Local Profile: The “Athens” of the South

July 26, 2022

Welcome to our blog’s first Local Profile—where we share a local shop’s listing and highlight the best-of-the-best spots around town. Whether you are looking for a home or a homecooked meal—we’ve got you covered. 

Known as the home of country music and the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, Tennessee has emerged as a sought-after vacation spot and thriving community to live in. However, the city’s deep roots in country music are merely an aspect of its broader personality. For our foodies—Nashville’s colorful culinary scene has been a longstanding creative hub for award-winning chefs and is famous, in particular, for its hot chicken. Additionally, Tennesse is one of the country’s few income tax-free states—leaving residents with a little extra cash in their pockets to enjoy all that Nashville has to offer. 

The Listing

The city may be famous for its country flare, but the housing market offers every style of architecture and interior design imaginable. Tice Feldman, the advisor listing this home, says that “Nashville is a great place to live with a fun vibe—its growing population, stable economy, and an array of unique entertainment and eateries live up to its nickname: the Athens of the South.”

1504 Grandview Drive is a modern, new construction home built by the award-winning and local Build Nashville. With five bedrooms and an open floor plan, luxurious finishes and quality construction, and proximity to 12 South, Lipscomb, Green Hills, Melrose, The Gulch, and Downtown Nashville, this listing carries quite a lovely tune. 

Tips from a Nashville native:

Engel & Völkers advisor Jeremy Jeter has you covered when it comes to all things Nashville. Born and raised, he has seen his hometown become one of the hottest cities in the United States, and at the end of the day, he only sees these changes as positive.

My favorite part about living in Nashville is that it still feels like a small town even though it has transformed into a big city. You can go low-speed or full-throttle here. I think one of the things that draws people from all over the country is the eclectic mix of architectural styles—there is truly something for everyone here. Not many places have been able to so successfully blend that small town feels into big city living as Nashville has.

More places to check out:

By this point, you are probably booking your tickets to Nashville. We have some great local suggestions of places to stay, food to eat, and things to do and see: 


There is no shortage of hotels in Nashville—from small boutique brands to the tried-and-true names, you will have a great place to stay. 

21c Museum Hotel is a whimsical pocket of creativity, perfect for any artist or individual who appreciates a highly curated aesthetic.

Vandyke Bed and Breakfast has a bewitching allure to it—this boutique hotel is known for its daily happy hours, food pop-ups, and specialty bar.  


For some of the city’s finest dining, check out Drusie and Darr—a contemporary restaurant and bar using regional produce from Tennessee—all imagined by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Try House of Cards for a flashy night out on the town and Butcher a Bee for a casually delectable bite to eat. 

Things to do and see:

If you’re coming to Nashville, you have to stop and see the Grand Ole Opry—it is home to the show that made country music famous for a reason. 

Another must-see is the world’s only exact replica of the original Parthenon in Athens, Greece. For an exhibit that will educate and excite, taking the time to explore this spot will not disappoint. 

When all is said and done, Nashville proves itself to be a thriving cultural epicenter—where food, friends, and music can be at the heart of your everyday life; if this aligns with your definition of luxury, this Tennessee town may just be your perfect match.

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