Imagine being only minutes from the city, yet surrounded by peaceful tree-lined streets, scenic views, and one of the safest neighborhoods in Nashville… this is Belle Meade. With a median income of over $144,000, Belle Meade is considered Nashville’s most affluent community.

You know you are in Belle Meade when you notice the distinct equine street signs, boutique shops, and large private estates with stately homes and horse trails. This area is actually an incorporated municipality within the city of Nashville with its own city hall, mayor, and police force.

With its desirable location and exceptional quality of life, real estate in Belle Meade comes with a high price tag. The average list price in the area is over $1 million, with home sales ranging in price from $500,000 to upwards of $2.5 million. The home sites in Belle Meade are large, private, and often feature meticulous landscape, rolling green hills, and scenic views.

Because there is little land available in Belle Meade for new development, buyers often purchase older homes and either renovate them or tear them down and start over. It is purely the location that drives the desire for such purchases of Belle Meade real estate – buyers are willing to pay top dollar for the land, even if the house doesn’t fit their needs since they can simply renovate or build their dream home.

The Warner Parks complex serves as the main recreational site for Belle Meade residents. Although it is not within the city limits, it sits next to Belle Meade and provides a nature center, hiking trails, equestrian facilities, golf courses, and athletic fields.

The city owes its name to the famous historical mansion, the Belle Meade Plantation. An original horse farm and Greek revival home, this 30-acre historic site is known for its past breeding and training of thoroughbred champions. Race horse legends such as Barbarro, Secretariat, and Seabiscuit can trace their bloodlines back to the breeding stock of Belle Meade. Tours, weddings, and event packages are available to the public.

The Cheekwood Mansion and Botanic Gardens is also located in Belle Meade. It is a beautiful 55-acre estate with a botanical garden, mile-long sculpture trail, learning center, and the Museum of Art’s revolving exhibits. The mansion hosts many different activities for adults and children as well as weddings and group events.

A major shopping center, The Belle Meade Town Center, is scheduled for completion in mid-2007 and will be located near one of the busiest intersections in the state: Harding Road and White Bridge Road. There are plans for an anchor grocery store, Harris Teeter, and AmSouth Bank branch, other retail shops, and some luxury condos. This center will certainly add some diversity to the architecture and landscape of Belle Meade.