Explore 12 South Without Cars During Open Streets Nashville

Explore 12 South Without Cars During Open Streets Nashville

by TJ Anderson

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Nashville is a car city, and it’s likely going to take a lot of time and effort to move us to a more walkable/bikeable, mass transit-embracing place.

As we keep growing, though, moving in that direction is clearly necessary, and civic attention is being paid there, in ways that’ll change our landscape and, hopefully, the mindsets of our residents, too. 

In the former category: The WalknBike plan, being drafted to focus on building and maintaining sidewalks and bikeways in Nashville.

In the latter category: Open Streets Nashville, an afternoon event meant to help us look at our home a little differently, without cars to distract us.

Launched in 2015 and sponsored by then-mayor Karl Dean and biking advocacy organization Walk Bike Nashville, Open Streets Nashville is “a movement to activate people, strengthen businesses and inspire public spaces by temporarily closing streets to cars.”

For the first one, streets in the busy Gulch were closed off to four-wheeled travelers, and residents were able to amble and wander, enjoying all the shopping and eating available in that neighborhood without the usual Frogger experience.

This year’s event, hosted by the office of the Mayor and Walk Bike Nashville, is set for October 30 from 2 to 6 p.m. in 12 South, with more than two miles of that busy artery turned into a pedestrian- and bike-only zone.

The 12 South area is one of the most vibrant, independent business-stocked parts of Nashville, and because of that, it can be constantly stuffed with cars. So if you live in or love that neighborhood, Open Streets Nashville could be a fantastic way to get a different view, and a fun, calm afternoon to explore.

Learn more about Open Streets Nashville here.

Since the day’s almost here, I’m focusing this week’s Open House roundup on the 12 South area.

First, the broader picture:


Then, my 12 South picks:

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1014 Kirkwood Ave

Nashville, TN 37204


I wrote recently about how parkside homes in Nashville are getting treated like Oceanfront property, and Sevier Park, in the 12 South area, is a definite draw. This large, new construction home (almost 3000 square feet) is right across from the park, steps from upscale burgers at Burger Up and incredible frozen treats at Las Paletas and lots more. As expected, it’s full of high-end details and bright, fresh finishes. (I really like the shiplap around the fireplace.) Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

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2911 Vaulx Lane

Nashville, TN 37204


Something with a slightly more modern design, and a lower asking price, but still with ample space (2700 square feet) and upscale finishes. This one’s right up on Melrose, which has its own collection of great places to eat/shop/be, and it has some nice covered patio/balcony space too. Open Sunday 2 to 4 p.m.

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2710 Belmont Blvd

Nashville, TN 37212


This 5-bed, 4-full/2-half-bath, 4000-plus-square-foot home is in the Belmont area, still a few steps from all the stuff that 12 South has to offer. If you’re looking for a renovated historic beauty, it’s definitely one to take a look at — the house was built in 1906, and it has the beautiful built-ins, fireplaces and trim to prove it. But there are tasteful upgrades throughout as well, including a bright, open kitchen and upgraded baths. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.

If you’re convinced 12 South (or nearby Belmont or Melrose) is the place for you, I’d love to help you find the perfect new home in a neighborhood you love. Give me a call or drop me an email, and tell me about what you’re looking for!

Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.

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Dated: October 21st 2016
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