Joyce McDaniel wasn’t surprised when friends called to ask whether they could sit on her apartment balcony and listen to the recent Jimmy Buffett concert at Ascend Amphitheater.

“Everybody wants to come and hang out,” she said.

Since moving from the Whitland Avenue neighborhood, McDaniel says she has gotten accustomed to such requests. Her apartment is in the Old Metro General Hospital building on Rolling Mill Hill on the south side of downtown. The amphitheater is at the foot of the hill.

McDaniel was one of the first tenants to move into the building five years ago. Since then, the surrounding neighborhood has rapidly redeveloped, with the construction of additional apartments including Ryman Lofts, City View and Nance Place. Terra House, a 194-apartment luxury building, opened at the end of 2015.

More development coming

McDaniel is about to get more new neighbors. The Rutledge Hill neighborhood next door will be the site of the city’s newest multi-story condominium. Developers expect to break ground soon on the seven-story CityLights building at 20 Rutledge St.

Residents are expected to move in by early 2018. Prices for the development’s 71 residences range from the high $500,000s to $3.2 million, said Ted Pins, a Realtor with Village Real Estate.

While Buffett played at Ascend, Village hosted a party at the site to give future residents and prospective buyers a preview of living on Rutledge Hill. One advantage is the neighborhood’s location close, but not too close, to the downtown entertainment district, said Pins.

“You’re perched above the city with a view of downtown, but you’re not in the middle of the congestion and noise. We’re too far up the hill for pedal taverns,” he said.

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