Germantown Commons

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

  • Last updated: November 29, 2017 (1 second ago)
  • Listing created on: November 27, 2012

Mission Statement

Community and diversity

Community Description

Germantown Commons
Nashville, Tennessee

We are a welcoming, new, urban community in the heart of Tennessee’s capitol.

Plans for 25 small homes and a Common House were approved by the Historical Commission, land has been purchased and construction is complete.

We presently have twenty-five households of members ranging in age from 29 to 77, including singles and couples. The community wishes to be multi-cultural and multi-generational, with families and children.

Square footage 659-1,320
1- or 2-BR flats to 3-BR townhomes
Ext. design of brick and hardy plank
Super insulation
Solar-ready infrastructure
Some homes offer a private courtyard
Some homes offer a view of the city

The Common House is located at the end of the courtyard. Its glass walls and wrap-around porch will overlook two 100-year-old cottonwood trees, perfect for a children’s swing and treehouse. Inside we have a dining room, fully-equipped kitchen with a view into the children’s playroom, a cozy tv room, yoga room, guest bedrooms, and a laundry room. Plans are underway for edible landscaping and creative gardening along wall trellises and raised beds.

Located on the Cumberland River, Nashville is known for its music industry and is central to publishing, banking, health care and a large number of colleges and universities, including Vanderbilt University. The entrepreneurial spirit of the city draws a variety of educated ethnic groups. In nearby downtown are popular attractions, including The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Country Music Hall of Fame, and the world-renowned Ryman Auditorium. The natural rolling hills that surround Nashville are beautiful year-round and call to outdoor enthusiasts. Our community is located near the Greenway, which connects Nashville’s Warner Parks, Radnor Lake, and Shelby Bottoms. Rivers and tributaries offer opportunities for fishing and canoeing, and Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest Lake offer boating and swimming.

Nashville has been rated by Forbes Magazine as third among growing cities because of our quality of life with low housing prices and a pro-business environment. According to the 2011 article, “A high quality of life, a vibrant culture and music scene with diverse population makes Nashville a desirable place to live.”

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  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Programs & Activities: Neighborhood, Community Housing, or Homeowner’s Association
  • Location: Urban


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 1 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Multi-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 25
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership


  • Adult Members: 36
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 0
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Percent Transgender: 1-10%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Please visit and contact us.

  • Membership Process:

    The membership process would be to visit Germantown Commons, if a home is available, to meet with the homeowner. One would want to attend a Community Meeting and meet the community members, review the Homeowners Association documents and community agreements, and decide whether or not to purchase.

  • Additional Comments:

    Some members may share spiritual practices.

    Community is established.

    Public and private schools are located off the property.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Additional Comments:

    We intend to share cooking, cleaning, gardening, and other jobs.

    There is a monthly homeowners association fee.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 26-49%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Workshop, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Recreational vehicles
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Many members tend toward vegetarianism.

    We are a smoke-free community.

  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual

Additional Comments

A beautiful neighborhood within one mile of the City’s business district, walkable to a grocery, farmer’s market, fine dining, greenways, cultural attractions and the new Sounds baseball park between downtown and Germantown. Living in the heart of downtown.

Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Coho/US, New American Villages, Germantown Neighborhood Association

Community Affiliations

Germantown Commons


Nashville cohousing, affordable, urban, Tennessee, TN