Way on the East Side

I’m sitting in the Panera Bread in Hermitage. I normally don’t make it this far over on the East Side of town, but I’m killing time/working on the book while I’m waiting to pick up someone from the airport.

I grew up in Nashville, but not on this side of the tracks. So, I don’t have a point of reference, but it does seem as though Hermitage might just be ‘hoppin” as the kids say. I’ve read some posts before about the additions nearby in terms of eateries and entertainment.

I’m a downtown dweller, so I’ve got to ask: Is the More-East-Than-East-Nashville part of town all that? Is the ‘Tage better than Bellevue, Madison, or other ‘burbs? Do the amenities make up for the commute? Does the distance from the city compensate for the distance from the mall?

Here’s what I’m getting at: What’s the best Nashville suburb?

4 Comments so far

  1. Lesley (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 10:43 am

    I lived in Hermitage in ’99 and ’00 during my first shot at being a Nashville resident. It was awful. Hermitage is no place for single 20- and 30- somethings. Or singles of any age short of retirement.

    That said, it might be just fine for families and people who like things to be quiet, don’t demand too much from a grocery store and don’t mind that most of the local restaurants are chains. I bought my small house in West Nashville from a family that needed more space and moved to Hermitage, so it’s not all bad. It’s just not for me.

  2. chez bez (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

    While it’s far from hip, I’ve come to love certain aspects of Hermitage. My favorite thing? My daily commute which takes me across Percy Priest Dam. It’s especially peaceful gazing across the water each night on my drive home.

  3. Jon (unregistered) on May 21st, 2007 @ 5:08 pm

    I’ll ditto what Lesley said. I grew up over there, and it’s a perfectly nice middle class family suburb, but it’s definitely no place for young singles in search of a life.

    At least that was all true 20 years ago, and it *seems* to still be the case when I breeze in to see the Dad :)

  4. Jeffrey (unregistered) on May 22nd, 2007 @ 7:49 am

    i grew up in hermitage, moved away, and now at age 24 have married and settled back here. I remember when hermitage was Hills Department Store, McD’s, Wendy’s, a few gas stations, Wal-Mart and that was about all…

    now, as its amenities have definitely grown (increasing my property value, yay!) I will echo that were I a single 24 year old, this would NOT be the place to live.

    My fav hermitage feature: the various marinas and recreations areas around percy priest (the dam, Cook’s, and Seven Points especially).

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