Grand gardens, wide boulevards, tall hardwoods, greenways, parks and unique architecture best describe “North Hills”.
From its beginning in 1927, North Hills has been a unique one-of-a-kind setting for classic homes.
The original 185-acre tract was developed by George, Carl and Hugh Fielden into approximately 250 residential lots for custom-built homes. Since the neighborhood was approximately 2 miles from the streetcar line on 6th Avenue, the North Hills Corporation ran a private bus service for neighborhood families until the city provided a similar service.
By 1928, forty three homes were built and restrictive covenants were established to protect the area characteristics. Under those restrictions, homes of Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Foursquare, Spanish Colonial Revival, Bungalow, Italian Renaissance, English Cottage, Neoclassical, and Minimal Traditional were built. Most of the homes include brick, marble, stucco, and other Tennessee native stone in their construction. The first home was the brick Colonial-Revival styled two-story at 1929 North Hills Blvd.
By 1933, seventy five homes had been built along the North Hills, North Park and Fountain Park Boulevards and its adjoining streets. During the late 1940s and 1950s, ranch style homes were added to the neighborhood.
In 1935, The North Hills Garden Club was established and remains an active partner in the neighborhood today. The North Hills Dogwood Trail and neighborhood gardens attract much interest during the annual Dogwood Arts Festival each spring.
Many well-known individuals who have lived in North Hills include James Bondurant, the Cazana family, John Stair, Cas Walker, Patricia Neal, TVA executives, professors, doctors, attorneys, and of course, the three Fielden families.
In 2008, about 130 homes and 50 acres along the three boulevards were designated a historic district in the National Register of Historic Places.
Washington Pike is the northern boundary of the neighborhood with Cecil Avenue being the southern boundary. Interstates 40 and 640 are just a few blocks away with the city bus line available to the neighborhood.
This historic neighborhood of tree lined lanes, classic styled homes and magnificent gardens, offer a peaceful and serene setting for its residents.
The area is currently zoned for Belle Morris Elementary School, Whittle Springs Middle School and Fulton High School.