Sunday, February 8, 2009

Green Hills 37215

Green Hills. Hmmm. I guess the first thing that comes to mind besides, "nice neighborhood' (and that would be an understatement) is The Mall at Green Hills, Nashville's own upscale shopping mall. Macy's and Dillards are the anchors, it also has Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Coach, Godiva, Brooks Brothers, Lacoste to name a few. We can't forget the Cheesecake Factory. The newest edition to Green Hills is the Hill Center at Green Hills. Stores include, Whole Foods, West Elm, Mitchell Gold, Posh, Pei Wei, Five Guys, California Pizza Kitchen, Zoe's Kitchen just for starters. Trader Joe's recently opened, although everyone was looking for Nashville to step up and change the liquor laws to sell wine along with beer in grocery stores and markets. Bandywood has upscale unique boutiques and consignment shops. Green Hills is also home the the world famous live music venue Blue Bird Cafe, known for it's writers night that has hosted many big names in the music business. If you want to hear live jazz and have a great meal, go to F. Scotts. So, needless to say, Green Hills has some of the best shopping in Nashville, as long as you are not looking for a bargin! Along with great shopping on the narrow corridor of Hillsboro Road comes traffic and alot of congestion.

Green Hills is a very convenient location being only about 15 minutes to downtown, Brentwood and the airport. It is only minutes to Belle Meade and Percy and Edwin Warner parks. These parks combined span over 2600 acres of green space. These parks host hiking, nature and cross country trails, an equestrian center (the location of the annual Steeplechase event) and horse trails, athletic fields, golf course, and picnic areas.

Green Hills is an affluent area with wonderful homes, many with actual land. The homes range from charming bungalows from $500,000 on big lots, just waiting for the McMansions to take over, to million dollar plus new homes with any upgrade imaginable. Within Green Hills, you have Seven Hills and Forest Hills. The homes are nestled in rolling hills with winding driveways that are barely visible from the street. Green Hills is gorgeous in the fall.

Green Hills is home to Hillsboro High School, Julia Green Elementary, Harpeth Hall (an exclusive girls school) and Lipscomb University.

In my research, I haven't found too many neighborhood or community organizations. I imagine most are involved in non-profit and civic organizations, country club activities and their children's schools (mostly private). I did find At home Moms supporting each other. Green Hills does have an awesome YMCA with all the latest equipment.

The main issue that Green Hills contends with, aside from traffic congestion, is density. Because Green Hills is a most sought after area and the land is at a premium, developers have begun building homes with zero lots or more than one home per lot. People established in Green Hills want to maintain the exclusiveness of their neighborhood as well as not increasing traffic.

Green Hills is a beautiful area of Nashville, with wonderful homes and great shopping! Just use the back roads to get around.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sylvan Park and Sylvan Heights

Sylvan Park is located between West End Avenue, Murphy Road and Charlotte Pike. It is an adorable neighborhood only minutes away from Vanderbilt.
One thing I can say that Nashville has missed the boat on, is zoning. And Sylvan Park is a great example of that. There are beautiful, classic old Southern homes with wrap around porches nestled amongst duplexes and shot gun cottages. Sylvan Park has gone through various rejuvenations, yet the past ten years have much of the neighborhood has be revitalized and the old homes have been restored to their original beauty. Small cottages start in the $200,000 range and larger renovated homes range from $300,000-$700,000.
Sylvan Park is home to McCabe Park which has a golf course, playground and community center. There are some great restaurants on Murphy Road. The original, Sylvan Park restaurant is a mainstay Meat and 3. For those of you not familiar with "meat and three" restaurants, Nashville is famous for them. You get a choice of one meat on the menu, traditionally, meatloaf, fried chicken, turkey and dressing, liver and onions (yuck!)-you get the point and a choice of 3 vegetables along with cornbread or a dinner roll. Some places in throw in a sweet tea for good measure. And you get all of that for around $6.00-$8.00! In my day it was even cheaper than that. Who said we aren't healthy in Nashville?! Besides the 'ol meat and 3, McCabe's Pub has been around a long time too. It is a typical family neighborhood restaurant with a great bar. When I say great bar, I mean place they know your name, your drink, your family and your politics. The menu has something for everyone, even an awesome patio. For the upscale diners, there is the renowned Park Cafe. Just a delicious menu and extensive wine list. Cafe Nonna is another Nashville gem. Don't miss Star Bagel for your morning Java and bagel fix. Goldie's Delicatessen moved from Belle Meade to Sylvan Park. There are also some wonderful boutiques. How can I forget Murphy's Fresh Produce. and Bobbie's Dairy Dip? As I write this I am at Portland Brew Coffee house which is adjacent to Grand Cru Wine Shoppe on Murphy Road.
Sylvan Park is also known for it's wonderful elementary school, Sylvan Park Paideia Design Center. Sylvan Park is a very "walkable" neighborhood. You will see joggers, Mom's with strollers, folks walking dogs or riding bikes.
Sylvan Heights as it has been penned is the outskirt of Sylvan Park closer to Charlotte. The homes are a little smaller, yet quaint. But, apart of Sylvan Heights is Nevada Heights. This is an incredible street of homes with architecture unique that looks like you are in California. They are extremely contemporary with some phenomenal views of Downtown Nashville. These homes range from $500,000 to over $700,000.
Sylvan Park is a unique neighborhood with a great location.

