Memphis, Tennessee Real Estate

Memphis, Tennessee Real Estate

Memphis is located in the southwest corner of Tennessee, on the Mississippi River, just east of Arkansas and north of Mississippi. Memphis is filled with great sites, top-notch entertainment, tons of cultural arts programs, fabulous food, unique shops, good job market, and tons of activities to see and do.

History

Once the center of the “Mid-South,” where cotton and slave trade ruled the market, Memphis has several identities. The home of Memphis Blues, Elvis, and Beale Street, Native Americans first lived along the bluffs along the mighty Mississippi. Spanish, French, and “New Americans” came later. The city itself was “founded” by General and President Andrew Jackson, General James Winchester, and Judge John Overton. The city emerged in the first half of the 20th century as a notorious gambling and crime-ridden locale, and later as the nadir of the civil rights movement with the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Now, Memphis is a thriving metropolis of close to 650,000, the largest city in the state. This great city is recognized as being the center of southern hospitality, fine southern cooking, and is notorious for being the barbeque capital of the world. Memphis is a dynamic city with lots of heart and soul.

Shopping and Dining

Downtown Memphis’ Beale Street brings visitors from all over the world. Locals savor the great shopping, dining, and of course, Memphis Blues which is all found on infamous Beale Street. There are pocket neighborhoods throughout Downtown that have boutiques, galleries, local cuisine, and more. In the fall and summer, the Memphis Farmers Market sells fresh produce in the Central Station Pavilion. Overton Square has a plethora of shops, restaurants, and playhouses. Cooper Young Historic District is known for its boutiques, music, and annual festival. The Oak Court Mall on Poplar is a shopping mainstay. There is also Laurelwood Shopping Center, an outdoor mall with upscale, brand-name stores and restaurants.

Parks and Recreation

Located in the heart of Downtown Memphis is AutoZone Park, one of the finest ballparks ever built below the major league level and is home to the Memphis Redbirds. The FedEx Forum is home to the Memphis Grizzlies NBA basketball team as well as the University of Memphis Tigers basketball team. Other events held at the FedEx Forum include concerts like The Rolling Stones, Sugarland, Destiny’s Child, Rascal Flatts, and Elton John along with major boxing events, the Rockettes, the circus, ice skating shows, and much more! Memphis is famous for being the home of Elvis Presley better known as the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. You can visit Graceland; Elvis’s home and take a one of a kind journey, with an up close look at his personal mementos and artifacts. Beale Street is perhaps the best place to listen to music in Memphis, which many consider the birthplace of both blues music and Rock & Roll. Home to more than 30 nightclubs, restaurants and retail shops, Beale Street is one of America’s most famous musical streets. On Main Street, you will find turn-of-the century trolley cars, which have been restored to their former classic design; providing downtown workers and visitors with convenient transportation and an exhilarating way to see the sights. There are festivals throughout the year, including Memphis in May, Beale Street Music Festival, and South Main Trolley Night. Memphis also features 166 Parks with a total of 3,219 acres, 110 Playgrounds, 25 Summer Day Camps, 28 local Community Centers and 4 Senior Centers, 17 Aquatic Facilities (13 outdoor and 4 indoor), 8 Golf Courses, 48 Athletic Fields, 130 Basketball Courts (101 Outdoor and 29 Indoor), 7 Tennis Centers, the May Soccer Complex, the Award-winning Skinner Development Center for people with special needs, the Memphis Zoo, the Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Botanic Garden, and Pink Palace Family of Museums.

Living

Memphis real estate is very diverse with a wide range of homes, condos, and apartments for buyers to choose from. The Warehouse District is an up-and-coming neighborhood with upscale condos. South Bluff Neighborhood is a master-planned community close to historic Main Street, with single-family homes and apartments. The once industrial South Main Historic District (which hosts “Trolley Night”) has several renovated residential projects, including loft-style homes for sale. Other neighborhoods that include mixed-income residents and affordable real estate include The South End, Uptown, and Pinch District. Once known as Millionaires’ row, Victorian Village is a two-block historic district with Victorian homes dating back to the mid-19th century. Mud Island is a peninsula which has grown from the 1990s into a close-knit community of more than 5,000 residents. Award-winning Harbor Town on Mud Island is a popular microcosm of 500 houses on Mud Island with its own private school, shopping district, and town greens. East Memphis and Midtown real estate is quite eclectic. Some of the area’s largest homes are in East Memphis, including the desirable Walnut Grove area. Real estate on Highland Street includes high-rise, low-income residential buildings. Outside the I-240 loop are the residential around Quince Road, Kirby Parkway, and the exclusive River Oaks subdivision.

Schools, Health, Transportation

Students attend Shelby County Schools for primary and secondary education. Parents have a large number of private schools from which to select, including Harding Academy, BriarcrestHutchison School for girls, Christian Brothers High School for boys, Christ The King Lutheran School, St. Agnes Academy, Holy Rosary School, St. Mary’s Episcopal School, St. Dominic SchoolLausanne Collegiate School, Presbyterian Day School, and Memphis University School to name some of the best known. There are several colleges and universities in the area, including The University of MemphisRhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College, and Remington College.

The city is served by several medical facilities, including Memphis Le Bonheur, Baptist Memorial, St. Francis, and Regional Medical Center (The MED).

Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), Memphis International Airport, and Interstates 40, 55, and 240 offer public transit.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a home, give us a call at 901-756-8900 or send us an email to explore your options and to find out when is the best time for you to make a move.

 

Contact Information

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Melissa Thompson
Crye-Leike Realtors
6525 N Quail Hollow Road
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 756-8900
(901) 230-2610
Fax: (901) 435-0620