48 Hours in Rutledge Hill and SoBro

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Rutledge Hill and SoBro, south of downtown, are Nashville’s hottest new neighborhoods. Both areas continue to be revitalized, bringing in hip new businesses and urban condo developments like CityLights. The area flaunts some of Nashville’s coolest gathering spots, award-winning restaurants and premium live entertainment venues.

While we could fill up several days with exciting activities in Rutledge Hill and SoBro, we’re giving you a sample two-day itinerary to get you started.

Day 1

Start your morning at Crema on Hermitage Avenue for a cup of the best specialty coffee you’ve ever tasted. Crema serves artisanal coffee and snacks out of its airy, industrial space overlooking town. Grab a seat on the sunny patio for the best view of the John Seigenthaler Bridge and downtown Nashville.


Spend the afternoon exploring the south side of Broadway. Take a tour of the Country Music Hall of Fame and make your own keepsake Hatch Show Print when you tour the iconic letterpress shop.


Grab a drink and some shared appetizers at Pinewood Social in SoBro and take in the hip atmosphere. Try one of their seasonal cocktails like the “Tranquil and Serene” made with infused spirits and fresh fruit. Before you leave, check out the bowling alley, pool and bocce ball court.

Plan your weekend around a show at the Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville’s newest outdoor park and amphitheater. So many great performers are coming to Ascend this summer including: Journey, Ray Lamontagne, The Goo Goo Dolls, Meghan Trainor and Heart with Joan Jett. Pro tip: only low beach chairs or blankets are permitted inside the venue. No stadium chairs or tall chairs are allowed.


If you’re so inclined, stop for a post-concert fourth meal at the iconic Hermitage Café, Nashville’s best greasy spoon. The café, known for its breakfast food, burgers, and fries, is open until 1:30 a.m.

Day 2

Venture to  Husk to experience one of Nashville’s best Sunday brunches. Share the homemade biscuits and gravy and try Husk’s signature Shrimp and Grits with peppers and bacon. Or if you’re craving something sweet, try the buttermilk pancakes with strawberry compote and vanilla whipped cream — yum!

Shrimp and Grits

Walk off the calories you just consumed at brunch at Nashville’s Riverfront Park. Cross the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge for one of the best views of Nashville and the Cumberland River — the perfect way to cap off your fabulous afternoon in downtown Nashville.

Seigenthaler Bridge

Once you’ve walked off your brunch, change into your Sunday best to catch an evening show at the Nashville SymphonyThe Nashville Symphony plays concerts year-round at the exquisite Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

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SoBro and Rutledge Hill are two of Nashville’s most vibrant neighborhoods and continue to thrive. While 48 hours in these neighborhoods isn’t nearly enough time, it will give you a sense for their unique local flare.

CityLights is perched atop Rutledge Hill and is walkable to downtown Nashville. 

Rutledge Hill area offers peaceful downtown living

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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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Start Nears for CityLights

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CityLights developers are expected to begin grading very soon, as the the building is almost 35 percent sold.

The 71-unit project will offer a rooftop terrace, lap pool, and fitness and yoga center.

Read the Nashville Post article here.

Party Attendees Have Best Seat in the House for Buffett Concert Atop CityLights

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Thirty minutes prior, there had been a torrential downpour. But at 8:00 p.m., as if on cue, the clouds parted and, the rain stopped and a cool breeze blew through patio. From atop the CityLights sales center, there was a clear view of the Korean Veterans bridge lit up in rainbow-colored lights, and in the distance, a clear view of the Ascend Amphitheater where down below Jimmy Buffett was expected to take the stage any minute.DSC_0394

More than 80 developers, buyers, REALTORS®, and interested parties attended the outdoor event. Fresh-off-the-grill “Cheeseburgers in real estate paradise” and margaritas were served while Jimmy Buffett played greatest hits like “Boat Drinks” and “Margaritaville” in the background.


“CityLights is the perfect location to experience Nashville urban lifestyle,” said Danielle Hasley, CityLights sales team member. “One of the benefits to buying at CityLights is the close proximity to downtown entertainment, restaurants and more. And who can beat this view!”

DSC_0347The 7-story, 71-unit development is slated to start building very soon, as the building is almost 35 percent sold. The building will have a rooftop terrace, saltwater pool, and fitness and yoga area.

To learn more about CityLights, contact our sales team here.


10 Uniquely Nashville Spots to Check Out This Summer

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The longer days and humid nights signal that a Tennessee summer is right around the corner. Summer is one of the best times to live in Nashville, and there are several warm-weather spots that you must not miss!

