Chattanooga is a small town by many standards. For instance, you can’t go far without seeing someone you know, it takes less than 30 minutes to drive from one end of town to the other (lengthwise), and there are many places you can live that are walk-able. Chattanooga is indeed a city, offering many diverse opportunities for neighborhoods to have their own flavor, each unique and special in their own way.
One of the newest and fastest growing areas of Chattanooga is the Southside. Once the home to many manufacturing plants and the thoroughfare for the cattle market, the Southside has experienced a huge change in the past 10 years. Numerous businesses have developed, grown and moved in to market to the changes. Main Street has sprung to life with restaurants, shops, companies and boutiques taking advantage of the wide sidewalks and ample foot traffic.
Homes in the area are in high demand thanks to the development of new construction which started with Jefferson Heights single family homes and has continued with apartments, condos and town homes being built to accommodate the demand for homes by those who want lifestyle that allows for a short commute via public transportation, walking or even bicycle. Many of the residents of the Southside work downtown, which is a short two or three block walk. Three parks offer areas for recreation including the Main Terrain park, across the street from Get Build Crossfit gym on Main Street, designed as a running and obstacle course.
Everything from coffee houses to fine dining is available on the Southside. Anchor restaurants including Taqueira Jalisco, Bluegrass Grill, The Terminal Brewhouse, Blue Orleans and Mean Mug coffee have been joined by Alex Thai, Stir, Frothy Monkey and Main Street Meats.
Live music venues The Revelry Room and Song Birds guitar museum offer a place to enjoy both local and national bands. The Comedy Catch offers a great bar, Backstage Bar with one of the best brunches in town, as well as Chattanooga’s longstanding place to catch comics.
With the proximity to downtown, Lookout Mountain, Interstate 24 and Highway 27, The Southside is one of the most convenient areas of town to live, work and play.
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