Here are a few Sylvan Park links:

Friday, August 15, 2008

"Ain't it goodto be alive and be in the great state of Tennessee!!"

From the words of Charlie Daniels. I couldn't have said it better. As a Realtor, I am really getting sick of the media giving us such gloom and doom about the housing market and the economy. One thing people have to understand, Real Estate is local. Most of the horrific news is in particular areas where people went crazy on speculation. Examples being, Miami, Las Vegas, New York and several cities in Arizona. Yes, the Nashville market is somewhat down, but what everyone has to understand is that they are down from several spectacular record years. Nashville's property values were so under valued for so long, our prices here are just catching up with the rest of the country. Statistics show that Nashville is now actually 1% below average housing prices in cities comparable to Nashville.

So, everyone please stop listening to CNN about how terrible the housing market is. It is a great time to buy, especially if you are a first time home buyer. The interest rates are still great. There is a ton of inventory to choose from.
Another reason Nashville's housing market is stable is mostly because we have alot of recession proof industries here, like hospitals and universities. Nashville is centrally located and a great distribution center. Tennessee borders eight states. You can get to a lot of places with a short drive. Who needs the drama of Atlanta when you can make a weekend trip of it?
Nashville is a comfortable, easy place to live. We have great neighborhood comm unites that are second to none. It is a great place to call home!

Mayor Dean's Housing Fair, Aug. 16th @ Fairgrounds 10am-5pm!

Don' t miss this great event, especially first time home buyers. With all the changes in the mortgage and housing industries, the Housing Fair will help you sort through all of the issues with the current market. There will be government agencies there such as the Tennessee Housing and Development Agency as well as many non-profit organizations to help educate first time home buyers on the home buying process and down payment assistance.
I will be there at our Village Real Estate booth. So, if you have even thought about buying a home, don't miss this great event! See you there.

Nashville Housing Fair
•New Homes
•Obtain a mortgage
•Increase your credit score
•Take care of your first home
No prize redeemable for cash or transferable. Must be 18 or older to win. Proof of ID required.
No prizes paid for by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.
Designed By Nashville Artist Beth Inglish © 2008
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Great Townhouse for Sale in Donelson

Now that I have touted the horn of Donelson, I really should tell you about this great listing I have.
Just off Lebanon Pike near Stewarts Ferry is Riverstone. What I like about this community is that all the homes are all brick, they all have nice size decks, the property itself is situated along the Stones River so it is a really nice setting with mature trees and very nice landscaping. They have a quaint gazebo nestled in the trees and a walking trail. It also has a community pool. Plus Riverstone is just across Lebanon Pike near the Donelson YMCA, Jackson Down shopping Center (Target is there, my favorite!), the Stones River Greenway Trail which takes you along the Stones River to Percy Priest Lake. Did I mention it is only minutes to the Nashville International Airport and Opry Mills. Okay enough on the great location.
The townhouse is 2 Bedroom 2.5 Baths. It has a 2 car garage with plenty of storage or room for a home gym or hobby space, a large eat-in kitchen with tons of cabinets and counter space, the large living room has a wood burning fireplace and opens to the deck, the second floor has 2 master suites with vaulted ceilings and walk-in closets. If all of that is not enough, it has unique architectural features like curved walls, arched doorways, framed and palladium windows.

Great price of $159,900. If you know someone that maybe interested give me a call. I'd love to some them this gem of a townhome! 615.887.5616. For more photos and the virtual tour go to or the MLS# is 994005.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


I guess it is only fitting that I write about my own neighborhood. I have been waiting just because we moved into the neighborhood about a year ago. As most Nashvillians, I didn't know much about Donelson, except that is is where the Airport and Opryland Hotel are. I knew nothing about the neighborhood or the people who lived there. My husband really doesn't want me to write about our neighborhood. He wants to keep it a secret. Too bad!
My husband and I quickly outgrew our East Nashville home and were planning on adopting a 13 year old child who came from a not so great background. So, we were looking for a larger home with some character in a safe neighborhood with a great yard for the dogs and far from any drama a 13 year old may get into. We wanted to stay close to the "urban core," as we call it at Village Real Estate. I hate traffic and driving more than 15 minutes anywhere. I am no fun on road trip to say the least!

