by TJ AndersonThere’s a lot to celebrate about the Nashville food scene, and rightly, folks from around the country have been celebrating us more and more, for years now. The New York Times
Looking Forward To 2015
by TJ Anderson
As we’ve hit the end of 2014, I’m looking ahead to 2015 in Nashville and realizing I have a lot to look forward to. So right before we ring in the New Year, I collected a few of the things that I — and other Nashvillians — can feel excited about in the coming months:
More Growth in Nashville
Some of us feel a certain measure of growing pains as Nashville’s population blooms, but it’s also a strong sign of our city’s health and an indication of more to come. Expectations all-around are for continued growth — in job opportunities in industries like auto and healthcare, in tourism, and, accordingly, in rent prices. We also should have more places to put our Nashville newcomers — inventory is expected to grow by 3.8 percent in 2015 (the highest percentage increase in the country). So while I’m excited for Nashville growth in 2015, I’m also excited to help a lot more of you find a home you love here.
The Growth of Downtown Nashville
While we’re thinking about job and real estate growth, I can’t help but feel excited about the things happening downtown in 2015. The new Bridgestone U.S. headquarters is going to be a huge deal, its $232.6 million, 30-story tower bringing over 600 new jobs to Nashville with it. Looking a little further down the line, the new Paramount — a 60-story high-rise at Fifth and Church expected to inherit the tallest-building crown — will bring another big change to downtown, with 630 units, and construction starting in 2016.
Bigger Changes in Emerging Neighborhoods
Some months back, I took a look at some emerging Nashville neighborhoods, and I still see regular growth in those areas. As I’m thinking about 2015, I have a few other surging neighborhoods on my mind — parts of the city that I see growing in a big way in terms of culture, community, desirability and more. On my list:
WEDGEWOOD HOUSTON, with beautiful historic homes and lots of new construction (from detached homes to condos), new restaurants and shops and great accessibility to downtown.
CLEVELAND PARK, a tight-knit and quickly blossoming corner of East Nashville that’s seen lots of business growth over the past few years (food-obsessed East Nashvillians know this well) and offers some of the East Side’s more affordable rehabbed Victorians and modern new construction.
RAINS WAYCROSS, a corner on the south side that you know well if you regularly hit the monthly Nashville Flea Markets. Its location (with easy access to already bustling areas like 12 South) and charming cottages are making the neighborhood more and more talked-about.
More Restaurant Scene Growth
I regularly brag to far-and-wide friends about the Nashville food scene, and it’s not looking to get more boring in 2015. There are a ton of new places I’m anticipating, from new spaces from homegrown players (like the already much-talked about Butchertown Hall in Germantown, expected to open in January) to more celeb chef-led Nashville restaurants (Richard Blais is expected to open his latest Flip Burger Boutique at 4111 Charlotte early in 2015; fellow TV-food face Jonathan Waxman is planning to add another Nashville food outpost, taco stop Bajo Sexto in the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, too.)
Internet dwellers are having a hard time tempering their excitement about the possibility of getting Google’s speedy gigabit Internet network, Google Fiber, in Nashville. I’m among them. We still don’t know for sure if it’s happening, but Google’s filing for a state franchise certificate late this year isn’t a terrible sign.
More Shelter Dogs Finding Homes
Dog adoption is a long-held passion, and I’m committed to doing more in 2015. We already regularly offer to sponsor adoptions and fostering from MACC, and we offer to do the same for all clients who close a home with us. My rescue dog Ella makes my house a home. It means a lot to me to get to help MACC dogs do the same for you.
More Growth… In Me
I’m looking forward to changes and growth in Nashville in 2015, but I have a few growth hopes for me, too. I want, alongside our team, to help more longtime locals and new Nashvillians alike find their dream home. I also want to travel to Ireland to do a castle/golf tour (golf: another passion). I want to complete a Tough Mudder (if you’re not familiar, it’s a seriously demanding 10-12 mile obstacle course, and there’s one nearby in May). And I hope to close out 2015 as proud of the work we’ve done for our clients as I am at the end of 2014.
How about you — are there things you’re looking forward to in Nashville in 2015? I’d love to hear your picks. If finding a new home is one of them, I’d love to help — drop me a line!
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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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