Retro. Lively. Chic.
Remember the pastel-painted houses in Edward Scissorhands? The neighborhood streets of The Nations are every bit as darling and quaint, but think less suburbia and more contemporary-urban-farmhouse. The Nations is Nashville's current real estate starlet, a revamped residential catch dangling between Charlotte Avenue and Centennial Boulevard. Freckled with old ranch houses still untouched, this developing hutch of houses looks as friendly and fun as it feels. A multitude of homes here are still unfinished or being planned, allowing for a variety of architectural styles. It's unknown enough to be humble and hip simultaneously, but interest in the area is spreading like wildfire. Less than a podcast away from West End and Green Hills, The Nations is close to the highway should your commute take you further, and closer to all manner of trendy eats, boutiques and hole-in-the-wall treats.
When roaming through The Nations, expect to see the following: young professionals with nice haircuts and trendy but affordable attire, chipper kids playing outside and riding bikes, dense housing placement enhancing the familiar and active aura of the neighborhood, clean cars, and pale ale bottles side by side with wine glasses on furnished front porches. The people living here are recycling fiends, movie-goers, tennis enthusiasts and dedicated joggers. They fancy bookstores, happy hours, artfully constructed tacos, and trips to the lake. They like pets, love their kids, seek careers that fill them with energy and purpose. They go all out for date nights and never remember to be cautious when sitting down at a hot chicken eatery. They have the concert dates of their favorite musicians on the calendar, scribbled right next to the day of the hockey game or touring Broadway performance they splurged on. Residents of The Nations are fun, responsible, eager to live well, gently aristocratic, and thoughtful. After moving in, you'll have reliable neighbors and movie night pals in no time.
The Nations is uniquely settled around both high-end and modest shopping and dining establishments. Because the neighborhood was recently repurposed, charmingly grungy-yet-stylish Charlotte Avenue is right around the corner, offering a number of entertainment and retail opportunities that may have gone unseen had The Nations not experienced a resurgence of popularity. If you require access to books, bagels, hole-in-the-wall shops and local ice cream vendors, you'll be just fine here. The Nations is right around the corner from underrated Bobbie's Dairy Dip, and Charlotte Avenue is lined with charming foodie havens including but not limited to Fifty-First Kitchen & Bar, M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers, Miel Restaurant (for anyone curious about/craving French cuisine), Hattie B's Hot Chicken, Coco's Italian Market and Thistle Stop Cafe. There are breweries and distilleries, a local butcher, a book shop full of treasures, countless boutiques like Fabu and The Mill. Auto shops and catering companies dot the neighborhood map. There's even a boxing gym for anyone trying to shirk the pounds they earned at all of the aforementioned restaurants.
Come grab a drink or join the neighborhood strollers-welcome running club at House: A Social Eatery. Wrangle a group of friends to donate clothes, toys or books at This n' That Thrift Shop. Treat yourself to organic, lovingly made lotions and soaps while supporting the life-changing ministry of Thistle Farms. Stroll or toss a frisbee across West Park on Morrow Road. Dig around for mint condition comics and vinyls at The Great Escape, and if their selection doesn't satisfy you, investigate New Life Record & Smoke Shop. Basically, prepare yourself for a life of sweet friends, adventures, and good times when you move into The Nations.