Sitting on the west bank of the Cumberland River and inside the intersection of three major interstates (I-24, I-40, and I-65), Downtown Nashville is easily accessible to and from all other parts of town and beyond.
Architectural styles in Downtown Nashville include Greek Revival (1859 Tennessee State Capitol), Italian Renaissance Revival (1927 Bennie Dillon Building), Beaux Arts Classical (1910 Hermitage Hotel), Art Deco (1935 Kress Building), a high concentration of Victorian townhouses and warehouses dating back to the 1870s (1892 Merchants Hotel – now Merchants Restaurant), and everything in between. With the exception of a few modern high-rises, such as Viridian and Cumberland on Church, most of the residential options in Downtown Nashville are situated in historic buildings, such as Church Street Lofts (1852 building) and The Lofts at the Exchange (1874 building).
Downtown Nashville has something for everyone. Art lovers will enjoy strolling through the galleries of the Fifth Avenue Art District and the Arcade, especially during the monthly art crawl, as well as taking in plays, ballet and other performances at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center. Music lovers will be hard-pressed to fit it all in, between the legendary and acoustically flawless Ryman Auditorium; the boisterous, neon-filled Lower Broad honky-tonks, which offer live music day and night; or SoBro’s music venues, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Bridgestone Arena and Ascend Amphitheater, all of which are within easy walking distance. The most bustling nightlife will likely be found on Lower Broadway and historic Second Avenue, as well as the world-famous Printers Alley. Sports fanatics are within walking distance to pro football and hockey games, as well as minor league baseball games. Downtown also offers festivals and events year-round, such as summertime music and food festivals, holiday parades, award-winning July 4th and New Years Eve fireworks displays, and marathons and 5Ks that draw enormous crowds. The Downtown food scene is as diverse as the entertainment, with the degree of formality being as varied as the price range and type of cuisine. For a thorough list of eateries in and around Downtown, please visit here. Getting around the Downtown area is extremely easy on foot or on bike, given the sidewalks, bike rentals, and the free downtown bus service, the Music City Circuit, that runs between the Gulch, Downtown and nearby Farmers’ Market. And the urban grocery, pharmacies, healthcare providers, banks, salons, fitness facilities, and other services in the Downtown area make running errands a cinch.
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