Middle Tennessee househunters who are more drawn to well-established neighborhoods, less to newer subdivisions, tend to look for homes in those corners.
Looking through the Nashville-area MLS this week, I caught a few cool properties in neighborhoods and areas that fit that bill, all hosting upcoming Open Houses. So I’m focusing this week’s Open House roundup in that direction.
If you forced me to pick a hidden historic gem of a neighborhood that a lot of newer Nashvillians haven’t discovered, I’d probably point at Historic Bluefields in Donelson, a tight-knit district of 200 or so homes, settled in the ’20s. It’s full of stone cottages and charming Tudors and the like, on big, leafy plots of land in a sleepy, friendly corner of town. Homes there don’t hit the market too often, which is why this 1935 brick and stone beauty caught my attention. Some fresh flooring and a few other updates, and the interior would be every bit as cool as the exterior. Open Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
If the taller, skinnier new builds really aren’t your thing, one of the best Nashville bets for the polar opposite — older, lower ranches on bigger pieces of property — is Crieve Hall, about 9 miles or so south from the center of town. You’ll see lots of midcentury brick homes here, some renovated, some untouched, many with at least a half-acre plot — like this 1957, 3-bed, 2-bath home, with lots of original details still intact. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Some of us want a rural escape, or to live amid the buzz of the city, with shops and restaurants just outside our doorsteps and little need for a lawnmower. Then there’s the middle ground of established suburban enclaves like Forest Hills: large lawns, no high-density housing, no commercial development, homes with history. This one’s a perfect pick for the latter: a well-kept midcentury ranch with loads of space (almost 4000 square feet, specifically), on an acre of land. Open 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday.
East Nashville is among the boomiest, growingest parts of our Boom Town, and in 2017, it’s not uncommon to see a whole East Side street full of new builds. Historic Lockeland Springs, though, is one of the corners of the neighborhood that retains the old vibes, with sidewalked streets and many lovingly restored historic homes. Excellent example: this 1920 property just a skip from Shelby Park and from Five Points. It’s nicely renovated, with updates that don’t obscure the historic personality. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more picture-perfect historic neighborhood in Nashville than Historic Richland/West End, a small enclave of Bungalows and Craftsman homes, mostly tracing back to the start of the 1900s. (A full 90 percent of the homes there were built between 1907 and 1935, according to the Richland-West End Neighborhood Association.) This beautiful brick home, built in 1945, has historic touchstones aplenty: original stone fireplace, arched doorways, built-ins, stained glass, period-perfect pedestal sink and lots more. Open Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
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