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Old 09-21-2011, 12:08 PM
 
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Hi, 25 year old here from NYC looking to to move to NAshville. Want to set up an at-home recording studio so I'm trying to find an area with cheaper space so I can afford get a good sounding live room with high-ceilings and enough space. Some-thing like converted warehouses or lofts, similar to Bushwick or Red Hook if you've ever been to NYC. Any tips of where to look would be much appreciated.
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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You're going to rent a place? And will you just be recording yourself OR running a business out of the apartment because there are local regulations about home businesses, not to mention the neighbors. LOTS of competition here for recording studios, home based or otherwise. What is your budget?
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:33 PM
 
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Here's a building I know of that's pretty affordable but if you were going to live there you'd probably need to do some remodeling (it's still pretty industrial--mostly artist studios).

South Nashville Life: May Hosiery Mill
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Old 09-22-2011, 01:43 PM
 
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I don't mean to be a downer here, but if you're looking for a neighborhood even remotely similar to Bushwick or Red Hook, you're just not going to find anything like it in Nashville.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:28 AM
 
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Rolling Mill Hill: Artist lofts to be built on downtown Nashville's riverfront - Nashville Business Journal
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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That's a great idea. Wonder how they weed out the non-artists wanting to apply. "Sorry ma'am, I don't care if your aunt Gertrude thinks your toaster cozies are art..."
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:12 PM
 
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All these renovation projects you see in so many cities to create "artist" live-work spaces are a farce -- they "weed out" artists by pricing them too high for artists to be able to afford. It's all about selling the brand new lofts as a trendy, hip place to live for yuppies even as they drive the artists in the neighborhood out with gentrification.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:28 PM
 
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All these renovation projects you see in so many cities to create "artist" live-work spaces are a farce -- they "weed out" artists by pricing them too high for artists to be able to afford. It's all about selling the brand new lofts as a trendy, hip place to live for yuppies even as they drive the artists in the neighborhood out with gentrification.
Well... the way NYC artists did it was they moved into commercial lofts in cheap/bad neighborhoods and lived in them even though they weren't allowed to due to zoning laws. Enough artists were doing that and fought the consequential evictions, so NYC made a special artist loft law allowing the commercial lofts to be used both as a residence and studio if the occupant was an artist (and this had to be certified). Artists paved their own way and carved out a nice enclave for themselves in the worst of neighborhoods- they were pioneers and did this out of necessity. Artists don't have a lot of money to throw around, it can be a very impoverished existence.

Lofts aren't built for artists. Artists convert industrial space for themselves. However, the artistic life and budget has been misrepresented. The NYC artist lofts are in neighborhoods that have gentrified, largely thanks to the artists who transformed a gritty environment to a desirable one, and they are priced so high that artists can't afford to purchase them anymore. Wealthy people caught on to the secret that artists knew for years: commercial loft spaces have huge windows, lots of light, and can be re-modeled into something stunning to live in. Now it's popular to live in a loft, and the trend has caught on nationwide.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:32 PM
 
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Lofts aren't built for artists. Artists convert industrial space for themselves.
Exactly my point. But these developments try to make it sound like all the artists are moving into their overpriced renovations, when the artists in any city tend to convert commercial space in less than desirable neighborhoods as you said.

I'm just trying to find out what that neighborhood is in Nashville. IN Detroit it was easy to find...it was pretty much all of Detroit. Oh how I miss my antique clawfoot tub rigged up on blocks so the pipes could run downhill to the drain. And my loft over a gallery where I could say hello to all the homeless people next door at the mission, lol.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:36 PM
 
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Exactly my point. But these developments try to make it sound like all the artists are moving into their overpriced renovations, when the artists in any city tend to convert commercial space in less than desirable neighborhoods as you said.

I'm just trying to find out what that neighborhood is in Nashville.
Oh yeah I was agreeing with you. The whole artist loft thing for sale that you mention is creative advertizing on the real estate company's part, and a bit misleading.
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