Music Row | Best Nashville Neighborhoods
- Average Sale Price: $312,536
- Average Price Per Square Foot: $150
- Average Square Feet: 2,076
- Average Sale Price: $283,758
- Average Price Per Square Foot: $263
- Average Square Feet: 1,078
Zip codes: 37203, 37212
Located west of downtown, the Music Row area, referred to as “Midtown,” is made up of lofts, single-family homes, historic homes and condominiums within walking distance of bars, restaurants and Nashville must-see landmarks. Specifically, Music Row is located on 16th and 17th Avenues South. This area started to take shape when the construction and opening of recording studios and record labels began. The first recording studio to open on Music Row was Castle Studios which was followed by many more openings shortly after. Eventually came Capitol Records, which was the first major company to locate its director of country music in Nashville. Shortly after, RCA Studio B opened and became an instant famed attraction under the management of Chet Atkins. Performers such as Elvis, the Everly Brothers and Dolly Parton all recorded top charted hits on Music Row.
From your home in this district you can walk to the Great American Country (GAC) headquarters, many studios, including as Omni Sound, where artists such as Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson and Alison Krauss have recorded albums, and music business giant Broadcast Music Industries. Another great attraction to this area is its nightlife. Bars includeLoser’s Most Wanted Bar and Winners Bar and Grill on Division Street. Dan McGuinness’ Irish Pub on Demonbreun tends to attract more locals than tourists. Across the street from Dan McGuinness is a large statue called “Musica.” The statue depicts nude dancers, which spurred much controversy at its 2003 unveiling. Near Demonbreun lies Owen Bradley Park, a very small park dedicated to notable songwriter, performer, and publisher Owen Bradley. Within the park is a life-size statue of Bradley himself behind a piano.
The area is still experiencing growth in both residential and business sectors, contributing to the attractive “walkability” of the area. It is being compared more and more to the midtown area of Atlanta on Peachtree Street. Prices in this area range from $200,000 to well over $1 million. At the other end of Music Row, across Wedgewood Avenue sits the Belmont University campus, and Vanderbilt University is also adjacent to the area. Belmont is of particular note because of itsMike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business (CEMB), part of Belmont University and a major program in its commercial music performance.