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The Nations

Nashville Reborn

The Nations Nashville

The Nations, ten minutes west of Downtown Nashville, is a growing metropolis of tall and skinnies beside formerly abandoned industrial buildings that have been rebirthed into some of Nashville’s hippest spots. This bustling community is full of both nostalgic old buildings and new mixed-use properties. The Nations is located in the zip code 37209 and is bordered by Charlotte Ave and Centennial Blvd.

It’s unclear why The Nations, whose streets are predominantly made up of state names, is called The Nations. One theory is that it was named for the Chickasaw Native Americans who lived in the area in the 18th century and traded with the settlers, but whatever the reason for the name, The Nations has undergone an epic rebirth in recent years. 

In 2010 Nashville was hit with a 1,000-year flood causing the destruction of many homes and the abandonment of industrial buildings. Ultimately the flood led to developer and investor interest in the area, spurring on a furor of construction. Many older industrial buildings are now repurposed into beautiful mixed-use spaces. Many communities of modern tall skinny homes have been constructed, transforming this once disregarded neighborhood into one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the United States. The ascetic in The Nations is a unique blend of modern design and an industrial grit that pays homage to the Nations before regentrification. According to the Tennessean, an estimated 5,000 homes were constructed between 2012 and 2017. As the development progressed, an influx of young professionals migrated to Nashville breathing new life into the community creating many outstanding local businesses and cultivating a diverse community. 

The Nations is home to several craft breweries. Southern Grist Brewing Company, Harding House Brewing Company, and Fat Bottom Brewing Company are some of the local breweries with Tap Rooms and often host special events. The Nations is also home to 51 North Tap Room which serves over 100 local beers and fresh food to complement the beers. On a warm day, locals can enjoy food and beers on the patio of 51 North Taproom. 

There are many places in the nations to get a relaxed drink and food. The Nation's Bar and Grill is a popular local watering hole and eatery housed in a former auto shop whose vintage ascetic is the quintessential illustration of The Nation's unique ambiance

During the day, Big Bad Breakfast, a restaurant created by New Orleans native John Currence serves up southern breakfast and cocktails in the Nations. Coco’s Italian Market is part market and part restaurant with a Bocci Ball court and league, half-priced wine Wednesdays, and Sunday brunch. There is also Nikki’s coal-fired pizza for pizza, which serves up scratch-made coal-fired pizza, pasta, and Italian cocktails. 

When Looking for a casual café for a delicious caffeine fix or food, look no further than the frothy monkey. A Nashville staple, The Frothy Monkey, serves up a relaxed place to hang out and drink coffee and dine on fresh food. The Café At Thistle Farms also serves up a unique café experience. Thistle Farms is on a mission to heal women who have been the victims of trafficking. Thistle Farms website says, “Come whenever you are thirsty for tea, coffee, and a good story.” Thistle farms created a comfortable café experience where locals can sit out on the back patio and work, gather around a warm beverage, or host events. This positive community business is a special place. 

There are many additional restaurants housed in the Nations L&L Market. A former kitchen supply warehouse, the L&L Market has been repurposed into a commercial facility that houses restaurants, coworking space, salons, stores, and much more. Inside L&L Market, you can find Culture & Co, a unique wine and charcuterie dining experience, Taco Chela, a locally sourced Taqueria, Penne Pazze, an authentic Italian Kitchen, 5 Daughters bakery, and More. L&L market also houses Alchemist salon, Bend and Zen Hot Yoga, a plethora of luxury boutiques, and 615 collective coworking. 

With a growing population of young professionals, The Nations has several coworking spaces. Collective 615 is a coworking space and community for female businesses. Office Evolution and E Spaces Nations also offer coworking space. 

Shoppers in the Nations will find an eclectic mix of both the new and the old. Stylish boutiques such as Able and Denizen bring modern style to The Nations while unique vintage and thrift stores such as Cool Stuff Weird Things and This ‘n That help maintain the unique vintage grit and history of The Nations. 

For those who stay active, The Nations has much to offer. 33- acre West Park offers residents green space to run around and playground and athletic fields while the four-legged residents of The Nations enjoy 51st dog park

Climb Nashville offers an uncommon fitness and yoga community. Climb not only offers yoga classes but also teaches rock climbing in their state-of-the-art indoor facility. This family-friendly location even offers summer camps and birthday parties. Music City Boxing and Fighters Boxing Gyms offer boxing training to The Nations, Studio Pilates and Well Body Pilates offer pilates training to locals, and F45 Training offers group high-intensity training. 

The Nations continues to grow and is an excellent community to live in. How ever you like to spend your time there is something for everyone in this vibrant urban community. For information on real estate and homes in The Nations or for information about Nashville Real-estate or moving to Nashville, contact Erin Gillespie today.

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