Donelson, Nasvhille TN

Donelson Real Estate and Homes For Sale


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What is Donelson known for?

Nestled in between the bend of the Cumberland River, Donelson is one of Nashville's best-kept secrets. It's home to the famed Grand Ole Opry, adjacent to the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. While Donelson has a rich history, in recent years trendy bars and restaurants have started popping up along Lebanon Pike giving rise to a younger demographic moving to the area. It's easy to see why with East Nashville just across the Cumberland River and Downtown Nashville a mere 15 minutes away.

Who is Donelson a good fit for?

With an atmosphere falling somewhere between urban and suburban, Donelson has become one of Nashville’s fastest-growing areas. Ranked #15 on’s 20 Hottest Residential Zipcodes of 2016, Donelson’s ease of access to downtown Nashville and fairly inexpensive cost of living have made this area increasingly popular with families and young professionals on a budget. With brand-new neighborhoods continuing to be developed, potential residents should expect Donelson to continually grow and refine its neighborhoods.

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Homes For Sale in Donelson


Light-flooded home with all the bells and whistles in tight-knit Riverwalk community, just 4 miles to downtown! This home overlooks the popular community courtyard and natural green space, featuring quartz countertops, hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, white kitchen with ss appliances, large front porch, and much more! The community offers a drop-in kayak ramp to Mill Creek, walking trails, and beautiful courtyards!

733 Mill Creek Meadow Dr

Nashville, TN 37214

$415,000Save $6,225

3 Beds

2.5 Baths

1,640 sqft

2 BR, 1.5 BA condo in heart of Donelson! Laminate floors throughout, 1 year old carpet on stairs, fridge, stove, dishwasher remain. Storage closet out back w/fence & private patio. Selling AS IS, must be cash or conventional. (HOA includes water) OWNER AGENTS

218 Hickory Hill Ct

Nashville, TN 37214

$178,000Save $2,670

2 Beds

1.5 Baths

1,156 sqft

Adorable move in ready end unit townhome! Located in a quiet complex just minutes to I-40, shopping, airport, downtown, and the lake. Updated laminate flooring and lighting throughout. Private enclosed patio with storage unit and 2 reserved parking spots. Stainless double oven and all appliances to remain.

206 Hickory Hill Ct

Nashville, TN 37214

$179,888Save $2,698

2 Beds

1.5 Baths

1,080 sqft

Location! Renovated Townhome with 2 Bed &1.5 bath. Fresh paint, New flooring, 2021 ACA unite. New sinks and Toilets, New Stainless steel appliances. located on the main street of Stewarts Ferry Pike,Close to the shopping areas.7 Minutes from Nashville Shores  HOA included  exterior Maintenance and Ground.  Call agent Showing at 615-638-4174.

352 Stewarts Ferry Pike

Nashville, TN 37214

$225,000Save $3,375

2 Beds

1.5 Baths

1,020 sqft

Fabulous Donelson Ranch, great for a starter home or income property. Large living/family room 3 beds 2 bath, with hardwood floors in the bedrooms and updated 2nd bath. Florida room is heated/cooled. Large driveway for multiple vehicles. Fenced yard with storage and shop bldg. Great location just North of Elm Hill Pike and very close to Briley Pkwy! Currently rents for $1800/month.

410 Wanda Dr

Nashville, TN 37214

$349,900Save $5,249

3 Beds

2 Baths

1,535 sqft

Don't miss out on this spacious, newly renovated, 2 bedroom, 1 bath unit. Clean, charming space, conveniently located near I-40 and only minutes from downtown/airport Area.

3276 Niagara Ct

Nashville, TN 37214

$299,900Save $4,499

2 Beds

1 Baths

854 sqft

Retro updated ranch in hot Donelson! Hardwood floors, fenced backyard for kids or dogs, newly paved driveway, three bedrooms or 2 with a walk through den, 2 full baths- one just updated w/subway tile shower, beautiful crepe myrtles, dogwood tree and hydrangeas in front yard- walking distance to the Music City Star commuter rail, Phat Bites, McNamara's Irish Pub & much more! Lots of windows and light! Easy access to the upcoming Markham East mixed use development.

110 Donelsonwood Dr

Nashville, TN 37214

$349,000Save $5,235

3 Beds

2 Baths

1,408 sqft

Property being sold "as-is/where-is." No repairs/improvements will be made by Seller. Seller is retaining easement for asphalt parking area as shown on survey. Please see attached addendum, survey, and easement language that must be attached to and referenced in your offer. 3rd bedroom on right side of house has open closet space. Lots of potential! Great opportunity to make your own!

2316 Sweetwood Rd

Nashville, TN 37214

$295,000Save $4,425

3 Beds

2 Baths

1,711 sqft

All Brick Move in ready home on almost an acre with R10 zoning. New roof new H.V.A.C downstairs. Original hardwoods refinished. 3 beds 1 bath up with 18x12 Sunroom. Downstairs has been remodeled .3/4 bath down. 2 of the adjacent properties are zoned commercial. This property would make a great office space like neighboring property if rezoned.

