Sharing views of the Mississippi River, these downtown homes are two of Memphis’ finest. Facing the Mississippi, 824 River Park sits at the entrance to beautiful Harbor Town Boulevard, and 477 Tennessee is perched atop South Bluff overlooking the river. “Even though both homes are relatively close, they are in two vastly different areas,” explains realtor Joshua Spotts with Crye-Leike, Realtors.
While the two homes differ in design and location, they both provide the benefits of downtown living. “There is a continued swell of things to do,” Joshua tells us. “From tremendous restaurants to access to entertainment — concerts, sports games, shows at the Orpheum Theatre — the options are endless. There is an ongoing stream of activity as the landscape of the neighborhood continues to change.” Downtown Memphis is home to the area’s largest farmer’s market as well as a weekly food truck pop-up, making it easy to grab local eats. Tom Lee Park, the hub of all the Memphis in May festivals and activities, is also located downtown on the Mississippi, as well as AutoZone Park and FedEx Forum!
2 Fabulous Downtown Homes
Southern Style on River Park
The 824 River Park property is one of the most noted in Harbor Town. “The homes in Harbor Town have a similar quality and architecture to them,” Joshua shares. This home, meant to resemble an historic Southern home in Charleston, SC, is characterized by clean lines offset by defining architectural details. It seems mandatory for a Southern home to boast a sun porch, courtyard, multiple gathering spaces and timeless elegance, and this home has all of that and more!
This home’s Southern charm is apparent even before you enter. The columns create a grand entrance, which is elevated by the forest green door. Once inside, simple architecture with thoughtful detailing and fresh colors in the foyer set the tone for the remainder of the home. Additionally, hardwood floors create a congruency in the floor plan. The large entryway will carry you from the foot of the stairs to the home’s main living area.
Those from the South appreciate a sense of community, a notion that is fostered in the architecture and design of this home. Various living spaces are meant to foster conversation and relaxation. “The main living space is the hub of the home,” Joshua says. “The kitchen, dining room and sunroom are all tied to it.”
The chef’s kitchen offers a brightness through the lightly colored built-in cabinetry, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The central island with wine fridge and storage acts as a centerpiece for the space and offers the perfect place for prep work. The functional layout and its close proximity to the breakfast and dining rooms make it one of the most well-used and accessible rooms in the home. Feeding a family or friends is sure to be a breeze!
The three-bedroom home boasts a downstairs guest suite as well as a two second-floor master suites. Carpeted floors soften the room and custom moulding adds character, while an ensuite bathrooms offer plenty of privacy.
“It is common for downtown homes to feature second-story master bedrooms because they offer a strong vantage point overlooking the river. In this home, the two master suites have access to the front balcony of the house, and one has its own porch, as well,” Joshua shares.
The first second-story master is flooded with natural light thanks to its windows and doors, which open to the front balcony and a private porch, both offer beautiful views of the river. With double sinks, a soaking tub, spacious shower and closet, the ensuite bath has ample space. The second of two master bedrooms is, again, spacious and light-filled, offering a stunning bathroom complete with double vanity, separate shower, whirlpool tub and large closet with dressing area. Neutral tones are offset by the rich wood and green and gold accents in the bathroom. Which would you choose? We simply cannot decide!
Two of the home’s unique features are the beautiful, arbor-covered patio with tranquil pond and a yard on the opposing side of the home. Accessed through the kitchen, the patio overlooks the river and provides a quiet retreat for the homeowners. You don’t easily find homes with yards in Harbor Town, which makes this home that much more covetable.
824 River Park is currently on the market for $850,000. If you’d like to see it for yourself, contact listing agent Joshua Spotts with Crye-Leike, Realtors ® at (901) 361-4211 (cell) or (901) 756-8900 (office), or email [email protected]tts.com.
Splendor on Tennessee Street
“This downtown jewel was built in 2005 and has four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms sprawling over 5,200 square feet of splendor,” Joshua says as he introduces us to this house at 477 Tennessee St. Sitting atop a bluff, the three-story home offers spectacular views, and its design commands your attention from the moment you step through the doors. Characterized by tall ceilings, beautiful crown moulding and hearty pine floors, the space is immaculate.
The open floor plan on the main level creates flow between the gourmet kitchen with breakfast bar and pantry, living area, dining room, enclosed grilling porch, riverfront porch and courtyard. The kitchen boasts top-of-the-line appliances set in rich, dark cabinetry, with ornate detailing that pairs perfectly with the granite countertops and tile backsplash. The island doubles as home to the sink, extra counter space and a spot to enjoy casual dining. The easy movement into the elegant living space makes the first floor ideal for entertaining.
“This is easily one of the most well constructed and maintained properties I have seen,” Joshua shares. “It is impeccable in every sense of the word.
“There is even a customized elevator with a one-of-a-kind etched door,” Joshua tells us. The elevator travels to the garage and all three floors of the home. The second floor is a private retreat, largely comprised of the master suite, though there is a second bedroom that is currently used as an office. The views from the room’s patio rival the grand design of the bathroom. Rich tile brings an opulence to the space matched by the oversized shower and tub and his-and-hers vanities. For added convenience, a morning bar with a small sink, refrigerator and microwave were installed.
Additionally, the master suite features not one, but two fireplaces: one in the bedroom and one above the master tub.
“The third floor is an entertainment space. With a full kitchen, large media room that overlooks the river and additional bedrooms, it really is designed for entertaining,” Joshua tells us. The home’s state-of-the-art audio/video system comes in handy in the theater room with remote controlled window treatments and a full entertaining kitchen. And of course, the third-story patio offers some of the best river views in the house.
477 Tennessee is currently on the market for $1,885,000. If you’d like to see it for yourself, contact listing agent Joshua Spotts with Crye-Leike, Realtors ® at (901) 361-4211 (cell) or (901) 756-8900 (office), or email [email protected]
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