1. Bobbie’s Dairy DipBobbie's Dairy Dip

Bobbie’s is a true Nashville staple, especially when it’s sweltering out. A trip to Bobbie’s is like traveling back in time to a 1950’s drive-in restaurant. Order a dipped cone, chocolate sundae or specialty shake and experience true ice cream bliss.

2. Pinewood Social Pool DeckPinewood Social Pool Deck

Outdoor public pools in downtown Nashville are like unicorns: you’ve heard about them but you’re not sure if they really exist. Pinewood Social, one of the hippest gathering spots in town, has you covered. They have two dipping pools complete with an airstream that serves beverages and a full menu.

3. Nashville Greenways

Nashville’s public greenways are some of the most beautiful trails you will find in the state. Walk, jog or bike the trails that connect more than 80 miles of green space around town. Travel the Cumberland River Greenway downtown to get the best views of downtown Nashville, SoBro and Germantown.

4. Mas Tacos Por FavorMas Tacos Por Favor

We always leave this place wanting more, hence the name “Mas Tacos Por Favor.” Although the line is sometimes long, the food is well worth the wait. Try the elote (grilled corn on the cob), chicken tamales, and homemade specialty frescas.

5. Retro Sno Shaved Ice TruckRetro Sno Shaved Ice

As a kid, remember when the highlight of your summer was visiting the shaved ice truck and selecting your favorite tropical flavor? You’re in luck! Retro Sno is Nashville’s original shaved ice truck and can be found at various landmarks around town. Check their daily schedule on their website or twitter page.

6. The Harpeth RiverThe Harpeth River

The perfect outdoor retreat awaits you less than 30 minutes outside of town: canoeing the Harpeth River. No need to be an expert — canoeing the Harpeth’s shallow, smooth waters is perfect for beginners and kids. Pro tip: Pack a lunch so you can stop along the way for a picnic on one of the many small islands.

 7. First Tennessee Park: Home of the Nashville SoundsFirst Tennessee Park

Baseball is summer’s favorite sport, so you have to make at least one Sounds game this season. The Sounds play at the brand new state-of-the art First Tennessee Park and regularly host themed nights and beer specials. Pro tip: stop for a drink and a round of cornhole at the Band Box. 

8. Gabby’s Burgers and FriesGabby’s Burgers and Fries

Consistently voted one of Nashville’s best burger spots, Gabby’s Burgers & Fries doesn’t disappoint. Try the Seamus and sweet potato fries or Gabby’s Burger if you’re extra hungry. Pro tip: if you become a regular, you may even be privy to the “secret menu” for VIP guests.

9. Frist Fridays at the Frist Center for Visual ArtsFrist Fridays at the Frist Center for Visual Arts

Art, live music, and wine — sounds like the perfect summer night to us. The Frist Center in downtown Nashville hosts live outdoor concerts every summer, dubbed “Frist Fridays.” Frist Fridays take place on the final Friday of the month in June, July, and August from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Center’s Turner Courtyard. Pro trip: remember to bring your stadium seat or blanket.

10. Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4, Downtown NashvilleLet Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th

Nashville’s summer events culminate with one of the most exciting celebrations of the year. Experience one of the country’s best fourth of July celebrations right in your backyard. The lineup includes musical performances by Sheryl Crow, Maddie & Tae, Erin McCarley and the Nashville Symphony, complete with one of the biggest fireworks displays in the U.S.

Get out there, Nashville, and have a little fun in the sun!

Luxury downtown condo hit tipping point this week

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By the end of this week, Mark Deutschmann expects to have collected enough five- or six-figure deposits from condo buyers to land a bank loan to build what would be downtown Nashville’s next condo development. Click here to read more!

CityLights will be in mere walking distance to the new, amazing greenways!

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Metro Parks Director Tommy Lynch says the parks department is in the process of updating the $260 million Countywide Parks and Greenways Master Plan to accommodate more urban greenways. Read about the new goal: A greenway within 1 mile of every neighborhood here

CityLights, a short walk from the #2 “Coolest Bike and Pedestrian Bridge” in the US!

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CityLights will have exquisite views of the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge- which was just named the #2 “Coolest Bike and Pedestrian Bridge” in the US! The bridge is considered a near-perfect spot to capture photos of the Nashville skyline and allows cyclists to cross the Cumberland River and ride right into the heart of downtown. Click here to read more!