The popularity of the Eastwood neighborhood of East Nashville with urban families stretches to past centuries. Since the late 1800s, Eastwood has been a great location for middle-class families who want a safe and comfortable place to live that is still close to the city’s urban center. This is especially true today, as a new generation of urban professionals is finding Eastwood to be an attractive alternative to living in downtown Nashville.
Eastwood is in the northeastern section of Nashville, between the Greenwood and Rosebank neighborhoods. Its boundaries include Douglas Avenue to the north, Eastland Avenue to the south, Gallatin Avenue to the west and Porter Road to the east. Eastwood is part of the 37206 ZIP code, which feeds into some of the top public schools in East Nashville.
Eastwood sits on land that was once part of the western boundary of North Carolina. This land was originally given in 640-acre parcels to veterans of the Revolutionary War in the late 18th century and originally used mostly for agricultural purposes. The completion of streetcar lines and bridges over the Cumberland River in the late 19th and early 20 centuries helped encourage urban workers to move from downtown to comfortable homes in the country.
Much of the residential construction in Eastwood was done from 1910 to 1940. A quick tour of Eastwood shows a diverse mixture of architectural styles. Residences range from Queen Anne and Classic Revival homes to later Bungalow and Craftsman cottages. The streets are narrow but feature wide sidewalks, with plenty of shady trees providing cover for families taking afternoon or evening strolls.