The secret to Nashville's success as a city is its quality of life. Nashville's quality of life goes beyond its seasonally mild climate, rich landscape, laid-back lifestyle and affordable cost of living. It also encompasses every aspect of the good life, from entertainment and recreational activities to friendly, welcoming neighborhoods.
Kiplinger recently rated Nashville first in smart places to live. Travel and Leisure magazine recently named Nashville "America's Friendliest City," 4th Best American city for Holiday Travel and Culture and 6th Best for Fall Destinations. With a new $100 million Symphony Hall, a major art museum, and several local theatre companies, Nashville has a plethora of cultural activities from which to choose.
While Nashville's population has grown dramatically (the metropolitan area is home to well over 1 million people), it's still easy to get around. Three major interstate highways converge downtown and connect beautiful bedroom communities to the city. The airport is convenient to both downtown and to Vanderbilt.
There are countless opportunities in the area to embrace a healthy lifestyle. The area's diversity of religious beliefs is evident in more than 800 churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other houses of worship. Nashvillians also have a wide range of shopping choices, from Opry Mills mega-shopping outlet to the Farmer's Market downtown to over eight regional shopping malls with more than 1 million square feet of retail shopping space in each. Here in Nashville, there really is something for everyone.
Like the rest of the country, the price of real estate has gone through changes in the past couple of years, but Nashville is still relatively inexpensive compared to other major markets. Immediately adjacent to downtown, tree-lined older neighborhoods are home to residents who don't want to commute. The urban dwelling craze has hit in a big way, and there is an abundance of renovated and new lofts within minutes to Vanderbilt. For those that desire luxury living in upscale condos, those housing oppurtunities are certainly available as well.
Nashville is Music City, and there are many venues where you can hear live music of every genre. But music's not all - Nashville's got professional football (Tennessee Titans) and hockey (Nashville Predators), as well as a Triple A baseball team (Nashville Sounds). The restaurant scene is reaching out beyond the chains and every neighborhood has sophisticated offerings. Ethnic cuisine and markets abound. In the last couple of years, shopping for clothes and home furnishings has exploded, with a proliferation of boutiques and specialty stores.