Germantown Real Estate
Situated in east Shelby County is the charming City of Germantown, Tennessee; an affluent community notorious for its civic pride, cultural arts, award winning schools, upmarket quality living, wonderful recreation facilities, and parks.
The first settlers founded Germantown around 1825 and the first store opened as more settlers moved into the area in 1830. In 1833, the town became known as Pea Ridge. N. T. German, a surveyor, laid out lots and the name was changed to Germantown in 1836, reflecting the presence of German families. Germantown was incorporated in 1841, making it possible for its residents to maintain lower taxes while enjoying the conveniences of the big city of Memphis. In 1852, the Memphis-Charleston Railroad was built through the community. During the Civil War and yellow fever epidemics, the population reduced to a few hundred. Germantown recovered slowly and the city name changed to Neshoba, an Indian word meaning “wolf”, during World War I. The community derived its strength through involvement of citizens, as evidenced in the churches, garden clubs and civic organizations during the twentieth century and is still prominent today. Germantown is one of the only 29 cities in the nation that can take pride in its triple-A Bond rating from both Moody’s and Standard & Poor.
Shopping and Dining
The communities’ love of horses is demonstrated in the name of the open air Saddle Creek Shopping Center, where one can stroll through the unique and upscale shops and experience fine dining. Germantown residents also enjoy shopping and dining at the retail center know as the Avenue of Carriage Crossing in its neighbor town, Collierville. There’s always a good reason to frequent Germantown’s many restaurants and food outlets including Mellow Mushroom, Belmont Grill, Chili’s, El Porton, Gigi’s Cupcakes, West Street Diner, McAlister’s Deli, and Exlines’ Pizza. In less than 25 minutes, Germantown residents can enjoy a fun time on Beale Street or a ride down the Mississippi River.
Parks and Recreation
Covering more than 700 acres of recreational land, Germantown has two dozen parks, sports complexes, and other green spaces, including Cameron Brown Park, Houston Levee Park, Municipal Park, Johnson Road Park, Dogwood Park, Farmington Park, Grove Park, and Bob Hailey Athletic Complex. A park, recreational, or leisure opportunity can be found within a half mile of most Germantown residences. Germantown takes pride in their self-governing Germantown Library, Germantown Athletic Club, and Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC), which are all located within very close proximity . The GPAC spotlight is known for its ability to attract world-renown performers. It also serves as home to the Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Iris Orchestra. Germantown offers a wide variety of events and opportunities for its residence to attend. In early September, locals enjoy an arts and crafts fair known as the Germantown Festival. The City of Germantown has long been known for its love of horses and at no time is this more evident than during the Germantown Charity Horse Show event. Handsomely designed statues of horses can be found in the landscapes of businesses to celebrate this extravagant event.
Germantown is a prestigious, affluent, upscale community consisting of mostly older larger homes, with a few up-and-coming neighborhoods. Homes in this area are extremely well kept and tend to hold their value. There are over 75 active homeowners associations including Dogwood Grove, Germantown Trails, Glenalden, Grove Park, Highlands, Kimbrough Woods, Lansdowne Place, and Poplar Estates. Germantown residents are quick to point out they have the lowest crime rate of any city its size in the state of Tennessee and the police and fire departments have an average emergency response time of about five minutes. For peaceful easy living, make this safe, bustle free Germantown community your home.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Germantown is served by its very own Germantown Municipal School District. Dogwood Elementary, Farmington Elementary, Riverdale Elementary, Houston Middle and High, all have outstanding GreatSchools ratings. There are also several private schools which include St. George’s Day School, Evangelical Christian School, Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Bodine School, Phoenix School, Madonna Learning Center, and Memphis Oral School for the Deaf. Higher education institutions include The University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College, and Remington College.
Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare Germantown Hospital, a full-service medical facility, serves the community. Other medical facilities in the city include the Baptist Rehabilitation Hospital, Campbell Clinic Surgery Center, the Neurological Surgery Center, Radiation Oncology Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center and University of Tennessee Medical Group.
Interstate 240 and Route 72 (Poplar Avenue) provide easy access for Germantown residents working in Memphis or the surrounding areas. Memphis International Airport is approximately a thirty-minute drive. Memphis Area Transit Authority, MATA serves area residents.