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Nashville

Your guide to the home of country music.

Welcome to Nashville - the capital of the state of Tennessee, and the home of country music. Situated just off the Cumberland River, this city is a center for industry - primarily music - as well as for banking, transportation, healthcare, and publishing. Nashville is also the home of some fine educational institutions - including Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State, and Belmont University.


All of the "Big Four" record labels - as well as a number of other independent labels - have offices in the Nashville area. These are located primarily on Music Row. In addition, if you've ever played or seen a Gibson guitar, it was likely made in this city, too. Other key industries in Nashville include finance, insurance, and publishing - primarily that of religious materials. And, some of the city's sweet reputation comes from its manufacturing of famous Southern confections - including Goo Goo Clusters. While millions of people come from all around the world each year to visit Nashville, there are also many who decide to stay and call this thriving and vibrant city their new home.


What to do in Nashville

There is absolutely no shortage of things to do in Nashville - starting with taking a look at some of the places that put this city on the map, such as the Grand Ole Opry House, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and the historic Ryman Auditorium. If you are more of an outdoors person, Nashville offers over 10,000 acres of land, and 99 parks and greenways to enjoy throughout the city and county. You can also participate in many water activities on one of several local lakes, including Old Hickory Lake or Percy Priest Lake. For the sports fan, you won't be disappointed either. That's because Nashville is the home of the NFL Titans and the NHL Predators, as well as the Pacific Coast League Nashville Sounds baseball team, and the National Premier Soccer League Nashville FC soccer team.


How to Get Around in Nashville

Getting around in and around Nashville can be pretty easy - especially after you've picked up the proper map or app. Here, the city's Music City Star Commuter Rail has six stations that are located along the route between Lebanon (east of town) and the destination station at Riverfront Park - which is located in downtown Nashville. The Metro Transit Authority offers more than 46 different bus routes and related services that connect all major corridors, businesses, and tourist attractions. If you do happen to have a vehicle, though, there is also ample parking available - even in the immediate downtown Nashville vicinity.


What it's like to live in Nashville

Living in Nashville can be exciting and fun. Here you will be able to easily combine history with the present day. The area offers a myriad of things to do - both indoors and out - starting with its proximity to lakes, as well as to ample green space. If you're a music lover, this is definitely the place to be, either to try and "make it big" or even to just simply enjoy the tunes of others. There is also plenty of opportunity in several other industries as well. For those who love arts, culture, museums, and sports, Nashville offers it all - and, in this locale, you certainly will not be at a loss for some of the very best food options in the nation. The city is divided into numerous different neighborhoods - each with its own personality and charm - so you're sure to find one that is your ideal fit.


Where to find apartments in Nashville

There are a lot of neighborhoods in the Nashville area - both directly in downtown, and in the surrounding vicinity. But, prior to setting out to find the ideal one, it is always a good idea to conduct a bit of research first. When securing an apartment for rent in Nashville, it is usually required that you put down a security deposit on it, as well as the amount of the first month's rent. In addition, you will also typically need to provide proof from your employer that your income is steady, and that it is an amount that is above what you will need for your rent. Also, you should have good credit history, as well as at least one or two good credit references. In terms of finding that perfect apartment in Nashville, you will want to determine what amenities you will want to be near. For instance, will you want to be close to a park, schools, or directly in the downtown area? How close - or far away from - your employer do you want to be? After you have nailed down your ideal location, there are also other items to think about, too. For example, do you want to have other conveniences such as a washer and dryer in your apartment unit, or are you willing to pay a little less in rent and do your laundry elsewhere. There are other factors, too, like whether you want a garage, a workout facility, and certain other amenities. But, after you have some up with your list, you will be ready to begin looking for the apartment that suits you best.


Neighborhoods in Nashville

Downtown Nashville


If you are looking for city living at its best, then downtown Nashville may just be the place for you. There are a wide variety of living accommodations right here, in a myriad of price ranges, too. Here, you can be within walking distance of many of Nashville's most popular attractions, including the famousRyman Auditorium, the Tennessee Performing Art Center, and the Bridgestone Arena.

Opryland / Music Valley


Just a few short minutes from downtown Nashville, you will find the Music Valley area. Known primarily for its plethora of shopping, activity, and entertainment offerings, this area could be a great options for those who like to be on the go - including young professionals and families with children. Just some of the many nearby attractions include the Opry Mills mall, the Nashville Palace, and the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center.

Midtown / Vanderbilt


This busy neighborhood is the home of a myriad of eateries and bars - many of which seem to come alive at night, so for those who are into the nightlife scene, this area could be an ideal option. Just some of the local favorites include South Street Original Crab Shack & Authentic Dive Bar and the Midtown Cafe. Close to Vanderbilt University, you will also find many establishments that cater to the college crowd.

