It’s been about a year since Nashville got tough on Airbnb rentals, but things seem to be going pretty swimmingly for both hosts and guests in the Music City—and since then, the company has been credited with bringing $1.7 million in tax revenue to the city. Nashville has also been recognized as one of America’s Most Hospitable Cities, meaning it has one of the highest percentages of five-star listings in the country. Whole house rentals currently average about $220/night, while you can rent a room for around $80/night. Here we’ve focused on private rentals in some of the city’s hippest districts—these are 10 of our favorites.
1. Midtown apartment 2. La Sirena 3. Plantation-style home 4. 506 lofts 5. Modern attic apartment 6. The Jackson 7. Two-story apartment 8. Tiny house 9. Ruby Row apartment 10. Belmont apartment
Erica Jackson Curran is a former alt-weekly editor turned moonlight freelancer based in Richmond, Virginia.
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Just a mile from Music Row and steps away from plenty of restaurants, bars and music venues, this Midtown apartment is an ideal hub for exploring Nashville. There's a spacious living room, a separate bedroom with queen-size bed, an eat-in kitchen and a bathroom stocked with toiletries. Host Kate, who has over 150 positive reviews, leaves guests with a thorough guidebook for exploring the city.
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This unique rental lets you stay in one of Nashville's most happening hoods, East Nashville. "La Sirena" is a well-equipped vintage camper that also has access to a bathhouse, outdoor shower, and Superhost J.Wes's 1928 bungalow. He says he and his artist roommate have an open door policy, and it's not uncommon for him to serve a communal supper in the garden. It's a mile across the river from downtown, and at least a dozen good coffee shops and eateries (like Mas Tacos and The Pharmacy) are less than a five-minute walk away.
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Believe it or not, this sprawling plantation-style home is brand-new—and in the heart of bustling East Nashville. Guests have access to a private apartment on the second floor complete with a large bedroom, living area, and kitchenette. The house overlooks Shelby Park, is near the Greenway, and offers a view of downtown (which is a 15-minute walk away).
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Experience loft living at the 506 Lofts downtown. Located in an 130-year-old former department store, the fully restored apartment is a block from Broadway, The Ryman Auditorium, and Printer's Alley. The space boasts custom furniture and commissioned artwork, and there's both a bedroom and a sleeper sofa. There's no parking on-site, but UrbanNashville, the company that manages the rental, offers a map of affordable parking nearby.
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This mid-century modern attic apartment in East Nashville has it all: a yellow staircase, a kitty-themed bedroom, and a "hobbit bathroom." What's not to love? The TV is equipped with Roku, there's a coffee maker and mini fridge (no kitchen), and easy keypad entry.
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"The Jackson" is in Nashville's Woodbine neighborhood, which is close to the airport, the Zoo, and downtown. It has two bedrooms, a large backyard perfect for pets, and a full kitchen that somehow manages to pull off avocado green cabinets. Past guests describe the house as "homey" and "incredible."
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This two-story apartment invites the outside in with banks of windows and garage doors that open into the fenced backyard (complete with firepit). It's in the trendy 12South neighborhood, walking distance to hotspots like Jeni's Ice Cream, 12S Taproom, and Frothy Monkey—plus an easy bike ride away from popular areas like Hillsboro Village, Belmont, and Music Row. There's one bedroom, a sleeper sofa, two bathrooms, and a gourmet kitchen.
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If 185 square feet sounds like enough space for you, you may want to check out this uber-efficient tiny house in East Nashville. The small-but-mighty rental comfortably sleeps three and has a full kitchen, heating and air conditioning, and a bathroom with a rainshower and composting toilet. There's also a small deck and firepit with Adirondack chairs in the yard.
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The antiques-filled "Ruby Row" apartment is a quick stroll from Music Row, Midtown, downtown, and the Gulch district. It has two bedrooms, a cute vintage kitchen, and two cruisers for getting around. Host Amanda has 165 five-star reviews praising the apartment for its location, parking spots, cleanliness, and playful details like a Polaroid wall featuring past guests.
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This colorful Belmont apartment is literally across the street from some of the historic neighborhood's cool ethnic eateries. There's private off-street parking and access to the front garden and rear patio, and the kitchen is stocked with a Keurig and snacks. You can walk to the Belmont Mansion, Music Row, 12South, and Hillsboro Village in about five minutes.