the start of the new school year. We’ve only come to go to Bonnaroo when I was 8 months pregnant!
We are interested in finding a place with community feel in a family friendly neighborhood with walkability, some cafes and restaurants along with some outdoor activities, hikes, running paths or a lake. First and foremost we’d like to be in close proximity to excellent schools — ideally would love to send our children to a public school where we could walk to the elementary school. We are looking to rent a 3 bed, 2 1/2 bath home with some character while we test drive the area and get to know Nashville, in general, before buying. We are moving from Los Angeles and have previously lived in Hong Kong and New York City so we want to be where things are going on and not too remote. We are friendly, pretty liberal and super excited to make the move! I know nothing of the areas, my husband’s office is on Commerce Street, between Fourth and Fifth Avenue North.
Any help with places to check out while we are in town, realtors to contact or ways to immerse ourselves in Nashville culture, neighborhoods and places so we leave KNOWING where we want to live would be very much appreciated and so amazingly helpful! 🙂
My son is 23 and moving to Nashville in a few weeks, he will be working at the Nashville International Air Port. We are looking for a good , safe area where he can rent a 1-2 bedroom apartment for 700-800 a month. We have looked online and on Craigslist. The pictures are nice but not sure about the surrounding neighborhoods. Any advice would be appreciated.
We are considering a move to the Nashville area late summer or early fall. We would be looking for a family community with a small town feel with regard to schools and neighborhoods. We don’t necessarily need to be right in Nashville either. What surrounding communities also offer sites like this that we could check out. Also what websites are available with information on local employment opportunities.
Thanks for any information you can give.
I’m looking to move to Nashville in about 2 months and I wanted to know about affordable places to live and do they have affordable houses for rent not necessarily downtown.
We currently live in West TN looking to move to the Nashville area. We want to be pretty rural and leaning towards Sumner county, Westmoreland to be specific. We have 2 children, 1 will be in Middle school next year and the other in Elementary. Do you have any advice on school systems, crime rates and general consensus of the area. Not stuck on Sumner county but they seem to have the most acreage for the price. We have Doberman Pinschers so we really need the land. Any suggestions about the areas around Nashville would be great.
Thank you! This was very helpful!! I will be moving to Nashville this summer with my boyfriend. We are looking for some place that is close to Nashville but not right in the city. Neighborhoods are very important to us. Must be safe. And we want something that a affordable yet still very nice. Any suggestions? ?
A couple friends and I are relocating to Nashville in a couple of months. We’re all young 20s and want to be close to the heart of everything but we can’t afford it. Any suggestions for a cheaper area to live in that is still close and full of events? Thanks for all the information on the website. Its a great help.
Like a lot of the other people here, I am also in my mid-twenties and looking to make a move to Nashville within the next year. I have been to Nashville four times but usually only to the downtown area. I am coming back in June and would like to explore other neighborhoods. I am looking for a one bedroom preferably under $800 a month with a pool. The more active and lively the neighborhood the better. I am hoping to get a job before coming to Nashville, are there any local job hunting websites you can recommend? (Looking for something in accounting/finance) Also, what is commuting like in Nashville? Coming from NYC I am used to lots of public transportation. Any other light you can shed on the area as well as anything one should know before moving to Nashville would be great. Thank you!
Great guide! So helpful, thank you! My husband and I are looking for something in the suburbs — 2 young children, budget around $300K. Where do you recommend researching suburbs? Not sure where to find information regarding suburbs…thanks!
Hi there! Thank you for this guide…so great. My fiancé and I are moving next year to Nashville from hollywood, ca and we are looking to buy a single family home in the 300K range. We would like it to be in a neighborhood that is walkable, good for artists/designers, is safe to raise children and has some great farmers markets and public park outdoor areas. We are in our 30s. Could you please advise some good places for us to check out when we come to visit this summer?
