A charming little suburb just a stone’s throw from the bustle of downtown Music City, Bellevue is proud of its diverse population and cozy, yet progressive atmosphere. Its proximity to great schools and idyllic parks is a huge draw for young families looking to leave the city and settle down.
Its recent growth into a nightlife, shopping, and entertainment hub has also seen an influx of up-and-coming young professionals looking for a more affordable, laid-back community to call home. It’s a great place to move if you’re looking for a fabulous mix of sophistication and family-forward vibes.
Where is Bellevue?
Just 12 miles west of the city along Highway 40, Bellevue is located at the very western tip of Metro Davidson County. It’s bordered by Williamson, Dickson, and Cheatham counties to the south, west, and north, respectively.
Head east toward the city, and you’ll run into the historic, upscale Belle Meade community. While Bellevue is technically a Metro Nashville community, it’s managed to retain its small-town atmosphere.
Bellevue inherited its name from “Belle Vue,” the plantation home owned by the town’s founder, Louis DeMoss. As the area grew, its building and economy focused on agriculture with some local establishments that provided goods and services for the surrounding farmland.
Fast-forward to the beginning of the 2000s, and you’ll find a booming community. The areas’ growth includes apartments, condominiums, shopping centers, and subdivisions, all living harmoniously alongside Bellevue’s beloved parks and nature centers.
Since over 60 percent of Bellevue consists of land protected by the Nashville Metro Parks’ Conservation department, the lifestyle is perfect for those who love to get out and canoe, fish, hike, and camp. Anyone looking for an adventure is sure to find one in the massive Warner parks district, the Harpeth River State Park, and the historic Old Natchez Trace Parkway, to name a few.
The Warner parks also host a free “full moon pickin’ party” every month for live bluegrass and Americana music.
What to Do
Part of the lifestyle in Bellevue is all about community and family engagement as well. A weekly farmer’s market and an annual community picnic take place at the Red Caboose Park located in the town’s heart to keep that festive community spirit going. The Red Caboose also sports a stage where artists come to perform live music during community events.
Its brand new, state-of-the-art library and community center play host to several activities for the public. With everything from yoga, Dungeons and Dragons tournaments, chess clubs, and more, it’s hard not to find something to spark your interest.
If the library’s not your thing, Bellevue loves its sporting events, one of the most notable being the Iroquois Steeplechase in Percy Warner Park, which attracts more than 25,000 spectators every year.
Want to play some hockey? Or just skate? The Ford Ice Center is the training facility for the Nashville Predators and is open to the public.
With the development of One Bellevue Place, a huge outdoor shopping complex within walking distance to multiple apartments and condominium complexes, as well as subdivisions, there’s no shortage of places to find everything you need. Clothing, cosmetics, shoes, home furnishings, and much more. It also features a Sprouts supermarket for health-food connoisseurs. Not your bag? There are five other supermarkets within a ten-mile radius within walking distance.
Where to eat & drink
If you’d like a taste of world-famous country fare, the Loveless Cafe and Barn off highway 100 in West Bellevue is the place to go. Show up on Wednesday nights when the weather permits, and you’ll be treated to live music under the stars to go with your biscuits and greens.
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There’s also Bar Louie, Eastern Peak, Honeyfire Barbeque, and plenty of other places to dine In One Bellevue Place. Suppose you’d like something more low-key and local. In that case, places like Pizza Perfect serve up pints and pies or sit on the patio at Las Palmas Mexican for taco Tuesdays and happy hour fishbowl margaritas.
Moving to Bellevue
Real Estate Snapshot
Like everywhere else in the Nashville Metro area, Bellevue has seen a recent rise in average rent prices. Even so, it’s still among the more reasonable areas to rent, especially considering the amenities it has to offer. Those who rent there now have the advantage of a front-row seat to its booming expansion.
The average rent for Bellevue apartments runs $1,408, about $20 below the average for the rest of the city. This rate will increase or decrease depending on where in Bellevue the property is located and how new it is. Many of the more recent developments offer luxury amenities that raise their rates accordingly.
Nashville has been expanding its public transportation system over the past five years or so. This has opened up the Metro bus line to run straight from Bellevue’s heart through downtown, all the way to the other side of the city the Opryland Hotel.
You can be downtown in less than 30 minutes from Bellevue by taking one of the express routes. If you need to get anywhere along the city’s main arteries, the bus stops in every area in-between.
Schools & Employment
One of the many reasons Bellevue became such a mecca for families is its excellent school district. Many of its schools are within walking distance of most condominiums and apartment homes in the city. There are plenty of private school options, as well.
Healthcare is the driving force economically for Nashville. Bellevue has plenty of satellite facilities for Vanderbilt, Centennial, and St. Henry’s hospitals, as well as several assisted living facilities, providing jobs and economic influx into the community.