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Old 05-19-2008, 02:36 PM
 
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Hi,

We are relocating to TN. Husband got a job downtown at the Bioworks.

Which would you say is better in terms of the following:

1. property value
2. high school (germantown, or, ridgeway, or white station optional program)
3. crime
4. proximity to cultural events, good restaurants, etc...
5. proximity to open minded, well rounded people, more transplants like us.

any input would be greatly appreciated.
thanks a lot!

(please keep all the negative stuff out. there are so many negative posts on memphis, it's just depressing)
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:54 PM
 
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Schools would be my # 1 priority if I had kids of that age, and Germantown is Shelby Co schools (and good schools, period) while those other 2 are Memphis City. So, Germantown would win out hands down. Optional program or not, the entire schools aren't optional.
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:17 PM
 
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My vote is for East Memphis, where I live. Several of my neighbors moved into the area specifically because of White Station H.S. and have been pleased, though I don't have any firsthand experience. It is an older, established part of town with hugh old oaks and azaleas, which is what attracted us to it; values are great - houses were built in the 1950s; when selling now, they are sadly being dozed and newer, bigger, models are being put up around us, but it's still a great part of town. There are a lot of transplants and it's convenient to everything. I've lived out in the County and wouldn't go back for anything!
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Old 05-19-2008, 03:56 PM
 
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#1 Tough call on property values, but both seem to do well. Talk to a RE agent for detailed information

#2 Easy--Germantown. Memphis City schools are pretty poor

#3 Easy Germantown: G-Town has low crime comapred to Memphis...period!

#4 Easy east Memphis...East Memphis has lots of great restaurants, is closer to mid/down town, lots or Festivals nearby throughout the year Germantown lacks resaurants and is more of a suburban feel than east Memphis

#5 east Memphis is probably more liberal ( a good reason to move to Germantown! ) Germantown has more older residents and is defintely more conservative.

.02 !
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:06 PM
 
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Consider White Station and Ridgeway only if you know your student will get into the optional program, the standard programs are not good.
The optional program at White Station has some outstanding teachers and overall a great program. It's a very highly rated school in the state, lots of scholarships awarded to their students, etc. Lots of opportunities for high achievers, but it's a very competitive atmosphere. A quick look at White Station High on Wikipedia will give you a fair idea of the many academic extracurricular activities available.
The downside is that the buildings are old and dilapidated, the campus is not large, and there is an overcrowding problem. Traffic around the school is horrible in the mornings.
Just my opinion, for what it's worth. My kids last attended White Station in 2006.

Keep in mind that if you compare statistics from a county schools to a city school, the figures from the city schools will average together their scores from both the optional and standard programs, which is somewhat misleading.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:27 PM
 
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East Memphis & Germantown are both nice and wealthy, but very different.

East Memphis has many old homes with lots of mature trees. The people are predominately from old-money, Mainline Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish families. They tend to be Moderate to Liberal. Most people send their kids to established private schools like MUS, CBHS, Hutchison, St. Mary's, and St. Agnes.

Germantown is typical suburban with mostly new-money, Conservatives Evangelicals and some Catholics. They send their kids to public schools and private schools- but mostly lesser established ones like Briarcrest, Evangelical Christian School, and St. Benedict's. Germantown seems to have more transplants.

Keep in mind that there are 2 highschools in Germantown: Germantown High and Houstin High. I would choose Houston.

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Old 05-19-2008, 09:36 PM
 
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East Memphis & Germantown are both nice and wealthy, but very different.

East Memphis has many old homes with lots of mature trees. The people are predominately from old-money, Mainline Protestant, Catholic, and Jewish families. They tend to be Moderate to Liberal. Most people send their kids to established private schools like MUS, CBHS, Hutchison, St. Mary's, and St. Agnes.

Germantown is typical suburban with mostly new-money, Conservatives Evangelicals and some Catholics. They send their kids to public schools and private schools- but mostly lesser established ones like Briarcrest, Evangelical Christian School, and St. Benedict's. Germantown seems to have more transplants.

Keep in mind that there are 2 highschools in Germantown: Germantown High and Houstin High. I would choose Houston.
MUS graduated 94 students yesterday. I doubt most people are sending their kids to MUS, CBHS etc, etc.

There are a lot of younger people moving to east Memphis who are sending their kids to public elementary schools!
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:07 PM
 
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^ CBHS graduated over 200. And there are also lots of private elementary schools in East Memphis including PDS, St. Agnes/St. Dominic, St. Louis, Holy Rosary, St. Anne, Harding, Hutchison, St. Mary's, and Margolin Hebrew Academy. Some families in East Memphis do send their kids to public schools but it's usually White Station or maybe Ridgeway. There aren't really many good public schools to chose from
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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Default thanks for all the input!

Does Germantown have any older neighborhoods with mature trees?

Someone mentioned to me that living south of Poplar can make it a real pain getting over the tracks during rush hour. Is this true?
We really liked the area between Kirby and Ridgeway.
We only spent 2 days there, so I'm sure we missed other good areas.

Any recommendations on neighborhoods to check out within east memphis and germantown?
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:35 AM
 
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Not positive about traffic on train tracks out there...I'm sure if there is a train, it causes a major conjestion at rush hour, but I'm not sure how often the trains come through at those specific times.

Germantown is a pretty old city. There are tons of homes with huge yards and big trees, but they also tend to be very expensive homes.
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