I’m Moving to Nashville

Monday, March 29th, 2010

At the end of May or early June, I’ll be moving to Nashville, Tennessee.

I’ve lived in D.C. for 10 years, now. I never intended to be a lifer, so I figure it’s time to get out. My job is portable, so I’m kind of intrigued by the idea of picking up and starting over in a new town. I visited Nashville in December. Seems like a good place for a music buff. I’ll also get a nice little cost of living bump, and from what I can tell, the city seems pretty young; has some art, culture, and restaurants; and looks to be a lot of fun.  Also gives me closer proximity to Mississippi so I can drive down to cover (let’s hope) Cory Maye’s new trial.

I figure I’ll sign a 12-month lease and if I’m not crazy about the town this time next year, I’ll pick another spot. I know quite a few Nashvillians (is that what I’ll be called?) read this blog. So lay it on me. Sing your town’s praises.

Oh, and if you have any leads on housing, let’s hear those, too! My ideal place: A loft. Downtown or in a promising neighborhood. Would love a two-bedroom so I can set up a home office, though after browsing some listings, that might  be a hair more than what I’m looking to pay.

I’m excited about the move. The people I know who have lived in Nashville have only great things to say about the town.

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74 Responses to “I’m Moving to Nashville”

  1. #1 |  Franklin Harris | 

    “Also, Printer’s Alley is not on Broadway. It’s an actually alley of bars several blocks away from Broadway.”

    It’s like three blocks north.

  2. #2 |  adam | 

    Don’t speed in and around Nashville. I live in Knoxville and I get a ticket almost every time I go to Nashville. The State Highway Patrol “headquarters” is in Cookeville, so that maybe a factor.

  3. #3 |  mike | 

    I live in Nashville. Here are my recommendations for neighborhoods (in no particular order):

    1. Midtown
    2. Hillsboro Villiage / Vandy
    3. Gulch
    4. 12th South

    There are lots of lofts in the Gulch area (close to downtown, short distance from 12th South) that was overdeveloped, and I imagine there are lots of people looking to rent places there. One of the best bluegrass joints in the country is in the Gulch -Station Inn. Hillsboro Villiage is nice, as there are some good restaurants, coffee-shops, etc. in a small area close to Vandy. I live in 12th South, and it’s an awesome neighborhood about 3 miles from downtown with mixed residential / businesses (a few restaurants, a couple of bars, coffee shop, etc.), but no real lofts and fewer rentals in general (maybe check out a development called 12th and Paris). Midtown is about a mile from downtown and has some lofts and rentals and has lots of places to walk to.

  4. #4 |  Brett C | 

    Hey Marc,
    Try MAFIAoZA’S. I am partial, since I am the chef there. We also have a liberty on the rocks group that meets there the 3rd Thursday of the month. 2 for 1’s are extended for them. Come on out.

    My vote is for 12South.

  5. #5 |  Chad | 

    I’m a commercial real estate agent that focuses exclusively on neighborhoods around downtown Nashville. I live in a very trendy neighborhood called East Nashville and highly recommend it, but feel free to contact me before your next visit and I’ll tell you everything that you need to know.

    Glad to hear you’re coming down!


  6. #6 |  Andrew Williams | 

    King Crimson’ s been known to hang out and rehearse there. Who knows–you might spot Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp in a bar downtown, drinking some killer margaritas.

  7. #7 |  Robert | 

    If your heart isn’t set on Nashville, I’d recommend Asheville NC. Being up at 2 to 3 thousand feet, the summers are much better and the music scene is one of the best.

  8. #8 |  Bronwyn | 

    You’ll be within reasonable road-trip distance from Louisville! Hooray!!

  9. #9 |  Stewart Vardaman | 

    I have a few relatives there. My sister calls it “Jesusland.” :( I’m from MS, but I don’t like the south. If I had to move back, I’d take Nashville over Atlanta, and I like big cities.

    Enjoy the Vandy Candy!

  10. #10 |  Pinandpuller | 

    I deliver pizza from over on Elliston Place. There are plenty of nice condos in the West End Ave area. There’s also an old factory that got turned into lofts on Rosa L Parks Blvd. It’s beautiful. I suppose it depends on how close you want to live to the projects.

  11. #11 |  Kolohe | 

    Good Luck!

  12. #12 |  KBCraig | 

    I second the call for New Hampshire. You were just in Nashua, which is really “Boston North”, but I think you’d enjoy life in Manchester. The “bad neighborhoods”, where rent is cheap, are a dream compared to even the best neighborhoods in DC.

    Or Concord. Or Keene. Or Portsmouth. Or, hell, even Berlin (super cheap housing, broadband easily available, but no easy access to Manchester-Boston airport).

    Nashville summers are going to be better than DC, simply because you’re in the hills with some elevation, instead of an unihabitable swamp. The highway construction is bad, though.

