Nashville is a great place to relocate to and new residents find it to be beautiful, fun, and overwhelming with possibility. You may be moving here for work, because you've heard great things, or because you want to be a part of the magic that comes with the lifestyle here, but just because you are choosing life in Nashville doesn't' mean you have to live right in the heart of the action.

There are some amazing neighborhoods that offer a suburban feel while allowing you to be right near the fun that makes Nashville what it is. From Mount Juliet neighborhood near Long Hunter State Park to Brentwood neighborhood just 10 miles from Nashville, take a look at these top 12 picks for newbies to Nashville.

Brentwood

Brentwood is a top choice for living in the Nashville area, just 10 miles away, known for being the best suburb of Nashville. You'll love the beautiful Tudor style homes and craftsman style options when you're purchasing your next home. Spend the weekends enjoy the downtown music and nightlife of Nashville while spending your days in nature having picnics, hiking, and hanging out in 860 acres of greenways and parks. There is also convenient shopping with local retailers and big name brands at the Brentwood Town Center.

Nolensville

Check out Nolensville on your search for a great home near Nashville. It has that small town vibe and historic charm that you might be looking for. Enjoy roomy homes in Tudor style or new construction craftsman with great amenities nearby. You'll love shopping at specialty stores, local boutiques, unique shops, and enjoying the Nolensville Park and Nolensville Public Library with the whole family.

Crieve Hall

You can't wrong living in Crieve Hall, a neighborhood on the southern edge of Nashville along the east side of I-65. It's full of ranch-style homes from the 50's and 60's that will give you that family-friendly neighborhood feel. It's great for first-time buyers and young families that tend to turn their homes into artful, hip places while the neighborhood also has older, long-time residents that love watching the neighborhood transform year after year. You'll be close to the city's urban attractions like the Nashville Zoo or Edmondson Pike Branch Library, shopping at Brentwood shopping, the airport, and Vanderbilt University.

Mount Juliet

Another great option is the Mount Juliet neighborhood where you'll spend your weekends at the Mount Juliet Farmer's Market and shopping at the Providence Marketplace. The neighborhood features farmhouse style homes and some beautiful modern townhouses. People are drawn to this neighborhood for the nearby Old Hickory Lake and Long Hunter State Park.

Kingston Springs

Choose Kingston Springs if you're looking for that suburb with the cozy cottages and farmhouse style homes while featuring great amenities. You'll spend your free time golfing at the Golf Club of Tennessee or with your family at the city parks. It's one of those neighborhoods with a close-knit community vibe and social events like the Annual Art in the Park event.

Pleasant View

Another small community is the Pleasant View neighborhood for residents that love that tight-knit community feel. They always have community events like local art or live music on Main Street in the Olde Towne Historic District. It's nice being located to I-24 right between Nashville and Clarksville. Purchase your ranch or farmhouse style home on a spacious lot in this great neighborhood.

Spring Hill

For a laidback environment with tons of amenities, check out Spring Hill. People choose this neighborhood for the atmosphere, the fun, and the variety of home styles. Live in a chic condo or craftsman style home, spend your free time hitting the links, or check out walking trails and live music with your neighborhoods.

Gallatin

Golf-lovers will want to check out Gallatin, a scenic, riverside neighborhood in Nashville. The homes found here are bungalow style, ranch, and cozy cottages. Go fishing at Cumberland River with a picnic at Thompson Park while enjoying amenities like specialty shopping, restaurants, and the library. Of course, the Long Hollow Golf Course is a big draw to this Nashville suburb.

Goodlettsville

For just a 23 minute commute, you could live in beautiful Goodlettsville, a Nashville suburb offering your favorite nature activities. There are walking trails, playgrounds, picnic tables, and grilling outdoors at Moss-Wright Park with the summertime favorite swimming pool at the Pleasant Green Park & pool. Choose from ranch style homes, farmhouse style, or Gatlinburg style homes on spacious lots.

Germantown

For those that want to be as close to downtown Nashville as possible, Germantown has been revitalized and features amazing homes, condos, and townhouses. It's more affordable than other downtown options and offers eateries, a nearby farmers market, and the nearby Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. You can't beat the annual Nashville Oktoberfest when live music and authentic German food hits this downtown neighborhood.

The Gulch

South of downtown is the luxury neighborhood of The Gulch, an expensive neighborhood offering trendy and luxury living. You'll be right by dining, bars, and shopping which puts this neighborhood at an expensive price. Young professionals often choose this neighborhood for the nearby amenities, the vibrant feel, and the amazing living options such as ICON, Laurel House Lofts, and Terrazzo

Belle Meade

You can't forget Belle Meade, one of the more established Nashville neighborhoods, just south of downtown. It's a beautiful option for large historic homes and a few new properties if you're able to spend $500,000 to $1 million. They are some of the most luxurious homes in town with a neighborhood that offers walkability, great amenities such as golf and parks, and nearby places of interest such as "mom and pop" shops, restaurants, and nightlife.

If you're new to the Nashville area, these are the perfect areas to buy your first home. They all offer great amenities, a close proximity to downtown, and beautiful homes.