Belle Meade is Nashville's most exclusive neighborhood, offering a delightful mix of old world, sumptuous plantation estates dating back to the mid 1800's along side charming tudor-style homes, classical and neo-classical, and mid-century modern architecture. There are several gated communities in Belle Meade.
Belle Meade was absorbed into the metropolitan government of Nashville-Davidson County in 1963, but retains its independent city status, and its residents pay taxes both to the Metro government and to the City of Belle Meade. Belle Meade streets have distinct signage and the city has its own police force, its own mayor, and its own city hall. The vast majority of the Belle Meade area is designated by the ZIP code 37205. A few homes are in Zip Code 37215.