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Germantown Overview

Set in the quiet rolling hills of eastern Shelby County is the City of Germantown, Tennessee—a community known for its strength of character and its civic pride.

Bordering Memphis to the west, Germantown’s 40,000 residents enjoy the convenience of access to big city life without the hustle and bustle—not to mention taxes—that often comes with it. With Interstate 40 just to the north and Poplar Avenue (Highway 72) branching across the southern part of the city, Germantown is well-situated for those working in Memphis and attractions like the Mississippi River and Beale Street are only 20 minutes away.

Germantown was first organized in 1833 as Pea Ridge and incorporated in 1841 as Germantown. During World War I, the city changed its name once again to Neshoba due to popular war-time sentiment, but reverted back to Germantown later.

The city’s municipal buildings including City Hall and the courthouse, fire and police stations, the independent Germantown Library, the Germantown Athletic Center, and the Germantown Performing Arts Center (GPAC) are all within a few blocks of each other. GPAC is known far and wide for bringing in world-renown performers as well as the Germantown Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Iris orchestra.

Exclusive open-air shopping centers like Saddle Creek offer independent and chain retailers found nowhere else in the county in a congenial, strolling atmosphere with unique, upscale restaurants.

In 2008, Germantown was recognized as one of only 29 cities in the United States to maintain its AAA bond rating by Moody’s and Standard & Poor. According to the 2000 United States census, Germantown has the highest per capita income of all municipalities in Shelby County.

Still, the city maintains its sense of history with retail and services shops operating in century-old storefronts and houses along avenues lined with pines and lofty oaks. The city’s love of horses and its relationship with the Germantown Charity Horse Show is memorialized in artist-designed statues of horses dotting the landscapes of businesses, each bearing a different theme ranging from the historic to the whimsical.

Ease of living, strong community standards, a historic identity, and a vision for the future make Germantown the perfect place to come home to.

The JudyMac Team
Crye-Leike Realtors®
6525 Quail Hollow
Memphis TN 38120
(901) 756-8900


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