About Belle Meade
Named after the historic Belle Meade Plantation, Belle Meade city is the epitome of southern elegance located just 9 miles from downtown Nashville. Rolling wooded greens, luxury homes, and a well-preserved historic character are all hallmarks of this prestigious area. From its famous residents, to the high-quality schools which surround it, Belle Meade tends to attract the best. Take a tour of Belle Meade and it won't be long before you start to feel like Tennessee royalty.
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Belle Meade Homes
With a total land area of just 3.1 square miles, real estate in Belle Meade is exclusive, to say the least.
Many houses in Belle Meade are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Belle Meade's city government has worked hard to keep existing properties and developments in line with its storied heritage.
As a result, homes in Belle Meade tend to reflect a variety of classic traditional styles, including Palladian, Tudor, French revival, and even Spanish villa inspired homes.
Larger homes in Belle Meade feature multiple fireplaces, grand rooms, and long driveways. Frontages emulate rolling wooded meadows, extending right up to the road, making for uncluttered, natural-looking streets.
In addition to the more stately homes, one can also find a few smaller gems tucked away in between the well-established stands of oak and poplar.
Belle Meade History
A Storied Past
History is one of Belle Meade's prime attractions. Many buy homes here in order to experience their own share of Belle Meade history, while many more visit for the same reason.
Belle Meade's founding can be traced back to 1807, when Virginian John Harding purchased a parcel of land and gave it a name meaning "beautiful meadow".
Harding built his home on Belle Meade and operated numerous businesses on the property, including a breeding farm for thoroughbred horses. In 1853, Harding upgraded the house in Greek-revival style, covering over the brick and adding Doric limestone pillars.
Important in numerous respects during the American Civil War, the front yard also played host to a minor battle on 15 December 1864. Damage from bullets can still be seen on some portions of the house.
The Harding family sold the property in 1906, and by 1938 the neighborhood that would come to form the City of Belle Meade was established.
The original Belle Meade Plantation was subsequently converted into a museum, and in 1969 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, although falling under the Nashville-Davidson County government, Belle Meade operates as an independent city, with its own regulations, administration, and police department.
Belle Meade Plantation now hosts regular tours, weddings, and events, as well as a winery and a museum.
Fittingly, it is the commitment to history and tradition that makes Belle Meade truly timeless.
Things to Do in Belle Meade
Belle Meade Country Club
Beautiful, exclusive, and historic, this country club represents the Belle Meade area as a whole. It boasts a highly ranked golf course, pool, tennis courts, as well as a range of other luxury facilities.
Percy Warner Golf Course
With affordable green and cart fees and a first-come first-served policy, this incredibly scenic 9-hole golf course is a more accessible alternative to Belle Meade Country Club.
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens
Just on the other side of Belle Meade's southwestern edge, this 55-acre botanical garden is a must-see. Cheekwood Estate and Gardens is home to an art museum, a sculpture trail, and historic mansion—and regularly hosts festivals, art exhibitions, and other exciting events.
Percy Warner Park & Edwin Warner Park
Together known as "The Warner Parks", these parks incorporate numerous trails, sports facilities, and even an equestrian center. You can also take in a number of pre-Civil War cemeteries and a memorial to a nearby World War 1 army training camp.
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Listing information last updated on February 27th, 2020 at 9:10am CST.