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Apr 25, 2010 01:54 PM

Moving to Nashville--where should I live?

After spending the first 25 years of my life on the Northeast Corridor, I am moving to Nashville for one year over Memorial Day weekend. I'll be working downtown, and I'm not much of a driver, so I'm hoping to avoid having to buy a car. (My partner does have a car for big trips to the grocery store and such, but really we're urban-types who are used to walking/public-transiting it everywhere.) Are there any specific neighborhoods that I should be considering for the apartment search? Ideally, there would be a corner grocery or similar within a 5-10 minute walk, one (or more) casual dinner-y place within a 15 minute walk, and, in an ideal world, a weekend breakfast place within a 15-20 minute walk. What neighborhoods have enough of a walkable feel, good food options, and are downtown-accessible? Or am I going to have to suck it up, buy a car and get used to driving for the 9 PM ice cream run?

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  1. Hillsboro Village is really the only area that meets all of your criteria. It's not cheap.

    There are newer condo development downtown, in SoBro (south of Broadway), and in midtown that will meet some of your criteria. Again, not cheap. Another option would be parts of East Nashville. The main thing that will be lacking in all but Hillsboro Village will be the grocery store, or at least a decent grocery store.

    1. good luck!!! nothing that you are describing exists, and if you dont want to drive for 30 minutes for your icecream run you will probably want to look in the west end/green hills neighborhood. there is a train to downtown from the "suburbs" but it is rather advice, stay in the northeast, I know I wish I did.

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      1. re: I love Jersey

        Wow, that's nice. What's stopping you from moving back?

        1. re: jamiecarroll

          "I love Jersey" hates Nashville and the food here and posts frequently about his (her?) hatred. So helpful.

          1. re: TLF

            just telling it like it is from my perspective, there are things that i like about the south and give credit when credit is due...coming from an area that has real neighborhoods and unique businesses to an area which is very stripmall chain fastfood centric takes a bit to get used to...and the first chance i get i am going back but the housing market isnt cooperating with my plans

            1. re: I love Jersey

              "Who says you can't go home."
              -Fake Bon Jovi

      2. There was a similar thread on this board recently. Suggestions were Hillsboro Village, the Gulch, and East Nashville. East Nashville (depending on exactly where you are) will give you the dinner places, the brunch places, the ice cream, and a good bus to downtown. The groceries withing walking distance are all mediocre to horrible, though. There aren't a lot of apartment rentals in East Nashville, but there are some condos with decent locations.

        1. You can live downtown...probably plenty of condo rental deals right now. They do have a small grocery store on church street and there are a few decent places to eat within a 15 minute walk. Most of it is touristy...although for a newcomer might be fun...honky tonk bars etc. Most of the good restaurants are in east nashville and west end areas, which would require a car or a really good walk (half hour). Maybe a bicycle? East Nashville five points and hillsboro village are good options for nice walking neighborhoods with restaurants et., but you would need to drve to work...maybe bicycle from east nashville. Don't let the negative folks get you down...Nashville has a lot to offer and continues to grow in the restaurant food scene. Living downtown puts you in an easy walk to the farmers market...which is getting more and more local, artisnal vendors all the time.

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          1. re: pugger

            I live in East Nashville and take the bus to work. And I know plenty of people who live over here and bike it, or do a combination of bus and bike.

            Look, go a little easy on the poor Jersey person. I'm also a transplant to Nashville and I love it here, but questions like this one just happen to touch on the two issues that bother those of us who came here from bigger cities, the food and the public transportation. Both of them have improved (public transportation marginally, the food quite a bit) since I've been here, but they are the two irritants that newcomers run up against every day.

            1. re: nm1

              No one has mentioned Belmont/12th South??? Plenty of restaurants within 5-10 minutes walks, a brand new market on 12th South called Greenlight market that specializes in locally grown produce along with takeout items (I will say that it is SMALL and not for big grocery trips, but will have milk, bread, produce, etc.) Las Paletas isn't ice cream, but great popsicles. Frothy Monkey does a great breakfast, as does Bonga Java on Belmont. Other restaurants are the brand new Burger Up, Mafiaoza's Pizza, Rumours Wine Bar, 12th South Taproom, PM Sushi and Cha Chah tapas (also owned by Arnold Myint, contestant in the upcoming Top Chef in DC) and 3 coffee shops: Portland Brew, Frothy Monkey and Bongo Java. Not to mention the Taco Truck every Thursday afternoon in front of Imogene + Willie, the coolest denim store around.

              There is a bus stop on Belmont that goes downtown -- my neighbors son rides it to his HS there.

              You can also easily walk to Hillsboro Village in about 20'ish minutes which has more restaurants. Another mile'ish walk is Harris Teeter, a grocery store as well.

              Belmont/12th South is a GREAT neighborhood and is also an easy shot to downtown via 12th or 8th Avenues. To me it's a no brainer :-)

              Hope this helps :-)

              2400 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

              Frothy Monkey
              2509 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204

          2. You must have a car in nashville. This is not a walking city by any means. sorry.