From its humble beginnings, East Nashville has played a major role in Music City’s development, says Middle Tennessee real estate developer Scott Sohr. The area, which sits cradled in the Cumberland River, once housed Nashville’s affluent businesspeople. Scott Sohr reports that East Nashville fell almost completely into ruin in the 1970s and its prognosis was grim.
Urban pioneers in the late 1990s began what Scott Sohr calls a modern-day renaissance in East Nashville. The area’s bungalow-style homes, many of which had been converted into low-income duplexes, were bought by people wanting to preserve Nashville’s great history, says Scott Sohr. These, along with hundreds of other homes, were renovated and the east side of Nashville caught the attention of elected officials and real estate investors alike.
Scott Sohr reports that a greater emphasis on pedestrian travel and stricter preservation and building codes have helped this once crime-stricken area gain stable footing among the trendsetters of the South. East Nashville now beckons mostly artists and young college graduates with its cultural gatherings, music venues, and affordable and historic living spaces, says Scott Sohr.
The new east
According to Scott Sohr, East Nashville boasts a great number of popular restaurants, parks and coffee shops.
East Park, which was once a thriving Victorian neighborhood, is considered the best public viewing grounds for Nashville’s famous fireworks shows, remarks Scoot Sohr. Shelby Bottoms is another popular suburban green space. Scott Sohr reports the park is the largest green preserve in the Metro area, and it even has its own golf course.
Foodies enjoy East Nashville’s ample assortment of cuisine. Scott Sohr insists that Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden is a must for families visiting Nashville. The Five Points neighborhood is East Nashville’s Seattle, says Scott Sohr. Batter’d & Fried Boston Seafood House and Bongo Java are just two of the hip new establishments in East Nashville that beckon weary art enthusiasts after a day of shopping at the Art & Invention Gallery and the Green Wagon.
East Nashville is now an up-and-coming showcase for aspiring musicians says Scott Sohr. Unlike downtown’s stages, venues like the Five Spot focus on all types of music, not just country.
Despite East Nashville’s rickety history, Scott Sohr says the area has become an in-demand refuge for those wanting to walk off the beaten path. He believes that the eastside will continue to flourish and looks forward to Nashville’s focus on green and sustainable neighborhoods and inclusion of mass transit into city design.
Scott Sohr has developed land in Middle Tennessee for two decades. His accomplishments include Arrington Retreat and Courtside at Southern Woods. With an emphasis on natural preservation, Scott Sohr has become known around the Nashville area are one of the most responsible and detail-oriented developers.