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Shift From The Suburbs To Downtown Nashville
by TJ Anderson
In a piece titled "More Nashville Office Workers Expected Downtown As Demand Shifts From The Suburbs," Nashville Public Radio took a look at the major growth happening in downtown Nashville of late. "Bridgestone Americas’ decision to move its headquarters from the airport area to downtown Nashville illustrates a larger trend,” the piece reads. “More businesses are eyeing downtown relocations and more inventory there is being prepared for office tenants.”
I’ve certainly noticed that growth, and I’ve noticed a growth in a desire for downtown or close-to-downtown living, too, with lots of clients asking about condos in The Gulch, Germantown and elsewhere right in the heart of the city. As our population continues to bloom — which, by all accounts, is barely getting started (Business Insider, for one, just called us one of The 15 Hottest American Cities For 2015) — I see the desirability of living close to downtown continuing to grow, too.
Does downtown/downtown-adjacent living appeal to you? I rounded up a handful of places on the market now that should fit your right-in-the-middle-of-it lifestyle and that I think have a lot of general likability, too.
600 12th Ave. S., Apt. 1814
Looking to take advantage of the walkability and downtown proximity of The Gulch? The Icon In The Gulch is right there in the middle of all the neighborhood's restaurants and shops, and the building is stocked with amenities, including two pools, two fitness areas and incredible views. This particular 1-bed, 1-bath condo has a blend of coziness and industrial cool, with a particularly fantastic bonus: a wrap-around balcony that gives you an eagle-eye perch on the city.
301 Demonbreun St., Unit 1418
In The Encore, you’re right downtown — at the corner of 3rd Avenue and Demonbreun — and in a beautiful, modern building with lots of amenities (fitness center, sundeck, pool, more). This spacious 1-bed, 1 1/2 bath (plus an office/den, in a total of almost 1000 square feet) gives you the benefits of downtown living (walls of windows and two balconies that let you appreciate the view) and handles one of the downsides too — you get two parking spaces.
1400 Rosa L Parks Blvd., Apt. 218
You’re a stone’s throw from downtown in Germantown, and amid a ton of walkable places to be, from top restaurants to fun shops. If you’re drawn to loft-like living, the neighborhood’s one of your best bets, too. This 2-bed, 2 1/2-bath corner unit in Werthan Lofts is brimming with loft cool — from 14-foot beamed ceilings and exposed ductwork to lots and lots of beautiful brick.
3000 Vanderbilt Pl., Apt. 231
Moving here to work at Vandy/in the vicinity? This 1-bed, 1-bath at Bristol West End puts you right there in Midtown, and gives you an open floor plan, access to high-end amenities (fitness center, pool) and an easy walk to Centennial Park.
700 Church St., Apt. 802
Looking to live amid Nashville history? The Bennie Dillon Building, smack in the middle of downtown, traces back to 1926, and still bears lots of historic charm, from the exterior to the breathtaking lobby and right into this unit. You have exposed brick, incredible downtown views and a total must-have with downtown living: garage space.
700 12th Ave S., Unit 1204
Green minded? The Terrazzo is the first LEED-certified high-rise in downtown Nashville, and among the features that earned that certification: Energy Star appliances, recycled solid surface countertops, low-flow fixtures, green cleaning practices in common areas and more. This unit, in particular, isn’t short on good looks, either, with floor-to-ceiling windows, cool concrete touches, a balcony with fantastic views and lots more. Added bonus if you’re moving here with little in the way of furnishings: The seller’s inclined to include them all.
So what do you think — is downtown/close-to-downtown Nashville living for you? Any of these places catching your eye? If you’re hunting for the perfect piece of city dwelling, I’d love to help — drop me a line.
TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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