National publications from Rolling Stone to the New York Times have raved about East Nashville’s “cool factor.” Just last month Vogue called East Nashville Nashville’s coolest neighborhood. So what makes East Nashville such a cool place to live? We have listed four reasons East Nashville is a great place to live, work, and play…
1. Historical Charm
In the early 1900s, East Nashville was one of Nashville’s most desirable neighborhoods because of its close proximity to downtown – much like today. But in 1917, a massive fire destroyed much of the area. Over the past 30 years, East Nashville has seen a revitalization while maintaining its historical charm. Drive down Porter Road and see the colorful craftsman bungalows lining its streets or stroll through picturesque Shelby Park, previously an amusement park in the early 1900s.
2. Critically-Acclaimed Restaurant Scene
Some of Nashville’s best restaurants and bars can be found tucked away in East Nashville’s vibrant neighborhoods: Little Octopus, The Butcher and Bee, Two Ten Jack, Mas Tacos, and Marche just to name a few. Thrillist recently named East Nashville one of the best food neighborhoods in the America and said the restaurants in the area provide the best sampling of Nashville food. The bottom line, foodies are certainly welcome in East Nashville.
3. The People
We all know that Nashville has some of the friendliest residents in the world according to Travel + Leisure, and East Nashville welcomes people from all walks of life with open arms. East Nashville has been embraced by artists, musicians, families and businesspeople alike. Everyone wants to be a part of this vibrant and growing community. In addition, East Nashvillians have immense pride for their neighborhood – hosting festivals like the Tomato Art Festival that celebrate the neighborhood’s creativity and individuality.
4. Neighborhood borough
Likened to the different boroughs of New York, East Nashville’s mini-neighborhoods each have a distinct vibe. From transitional Inglewood to historic Lockeland Springs and scenic Shelby Park, the boroughs of East Nashville each have something different to offer.