One of the rewards of being a real estate agent in Memphis is that I am immersed in neighborhoods. While many agents are generalists, geographically, covering the vastness of Shelby, Tipton and Fayette Counties, as well as obtaining a Mississippi license to cover areas south of the border, I tend to focus on the in city areas: Midtown, Downtown and East Memphis. Spending most of my time, both business and personal, in a relatively small geographical area, I get a bit closer to the Neighborhood Experience.
Neighborhood choice is as important as the choice of a property. Are amenities I want close by? What about the schools? Is it safe? Are there kids nearby? Is there an active neighborhood association? I spend a lot of time with clients moving from out of town exploring neighborhoods, and when they begin to focus on a neighborhood or 2, I encourage them to visit at all hours of the day and night. Take a walk, drive around, visit some local hangouts, ask the locals about what’s great about their neighborhood. In Midtown Memphis, it’s: are you more Evergreen or Central Gardens? More Cooper-Young or Vollentine-Evergreen? The same differentiation applies to other areas of town. Downtown is a totally different experience, as is East Memphis.
Here is a unique neighborhood tradition. The Central Gardens / Carr Avenue July 4th Parade.