I was recently privy to a question a longtime Nashville resident asked of our 2016 association president, Denise Creswell. The gentleman and his wife have lived for 40 years in the Belmont/Hillsboro area and asked what has led to the current changes he is seeing in his own neighborhood.
I moved to Nashville in 1985, and have never lived outside of I-440. I’ve had the opportunity, both before and after becoming a Realtor in 1993, to witness the transformation of Nashville’s midtown neighborhoods.
As long as I’ve been a Realtor, there has always been an interest in Nashville’s midtown neighborhoods like the Vanderbilt area, East Nashville and West End. This general interest in urban, centrally located neighborhoods saw a remarkable increase after 9/11 when people desired to be more connected to their neighbors and their community.
With the recession came new opportunities for suburban buyers to build or buy new infill homes in neighborhoods like 12 South. These buyers saw opportunities to move into houses that greatly reduced their commute time and allowed them to go to a restaurant without getting in the car.
The housing stock in Nashville’s pre-1940s neighborhoods is very finite. This combined with a growing demand created new opportunities for the transformation ...