The Wedgewood-Houston Neighborhood has been dubbed the sequel to the Gulch.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Gulch, it’s a trendy downtown neighborhood that has become one of the most popular destinations for shopping, dining, bars, and entertainment.
Wedgewood-Houston is heading in the same direction as the Gulch. Walking around the neighborhood today is a hum of activity as builders turn warehouses into shops and old, rundown homes into condos, townhomes, or single-family homes.
Is Wedgewood-Houston a Good Area in Nashville?
Wedgewood-Houston is a rapidly developing neighborhood in Nashville with a growing arts scene due to affordable housing. While its schools are mediocre, its proximity to downtown, the airport, trendy shops, and eateries make it a good investment. With denser housing predicted to emerge, it is becoming a cooler place to live. Despite some drawbacks, Wedgewood-Houston is an up-and-coming area worth considering.
Today you will still find a mixture of older, modest homes that were here before the major upgrades began. That means an investment in Wedgewood-Houston could pay dividends as the area catches up to the rest of Nashville.
Like East Nashville, Wedgewood-Houston has attracted a thriving art scene due to lower-cost housing and rent. As a result, the art scene is thriving as some warehouses have been converted into art schools.
As a neighborhood in the throws of gentrification, shops, distilleries, and places to eat have popped up everywhere.
The bottom line is that it’s becoming a cooler place to live as the arts come in. Because it’s cooler, people are starting to invest.
Where is Wedgewood-Houston?
The neighborhood is super convenient. It’s only a five-minute drive to downtown or a ten-minute drive to the airport.
The population is around only 4300 and will continue to rise as development continues. Denser housing is expected as apartment buildings and single-story commercial spaces appear.
Walking around the neighborhood today, you can see the action happening. Close by is the fairgrounds and a large dog park.
My Opinion and Tips: Wedgewood-Houston is a place to consider if you are moving to Nashville. There are some great deals and investments available. However, keep in mind that it is still in a developing area. It’s cool, but it still needs to be completed. However, being only five minutes from downtown, I don’t see how it can stay underdeveloped for long.
The public schools in the area could be better. According to the Nashville school ratings, they are rated as C+. The local school, Glencliff High School, is rated C, and Lead Cameron is rated C+. Fall-Hamilton Elementary is rated a C.
The schools are expected to improve as the area improves.
Housing prices are on the rise. On one side of the street, it’s common to find an older, more rundown home, while on the other side of the road, a brand new build.
What about house prices?
The median sale price in Wedgewood-Houston is 608k. The median list price is $625k. The most expensive house currently listed is 920k. The cheapest condos/townhome are between 500k-800k. These numbers highlight a trend that is expected to continue.
Wedgewood-Houston is to the south of downtown. That’s why the neighborhood’s northern tip is considered the most action-packed.
Right next to Fort Negley Park is only four blocks away; you can see the Nashville skyline from this area of town. This is also where there is the largest concentration of development.
Wedgewood-Houston Pros & Cons
- The area is up and coming – it’s one of Nashville’s fastest-developing neighborhoods.
- There is an opportunity for a good investment.
- You can access some cool/hip spots to eat, drink and shop.
- There is easy access to downtown and the airport. You can see the top of the skyscrapers from the neighborhood.
- The median house prices are well above the Nashville average.
- Schools are rated mediocre.
- There is limited park space within the boundaries of Wedgewood -Houston.
- Still up and coming. There is still a lot going on and a lot of construction. You can hear it going on all the time.
- The neighborhood needs to be completed. There are excellent spots, but it still needs to be finished.
Interesting Historical Fact About Wedgewood-Houston:
Houston Station is a historical building founded and built in the early 1900s by Jacob May, who opened up May Mills. They were known for their quality socks, and incredibly, those socks made it to the mood with the crew of Apollo 2 in 1969.
Today you can walk the same hardwood floors as the building has been completely restored and is now the home of businesses such as the Americano Lounge.
Must-Visit Wedgewood-Houston Spots:
The following businesses have moved in and are well worth visiting.
- Jackalope Craft Distillery. They have a taproom and brewery offering locally crafted beers, tours, and a dog-friendly outdoor patio.
- Corsair Distillery. Award-winning distillery celebrated for innovative whiskeys, gins, and spirits. They have a taproom and bar that serves cocktails, beers, and fresh pizza.
- Earnest Bar & Hideaway. They have a dining room and bar that serves brunch and dinner. Known for its southern comfort style food and bottomless brunch.
- Diskin Cider. Dog-friendly cider serving ciders and seltzers that are gluten-free, fresh-pressed, and all-natural. Their indoor and outdoor patio areas serve food with southern and Costa Rican roots.
- Wedgehill Market. The market is a corner store shop owned by two brothers that is friendly and convenient.
- Dozen Bakery. Serves customers from Nashville and beyond a full line of bread, pastries, and menus for breakfast, lunch, and brunch.
- Americano Lounge – Coffee & Cocktails. High-quality coffee and cocktails. A mix of European and American cultures.
- Santa’s Pub. This famous Nashville location has a cozy indoor space and patio. Occasionally attracts local celebrities.
- Fort Negly Park. This visitor center provides education and history to learn about the government’s and Nashville’s relationship during the civil war.
- Nashville Design Collective. Offers homeowners and contractors a collection of premium brands from modern to traditional.
- Smokin Thighs. A family-friendly restaurant that specializes in wings, thighs, and leg quarters by Applewood smoking and grilling – never fried.
- Nashville Craft Distillery. Spirits made from scratch. They are open for tours six days a week for tastings, cocktails, and bottle sales.
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