West End


The West End is known for its neat variety of unique restaurants, cafes and shops. This area is also the home of a park that features a full scale replica of the Greek Parthenon. Here, every Saturday during the spring and fall, live music plays for residents and guests to enjoy.

Elliston Place


Just slightly west of the downtown Nashville area is Elliston Place. Also near Vanderbilt University, this area caters to the college crowd, with nightclub options such as the Rock Block - a block long section of town that offers some of the best nightclubs in town. There are also many great eateries in this area, including the Corner Bar, the Cafe Coco, and the Elliston Place Soda Shop.

Germantown


For a more historic Nashville feel, Germantown could be an option. Here you will find many mid-1900s structures that offer some of the most beautiful and authentic architecture in the area. There are also more than 100 different species of trees in the immediate vicinity. Residents here can take part each year in the Local Tastes of Nashville Tour, a walking tour that goes through Germantown and the Bicentennial Mall and offers foods from many of the local restaurants and specialty shops. You will also find the Nashville Farmers' Market here, which is open all year round.

12South


Looking for an area to live, play, socialize, eat and drink - all in just one spot? You'll find it at 12South. The area offers a nice array of restaurants, unique shops, and cafes - all within walking distance for residents to enjoy.

Green Hills


If you're looking for things to do day or night, then Green Hills can offer you many options that are close to home. In addition to providing a nice variety of living accommodations, you will also find some wonderful shops and eateries - many with late night hours. Plus, if you happen to be an aspiring singer / songwriter, you could show off your talents at The Bluebird Cafe while sharing your creations.

The Gulch


Once an industrial area, The Gulch District is now an area where warehouses have been converted into residential and office space. The nightlife here has also made it one of the most hip neighborhoods in Nashville. The Gulch is also becoming one of Nashville's most popular dining scenes, with top eateries like Ru Sans Sushi & Seafood, Sambuca, and other great establishments calling this area home.

Belmont / Hillsboro Village


Close to Vanderbilt University, the Belmont / Hillsboro Village area offers a nice array of restaurants, boutiques, and shops for residents and guests to explore. This can be an ideal locale for young professionals and those just starting out.

East Nashville


For more of a neighborly feel, East Nashville may be the ideal spot. There are plenty of local cafes and shops to stroll by along the area's sidewalks. This neighborhood has also attracted numerous artists and musicians.

Marathon Village


With its rows of renovated warehouse buildings, Marathon Village has recently become quite popular with those who are in the creative fields. Artists, musicians, photographers, and writers can all find the space that works for them in these newly revived studios.

Music Row / Demonbreun / Edgehill


If you want to be in the heart of Nashville's entertainment center, then this is "where it's at." In addition to a plethora of recording studios, you will also find numerous eateries and shops for residents and guests to enjoy.

Sobro


Sobro - another name for South of Broadway - is another area of town that has recently been revitalized and is today thriving with how new bars, restaurants, and attractions. For those who are looking for a vibrant way of life, this could be your spot.

8th Avenue / Melrose


Somewhat close to downtown, the 8th Avenue / Melrose area is known for being a collector's paradise. Here, you will find antique stores lining the streets - and even a local auction house. There are also other local attractions here, including Zanies Comedy Night Club.

Berry Hill


Berry Hill is actually considered to be its own city - although many in Nashville still refer to it as a neighborhood. Here you will find more than 400 businesses, as well as 40 recording studios. Residents of Berry Hill can easily get to a wide variety of restaurants and shops that offer everything from food to yoga classes.

Sylvan Park


Sylvan Park is known for being a mix of the upscale and the funky - and it works quite well. This diverse area offers a variety of restaurants with a full spectrum of different cultural tastes. Residents can also shop at The Produce Place, a market where there is a nice selection of fresh produce and organic offerings.

Donelson


Only about ten miles east of downtown Nashville, Donelson is home to the city's International Airport. So, if your business or personal life takes you to the air - especially on a frequent basis - then this could be an area to check out, as it offers a quick commute. Donelson also offers numerous amenities, including the Treetop Adventure Park and the Hermitage Golf Course for those who like to stay active.

Wedgewood / Houston


If you're more the creative type, then you may want to check into the Wedgewood / Houston area. Here you will find an art gallery on just about every corner. There is also music being made in this locale, in spots like Infinity Cat Records and United Record Pressing. This cool area also offers a number of fun eateries and pubs for residents and guests to enjoy.

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