The 3 Hippest Neighborhoods in Nashville

Long known as the country music capitol of the world, Nashville has gotten a youthful upgrade in recent years. Hordes of millennials have swarmed the city, bringing a fleet of artisan eateries and hip shops with them. With a killer music scene, a burgeoning tech industry, and affordable real estate, it's no wonder Nashville is one of the buzziest cities in the country.

The 3 Hippest Neighborhoods in Nashville

Nashville is booming. In the past year, more than 36,000 people moved to the city. Today, 684,410 people call this Tennessee city home. Construction cranes are popping up around the city, frantically building new condos to keep up with population growth. This influx of people has caused housing prices to skyrocket. Rental prices have nearly doubled since 2011. In December of 2011, the average rent in Nashville was $832 per month. Today the average rent in the city is $1388 per month. However, it seems like the rental market has calmed. In the past year, rents in Nashville have actually dropped 1.51%. Today, one bedrooms in the city cost $1288 per month, and two bedrooms go for $1506 per month on average.

If you want to see what all the fuss is about, check out the three hippest neighborhoods in the city:

East Nashville

East Nashville has a rep for being a hip, eccentric corner of the city. Full of artists, musicians and other creatives, East Nashville is a prime example of the funky local culture that has brought the city to the national spotlight. Bursting with quirky charm, the neighborhood has attracted a large population of families and young professionals.

There is plenty to do in this fun neighborhood. Grab a bite to eat at Five Daughters Bakery, or sit down for an amazing dinner at the Butcher and the Bee. Most of the businesses can be found along Gallatin Street, which has plenty of hip boutiques and local cafes. Don't miss I Dream of Weenie, an East Nashville hotspot that sells bargain hot dogs out of the back of a VW bus.

East Nashville

East Nashville is primarily made up of charming older houses, along with an assortment of duplexes and apartment buildings. One bedrooms in the neighborhood cost $1435 on average, and two bedrooms go for $1862 per month. After a flurry of activity, rents in this hip Nashville neighborhood have actually dropped in recent years. In the past year, the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment has dropped 5.5%.


If you like to be in the thick of the action, downtown Nashville may be the perfect neighborhood for you to call home. Chock full of the honky tonks that the city is famous for, Downtown Nashville comes to life at night. You'll be overwhelmed by the nightlife options. The neighborhood is brimming with hip eateries, vibrant bars, and raucous nightclubs. Nashville is famous for its music, and Downtown is full of opportunities to see up and coming singer songwriters before they hit the big time. Scope out the local talent at one of the numerous open mic nights across town, or catch a show at Ryman Auditorium, a historic music venue that has been operating since 1892.

Downtown Nashville

One bedrooms in Downtown Nashville cost $1,243 per month and two bedrooms go for $1,490 per month. Now is a great time to move to this swinging neighborhood -- prices Downtown have dropped dramatically in the past year. Since 2016 the average rent for a one bedroom in Downtown Nashville has dropped 22.8%, far outpacing citywide rent decreases.

Hillsboro Village

Hillsboro Village is nestled between Vanderbilt University and Belmont University. Its proximity to campus gives the neighborhood a youthful flair. Pancake Pantry is a local institution, and Fido coffeehouse is a Nashville favorite. Along 21st street there are plenty of cool shops, restaurants and boutiques. Hillsboro village is also home to the Belcourt Theater, a beautiful old theater that now plays indie movies. Fannie Mae Dees Park is a lovely green space for dog walking or frisbee, and even has a playground for children. Though its convenient location makes it a hotspot for college students, the neighborhood also attracts plenty of families and young professionals.

Hillsboro Village

Rents in this trendy neighborhood are some of the highest in the city. The average rent for a one bedroom apartment in Hillsboro is $1,678 per month, and two bedrooms rent for $2,148 on average. Though rents citywide have decreased slightly in the past year, housing prices in Hillsboro village are continuing to rise. In the past year average rents for a one bedroom apartment in the neighborhood have increased 6.1% percent.

With the rental market in this hip southern city finally cooling, now is the perfect time to check out the action in Nashville. Browse our Nashville rental listings to find your perfect apartment today.

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