  13. #13 |  230therapy | 

    While you’re down there, head on over to Rangemaster in Memphis, TN and take some courses with Tom Givens.

  14. #14 |  Mark | 

    This just more confirmation that Nashville is becoming the center of all things up and coming…great news, Radley.

    I live 12th south area and could not recommend it more. Two great coffeeships. Great food. Everybody has a dog. Late night stop at Mafiozas for a last whiskey and drunken pizza at the bar is a regular for me. People in the neighborhood are both cool and unassuming about it, unlike certain East Nashie folks. That being said, East Nashville is fun as hell. Three Crow bar in East is darts and beer and helluva fun for a bender. In my opinion, though, stick close to 12th and hit up old Melrose billiards for the tobacco infused clothing and two dollar Pabst. That place is awesome. Oh, and Jack White lives up the road. Gotta mean something, right?

    If I had the cash, Id get a loft in the Icon in the Gulch. Only for their rooftop pool. That’s the ticket in summer. Wait. Better yet, meet someone who has a place there and invite yourself over all the time.
    And everything here is close. I work close to downtown and can get to the studio in 12 minutes in the morning. It’s so long because of rush hour… Hillsboro village is close. Midtown is close. Brentwood is far. Don’t move there. You’ll never know what Nashville really is unless you live in town.
    Awesome. What a cool post to read this morning. And for music..well, the good music scene here, (read not country nor Christian) is rich and diverse. It’s going to be the American center for cool music in five years. Trust me.

  15. #15 |  Mark | 

    Hmm..and as far as I know, koro, at least a documented case, hadn’t been seen round these parts for years. Unlike DC..

    So there’s that.

  16. #16 |  Phelps | 

    We’d love to have you here in Texas (get in now, so you don’t have to immigrate and naturalize when we secede) but I also like Nashville… but I liked Memphis a little more. Which it always good for starting a nice little flamewar.

  17. #17 |  Marc | 

    Brett C,

    Forgot about Mafiaoza’s. That’s a good one. I normally get the pizza, though.

  18. #18 |  Kid Handsome | 

    Dude, I love Nashville. I’m jealous. I have many friends there and I think you’ll find that once you get used to it, it’s everything you’re hoping it will be. Plus – there is no substitute for the women there. An 8 in the south is a 10 if she travels to D.C.

  19. #19 |  John Smith | 

    Nashville is ok to visit not so hot to live. If I were out of the metro area in the less civilized parts it would be far better. I have a buddy who moved up here after his wife was put in a coma at a captain D’s robbery a few years back. He came from Miami and hates it. Drives him nuts that everything closes at 2100 unless you are down town. Food is alright rather overpriced for the taste. They have a good chinese buffet at a Restaurant called the CHINA PAN in Antioch. Unless you really enjoy a liberal PROGRESSIVE environment Nashville is probably not the best choice to live in. Which is one reason why I am gone…

  20. #20 |  Iced Borscht | 

    For all things music, shoot an e-mail over to Mark Montgomery when you get to town. He’s an old friend of yours truly and a major mover and shaker in Nashville music.

    Web site:


  21. #21 |  CJJScout | 

    I freaking love that town. Had my bachelor’s party there and gonna spend a night there later this month for another one. Had some friends that went to Vandy law and we used to visit them all the time. Oh, days gone by…

  22. #22 |  nashvilletech | 

    #64 / #28 / #53 nailed it. I live between Belmont and 12th South. I walk to the Frothy Monkey for coffee daily, meet friends at Mafiaozas and 12th South Taproom for lunch, dinner, drinks, and always enjoy a cheap cab ride home from downtown or midtown if I’ve had a beer or two.

    12th South is all sidewalks so its easy to walk where you need to go. A quick trip to Green Hills will get you to any major stores you need to visit. Drive two miles and your on Music Row. We’re also surrounded by three colleges in this area (Belmont / Lipscomb / Vandy) so you get the campus vibe which is alway fun.

    I seriously feel like I live in the movie Old School.


  23. #23 |  lostSoul | 

    I hate it here, and want out very badly. It will be tough to get out as Nashville is full of stray animals and three cats wandered into my life . I’m bonded now since they are virtually the only friends I have. It’s a great town if you love to be drunk a lot and are invited to the party. I’m miserable and wouldn’t recommend it here for older women. A horrible mean little town; it’s not nicknamed “Nastyville” for nuthin.

  24. #24 |  sabbysabs | 

    I also want to move to nashville..im from baltimore and have lived in nc and sc and ny..im not liking sc..its really boring..largely there isnt a music scene here..i want to move to a place where i can here music..see local acts..and at the same time be able to go to an update mall. Malls in nashville have tiffany and co. and sephora..there is nothing like that here in columbia. its so far behind other places. Im also applying for grad school there at belmont for teaching. What do u guys think? By the way im not a fan of dc either