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Watkins Park marks the cutoff for the west portion of downtown Nashville, just a mile from downtown proper. With an abundance of American history and tradition, this neighborhood stands tall as the go-to place for business and industry professionals, providing enough distance from the music-driven downtown for a quiet night’s sleep, but close enough to enjoy all the city life that makes Nashville famous.

Sitting between the 40 and 70 freeways, Watkins Park rests at the epicenter of local transit, epitomizing the combination of work and vacation opportunities in and around Nashville. Easy access to rivers, state parks, and vast wildlife areas make this neighborhood perfect for those who enjoy both hard work and long weekends away with friends or family.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Nashville, TN is $1,172 for one bedroom, and $1,827 for two bedrooms. Apartment rent in Nashville has increased by 0.0% in the past year.

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$1,172
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1,082
$1,827
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Ratings

68 Walk Score® Somewhat Walkable
51 Transit Score® Good Transit
69 Bike Score® Bikeable

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Restaurants

Down-home Southern food dominates Nashville’s restaurant scene, with a variety of prices ranging from low to high. Binge on traditional soul food at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken any time of day, choosing from hot to mild fried chicken wings followed by pimiento mac and cheese. Stay with friends for a cold beer or a side of banana pudding, but make sure to avoid the hour-long lines at lunchtime.

Bring the whole family for a cornucopia of soul food at Monell’s Dining & Catering on 6th Avenue N. Don’t worry about choosing from the menu because there isn’t one. Instead, Monell’s serves whatever it feels like serving, with a different menu every day. Come hungry for huge portions of rotating food like turnip greens, fried catfish and cinnamon rolls. Stuff your face for a low price, but be careful you don’t eat too much.

Get fancy at Etch, with appetizers such as roasted cauliflower with ruffled pea pesto, or octopus and shrimp bruschetta. This new take on American food includes the experience of eating food from one of Gourmet Magazine’s highest-rated chefs in the country. Try any of the dozens of wines from Etch’s extensive wine list before munching on mushroom-dusted pork tenderloin and pumpkin-ginger custard for dessert.

No night in downtown Nashville would be complete without a little honky-tonk from the bars and music venues lining the streets downtown. Locals love listening to the country sounds of bands at Robert’s Western World on Broadway. Soak up the buckets of beer and well drinks with fried bologna sandwiches. Rub shoulders with other music lovers in this overly cozy yet atmospheric Southern joint, admiring the many years of artwork collected on the historic walls.

History

Watkins Park remains one of the stalwart Nashville communities for medical and business professionals. Emigrants to Nashville flock to this neighborhood for its proximity to work opportunities. As more and more corporate entities move into the city, new buildings and residents have begun gentrifying the local neighborhoods, displacing older residents in the process.

Tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to see RCA's famous Studio B, where Elvis recorded many of his tunes. Take a stroll from downtown to learn all you need to know about the Civil War at the Tennessee State Museum.

Join 100,000 others at the annual Tennessee State Fair in September for bluegrass music and carnival rides. Compete in any of the dozens of livestock or creative arts shows such as quilting or photography.

Transportation

Watkins Park residents mostly drive to run daily errands, although the Nashville MTA bus line runs every few minutes, depending on your destination. The Music City Circuit, free of charge, also runs through the downtown corridor every 10 to 15 minutes.

Taxis are easy to hail downtown, but you may want to call a cab service ahead of time if leaving your residence in Watkins Park. Hail an Uber ride-share to travel anywhere in the greater Nashville area.

You'll find public parking lots and garages scattered around downtown Nashville. Surrounded by three highways, clean vacation getaways are easy from Watkins Park. If walking to run errands, make sure to stay on the sidewalks. Be extra careful biking through busy parts of the city, as bike lanes are not generally available.

Cost

The cost of living in Watkins Park runs slightly lower than in the center of Nashville. Although you can find pricier living options for upwards of $1,200 per month, one-bedroom apartments are available for as low as $675 per month.

Standard Nashville MTA bus fare costs $1.70 for local service and $2.25 for express service. Pub beers cost as low as $3, while average gas prices run about 8 percent lower than the national average.

Shopping

With no shortage of large indoor shopping centers, Watkins Park residents can spend whole days parked in one spot. Shop for high-end clothing at the Mall at Green Hills, with stores such as Tiffany’s, Nordstrom, Louis Vuitton, and Jimmy Choo. Take a date to dinner at Noodles & Company, followed by dessert at Bravo Gelato and a movie in the theater next door.

Downtown offers an impressive array of antique shops with lots of character, as in the Downtown Antique Mall located in a brick warehouse on the edge of the train tracks. Renovate your loft or studio with rare vintage pieces and knickknacks for your hip bookshelf. Make sure to bring some water with you in the summer, as this huge warehouse provides no air conditioning.

Buy your best friend that perfect quirky gift at Pangaea, a women’s decor and clothing store on Avenue S. Shop for Christmas jewelry at moderate prices at this little bohemian store, choosing from hip or classic styles. Funky and eclectic, you can find something for everyone, including the family gypsy who loves moonstones and astronomical body jewelry.

Watkins Park and the surrounding areas love their smaller chain grocery stores. Veggie lovers flock to The Turnip Truck Urban Fare for their selection of organic produce. Grab a quick lunch bite at the hot buffet or made-to-order sandwich line. Try local delectables at The Produce Place on Murphy Road, including breads, honey, coffee, fruits and vegetables, with pumpkins during Halloween.

Farmers market fans can revel in local foods at the Nashville Farmers Market. Open every day, this market displays its food proudly in two large sheds and a market area. Buy products from dozens of farmers and craftsmen before eating lunch in the large dining area.

Parks

With the Cumberland River snaking its way through Nashville, locals enjoy a nearly unlimited access to the outdoors. Take your family to walk or bike through Centennial Park in Midtown. Tour a full-size replica of the Parthenon, taking the museum tour for just a few bucks. Listen to online music while you people-watch in the 132-acre Centennial Park, made possible by the free Wi-Fi the park provides.

Residents with families bring their children to Fannie Mae Dees Park. Meet your friends for a picnic at the dragon play structure, examining the intricate designs on the ceramic tiles. Pay attention while looking for this park, you can easily miss it on the residential streets that surround it.

Catch up on the latest indie films at the Nashville Film Festival, the oldest annual film festival in the South. Spend eight days watching some of the best unknown movies in the world, attending parties, panels, showcases and more.

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The Pearl
1733 Pearl St, Nashville, TN 37203
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$995 - 1,990 1-2 Bed Available 10/20/17
844-823-2942

Apartments for Rent in Watkins Park, Nashville, TN

Watkins Park marks the cutoff for the west portion of downtown Nashville, just a mile from downtown proper. With an abundance of American history and tradition, this neighborhood stands tall as the go-to place for business and industry professionals, providing enough distance from the music-driven downtown for a quiet night’s sleep, but close enough to enjoy all the city life that makes Nashville famous.

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