First homes of Ellsworth Place near completion

Neighborhood near University of Memphis backs up to Highland Row

by Tom Bailey,
Shapiro & Company Architects

The first two spec-built houses are nearing completion and are already sold in one of the city’s largest infill developments of single-family homes in the past decade.

Ellsworth Place comprises a single row of 22 lots for new houses along Ellsworth. They face the historic bungalows between Midland and Central, four blocks west of the University of Memphis.

“It’s been good,” builder Brandon Ayers said of the interest from potential buyers. The list price starts at $415,000 for the three- and four-bedroom houses that will be gated with fences between and behind— not in  front of — the houses.  

The designs by Shapiro & Company are inspired by both Tudor and bungalow architecture to blend with the old neighborhood, Ayers said.

He is a partner in the 2.1-acre development with Richard Wood of W&A Investment.

“As I fill those brochure boxes up, they are gone fast,” Ayers said Wednesday morning as he focused on colors to paint the cornices of the first two homes.

The front and rear orientations of Ellsworth Place houses contrast substantially. While they face the charming historic houses, they back up to the huge Highland Row development.

The 11-acre Highland Row comprises three midrise buildings totaling 354 apartment units, 32,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a 511-space parking structure...

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