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Where to Live in Memphis

Written by Ysmay.

One of the many perks of Memphis is the city is diverse and unique. The city is replete with character, and historical neighborhoods. You're bound to find a neighborhood to call home.


This East Memphis neighborhood was developed in the late 1940s and is bounded by Macon Road to the north, Mendenhall Road to the east, Graham Street to the west, and Summer Avenue to the south. Close to Interstate 40, Berclair is home to the first ever Holiday Inn, founded on Summer Avenue. A predominantly residential neighborhood, it is beginning to have an up-and-coming business presence as well.


Central Downtown

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Home to Beale Street, Central Downtown is what most people think of when they think of Memphis. Nightlife, music, and sporting events are all located in Downtown Memphis. A trolley runs through downtown passing art galleries and taking you down to the water. Lining the streets around the trolley are apartments and lofts. Combined with a high number of employers and a lively bar scene, Downtown is a good place to be for the active Memphian.

South Main Historic Arts District

This tiny community has a lot of character and is filled with art galleries and restaurants. This neighborhood is home to the National Civil Rights Museum and the Memphis Farmer's Market. The last Friday of the month from 6-9 is the Trolley Art Tour. Hop on the free trolley and check out some new art and some great food.


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Situated in Midtown Memphis, this historical neighborhood was thriving back in the 19th century. Bounded by Central Avenue to the north, McLean Boulevard to the west, East Parkway to the east, and Southern Avenue to the south, this neighborhood has delis, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and of course, BBQ joints. While you're in Cooper-Young, check out Burke's Books. This small bookshop is quintessential Memphis.

High Point Terrace

Situated south east of Highland Heights and bounded by Summer Avenue to the north, Graham Street to the east, Highland Street to the west, and Walnut Grove Road to the south, the development of this neighborhood began around 1919. Small shops and restaurants dot the streets. Most homes were built in the 40s and 50s. Years of being meticulously maintained means they're still in excellent condition today and fetch some of the highest prices in Memphis.

University District

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Believe it or not, the University of Memphis is located in the University District. Locatedeast of Midtown Memphis, the boundaries of the University District are so odd and subjective, we can't even begin to explain it quickly.

Suffice to say, the southern boundary is Rhodes Avenue, and other than that, the district encompasses the triangular area between the Audubon Golf Course, Galloway Park Municipal Golf Course, and the Memphis Country Club. Home to numerous professors and students, this area has reasonably priced housing, and lots of restaurants.

To make it easier, we have made a map outlining the approximate district in blue.

The University of Memphis has a rocking art museum featuring thesis exhibits of the students, and an extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities.


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