A pair of hip and thriving university neighborhoods
Home to Belmont University and Vanderbilt University, these neighborhoods are permeated with the vibrance and excitement that only a college town can have. The area is highly walkable and laden with boutique shopping and dining, all while being just around the corner from Nashville’s iconic Music Row.
The Hillsboro and West End area began to develop after the trolley line put a stop in the neighborhood, followed by the opening of several small shops. The neighborhoods grew in prominence alongside the universities and have remained a vibrant hub of entertainment and dining in the city.
Amidst the college students, there are many incredible homes to be found in Hillsboro and West End. It is one of Tennessee's largest historic districts, with 94% of the homes dating before World War II. From large estates to cozy cottages, the homes have been meticulously maintained, and many of them still have their original detailing.
What to Love
- Access to both Belmont University and Vanderbilt University
- Shop at charming boutiques
- A vibrant dining scene full of beloved Nashville spots
Thanks to their many college students and popularity with young families, Hillsboro and West End are a tight-knit community full of family-friendly events and public gathering spaces. They are bustling neighborhoods that maintain a peaceful charm.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Around most corners in Hillsboro and West End, you’ll find a tasty food spot or a quaint boutique store. The list of favorite spots is endless, and the expectations for a delicious experience are high.
The lines at Pancake Pantry
are long, but the melt-in-your-mouth pancakes are well worth the wait. Hattie B’s
is a family-run joint specializing in iconic fried chicken with a plethora of sides. Another chicken joint to check out is McDougal’s Chicken Fingers and Wings
, which serves its menu items fresh and hot in an old stone house. Nicoletto’s Italian Kitchen
is fast, casual, and delicious. You can build your own pasta bowl from any of their fresh pasta.
Things to Do
Hillsboro and West End have so much to offer, from the vibrant student life and educational opportunities to spots steeped in art and history.
In this college town, Belmont University and Vanderbilt University are huge focal points. Student music events, art showcases, and other events are all common occurrences near Hillsboro. Catch a screening of an array of arthouse films, fan favorites, and international cinema at The Belcourt Theatre
The architecture of Belmont Mansion
is an iconic piece of 19th Century Tennessee architecture. This estate has been meticulously restored and is open for tours of both the historic house and the grounds.