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Variety, as they say, is the spice of life, and Memphis has gotta be one of the spiciest cities around. Variety can be found throughout the city: From the towering trees in Shelby Forest to the metal towers in cosmopolitan downtown, the Memphis area offers everything you could want and more.
Variety can be found not only in the landscaping, history, and music of the city but also in the character of each neighborhood: Each has its own personality that distinguishes it from all the others.
This is a brief peek of several of our neighborhood communities. You may want to visit the county’s neighborhood directory Neighborhood Association Directory to help you discover the perfect place to call home.
Cordova is a beautiful suburban area on the eastern edge of Memphis. It offers a combination of shopping centers, big-box retailers, restaurants, office space, small businesses, and churches. Cordova has something for everyone. The Wolfchase Galleria, on the northern edge of the neighborhood, is an anchor for shoppers around the region. Not everything in Cordova is developed land though: the beautiful Shelby Farms Park, the nation’s largest urban park, borders Cordova and offers visitors fields, wooded terrains, bike, jogging, and hiking trails, and horseback riding. The Wolf River and Patriot Lake offer a calming influence in the midst of the city whether under the power of a sail or paddle.
Downtown is one of the most eclectic, diverse, and exciting places around. With a range of entertainment options that includes all types of music, art, theater, and dance, downtown is a fascinating cultural hub. Famous Beale Street offers great food, cool drinks, and hot Memphis music. The history behind the influential area is preserved in a number of museums and historical spots.
Downtown also has plenty of family friendly activities and entertainment. FedExForum attracts some of the most popular touring musical acts in the world, and the Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers Basketball team are great attractions for sports fans. Excitment in Downtown Memphis is just a short walk or trolley ride away.
Downtown’s prime riverside real estate is made up of several dynamic neighborhoods, including Harbor Town on Mud Island, South Bluffs, the South Main Historic Arts District, and the South End.
East Memphis is a commercial and residential powerhouse. There are many thriving businesses and great shopping opportunities in East Memphis. The Oak Court Mall offers top-notch stores and plenty of job opportunities. Surrounding boutiques, shops, and restaurants dot the area.
With Audubon Park, the Memphis Botanic Garden, the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, and Lichterman Nature Center, there’s no shortage of natural beauty and lovely surroundings.
With moderately priced, stately homes, Frayser has great housing options. Nestled near gorgeous Shelby Forest, Frayser is also notable for its rich, hilly terrain and large, sweeping trees. Frayser is outlined by three rivers: The Mississippi, the Loosahatchie and the Wolf. Frayser has 10 local parks that distinguish the area, including Firestone Park, Davy Crockett Park, and Rodney Baber Park — Davy Crockett is known for its golf course, while the community enjoys summer sports in Baber Park.
Hickory Hill lies in Southeast Memphis, a comfortable neighborhood with a diverse demographic and many nice middle-class neighborhoods. The area offers upscale homes, with pools and vaulted ceilings. Locals can shop at many rapidly expanding commercial retail centers. With Bill Morris Parkway bordering one side of it, Hickory Hill is accessible to everywhere else in the region.
The Jackson/Berclair area consists of working- class neighborhoods as well as large, historic homes on sprawling green lots. The areas have easy access to Memphis through Sam Cooper Boulevard, I-240, Jackson Avenue, and Summer Avenue. The area contains Grahamwood Elementary School, an award-winning school renowned for its academic excellence. There are also numerous churches in the area, along with some of the locally owned shops along Jackson and Summer.
Midtown is another great area full of eclectic atmospheres, cultural opportunities, and beautiful scenery. Historic Cooper-Young has excellent food, drink, and entertainment, including plenty of opportunities for live music at Young Avenue Deli, and the widest collection of movies at Black Lodge Video. Cooper-Young has almost every cultural opportunity a person could want.
Overton Square is another area of Midtown that offers great food with places such as Bari Ristorante, Boscos Squared, Bar Louie, Golden India, Le Chardonnay, Lenny's Sub Shop, Local Gastropub, Memphis Pizza Cafe, and the Bayou Bar and Grill. Overton Square is also home to the Malco movie theater Studio on the Square. Other places of note in Midtown include the Memphis Zoo, the Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, and Overton Park and Golf Course. The University of Memphis, Rhodes College, and Christian Brothers University also reside here.
North Memphis/Uptown began as a residential area and blossomed into a successful commercial environment. The area lies close to the Mississippi River and downtown, but is broken up into several neighborhoods such as Douglass and Hollywood. Some of these neighborhoods date back to the 1830s. The area is home to many community centers and parks, including Guthrie, Klondike, and Bickford Parks. There are also shopping opportunities and locally owned businesses.
Parkway Village and Oakhaven lie conveniently near Memphis International Airport. The area has many amenities, particularly for those who work at FedEx and the logistics industry. The homes here are moderately priced and range from average sized subdivision houses to large, tree-covered lots.
Raleigh is a neighborhood that lies between the suburbs of Bartlett and Frayser. Raleigh has historical significance as the former Shelby County seat from 1827 to 1867, until Memphis annexed it. Covington Pike’s business district lies in the south of Raleigh, offering the city’s grand strip of automobile dealerships. Raleigh-Egypt High School is home to one of the best basketball programs in the state, and Craigmont High School offers one of the best International Studies programs in the Mid-South.
South Memphis has some of the best homes in Memphis, many of which were built just after the turn of the 20th century. The homes are located on large, stately, gorgeously landscaped lots. Many of the homes are moderately priced and afford great housing to residents.
The internationally renowned Stax Museum of American Soul Music is located in South Memphis. Stax honors some of the world’s greatest musicians and is home to Soulsville Charter School and the Stax Music Academy. The historic Elmwood Cemetery and LeMoyne-Owen College are also located in this area. South Memphis has easy access to I-55 and I-240.
Whitehaven boasts the 2nd most visited tourist attraction in the United States: Elvis Presley's Graceland. Besides the cultural draw of Graceland, Whitehaven’s tree-lined subdivisions and quick commute to the Memphis International Airport and interstate hold an entirely different appeal. Whitehaven also offers great local shopping at the Southland Mall. Local sports are also accessible through the Will Carruthers Softball Complex. Houses in Whitehaven are moderately priced, with both old and new homes available.