Hot and Growing
A hot and up-and-coming area is Wedgewood Houston or WeHo as the locals call it. It runs from the 4th avenue area all the way over to neighboring 8th Avenue South. Two miles south of downtown, Wedgewood-Houston boasts lower rent and housing prices relative to the nearby neighborhoods of the Gulch, 12 South, and Belmont. The area’s history dates back to the American Civil War. It’s home to Fort Negley, the largest fortification built by the Union after the fall of Nashville in 1862.
Wedgewood Houston largely is (or was) an industrial area surrounded by single-family homes. Like Sylvan Heights and the Nations, many of these commercial buildings are now being gutted to make way for high-end condos and mix used retail.
Perhaps notably, one of the largest commercial buildings in the area is Houston Station. The warehouse is comprised of two beautifully restored historic 1900s factories that has a community of businesses who create and industries not limited art, beverage, cuisine, entertainment, and music.
It should also be noted that Wedgewood Houston was also the longtime home to the original Nashville Sounds Stadium before the franchise made the move over to their new location in Germantown.
In addition to its industrial based creative businesses, Wedgewood Houston also holds some of the best and most interesting breweries and bars in Nashville. This includes Diskin Cider, PH Bar, Flamingo Bar, and Humphreys Street coffee shop. Many of the neighborhood’s most notable restaurants and businesses embrace the area’s industrial history: Award-winning restaurant and bar Bastion is in a former jam factory; Dozen Bakery resides in a former truck repair shop; and David Lusk Gallery is in the building of a former truck mechanic. Other can’t-miss WeHo restaurants include Santa’s Pub, with its year-round Christmas decorations and top-notch karaoke, as well as Gabby’s, Clawson’s Pub & Deli and Smokin’ Thighs.
WeHo is also all about the arts. Popular among residents and visitors is the robust variety of art galleries and creative spaces located within a few blocks of each other. Some credit the David Lusk Gallery on Hagan Street, which opened in 2014, as the spark for the recent influx of redevelopment. In addition to David Lusk are Zeitgeist, Hunter + Gatherer, Sherrick & Paul and Julia Martin Gallery, all of which participate in the free monthly art walk. Named Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston, the event is held the first Saturday of each month, coinciding with the Downtown First Saturday Art Crawl. There are also multiple spaces for independent artists and creatives to set up shop, including in Fort Houston and the May Hosiery Co-Op complex, which is currently undergoing a major overhaul. The redeveloped complex, which contains multiple masonry buildings, will eventually include 80,000 square feet of office space, three restaurants, seven retail storefronts, rooftop space and a possible hotel.
Wedgewood Houston is attractive because of its affordability and close proximity to downtown. Many single family residents resemble the same charm as historic areas of East Nashville. Some are saying that the area is position to be the next 12 South or the Nations.
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