Harbortown is a very unique section of Downtown Memphis. Created on a 132 acre sandbar in the Mississippi River, this neighborhood was carefully and intentionally created to be a “New Urban” community. It doesn’t have a city feel to it or a suburban feel to it. Honestly, it feels more like living at a resort!
The creator of the neighborhood, Henry Turley, had two goals in mind as he was creating and building Harbortown: make everything walkable, and make it easy for people to get to know their neighbors. So when you come to Harbortown you will find smaller back yards and back alley parking. This encourages people to spend more time out front, where there are large front porches with fans to keep you cool, even on those hot Memphis nights. People can easily get to anything they may need: the local grocery store, schools, businesses, delicious restaurants, a spa, and medical offices, just to name a few. The creators of Harbortown thought of everything, all the way down to the foliage. Every street in Harbortown features a different species of tree! This was done to ensure that the trees wouldn’t drop all of their leaves at the same time in the Fall. So throughout town you can watch the changing leaves for the season.
Since being built in 1989, Harbortown has won over 70 awards for the way it was planned and created, and we think they are all well deserved! Harbortown really is a unique gem in the Memphis crown.