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: