Barry proposes land deal for Gulch-SoBro pedestrian bridge

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Source: The Tennessean 

Mayor Megan Barry’s administration is moving forward on plans to build a long-discussed $18 million pedestrian bridge that would connect downtown Nashville’s hip Gulch and SoBro neighborhoods after striking a preliminary deal to acquire land needed for its construction.

After months of negotiations, Barry is proposing Metro’s sale of the long-underutilized, 3-acre Clement Landport on Demonbreun Street to the nearby private office center Cummins Station for $7.56 million.

In exchange, the city would then pay $2.66 million to Cummins Station’s property owner for necessary easements to build and construct the east base of the 700-foot-long pedestrian bridge, which is conceived as a way to connect two growing neighborhoods that are severed by CSX railroad tracks.

The mayor’s office filed legislation with the council late Friday outlining the transaction, setting up a Sept. 20 council vote on the proposal.

The towering, architecturally eye-popping Gulch-SoBro bridge — celebrated by some, but scorned by others as an unneeded and expensive undertaking — was one of former Mayor Karl Dean’s final big-ticket capital items. But construction never started, even though the Metro Council voted to approve the project’s financing and initial land acquisition two years ago. Finalizing right-of-way acquisition, particularly involving land owned by Cummins Station, has held up the bridge from being built.

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With the preliminary agreement now in place, Barry — who voted for the bridge as a councilwoman and has vowed to carry on the project as mayor — said the project is one step closer to becoming a reality.

“Once completed, the Gulch-SoBro Pedestrian Bridge will better connect residents and visitors to these thriving neighborhoods in a way that promotes tourism and economic activity,” Barry said in a statement. “Not only does this benefit our transit network for pedestrians, but the sale of the Landport will result in an infusion of capital funds to (the Metro Transit Authority) that will help to improve transit for bus riders throughout Davidson County.”

The Nashville Business Journal first reported on the deal between the mayor’s office and Cummins Station.

Zach Liff, president of Z-Integrated Capital & Management, which manages Cummins Station, declined to comment on the proposed transaction, which could open up development opportunities for Cummins Station on the Clement Landport site at 1011 Demonbreun St.

The high-profile property is across railroad tracks from the recently opened MarketStreet Enterprises’ Gulch Crossing office building. Liff is in the process of creating a master plan to guide the future development of properties he’s recently acquired around Cummins Station.

The Metro Transit Authority currently owns and operates the landport, which opened in 1998 after then-U.S. Rep. Bob Clement secured federal funds for the $4.6 million project. It was once conceived as the hub of a bustling regional passenger system in Nashville that would incorporate bus service, van pools and bicyclists.

From the outset, though, the landport struggled to draw activity and was later slammed by critics as a waste of taxpayer dollars. Today, the landport is used as a paid parking lot, and an MTA building on the site is vacant and locked shut. The site was last used for transit purposes in 2012.

Under Barry’s proposal, Metro government would purchase the landport from MTA for $8.4 million before the city would then sell the landport to Cummins Station. That sum matches the appraised value of the land. The funds generated from the sale of the landport are to be used for unidentified transit-related capital expenditures.

The landport site, which is toward the northern end of Cummins Station, does not sit on the footprint where the pedestrian bridge is targeted.

“The landport has been underutilized by MTA over the years, so this deal will help us to put our resources to best use in serving the citizens of Davidson County,” MTA CEO Steve Bland said in a statement.

“While we still must receive final approval from the Federal Transit Administration, we believe that the sale of this property and infusion of funds into our infrastructure are in the best interests of all Nashvillians who use our service.”

In October 2014, the council approved $1 million in initial land acquisition costs for the bridge, but additional right-of-way acquisition of property on the south end of the Cummins Station site has still been needed.

If the council signs off on the agreement between Metro and Cummins Station, the Metro Public Works department would begin working to engage the community on final designs of the bridge.

Though the Gulch-SoBro bridge is envisioned as a means to increase walkability between two neighborhoods that have carried the brunt of downtown’s recent growth, preliminary conceptual designs have called for a bold architectural plan that could make the bridge a destination itself.

A soaring 200-foot tower, visible across downtown, is to anchor the bridge on the SoBro end, with 30 multi-strand stay cables connecting the bridge to the tower. The bridge, 30 feet wide, also is designed to be accessible for bicyclists and pedestrians via staircases, ramps and glass elevators. It is to also feature bands of raised park space along its entire surface.

The Gulch-SoBro bridge has been a subject of criticism among Nashvillians who have demanded that more city investments should occur in neighborhoods, not just downtown. But after initially delaying a vote on Dean’s pedestrian bridge proposal in early 2014, the council months later voted 30-7 to approve land acquisition.

Easing concerns of council members was a restructured financing plan that relies on property tax revenues generated by seven Gulch properties that is to pay off debt on the bridge by 2022.

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Explore These Five Green Spaces In Nashville This Weekend

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If you’ve ever spent time in other cities across the country, you come to appreciate Nashville’s rolling hills and sprawling green spaces.

Nashville’s Greenway System is made up of more than 80 miles of off-street multi-use greenway trails and various other types of trails within parks for walking, hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use.

With more than 20 multi-use, paved trails located throughout Nashville, you’ll never run out of green spaces to explore.

Here are five of Nashville’s most unique Greenways and Trails to check out this weekend:

1. Cumberland River Greenway: Downtown

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Riverfront Park, along the Cumberland River River Greenway, has become one of Nashville’s most popular and most photographed trailways. Take in unobstructed panoramic views of downtown Nashville from the Seigenthaler Bridge and walk along the Cumberland River and watch the sunset reflect off the water.

2. White’s Creek Greenway at Fontanel

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This trail is the perfect spot for a reflective afternoon walk with man’s best friend. Mars Petcare helped sponsor this dog-friendly trail, installing sensory points throughout the trail.  Along the trail, pass behind the Fontanel Mansion, the former compound of famed country singer Barbara Mandrell.

3. Harpeth River Greenway: Warner Park to Morton Mill

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6 miles paved

This scenic trail is accessible from two trailheads in Edwin Warner Park and follows the beautiful Harpeth and Little Harpeth Rivers. There is also an expansive picnic area. This greenway is ideal for runners and bikers, as foot traffic is more spread out along the trail.

4. Centennial Park

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photo credit: Kevin Schlatt

2.3-miles paved

This trail within Nashville’s most photographed urban park is perfect for an early-morning or afternoon walk. Make a few laps around the 132-acre park and be sure to take a selfie in front of The Parthenon, Nashville’s most iconic landmark. This trail is better suited for walking than jogging because of the foot traffic, tourists, dog walkers, etc.

5. Fort Negley Historic Park

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Fort Negley is one of Nashville’s best-kept secrets. Where else in Nashville can you visit a historical landmark while exploring the great outdoors? Fort Negley Historic Park is a short trail perched above Wedgewood-Houston. The park also has excellent downtown views.

Nashville’s Greenways continue to evolve and there are several plans for expansion in the near future (see Nashville plans next vision for parks,greenways ). We don’t know about you, but we’re proud to live in a city with such beautiful public green spaces. So, get out there and explore Nashville!

What’s Really Covered by My Condo HOA Fees?

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One of the many benefits to living in a condo community is convenience. Living in a luxury condo building like CityLights gives you access to a myriad of modern amenities and allows you to live maintenance-free. Your HOA fees traditionally cover any maintenance to the property exterior and any upkeep to amenities, etc.

Here are 5 services that are traditionally covered by your HOA in a condo building:

1. City Services

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City services covered by your HOA may include waste removal, water, and electric service for communal areas.

2. Pest Control 

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Pest control is traditionally maintained around the perimeter of the property by the HOA.

3. Maintenance of communal areas

Maintenance of  communal areas may include exterior landscape, security around the property, and elevator maintenance.

4. Building Insurance

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This traditionally includes insurance for the building itself and the property surrounding it.

5. Maintenance of Amenities and Operational Costs

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Amenities often require substantial upkeep. Pools regularly have to be treated and staff may be hired for cleaning purposes. In addition, costs for staffing a lobby area may be absorbed by the HOA.

Condo fees can range anywhere from a couple hundred dollars a month to a few thousand dollars a month based on geographic region, square footage of your condo, and amenities or services that your building offers.

To learn more about HOA fees at CityLights, please contact our sales team.

Demand grows for parkside homes in Nashville

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Source: Tennessean 

Rebecca and Trevor Brown walk through the East Greenway Park development, where they have purchased a home. East Greenway Park will have 62 homes on 10 acres when fully developed.(Photo: Alan Poizner / For The Tennessean)Buy Photo

Nashville is hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, but homebuyers in neighborhoods close to parks and greenways have discovered the city’s equivalent of beachfront property.

“Property around the park has been treated like oceanfront property in Nashville, where values have grown exponentially and retained themselves,” said Britnie Turner, founder and CEO of Aerial Development Group.

From urban neighborhoods and downtown to the suburbs, demand is growing for parkside homes.

Aerial recently sold several homes in East Nashville’s Shelby Hills neighborhood at prices between $700,000 and $800,000. The neighborhood is adjacent to Shelby Park.

“Several people commented, ‘why would we want to live in Green Hills and deal with that traffic when we could live in this beautiful park this close to downtown?’,” said Turner.

Development has wellness focus

Aerial is also developing East Greenway Park in East Nashville’s Rosebank neighborhood. The neighborhood, at the intersection of Eastland and Rosebank avenues, has direct access to the Shelby Bottoms Greenway and is designed as a wellness community where outdoor activities are encouraged.

East Greenway Park will have 62 homes on 10 acres when fully developed. Homes range from 1,250 to 2,400 square feet. Prices were initially set in the $225,000 to $375,000 and higher range.

“We just went to market on East Greenway Park last week and are already 60 percent sold out of the first phase. People are loving the park,” said Turner.

Seeking an outdoor lifestyle

Rebecca and Trevor Brown are looking forward to moving into their new home in East Greenway Park after it is completed early next year.

For the Browns, who operate CrossFit Gulch in Nashville, the location next to the Shelby Bottoms Greenway was a key factor in their decision to buy their home.

“I plan to run on the greenway. My husband bikes and runs. We’re excited to be near Cornelia Fort,” the 130-acre former airpark that was added to the greenway a few years ago, she said.

They understood that buying a new home inside the city, where the price of land is high, meant they would not have a large yard. Instead, the park will serve that purpose.

The Browns, who have one child and are planning for more, look forward to having an outdoor lifestyle in the park.

“All the space kids can play and not worry about cars and people,” said Rebecca Brown.

New residences near greenway

In the Rutledge Hill neighborhood on the south side of downtown, Village Real Estate Services is marketing condominiums in CityLights, a 71-residence building being developed close to the Cumberland River Greenway and the 11-acre park surrounding Ascend Amphitheater.

Prices in the seven-story building, which will be at 20 Rutledge St., range from the high $500,000s to $3.2 million. Residents are expected to move in by early 2018.

“CityLights is in an incredible location, with easy access to event venues, Riverfront Park and our greenway system, which is getting more fully developed every day,” said Mark Deutschmann, a founder of Village Real Estate Services.

“We now have a 26-mile contiguous Nashville greenway, from Percy Priest Dam to downtown across the Shelby Street Bridge to Metro Center and beyond. Living near parks and greenways encourages a healthy, active lifestyle, and more Nashvillians are seeking that lifestyle,” said Deutschmann. He is president of the board of directors for Greenways for Nashville.

On the west side of the city, Village is selling condos in Poston at the Park at 30th and Poston avenues. The 27-unit luxury building overlooks Centennial Park. Prices range from $599,200 to more than $2 million.

”The neighborhoods near Centennial Park have been discovered and are developing rapidly because of the convenient location. Poston at the Park is steps away from Centennial Park and a short walk to West End restaurants and services, the new master-planned park system and the recently announced 440 Greenway, which originates in Centennial Park,” said Deutschmann.

On Belwood Street, a short walk from Centennial Park, Regent Homes is building townhomes priced from the $400,000s to about $699,000. They sold before they were built. The company is also building three condominiums priced in the $600,000s.

Subdivision preserves green space

On the southeast side of the city, Regent is developing the Carothers Farms subdivision adjacent to Cane Ridge Park. More than half of the neighborhood’s 500-acre site will be preserved as green space, said Regent Homes President David McGowan.

Townhome prices start in the $180,000s. Single-family cottage homes with about 1,400 square feet are priced from $249,000. Larger homes start at $289,000.

Construction of the first homes began in July; 17 have already been purchased. McGowan said being next to a park increases demand.

“No two ways about it,” said McGowan. “People like being near a park.”

Nashville Symphony Spring 2017 Preview

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With fewer than six months left in the year, The Nashville Symphony finishes out the season strong, with concerts like Lyle Lovett, Ben Folds, Boyz II Men, and its wildly popular movie series (Jurassic Park and Home Alone accompanied by the Symphony). Annual holiday favorites like “A Very Merry Pops” and “The Holiday Spectacular & Sing Along” are also taking place this December.

Next spring’s concert lineup is just as exciting — their classical series, movie series, and special guest stars are all part of the jam-packed season. Here are just a few of the highlights, but be sure to explore the entire 2017 calendar here.

The Planets — An HD Odyssey

January 12 – 15

4257664654_619e36b1e2_oWatch exclusive and rare footage from NASA made all the more vibrant through the Symphony’s musical accompaniment. Philip Glass’ Violin Concerto No. 1 and Josef Strauss Music of Spheres will take you on a magical journey into outer space. Perfect for all ages — this show is not to be missed.

Movies at the SCHERMERHORN Series

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™ January 6 and 7

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ May 19 and 20

Relive all the thrills and excitement of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter™ series with the Nashville Symphony performing John Williams’ exuberant score live. The series starts in January with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone™. But, you’ll have to wait until May to watch the second film in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™.

Valentine’s with Frankie Valli and the Nashville Symphony

Feb. 14 and 15

16922119680_e9c69155f3_oThe original “Jersey Boy,” Frank Valli is coming to Nashville on February 14 and 15. Spend Valentine’s night with your sweetheart and Franki Valli, the voice behind popular songs like “Can’t take my Eyes Off You” and “Sherry.” We encourage you to buy tickets now, as we suspect this show will sell out.

The Temptations

Feb. 16 – 18

274195252_4c54aa2555_oMotown comes to Music City! While only one original member remains in the group, the group’s most popular songs like“My Girl,” Aint to Proud to Beg,” and “Just My Imagination” are still mainstays at their concerts across the globe. The Temptations accompanied by the Nashville Symphony is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

The Rite of Spring

February 23 – 25

Giancarlo Guerrero & Nashville Symphony_photo by Bill SteberWritten by Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky, “The Rite of Spring” was once perceived as too modern and outrageous — even provoking riots in Paris in the 1900s. Today, more than 100 years later, the score is regarded as a 20th-century masterpiece.

Yo-Yo Ma – Edgar Meyer – Chris Thile

April 26

3194023281_b2bfed30aa_oThree phenomenal artists — cellist Yo-Yo Ma, mandolinist Chris Thile and bassist Edgar Meyer — will perform an intimate, one-night-only recital celebrating the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Photo Source: Nashville Symphony Website

CityLights is a short stroll from the Schermerhorn. Catch a show and stop by our sales center to reserve your luxury condo today. 

8 Important Things We Learned from The 2016 Downtown Nashville Residential Report

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Earlier this week, the Nashville Downtown Partnership released its 2016 Downtown Residential Report. At right under 15 pages, the report is a little more extensive than light lunch break reading material.  So, we’ve done you a solid and provided you with the Cliffs notes. Here are 8 things you need to know about the report.

1. Downtown Nashville is still growing…and rapidly

According to Nashville Downtown’s Residential Report, Nashville’s downtown population is expected to grow 16 percent by the end of the year and another 29 percent by the end of next year. When compared to cities like Austin, Indianapolis, and Memphis, Nashville has the strongest planned residential growth over the next year and a half.

