South Main Historic District
The southern portion of Downtown Memphis, once a predominantly industrial section of town built around Central Station and the railroads, is now one of the city's hot spots for new infill and renovation residential projects.
Anchored by two National Historic Register Districts and the National Civil Rights Museum, artists, entrepreneurs and creative businesses are drawn to the blend of historic and modern architecture. Eclectic art galleries, boutique shops and restaurants support this neighborhood and visitors to Downtown. The South Main Historic District is home to a growing number of residents who are attracted by the unique loft-style housing and tremendous cultural amenities.
On the last Friday of every month from 6 - 9 pm, businesses and residents host the "South Main Trolley Night", an on-street festival with entertainment, art openings and refreshments. The Memphis Farmers Market provides fresh produce and arts in the Central Station Pavillion on Saturdays in the summer and fall months.
The emerging Warehouse District serves as a connector from the Downtown Core to the south end of Downtown. New and renovation condo projects are lining the streets of Front Street bringing in hundreds of new spaces for residents. Million of dollars in new upscale condos will give residents easy access to venues in the Downtown Core and to neighborhood amenities in South Main.
South Bluffs Neighborhood
A New Urbanism master-planned community just blocks from the historic Main Street spine, the South Bluffs neighborhood sits on the site of former rail yards. High on the bluff of the Mississippi River, this apartment and single-family community is organized around an open-space system that is an outstanding neighborhood amenity. The Riverbluff Walkway over Riverside Drive provides access to Tom Lee Park and the riverfront.
The South End
The South End is rapidly evolving into the next large downtown residential neighborhood with new condos, apartments and single-family units constructed in formerly vacant or underused land. Public spaces, pocket parks and access to the Mississippi River will give this dense, urban community a warm neighborhood feel.
This thriving community has received national attention as a model for transforming a distressed area into a successful mixed-income community. In 2002, a local development team embarked on an ambitious plan for this 500-acre area and an adjacent public housing complex to make it a thriving community based on New Urbanism principles.
As such, 1,200 new living spaces have created more affordable home ownership and rental opportunties. Interspersed with new infill construction are many historic and architecturally rich buildings ideal for renovation, many dating back to 1910 when the area was first developed. New apartment communities in Uptown provide affordable housing to support the Downtown workforce.
In addition to residential construction, new retail amenities are being constructed along the outskirts of the neighborhood.
North Downtown is rich with Memphis history where immigrants first established this section of town. Poor and malnourished, these immigrants often were described as looking "pinchgut", thus giving the Pinch District its name. The Pinch is experiencing a residential rebirth with new infill projects rising in former surface parking lots and historic renovations of existing buildings. Centrally located amid Mud Island, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Uptown, The Pinch is poised for more growth to serve these thriving populations.
The Downtown Core is the place to live to experience a true urban lifestyle. High and mid-rise condos and apartments are a quick walk or trolley ride to surrounding sports and entertainment venues, nightlife, chic restaurants, and office centers. Court Square, "the living room of Downtown", serves as the central gathering spot with its WiFi connection and manicured park. Most living spaces in the Core are renovated historic buildings that once served as offices, banks and cotton warehouses.
Court Square Historic District Area
Many historic buildings haven been renovated in this area. Court Square Center - a mixed project with 80 apartments, office and retail - includes 2 renovated buildings and a new modern building. The Porter Building is a residential condominium property that is immediately adjacent to Court Square Park. Other commercial buildings around the park also provide residential opportunities on their upper floors. The Claridge House and 99 Tower Place offer high-rise views of Downtown.
Madison-Monroe Historic District Area
The Madison-Monroe Historic District area stretches roughly from Third to Front between Madison and Monroe. This area is a relatively dense mixed-use area that provides employment, dining, and shopping opportunities. Residential properties in this area include the Exchange Building, Number 10 Main, and smaller upper-floor residential projects above some Main Street businesses.
AutoZone Park Neighborhood
The AutoZone Park Neighborhood began to take shape with the 385-unit Echelon apartment community (now called Fielder's Square) and the addition of new condos on the upper floors of the Fogelman YMCA, called the Lofts at the Ballpark. The Medical Center trolley line runs through this district and the Downtown Elementary School is an anchor in this neighborhood.
Cotton Row Historic District Area
When Memphis was a center for cotton production and distribution in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Cotton Row Historic District was an activity center for the unloading of riverboats and for many cotton warehouses and classing rooms. Today, the Shrine Building, Cotton Growers, Front Row Condos, 49 Union, Cotton Row Apartments, the Timpani Building, Union Commons Condominiums, and River Row Condominiums offer a variety of housing alternatives in buildings that once served this industry.
Gayoso-Peabody Historic District Area
The Gayoso-Peabody Historic District Area is anchored by the historic Peabody Hotel and many mixed-use buildings. Office, commercial, and retail space is predominant, but residential opportunities exist within the Peabody Place development at Pembroke Square Apartments, and Gayoso House. Also included in this district is New Main, the block on Main Street between Union and Gayoso that it undergoing dramatic residential redevelopment with projects like Main Street Flats, 83-95 South Main, and The Cornerstone Apartments.
More than 30,000 people work in the 700-acre Medical Center and around 7,800 students attend the neighborhood's educational anchors.
Growth in biomedical research is positioning the Memphis Medical Center as an internationally recognized leader in biosciences. New medical and research centers and expansions to existing facilities are creating a growing need for housing and amenities to support this large employee and student population.
The neighborhood is characterized by high-rise apartment buildings interspersed among medical and office buildings. Low-rise, mid-century apartment buildings along both sides of Cleveland Avenue have attracted a growing immigrant population.
Victorian Village is a two-block historic district characterized by beautiful Victorian homes that date back to the mid- to late-19th century. Formerly known as Millionaires' Row, turn-of-the-century cotton merchants clustered in these mansions along Adams Avenue running east from the river. Today, that heritage is honored in several house museums, including the Magevney, Mallory-Neely, and Woodruff Fontaine Houses. Residents in Victorian Village have created a CDC to help plan for future residential growth in the area.
The Edge is an up and coming artist community where residents have found homes in refurbished industrial buildings alongside galleries and antique stores. Sun Studio is an anchor in this eclectic community that connects the Medical Center to the Downtown Core.
The northwest corner of Central Gardens falls within the Medical Center. This single-family and apartment neighborhood includes some high-style Tudor Revival Homes. The neighborhood offers a variety of housing types from large-scale homes to modest apartment buildings.
Mud Island, a peninsula that jetties into the Mississippi River, is home to more than 5,000 residents. Since its first homes were built in the early 90's, Mud Island has grown into a tight-knit community with a mix of housing ranging from riverside mansions to affordable apartment living. Two marinas line the harbor, and Mud Island River Park, which includes an outdoor amphitheatre and one of the country's few river-themed museums, is also located on the Island.
Mud Island's first single-family home residential community, Harbor Town, is regaled as a nationally acclaimed planned urban development. Among the gardens, fountains and tree-lined paths of this prestigious community, is a retail center, a grocery store, a montessori school, bi-lingual daycare and a wellness and primary health care center. A beautifully maintained system of green boulevards and park spaces connect this master-planned community.
North of Harbor Town, several other communities serve a variety of housing needs. Residents in these single-family, condominium, and apartment communities all enjoy easy access to the four-mile Greenbelt Park and Downtown's restaurants, attractions and amenities.
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