Off Broadway, just north of Downtown Knoxville and 4th & Gill. The neighborhood is roughly bounded by Central Street and Woodland Avenue to the west of Broadway, and Cecil Avenue, Sixth Avenue, and Glenwood Avenue to the east of Broadway. Old North Knoxville is very convenient to St. Mary’s, Downtown and UT and is easily accessible via I-40, I-275, and Broadway.
Old North Knoxville is one of Knoxville’s oldest historic communities, dating back to the 1880s. Like 4th & Gill and Island Home, it was originally one of Knoxville’s streetcar suburbs. The neighborhood was made a historic district in 1922 and restoration and renovations have been ongoing since that time. Old North Knoxville, Inc. and Knox Heritage have both worked to save homes in the district which would otherwise have been demolished.
The area is an architecture lover’s heaven. Built over the course of several decades, it features several late 19th century and early 20th century home styles, including Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, Craftsman, Colonial Revival, Tudor Revival, Neoclassical, and French Eclectic.
With sidewalks on almost every street, Old North Knoxville is also a great place for people looking for a walkable lifestyle. The area is also adjacent to the new “Downtown North” corridor and is within walking distance of the new restaurants, shops, and other businesses that are currently springing up there.
Hungry Old North Knoxers can choose to hoof over to Downtown North to enjoy some delectable sweets at Magpies or something a little healthier at The Glowing Bowl cafe (part of The Glowing Body yoga studio). Other eateries within walking distance include the funky Time Warp Tea Room and the time tested and tasty Freezo, both on Central Ave. Residents can also drive, bike or walk the short distance to Knoxville’s Old City, where they can get a hot cup of coffee at Old City Java or a frosty cold pint at The Crown and Goose.
Old North Knoxville is currently zoned for Christenberry Elementary School, Whittle Springs Middle School and Fulton High School.