Lakeland Real Estate
Just 18 miles east of Memphis, Lakeland is a newer community of approximately 7,000. Garner Lake is the heart of Lakeland (hence the name), and the largest body of water in Shelby County. As a titled Tree City USA, Lakeland is known for its beauty and great outdoor living.
Before it became a prosperous town, Lakeland was primarily an amusement park. Lakeland Amusement Park was built in 1959 and operated until 1976. Lakeland was incorporated by Louis Garner, and consisted of approximately 600 residents. Belz Mall was built in 1979 and City Hall in 1981. The first city meeting was held in 1977.
Shopping and Dining
Lakeland is just minutes away from Wolfchase Galleria. Nearby Bartlett and Memphis offer locals great shopping and dining as well. Popular restaurants include Red Fish Sushi Asian Bistro and Cracker Barrel. Memphis’s famous Beale Street is a half hour away.
Parks and Recreation
Garner Lake offers swimming, boating, and other recreational amenities. Lakeland has several parks, including City Park, International Harvester Managerial Park, Oak Ridge Park, Plantation Hills Park, Zadie E. Kuehl Memorial Park, Windward Slopes Park, and even a Paintball Park. Lakeland is in close proximity to Shelby Farms Park and Meeman-Shelby Forest State Park. Shelby Farms boasts more than 20 bodies of water, paddle boats, pavilions, trails, amphitheater, and more. Meeman borders the Mississippi River and consists of hardwood forests, hiking trails, cabins, and one of the largest disc-golf courses in the Southeast. Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum are within an hour’s drive.
Lakeland has no city property tax, with the city funding its operations from Tennessee’s sales taxes. Lakeland’s real estate is both affordable and diverse. Homes for sale include everything from older, historic homes to newer developments like the award-winning The Grove, a conservation-oriented residential development. Lakeland also has several active neighborhood associations, including Bentbrook Hills, Creekside Manor, East Shores, Fairway Meadows, Garner Lake, Herons Ridge, Lakeland Estates, Stonebridge, Windward Slopes, Woodbridge, and Woodland Park.
Schools, Health, Transportation
Students living in Lakeland attend Lakeland Elementary and are also zoned to Arlington Community Schools and Bartlett City Schools through inter-local agreements. Lakeland itself has no private schools, but the greater Memphis area offers a wealth of private and parochial school choices. Higher education institutions include The University of Memphis, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Baptist College, and Remington College. Area hospitals include Baptist Memorial, Methodist Healthcare North, and St. Francis Hospital. Lakeland is close to Memphis International Airport and the major highways are Interstates 40 and 269, and Highways 64 and 70. Memphis Area Transit Authority, MATA, is the public transportation system.