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Founded by the nephew of President Andrew Jackson, Haysville was just a small-town railroad industry. However, in 1883 the city was renamed to what is now Arlington, TN. Although this rural community right outside of Memphis has always had a small-town feel, it has quickly become one of the most welcoming cities in the Memphis Metro area.
When we’re asked which neighborhoods and communities in Memphis we love most, it’s impossible to pick just one. Each area has its own distinct culture and characteristics, and all offer advantages for those who choose to live, work, and play there. Arlington is a prime exception.
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As one of the fastest growing suburbs of Shelby County, Arlington has the amenities you seek in a small town setting. With convenient access to great shopping, dining, and attractions in Memphis, and with beautiful and affordable homes, it’s no wonder so many are choosing Arlington as their home. Here are a few of the reasons we love Arlington.
Arlington, TN’s public school system is highly regarded and includes some of the best schools in the Mid-South area. Arlington’s students enjoy the benefits of attending a safe and award-winning public school district which consistently ranks among the highest for test-taking, graduation rates, academic achievement, and athletic performance in Tennessee.
Arlington Community Schools pride themselves in building up children to be strong, intelligent and selfless leaders that will make a difference in our world. Arlington schools continue to improve growth year by year. There are a total of 4 award-winning schools, including:
Arlington Elementary School
Arlington Middle School
Arlington High School
Donelson Elementary School
Arlington’s school system is also a great opportunity for teachers and educators seeking employment. Recently, Arlington Schools were one of only 55 organizations named a Top Workplace in Memphis and the Mid-South by The Commercial Appeal and USA Today Network. Arlington Community Schools also ranked in the top 10 percent of all Top Workplaces nationwide.
In fact, Arlington Elementary, Middle, and High School all rank between 39% and 57% above other schools in the state of Tennessee. Donelson Elementary is also on the list of highly-ranked schools in Arlington, TN. In 2018, Donelson Elementary was one of the 349 schools in the nation to be named a National Blue Ribbon School and an Exemplary High Performing School.
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Arlington Elementary and Donelson Elementary have been named “Reward Schools” three times each since 2013. In 2018, Arlington Community Schools were awarded the #2 Top Workplace award in the Memphis area.
Arlington’s award-winning public school system offers a variety of academic and athletic options for students while being small enough to provide an opportunity for students to receive more attention and interaction with instructors.
Not only do Arlington Community Schools prove to be great academically, but they also advance in extracurricular activities as well. Arlington Middle and High have a more than 25 sports teams for students to participate in. The middle school also offers music programs 5 days a week for those students who are interested in learning more about the world of music.
In addition to having one of the best public school districts in the Memphis metropolitan area, one of the many reasons so many families choose to make their home in Arlington is the abundance of beautiful yet affordable homes. With new neighborhoods and construction being built around the city, new homes are hitting the market consistently. With so many new yet reasonably priced homes on the market, there’s something for everyone. In addition to starter homes priced at less than $200K, Arlington also offers beautiful new homes priced at under $500K.
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Downtown Arlington and many of the community’s neighborhoods are located within just 2-3 miles of the nearest I-40 exit, while convenient access to 385 and Highway 70 also provide various opportunities for commuters to find convenient routes. Due to its proximity to area interstates and highways, most areas of the Memphis metropolitan area can be reached from Arlington in 30 minutes or less, including:
While Arlington is convenient enough to the more populated areas of Memphis that commuters still find it a desirable location to raise families and put down roots, it’s also remote enough that it offers the feel of small town living. Residents enjoy the benefits of having:
A full-sized Kroger supermarket and fuel station
Several fast food restaurants
Nail salons, hair salons, and boutiques
A public library
A full-sized post office
A local police station
Nearby DMV location (in Oakland, TN)
Senior Citizen Center
Multiple neighborhood and community parks
Despite an abundance of amenities, however, the community is quiet. It is not overrun with strip malls or shopping centers, and you’ll still find acres of wooded land and space to explore. With its small town feel, you’ll find no end to the Southern hospitality and friendliness offered by Arlington natives and transplants alike.
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The historic Arlington Square is also a favorite among area residents, and it combines both the charm of a quaint town square with the modern conveniences of city living. Stop by S.Y. Wilson and Company’s historic depot location for deals on the best apparel from leading retailers like Columbia, Patagonia, The North Face, and more. On any given day, you’ll also find a variety of fitness and yoga classes offered on the Square.
In addition to its great public schools and charming downtown area, Arlington is one of Memphis’s best kept secrets thanks to its emphasis on family and community. In addition to being home to many hospitable and welcoming residents, the town of Arlington also works to provide events and opportunities for families to enjoy and connect with neighbors and other residents.
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The city of Arlington believes in building a community on trust and fellowship. Therefore, there is always something going on to be involved in. Depot Square is a very popular spot, especially for the months of May through October. On every third Saturday, the town hosts artists who perform on the Square. These events are referred to as “Music On The Square.” Over the years, residents have continued to love attending Music On The Square and spending time with their fellow Arlington locals.
From community parks to various annual celebrations, there are many community activities to enjoy throughout the year. During holiday seasons, you’ll find an abundance of community events taking place in the downtown area, including:
Christmas Parade and Christmas Tree Lighting
Fourth of July Celebration with Fireworks
Summer BBQ Festival
Easter Egg Hunt
In addition to the many parks and community amenities currently offered in Arlington, efforts are being made to increase the number of outdoor spaces and physical fitness centers around town. The Town of Arlington recently announced plans to create a new outdoor tennis center as well as a large municipal park which has included a proposed variety of amenities such as:
Walking Trails and Ponds
Soccer and Football Fields
A New, Larger Community Library
Outdoor Farmers Market Venue
Fruit Orchard and Community Garden
Outdoor Amphitheater and Stage
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While the Town of Arlington has not approved a substantial number of development projects over the years in order to retain the small-town feel, those development projects which have been approved provide value and an attractive aesthetic to the community.
New neighborhoods, restaurants, businesses, medical offices, and even fast food restaurants are expected to have a visually appealing exterior and interior which enhances the community’s value. Because of its dedication to upholding a strict standard of quality construction, new and future residents have the assurance new construction will enhance the community.
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Are you ready to make your move to Arlington? We’re happy to help you find your dream home! As the oldest real estate firm in Memphis and the greater area, we have decades of experience assisting home buyers with every step of the process. Whether you’re in search of an Arlington home for your growing family or you’re interested in finding your forever home with plenty of land and room to roam to enjoy in retirement, we can find the perfect home for you.