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Green Hills

True to its name, Green Hills is a lovely, verdant neighborhood that feels like a small town within the bigger city of Nashville—albeit a small town with a world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment scene. Green Hills really came into its own after World War II, when Nashvillians were looking for a leafy area to settle in that would still be close to downtown. The area’s appeal remains the same today, and you’ll find all styles of single-family homes here, as well as some luxury condominium buildings. Green Hills has long been a favorite destination for shopping as it is home to a Whole Foods and a Trader Joe’s, as well as The Mall at Green Hills, an upscale shopping center with an Apple Store and a Restoration Hardware. Green Hills also boasts two Nashville landmarks: the music venue Bluebird Café and Parnassus Books, co-founded by author Ann Patchett.

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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.