Living in Memphis

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Memphis, TN

Memphis is undeniably an exciting place. It’s vibrant, colorful, and full of culture everywhere you turn. But that doesn’t mean it’s missing any of the small-town comfort and hospitality that you’d expect from the south. Memphis is the perfect place to live for individuals, couples, and families of any age or stage of life. The Karlton Govan Lending Team can help you make the most out of this fantastic place to live. 

Memphis Culture: Diversity at its Finest 

Memphis Is packed to the brim with cultural expressions. From sports to theater to art to history, living in Memphis will broaden your horizons. 

Memphis has a rich music history that you won’t find anywhere else. As the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and soul, it’s no wonder that the city still boasts a thriving and diverse music scene. You can listen to the blues on Beale or catch an up and coming rock band at the Hi-Tone or Growlers. For days when you want a more refined experience, you can catch the Memphis Symphony Orchestra or the Memphis Ballet, or the host of eclectic performers that visit the Halloran Center. Another great option is a visit to the Hattiloo Theatre, the only freestanding Black repertory theatre in five surrounding states. The Hattiloo has developed a strong regional audience and is known for offering high-quality, free programming and performances staged throughout the cityThe Orpheum offer unique events from comedy shows to classic movies, to touring Broadway shows. One thing is for sure: you don’t have to miss out on any kind of cultural moment while you live in Memphis. 

And don’t forget about sports! You can cheer for local teams in almost every major sport in Memphis. The Memphis Redbirds are a triple-a baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals, and not only are their games perfect for a night of family fun to start with, but they have fun theme nights all season long to make the experience even more special. Or, catch 901 FC fight it out in a soccer match either downtown or in Germantown. 

If basketball is more your thing, cheer on the Memphis Grizzlies at the FedEx Forum. And don’t forget to support future leaders of our community at the University of Memphis Tigers football and basketball games. 

Sun Studios

Memphis History and Museums

If you’re looking to learn more about Memphis music history, you can visit Stax Records, Sun Studios, and of course, we don’t need to remind you that you can spend a day touring Graceland, engrossed in all things Elvis. These cultural landmarks draw in crowds from all over the world. Not only do they preserve the past, but they feed into the community by hosting events and offering music lessons and other classes. 

These aren’t the only museums that both instruct and contribute to the Memphis community. The Dixon Museum of Art features fascinating exhibits and beautiful gardens, as well as a wide variety of classes for children of all ages. The Brooks Museum features exhibits from artists many different cultural and ethnic backgrounds who are often underrepresented. You and your family can fall in love with art from all over the world. 

Head Downtown to learn about the history of the region at The Cotton Museum and the Mississippi River Museum. Finally, make sure to visit the Civil Rights Museum & and Lorraine Motel to learn about the struggle for equality that still continues, and to honor those who fought for Civil Rights in the past. 

Corky's bbq

Only the Best Food

And of course, Memphis is known for its food. Memphis boasts some of the best BBQ in the world, even hosts the International BBQ Festival in May. You can find amazing BBQ on any day of the year in any part of town at places like The Cozy Corner, Central BBQ, Corky’s, and the barbeque inspired special dishes at many other restaurants around town. 

Thanks to the diverse population of Memphis, you can find any kind of food your heart desires, whether you want to experience the culture of a restaurant or try making something new at home. You can find food from Ethiopia, Japan, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and some of the best Mexican food you can find.  And don’t forget to check out the international market in Cordova to find the ingredients for your new favorite dish. 

It wouldn’t be the South if you couldn’t find soul food. Some places like Gus’s Fried Chicken are World Famous, but you can also ask a local to find out what they think is best. Places like Flying Fish specialize in catfish just blocks away from the Mississippi while places like The Crock Pot and Dindie’s Soul Food make you feel right at home with their classic dishes. 

Southern Hospitality in the Heart of the City 

Memphis is one of the friendliest places you can live in. Whether you’ve lived here your whole life or just a few months, you’ll be able to find a healthy community in Memphis. Once you’ve lived here a while, it’s hard to leave your house without running into a friend. Memphis is a resilient city and has relied on a strong sense of community to grow and improve into the amazing city it is today. Once you’re a part of it, we’ll put the same effort into building you up to be the best you can be.

There are so many programs and organizations working hard to make sure that no one in Memphis misses out on the opportunities that Memphis has to offer. Most major world religions have thriving communities in Memphis that work to help provide education, immigrant services, after school programs, and practical assistance to families in need, while also working with religiously unaffiliated organizations to make sure needs are being met without discrimination. Development organizations work in underserved neighborhoods to make sure that sustainable growth is taking place. Everywhere you look, people are working hard to keep Memphis moving forward. 

Affordability: Memphis Can’t be Beat 

You may be thinking that a city with this much to offer is out of your price range. That couldn’t be further from the truth! Memphis is one of the most affordable cities in the country. The median home sale price in Memphis is 148,000, and you’ll find that you can get a lot of house for that price compared to other markets. Plus, according to CNBC, Memphis is the 5th most affordable city for business professionals specifically. You won’t have to pay any state tax in Tennessee so more of your paycheck can go towards enjoying your life with your family. With low average prices for things like gas, groceries and home goods, you can get the most life out of your dollar in Memphis. 

The Karlton Govan Lending Team can help you find the perfect home Memphis to help you enjoy everything the city has to offer. Contact us today to learn how we can help you finance the home of your dreams. 


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