A new piece in The Tennessean outlines something we’ve watched grow in Nashville in the past handful of years: “One of the most important living areas in today’s new homes isn’t inside the house. It’s in the yard or even on the roof.”
A draw toward decked-out outdoor living space definitely isn’t anything new, but it has been on a steady upward trajectory for a good while. And as more and more new people move to Nashville — and more and more new home builders align their plans to create the density to house those people — pieces of property in neighborhoods close to the city are getting smaller, and in turn, those prized outdoor spaces are moving up to the roof.
For busy professionals who love to entertain, it’s a pretty ideal setup: The time you can spend hanging with friends outside on your party-friendly deck is maximized; the time you spend doing yard work is minimized.
It’s not for everyone, but for Nashville househunters and homeowners who want fresh-air space while still enjoying proximity to the city, the trend works out perfectly.
On that topic: Take a look below. We looked through current Nashville listings and found a few homes on the market that offer great examples of why roof decks are so prized right now.
Dynamic roof decks on the market all around Nashville
5003 Indiana Ave., C
Nashville, TN 37209
Cool modern/industrial design in The Nations (concrete floors, open shelving, clean, geometric lines), right near the former Stone Fox. If entertaining is your thing, it’s all set up, with an open loft on the third floor that leads to this nice roof-deck perch.
1421 Porter Rd.
Nashville, TN 37206
In East Nashville, this 2,400-plus-square-foot home has a really cute deck that’s up on the second floor, rather than the roof, and offers the benefit of being covered, so you can look out on your woodsy surroundings while being protected from the sun and rain. (This one’s our listing, and we’re really proud to show it and its adjacent, similarly beautiful sisters off.)
606 B Hume St.
Nashville, TN 37208
As one of the more dense, walkable neighborhoods in Nashville, Germantown is one of the best examples of the popularity of moving outdoor living up to the roof. And this newer property right in the heart of the neighborhood (built in 2013) is good proof. A large roof deck sits atop a spacious home (more than 3,300 feet), offering an excellent view of a vibrant neighborhood and the Nashville skyline.
1006 Southside Pl
Nashville, TN 37203
The Tennessean piece points out how builders are maximizing the indoor-to-outdoor dynamic by installing garage doors to access roof decks. This Gulch-area home is a stylish example — doors open from a spectacular entertaining space onto a 400-square-foot deck. The location doesn’t put you right in the Gulch, but you’re within walking distance (same goes for Music Row), and the views from up on the roof? Postcard-worthy.
3923 Albert Dr
Nashville, TN 37204
In Green Hills, this home blends masculine/modern aesthetics with a perfect entertaining setup — up on the second floor, a bonus room already outfitted with a wet bar opens up to a stylish patio. The designer details in this place are worth a look even if this home doesn’t sit in your preferred neighborhood or price range — from the waterfall island countertop to the modern fireplace and wood wall treatments, a lot of thought went into making these spaces stand out, even among many high-end options in Green Hills and around Nashville.
Do any of these homes pique your interest? Looking to explore other spaces that give you exceptional outdoor entertaining space? We’d love to help you track down the right new Nashville home! Please give us a call, or send us an email!
Listings via MLS, not under agreement with ACRE and/or Benchmark Realty, LLC, except where noted.