Neighborhood Profile: Sylvan Park

Just a short ride southwest of downtown Nashville, the Sylvan Park neighborhood is an active neighborhood with a lot going on! Sandwiched between Charlotte Pike and West End Avenue, it is close to everything. And if it isn’t close, within five minutes of your driveway, you can hop on either I-40 or I-440 and get to where you need to go.


History and What It Has to Offer


Named by the “Father of Nashville,” General James Robertson, the whole of the Sylvan Park area was used as his original homestead, and he named it “Rich Land” because of the fertile piece of land. In 1887, it was opened up to the public for building and homes slowly began to sprout.


But much of the Sylvan Park neighborhood was built in the 1950’s, you’ll find many charming homes on the state-named streets, including older Tudors and Victorians, mixed in with bungalows, cottages and new constructions.


Sylvan Park is a small neighborhood boundaried by railroad tracks, McCabe Golf Course, and major roads, and the smallness and superb location make it a neighborhood many Nashvillians want to live in.

Along with long-time Nashville favorites like McCabe’s Pub and Star Bagel. Sylvan Park has recently built more sidewalks and welcomed new local businesses into the neighborhood, such as the new Hill Center Sylvan Heights on Charlotte Ave. 


What to Expect if You Buy in Sylvan Park


If you are looking to buy in Sylvan Park, you will get a charming and walkable neighborhood. Within walking distance from your front door, you’ll have access to McCabe Community Center, walking and bike trails, the Richland Park Library, a farmer’s market, and a dozen or so local businesses and restaurants.

With the big, grassy yards and tree-lined streets, Sylvan Park is an oasis and perfect for singles and families, especially if you are looking for a short commute.


Many modern walkable neighborhoods lack the charm of the older neighborhoods and the mature trees. With Sylvan Park, you get the best of both worlds … And when you need to drive, you have central access.

Due to Sylvan Park’s restrictive boundaries, it can be hard to find a home within your budget in such small neighborhood. But if you work with a trusted real estate agent and stay patient, they help you get what you desire and stay within your budget!

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2020 by Sarah Milligan, Realtor®