This week, the network TV drama that (you have to admit) drew tons of nationwide eyeballs toward our city, Nashville, returns for its third season. (The season premiere is Wednesday at 9 Central on ABC.)
Another thing Nashville arguably drew our way: lots of transplants entranced by the unique culture of Nashville. Sure, the show isn’t exactly 100 percent accurate, but it does portray more than a few slices of actual Nashville, from landmarks to neighborhoods.
In that spirit, I figured I’d explore a few of the neighborhoods Nashville’s various characters chose as home. No spoilers here for those who are behind — these imaginary folks may or may not still live in these neighborhoods, may or may not still be on the show, may or may not (fake) live at all — but these neighborhoods were home at least at one point, and there are, in fact, houses on the market there that aren’t even a little imaginary.
Early on in the show, when you saw country megastar Rayna James strolling around her opulent family home, she and husband Teddy Conrad were residents of upscale Belle Meade, home to actual bold names like Al Gore and Vince Gill and Amy Grant. If you’re looking to live large in Belle Meade, 110 Lynnwood Blvd., above, is on the market for $2,500,000, and it’s a 1920s estate fit for a star, with impeccable design inside and upscale hotel-style outdoor living spaces and vistas.
The sprawling modern mansion younger country starlet Juliette Barnes enjoyed various dramas of love and music within? It was located in leafy Oak Hill, south of downtown. Want your own unique slice of Oak Hill? 1175 Travelers Ridge Dr., pictured above,is on the market now for $1,000,000, and it has modern design touches, lots of treed, superstar-style privacy and fantastic outdoor space.
Randy Roberts — Juliette and Rayna’s producer — called a condo in The Gulch home, like any proper young(er) professional might. Drawn toward more walkable/urban-centric dwelling? The condo pictured above — 600 12Th Ave. S, Apt. 1411 — is on the market for $475,000, and gives you access to two pools, two fitness centers and other amenities.
Initial marketing categorized commitment-confused singer-guitarist Avery Barkley as “a dead sexy East Nashville hipster,” so it wasn’t tough to figure out what part of town they were pegging his ilk too. He hasn’t been the only East Nashvillian on the show, of course — fellow musicians/drama-magnets Scarlett O'Connor, Gunnar Scott and Will Lexington are among the others who called the enclave for the creatively inclined home. Looking to set up shop there? The above home, at 917 Riverside Dr., is on the market for $419,900, and has a must for rehearsal: a finished basement with durable stained concrete floors.
So, OK, not a neighborhood, but Rayna’s uber-powerful dad/master of menacing scowls Lamar Wyatt’s home on the show was actually The Hermitage, the early 1800s mansion that once belonged to President Andrew Jackson. You clearly can’t live there (though you can visit), but you certainly can live in growing, suburban Hermitage. You might even snag some stately, The Hermitage-esque columns well under a president’s (or Nashville star’s) salary — the above home, at 1091 Riverwood Village Blvd., is on the market for $209,900.
OK, Nashville fans — did I miss any key dwellings/neighborhoods from the show that you love? Remind me!
by TJ AndersonBy early afternoon on Friday, I’m feeling pretty good
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