What's it like to live in Nashville? - page 2

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I've read on here about col, pay etc..but what's the city like? Nice place to live? I know a lot of music stuff, is it safe? Clean? Bad traffic? Friendly people? Vida... Read More


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    the closer you are to vandy, the more expensive it is...but be careful, b/c you dont want to be in certain areas where prices are nice but crime isn't...there are some apartments in bellevue that are nicely priced and in decent areas...royal arms apartments in green hills is older and ok but in nice area and about 10 min away...the landings in brentwood are decently priced and about 20-25 min away (near shopping and restaurants but quiet)...you have your pick!
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    I just stumbled across this thread, so sorry for the late reply.

    I can't give you any advice about different hospitals as I lived in Nashville right after college graduation and didn't have a nursing degree, but I can tell you some about the Vandy/Hillsboro area. I lived right off of the exit for 21st Ave (the street Vanderbilt is on), in an older neighborhood. I was maybe 1 mile from Vanderbilt and close to the shopping district around the hospital (21st Ave. and West End Ave.). There were alot of coffeeshops, little local stores, bars (it's got three universities in that area, so there's alot of college kids.) That area is also close to downtown--it's astraight shot down 21st Ave/Broadway, and there was Centennial park (with the Parthenon you could visit), and once on West End you could go out to Baptist Hospital and other places pretty easily.

    I loved the area (and Nashville in general because there was so much to do), though I rented (a walkup in a nicer historic home), so I can't say anything about the home market--though I know there were some crazy expensive houses for sale in the area (I saw one going for $880,000). Becky8, you can find some good deals for house/apts for rent in the Sylvan Park/Belmont/12th south area, but it's not nearly as nice as the Hillsboro side of Belmont University (basically Belmont's campus is sort of a divider for the nicer area close to Vandy and the 12th south area which isa bit....rough at times.) I'd say look at apartmentguide.com, Craigslist, and google for local rental places in Nashville. And if you want an estimate of rental ranges, a friend of mine paid $550 a month for a walkup one bedroom near Vandy and I paid $1300 for a 2bd walkup in the same neighborhood with all utilities included. IDK what your price range is, but there's an idea.

    Oh, and if you're going to be driving from I-440 to Vanderbilt, you'll probably get off at the 21st Ave exit and go down that street through Hillsboro Village and the traffic in that area suuuucks. I could easily walk faster than alot of cars down near the medical campus because traffic was so slow.

    Sorry I don't know much else about other parts of Nashville- I pretty stayed in that area. But if anyone has anymore questions about that area feel free to ask.
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    Thanks so much for all of the valuable information you gave! All I need now is the call that I got the job! Nashville sounds great. I really appreciate your time and love this website and this thread. It has all been such a great help to me over the last couple of years. The best to you and I hope I can help someone out someday like you have helped me and others!
    Take care.
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    You're welcome! I hope you get the job.
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    I too am looking to move to Nashville. I checked out Vandy's website and fell in love! I'm looking to go into L&D or NICU, anyone working at the children's hospital? I wish I wasn't too experienced for the nurse residency program it looks amazing. Does anyone know of houses outside the city with acreage?
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    How far out of Nashville are you looking? There's the close suburbs of Antioch, Franklin, and Brentwood. Antioch is kinda....not so nice sometimes, Franklin is nice and growing really rapidly but I don't know about homes with acreage, and Brentwood is expensive (from what I've heard from college friends, so don't quote me on that.)

    There's small towns scattered throughout Williamson and Davidson Counties- Greenbrier, Goodlettsville, Mt. Juliet, Hendersonville, and so on. They offer a good mix of rural living if that's what you're after, but I don't know anything about them.

    Further south is Columbia, which has like 35,000 people and is the mule capital of the world (seriously, it's their claim to fame; they even have a parade for it every year). I have friends from there who owned a house with acregage for horses that was around $160,000, I think. However, it's about 45 miles south of Nashville, so there is quite a commute involved.

    I grew up in Murfreesboro, which is about 35 miles south of Nashville and is exploding in growth right now. A new shopping center was built in the last two years or so, there's a university in town (MTSU), a pretty good selection of shopping, churches, and so forth. There's alot of real estate around there, and if you're looking for acerage you can always try Smyrna or Lascassas, which are both outliers of the town.

    And I can't really say anything about Vandy, having never worked there (I'm just now starting nursing pre-reqs), but I did volunteer there for awhile and pretty much all the nurses I talked with were happy with their lot. It's really good for experience, but I don't think the pay is the greatest in the region.

    I hope this was a little helpful to you.
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    I'm a Vandy student who moved here just for one year for school. I'm from a small town and have never lived by myself in the past. Ever! So I was concerned about safety when looking for an apartment. I really like where I am, which is in the area of Montgomery Bell Academy, St. Thomas Hospital, etc. and only 3 miles from the parking garage that students use. It is a very safe area of town and close to everything I need...and not inhabited only by college students, which was important to me.

    There are some really nice apartments just from the University in the Hillsboro Village area where my friends live. Expensive, but they can walk to all their classes and most of their clinical assignments.

    Good luck!
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    Vandy is fine if you're a new grad desperate for your first job. Actually Vandy prefers to hire new grads since their pay is so low. For nurses with experience there are other hospitals in the area which pay much more. Also the parking situation is appalling at Vandy. Can't imagine employees having to pay to park! We weren't impressed at all with Vandy as a place of employment.
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    Heard from the husband of a nurse at Vandy saying they do pay the lowest out of all hospitals in the area. I have also heard if you are looking to use it to launch your career, that hospitals around the country know vandy so it looks good on your resume.

    Cost of living in Nashville is VERY cheap compared to other parts of the country. When I first graduated I got a 2 bedroom apartment that was 1200 sq ft for $850 in Bellevue (about 15 mins west from Vandy). It all depends on where you want to live, but even the places close to Vandy are inexpensive compared to other cities in the US.

    Traffic does suck, but that is if you are going north or south towards downtown in the morning, and away at night.


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