Moving is an exciting experience, but it can also be a bit nerve racking if you know little about the area. It’s important to get to know a little about your prospects prior to your move. This will help you to find the place that best meets your lifestyle and needs.
The City Atmosphere
Both Nashville and Memphis have a lively downtown atmosphere. In Nashville, residents can choose from literally hundreds of restaurants, bars and unique shops all within the downtown metropolitan area. The Art District on Fifth Avenue is an ever-expanding homage to the arts here. Spending the day downtown, but don’t want to look for parking? Nearly everything you could need is within walking distance and the city has bike rentals and public transportation to get you anywhere you like.
In Memphis, Beale Street downtown is alive with a vibrant atmosphere. Whereas downtown Nashville has a more touristy feel, Memphis is a big city that feels like a small town. Pop into any of the restaurants and bars and you’re likely to encounter a friendly face. If cars are your passion, Hot Rod Night on Beale Street is not to be missed. Shopping, dining and dancing are all within walking distance in the downtown area.
Nashville and Memphis are both family friendly, though some areas are better for families than others. Downtown Nashville is more geared toward single adults, but throughout the city is an eclectic mix of historical and new luxury real estate geared toward family-life. Beautiful homes and neighborhoods can be found here and many area lakes and creeks offer waterfront homes that cannot be found in Memphis. On the other hand, Memphis offers quiet neighborhoods and a lower cost of living. Mid-town Memphis is family friendly, and the suburbs on the outskirts of Memphis offer excellent family quality-of-life.
Both cities offer a number of attractions for individuals and families. Nashville boasts attractions such as the Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere the Adventure Science Center and The Frist Center for the Visual Arts with their Kids Club. Memphis is home to the Memphis Zoo and Shelby Farms Park with its picnicking, bike trails and lake.
Each city has its own special kind of charm. Nashville is a vibrant big city that feels like a big city, with sleek buildings, luxury developments and a love of music and the arts. Memphis is a big city that feels like a small town, with friendly residents and quiet suburbs, but a still dynamic and active city center.