Hey! I’m looking into moving into the Nashville area this fall from Montana. I’m in my mid-20’s and an RN that will be hopefully working at Vanderbilt or another facility. I would like to live in an area that doesn’t feel urban and like the middle of the city but would like access to that. I’ve heard Franklin is a nice community. Also an area with younger people that is affordable. Any feedback would be appreciated, thank you!
I am a 25 year old recent college graduate who is moving to Nashville for the job opportunity. What would be the best apartments to reside in that are affordable but also safe?
Hi! I am interested in moving to the Nashville area and am looking for a good neighborhood. I am not huge into the party scene, I’m in my mid-40’s and have 3 dogs and would like to be close to amenities but not right in the middle. I don’t have to worry about schools as my son is grown, and I don’t mind a short drive to get into Nashville but don’t want to be too isolated. Thanks for your help!
I am going to be teaching theater at Nashville School of the Arts and trying to find a place for my family and to live on a teacher’s salary. I would like to rent a home and live somewhere that is centrally located near work and can pay 1100-1150 a month. I would appreciate any neighborhood suggestions. How far is East Nashville from that particular school? Thanks for the help.
If you and your friends have transportation look up rentals in the 37013 zip code. Its a 10 to 15 minute drive to downtown cost of living is cheaper and has lots of shopping close by. Also is only 15 minutes from coolsprings and 20 minutes from Murfreesboro. I have been in this area over seven years I moved from out west. Very dervise area with lots of jobs in many fields within 15 to 20 minute drive. Also great area for family’s. I love Nashville life and how much it had to offer. Good luck.
I’m looking to make the move from Sacramento, CA to Nashville. I’m a country music nut and a guitarist of 6 years with a few years of vocal experience. I’m wondering if Nashville’s music scene is really what everyone says it is.. is it somewhat easy to find jobs (decent jobs maybe?) over there? I’m still doing more and more research, but my main reason for going there is for the culture, environment, and to play music.
Hey I am moving to Nashville from Australia in 6 months and will be working in the Brentwood area.
I would love some advice as to where would be a good location me and my partner are mid 20’s and will have two small dogs. looking to rent and spend up to 1200 a month. We both love sports, shopping and dining.
We aren’t big on the party scene.
Any help would be greatly appreciated
Hi! I’m possibly relocating to Nashville/Metro areas in the next few months. We are a family of four…2 in high school. We’re looking to rent a 3bedroom house or apartment in a safe, culturally mixed, decent high school areas. We currently live in Harvest/Madison, AL area and are looking for something similar. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
We are relocating to Nashville area because of our jobs. I will be working with CHS in Franklin and my fiance out of Tullahoma. We are both older, 48-51 and are not interested in lots of little ones running through the neighborhood. We however, love to be close to entertainment and adventure. Does anyone suggest a rental location we would love to stay in the 1250-1400/mo price range initially. We were wondering about Antioch??
I am moving to Nashville in the next month and was wondering what is the best way to go about finding an apartment. Having lived in a couple of different cities and knowing that each city does it a little different (craigslist, driving around looking for FOR RENT signs, agent) I was hoping someone could tell me what works best in Nashville. It seems like there are a lot of options if you want to buy a condo but I am not quite there yet.
Howdy, I am a single Texas girl looking to move to Nashville for the ARTS. I am a country music lover and two-stepper, I am an artist myself of ink, theatre and singing. I want to get into the country music scene and I’m not sure what area would accommodate me the most! please help..
Hi! What neighborhood is closest to Lincoln Technical School? We will me moving to Nashville and we are looking to be close to this school
Hi! I’ve visited Nashville many times in the last few years, and I really love the Vanderbilt and Hillsboro Village areas. I’m looking for an apartment for just myself and my dog to live in, preferably in that area. I wouldn’t be moving for a while, but I know it is hard to find available apartments. My price range is under $900. Any idea what my best bet would be?