As a Realtor, I felt I really knew Nashville and the neighborhoods. I figured our price range would take us to Inglewood, Sylvan Heights or maybe Crieve Hall. But, I just never really thought about Donelson. When my search brought up just a few listings in our under $225,000 price range, I was somewhat discouraged. We looked at a few in Inglewood, but all seemed to need too much work, especially since we are not fond of wallpaper, knotty pine and forest green carpet.
So I widened my search to all of Nashville in our price range and home criteria. Of course, we now had so many to sift through. One caught our attention in Donelson Hills. It sat on a half an acre, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathrooms, all brick, hardwood floors, 2100 square feet with a hobby house. I wasn't quite sure what you did in a hobby house, since my hobby is finding the best martini in Nashville. ;). I guess I could practice making them in there. But my kitchen works just fine.

So we head to Donelson Hills, just off Briley Parkway, west on Lebanon Pike. We found a very well established, tree lined neighborhood. We pulled into the long, aggregate driveway and take the tour. The huge front yard had 4 large mature trees and was nicely landscaped. The hardwood floors were gleaming, there was crown moulding throughout the house. It had the old, big picture windows in the living room and family room. The kitchen has so much cabinet space it was unbelievable. All the bedrooms were nice size and the Master was huge with it's own bathroom. But one of the coolest things was the bricked covered patio that connected to the carport. I would never have to carry groceries in the rain again! I could really imagine the wonderful get togethers we could have there. The back yard was huge as well and had that hobby house I was curious about. We walked in and my husband had found his true "man cave" to be his office! This house had only a couple of issues-the main bathroom had pink and baby blue tile all over and you had to walk through the guest room to get to the master. But, we felt like we could definitely re-do the bathroom and would have to live with the strange floor plan.
Now that we found a great house, what was the neighborhood like?
Well, we were close to a Target, Lowe's and Home Depot that was a good start. But, the first day we moved in, a couple came to welcome us to the neighborhood. They had 2 dogs as well and invited Abby and Gizmo to play anytime. What was even cooler is that they are lesbians which actually made this a diverse neighborhood!! They told us to call if we needed anything, that is what neighbors are for. Wow, had I gone back to the 70's! All the other neighbors proceeded to stop by bringing pies and welcoming us to the neighborhood as well. Now that we have been there a year, they still wave when passing by, bring fruit from their trees and chat pretty frequently. A few even come by and drink a glass of wine on the veranda and talk about everything and nothing.

We are less than 7 miles to downtown and 5 minutes to the airport. The Music City Star (train) has a stop just down Lebanon Pike. The Stones River Greenways have a trail that you can bike, hike or run along the Stones River all the way to Percy Priest Lake. The Donelson-Hermitage YMCA is one of the better ones in town. It has a resort type outdoor swimming pool with slides and everything! How could I forget Two Rivers Park? It has a public golf course, Wave Country (water park), skate park and the Greenway trail pedestrian bridge over the Cumberland River to Shelby Park in East Nashville.
As far as restaurants we are kind of in "chain" hell, but there are some good privately owned restaurants like Ellendales (great brunch and live music nightly), Darfons, the Dinner Bell (meat and 3), several good Mexican restaurants, and we know have a Sylvan Park Restaurant. So, it is looking up in that area.
We love our home, our neighbors and neighborhood.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008


Historic Germantown is one of Nashville's oldest neighborhoods. German's settled in the north Nashville area bordering downtown and the Cumberland River beginning in 1820 building unique, architecturally interesting homes.

In 1979, Germantown was designated on The National Register of Historic Places and revitalization of the area began. Homes in the neighborhood are architecturally unique with wrought iron fences and brick sidewalks make this neighborhood a desirable place to live. Werthan Mills Textile plant on Jefferson Street and Rosa Parks Blvd (8th Avenue North) has been renovated into urban living space. Developers salvaged the original hardwood floors and brick work to make Werthan Mills a true loft living experience. It doesn't hurt that Germantown has phenomenal views of downtown.

What makes Germantown such a cool neighborhood is, besides the gorgeous homes ,there are great restaurants in the neighborhood and it is walking distance to the Farmer's Market that is open year round. I certainly can not forget my favorite Nashville festival, Oktoberfest! Great music, food, arts and crafts and of course, BEER make this an annual must "go" event.

Germantown Cafe' has great food and stunning views of downtown and the State Capital. The Mad Platter is known for it's hospitality and a seasonally unique menu. Monell's is one of my favorite restaurants to take out-of-towners. You sit at giant tables with other guests and the southern cuisine is served family style. They come out with big baskets of fried chicken and catfish with all the fixin's and you pass it around. You meet all kinds of people with each visit. There are several new places in Germantown that I am excited to give a try.

Several unique condo projects have been completed or are near completion in the area. Morgan Place boosts to be Nashville's' only "green" building.

Germantown is a very cool neighborhood to call home. Here are a few links for more information: