Looking for suburban living in Nashville, but don’t want the typical 'burbs experience? Take a look at Cherokee Park. It was the first suburban subdivision in the city, but at only five miles from the center of downtown, it’s not exactly far flung. This West Nashville community is close-knit, convenient, and its range of price points mean you have the ability to upgrade without moving across town.
Cherokee Park was initially laid out in 1928, which by all accounts should have been a bad time to begin a subdivision. Nevertheless, the inventory of homes from that era found in the neighborhood attest to Cherokee Park’s early popularity. It differed from anything seen before in Nashville in that it was the first residential development designed with the automobile as the primary mode of transportation. Instead of alleys, cars were able to pull right into driveways, and the laying of sidewalks was put on the backburner. Also, curvy roads replaced the old-fashioned grid. Now the trend in urban design has reversed back to a non-auto focus, but in 1928 this was nothing short of revolutionary.
For the most part, the home styles in Cherokee Park are typical of the period from 1930-1960. You’ll find Tudor and Colonial Revivals, charming cottages, bungalows, and brick ranchers. Cherokee Park is one of Nashville’s conservation zoning districts, meaning that certain exterior architectural changes must be approved before they go forward. Feel free to cover the cover your interior walls in aluminum foil.
A short time spent browsing the community’s official website reveals the neighborly atmosphere that reigns over Cherokee Park. Residents look out for each other’s safety, politely remind one another to pick up after their pooches, and get together for afternoons of volunteer landscaping. There’s even a slew of designated neighborhood greeters standing by ready to welcome you to the area with homemade treats and welcome baskets!
The initial vision for Cherokee Park was a residential oasis, and that meant that commercial activities were pushed to the wayside. That character remains to this day and means that most daily activities require a car ride elsewhere. However, the adjacency of the Richland Creek Greenway means that you won’t be completely bereft of walking opportunities. In fact, the greenway’s a fabulous treat for the feet (or bike), as it connects to Nashville’s multi-mile system of primitive and paved trails. In addition, the McCabe Park golf course awaits with a 27 hole course that was renovated in 2007 and also features a recently added driving range.
Home prices in Cherokee Park typically range from $200,000 - $700,000; you can search them here.