Belle Meade is an integrated city-within-the-city; an exclusive and private community adjacent to Nashville’s West End and Green Hills. Belle Meade is a suburban neighborhood with a distinctive sense of Southern sophistication. Cruise down the main road of Belle Meade Boulevard and you’ll discover grand homes and estates secluded behind stone walls and magnolia trees. Belle Meade’s elegant properties allude to a bygone era of stately Southern equestrian plantations. These luxurious homes sit on vast manicured lawns with budding tulips and neatly coiffured hedges. Brick walkways lead to columned porches deeply rooted in history and tradition.
What to Love
- Luxurious historic homes
- Parks and green space
- Unique city-within-the-city vibe
- Belle Meade Plantation
People & Lifestyle
Belle Meade is an attractive and affluent community ranked by Niche.com as one of the best areas in Davidson County to raise a family. Until the early 1900s, Belle Meade was pastoral land belonging to the historic Belle Meade Plantation. Renowned landscaper Ossian Cole Simonds designed Belle Meade as a gorgeous garden-like community of grand private homes on attractive tree-lined streets. Belle Meade has retained its independent city status while Nashville has grown around it in the century since its first development. The vibe is completely separate from that of Nashville yet homes are within easy reach of all the big city’s amenities. Many Belle Meade properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
The Harding Pike runs north to south through Belle Meade with locally-run businesses and award-winning restaurants dotted alongside it. has won Nashville Scene Magazine’s Readers’ Award for Nashville’s best sports grill over a dozen times. Sam’s Place has a great selection of beers, delicious elevated pub classics, and plenty of screens to watch the game. is a classy tavern-style steakhouse with succulent prime steaks, seafood specialties, happy hour cocktails, and an impressive wine list. Belle Meade is a short drive to dining, shopping and entertainment of Green Hills and minutes to the city’s core with all of it’s culinary and entertainment offerings.
Things To Do
Belle Meade is a verdant small city with an abundance of parks and green space. Percy Warner Park is a sprawling natural area that joins with the smaller Edwin Warner Park to create a continuous 3,100-acre area of scenic greenery dubbed . This beautiful expanse attracts more than one million visitors each year. Miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails and cross country running courses wind through Percy Warner Park’s fields and forests. It is also home to a dog park and the picturesque nine-hole . This public golf course is great for both beginners and experienced players with undulating greens and tree-flanked fairways providing a challenging but eminently playable golfing experience. Percy Warner Park has hosted the famous each spring since 1941. The Steeplechase is a premier three-mile thoroughbred horse hurdle race ranked as an American Grade I race by the National Steeplechase Association. Belle Meade is named after the grand 1800s . Much of modern-day Belle Meade was built on what was once a 5,400-acre plantation. Belle Meade Plantation still covers 30 acres with 10 outbuildings and the well-preserved 1808 Greek Revival-style William Giles Harding Mansion. Visitors can explore Belle Meade’s gorgeous grounds and learn about its deep history of slavery, Civil War battles, and opulent antebellum affluence at a museum housed within the mansion. is another nearby historic landmark with 55 acres of botanical gardens and a stately Georgian-style mansion. The mansion at Cheekwood was constructed in 1929 and converted into an art museum in 1959. The impressive collection of artwork at Cheekwood spans American art history and includes the world’s largest collections of Louise Dahl-Wolfe photographs and William Edmondson sculptures as well as paintings by Marylyn Dintenfass, Red Grooms, Larry Rivers, Robert Ryman, and Andy Warhol. The gardens are just as impressive with a wide variety of native and exotic flowers, trees, and plants spread across numerous themed areas with exquisite landscaping.
Belle Meade is zoned in the Davidson County school district.
- Harding Academy, Private, PK-8
- Harpeth Hall School, Private, Girls, 5-12
- Montgomery Bell Academy, Private, Boys, 7-12
- St. George’s Kindergarten, Private, PK/K
- The Ensworth School, Private, K-12
- John Trotwood Moore Middle 5-8
- Hillsboro High 9-12