The Downtown Core neighborhood is the heart of Memphis’ city center, where the Mid-South goes to work, eat and be entertained. The Core is the legal and government headquarters of Memphis, the center of banking and the home of an unparalleled basketball tradition.
The Downtown Core stretches east from the Mississippi River to Danny Thomas Boulevard and the Edge District, from its southern border along the South Main Arts District at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue to the north where Interstate 40 separates it from the Pinch District. The Downtown Core is the city’s central business district, corporate home to companies such as First Tennessee Bank and AutoZone Inc. The Core is home to students who attend the University of Memphis law school and Visible Music College.
Residents, workers and visitors alike find a wide array of restaurant and nightlife options in the Downtown Core. A growing restaurant scene stretches for several blocks along Main Street, and historic Beale Street is the most visited site in Tennessee. Nearby is FedExForum where the Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers keep basketball fans happy, not to mention the national touring acts that regularly play the arena. Broadway fans will get their fill at The Orpheum Theatre, and Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi River keeps revelers happy during Memphis in May.
Many of the condo developments in the Downtown Core are in rehabbed historic buildings that provide a variety of floor plans and unit sizes. Check out the former cotton warehouses along historic Cotton Row or the renovated department stores and office buildings along Main Street. If you’re looking for a quiet spot in the Downtown Core, the buildings near Court Square or along Madison Avenue provide quality options. Most properties have attached parking garage access, and guests usually can find an abundance of metered street spots that are free on nights and weekends.
The Downtown Core offers a great weekend experience for its residents, with a patio scene along the Main Street Mall and access to minor league baseball at AutoZone Park. Court Square provides a range of activities, from food trucks setting up for lunch to bands that perform under the gazebo. The nearby Fourth Bluff Park provides great views of the river and is a top spot to enjoy annual Fourth of July fireworks. Speaking of views, the rooftop of The Peabody Memphis becomes a party on Thursday evenings in the late spring through summer.
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