The past meets the present in Nashville’s 8th Avenue South neighborhood. Situated just southeast of the Gulch and northeast of Edgehill and Melrose, the community is largely commercial and attracts visitors from all over the city each day with its abundant shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues. The trendy neighborhood is also known throughout the Southeast for its row of antique shops. As more and more people discover this unique Nashville community on the rise, more business and living opportunities are becoming available, as well.
Over the last 15 years, 8th Avenue South has undergone an amazing transformation and has become a major hotspot in the city, and it is not finished yet. Investors and developers have many plans for the neighborhood’s future.
There are several large parks surrounding the community, which makes it a great spot to get away when you need a little peace and quiet not usually found in a big city. However, it is also just minutes from where Interstates 65 and 40 intersect, meaning you can be anywhere in the city and its suburbs in minutes. If you or your children are planning to go to college or continue your education, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, andLipscomb University are all close by. Having Vanderbilt nearby also means access to excellent healthcare, as its hospital regularly ranks as the top medical facility in Tennessee, and one of the top facilities in the Southeast and throughout the nation.
One thing is certain when it comes to 8th Avenue South: There is always something to do. Over the years, the antique shops and malls lining the streets, like Cane-Ery Antique Mall, A la Maison, and Fine Offerings Antiques, have become a popular shopping destination for Middle Tennessee residents. As a matter of fact, the area is known around the Metro Nashville area as one of the top antique districts in the state. Another popular hotspot is Zanies Comedy Night Club which has hosted the likes of Jay Leno, Jeff Foxworthy, and Jerry Seinfeld over the years.
Of course, with it being Nashville, there are several places in the area to hear live music. The Basement, which sits beneath a place called Grimey’s, always has someone playing, ranging from blues to rock. Also, be sure to check out Grimey’s TOO, which is just up the street, to shop for books, records, CDs, and DVDs. Douglas Corner Café is another great place to hear live music. If you feel inspired to create your own sound, check out Gruhn Guitars and Carter Vintage Guitars. Both are some of the locals’ favorite guitar shops.
There are also several great restaurants in the neighborhood. Grab a coffee at Eighth & Roast, chicken at Smokin Thighs, Vietnamese food at Love Peace & Pho, or what has been voted the best Thai food in Nashville at The Smiling Elephant.
Of course, Downtown Nashville is just minutes away, and you can always catch a Titans game at Nissan Stadium, a concert at Bridgestone Arena or the Ryman Auditorium, or catch up on your music history at the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Parks and Recreation
There are several large and small Nashville parks in and around 8th Avenue South that offer plenty of amenities, greenspace, and fun things to do for residents. Rose Park which sits just west of the neighborhood is 24 acres of athletic fields and a walking track. Reservoir Park which sits in the heart of the neighborhood has basketball and tennis courts, a playground, picnic areas, walking trails, and a small reservoir. It is also within walking distance of several notable businesses. To the east of 8th Avenue South, you will find Fort Negley Park and Visitor Center, which features exhibits and videos about the history of Nashville and its role in the Civil War. Park visitors can walk the grounds, give themselves a self-guided tour, and even bring dogs on a leash. The Adventure Science Center sits next to Fort Negley Park.
Real Estate Information
Because 8th Avenue South is an urban area, the majority of residential opportunities are condominiums like Lofts on Eighth. The attractive building is home to 32 two-bedroom and two-bathroom units that feature hardwood floors, 10-foot ceilings, large utility rooms, high-end appliances, granite countertops, and floor-to-ceiling sliding barn doors. Townhomes are also available in the area, including the gated community of Wedgewood Park. Here you will find large, open floorplans; personal two-car garages, stainless steel appliances, and balconies and decks.
However, in the areas surrounding the neighborhood, you will find some single-family homes, including mid-century ranch-style houses and charming vintage cottages, Craftsmans, and bungalows, ranging from fixer-uppers to recently renovated homes. These homes typically start in the $300,000s and range up to over $1 million.
Schools in 8th Avenue South
- Carter Lawrence Elementary School
- Eakin Elementary School
- Julia Green Elementary School
- Waverly-Belmont Elementary School