The West End neighborhood extends along one of the busiest thoroughfares in Nashville. Because of its location in direct proximity to Vanderbilt University and on a straight line to downtown Nashville, the neighborhood is one of the city’s most popular. While urban in location, the neighborhood is suburban in lifestyle, with many parks and schools in the area.
West End Avenue is home to some of the city’s best attended restaurants and shops, and the West End neighborhood residents simply drive east toward downtown for a few minutes to take advantage. Within the neighborhood, churches and high-end businesses, like law firms and doctor’s offices line the main drag, reflecting the neighborhood’s median income. West End Avenue also leads to Vanderbilt University, where even non-students may enjoy their entertainment offerings, like their Division 1 sports teams, and the Sarratt Cinema, showing second-run Hollywood fare, classics, and foreign films.
The massive campus of the Montgomery Bell Academy sits adjacent to the West End neighborhood. The college preparatory school for boys teaches middle and high school-age kids. As accomplished as the school is in academics, MBA is a top performer in athletics, constantly in competition to win state championships. You’ll find some MBA graduates in professional football, baseball, and basketball.
The neighborhood also includes West End Middle School, one of the city’s highest performing middle schools. Many neighborhood churches offer pre-school and childcare services, and Westminster Church provides a kindergarten.
Elmington Park is a well-attended spot for the active set in the West End area. The park is basically a wide open field with enough space for most sports, from Frisbee football to soccer. There are two tennis courts there, as well. The most interesting event at the park is the weekly medieval fighting reenactments.