I am moving to nashville in Feb2015 along with my wife and 2yr old kido. Pls suggest 1bhk apartments under 1000$ near downtown. We would prefer daycare/playschool nearby at walk-able distance.
hello. I am 22 and looking to move to Nashville or anywhere outside of the city, but still close enough to commute into the city. looking for areas that are affordable and safe! I am a hairstylist and need to find salons in Nashville to start looking into interviewing! thank you so much for this awesome website by the way!
I am a 26 year old female moving to Nashville in May. Where are some good place to live with people my age but n not college? I’m laid back but like to go out on the weekends as well. I’d like to live close to the city, maybe some place where there’s duplexes/houses for rent? Thank you! Can’t Wait!
I just recently accepted a job in Nashville and currently looking for a place to live. I want to have a place that is safe and not expensive, any pointers??
I love that this site has been so useful for so long! I recently applied to the Nurse Residency program at Vanderbilt Medical center. I would want to live nearby but it seems like everything around Vanderbilt is pretty expensive and as a 24year old soon to be college grad I’m thinking I can’t go any higher than $1000. Any suggestions?
Planning on moving to Nashville later this year but am not sure on which area to choose. Soon to be 24 year old moving from California to Nashville (where I do not know a single sole in the state!) Any suggestions on locations? Apartment complex/condo. Thanks!
Hi, I am moving to Nashville for work. I am looking to move down in May because I start on June 8th. I am going to be graduating from college this May and have a budget of 900-1000 a month to work with for rent. I am also trying to rent somewhere for 6 months, so I can see which areas I like best first before purchasing a home. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
I am looking to move to Nashville in April. I have a dog and will be working from home. I am trying to find a 2BR house and have checked zillow and realtor.com, but I was wondering if you knew of any real estate companies that dealt with renting houses in the area. Thanks!
Moving to Nashville in the next few months but I plan on making a trip out in a few weeks to check out some neighborhoods, are there any realtors that generally show you around rental properties or the neighborhoods? Thanks for your help.
I plan on moving there this summer. Trying to find an affordably-priced but still convenient neighborhood with apartments and the usual amenities. Is Craigslist the best place to look for that, and for potential roommates, in Nashville?
I plan on moving to Nashville next summer with my girlfriend. I live in Milwaukee now and want an area that is close to downtown but still affordable. I was also wondering if the city offers overnight street parking permits? We are looking for somewhere that is in walking distance to restaurants and bars. our Max budget is $1200/month. Thanks for the help and great article.
My husband daughter and I are going to be relocating to Nashville area. We are in our early 20s and don’t have too much money to spend on rent any ideas… my daughter is 5 yrs old so we would need good schools as well. My job will be by grassmere any suggestions on cheep places to live?
Hello :). Thank you so much for the wonderful insight on Nashville! I am debating whether to make the move or not. I just finished my first year of teaching in Arizona and was too far from home (West Virginia). I am 24 years old! Is Nashville a good, fun place for young people? A lot of things to do? Easy to meet people? I know there are a lot of bars and whatnot, I am not a fan of going out though :P. I need help with this decision!
Thank you for this guide! Very helpful. I’m moving to Nashville from Brooklyn this fall and have needed all the advice I can get!
This site is very helpful! I am planning a move by the end of this year. I am going to be single with pets. My youngest leaves for college in a month and I am saving and planning a move. Bit nervous, but more excited for a new chapter in my life eventually. I know have a good idea for living, now for job hunting to pay for the living. I just hope their isn’t much in a salary difference for me.
I am planing on moving to Nashville in 2 to 3 months. I am currently trying to find an affordable ($650-$750) apartment that’s located in a nice safe neighborhood. Any suggestions?
This is a fantastic article- THANK YOU! I’ve visited Nashville, fallen in love with it & I’m looking to relocate. Things are all up in the area in decided which offer to go with and I know where work (and salary ha!) will be a factor in deciding where I ultimately end up! However, I am looking for something $700-$900 in a safe neighborhood…do you have any recommendations? I’m scouring the article above as well 😉 I’m not against living more ‘out’ of downtown I just think the biggest factor in that situation would be determining safety as I am a single female. THANK YOU for a great resource!
