6 picks to get excited about in the nations neighborhood

6picksthe west side has been blowing up lately.  the nations in particular.  a developer announced in february plans to build as many as 600 homes on a vacant, 36-acre industrial lot on centennial boulevard.  the whole neighborhood, just north of the ever-popular sylvan park, has been on the rise for awhile but now, the infrastructure for more walkability is shaping up.  restaurants & retailers are taking note and staking claim on their spots now.  here’s five in the works:

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nashville’s john mcdougal is on schedule to open a craft beer bar in an old gas station in the nations.  aptly titled, the old gas station, it will offer 12 taps initially but will expand up to as many as 60.  although no wine or alcohol, it will offer a smoke free, dog-friendly covered patio with free wifi which makes up for that. growler fill will also be available.  the old gas station opens in july. | 5205 centennial blvd

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the guys that brought 12 south taproom to life have confirmed plans to bring the nations 51st taproom.  location and details are still under wraps currently but plans are getting finalized with codes.  they plan to open early spring 2017.

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the crew that opened fifty first kitchen last summer are all seeing the vision of the neighborhood and headed out to expand with new concepts separately.  duo tony and caroline galzin are opening nicky’s coal fired, italian cuisine which will include house-made pasta, charcuterie, and coal-fired oven baked dishes.  nickys opens this fall. | centennial + 51st avenue north 

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IMG_9553christy thurman, most recently a partner in successfully creating fifty first kitchen & wine bar, will always hold a soft place in my heart for creating rumours wine bar in 12 south back in the day.  up next, christy has two more nations concepts herself.  first up: nations bar & grill, a retro diner serving up american dishes all day. shooting to open late summer 2016. | 705 51st avenue north

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IMG_9557a little further down the road for christy is grounded, a coffee shop & juice bar. the interior build-out on the space is done and she is working with nashville’s own roast, inc on sourcing coffee beans eater nashville reported. | 907 51st avenue north

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and if you need more coffee options (because everyone needs options), red bicycle is headed to the nations as well.  it will be on the street level of an upcoming 3-story apartment building due late spring 2017. this will be their third location. | 51st avenue north + illinois

 

 

want to own in the urban core? here’s four affordable developments breaking ground this summer that might work

the new 610 merritt in wedgewood houston
the new 610 merritt in wedgewood houston

as the city continues its efforts to become more walkable and bikeable and millennials and baby boomers both take the lead in moving into the urban core, there is an increasing demand for more affordable housing options.  here are four developments breaking ground this summer hoping to fill that need.

first up, a 7-acre development in the weho neighborhood (wedgewood-houston, fairgrounds area…whatever you prefer to call it) called the finery.  core development is at the helm and hopes to start construction on the first two mixed-use buildings, six10 merritt & 1238 martin, in the next 30 days.

1238 martin
1238 martin

in these first phases (both starting this year), there will be townhouses with garages, condos, retail & restaurant spaces, you name it.  core has built other mixed-use buildings like 12th & paris (which houses most notably burger up in the 12 south neighborhood).  the commercial retail & restaurant aspects being included with these two buildings are easily creating the foundation of this emerging neighborhood, providing walkable/bikeable options.  prices on one bedroom flats start at $149,900, two bedrooms at $249,900.

porter village
porter village

the tennessean reported earlier this month that the average sales price for east nashville zip code 37206 is up 24%.  seeing the need, two developers are breaking ground on a larger scale this summer across the river.  porter village, a 40-unit development at cahal avenue and porter road, will also be a mixture of condos and townhomes.  the condos will be on the porter road side starting in the $100s and be built around a street level coffee shop space.  the townhomes will include garages and be priced in the $400s.

solo east nashville
solo east nashville

sitting on the corner of litton avenue and gallatin road, solo east nashville will be a 130-unit development with one bedrooms starting at $149,900 and two bedrooms starting $189,900.  the development will be gated and boasts luxury higher end finishes like granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and 9′ high ceilings. completion is set for spring 2016.

lastly, probably the farthest along of these four, on the west side of the city in the nations is west mill townhomes. this 6-acre 98-townhome community started pre-selling initially under $200,000, the first round should be ready for new homeowners in the fall.

level one going up on the west mill townhomes a few blocks north of charlotte pike
level one going up on the west mill townhomes a few blocks north of charlotte pike