319 Emery Dr

Nashville, TN 37214

$369,900Save $5,549

3 Beds

2 Baths

2,322 sqft

Fully renovated down to the studs! 4bedroom | 3Full Bath | 2308sf. Granite kitchen with tile backsplash, refinished original hardwoods in main living area & bedrooms, Basement level 5th bedroom option with en-suite Full Bath OR flex space for: Home Studio, Homeschool, Playroom, Home Gym or even a future rental opportunity for entire lower level with private entrance if run plumbing and electrical beneath staircase for kitchenette. Seller has updated electrical and plumbing to meter.

2219 Maplecrest Dr

Nashville, TN 37214

$469,900Save $7,049

4 Beds

3 Baths

2,308 sqft

This charming Ranch style home is newly renovated & minutes from the airport! As you walk through the front door of this gorgeous home you will notice natural light flooding in & beautiful lightly painted walls. The kitchen features a space to sit & eat together & a window above the kitchen sink w/ a view of the tree lined backyard. A bonus feature of this home is the two large living areas great for entertaining. Garage includes electricity. Two entrances make for great air bnb potential.

2909B Lakeland Dr

Nashville, TN 37214

$350,000Save $5,250

3 Beds

2 Baths

1,484 sqft


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Where to eat, hang out and have a good time

Residents of Donelson have easy access to a variety of Nashville’s most popular restaurants and nightlife.

Party Fowl is one of the best spots to experience Nashville’s iconic hot chicken. The popular dive bar Phat Bites was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and nightly hosts a variety of up-and-coming bands. Those looking for a more upscale experience will appreciate Darfons Restaurant and Lounge, a more formal restaurant featuring several delicious steak and pasta dishes. Fans of Italian food will want to head to Mirko Pasta, while brunch lovers and coffee enthusiasts should stop by Nectar: Urban Cantina and Caliber Coffee Co. For additional international food options, head to Habanero Grill to sample some of Nashville’s best Mexican food, grab some delicious sushi at Dear Sushi, or savor the delicious Indian cuisine of Sindoore.

On weekends, McNamara’s Irish Pub and Wine Down Nashville are both popular spots to have a drink with friends. Donelson Pub additionally offers nightly live music, as well as billiards, shuffleboard, and darts. Another popular bar and grill is The Nashville Palace, a honky-tonk-style establishment that offers weekly line dancing and showcases a variety of country musicians. Nashville Nightlife, located only 5 miles away from Donelson, is Nashville’s most popular dinner theatre show, often featuring celebrity performers.

Opryland, just 10 miles away from Donelson, is one of Nashville’s biggest attractions and tourist draws. A bustling area in both the daytime or nighttime, Opryland is home to the largest mall in Tennessee, as well as the historical music venue, The Grand Ole Opry. With an interior designed to resemble a luscious tropical environment, a plethora of unique shops and restaurants to explore, an indoor waterpark, and plenty of activities for all ages, living near to Opryland is a huge benefit for Donelson residents.

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Pros & Cons of living in Donelson


  • Donelson offers both ease of access to downtown Nashville and an inexpensive cost of living, making this area one of Nashville’s most affordable locations.
  • Locals are unlikely to become bored with the variety of activities in this area. There is truly something to please everyone - from outdoor enthusiasts to nightlife-lovers.
  • Most homes in Donelson are older but they are well-built and many have been updated to include today’s modern luxuries


  • While Donelson is not an unsafe area, it does not feature the extra suburban security of districts such as Franklin, Brentwood, or Green Hills.
  • Potential residents seeking a more unified theme, picturesque atmosphere, or upscale experience will probably want to look elsewhere around Nashville.
  • Schools, especially private schools, are not Donelson’s particular strong suit, so families may want to investigate other areas first.


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How to get around in Donelson

The Nashville MTA does make a stop at Donelson Station. However, other than the typical Lyft and Uber services, potential residents will need to own their own vehicle to travel around Donelson and the surrounding areas. Nashville is not well-known for its public transportation, and Donelson is no exception.

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Parks and Recreation in Donelson

A major perk of living in Donelson is its 4 mile proximity to Percy Priest Lake, a premier spot in Tennessee for hiking, boating, swimming, and camping. The popular waterpark Nashville Shores Lakeside Resort is also located in Percy Priest.

Located in the center of Donelson, the spacious 374 acres of Two Rivers Park provides activities for all ages. This park includes Wave Country, Two Rivers Golf Course, and access to the historic Two Rivers Mansion.

For nature enthusiasts, Shelby Bottoms Nature Center and Greenway features over 1,200 acres to explore, additionally offering educational and recreational programs. Another popular spot for hikers is Stones River Greenway, a trial running from Percy Priest all the way to the Cumberland River.