Looking for a studio or 1 bedroom small apartment (pet-friendly) for $600-$700 around Belmont, the Gulch, Downtown, or West end. First question: Are these good areas?
Also, any particular apartments you know of in that price range?
Thanks for the help!
Hello thank you for your site! My cousin and I are moving to Nashville from the midwest… we’re looking for a place in a good location for people in their mid 20s 800-1000 for rent, any tips? Thanks!
My company is transferring me to Nashville next month. I’m a young 40 but not into the club/party scene. I am a HUGE foodie and love to walk everywhere. I am looking for a safe neighborhood. Right now, I will rent until I feel it out first-hand and figure out which neighborhood fits. But would you please suggest where you think I would be happy? I don’t want to be around a bunch of loud, 20 year olds. Fine dining, safe, and walk-ability are musts! Thank you in advance!
I will be soon relocating from NYC to Nashville, and I will like to stay in suburbs but close to the city ,can u recommend something ?My husband ,my 16 years old son and a Rottweiler 7 years old ,in the beginning I will like to rent a house ,with back yard
Can you pleaseeee help me? I plan on moving next month to nashville because I’m going to aveda institute. The problem is finding a apartment or condo that isnt to far… and affordable!!!! I need major help. I saw the guide and it’s great, i’m just still lost . Help??
Nashville looks like a great place to move to
Looking to possibly move to Nashville with my family. What are the best neighborhoods to look into that have good schools, community atmosphere and the all american feel in your opinion?
Regarding schools, use the map link under “Nashville’s Best Schools” to see school ratings based on location and grade level. You can even switch between counties to see surrounding schools. If you’re wanting to live near the city, 12 South, Sylvan Park, East Nashville, Germantown, and Green Hills all have the community feel you’re probably looking for. The descriptions above explain these areas more in-depth.
Hi – We are contemplating moving to Nashville from NY with 3 young children. What area do you recommend that has good public schools and is close to good private schools with convenience?
Use the map link under “Nashville’s Best Schools” to see school ratings based on location and grade level. If you live in any of the above areas, you’re within about 15 minutes of most private schools.
Hello, My husband and I will be visiting Nashville this weekend 3/4 to look for a neighborhood to settle down in. We need to rent a house for 1 yr before purchasing. Any suggestions what area we can find a house for rent in the price range of $1100 or less??
Hey Betty, it will be difficult to find a house rental in Nashville for $1100 or less. Here’s a list of current homes for rent in this price range. Here’s a list of all rentals (including condos and apatments) in this price range.
Hot tip: definitely check out the nations and Charlotte park neighborhoods. Still affordable and about to get really hot. We’ve been here 4 years and absolutely love it. Not too far from anything. We pay $995 for a 3 bedroom house with yard 😉
Very informative web site. I am considering moving from Washington DC. Currently, I have a very walkable neighborhood…shops, restaurants, bars, etc. I am upscale, single and into the 40’s & 50’s crowds. I like townhouses or lofts. Any suggestions? Thanks.
Thanks Kathy! For townhomes or condos in a walkable area, check out Germantown, The Gulch, and Downtown/SoBro. More developments are coming soon, too, so there will be plenty of options! Make sure to check out our neighborhoods section along with our apartments guide if you’re considering renting. Good luck on your move!
Hi! What about a family friendly neighborhood, with a little bit of land for the kids to run around free, but still not too far from a larger city. Also we would like something close to a mid-size church.
I am planning a move to Nashville from Alberta, Canada. I will be working at Select Speciality Hospital. Where would you suggest for me find a fun, furnished appartment or studio for one 25 year old female (without rent costing me millions:))
Hi! I’m from Nashville (well….Brentwood) and think that this is a very thorough guide about the various neighborhoods. Nashville is a great place to live– for singles and families.
