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Buying A Home In East Nashville AKA One Of The 14 Coolest Hipster Neighborhoods In The USA
by TJ Anderson
I can already feel some of my longtime Nashvillian friends and clients cringing. Yep, another list about hipster hotbeds, shining its dubious light toward Nashville.
Last week, TripAdvisor — a site that helps travelers with everything from itineraries to lodging — rounded up the “14 Coolest Hipster Neighborhoods in the USA,” weighing some key metrics to make their pronouncements.
Among the details that make a neighborhood efficiently “hipster”: “The number of microbreweries, independent coffee shops, and upscale farmer’s markets? How Instagrammable everything is? Or all of the above?”
If you’ve made your way around the country some, most of their picks won’t come as much of a surprise — busy Little Five Points in Atlanta, Georgia; close-to-downtown East Austin in Austin, Texas; the rapidly reinvented Fishtown in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. And, of course, East Nashville here in Nashville, Tennessee.
TripAdvisor’s take on the charms of Nashville’s East Side:
“Realign yourself with nature at Shelby Bottoms Park, a 960-acre green space with more than five miles of trails through open fields and hardwood forests. Rent bicycles to explore Nashville’s Greenway System or take to the water on a Downtown Nashville Paddleboard Tour, a 2-hour paddle along the Cumberland River, leaving from Shelby Park.”
Kind of a single-sided focus there, but can't argue with that appreciation — Shelby Park is one of the gems of East Nashville (and Nashville on the whole), with a top-notch neighborhood farmers market (+1 hipster point), loads of fun and free events throughout the year at the Nature Center and one of the more Instagrammable elevated train trestles you’ll find in our part of Tennessee (+2, see up top).
And hey, we can scoff at all the national press attention paid to East Nashville’s “hipster” quotient, but the core of why so many eyes turn toward the East Side is genuine. The neighborhood has a particular, admittedly fashionable charm that’s hard to resist: a tight-knit, familial community; a mix of historic homes and brand-new modern architecture; a thriving dining scene; and a healthy crop of independent businesses, from homegrown coffee houses to floral designers, chocolate makers, craft breweries and over-the-top sweets shops.
Over the past few decades, that’s all fed into something that East Nashville homeowners and homebuyers are well aware of: People are drawn to living on the East Side, and owning a home in East Nashville has only gotten more and more lucrative.
Thinking about buying a home in this Top-14, TripAdvisor-approved “hipster” enclave? Below, a few East Nashville homes on the market now that caught my eye on the MLS for their… hipness?
2115 Yeaman Pl Apt 101
Nashville, TN 37206
Even as our housing prices have risen, Nashville homebuyers who move here from places like L.A. and Brooklyn still tend to be pleasantly surprised by their expanded options with comparatively modest condo budgets. Take this contemporary unit close to downtown in the 5th & Main complex: The high-end, loft-style space clocks in at under $240 per square foot asking, with massive amounts of natural light, a huge master suite and assigned garage space, plus excellent amenities in the community, including a gym and dog park.
1602 Cahal Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
Modern design in a nearly-new home: This 3-bed, 3-bath house has those telltale sleek and straight contemporary lines, and a slew of upscale finishes, including Carrara marble countertops. The rooftop deck, in particular, is a detail TripAdvisor would almost surely throw a couple thumbs up for.
926 Fairwin Ave
Nashville, TN 37216
Buyers who have their hearts set on a historic Tudor can often find what they’re looking for in East Nashville’s Inglewood, with properties like this 1925 charmer, chock full of arches and diamond-patterned panes and original trim. Big bonuses with this listing: a basement that’d be perfect as an art studio/rehearsal space, and a killer porte cochere to park under with a deck on top to sit and sip upon.
1207 Forrest Ave
Nashville, TN 37206
A historic Lockeland Springs Victorian is kind of the ultimate East Nashville home purchase — the neighborhood’s resurgence was ushered in, in part, by folks buying once-rundown homes like these, and bringing them back to their charm-filled best. This property is on the smaller side, with 2 beds and 2 baths, but it’s downright oversized when it comes to historic detail, from doorknobs to light fixtures to fireplaces to front-porch detail.
Is East Nashville where you’re determined to buy your next house? Let me know if I can help you find your dream home. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.
Properties are listed with their own respective real estate firms, and not under agreement with TJ Anderson and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC.
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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