Green Hills is an area often chosen by residents who are looking for a quick commute to downtown. Its proximity to downtown is less than a ten minute drive and is right by three major universities – Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb Universities. The shopping in Green Hills is some of the best Nashville has to offer. The restaurant scene has really taken off in the area and continues to grow. The area is designed for automobile, not pedestrian traffic and originally consisted primarily of brick-veneer “ranch” style detached houses on large lots (in part due to the presence of subsurface septic sewage disposal systems; sewers were not added until well after the original development). In more recent years there has been considerable “infill” as many of the larger lots and other remaining open spaces have been redivided to become the sites of higher-density developments.