We might be moving to nashville…just trying to find the right area we have pre teens and teens…that is not to spendy
Hi! I am looking to move to Nashville to start my career in the private security aspect of country music. I will not know anyone when I move and was just wondering where the best places are to make new friends easily. Thank you
Hey Catelynn, Nashville is a friendly city. You probably won’t have any trouble meeting new people in any of these areas. To increase your chances of meeting new people, though, you can sign-up for social activities like Team Green and Nashville Sports Leagues or find a group via MeetUp.
Thanks for posting this article. Very informative. I read through the neighborhood descriptions and was wondering what your suggestion on where to live for a 28 year single male moving here for work that enjoys having a good time at new bars/restaurants, likes playing sports and being social, yet still likes to have peace/quiet.
Hey Dan, check out Sylvan Park, 12 South, Germantown, East Nashville, Hillsboro Village, or the Nations.
I see areas of Nashville that are not on your list like Cumberland Gardens. Or Woodbine, Salemtown and Glenclift. What are these areas like and are they affordable?
Nashville Guru’s coverage area is limited to about a 5-mile radius of the city center. Salemtown is basically an extension of Germantown, so pricing is similar. Woodbine and Glencliff are farther out, so prices are more affordable.
I am coming in 2 weeks to look for a neighborhood to buy a house. I am a single woman, 48, and will be working in downtown Nashville. Can you recommend an area that might be semi-popping for me? Coffee houses and walkability would be good. My mom just moved to Murfreesboro but that’s a bit too far for me. Thanks for your help!
Hey Susan, if you’re looking for a single-family house within about a 5-mile radius of Downtown that is also walkable, try starting with 12 South, Germantown, and Sylvan Park. You can explore these areas more here.
Moving to Nashville to work at Vanderbilt Cancer Center for the next 3 years. Looking for something with easy bike commute to the hospital, and in a neighborhood that will remind me of my days in Portland, OR and the Willi Street Neighborhood of Madison, WI. Funky, eclectic, local, and maybe a more historic vibe to the houses/apartments.
Hi. I am moving to Nashville in February of 2017 for work and am wondering what neighborhood would be best suited for a single 36 yr old female. I enjoy eating out, live music, and being able to walk to coffee shops, but also enjoy some peace and quiet.
I’m looking to move to nashville as well. Have a pre teen as well. I’m looking for affordable housing, jobs, school, low crime and good bus system as well. Please give me some feed back.
Never been there so, any input will do. Thank you.
What a great article! I am tempted to pick up my roots and move. I randomly moved to Boston about 3 years ago and feel like I am ready to start somewhere else. I love the walkability of Boston and the “younger” crowd, it’s just a little too much city for this country girl. I am a 27 year old, single female so I am interested in being a little farther from the college kids but still in a walkable, and friendly part of Nashville since I’ll be moving without knowing anyone. I will also be moving without a job but I am looking to stay in the PR/Events fields. I also ride horses so a place that would be convenient (I do have a car so commuting wouldn’t be a problem; just not an hour-two hour drive I’m currently dealing with) for me to have my own horse would be great! So an affordable area, decent commute to work/country, around people my own age would be great. I am hoping to be able to visit the area before I move, however I haven’t been to Nashville in years and it was very very brief. Do you have any suggestions?
I’m moving to Nashville and will be working near downtown. I’m a single male 25 years old and would like to find a 1 bedroom apartment that is affordable. something that is in the $600-800 range in a safe neighborhood with other young people.Thanks!
