Sylvan Park Homes for Sale in Nashville TN
Thank you for considering Sylvan Park as your next home. Sylvan Park is a small, community-oriented urban neighborhood of approximately 2000 homes, along with a multitude of local businesses. I hope you will discover the neighborly friendships that hearken back to days of yore, where life was simple, and neighbors were treated like family.
When new residents of Sylvan Park are asked about why they want to live here, they almost always mention the sense of real neighborhood and community they have encountered in Sylvan Park. From its beginnings as a 16-block area spreading south of Wyoming Avenue and stretching past Murphy Road southward in the early 1900s, the area has seen some ups and downs, but there can be no doubt that it has for some time, been experiencing a renaissance, with more house hunters and neighborhood retailers eager to call this area “Home Sweet Home.”
Officially established in 1903 with a land auction, much of the area now called Sylvan Park actually had its roots in an earlier land auction administered by the Nashville Land Improvement Company in 1887, intended to create a new neighborhood in what was already known as West Nashville/Charlotte Park (also called “New Town”). Though much of the property lay north of the Charlotte Turnpike, many of the most valuable properties in the first sale lie on the streets now known as Park and Elkins Avenues, anchored by Richland Park. It was here that many of the most fashionable middle-class citizens of Nashville purchased property and built fabulous Victorian homes. It is interesting to note that streets beginning at Park Avenue moving toward Murphy Road were originally “numbered” rather than “State” streets, by which they are now known.
Transportation was a significant factor in getting people and goods from the city center to these new West Nashville neighborhoods, so a new trolley was a welcome addition to the existing passenger railway and the Charlotte turnpike. The 1905 establishment of the Sylvan Park Street Railway (or “Sylvan Park Dinky,” as it was known) provided transportation between the main line on Charlotte and Nebraska Avenue, and was later extended to Colorado Avenue.
Through the years, the neighborhood has produced its share of prominent Nashvillians, including Congressman J. Percy Priest and Postmaster Lewis Moore, an airport (at what is now McCabe Golf Course), many significant churches, retail establishments, schools and, of course, the historic homes that contribute so much to the rich fabric of Sylvan Park’s history. On almost every other corner in Sylvan Park was a neighborhood market. Most of these markets have since been torn down and replaced with residential homes (such as 4500 Wyoming Avenue and 4310 Dakota Avenue). Sylvan Park has experienced a resurgence in its business community, with the development of several new restaurants, markets, a dry cleaner, veterinarian clinic, Community Center, flower shops, hair salons, and even a pet adoption center! We hope you will learn to love Sylvan Park, and will someday become a proud homeowner in this great neighborhood.
Sylvan Park has an active neighborhood association ("SPNA").