Memphis is celebrated for its contributions to the civil rights movement, BBQ, the blues, and rock 'n roll. There is something in Memphis for most everyone. Memphis is a city steeped in history and still making history today. It's a land of promising musicians and artists. It's the place the world journeys to pay tribute to Elvis Presley. It's a city teeming with live music, art galleries, and world renowned restaurants.
While Memphis does have four distinct seasons, the changes aren't as dramatic as, say the mid-west or the north east. Memphis has a subtropic climate. The summers are typically hot and humid with moisture coming from the Gulf of Mexico and brief afternoon thunderstorms. Autumn is the best season with temperatures in the upper 70s and plenty of sunshine. Winters are mild with few days below freezing.
It does rain a fair amount in Memphis with an average annual rainfall of 55 inches. The rainfall is fairly evenly distributed with the wettest month being April receiving an average of 5.8 inches of rain.
Within the city, the oldest district is downtown overlooking the Mississippi River. Here you'll find many historic homes, especially in the Victorian Village. The busy art scene is dominantly located in the southern section of downtown. It's rich with both art history and a hip art culture.
Midtown Memphis is the more eclectic center for food, shopping, and entertainment. It's home to a diverse population featuring vintage homes, specialty stores, playhouses, restaurants, and neighborhood bars. It's also home to the cities thriving music scene.
Frayser is a great residential community of moderately priced yet stately homes. With the desirable Shelby Forest as a backdrop, Frayser is a rich, hilly terrain bordered by three rivers. The Mississippi, the Loosahatchie, and the Wolf. This residential area also features 10 local parks.
On the eastern edge of Memphis, you'll find suburbia in the Cordova neighborhood. It's a combination of shopping centers, major retailers, restaurants, office buildings, small businesses, and churches. The Wolfchase Galleria is the anchor for shoppers from around the entire region. There is still undeveloped land in the Cordova neighborhood. Mainly the beautiful Shelby Farms Park. This is the nation's largest urban park featuring open fields, wooded areas, biking, jogging, and hiking trails. The park is bordered by the Wolf River and Patriot Lake that offer the calming influence of boating by power, sail, or paddling.
Jackson/Berclair is a working class neighborhood with home prices ranging between $22,000 and $38,000. Besides being a working class neighborhood, it includes large historic homes on sprawling green lots. This neighborhood offers easy access into downtown Memphis via the Sam Cooper Boulevard, 1-240, Jackson Avenue, and Summer Avenue. It includes the award winning Grahamwood Elementary School, known for its academic excellence.
Raleigh is another suburban neighborhood adjoining the neighborhoods of Bartlett and Frayser. Raleigh is historically significant as the Shelby County Seat from 1827 until 1867 when the City of Memphis annexed it. The Raleigh-Egypt High School is known for having the best basketball program in the state. Additionally, Craigmont High School provides the best International Studies programs in the Mid-South.
Throughout Memphis, you'll find variety in the landscape, history, and music of the city. Each neighborhood has its own character and personality that makes it different from any other.
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Author bio: Brian Kline has been investing in real estate for more than 30 years and writing about real estate investing for seven years. He also draws upon 25 plus years of business experience including 12 years as a manager at Boeing Aircraft Company. Brian currently lives at Lake Cushman, Washington. A vacation destination, a few short miles from a national forest in the Olympic Mountains with the Pacific Ocean a couple of miles in the opposite direction.