2. The accolades keep coming for Nashville

It seems that Nashville is recognized with a new award every week. We don’t like to brag, but Nashville is pretty cool. Nashville was recently ranked Fifth most popular city in the nation by Travel and Leisure; Fourth biggest city for jobs by Forbes; the Nation’s strongest housing market; one of America’s hottest cities by Business Insider; and “Best Places to Live” by U.S. News and World Report.

3. Nashville’s downtown population and residential units still lag behind peer cities but are gaining momentum

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While Nashville had more than 6,000 residential units available in 2016, Charlotte had the most with more than 9,000 and Austin had more than 8,900. When it comes to downtown residents, Nashville residents also lag behind peer cities — Nashville has about 9,000 downtown residents. Charlotte and Austin average about 14,000 downtown residents. However, the report projects that Nashville will grow to 12,000 residents by 2017.

4. Downtown high-rise properties continue to appreciate in value

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Condominiums make up 47 percent of downtown housing. According to the report, price per square foot of downtown condos has appreciated since 2011. An assessment of four downtown high-rise properties (Viridian, Encore, Icon, and Twelve Twelve) showed that price per square foot consistently increased in all four properties annually since 2011 — the weighted average being more than $470 per square foot. Resales in some downtown condos, like Twelve Twelve, are yielding an average delta of $12.60 per square foot.

5. Thirteen residential projects have been announced and could deliver more than 3,700 new units to the market by 2019

Five projects are slated to deliver in 2016 with thirteen additional residential projects slated to come to market by 2019. CityLights on Rutledge Hill is expected to break ground in the coming months.

6. The majority of downtown residents moved from outside of the city or from out of state

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It’s no secret that Downtown Nashville continues to attract business professionals and highly-educated residents from across the country. According to the report, 34 percent of downtown residents moved downtown from outside the city; 30 percent from outside the state; and 28 percent from within the Nashville city limits.

 7. Baby boomers make up the largest downtown population, followed by Gen Y

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This fact may surprise some of you. Baby boomers currently make up the largest population of downtown residents at more than 40 percent. The boomers are followed by Generation Y at 29 percent and Generation Xers at 27 percent. The number of Baby Boomers living downtown has increased by 8 percent in 5 years. Read more about why Baby Boomers may be choosing to live in downtown Nashville.

 8. Downtown residents cited “urban experience” as the factor that most positively influenced continued downtown living

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Several factors were cited as reasons residents live downtown and want to stay downtown, but the majority (53 percent) said it was for the urban experience. Can you guess the next most popular response? At 48 percent, central location/convenience was the next most popular response.

 

A Closer Look at CityLights: Nashville’s Newest Luxury Condo Building Downtown

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CityLights is Nashville’s newest luxury condo development in downtown Nashville. With units starting at 1150 square feet, the boutique residence has 71 units and is perched on Rutledge Hill overlooking downtown Nashville and the Cumberland River. CityLights is currently more than 30 percent sold and is expected to break ground in the coming months with an anticipated completion date of summer 2018.

Perched on Rutledge Hill, CityLights will be within walking distance to SoBro restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues. CityLights is a mere 10-minute walk to Riverfront Park and the Ascend Amphitheater.

In addition to its prime downtown location, CityLights has all the modern amenities that a sophisticated urbanite desires.

Modern Amenities include:

  • prime location with stunning views of downtown
  • 2 to 3 parking spaces per residence
  • spacious open concept floor plans
  • fitness center with private yoga room
  • rooftop terrace with private bar, flat screen TVs and fire pits
  • pool deck with heated saltwater lap pool
  • office spaces for resident use
  • shared conference room for resident use
  • 24-hour concierge
  • onsite restaurant with in-room dining available to residents
  • community club room
  • and much more

Upon entering CityLights, you will be welcomed by a spacious lobby and concierge desk.  A knowledgeable concierge will be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for your convenience.

First Floor

The first floor is also home to the pool deck with heated, saltwater lap pool and outdoor lounge. On the first floor, you will also find the spacious fitness center and private yoga room.

In addition, the CityLights lobby will be home to an onsite upscale restaurant that will offer in-room dining to residents.

