2019 Featured Homes


1828 Cowden

From bungalow to the “underground house” to the beautiful Spanish Colonial that stands today at 1828 Cowden, this amazing lot in Central Gardens is packed with history. Owned by architects and artists, it is now proudly known as The Travis House after being designed and built with beautiful limestone, stucco and reclaimed brick by current owner and builder, J.T. Travis and his wife Jana. 


679 South McLean 

While the outside remains true, the interior renovations this home has seen through the years are stunning. The 1921 Slater House at 679 South McLean is a gorgeous example of American Foursquare with its quintessential hipped roof, center dormer and front porch. Owned by doctors, lawyers and politicians through the years, the home was part of early Memphis settler John Harbert’s land. 


694 Anderson

The 1922 Welsh House at 694 Anderson is a beautiful American Bungalow, typical of the Arts and Crafts movement of the 1920s and 30s, and found throughout Central Gardens. The home remained original until a 2014 renovation by former owners opened the inside into a more contemporary format while maintaining elements like the stone fireplace and original foyer/entry and side windows. 


1751 Central Avenue

The Hanson House, built in 1926 on part of pioneer Solomon Rozelle’s vast property, is a storybook example of English Tudor Revival with a storybook past. With ties to the early days of Hutchison School and adventurer and travel writer Richard Halliburton, the Great Depression ultimately led to the sale of this home at 1751 Central Avenue for $3,000 on the courthouse steps. The current owner has carefully and beautifully renovated the home and landscape. 


1625 Central Avenue 

Although constructed only in 1996, under Landmarks Commission review, the Acree-Gardner House at 1625 Central Avenue exhibits almost all the typical elements of a Spanish Colonial design which became popular from 1915-1931—including the stucco exterior, red clay roof, arched wooden entry and balcony with iron work. Owned multiple times by the Kemmons Wilson family, the current owners have contributed a beautiful kitchen, living room and landscape renovation. 


1581 Central Avenue

The lot that started it all, 1581 Central Avenue was the impetus for Central Gardens gaining historic district status. In 1910, cotton broker Jesse Norfleet built the most imposing three-story home on three acres of land where family lived until his grandson William T. Fuller tore it down in 1990. After sitting vacant for 11 years, the Tuli House was constructed under Landmarks Commission as a stunning example of Colonial Revival.

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