Apartments in Downtown Memphis
The best places to rent, from Auction Avenue to Crump
Considering moving to Memphis, and looking at Downtown? Or do you already live in another part of the city, and you're considering making that big Downtown move? You're making a wise choice. I've been a Downtown Memphian for the past six years, and wouldn't live anywhere else. It's odd, but I've found the most urban part of the city to be the friendliest.
In this lens I'll give you my picks for the best apartments in Downtown Memphis, based on my six years living here. I've either lived in these places myself or known friends who have lived there and have given me their honest opinion. I'll also introduce you to resources to help you apartment hunt and find out how other residents rate where they live.
One note: Even though Mud Island is typically considered part of Downtown, I'm not covering it in this lens. I've never lived there and am not familiar with the various complexes - sorry. I'm sticking to the apartment buildings and complexes that are walkable from the trolley line. If someone wants to create a Mud Island apartment lens, I'll be happy to link to it.
You don't have to rely on my word alone
Find out what other renters think
One of the best sites to use when apartment hunting is ApartmentRatings.com. There you can get honest reviews about hundreds of thousands of properties all over the U.S. Most Downtown Memphis apartments have been added; if yours has not, you can add it and be the first to write a review.
Fortunately, I haven't had to use ApartmentRatings.com in five years, because I love my place at Number 10 Main and have no desire to move. However, I used it to check out Number 10 before I moved there, and I recommend it highly to my friends and to anyone considering moving Downtown.
The best places to rent in Downtown Memphis
My top picks
Number 10 Main Apartments, 10 South Main, 901-543-8356. Large 1BR and 2BR apartments; rooftop with hot tub and restaurant-quality grills; W/D in all units; gym with weight machines, cardio equipment, and cable TV in basement; on the trolley line. One of the few apartment complexes Downtown that is dog-friendly (call for details; they don't accept some large breeds). On the trolley line; quarter block walk to Walgreens; 2-4 block walk to restaurants and Beale and surrounding entertainment district; 2 block walk to AutoZone Park where the AAA Memphis Redbirds play. Rent is in the upper range compared to other Downtown apartments, but worth it. This is where I have lived for the past 5 years and I am very happy here. Top recommendation. If you call, please mention that Paul Ryburn referred you.
Main Street Flats and Cornerstone Apartments, 99-113 South Main, 901-734-3333. Historic buildings on Main between Union and Gayoso, renovated 2005. Large, very nice apartments, exposed brick, hardwood floors, high ceilings, W/D units, walk-in closets, parking. 1 block walk to entertainment district. Buzz about these is very positive. They're so in demand that it's rare that there's a vacancy. Upper-range rent but justified by location, amenities and cool factor.
The Lincoln-American Tower (901-507-3399) in Court Square Center has been converted to apartments and began leasing May 1, 2008. All apartments are 2 BR, 2 BA. These are Downtown's newest apartment units and appear to be among the nicest.
Gayoso House, Front at Peabody Place, and Pembroke Square Apartments,, Main at Gayoso, 901-529-0390. Managed by same company. Ideal location, only steps from the entertainment district. Rent is mid-range for Downtown at Gayoso. Most of the reviews I’ve heard of this place have been positive. Units in Gayoso tend to run a bit small. Pembroke’s are larger but rents are higher too. Many of the Pembroke's units are loft style.
Central Station Apartments, Main at GE Patterson, 901-523-0555. These are right in the heart of the South Main Arts District, and you'd have a very short walk to the galleries, famous Arcade Restaurant, Earnestine & Hazel's, Calhoun's Sports Bar, and the Blue Monkey. I've had several friends who have lived there and they generally rated it highly. Rent is in the mid-to-upper range for Downtown.
What matters most to you when looking for an apartment Downtown?
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More places to rent Downtown
These are my B-list, but still worth a look
More places to consider if you want to live in the Downtown core. I don't rate these places quite as highly as my A-list posted above, but they are all still recommended. Some on this list are more affordable than the ones above.
Renaissance Apartments (901-527-6331, formerly 99 Tower Apartments), on Main between Jefferson and Adams. High-rise with balconies overlooking the Mississippi river or the Main Street Mall. Utilities are included with rent. Pool access. There’s a laundry room, and also a party room you can reserve. Rent is mid-range for Downtown. In its past life as 99 Tower I heard a lot of negative stories about this place, but it seems to have improved since becoming the Renaissance. I have several friends living there now and they all seem satisfied.
Adler Hotel Apartments (901-523-2914), Main at Linden. Conversion of a small hotel into apartment units. People who live there tell me they're happy and that the rents are quite reasonable for Downtown. I don't have a lot of details on amenities offered, but the location can't be beat - steps from the Orpheum Theatre, 1 block to Beale Street, 2 blocks to FedExForum, right on the trolley line. Owned by the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).
Uptown Square, on Exchange between Third and Danny Thomas, 901-523-8662. Within the last decade the old Lauderdale Courts housing project was gutted and renovated into a mixed-income apartment complex. Nice, mid-sized apartments with patios or balconies. Swimming pool. Free wireless Internet. Party room that can be reserved. Some units reserved for residents who fall below a certain income threshold. Friends of mine who live there say good things about the place. Very friendly neighbors. Good sense of community. Recent reviews on ApartmentRatings.com suggest that management needs to improve responsiveness to resident requests. Biggest negative: It’s a 2 to 4 block walk to the trolley line, and it’s a walk down Exchange which is only a block away from 201 Poplar, the county jail.
There are also several new apartment complexes in Uptown, the neighborhood north of Downtown that is under redevelopment. Greenlaw Place at Second at Mill may be one to check out. It's a couple of blocks from the north end of the trolley line, and is new and has modern amenities including W/D in units.
There are many condos in Downtown Memphis which have been bought by investors and are being rented back out. These are often as luxurious as the nicest apartments Downtown, or even more so. Check out the following links to find these:
- The current issue of the Memphis Flyer
Usually lots of condo rental and apartment rental listings in the classified section near the back. (Note: This is a large PDF file, dialup connections beware.)
Usually contains several condo rental listings worth a look
Lists homes and condos for rent Downtown.
Ask me something, or check out my other lenses and sites about Downtown Memphis
Anything I didn't cover? There are a few apartment complexes Downtown that I didn't mention on here because, to be honest, they're dumps. Or, it could be there's an apartment community that is new and I haven't gotten around to adding it yet. I'm happy to give you my opinion on anyplace to live down here... just scroll up to the top and click the "contact me" link.
Once you get here, you're going to need to eat, so check out my lens on Downtown Memphis restaurant recommendations.
Also, I write a blog about my life in Downtown Memphis, so check that out too if you want.
Thanks for reading! I hope you found this lens useful.