Rockcreek Colonial – Cordova, TN

Rockcreek Colonial, a beautiful suburban community on the eastern edge of Memphis, houses a combination of big-box retailers, upscale restaurants and modern office spaces. The stunning Shelby Farms Park, the nation’s largest urban park, borders the neighborhood and provides plenty of opportunities for biking, hiking and other outdoor activities. The Wolfchase Galleria, located on the northern edge of town, has become an anchor for shoppers all around Memphis. Other places of note include Patriot Lake and Wolf River, which add a calming influence to the community’s already laid-back atmosphere.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

This area features a superb collection of restaurants that capture the essence of Mississippi river cuisine. Barbecue dominates the local taste, with traditional Cajun and Southern cooking close behind. If you like your meat dry aged instead of slow smoked and you want it topped with béarnaise sauce instead of the traditional barbecue sauce, check out Folk’s Folly Prime Steakhouse. This premiere dining destination sells every prime cut you can think of along with a large variety of starches and vegetables to complete your meal. Order the tender New York strip over demi glazed mushrooms and a double-baked potato. Light and tasty options like the petite filet with peppercorn and asparagus make excellent choices for the health-conscious eater. For a casual, locally owned restaurant that serves a blend of modern and traditional Italian cuisine, stop by Amerigo. Popular dishes here include the crunchy cheese fritters, named one of the top 100 foods in Memphis by Commercial Appeal. Don’t miss the shrimp scampi served over angel hair pasta with white garlic butter, tomatoes and scallions. The bar prepares beautiful cocktails and sells top-shelf Italian wine. Baskets of hot biscuits, bowls of gravy, buttery grits and crispy bacon comprise just a few of the items available at Blue Plate Cafe -- the town’s favorite breakfast spot. The menu looks like a small-town newspaper, which adds to the homey atmosphere of the establishment. Lunch starts at 11 a.m. and includes Southern favorites like catfish, country fried steak and meatloaf. Savor one of the amazing a le mode pies for dessert. When the sun goes down, locals congregate at one of the bars, live music venues or dance clubs in downtown Memphis. For blues, barbecue and brews visit Blue City Cafe on the world-famous Beale Street. It hosts live music every night, and the bar remains open until 5 a.m. Catch plenty of drink specials at Bardog Tavern, the best place in town to sip on a cold beer without breaking the bank.

History & Culture

The original inhabitants of Rockcreek Colonial were Native American Indians who lived along the Mississippi river for more than 10,000 years. The first European to set eyes on this part of the world, Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto crossed the Mississippi with his crew in 1541. After the French and Indian War in 1762, Britain gained control of the area. Although the property legally belonged to the Chickasaw Indians, western settlers took it over and established the city of Memphis in 1819. At the time, the city consisted of four blocks and 50 settlers, mostly German and Irish immigrants. They quickly developed the land, giving rise to an important location for markets, distribution and travel in the south. Rockcreek Colonial houses several music, theater and art venues. Catch a musical at the Orpheum, watch a play at the local theater or simple visit one of the art galleries.


Rockcreek Colonial sits on two of the most traveled highways in the nation — I-55 and I-40. This makes driving within the community or to nearby cities a breeze. Plenty of parking spaces stand available. Memphis International Airport provides direct flights to 44 cities in the U.S., while Amtrak delivers train rides to Chicago, New Orleans, Denver and other major metropolitan areas. The MATA city bus system can get you nearly anywhere in the area. It covers over 300 square miles, with 33 bus routes and thousands of stops. For moving around downtown, hop on one of the ADA-accessible trolleys, which include routes that pass notable destinations like Beale Street, River Street and Cook Convention Center. The community also contains an excellent collection of trails, biking lanes and shared access roads, making walking and cycling a safe and healthy transportation option. The Shelby Farms Greenmile runs through the heart of Rockcreek Colonial and all the way to downtown Memphis. You'll always find this road full of bikers and hikers.


With a cost of living less than that of the Memphis area, living in Rockcreek Colonial comes with more affordable options for dining, entertainment and buying groceries. The average cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment comes to $704 per month. A ride on the public bus system costs $2 for a one-way fare, while the trolley comes out to $.50. Gas generally sits about 9 percent lower than the national average, and you can expect to pay around $4 for a pint of beer at the local pubs.


Wolfchase Galleria, a premier indoor shopping mall at the intersection of I-40 and Germantown Parkway, features big department stores that include JCPenney, Sears, Dillard's, and Macy's. Stores include favorites such as Love Culture, Pandora, Pac Sun, and Lacoste. Take a break from shopping to catch a movie at the Malco Theater. If you have children, bring them for a ride on the fantasy carousel. Those who enjoy boutique shopping should visit Dazzle, a light, airy shop that caters to women of all budgets and taste levels. It was the recipient of the 2009 Germantown Small Business Award. Divine Rags, a women's clothing store, specializes in trendy tops and accessories. Shoppers looking for housewares, baby items, dishes or jewelry should browse Hope Again, an affordable and well-organized thrift shop supporting missions across the region. Purchase groceries at Cordova Farmers Market, a grocery store that stocks everything produce related and usually has better prices than larger chains like Kroger and Walmart. Agricenter's Farmer's Market, the longest-running farmer's market in the area, also sells locally grown vegetables, fruits and meats.


Rockcreek Colonial residents enjoy easy access to Shelby Farms Park, the largest urban park in the United States. Walk or jog on one of the stunning forest paths, and get a little closer to nature. Off-road cyclists can head for the hidden trails in the center of the park, while road cyclists can cruise along Greenline, a 6.5-mile urban trail that connect to Midtown — also the home of the annual Greenline Half Marathon. Take the little ones to the Woodland Discovery Playground inside Shelby Farms, which includes willow trees, play nests, funky structures and ADA play elements. Dog owners can unleash their pets in one of the gated dog areas inside the establishment. Shelby Farms Park and Greenmile stay open from sunset to sunrise daily. Stop by during winter evenings for the Starry Nights Festival featuring camel rides, a petting zoo and light displays.
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