Davidson County Homes For Sale

Oldest County In Middle Tennessee

Davidson County is the oldest county in Middle Tennessee. It dates to 1783, when the North Carolina legislature created the county and named it in honor of William L. Davidson, a North Carolina officer who died in the Revolutionary War on January 1, 1782. The county seat, Nashville, is also the oldest permanent white settlement in Middle Tennessee, founded by James Robertson and John Donelson during the winter of 1779-80. The initial white settlers established the Cumberland Compact in order to establish a basic rule of law and to protect their land titles. Through much of the early 1780s the settlers also faced a hostile response from Native American tribes. As the county’s many known archaeological sites attest, the resources of Davidson County had attracted Native Americans for centuries. In fact, the first whites to encounter the area were fur traders, then long hunters, who came to a large salt lick, known as French Lick, in present-day Nashville to trade with Native Americans and to hunt the abundant game.

Davidson County is more than the history of Nashville. It is a large, sprawling landscape that has contained several other significant and distinctive towns and villages in its history, although that diversity has been often forgotten since the formation of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County in 1963. Railroads and turnpikes crossed the county in the mid-nineteenth century and these new transportation routes led to the establishment of several villages including White’s Creek, Joelton, Nolensville, Madison, Antioch, Goodlettsville, and Bellevue. The majestic Union Station in downtown Nashville still conveys the economic power of the railroads in turn-of-the-century Nashville.

War has shaped Davidson County in direct and indirect ways. Federal troops occupied the city early in the Civil War. Fort Negley, a significant post in the history of African Americans and the Civil War, was one of many marks left behind by the occupation army. Throughout the county are many markers and monuments that document the activities of both armies during the battle of Nashville in December 1864. World War I brought the massive industrial development of the DuPont ammunition factory and company town at Old Hickory, creating a bustling city where nothing had been before.

All three Tennessee presidents lived in Davidson County; both Andrew Jackson and James K. Polk died and were buried there. But they are just three of many distinguished Tennesseans who called Davidson County home at some time in their lives and careers. Others come from music (DeFord Bailey), architecture (Adolphus Heiman), literature (John Crowe Ransom), politics (Anne Dallas Dudley), civil rights (Avon Williams), and sports (Tracy Caulkins). Davidson County also is home to many of the state’s most famous educational and cultural institutions including Belmont, Fisk, Lipscomb, Tennessee State, Trevecca, and Vanderbilt Universities; the Grand Ole Opry; the Tennessee State Museum; the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Nashville has always been the region’s center of commerce, industry, transportation, and culture, but it did not become the capital of Tennessee until 1827 and did not gain permanent capital status until 1843. Its story is best told through its individual entry and the hundreds of other entries in this volume that cover significant people, events, and institutions associated with Nashville as the capital city of Tennessee.

About Davidson County adopted from Tennessee Historical Society


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Berry Hill
At first glance, Berry Hill looks like a purely residential neighborhood until you realize funky independent shops, restaurants, recording studios and music publishers occupy many of the homes. Technically its own city, Berry Hill is treated as a distinct neighborhood of Nashville and is located just south of Downtown beyond Eighth Avenue South.

The Berry Hill / Melrose area is home to some of Nashville’s most popular restaurants like Monell’s, M.L. Rose, and Calypso Cafe, just to name a few.

Many of the businesses in Berry Hill operate out of 1940s cottages, allowing each place to have its own look and feel. The eccentric vibe is attractive to musicians and craftspeople, while the less chaotic nature of the neighborhood appeals to doctors and lawyers.

If you’re looking for a diverse, less urban neighborhood, check out the Berry Hill / Melrose area.

Green Hills
Considered one of the most desirable areas to live in Nashville, Green Hills is an affluent suburban enclave known for upscale brands and boutiques. Hidden within an inconspicuous strip mall is the famed Bluebird Cafe, home to both established and up-and-coming songwriters.

Green Hills is one of Nashville’s most affluent areas, often chosen by residents who do not wish a long commute to downtown businesses and three area universities – Vanderbilt, Belmont, and Lipscomb Universities (all of which are within a five-minute drive).

Green Hills is also the home to The Mall at Green Hills, a high-end enclosed shopping center which began as a “strip mall” (one of the first two sizable such developments in Nashville) in the early 1950s. Nordstrom and the Apple Store are some recent additions to the mall. Hillsboro Village, with its many interesting shops, is only three minutes away to the north.


Nashville is a very large city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 669,053 people and 151 constituent neighborhoods, Nashville is the second largest community in Tennessee.

Nashville is one of the most attractive larger cities for people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile career starters. This makes it a good place to live for young singles in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting their professional careers. Although Nashville is a large city, this demographic is significant enough that young professionals will find many others like themselves here, with really good opportunities for friendships, recreation, romance, and more.

Nashville has long been known for its country music scene, but these days the city draws attention for more than its Tunes. National  Publications are taking note of everything in Nashville, from food and fashion to music and more. In 2015 Forbes Magazine ranked Nashville on its list of Boomtowns for college graduates and Forbes.Com called Music City one of the best places for business and careers. Time declared the city has “Red Hot”  for burgeoning  music business, a diverse and thriving music scene,and our charming ability to live among the stars and leave them alone.

Nashville has even been noticed for one of its delightful South Southern Charms: its accent. What accents are sometimes the source of jokes and ridicule, Travel + Leisure readers seem to think otherwise. On a list of “America’s Most Charming Accents” Nashville readers ranked Nashville #4.

Music City is also a thriving hub for industry, many companies have a long history here Bridgestone, HCA, BMI, Thompson Nelson publishing, Louisiana Pacific and Dollar General all have Corporate Offices here, A testament to strong business foundations and economic growth.

Great food, good fun, affordable housing and a healthy business climate are just some of the reasons to sing the prices of America’s Music City.

Down Town Nashville

Vibrant Community of Restaurants, Shops and Clubs..

Do you prefer walking and biking to sitting in traffic? Love the hustle and bustle of the city but abhor for long commutes? Enjoy taking a spontaneous stroll to a nearby restaurant for dinner and music. If this sounds like you, we suggest  you forget life in the burbs and go Urban.


 A growing resurgence in downtown Nashville has brought a wealth of living options to the city’s urban landscape, along with a Vibrant Community of restaurants, shops and clubs.

For urban dwellers,  The Gulch in downtown Nashville is the place to be. Properties like velocity, Terrazzo and Encore offer the ultimate digs for downtown living. And with the tremendous growth this formal railroad yard has seen, you can always find something to do here. Of course there’s always music,  Travel + leisure’s recently cited Nashville as having the # 1 music scene in the country. From Tootsie’s to Mercy Lounge to The Station Inn, downtown music venues offer everything from Rock and Country to Bluegrass and rockabilly.

 If you are looking to set up shop, office space downtown is plenty plenty full and growing. Speaking of the office did you know that Forbes.Com ranks Nashville 10th in the country for “ Best Places for Business and Careers”?