East Memphis Real Estate
East Memphis and Midtown are lively cultural centers of this famous city. With art galleries, parks, festivals, and historic homes, East Memphis and Midtown offers the best of urban living.
Memphis’ place in American history is emblematic of both of the great achievements of its citizens as well as a difficult past. 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 and later became 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.
Shopping and Dining
East Memphis and Midtown are both trendy metropolitan centers with several art galleries, museums, great restaurants and more. Overton Square has a plethora of shops, restaurants, and playhouses (Tennessee Williams wrote his first publicly performed play while staying in Midtown). Some famous spots here are Alex’s Tavern, Bosco’s, Huey’s, Side Street Bar & Grill, and more. “Little Hanoi” is a popular section of Cleveland Avenue. Cooper Young Historic District is known for its boutiques, music, and annual festival. Young Avenue Deli, Goner Records, First Church of the Elvis Impersonator, Café Olé, Celtic Crossing attract visitors. The Oak Court Mall on Poplar is a shopping mainstay. There is also Laurelwood Shopping Center, an outdoor mall with brand-name stores and restaurants. Midtown is considered to be the “real” Memphis, unlike the touristy Beale Street. Ever-present bumper stickers with the local zip code, 38104, signal Midtown’s pride.
Parks and Recreation
East Memphis and Midtown have plentiful parks and recreational opportunities. The Shelby Farms Greenline Trail is built upon the bed of a former railroad line, which runs for nearly 7 miles between Tillman Street in Binghampton (east of Memphis), crossing Wolf River, and Farm Road in Shelby Farms Park. Overton Park includes the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Memphis College of Art, and The Memphis Zoo, which is ranked in the top 5 in the country. The Pink Palace Museum and the Children’s Museum of Memphis are both fun and educational for children. Grace-St. Luke’s Tiffany windows are considered to be the largest collection in a parish church. The Cooper-Young Festival boasts artists, flea market vendors, three stages of music, and more. Other festivals include Memphis in May and Beale Street Music Festival. The National Civil Rights Museum and Graceland are two of the city’s most popular attractions.
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
Shelby County Schools serve the community. The public schools in this area include Snowden Elementary, Bellevue Jr. High School, Central High School, and East High School. There are also several private and parochial schools. Colleges and universities include Memphis College of Art, The University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College, and Remington College.
Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA), Memphis International Airport, and Interstates 40, 55, and 240 offer public transit.