The Whitestation school district is one of the best in the state. My daughter went to Whitestation Middle and High School, afterwards she attended Emory in Atlanta and was well prepared. You can look on my real estate facebook page for rentals posted from time to time at http://www.facebook.com/JCornesRealEstate or feel free to contact me 901/268.8333 - JCornesRealEstate@gmail.com if you need further assistance. Realtor - Keller Williams Realty
Congratulations and welcome to Memphis!
How far is too far? We have communities with good public schools like Lakeland, Bartlett, Germantown and Collierville. Collierville to downtown there really is no easy way and you can expect at least 35 minutes - depending on time of day you travel. Arlington once you reach I40 would be about 30 minutes depending on time of day for your travel. The other 2 would have just about the same commute to downtown of about 30 minutes depending on the time of day you travel.
Personally if I were moving to this area I would live in Lakeland for better schools and least crime. Next would be in Bartlett within the Bon-Lin school district for better schools and lower crime.
Price ranges of any amount are available all the way up to homes costing millions of dollars. Check http://buyselltnhomes.com. You can setup your own home search parameters and get email alerts.
There is lots of good in the Memphis area - I have lived here for over 20-years.
MidSouth Residential, LLC
Don't mean to hammer you with 50 questions, but putting the puzzle together will insure you getting the house and area that is right for you. I have helped hundreds (maybe more) with their relocations and I am very confident we can find a home that is perfect for your family.
Let me know if I can be of service to you.
Lipsey/Shaner Team, LLC
Keller Williams Realty