Essential Tips for Moving to Nashville: 2024 Edition

Welcome to Nashville! Whether you're drawn by the vibrant music scene, thriving job market, or southern hospitality, moving to Nashville is an exciting adventure. As a real estate professional, I understand the intricacies of relocating and want to ensure your move is as smooth as possible. Below, you'll find detailed information on settling in, essential services, and tips to help you fully enjoy your new home.

⇛ Getting Settled

Neighborhood Research

Nashville is a city of diverse neighborhoods, each with its own charm and amenities. Research areas like East Nashville, Germantown12 South, and The Gulch to find the best fit for your lifestyle. Consider factors such as proximity to work, schools, parks, and shopping.

Schools and Education

Nashville offers a range of educational options, including public, private, and charter schools. The Metro Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) district serves the majority of the city. Highly regarded public schools include Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet, Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet, and Julia Green Elementary.

For private education, consider schools like Montgomery Bell Academy, Harpeth Hall, and University School of Nashville. Charter schools, such as Valor Collegiate Academies and KIPP Nashville, provide additional alternatives.

Parks and Recreation

Nashville is home to a variety of parks and outdoor spaces. Centennial Park, with its iconic Parthenon replica, offers beautiful green spaces, a lake, and walking trails. Percy Warner Park and Edwin Warner Park, collectively known as "The Warner Parks," provide extensive hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

For families, Fannie Mae Dees Park, also known as "Dragon Park," features a whimsical mosaic dragon sculpture and playgrounds. Shelby Bottoms Greenway and Nature Park is another great option for nature enthusiasts, offering trails, wetlands, and wildlife viewing.


Nashville has a diverse shopping scene, offering everything from adorable boutique stores to mega shopping centers. The Mall at Green Hills is known for its high-end retailers and luxury brands. Opry Mills, near the Grand Ole Opry, offers a vast selection of outlet stores and dining options.

12 South and East Nashville are popular neighborhoods for unique boutiques, vintage shops, and locally owned stores. Don't forget to explore the many farmers' markets, like the Nashville Farmers' Market, for fresh produce and locally-crafted artisanal goods.

⇛ Essential Services


Nashville's water services are managed by Metro Water Services. They provide all necessary information regarding setting up accounts, billing, and service management on their official website.


Nashville Electric Service (NES) is the primary electricity provider. You can set up your electric service by visiting the NES website or calling their customer service line.

Natural Gas

While not as widespread as electric services, some areas of Nashville do have access to natural gas. Atmos Energy is a major provider in Tennessee. To check availability and set up service, visit Atmos Energy.

Cable and Internet

Nashville offers a variety of cable and internet providers, including Xfinity, AT&T, and MetroNet. Compare plans and pricing on their respective websites or contact them directly to find the best option for your needs.

Trash Collection

Trash collection services are managed by the Metro Public Works Department. Your specific collection schedule and guidelines will depend on your neighborhood. For more information, visit the Metro Public Works website.

⇛ Healthcare

Nashville is renowned for its healthcare facilities. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is a top-ranked hospital offering comprehensive medical services. St. Thomas Health and TriStar Centennial Medical Center are also major providers with extensive specialties and emergency care.

For pediatric care, Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt is a leading children's hospital in the region.

⇛ Entertainment and Activities

Music and Culture

As "Music City," Nashville offers an array of live music venues, from the historic Ryman Auditorium to the famous neon-lit honky-tonks on Broadway. The Grand Ole Opry is a must-see for country music fans.

For cultural experiences, the Frist Art Museum and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum provide rich insights into the arts and music history. Check out the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) for off-Broadway shows, concerts, and other performances.

Sports and Recreation

Show your support for local sports teams like the Tennessee Titans (NFL) and Nashville Predators (NHL). For soccer fans, Nashville SC provides exciting Major League Soccer action in our new soccer stadium!

Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy water activities on Percy Priest Lake or Old Hickory Lake, as well as golfing at courses like the Gaylord Springs Golf Links.

⇛ Pro Tips for New Nashvillians 

Cost of Living

Housing: The median home price in Nashville is currently around $485,000, but prices can vary greatly depending on the neighborhood and type of home. Consider exploring different areas to find the right fit for your budget and lifestyle. 

When discussing the housing prices in Nashville, it's important to consider the variety of homes available. Here are some listings you can find:

*Bedford County,TN

*3 Beds, 2/1 Baths,$344,999

*Residential - Site Built

*Davidson County,TN 

*3 Beds, 2/1 Baths, $465,000

*Residential - Townhouse Condo

*Williamson County, TN

*5 Beds, 4/1 Baths, $1,969,000 

*Residential - Site Built

As you can see, the prices vary widely depending on the size, location, and amenities of the homes. For more detailed listings, you can visit our website.

Rent: The average monthly rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Nashville is around $1,800, but again, this can fluctuate depending on location and amenities.

Transportation: While most Nashvillians own a car, public transportation options such as bus lines and a limited light rail system are available for the more eco-conscious folks. Factor in the cost of car ownership or monthly transit passes if you won't be driving.

Commute and Traffic

Peak hours: With such a rapidly growing population, Nashville traffic can be quite congested during morning and evening rush hours (generally 7-9 AM and 4-6 PM). Plan your commute accordingly and consider alternative routes or transportation options.

Neighborhood choice: Choosing a neighborhood closer to your workplace or with convenient access to public transportation can significantly reduce your commute time and stress.

Traffic apps: Utilize traffic apps like Waze or Google Maps to monitor real-time traffic conditions and find the fastest routes.

Local Cuisine

Hot Chicken: A Nashville staple, this spicy fried chicken dish comes in various heat levels. Don't miss out on trying it at iconic spots like Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, Hattie B's, or Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish.

Barbecue: Nashville's barbecue scene is thriving with delicious options like pulled pork, ribs, and brisket. Popular places include Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint, Peg Leg Porker, and Edley's Bar-B-Que.

Meat-and-Three: This classic Southern meal consists of a meat (like fried chicken or country ham) and three sides (like mac and cheese, collard greens, or mashed potatoes). Arnold's Country Kitchen is a local favorite for meat-and-three.


Moving to Nashville is an exciting step and being prepared can make the transition smoother. From researching neighborhoods to finding the best schools and healthcare facilities, this guide covers essential aspects of your move. Don’t forget to explore your new neighborhood and take advantage of the vibrant culture and community resources that Nashville offers. Welcome to Music City!




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