Belmont Hillsboro Real Estate
Heritage and Beauty
The Belmont Hillsboro area is filled with beauty and rich history. In the 19th century, the area that would become Belmont-Hillsboro was part of the estates of Adelicia Acklen (Belmont) and Colonel A. B. Montgomery. The oldest sections of the neighborhood were subdivided in 1890 and 1891 and in 1901, the Belmont Land Company secured a franchise to operate a street railway line along Belmont Boulevard, accelerating the development of the area as a “street car suburb”. Development would continue for several decades, with some of the more southerly portions of the neighborhood developed about 1940.
Today, the street car lines are no more but the changes in taste and architecture remains evident. The mix of bungalows, cottages, American foursquares and tudors are common, though you will find examples of the prairie, eclectic revival and more contemporary styles as well.
Following World War II, as cars started to take over the street car lines a strong division of what had been first single-family homes transformed into multiple rental units. Many today that are rented out to college students for both Belmont and Vanderbilt University.
Around the late 1970’s to early 1980’s, large portion of the Belmont Hillsboro neighborhood was listed in the National Register of Historic Places protecting many of homes in contextual and historical overlays to continue to preserve many of the neighborhoods character and reputation.
The process of home renovation and restoration continues today, the sum of which, along with a wonderfully central location in Davidson County, have helped the area become a very desirable Nashville address. Belmont-Hillsboro is conveniently located just south of Downtown Nashville and is within minutes of Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, Sevier Park, hospitals, Hillsboro Village, 12South, and Green Hills.
In 2005, a multi-year project to protect the architectural character and diversity of homes in the neighborhood was completed with the Metro Council’s passage of the Belmont-Hillsboro Neighborhood Conservation Zoning Overlay. The initial overlay protected 800 properties. Additional properties within the neighborhood were included in 2007 (200 properties) and 2012 (100 properties).
The Belmont Hillsboro area continues to be an exclusive but expensive place to buy. Belmont Blvd alone is worth the drive to sight see some of the most beautiful homes in the city. There is a fair amount of new construction in the area but most homes are historic replicas. You won’t find many modern looking properties in this area if the Nashville Historical Commission has anything to say about it!
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