Welcome to Sylvan Park/The Nations
Highly sought-after historic neighborhoods with trendy businesses
Sylvan Park and The Nations are sought-after neighborhoods in southwest Nashville. Sylvan Park is mostly residential with a cluster of cafés and restaurants close to the McCabe Golf Course and Richland Creek Greenway to the neighborhood’s south. The Nations is dotted with lots of hip businesses, including craft beer taprooms, artisanal coffee shops, and trendy restaurants.
Sylvan Park and The Nations are two of Nashville’s oldest neighborhoods, featuring many well-preserved examples of elegant historic architecture. Sylvan Park was mostly developed between the 1920s and 1930s. Housing styles here include refurbished and remodeled cottages and Tudor Revival homes. The Nations is one of Music City’s fastest-growing neighborhoods and has much more contemporary construction than Sylvan Park. Recent additions to The Nations include apartment and townhouse communities with beautifully-appointed modern living spaces.
What to Love
- Older neighborhoods with historic homes
- Trendy local businesses
- Relaxed residential atmosphere
- The Richland Creek Greenway
People & Lifestyle
Sylvan Park is a classic Nashville neighborhood that is highly sought-after for its serene setting and beautiful historic homes. The Nations is also enormously popular for its relaxed atmosphere and trendy modern businesses. Both neighborhoods offer a laid-back and family-friendly environment within easy reach of Downtown Nashville.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Sylvan Park’s restaurants and cafés are hidden gems that mostly cater to the neighborhood's residents. is the oldest bagel shop in Nashville. This breakfast and lunchtime favorite also offers delicious deli sandwiches, smoothies, frappes, and tempting freshly-made pastries. is a refined New American bistro serving dishes made with locally-sourced ingredients alongside a creative lineup of cocktails. Other Sylvan Park highlights include tasty burgers and other pub grub at , barbecue and brunch specials at , tacos and tequila at , and sophisticated Southern bistro fare paired with wine at . The Nations has become well-known in recent years for its array of cool cafés and craft beer spots. is located close to the boundary between The Nations and Sylvan Park. This family-run spot serves Nashville’s signature spicy fried chicken alongside scratch-made sides and cold beer. Hip Nashville coffeeshop chain opens from breakfast to dinner for espresso beverages, Southern-style eats, craft beer, and wine. offers a wide variety of signature brews, seasonal specialties, and guest ales alongside wines, cocktails, and gourmet mac and cheese bowls. is another standout spot for craft beer with 30 rotating taps, 75 bottled and canned beers and ciders, and excellent cocktails. serves imaginative pizzas and homemade pasta alongside specialty Italian craft cocktails. The Nations is also home to stylish boutiques such as . All the bags, shoes, and jewelry on sale at ABLE has been ethically-handcrafted by disadvantaged women from around the world.
Things to Do
In Sylvan Park’s southwest corner, offers mesmerizing views and challenging play for golfers of all skill levels. The adjacent is a scenic trail running alongside the Richland Creek. Part of the larger Richland Creek Greenway, the beautiful sits on the banks of the Richland Creek in The Nations. Also in The Nations, spans 33 acres with athletics fields, picnic areas, a playground, and a community center.
Sylvan Park and The Nations are served by the Davidson County School District.
- Sylvan Park Elementary School, Public, Magnet, K-4
- Middle College High School, Public, 9-12