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Forest Hills

Forest Hills is often grouped together with its neighbor Oak Hill, both just a short distance south of downtown Nashville. The names of the two towns are a clue to their geography, with stately houses surrounded by lush, heavily wooded hills. Both Forest Hills and Oak Hill are zoned to be exclusively residential, and the area serves as a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the urban core. However, Forest Hills is located so close to central Nashville, Belle Meade, and Green Hills that living here ends up being the best of both worlds: serenity at home and convenience just a short drive away. This is a suburb of baronial estates—most properties sit on at least one acre and a mix of contemporary Colonial, Georgian, and modern mansions dot the landscape, though you’ll occasionally find a few older ranch houses as well.

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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.