Home Buyer, New Orleans, LA
I also want to move to Memphis, and have visited it for extended periods. I absolutely LOVE what I see and experience. I, too, am a single professional female, albeit an older one (61), with a 4-yr. old daughter and 3 dogs. My first lengthy stay in Memphis was during Hurricane Katrina, when I evacuated there from New Orleans and stayed there for three months. My situation was very stressful, to say the least, a single mom with an infant (not walking yet) and 3 dogs, one of whom is 90 lbs., trying to deal with the aftermath of Katrina from a tiny motel room 400 miles from home! But what made my time there great, was the wonderful experience I had "living" in Memphis for those 3 months. I felt very much "at home". The architecture and good food are similar to New Orleans and the people are as friendly or friendlier. I love Midtown, Harbor Town, & eating BBQ! I explored many areas of Greater Memphis: Memphis proper, the Island, Cordova, Germantown, Bartlett, Collierville, Southhaven, and everywhere I went was beautiful, & so were the apts. and homes. Loved the hills/bluffs (N.O. is flat), and Shelby Farms, and the weather was GREAT, even during the HOTTEST part of the summer (Katrina hit in late August '05); I stayed through the end of November. In fact, I recently returned there for 3 weeks in June, when the tempertatures hit the HIGH 90s! But I was totally comfortable walking my 3 dogs during the hottest part of the day, b/c UNLIKE NEW ORLEANS, and UNLIKE what DOROTHY said in her comments, MEMPHIS is NOT HUMID. In fact, MEMPHIANS who have never lived in a truly humid climate, have no idea what REAL HUMIDITY is like! And the Memphians who HAVE experienced New Orleans, TOTALLY AGREE with me. Spend time in New Orleans where, if your air conditioner breaks, mildew immediately grows on your walls, furniture, and books, and your postage stamps and all your envelopes in your desk drawer stick together permanently b/c your home is soaking wet from the HUMIDITY!...and then tell me that Memphis is "humid"! Every time I'm in Memphis I hear the locals say that it's humid! That always cracks me up! I was born and raised in New Orleans and still live in Greater New Orleans. We are BELOW SEA LEVEL... Memphis is in the middle of the nation, 400 mi. from N.O., which sits on the Gulf of Mexico. We are subtropical, and if you want to experience HUMIDITY, please come to New Orleans. It's not only HOT, it's a SAUNA!! And I'm not exaggerating! If you walk outside in N.O., or just open your door, even at 5 a.m., you'll think you stepped into a STEAM BATH! ...and you will begin to sweat profusely! Mosquitoes in Memphis?? Again, I don't know what Dorothy is talking about. One of the MAIN REASONS I want to move to Memphis is the weather and the lack of mosquitoes. During my 3-month stay from Aug - Nov, I saw only ONE mosquito, who didn't even bite me, and I said to the person I was speaking with, that had we been outside in New Orleans, we would've been surrounded by mosquitoes! This took place by a swimming pool at an apt. complex in Harbor Town by the River. And remember, as an evacuee, I was outside all the time b/c I had to walk my dogs morning, noon, and night...and then some. At home in N.O., I don't have to walk them b/c I have a fenced yard, and I still get eaten alive by mosquitoes! But in Memphis, no matter what part of town I was in, or what suburb, I only saw that 1 mosquito. I had the same experience last month when I was there for 3 weeks, walking my dogs around the clock, at a hotel which was surrounded by a LAKE... & there were NO mosquitoes! New Orleans, however, was dug from a swamp; you can't go outside AT ALL without using mosquito repellant, or you will not only be EATEN ALIVE, but you'll be CARRIED AWAY! When you open your door here, 10 mosquitoes fly in. No matter how fast I close my door, I wind up swatting mosquitoes all night, and still wake up in the morning with mosquito bites on me and my child! But in Memphis, I had no mosquito contact at all, even though I was all over the city at all hours of the day and night, both during the evacuation and last month and I was SO GLAD to be able to ENJOY outdoor activities with my daughter and the dogs and NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MOSQUITOES OR HUMIDITY! I can't wait to get back to Memphis so I can stop SWEATING AND SCRATCHING here! I even went horseback riding in Shelby Farms in 96 degree heat! I could never have done that here b/c of the humidity. In Memphis my child and I were outside every day, and although we were hot sometimes, we were comfortable and didn't sweat like pigs or get eaten by mosquitoes. Also, I felt SO MUCH SAFER in Memphis than in N.O., the Crime Capital, where people get KILLED in BROAD DAYLIGHT! I saw quite a lot of cops in Memphis. Salaries are 2 - 2.5 times higher than in N.O., yet cost of living in Memphis is less. Memphis today reminds me of what New Orleans was like in the '50s -- GREAT!