Second, Third, and Fourth Floors

Residences can be found on the second, third, and fourth floors with two penthouse units on the fifth.

Roof Terrace

On the roof of CityLights, you will find a luxurious terrace that covers the entire roof. The terrace is adorned with fire pits, flat screen TVS, as well as a bar.

Finishes and Design

Finishes and interior spaces were designed by Casella interiors. Casella Interiors is best known for their work on award-winning projects like Etch Restaurant, the Adelicia Building, Twelve Twelve, and Emma at the Trolley Barns. To learn more about CityLights’ luxe modern finishes and design, click here.

 

Seven Upcoming Food and Wine Events You Can’t Miss

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We would hate for you to miss out on these awesome food and wine happenings this year. So, we’ve done you a favor and listed seven of Nashville’s hottest upcoming events. Tickets are available now, so buy early, as most of them sell out.

1. L’ETÉ DU VIN Nashville Wine Auction — Saturday, July 30

Wine auctionAttend Nashville’s largest charity wine auction, L’ETÉ DU VIN or a “summer of wine.” The formal evening includes a silent auction, wine reception, and seated dinner. All proceeds benefit local cancer charities. Sounds like a win, win to us – fine wine and a great cause.

2. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week —August 22 through 28, 2016

Restaurant weekTwice a year during Restaurant Week, Nashville original restaurants offer special menu items and deals to patrons. Participating restaurants usually book up fast, so be sure to make your reservations now. Dine Indie.

 

3. TPAC GALA — Saturday, August 27, 2016

200x200-Gala16Every year the Tennessee Performing Arts Center celebrates its upcoming season with the TPAC Gala. Dine on stage while watching a live musical performance at this black-tie affair. Fancy and fun — sounds too good to miss. (Source: TPAC.org) 

4. Southern Living #NASHVILLENOW Weekend — September 2-5, 2016

CheekwoodDinnerIn celebration of Southern Living’s 50th anniversary, the magazine and the City of Nashville have teamed up to bring you a weekend of experiences that celebrate the city’s food, fashion, art, and, of course, music Weekend events include a private home and garden tour of Nashville’s finest homes, a walking restaurant tour, a Jack Daniels tasting at the Hermitage, a private dinner at Cheekwood, and much more. (Source: visitmusiccity.com).

5. Wine on the River — September 10, 2016 

Wine NashvilleSip wine and beer while gazing at the downtown Nashville skyline. Travel through 10 different regions spanning the globe and sample beer, wine and spirits specific to the regions while you listen to live jazz music in the background. Cheers to that!

6. Music City Food and Wine Festival — September 17 & 18, 2016

Carla_Hall_CH-4396This is the ULTIMATE event for foodies and is not to be missed. The country’s top chefs and wine, spirit and beer crafters join local chefs for two days of exciting panels, showcases, demos, meals and more. This event will sell out, so buy your tickets now. 

7. Greenways for Nashville Dinner on the BridgeThursday, September 29

Dinner on the bridgeSip cocktails and dine at a long, elegant feasting table on Nashville’s most famous bridge. This annual event is one of Nashville’s most unique. All proceeds benefit Greenways for Nashville, an organization that supports Nashville’s Greenways.

Still looking for more summer fun? Check out our post on 10 Uniquely Nashville Spots to Check Out this Summer. 

Q&A with Casella Interiors: Designers Behind CityLights’ Interior Spaces

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Known for their work on award-winning projects like Etch Restaurant, the Adelicia Building, Twelve Twelve and Emma at the Trolley Barns, Casella Interiors is no stranger to beautiful, modern design.

Designers Laret Casella and Jessica Langdon sat down with us for a one-on-one interview about the inspiration behind Nashville’s newest downtown luxury condo building, CityLights.

Q: Describe the overall aesthetic of CityLights?

LC: It is a modern, sophisticated interior that is inviting to owners and their visitors.

Q: What inspired the spaces at CityLights?

LC: Nashville is known for being a welcoming city to visitors and new residents alike.  CityLights has great views of the heart of Nashville, and we wanted to try to capture that welcoming feeling Nashville is known for in the interior of the building.

