Although Midtown is a relatively small area, it’s packed with a vibrant history. Many visitors to Memphis might want to check out the Civil Rights Museum and take a walk on Beale Street, but they’ll be missing out if they don’t head over to Midtown. That’s especially true if they’re looking for fun entertainment, live music, and delicious barbeque. Considered one of the more “hip” areas, it’s full of great bars, delicious restaurants, and beautiful real estate.
Where is Midtown Memphis?
Let’s review a bit of history. Most people in Midtown say “Midtown is Memphis”. And historically that’s true – originally Midtown only covered a small area which included the Memphis Zoo and Overton Park. It spanned from what is today North Parkway, East Parkway, and South Parkway. And at one point in time, there was also a West parkway as well which is now near highway 69.
Midtown Memphis is between East Memphis and Downtown with highway 40 North loop and Lamar bordering it. Most Memphians specifically call out the area from Vollintine coming down East Parkway. The main Midtown Memphis zip code is 38104. South Memphis was originally a different city whereas now the sprawling city of Memphis flows from one area to the next.
Eclectic and Inclusive Midtown Memphis TN
Midtowners will agree – it’s easy to fall in love with this part of the city. During any time of the year, you can shop, dine, drink, and enjoy yourself and never get bored.
Whether you’re driving, walking, or riding your bike you’ll find the buildings enchanting with unique art and decor.
The people are friendly and the culture is varied with a sense of inclusion.
A few things you’ll notice right away about the historically hip neighborhood of Cooper-Young is there is the first “Rainbow Crosswalk” in all of Tennessee showing support to the LGBTQ community in Memphis.
In fact, this famous crosswalk is near the offices of Captain & Co.
Many of the overpasses are covered with unique art and the area is bike-friendly.
During spring and summer, you’ll fall in love with abundant blooming flowers near shops and restaurants.
Vollintine Evergreen Community
Located south of Vollintine and north of Poplar and Overton Park sits the National Historic District of Evergreen. The Vollintine-Evergreen Community Association (VECA) has the city’s only zoo, fine parks, and plenty to do.
There are several other lovely neighborhoods including
- Hein Park
- Central Gardens
- Morning Side Place
- Belle Air
- Up and coming areas north of Jackson and south of Southern.
Inspiring Crosstown Concourse
Take a look at this impressive vertical community. It’s fairly new but its addition has increased the value of homes around the Crosstown area. It was a gigantic project transforming the old and abandoned Sears distribution center and turning it into a community covering 1.3 million square feet.
But it happened, and now Midtown has another area with a bright future offering:
- Visual Arts
- Retail Shops
- Office Space
Turning a forgotten building into a hub of activity has been uplifting to the entire community.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this little bit of history and information about Midtown Memphis. Check out our other blogs about Midtown Memphis Real Estate, and Things to Do in Midtown. And remember, the professional Midtown Memphis realtors at Captain & Co. are here to serve you and our community. When you’re looking to buy or sell real estate, or if you’d just like information about the area, contact Captain & Co.
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