Good Day!! I am looking to move to the suburb area (or further out) from Nashville. Must be pet friendly. I am a 50+ year old woman, with an adult son. Can anyone direct me where to inquire on inexpensive living, safe and a place to walk my dog i.e. parks, trails, etc. I am currently seeking work in the Nashville area
We are possibly moving to nashville for my husbands job. Have lived in webster ny all of my life. We are in our early 50s and will be semi empty nesters. Looking for a suburb that is 30 minutes from antioch pike that feels like home
Hello! This website has been extremely helpful. Though, I am moving from Boston and it is hard to check out apartments. I’m in my late 20’s, single and looking for an affordable one bedroom that is walkable to downtown. I’d love all the help and suggestions I could get! Thank you!
I was just in Nashville with some friends over the Memorial Day weekend and the discussion came up about a buddy who packed his car and left for Arizona alone. I am having the same thought about moving to Nashville in the coming months. I am looking for some honest feedback about a decent place to live as a newby that wants to live in Music City. Any insight or information would be greatly appreciated as this is a pretty huge life decision.
Looking for a place to raise 5 teenager. Planning to move to Nashville in Aug. Can someone help with the neighborhood that’s not bad and safe. Rent not to expensive until i get a good job. Making a change for the better. looking for a job also.
Hello! Love the website thank you for having it! I am single in my mid 40’s with no children and considering moving to Nashville. What areas outside of right downtown has a good 40’s upscale fun vibe with not a lot of college kids at local bars at night? I would be willing to live up to 15 minutes outside of City.
Trying for a job at Warby Parker HQ, will be my first condo/appt alone, I need something cheaper but still in a hip area I will be 22 when I move and I am looking for a new life hopefully with a happily ever after! Any suggestions?
Howdy Guru! I will be moving to Nashville area in the next couple of months. My new job is based out of Brentwood. What areas would you recommend where I will be most likely to find a townhouse/single family home? i have dogs and cats. Also my husband will be transferring to VA in Nashville. Not sure where to start and where rental prices are still reasonable. If you have a realtor office to recommend that can help with search that would be awesome.
My wife and I are moving to Nashville this October the website has been very useful thus far. We are in our mid 20s with a toddler. We are looking for an area that is not to far from the fun but safe and family friendly at the same time. We appreciate your advice.
I am very interested in relocating to Nashville from Memphis, TN. I fell in love with Nashville, TN after visiting for a training. The city has grown so much over the years. I love the diversity. The traffic is another story, but the atmosphere is wonderful. This site is amazing and so informative. I utilized crimemapping.com on some areas I was interested in. OMG, it was so helpful. Thank you so much NashvilleGuru
Hi! I am a law student with 2 dogs moving down to Nashville for a job in June. My budget is around $1000 per month for rent but I don’t want to live in a condo because one of my dogs goes a little nuts around other dogs. A regular apt would be ideal. I’d also like to be within walking distance from something (bars, restaurants, anything really). Lastly, how would I go about finding rentals long distance? I’m just nervous about finding something online that turns out to be not so great in person. Thanks!
I am considering moving to Nashville from Denver. I’m in my mid-40’s and am looking for a place 15-20 min. outside of downtown. I love the outdoors, fitness, and a cool vibe. Any suggestions? Thanks.
As a REALTOR who lives 40 minutes from Nashville, I LOVE coming to your page to find out whats going on in the area! My clients also enjoy that I share your page with them as well! Such a great find!
This website is great! Do you have recommendations on the best websites for people to find rentals?
Hi! I am a recent college graduate relocating to Nashville. I want to be downtown in an area around other likeminded young professionals in their early twenties. I want to stay as close to $1000 a month as possible? Any suggestions?
Hey Katelyn, to stay near the $1000 mark, you’ll probably be in a studio apartment, which typically start at $1,200-$1,500 a month. Most communities run specials for one to two months free rent, which can save you some money. These specials change all the time, but you can keep up with many of them in our apartments guide. Hopefully this helps a little!
Great website, I’m making the move to Nashville with my wife and son in the next couple of weeks, we have never been to Nashville, I will be working in saint thomas west hospital, any recommendations on affordable apartments for rent somewhere nearby?
I moving to Nashville soon. Which area would be great for a single parent with little ones? Im from Memphis im looking for quiet, small and peaceful.
