The Gothic-flavored Ryman Auditorium on Fifth Avenue North is “The Mother Church of Country Music” and the long-time home of the Grand Ole Opry. Nearby are other icons of the music industry: Tootsie’s World Famous Orchid Lounge, the Ernest Tubb Record Shop and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Down the street from the Ryman is the Oldest Residence in Nashville, a two-story Federal-style building that remembers the town’s early 19th century architecture. The Tennessee State Capitol, situated on the highest point in the city, is a pedimented Ionic Greek temple from the same era.
Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park is not just inspired by classic Greek architecture – it’s a full-scale copy of the famous original in Athens. Fort Nashborough on the Cumberland River’s west bank is also a replica – this time of the city’s original settlement. Across the river is LP Field, the modern playground of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. The AT&T Building is the state’s tallest and is affectionately known as the Batman Building for its distinctive profile in the Nashville skyline.
Nashville boasts 99,990 single-family homes, but most of the housing market opportunities in recent years have sprung up in gleaming downtown residential towers. There are now 30,074 apartments for sale in the city’s condominiums. Nashville also offers 6,918 multi-family properties, 3,537 row houses and 540 apartment buildings.
The attractive home prices in the Nashville real estate mix have produced 301 other configurations of residential properties. Business real estate investors can evaluate 7,511 commercial and 2,336 industrial opportunities. There are 15,499 development lots in Nashville, waiting, perhaps, for the next hit-producing recording studio.
The Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) shuttles passengers along 55 routes. The MTA has also assumed responsibility for the Music City Star commuter rail system that currently has 6 stations downtown with plans to add suburban branches.
Metro Nashville Public Schools educates over 80,000 students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Secondary education involves 25 high schools, 18 charter schools, and eight facilities with specialized studies. Nashville is home to two well-respected private colleges with over 20,000 students combined: Vanderbilt University and Belmont University.
With more than 400 health care companies, the health care industry is the city’s largest and fastest growing employer.
FBI statistics report a 1 in 89 chance of violent crime in Nashville, close to twice the rate of Tennessee as a whole. There is a 1 in 25 chance of property crime in the city.
The Riverfront area in downtown Nashville has enough non-stop entertainment options – for tourists and locals alike – to be nicknamed Nashvegas. Major events include the Nashville Film Festival in April, the CMA Music Festival in June and the Tennessee State Fair for nine days in September. Of course, you never need a special occasion to enjoy live music in Nashville. Music spills out across Nashville real estate from the honky-tonk clubs of Printer’s Alley to the gospel music of Music Row to the Nashville Symphony and Nashville Opera in the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Nashville hot chicken – poultry marinated in spiced cayenne pepper – is the city’s signature dish and even gets its own festival in Music City. For other Southern culinary classics, Arnold’s Country Kitchen on 8th Avenue South has made its home-cooked “Meat & 3” a local institution.
Nashville has gone major league in football with the Titans and in hockey with the Predators. Outdoors, a hiking trail or equestrian path is never far from home in the city’s 99 parks. The park lakes are ideal for sailing or bass fishing and kayakers can paddle right downtown on the Cumberland River.