Q: Tell us a little bit about the finishes you selected for CityLights.

LC: The finishes have a variety of texture, both visual and tactile.  The limestone inspired tile in the lobby combines with rich wood, quartz and a 3 dimensional wall tile to greet you as you enter the building.  The owner’s lounge has a beautiful wood floor and a rich wallcovering that counterbalance the glass exterior walls that capture the views that surround the building.

Q: What makes CityLights special from other projects you have worked on?

JL: One of the most unique aspects of CityLights is its location.  The building is in the heart of downtown and close to all the activity, from concerts to restaurants to Titans football.  It presented the opportunity to design spaces that will be used as an extension of Nashville’s vibrant entertainment scene

Q: As you know, CityLights is located on Rutledge Hill overlooking downtown Nashville. Did you draw any inspiration from the views and feel of the city?

JL: The surrounding areas and views provided excellent inspiration.  Elements throughout the building’s design reinforce the CityLights theme.  We incorporated materials and lighting that are abstract representations of typical elements found in urban architecture.

Casella Interiors, established by Laret Casella in 1997, is committed to providing the highest level of professional design services to all clients. The design experience of Casella Interiors encompasses a wide variety of project types and sizes, including large corporate offices, high-end residential condominiums, religious facilities, educational institutions, athletic programs, and even custom furniture. 

To see CityLights’ finish packages, visit http://citylightstn.com/finishes/.

Why Baby Boomers May Be Flocking to Condos in Downtown Nashville

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Downtown Nashville continues to see rapid, consistent growth. And according to the Nashville Downtown Partnership “Residential Report,” the percentage of baby boomers living downtown has contributed to that growth — rising by 5 percent in less than 5 years. Boomers make up 38 percent of downtown Nashville residents — more than any other age group. Additionally, thirty-four percent of residents have moved downtown from out-of-state while 32 percent have moved from outside the city.

This comes as no surprise, considering there are so many wonderful benefits to downtown living.

Here a few reasons boomers may be choosing to relocate to condo buildings in downtown Nashville:

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Urban condo living offers many advantages. While downsizing may initially seem intimidating, it can also be very liberating.  Studies have shown that simplifying your life can result in less stress and less clutter which can lead to a much happier life.

Less Upkeep

ConciergeImagine never having to worry about mowing your grass again. Condo buildings like CityLights offer services to help manage your life. With upscale services like a full-time concierge, maintenance staff, and a cleaning service for common spaces, you won’t have to worry about coordinating repairs to that leak in your basement or mowing the grass every Saturday.

Walkability

john-seigenthaler-pedestrian-bridge-740According to WalkScore.com, downtown Nashville is “very walkable” and pedestrian-friendly. The stresses of driving are a thing of the past when you live downtown and convenience is key. Walk next door for your morning coffee, stroll Riverfront Park over lunch, and catch a concert at the Symphony Center in the evening

A Plethora of Downtown Activities 

Nashville, United States - November 12, 2009: Nashville Downtown scene with the Birth of Apollo statue and fountain on the left in the foreground and the Nashville downtown skyline, and trees and park area to the right. The Birth of Apollo statue is located near the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and was created by Casey Eskridge. Picture was taken during Autumn.According to Travel and Leisure, Nashville is one of America’s best cities because of its friendly vibe, accessible qualities, and of course the hot music scene. Nashville’s entertainment and cultural activities are unlike any other city in the U.S. From the Frist Center for the Visual Arts to the Ascend Amphitheater, there is no shortage of daily events and activities right outside your doorstep.

To Entertain Friends

ascendCondo living offers modern amenities like pools and rooftop terraces that encourage entertaining, not to mention downtown Nashville provides built-in entertainment.  According to a recent article in the Tennessean, Joyce McDaniel, a downtown resident, 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. With so many fun activities taking place downtown, it becomes a reason to entertain and have friends over.”

CityLights is made up of 71 luxury condos perched atop Rutledge Hill overlooking downtown Nashville. CityLights has a rooftop terrace, saltwater pool, and an in-house restaurant. Reserve your unit today: http://citylightstn.com/contact/