Category Archives: Neighborhood Spotlight

Neighborhood Spotlight: 12 South

From its vintage charm to its modern-chic vibes, 12 South is a popular dining, shopping and people-watching hub for Nashville natives and visitors alike.

Before it was carved out as a separate neighborhood in the 1990s, 12 South was considered part of the Belmont – Hillsboro neighborhood, which was previously known as Waverly Belmont – a community that developed in the late 19th and early 20th centuries in response to the advent of the streetcar, which allowed Nashville to expand into the surrounding farmland. The large farms that once occupied the Granny White Pike area have since been replaced with commercial retail and residential buildings. Evidence of Waverly Belmont’s rich history can still be seen in its traditional churches and foursquare homes.

In the 1990s, an alliance of Hawkins Partners, 1221, MDHA and others, including real estate brokers Joel Solomon and Mark Deutschmann, created and implemented a plan to designate 12 South as a separate neighborhood. The vision of these urban pioneers led to 12 South becoming the thriving community it is today. Now, boutiques and quaint restaurants line the streets, drawing in the business of tourists and locals alike.

12 South Flats

12 South Flats

The 12 South Farmers’ Market is held on Tuesdays in Sevier Park – at the south end of the district – and food trucks, vendors and music acts line the park as visitors enjoy the sights and sounds of the event.

Sevier Park is also home to the historic Sunnyside mansion, a home built in 1852. The home was most notably owned by Mary Benton, whose husband Jesse is known for holding a pistol fight with President Andrew Jackson. During the Civil War, Sunnyside sat between the Union and Confederate sides. Over 150 years since its foundation was laid, the yellow house still stands atop a hill inside the park for visitors to see.

12 South Flats

12 South Flats

Real estate here is highly sought after, and Southeast Venture’s 12 South Flats is a prime example of the charming residential spaces available in the area. The modern property is a mixed-use building featuring nearly 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 90 residential units. The property offers a variety of floor plans with a luxurious loft experience, and the location can’t be beat.

The rising popularity of the 12 South district has made the secret of its charm impossible to keep, but the charismatic neighborhood will forever remain one of Nashville’s greatest treasures.

Neighborhood Spotlight: The Nations

An area’s history often defines its future, and this certainly rings true for one West Nashville neighborhood, The Nations. Once a meeting place for Native American tribal nations – hence its name – The Nations community became known over the years as home to Nashvillians who worked in the automobile, lumber and agricultural industries.

In recent years, commercial and residential real estate opportunities in the area have grown tremendously. Thanks to the boom in popularity, residents and business owners continue to flock to the West Nashville neighborhood, building thousands of new homes and starting a number of new businesses, and transforming the quiet, hard-working neighborhood into a local hotspot for both natives and tourists.

Arguably the most notable landmark of The Nations is an icon of the community’s industrial past. A 200-foot tall abandoned grain silo sits in the eastern portion of a 37.7-acre site, being developed by Southeast Venture. The project is named Silo Bend in honor of the silo and the property’s location across from a bend of the Cumberland River.

The silo is a symbol of the community—a monument of the past—and can be seen from miles away. That’s why Southeast Venture, in conjunction with Brian Greif and the Nashville Walls Project, arranged for a massive mural to adorn its side.

The Nations

Photo credit: Brian Siskind, Those Drones

Together, they enlisted Australian artist Guido van Helten, who is known for his larger-than-life portrait paintings around the world.

Van Helten came to Nashville in May and spent a week in The Nations community—meeting with residents, learning about the culture and developing his concept for the mural. It was then he met Lee D. Estes, an elderly resident of The Nations, who was volunteering at the Saint Luke’s Community Center. The 91-year-old resident has called The Nations “home” for his entire life and struck Van Helten as a the perfect subject to capture the essence of the community.

The Nations

Photo credit: Brian Siskind, Those Drones

The Nations

Photo credit: Brian Siskind, Those Drones

Guido completed the work over two weeks in May 2017. The enormous silo mural can now be seen from miles away and has already become a well-known landmark of the up-and-coming development and surrounding community.

Southeast Venture has bigger plans for Silo Bend than the massive mural. A 193-unit apartment complex is currently under construction, and mixed-use commercial space and single-family homes will also fill the property, inviting more newcomers to The Nations. This development will undoubtedly spring even more life into the growing Nations district as it becomes the latest in Nashville’s run of trending hot-spots.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Germantown

To visitors, Nashville is the destination to hear up-and-coming country music artists and try some of our city’s world-famous hot chicken. However, to residents, both native and new, Nashville is more than just lower Broadway. It’s made up of many small neighborhoods, each adding their own style and culture to the overall charm of Music City.

In this post, we’re shining the spotlight on one of our town’s hottest neighborhoods: Germantown.

Vista Germantown

Vista Germantown

This quaint neighborhood, which earned its name from the many German immigrants who flocked to Nashville in the early 1800s, is an 18-square block area just north of downtown. For such a compact area, it is surprisingly diverse, with single-family homes, restaurants, shops, businesses and mixed-use properties. The area has come a long way from its humble beginning and looks very different from how it did just a few years ago.

The land where Germantown sits was gifted to James McGavock for his service in the Revolutionary War. It was used mostly for farming until the early 1800s when McGavock started selling pieces of his land to incoming German families, whose cultural backgrounds and skills shaped many of the architectural influences we still see today. In 1865, Germantown was incorporated into the Nashville city limits as part of the Ninth Ward. This marked the beginning of Germantown’s largest growth period, during which prominent businesses, such as Neuhoff Slaughterhouse and Werthan Bag Co., set up shop in the area.

The Germantown area began to decline in the 1950s. World War II had caused many families to leave the area for other parts of the city, and the suburbs gained popularity for residential living. This left many residential buildings empty, which were demolished due to lack of upkeep or to make way for other structures, most of which were industrial.

In 1979, Germantown was listed on The National Register for Historic Places, breathing new life back into the neighborhood. Many lots were rezoned from industrial back to residential use. And in 2002, the Metropolitan Planning Department created a detailed neighborhood design plan as a tool to provide a greater level of guidance for future planning and growth. Today, Germantown is an eclectic mix of old and new buildings, with new construction carrying on many of the historic architectural features of generations before. Bristol Development recognized Germantown’s appeal to residents, and in 2012, the company developed Vista Germantown. Designed by Southeast Venture, this 260-unit multi-family/mixed-use development combines modern elements with the area’s German-inspired facade. This complex sits on a prominent full city block in the heart of the neighborhood and is part of the revitalization of the area along the Jefferson Avenue corridor.

As Germantown continues to be recognized for its modern growth and historical roots, more people are sure to call the area home, ensuring its continued growth and development.