Why Music Lovers Should Retire in Nashville
There are few if any cities in the world that are as associated with an art form as Nashville is with music. Known to many as “The Songwriting Capital of the World” and more famously as “Music City,” the town’s history with music is as old as the city itself. Davy Crockett—one of the area’s earliest settlers, who went on to become famous for bigger things—was known during his lifetime for his fiddle-accompanied storytelling. If that doesn’t sound super-Nashville, I don’t know what does.
Modern-day Nashville is a bustling, growing city with a diverse set of industries that are thriving alongside those that the city has been traditionally known for. Automotive and technology manufacturing are huge here, as well as healthcare, finance, and higher education.
The fact that there is so much going on in Nashville in the shadows of the music industry doesn’t undercut the importance of Record Row, it only serves to show how massive music is in Nashville. As the city has evolved over the centuries, one thing remains constant: Music is King.
You could throw a rock in any direction in Nashville and hit a musician. They could be an aspiring songwriter sweeping up at the Bluebird Cafe, a studio musician hopping from date to date, or an established hitmaker soaking up the vibe and chasing inspiration.
While many young people find themselves moving to Nashville for music, chasing dreams of writing, singing, or producing the next big hit, there’s plenty of draw for retirees, as well. Whether it’s the temperate climate, reasonable cost of living, outstanding healthcare system, or the chance to bump into your favorite singer at the corner store, there are many reasons more and more music lovers find themselves line-dancing their way to active adult communities in Nashville every year. Let’s take a look at just a few of them.
Let’s start with the obvious—there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of famous people who call Nashville their permanent or part-time home. Whether it’s the born-and-raised locals who got their start in the cafes and barrooms, working their way from the bottom to the top of Music Row, or the many national and international acts that flock to Nashville to put a touch of southern twang on their next project, you never know who you might see while living in Nashville.
The city’s relationship with the best of country music is well-documented, but you’d be surprised at some of the musicians who are not of cowboy-hat-wearing persuasion that also frequent the town. Jack White runs his record label/store Third Man Records from his 7th Ave office. British rocker Peter Frampton relocated to Nashville after his previous home was destroyed in a California earthquake. And American Idol’s associations with Music City can be traced to Steven Tyler, Aerosmith Smith, and Season 1 winner, Kelly Clarkson, all of whom call the city home.
Tennessee is a gorgeous state, and the Cumberland River Basin that Nashville is situated in proves to be no exception. There are plenty of outdoor adventures available for those looking to get out of town and hear a bit of nature’s music. Nashville’s climate is pretty moderate, but you’ll still get a taste of all four seasons, allowing for plenty of opportunities to get outside.
Residents of active adult communities in Nashville enjoy close proximity to Radnor Lake State Park. The park combines the best of nature and urban Nashville senior living, with some of the best hiking, wildlife viewing, and environmental education programs the state has to offer, just a short drive from downtown.
Looking for a way to stay active within city limits? The Music City Bikeway is a network of mixed-terrain trails winding through town from Percy Warner Park to Percy Priest Dam with hilly and flat stretches to match your mood.
Nashville is a town that likes to honor its rich cultural history, so the abundance of landmarks that punctuate the city's streets comes as no surprise.
Nashville is home to one of the most iconic music institutions in the world, the Grand Ole Opry, a weekly broadcast that has given a spotlight to country music’s most brightly shining stars for nearly a century. A member of the National Register of Historic Places, the Grand Ole Opry House opened in 1974 with a special piano performance by then-President Richard Nixon. Live performances are broadcast from the Opry House every Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from February through October, after which the Opry takes up its annual residence at its former home, the historic Ryman Auditorium.
When not playing home to the Opry, the Ryman operates as the premier destination for touring acts in Nashville. There’s so much more to the Ryman than just the spotlight, however. The Ryman’s first performance took place in 1892, so you can only imagine the stories, told and untold, that live within these walls. Visitors to the auditorium can get an up-close look at the history and get a sense of the soul of Nashville in one of the many exhibits hosted at the Ryman.
If you’re looking to catch a star on the rise, spend a night ambling up and down Music Row, where the music never takes a day off, and you’re bound to hear something you like.
There are cheaper places to live in the country, but when you consider the benefits and attractions, Nashville senior living is pretty reasonably priced. Homes in active adult communities in Nashville start at $372,000. More than just a house, these homes come with all the fixin’s (as they might say in Tennessee) including fitness centers, pools, sporting courts, and activity rooms for the ideal active retirement. As a heavy-hitter in the Healthcare Management Industry, Nashville’s medical community is home to some of the best and brightest, providing grade-A care to seniors living in Nashville.
Interested in packing it up and retiring to the sweet sounds of Music City? Kick back, put a record on and check out these active adult communities in Nashville.
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