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Just north of Nashville’s downtown, Germantown is a fun, walkable neighborhood that’s chockablock with prize-winning restaurants, craft cocktail bars, and fashionable coffee shops. There’s a large canine population in Germantown; this is a neighborhood where residents love their dogs. Though Germantown feels absolutely of the moment, with the latest in dining trends always available (shaved ice cocktail, anyone?), this is actually one of the oldest parts of town. Take a stroll around this venerable community—it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places—and you’ll discover Victorian buildings from the 1800s mixed in with the newer structures. One of Nashville’s earliest examples of a mixed-use neighborhood, Germantown primarily offers apartments and a small smattering of townhouses for residential use. Condo units here veer toward the slightly bohemian, with exposed brick walls and lofted bedroom nooks, whether they’re in historic conversions or newly built.

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Living in the Nashville Metropolitan Area

Nashville’s nickname is “Music City,” and it has steadily been climbing the charts as one of the best places to live in the country. The quality that sets Nashville apart is its spirit—something that’s hard to quantify, but that touches every part of the metro area. Of course, by any measure, Nashville is a powerhouse, as it serves as the state capital; a well-known college town, anchored by Vanderbilt University; a major center for healthcare; and as a burgeoning destination for tech, with both Amazon and Oracle building major campuses in town. But it’s the generations of musicians who have imbued Nashville with its distinct personality. Nashville is synonymous with country music, but the city’s musicians can’t be so easily defined, as they play everything from the blues to indie rock. Music is Nashville’s heart and soul, creating a soundtrack to every part of life here.