Kathryn Stevens and Charlie Warner could have purchased a home in the suburbs. Instead, they joined growing numbers of home-buyers of all ages who are returning to the city and buying newly built infill homes in Nashville’s urban core.
“The thing I like best about living in the city is the sense of vibrancy you get. There’s movement all the time,” said Stevens.
The couple purchased their home last year in East Nashville’s Shelby Hills neighborhood, close to downtown, restaurants and parks. Their neighborhood also offers diversity that can be missing from suburban locations.
“It was important for us to pick a community where people from all walks of life lived and one that included those young and old and everywhere in between. East Nashville, including Shelby Hills, really is a melting pot of folks,” said Stevens.
Infill homes are revitalizing neighborhoods across the city, said Britnie Turner, founder and CEO of Aerial Development Group, the company that built Stevens and Warner’s house. The company is active in East Nashville’s Shelby Hills, East Hill, Rosebank and Lockeland Springs neighborhoods, as well as Salemtown, West Trinity Lane and 12 South.
Baby boomers and millennials are attracted to city living, said Turner.
“Both generations are enjoying the walkability to restaurants, bars and shows, both enjoy proximity to parks and greenways, and the tight-knit community that is being forged in these communities as they are becoming safer and more community focused,” she said.
“People are being drawn to Nashville from all across the world. As Music City grows and becomes more diverse, we get to build beautiful homes while making healthier and stronger neighborhoods that absorb new residents and will be sustainable over a long period of time,” said Turner.
Homebuyers are returning to cities “all over the world,” and Nashville is no exception, said Mark Deutschmann, a founder of Village Real Estate Services and Core Development Services, which are active in infill development.
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