As Donelson continues to develop, expect for more green areas to be established. Ravenwood Park began construction in 2020 adjacent to Stones River Greenway, and will include a large playground with sandbox area, picnic and events spaces, hilltop lawn, and multiple sports courts.


Greenway Trailhead

Stones River Greenway, Nashville, TN 37214

The Stones River Greenway is a multi-use trail that runs from the Cumberland River to the J. Percy Priest Reservoir at Nashville Shores. Much of the trail runs parallel to Stones River and provides access to a number of communities and parks along the way, including the skate park at Two Rivers Park. The Stones River Greenway also connects to the Shelby Bottoms Greenway at the Cumberland River by the dam.


Stones River Bend Park

Stones River Greenway, Hermitage, TN 37076

Greenway runs along side the park.


Shelby Bottoms Greenway Trailhead

2 37214, 2320 2 Rivers Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37214

The Shelby Bottoms Greenway is a multi-use trail that runs along the Cumberland River in East Hill section of Nashville. Numerous unpaved trails loop through the forest and open spaces throughout the Shelby Bottoms area. The main trail is 4.5 miles, one way, while additional spur trails increase the mileage to 6.4. The primitive trails add another 6 miles to the trail system within Shelby Bottoms.


Gaylord Springs Golf Link

18 Springhouse Ln, Nashville, TN 37214

Golf course


Two Rivers Golf Course

2235 2 Rivers Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37214

Golf course

Things to do around Donelson

Its location along a bend of the Cumberland River makes it a nature lover's paradise, with multiple parks and greenways located within easy driving distance from anywhere in the community. Lebanon Pike, which runs right through the neighborhood’s heart, is dotted with hip, eclectic dining spots, while iconic cultural institutions, like the Grand Ole Opry, call the community home. If that’s not convenient enough, the Nashville International Airport is just to the south (but not so close that you’ll feel like you’re living on the runway).

Hip Donelson Farmer's Market

Farmers Market

3130 McGavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37214

Grand Ole Opry

Concert venue

2804 Opryland Dr, Nashville, TN 37214

Wave Country - Wave Pool


2320 2 Rivers Pkwy, Nashville, TN 37214

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Donelson School Info

When considering public schools, McGavock High School is the most popular choice for older grades, while Hickman, McGavock, and Pennington Elementary are solid schools for younger grades. Schools for middle grades are not Donelson’s strength, so families with children this age may want to search elsewhere.

Other than the Nashville School of the Arts, which can be the perfect option for artistically-focused youth, Donelson is not particularly well-known for its private schools.


Crime in Donelson

In the past year in Donelson there were 18% more assaults, 10% more burglaries, 10% more robberies, 17% more vehicle thefts compared to the national median.

While Donelson is a safe area to reside with a crime rate 20% lower than Tennessee’s national average, some residents have complained of rising crime in the past few years due to the neighborhood’s growing popularity. However, it is relatively simple to avoid rougher neighborhoods as these areas are separated from Donelson’s safe sections.

Cost of Living in Donelson

Donelson’s cost of living is less expensive than most Nashville areas. This location’s overall cost of living median is 4% below the nation’s average. Rent averages from $1,400-$1,800, while housing prices average approximately $297,704. Potential residents seeking affordable housing close to Nashville should certainly consider residing in this area.

  • Education costs 13.5% more than the national average.
  • Entertainment costs 9.40% more than the national average.
  • Food costs 12.60% more than the national average.
  • In Donelson utilities costs 12.60% more than the national average.
  • Healthcare costs 2% more than the national average.

Overall, Donelson’s cost of living is 13% more expensive than the national average.

Job Market of Donelson

The median household income in Donelson is $57,267 and the average household income in Donelson is $67,687. 13.67% of the population people works in Retail, 12.97% works in Healthcare, and 8.98% works in Accommodations.

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What is life in Donelson like?

Donelson is a small and trendy neighborhood located just outside of Downtown Nashville. You can find a variety of local craft beer pubs and restaurants in the area. The Farmer’s Market is a popular hangout spot for the locals to enjoy the food from various vendors and live music.


Why are homes in Donelson a good investment?

Donelson may have begun as a classic post-WWII suburb, but it has become the magnet for the latest generation of Nashville homebuyers. In fact, it’s rated one of the top neighborhoods for new homeowners in Tennessee, and it’s not difficult to see why. Along with resting less than 15 minutes away from Downtown, the community offers a package of features geared toward today’s buyers. Quaint, conveniently-located, affordable properties make great starter homes, especially since they’ve shown a constant rate of appreciation over the last twenty years.


How long does it take to commute to Downtown Nashville from Donelson?

Commuting from Donelson to Downtown Nashville by car will take approximately 14 minutes.


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