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Oak Hill

There may be zero commercial development in Oak Hill and Forest Hills, but that doesn’t mean it’s out in the sticks. For excellent restaurants and world-class shopping, the Mall at Green Hills is just 5-10 minutes away, and all the excitement of the more urban parts of Nashville are just a short drive up Interstate 65.

In addition to its convenient distance from commercial amenities, Oak Hill also contains one of south Nashville’s most notable natural attractions — Radnor Lake State Natural Area, which boasts 1,258 acres of scenic wetland wilderness views and passive recreational activities like hiking, birdwatching and nature photography. Another way to get close to nature is to visit the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere, which is located east of Oak Hill, across from Interstate 65.

Oak Hill is also where the Tennessee Governor’s Mansion is located. While this three-story Georgian-style mansion serves as the home of the state’s governor and his family, it’s also open for tours by reservation.


The City of Oak Hill is generally bounded by Old Hickory Boulevard on the south, Woodmont Boulevard on the north, and I-65 on the east. The western border includes General Bate Drive in the northwest, Granny White Pike in the midsection, and Bright Hour Farm on Old Hickory Boulevard in the southwest.

A map showing Oak Hill and Nashville       A map showing the streets and boundaries of Oak Hill.



The Oak Hill community in Nashville is a city unto itself, with its own history and government resources. Residents here get the benefits of a small town environment with the convenience of a metro area, which makes the community a very popular place to live. You’ll find Oak Hill to the south of southeast of Green Hills, just north of Brentwood, with Granny White Pike and Franklin Road acting as unofficial borders.

Homes in this area are often large and gracious, with rolling hills as scenery out the windows. The neighborhoods may be compact in some areas with smaller cottages, and these are just as sought after as the private mansions along Tyne Boulevard. Wherever you choose to live in Oak Hill, you can be certain your home will be charming and inviting. These homes are some of the priciest in Nashville, but they’re certainly worth the investment.

While the area is mostly residential, you may find a few popular restaurants and coffee shops within a short distance from home. Granny White Pike eventually gives way to 12th Avenue South, which is home to some of Nashville’s favorite eateries and coffee shops. On the other side, there’s 8th Avenue, with ML Rose Pub, the Smiling Elephant, and 8th and Roast all closer to downtown. If you just want a quiet afternoon among nature, the Radnor Lake State Natural area borders the south end of Oak Hill. You’ll never be far from the places you love.

Of course, you’ll also be within a very short drive of the shops at Green Hills, whether you need the department stores of the mall or the boutiques at Hill Center. You can also head south for just a few minutes to reach the many stores and restaurants Brentwood offers. As you can see, Oak Hill really is an ideal place to live, especially if you want plenty of peace without sacrificing the fun.

(originally published by Nashville Roots)

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