Belmont-Hillsboro is a collegiate neighborhood adjacent to the campuses of Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities. This cozy neighborhood has plenty of hip businesses to entertain tourists and the college crowd with independent restaurants, coffee shops, clothing stores, and other retailers. Most activity is focused on the quaint commercial stretch of Hillsboro Village, anchored by an attractive 1920s movie theater. This neighborhood is popular with young families who love its walkability and charming historic homes. The neighborhood’s real estate mix includes beautiful early 20th-century four-squares, bungalows, and Tudor Revival homes.
What to Love
- Beautiful historic homes
- Convenient location
- Hillsboro Village restaurants
- Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities
People & Lifestyle
Belmont-Hillsboro is home to a unique mix of college students, university faculty, and families. The neighborhood is a short distance south of the excitement of Downtown Nashville and The Gulch. It’s also located close to the more low-key attractions in the 12 South neighborhood. The neighborhood is easy to get around on foot or bicycle, especially since new bike lanes and pedestrian crosswalks were added in 2020.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Hillsboro Village is a four-block stretch of shops and restaurants located close to the campuses of Belmont and Vanderbilt Universities. The Belcourt Theatre is a Hillsboro Village highlight. This historic 1920s cinema screens a diverse lineup of newly-released independent films and documentaries as well as classic movies. The Belcourt’s concession stands offer traditional movie snacks alongside tamales, empanadas, baked goods, and drinks from a full bar with wine on tap and craft beer on draft. Hillsboro Village dining choices include hearty Southern comfort fare at Biscuit Love and McDougal’s Chicken. Proper Bagel on Belmont Boulevard lives up to its name with tasty New York-style bagels baked in-store and packed with creative fillings. You can enjoy great coffee with your bagel and also pick up gourmet foodstuffs including seasonal spreads, freshly-prepared salads, custom cream cheeses, and the finest quality smoked fish flown in directly from NYC. Fido is another fine choice for coffee with premium espresso blends and elevated coffeehouse eats. The Donut + Dog takes classic American snacks to new heights with delicious gourmet donuts and craft hot dogs. Nashville’s mini sports bar chain Double Dogs has a Hillsboro Village location with classic pub eats, a huge range of beers, and 35 screens for watching the game. The Pancake Pantry is a longtime favorite of Vanderbilt University students for its generous plates of scrumptious all-day breakfast food. You can also enjoy delicious scoops and sundaes at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Belmont-Hillsboro homes are also close to trendy restaurants and boutique shopping on 12th Avenue in the hip 12 South neighborhood.
Things to Do
In October, many of the neighborhood’s attractive historic homes open their doors to the public for the Belmont-Hillsboro Home Tour. The neighborhood’s landmark properties include Belmont Mansion, a striking 1850s property with elements of Greek Revival and Italianate architectural influences. Guided tours are offered daily. Nearby 12 South features one of the most attractive historic parks in Nashville. Sevier Park is a gorgeous oasis of greenery surrounding the elegant 1850s Sunnyside Mansion. Sevier Park hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including May’s Sevier Park Fest, the annual 12 South Concert Series, and the weekly 12 South Farmers’ Market.
Belmont-Hillsboro is zoned in the Davidson County school district.
- Eakin Elementary, Public, K-4
- Harris-Hillman Special Education, Public, Alternative, K-12
- Belmont University, Private, Christian, Higher Education
- Vanderbilt University, Private, Higher Education
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