Considering the move to Nashville. Having explored Nashville twice, I have noticed the exponential growth of developing areas and how diverse the culture is within the city. Nashville seems to be a Southern born city at heart however I do sense a very large percentage of outside influence from all over the USA. I have visited most of the neighborhoods within the city and have been very pleased with how the city is developing into a modern cultured city heavily influenced by contemporary aesthetics. I’m pretty close to calling this laid back city my home. Just need to land the right job.
I would like to know about best places to live for low budget seniors.
One town that my family discovered that is a very easy commute to Nashville is Cross Plains, TN. Living near i65 makes it so easy for me to get to work everyday, and easy for me and my family to go downtown on the weekend to grab lunch. There are a few small neighborhoods that are very close to the interstate, which means you run into no traffic while making it to i65. No large production builders have made it to this town, so it’s got a unique feel when shopping for a home to purchase, and the prices are very reasonable! This town makes a very good stepping stone while trying to save up for the big city life, while still getting a great home in the meantime.
This is a fantastic site and just what I was looking for. I am going to be moving from Illinois and starting the next chapter in my life as moving toward retirement. I am presently a certified school nurse in the Chicago Public Schools and will be looking to continue working in retirement the same role. I am “older” but not dead yet :o)! I really love being around younger people and especially love “college towns” as I feel they keep places alive. I will have pets. I want to have a residential feel that has all age ranges but also want a town that is the center of my neighborhood. I drive and have a car now but it would be nice to have easy access to public transportation to get to other places where parking may be more of a chore (I am used to City of Chicago parking so that is what I think of when I think of any “downtown”). I presently live in a suburb of Chicago with a metra station at the center of my town and close driving access to locations with parking garages at CTA stations. The town also has family restaurants, shops, and salons. That is still important for me to have where I am moving as my retirement destination. Thanks for this wonderful site and any advice you can provide!
Considering a move to Nashville. Is the guide available in print that could be mailed?
Thank you for this wonderful resource! Thinking of retiring in Nashville and looking for condo or apt in walkable area near good restaurants, music, etc, as we do not drive. Any areas in particular that have an older population? Would also consider a retirement community that provides transportation to downtown. Thanks so much for any advice.
My husband and I are retired and in our early 70’s. We just sold a high rise condo in Portland, OR and are thinking of moving to a high rise condo in Nashville. We will be visiting in 2 weeks. Any recommendations? We like the bar and restaurant vibe but not the honky tonk so much. For the high rise, the higher the better. Thanks.
Clare, for high-rise condos, be sure to look at 505 (45 stories) and some of the other popular buildings that are approximately 20 stories like Twelve Twelve, Icon in the Gulch, The Adelicia, and Encore. If you’re willing to rent, be outside of the downtown area, and have a high-end atmosphere, consider looking at Vertis Green Hills.
I’d like to echo the comments above about the level of detail this site offers. I wish every major city could have a resource as thorough and informative as this! My boyfriend and I are considering a move to Nashville but are curious about how the coronavirus restrictions have affected the city. We love dog friendly activities and venues and kids are not in the cards for us – we generally prefer young professional friendly areas but like quiet neighborhoods as well. If there are any specific recommendations that you would be willing to share we’d be much obliged!
What about south Nashville? 37211. Large lots with ranch style houses for those not wanting to have a lot of stairs. Give it a try. Southwood subdivision. Located close to I 24 and I 65 and the airport.
Thanks for sharing these tips. I found these tips very helpful.
I am recently retired, divorced and am seeking the best area for a social life, uber service and affordable condos. Restaurants and shopping a plus.
Trying to move me and my son out of Milwaukee been here for to long want to move and start are life over.
Hi, I will be moving to Nashville by fall to start a master program at VanderbiltUniversity.
I will be needing an apartment hopefully with roommates to share the bills… I will love a place not too far from the campus