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Best Neighborhoods in Memphis, TN

Cooper-Young, East Memphis are among several eclectic spots.

By Kevin Litwin on April 7, 2017

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Hello, neighbor. More than 100 distinct neighborhoods make up Memphis, the largest city in Tennessee and known largely for tourism attractions such as Beale Street, Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum located in the former Lorraine Motel where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968. Here is some background on seven interesting neighborhoods in The Bluff City:


Named for the main intersection of Cooper and Young in the Midtown district, Cooper-Young is a residential neighborhood dotted with small businesses, independent restaurants and popular nighttime destinations. The neighborhood welcomes a number of arts and music festivals throughout the year, including its own Cooper-Young Festival every fall.

East Memphis

The tree-lined neighborhood of East Memphis offers residents an array of housing opportunities, with prices ranging from $125,000 to $400,000. The district houses some Fortune 500 companies and several parks that showcase a variety of cultural events. Two popular attractions are the Memphis Botanic Garden along with Theatre Memphis.

Harbor Town

The flourishing Harbor Town neighborhood is just outside the main downtown business district and features great views of the Mississippi River. Harbor Town is actually on the north end of Mud Island, and a scenic greenbelt there is ideal for walking, jogging and bicycling. Other amenities include an outdoor amphitheater, two private schools, ethnic restaurants and Mud Island River Park.


Described as the true dynamic of Memphis, Midtown is robust and diverse, home to attractions such as Children’s Museum of Memphis, Memphis Zoo and Memphis College of Art. The neighborhood spans from East Parkway to Interstate 240, and there are several architectural choices for homeowners and apartment dwellers. Good restaurants are in abundance, and most businesses are thriving.


The downtown riverfront district was formerly just for warehouses and businesses that shipped goods via the Mississippi River, but today the area features beautiful homes along the bluffs as well as hotspots like the Peabody Hotel, Orpheum Theatre and the National Civil Rights Museum. Also in the neighborhood is Beale Street along with Autozone Park where the Memphis Redbirds play baseball.


The town of Collierville is a few miles east of Memphis, and perhaps its best-known attraction is the downtown public square. The square features a variety of interesting sites, including specialty stores, locally owned restaurants and a spacious public park. Collierville residents can enjoy several recreation choices, and outdoor concerts occur throughout the summer weekends.


Just east of Memphis is Germantown, a scenic community along the Wolf River that features multiple parks and a greenway system. Residents have access to many housing options along with specialty shopping and multiple independent restaurants, and there are several outdoor recreation opportunities. For culture, the Germantown Performing Arts Center often books world-class entertainment.

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