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One of Nashville’s Most Upscale Neighborhoods – Green Hills Has It All

Ask any Nashville native where the most affluent areas are to rent in, and Green Hills will be at the top of the list. With upscale restaurants, posh shops and shopping fit for Nashville’s wealthiest residents – the area is an on-trend hotspot for apartment living for those who can afford it.

Where is Green Hills?

Lying south of Interstate 440, Green Hills is convenient to Downtown Nashville and several other hot neighborhoods with lots of entertainment and dining options, including (but not limited to) 12 South and the old-money area of Belle Meade.

Its location, coupled with affluent shops and eateries, has made Green Hills one of the most coveted places to live in the city.

History

Green Hills earned its name because of the large, beautiful lots with mature trees on which many of its original homes were built. Established in the 1930s, Green Hills began to see its population rise during the suburban boom after WWII.

In the beginning, it was built for convenience by car, not walking. Recently, it’s been reborn into a highly walkable area, and you’ll find everything you need within a few block from many of the larger apartment complexes.

Lifestyle

Green Hills is posh but not aloof. High society with a splash of southern hospitality. And it’s a very, very good area to put down roots in Nashville.

Thanks to the single-family homes lying just off the main drag, you’ll see plenty of families as well as affluent younger singles mingling within the area.

What to Do

There is no shortage of things to do and places to go in the Green Hills area with a little something for everyone.

The expansive Green Hills Mall encompasses a considerable amount of space in the area with over 100 brand-name upscale shops, including Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co., Louis Vuitton and more. A four-story Restoration Hardware flagship store occupies the mall as well. One of the few in the country, it’s an all-encompassing upscale shopping and dining experience.

 

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In addition to premium retail shopping, Green Hills has a diverse selection of grocery stores, including Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s. There are plenty of boutique wines and spirits stores in the area as well.

You’ll find food trucks and a great farmer’s market at Sevier Park (a short ten minutes away in the 12 South area). If you’re looking for something more secluded, head a little further west, and you’ll have access to the beautiful Warner Parks.

With over 3,180 acres, Percy and Edwin Warner Parks are arguably the best parks in Nashville. Go hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or just spend some quiet time in nature. Whatever the activity, Warner Parks will blow you away with their beauty.

Where to Eat & Drink

With so many diverse restaurants (both old and new), if you’ve got a craving for something, you’ll find it in Green Hills.

It’s impossible to talk about Green Hills without mentioning the legendary Bluebird Café. For 38 years, the Bluebird has hosted more country music legends than you can shake a six-string at. (Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift were both regulars at open mic night before they were signed to record labels.) They’ve got a full bar, but if you want to eat, get there early to get a table because they fill up fast.

 

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Char is also a great spot, a luxurious modern southern steakhouse that will dazzle you with its selection of prime meats, seafood dishes and classic cocktails. The live jazz from the piano bar will keep you hanging out long after your meal is finished.

Want something more intimate? Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the globally inspired menu at ETC. offers up dishes like tempura oyster mushrooms and linguine Verde as well as cocktails crafted with foodies in mind.

Fox’s Donut Den has been in the Green Hills area since 1973. This beloved institution has gone refreshingly untouched by fancy developers, making it a draw for those looking for some nostalgia. Get there early for the freshest, most popular varieties of classic donuts, pastries, kolaches and sausage rolls.

 

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For beautiful Mediterranean fare, Santo is the place to go to in Green Hills. They offer small bites such as scallop crudo and Moroccan crab cakes and larger mains featuring dishes like lavender coriander chicken and ribeye spinalis. For a real treat, attend one of their multiple-course dinner pairing events.

 

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Moving to Green Hills

Real Estate Snapshot

Luxury high-rise apartment buildings with plenty of amenities are what you’ll find in Green Hills, and its rent prices reflect that. The average rental for an apartment in Nashville is $1428 while apartments for rent in Green Hills are at about $220 more, with rents averaging $1648.

Its residents will tell you it’s more than worth the extra dough for the convenience, restaurants, nightlife and shopping.

Transportation

The MTA bus line runs right through the heart of Green Hills and will take you from one end of the Metro Nashville area to the other in an average of 20 minutes in any direction.

Schools & Employment

Green Hills is a great place to live if you’ve got children because of its highly-rated public and private schools. Its public middle and high schools offer the International Baccalaureate World program.

The prestigious Vanderbilt, Lipscomb and Belmont Universities are within 10 minutes of the heart of Green Hills.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 2 branches of the St. Thomas Hospitals and a Tri-Star Centennial Medical Center are also within a few minutes of the area. Needless to say, Green Hills is a common residence for those in the medical field and academia alike.

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About the author

Florentina Sarac

Florentina Sarac is a creative writer, editor, and researcher for RENTCafé. She covers a variety of topics, from real estate trends, demographic shifts, housing industry news and multifamily construction to homeownership, smart-home technology, personal finance and business. With a 7-year background in the real estate industry, Florentina has also penned articles for publications such as Multi-Housing News, Commercial Property Executive and the National Apartment Association Magazine. You can connect with Florentina via email.

Florentina’s work and expertise have been featured in several major U.S. and international publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bisnow, The Mercury News, Curbed, The NY Post, CBS News, Business Insider and Realtor.com. She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish, as well as an M.A. in Multilingual and Multicultural Communication, which serve as a testament to her love of literature and language.

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