Belle Meade, TN

   If you're looking for an upscale neighborhood to live in, Belle Meade is the place to go. It is every bit a part of Nashville's Music City, with a socialite feel. Belle Meade has its own tiny police force, that takes extremely good care of its residents, and city hall. Those with old money can be found in Belle Meade. Society breeds here. Brass equine statues are frozen in frolicking poses at the entrance to the proverbial wide, tree-lined boulevard which is bordered by pillared mansions.

You do not have to be a millionaire to live in Belle Meade. There are plenty of opportunities here for those looking to put a little work into an upscale home. Farther east along West End Avenue, gracefully crumbling condos coexist alongside bungalows in various states of repair, and the eagle-eyed renter or buyer can find more than a few bargains.

There is plenty to do in Belle Meade. The highest quality is necessity, so be prepared to be wowed by the activities offered. Revolving art exhibits at Cheekwood mansion and gardens, where tours are available for a few dollars, served as the only museum for art-hungry Nashvillians before the downtown Frist Center for the Visual Arts was built.

Joggers and couch potatoes alike enjoy the lush, green fields and forested hills of the Warner Parks. Boutiques from the funky to the upscale are good for window-shopping and spending sprees alike, and hobbyists have roamed the aisles at Phillips Toy Mart for decades. Fine dining abounds – yes, you should probably phone ahead. If you're feeling downtown, you won't find a McDonald's along the main drag, but there is a Krystal's.

For those who want a walk in the past there are several historical homes to visit. For a nominal fee, you can head to an Antebellum Mansion, Belle Meade, which dates back to 1853. On site, you can visit the mansion, a 1790's Dunham Station Log Cabin, 1890's Carriage House and stables, view an Antique Carriage Collection, and Seven other Historic Outbuildings. Don't forget to grab a bite to eat in Belle Meade Mansion's Restaurant. Their critically acclaimed chef is sure to please. Remember your visit to Belle Meade Mansion by checking out their Museum Shop. Local artists are on display every month.

Belle Meade has a rich, vibrant history. In the latter half of the 19th century Belle Meade was one of the most important nurseries for thoroughbred racing horses. Nearly every Kentucky Derby winner, since then, can trace their linage back to Belle Meade. Many of the homes can be traced back from generation to generation. The Belle Meade Mansion was an important stronghold during the Civil War.

If you are looking for a classy neighborhood, that has potential for growth, with an extensive history, in a great area, then Belle Meade is the city for you.

Demographics

  Belle Meade, TN 37205 National Average
Population of Belle Meade 21732 11535
Median Age 42.5 years 37.47 years
Median Household Income $73220 $42350.95
Percentage of Single Households 44.6% 41.53%
Percentage of Married Households 55.4% 58.46%
Percentage Families (households with children) 18.4% 24.32%
Average Household Size 2.08 people 2.57 people
Percentage College or Better 65.2% 20.14%
Percentage White Collar 82.3% 47.14%

Cost of Living

  Belle Meade, TN 37205 National Average
Cost of Living Index 110.3 99.52
Average Yearly Utility Cost 5589 3196.27
Average Household Total Consumer Expenditures $74458 per year $41075.28 per year
Average Household Education Expenditures $830 per year $450.93 per year
Average Household Entertainment Expenditures $3892 per year $2207.08 per year
Average Household Transportation Expenditures $2793 per year $1563.85 per year
Average Household Retail Expenditures $34464 per year $18600.46 per year
Average Household Non-RetailExpenditures $39994 per year $22474.81 per year

Quality of Life

  Belle Meade, TN 37205 National Average
Average Winter High Temperature 43.7 degrees 41.29 degrees
Average Winter Low Temperature 25.7 degrees 22.88 degrees
Average Summer High Temperature 89.2 degrees 86.56 degrees
Average Summer Low Temperature 66.9 degrees 62.35 degrees
Average Annual Precipitation 51 inches 38.69 inches
Air Quality Index 17 44.59
Total Crime Index 8 3.60
Personal Crime Index 8 3.43
Culture Index 112 93.65