Why I Love…Richland-West End
By Zach Goodyear, Project Manager & Realtor
Hello! Zach Goodyear, typing. I wanted to write about one of my favorite historic neighborhoods in Nashville, Richland-West End (which just happens to be where I live). One of Nashville’s early suburban neighborhoods, Richland-West End was created in the early 20th century from land that was once part of John Brown Craighead’s 200-acre estate. In 1905, the Richland Realty Company purchased the land, which was then 2 miles outside of the city limits, and began subdividing it and developing the lots. Over time, this early suburban neighborhood became much more urban and is now arguably one of the most convenient locations in the city.
The neighborhood is comprised mostly of single-family homes built in the 1920s and 1930s, but also has some newer multi-family (condominium) properties along West End. The neighborhood is bordered by West End Ave., Murphy Rd., and N. Wilson Blvd. In 1996, the Metro Historical Commission added a Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay to Richland-West End, allowing the neighborhood to retain its original feel and charm.
With only about 400 properties in the neighborhood, it’s a fairly tight-nit group of residents. A Homeowners Association was formed in 1975 and continues to thrive and survives financially from the proceeds of the annual Home Tour. Mature trees tower over sidewalks that line both sides of most streets. Neighbors often see each other while walking their dogs (which there are plenty of!) or passing by the many front porches that grace the facades of homes here. Houses range from the (occasional) $200s up to $2 million. The average price for a single-family homes sold over the last 18 months was $547,000. In that time, only 37 single-family homes were exchanged, so neighborhood turnover is low, and many of the sales are between neighbors, a sure sign of a popular location where residents want to stay.
So, if you’re looking for charming old homes in a beautiful neighborhood with mature trees and sidewalks, you should definitely put Richland-West End at the top of your list! Contact one of our CityLiving Team members to find out what’s available in the neighborhood now!