Cherokee Park/Richland | Best Nashville Neighborhoods
- Average Sale Price: $456,353
- Cost Per Square Foot: $180
- Average Sold Per Year: 29
- Average Square Feet: 2,523
- Average Sale Price: $312,706
- Cost Per Square Foot: $213
- Average Sold Per Year: 22
- Average Square Feet: 1,467
Zip Code: 37203
Cherokee Park/ Richland is a neighborhood including around 300 homes. Most homes were built circa 1920 to 1950 in tudor revival, colonial revival, cottages or other architectural styles. The neighborhood began to take shape when development and prospering downtown Nashville created the need for new technologies such electric streetcars and automobiles for suburban development. The subdivision was officially founded in 1928.
The neighborhood is located southwest of West End Avenue and is adjacent to the West End neighborhood. In the 1920s, Nashville’s city limits were expanded to include land upon which the neighborhood was developed. Cherokee Park/Richland was surveyed in April 1928 and included lots bordering Wilson Boulevard, Cambridge Avenue, Aberdeen Road, Cherokee Road, Lauderdale Road, Mayfair Road, Mockingbird Road and Valley Road. The Wakefield-Davis Realty Company of Louisville, Kentucky developed the subdivision in May 1928, making Cherokee Park Nashville’s first suburban subdivision. Some of the streets in the neighborhood are curving, which was not typical for earlier subdivisions where streets were laid out in a grid pattern. Cherokee Park lots were also developed with driveways as opposed to alley systems, and sidewalks were not developed.
Society’s growing reliance on the automobile greatly influenced the development pattern in the neighborhood, which has more of a suburban feel than earlier developments closer to the urban core of the city. Many of the homes were originally constructed as duplexes, with most now converted for single-family use. The years immediately following the end of World War II produced additional construction in the neighborhood, including several small apartment houses. Construction continued sporadically into the late 1950s and 1960s.
Today, Cherokee Park/Richland is one of six Nashville districts with Neighborhood Conservation Overlay. Residents maintain their own Neighborhood Association Web site and have enthusiastically fought changes in local zoning regulations to maintain its architectural integrity. This neighborhood offers a perfect combination of suburban privacy and urban proximity.
The Cherokee Park/Richland area includes a gorgeous country club for swimming, tennis, golf, and social events, a branch of the Nashville Public Library, its own seasonal farmer’s market, and the Richland Creek Greenway. The Greenway is a wildlife conservation area where one can spot great blue herons, red-tail foxes, and other wildlife native to middle Tennessee while hiking through trails and crossing the Old White Bridge. Turn off the trails and you could end up at the new Belle Meade Hill Center, including grocery shopping at Publix, boutique shopping at Blush Boutique and frozen yogurt at Sweet CeCe’s.