The Sea Isle Park
neighborhood in East Memphis
covers around 2 square miles of land approximately 11 miles east of downtown Memphis, Tennessee. With its rolling hills and tranquil atmosphere, it's easy to see why the turnover rate remains low, while demand for living here remains high. Young professionals, families and retirees comprise the majority of this tight-knit community's population.
Enjoy living in a quiet neighborhood without sacrificing amenities. Easy access to public transportation and major roadways makes living in Sea Isle Park a viable alternative to living downtown, while proximity to restaurants, nightlife and shopping ensures there's plenty to do and see in the immediate area.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
Sea Isle Park contains more restaurants, cafes and bars than Memphis's average. Most of the neighborhood’s establishments line Park and Poplar Avenues or lie within the Eastgate Shopping Center.
For fine dining, it doesn't get any better than Erling Jensen Restaurant on South Yates Road. With specialties such as saffron crawfish bisque, lobster pancakes, filet of buffalo tenderloin with lobster Bearnaise and Guadalupe mountain elk with apple-braised cabbage, the menu never disappoints. When you want to maximize the experience, eat at the bar, and order tonight's special. The artistry of the chef, friendliness of the wait staff and quality of the food keeps locals coming back for more. The Half Shell on South Mendenhall Road serves the tastiest, freshest seafood in Memphis. This casual local gem serves up a variety of specialties, including grilled oysters, Baja seafood nachos, lobster and shrimp bruschetta, Cajun fish tacos and shrimp and grits.
Stop into Hog and Hominy for $1 off draft beers and well liquor during happy hour, and stay for the eclectic food. In addition to the best poutine found this side of the Canadian border, Hog and Hominy specializes in a mixture of southern cuisine and Italian fare such as biscuit gnocchi with confit chicken and pizza with rabbit sausage and smoked mozzarella.
One of the best nightlife hang-outs in the East Memphis region, Brookhaven Pub and Grill, hosts live music every weekend, drink specials on game nights and a hefty list of domestic and import beers. Neil's Music Room, located on Quince Road, features live music every night, including open jams on Thursdays, country music on Fridays and soul music on Wednesdays. Between sets, check out the pool tables and shuffleboard table.
History & Culture
Native Americas inhabited the Memphis area for approximately 10,000 years before European explorer Hernando DeSoto would set foot on the land in 1541. From the city's early development in 1819, when it spanned four blocks, Memphis has always held an important role in travel and commerce.
Although Dixon Gallery and Gardens resides nearby, Sea Isle Park lacks a strong arts presence. Within a 10- to 20-minute drive, residents have access to the vibrant arts and culture scene of downtown Memphis, which houses
numerous galleries and museums including the National Civil Rights Museum located near the site of Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination.
What the community lacks in galleries and museums, it makes up for with events that foster a strong sense of community. For example, Sea Isle Park Festival features live music, games and children's activities to bring the neighborhood together for a fun afternoon.
The Memphis Area Transit Authority provides bus service in the Sea Isle Park area. Residents can choose from several options, including the Route 57 bus that runs along Park Avenue from Apple Tree Center and the Park Place Mall to downtown Memphis or Route 34, which runs along Walnut Grove
Road from Baptist — East Memorial Hospital to downtown.
Although you can walk to many of the shopping and restaurants in the area, most residents drive cars to run errands or commute to work. Access to major commuter roadways such as Interstate 55, Interstate 240 and Park Avenue lets you drive to downtown Memphis easily and quickly. Traveling outside of the city remains relatively convenient. Interstate 40 connects residents with points northeast of the city, including Jackson
and Nashville. Interstates 269 and 55 connect residents with points southward, leading into nearby Mississippi.
On a nice day, you can spot many of your neighbors out walking in the neighborhood, ambling down the nearby walking trail or biking on shared roadways. Parking is rarely an issue in Sea Isle Park, thanks to the community’s numerous on- and off-street parking spots.
Living in the Sea Isle Park community generally carries a higher cost of living than the average for Memphis, although many of its residents will argue that the location and amenities are worth it. The rental market in the neighborhood remains in high demand, leading to higher prices than you might expect to pay in other areas of the city. Renting a one-bedroom
apartment costs an average of $915 per month.
Commuters can expect to pay reasonable transportation prices. The Memphis Area Transit Authority charges $1.75 for one-way bus fare. Gas prices in Sea Isle Park typically hover approximately 12 percent below the national average. Grabbing a beer at a bar in the Sea Isle Park neighborhood typically sets you back around $5, although you can expect to pay $2 to $3 during happy hour.
When it comes to shopping, Sea Isle Park residents have many options to choose from, ranging from big-name chains such as Burlington Coat Factory, to specialty shops such as Southern Couture. Located in the Regalia Shopping Center, this eclectic boutique carries a mixture of modern and classic clothing for women. Browse through the racks to find pieces from established and up-and-coming designers, including BCBG, Pinch Provision, Dolce Vida, Aryn K, Tart and Seven for all Mankind. The friendly staff provides a personalized shopping experience that helps you pair unique pieces or find items that best suit your shape.
When you're looking for designer duds that won't bust your budget, check out the selection of clothing and shoes at Celery Upscale Ladies' Resale, a boutique on Brookhaven Circle. The shop is nestled in a little green house at the end of Brookhaven Circle. This hidden gem has personalized, friendly service and designer clothing from top names, including Tory Burch, Jimmy Choo, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Manolo Blahnik, Stella McCartney and more. Stop in on Wednesday evening for happy hour, which features discounts, wine and nibbles.
Locals shop for groceries at nearby markets such as Kroger, Easy Way Food Stores, Whole Foods and The Fresh Market, an upscale market that specializes in local, organic produce and gourmet products. The nearest farmers market, the Cooper-Young Community Farmers Market, opens every Saturday throughout the year. Vendors carry everything from homemade bubble tea to recycled garden art, in addition to fresh produce, plants and flowers.
In the center of the community, the park for which it received its name provides plenty of space to run and play. Sea Isle Park, a 12-acre public park that welcomes leashed pets,
shares space with Sea Isle School and the McWherter Senior Citizens Center. Many neighbors gather here to socialize or to enjoy the parks features, which include a lit softball field, three soccer fields, an indoor basketball court, walking trail and a playground.
Overton Park, located seven and a half miles away, houses attractions such as the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Memphis Zoo and two playgrounds. It also hosts a free summer series at Levitt Shell, the site where Elvis Presley performed his first professional show.