Finding a town or neighborhood that offers everything you desire can be a challenge. Families want a safe and friendly place to raise their kids; young adults want places to hang out and shop as well as a sense of belonging in the community. Some people like the suburban life but don’t necessarily want to become a stereotype. Thankfully, there is a town here in Memphis that has all of that and more.
Tucked away in the southeastern corner of Shelby County, Collierville has a small town vibe with big city amenities. Bordering Germantown to the west, Olive Branch to the south, and softly rolling pastoral fields to the east, you’ll find estate-size lots housing beautiful bungalows, charming cottages, and spacious farmhouses. With a desirable school district and numerous well-maintained city parks, this popular suburb is an excellent pick for families looking for a rural feel without sacrificing the convenience of a more metro area.
Whether you’re a native Memphian moving out of the city, or new to the Mid-South and wondering what it has to offer, Collierville’s small-town charm could be just what you’re looking for.
For such a peaceful place, Collierville connects to downtown, Midtown, and East Memphis with surprising ease. You can reach mid-city and downtown attractions like Graceland, Beale Street, and Mud Island by the I-385 Bill Morris Parkway, one of the largest highway projects in Shelby County in the last 30 years. There’s also Highway 72 and the Poplar Avenue transit corridor, which meet just a few miles from the town’s center. Using this, popular family spots such as the Memphis Zoo, the Botanic Gardens, and the Children’s Museum of Memphis are only a short drive away.
The last several years have seen Collierville win a flurry of national awards. In 2014, it was recognized by Parade Magazine for having “America’s Best Main Street”, celebrating its historic and vibrant downtown and Town Square. That same year, Collierville was designated as one of the nation’s “Preserve America Communities” by the White House for their ongoing efforts to preserve the town’s rich history and character. More recently, Backgroundchecks.org listed Collierville as one of the top 5 “Safest Cities in Tennessee”, and other publications have voted it as the “best city in Tennessee for job seekers” and one of the “top cities in Tennessee.”
The Fried Moon Pies with Salted Caramel Ice Cream at Collierville’s SkyBox Grill!
Days on the Square, nights out on the town
Despite its small-town feel, Collierville is home to several upscale retailers, as well as local merchants, and a blend of local and chain restaurants.
The Town Square is full of locally owned businesses and restaurants, and more are scattered throughout the city. If you are hungry and want to “eat local,” there are plenty of options! Family owned and operated since 1921, Jim’s Place Grille is a landmark restaurant for people in the Greater Memphis Area serving a delicious blend of traditional Greek and American cuisine. Looking for a place to catch the game? Head over to Collierville’s favorite Gastropub– Skybox Grill & Bar. If you’re craving Italian, you’ll love the taste of Northern Italy found at Ronnie Grisanti’s inside Sheffield Antiques. How about a date night or lunch on the Square? Take your pick from fine dining at 148 North, where Chef Brian Thurmond delights guests with his creative hybrid between French and Southern comfort foods, or go for a more casual (yet no less delicious) dinner at Highlander Pub, or fully embrace the “eat local” movement by paying a visit to Brooks Pharm2Fork, where everything is prepared with produce and meats responsibly grown by local and regional farmers. If you just need a snack or an afternoon pick-me-up, you can get your favorite caffeinated beverage from Square Beans Coffee, or treat yourself to something sweet at The Levee Creamery or Miccos Snow Cones & Shakes.
The Shops at Carriage Crossing is a popular open air mall with many anchor shops such as Dillard’s, Macy’s, Sephora, and Barnes & Noble. With a wide selection of dining choices, from the popular Bonefish Grill and Carabba’s Italian Grill to sweet spots like Buttercups Cupcakes and Berry Berry Good Yogurt, Carriage Crossing is a perfect place to spend the day when the weather is nice.
The defining feature of Collierville is the Main Street and Town Square, and it was actually designed as a Main Street community in 1991. As part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the heart of downtown Collierville, this area seamlessly blends the nostalgic with the modern. The Town Square hosts frequent events, such as Date Night On The Square, held every first Friday of the month, which invites couples to enjoy dinner on the Square along with extended shop hours, prizes, and live music. There’s also a summer concert series, Girls Nights Out, and sip & strolls to get you out of the house and into the community.
Room to grow in Collierville
Collierville was still considered extremely rural into the 1980’s and 1990’s, when it exploded in popularity. Most homes are built in a traditional style, but have newer, more open floor plans, higher ceilings, updated materials and appliances, and in general, a fresher feel than many other nearby suburbs. Many of these properties maintain their rural roots, and are close enough to forests and creeks that residents may even find themselves sharing their outdoor space with local wildlife like deer, waterfowl, and rabbits.
We know that the quality of the local education system is one of the biggest factors families take into consideration when choosing where to buy a home. Collierville has always been known for its excellent schools, which serve about 8,000 students from all walks of life. With so many new residents looking to settle in the area long-term, the town recently chose to invest in the future of education in the community by breaking ground on the brand new Collierville High School. Built to welcome 3,000 students in the fall of 2018, this school will also include a brand new football stadium, so Friday night lights in Collierville will be brighter than ever!
Because it’s still being developed in many areas, Collierville has a great deal of potential for both new homes and new residents. If you’re looking for a place that has room to grow with you and your family, this could be just the town for you!
The JudyMac Team
Boasting a first rate school system, award winning parks and recreation facilities, numerous big name clothing retailers, diverse dining options, and beautiful homes and neighborhoods, Collierville is one of the most desirable communities in Memphis to live, work, play, and learn in! If you’re looking for all the amenities and convenience of a metro area combined with the quiet charm and character of a small town, Collierville could be calling you home. To learn more about all it has to offer, contact The JudyMac Team today! You can also browse some current Collierville listings here, or call us at 901.756.8900 to schedule a showing or discuss your options. No matter what your real estate needs, we’ll find the perfect house for you and your family!