Green Hills is an area in Nashville, Tennessee. Although there were some preliminary plans toward making it an incorporated town in the late 1950s and early 1960s, these plans were never completed. Green Hills is located south of downtown Nashville on Hillsboro Pike (U.S. Highway 431/Tennessee State Route 106).
Green Hills is one of Nashville's more affluent areas, often chosen by residents who don't wish a long commute to downtown businesses and three area universities – Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities (all of which are within a five-minute drive).
Green Hills is also the home to The Mall at Green Hills, a high-end enclosed shopping center which began as a "strip mall" (one of the first two sizable such developments in Nashville) in the early 1950s. Nordstrom and the Apple Store are some of the more recent additions to the mall. Hillsboro Village, with its many interesting shops, is only three minutes away to the north.
Early important businesses located nearby included the Green Hills Market, one of Nashville's first true supermarkets, and the Green Hills Theater, a cinema. (Both of these businesses are now defunct.) The Bluebird Cafe, a famous live music venue, is located on Hillsboro Pike in Green Hills. Hillsboro High School, located directly across the highway from the Mall, actually predates much of the neighborhood, which began on a small scale in the 1930s but was not highly populated until after World War II. Another public educational institution is Julia Green Elementary School, a primary school. A major private educational institution is Lipscomb University and its associated elementary and high schools. Another is Harpeth Hall School, a prestigious girls' high school.
Green Hills is in many ways a typical development of its era. It is designed for automobile, not pedestrian, traffic and originally consisted primarily of brick-veneer "ranch" style detached houses on large lots (in part due to the presence of subsurface septic sewage disposal systems; sewers were not added until well after the original development). In more recent years there has been considerable "infill" as many of the larger lots and other remaining open spaces have been redivided to become the sites of higher-density developments.
As Green Hills is neither an incorporated town nor a census-designated place, exact boundaries are disputable and hence an exact population impossible to calculate. However, the most common definition of Green Hills is an area coextensive with the United States Postal Service's ZIP code 37215, designated "Green Hills Station". It is, though, part of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Therefore, mailed items sent to residents of, and businesses in, Green Hills have "Nashville, TN" in the address, not "Green Hills, TN."
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