What We Love About East Memphis Living

Have you been trying to decide between the wide-open spaces of the suburbs and the bright lights of the big city? With East Memphis, you don’t have to choose! This ever-popular neighborhood has a lot to offer, from its central location to the high quality of life. Add in easy access to upscale shopping and dining, and it’s no wonder so many families are flocking to this area! Let’s take a closer look at everything you’ll enjoy when you settle down in East Memphis.  

Location, location, location

As we mentioned above, East Memphis is centrally located, making it a convenient place to call home. Its proximity to downtown and other districts  means most commutes are 30 minutes or less, giving residents ample opportunities to explore nearby neighborhoods and discover new things. It’s also a great choice if you work in the city but want to get away from the hustle and bustle when you come home! 

Even with a short commute, you may get tired of driving everywhere. That’s the perfect excuse to hit the pavement! East Memphis is one of the most pedestrian-friendly areas around, where walking is easily accessible and encouraged. Take a stroll down the street to your local church or synagogue, take advantage of the weather and walk to your favorite restaurant, or hit up the Greenline for a daily dose of vitamin D. 

Business in the front, party in the back

East Memphis has a superpower—the Poplar corridor! Poplar Avenue is a city staple, with almost 8 million square feet of prime office and retail space. East Memphis boasts an impressive number of popular retail hubs, like Laurelwood, Regalia and Oak Court Mall. Need more choice? No problem! You’ll also be close to Carriage Crossing, Overton Square, and the Shops of Saddle Creek. In other words, you’ll have the best shopping to be found only a few minutes from your front door!

Some of the area’s largest employers call East Memphis home, including the FedEx corporate office, International Paper, and Hilton Worldwide. Many of the people employed by these companies choose to live in the same area. They’ve had a hand in building up the community and cheering on the entertainment options it offers residents, so you won’t have to work too hard to find exciting restaurants and nightlife. 

On that topic, a number of award-winning chefs have moved into the neighborhood, creating welcoming spaces for friends and family to gather over cocktails, wood-fired ovens, and upscale Southern classics. East Memphis is full of firm favorites like Erlin Jensen, Capital Grille, Hog & Hominy, Gibson’s Donuts, and Brother Juniper’s. If you’re in the mood for BBQ, Central BBQ, Corky's, & the nearby Germantown Commissary will twist your tastebuds with some of the finest BBQ around. 

On date night take in a show at Theatre Memphis after dinner or enjoy a Live at the Garden concert. Film buffs will love the nearby Malco Studio on the Square, home to Indie Memphis and the On Location Memphis Film Festival. The Bobcat Bar & Grill is described as an “old school East Memphis sports bar” and was named one of Thrillist’s “Best Bars in Memphis.” And you can’t beat Brookhaven Pub & Grill for good food, good drinks, and a chill neighborhood vibe thanks to the darts and live music. 

Get outside

If your family lives for excursions in the great outdoors, East Memphis has plenty of options close to home! Start with Shelby Farms Park, one of the largest urban parks in the country. You can do it all here—go horseback riding, paddleboard around Hyde Lake, or zipline your way through the Go Ape Treetop Adventure course. If you’re looking for a more relaxed outing, take a leisurely stroll through the Dixon Gallery & Gardens, Memphis Botanic Garden, or Lichterman Nature Center. The unique offerings at the Crystal Shrine Grotto are worth a visit, too! 

Family living

East Memphis is one of the more upscale areas of the city. Families who live here have access to a wealth of amenities, from specialty shops and boutiques to private schools and premiere dining. Housing options are primarily single-family homes in the White Station, High Pointe Terrace, Belle Meade, The Cloisters, & Normandy Park neighborhoods. Some apartment complexes are scattered throughout the area, as well. 

If the quality of local education is a factor in your move, you can rest assured that East Memphis has some of the finest schools in the city. There are public, private, and charter school options available for K-12 students, including White Station, Presbyterian Day School, St. Mary’s, Memphis University School, and the Hutchison School. This area is also home to the University of Memphis main campus.

Moving to a new city—or even a new part of the city—can be overwhelming. East Memphis will give you and your family a warm welcome! The neighborhoods are tight-knit communities working to make the city a better place and providing a high quality of life. You’ll find numerous ways to get involved on the local level, whether it be religious organizations, volunteering, or attending some of the many activities and events that are happening all the time.  

Explore everything East Memphis has to offer with Judy McLellan and The JudyMac Team of Crye-Leike Realtors

As you can see, there’s a lot to love about the East Memphis community! With more than 40 years of experience, no one is better positioned to help you find your dream home here than the JudyMac team. We’ll advise you on collecting all the information and documents you need, connect you with local mortgage professionals to help you understand your assets, provide one-stop-shopping, and do everything we can to take the stress out of the home-buying experience. Get in touch today if you’re ready to explore everything the East Memphis area has to offer your family!


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