Since I have lived in numerous neighborhoods around the city, I thought I would write a little bit now and then about the different areas where I have owned homes. My first choice is Cleveland Park in East Nashville for several reasons: first, it’s a great neighborhood; two, I have owned two houses in the neighborhood and three, because a lot of people still don’t know where it is.
Cleveland Park is a great location in the city, just north of Spring St, east of Dickerson Rd, west of Ellington Pwky and south of Douglas St. It is a mile from Germantown and the Titans stadium, a mile and half from 5 Pts in East Nashville and downtown, with easy access to I-24. Cleveland Park has wide tree-lined streets and lots of sidewalks. There is a park with a community center, a swimming pool, picnic areas, baseball fields and lots of green space. Can it get more convenient than this?
There are a lot of historical homes in the area, many that have been restored or updated. There is some new construction and more coming especially along the Cleveland St and Douglas Ave. But because of the zoning there are only a few tall and skinnies and the new construction, although larger than existing homes is built in a style similar to others in the neighborhood. If you’re a fan of bungalow’s you will find many in the this neighborhood along with a number of log homes dating back to the late 1800’s or early 1900’s. There are small homes, large homes and everything in between. You will feel at home here.
The neighborhood association is very active in Cleveland Park meeting on a monthly basis at the community center. The police and council member are there at every meeting to provide updates on community and city activities. The association participates in a large Easter egg hunt and Halloween trick and treat in conjunction with the neighboring McFerrin Park association. The association also organizing regular neighborhood clean-ups. It is a very kid-friendly place.
There are some restaurants in the area: old mainstays like Harold’s Hot Chicken and House of Hickory BBQ; East Nashville BBQ and Madeline are newer additions. Close by are The Pharmacy, Holland House and Mas Tacos as well as every thing 5 Pts , Gallatin Rd and Germantown have to offer. Shopping at this point is limited with a Family Dollar and a Piggly Wiggly but more will be coming soon as development continues along Dickerson Rd. Kroger, Aldi’s, Rite Aid are on Gallatin Rd about a mile away.
Friends of Cheekwood recently purchased a historic structure in Cleveland Park and will be restoring it and creating an event space for weddings and parties. This is the area of town where Oprah Winfrey lived and her father still owns a barbershop in the area. A neighborhood with history and vibrant new activity equals urban living at it’s best. Check out Cleveland Park when you have a chance.
And as always if you know someone who is planning on selling or buying a home, I would appreciate the introduction. And they will as well!