At 3,300 SF, its' location near Sun Studio and the trolley line, has a "contemporary but comfortable" atmosphere. After parking in your secure garage, or stepping off the trolley line, climb the simple heart-pine staircase to your "Edgy Downtown Speak-Easy". No one will ever know you're walking your brick floors, enjoying your (2) Master Bedrooms, knocked-out Kitchen and Master Bath, pool table, oak-paneled Library, big screens TV's, and Rooftop Deck, with room for (12).
"Size Matters"! Spread out in this rooftop loft w/deck views of Memphis Skyline
George "Mike" Todd
- Calendar last updated:
- Dec 17, 2018
About George "Mike" Todd
My principle business is construction. I started my business, Premiere Contractors, Inc., as a Historic Restoration Contractor in 1989. I am a lifetime community activist, and was President of the Cooper-young Neighborhood from '89 thru 91'. Its' renaissance began to come to fruition in '91 with the creation of the Cooper-Young Festival, which is now the largest community festival in the U.S. The Cooper Young Neighborhood is now in "The Top 10 Inner-city Neighborhoods in the country". (If you're in town in late September you must check it out, less than 5 miles from your loft). My love for old buildings brought me Downtown. I began purchasing property in the rundown commercial area in 1994, which had been ravaged by "white-flight" after Dr. King's shooting here in 1968. This eclectic community once hosted the early 20th century auto industry, and was known as "Automobile Row". It is rumored that Johnny Cash once worked at the Hudson dealership, which was my first purchase, located at 629 Monroe. The retro 30's showroom, Premiere Palace Ballroom, is where we now house events every weekend. (Our custom cabinetry and furniture shop is located in the old service department, and there is a funky-cool artist live/work space in the old parts department). In the late 90's, through an unlikely partnership of artists, car service businesses, and our lone watering hole we formed "The Edge District", which I coined the name and tagline "The Heart of Memphis, at the Edge of Downtown". I became its' first President, a position I hold now in rotation, and the neighborhood began to ignite. I went thru some tough times in the recession, as the neighborhood and we all did, and we lost some momentum. However, through Blessings and hard work, we survived. We now own (8) buildings in the neighborhood. I passionately work to maintain and improve them. "The Edge" is definitely on the rise. Perseverance in times of adversity brings strength, wisdom, and insight. Embrace It!
George "Mike" Todd purchased this Apartment in 1997
Why George "Mike" Todd chose The Edge
I was always interested in 656 Madison, it was the home of a local grocery distributor who lived in the roof top apartment. He retired and sold his business to his trusted managers. After 2 years, they grew the business to the point that they needed to move to a larger facility. I was contacted by the Owner's representative, who new I was a property owner in the area. The Owner was interested in maintaining some retirement income, so I was able to buy it w/owner financing. We immediately began to improve the building and turn it into a multi-use facility, which now houses (4) live work spaces, a screen print shop, Arepa y Salsa, a Venezuelan restaurant, and the renovated apartment that we are now offering on VRBO.
What makes this Apartment unique
I loved the history of the property, which was originally the home to the city's largest dry cleaners from the 30's to the 80's. The building is extremely well built and actually housed a bomb shelter in the "Cold War" days. It offered me the size and ability to divide it into several exciting uses, like we have now.
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Perfect for our group
The owners left a really nice note for our group for the weekend. We needed nothing - everything was provided. There was plenty of room and the set up was perfect for us. The beds were comfy, too. We just wish we had more time to enjoy the property!
Great Accomodations for Large Family or Group
Rented the property for our family of 7 for Thanksgiving and it exceeded our expectations. Very spacious with four bedrooms and extra bunk beds in game room area. Very clean and beautifully decorated to reflect the soul of the city. Convenient to all downtown attractions and the area itself has lots to offer right out the front door. Awesome outdoor roof deck with bar, grill etc. Highly recommend. Owners met us there and made us feel right at home.
Good location, well appointed
This place is BIG. Four bedrooms, two indoor lounging areas,an expansive deck with partial cover and my primary attraction, the pool table gave us all the room we needed several times over. One of the things that always surprises me is layout, something hard to glean from photos. The three front bedrooms and two bathrooms follow a traditional long hall layout. Note the "Master" doesn't have external windows--it appears that at some point the back half of the property was added. That addition has another bedroom, a bath, a somewhat open hallway with two bunk beds opposite a bar space. It also provides access to the deck with space for a party of 50. The floorplan, while a bit quirky, allows for all quests to sit at the dinner table or enjoy the deck, plus creates several somewhat separated areas that allow for smaller sub-gatherings. In short, I find the combo of big common space and several smaller gathering areas perfect for larger groups.
We had never been to Memphis and arrived without any expectations. The city is clearly working on reviving the downtown-Beale Street and this property is within a mile walk of both. So if you are used to cities like New York or San Francisco, it feels a bit weird since the building density remains low, and the walk goes through a light industrial area. It is also on the trolley line so if a mile walk if too much, there is an additional option before driving. A number of friends commented on safety prior to our departure, but we never felt uncomfortable walking around the area, even at night.
But to reach other interesting areas of the city, including Graceland and the delightful Cooper-Young Neighborhood you need a car or Uber.
Although not directly related to the property, Memphis/Beale Street are one of a handful of US cities with concentrated and diverse live music venues. We had a blast sampling honky-tonk, big-band, and traditional blues acts. The early round (5-8PM) did not have cover charges; the 9PM acts had reasonable cover charges.
One thing that made this property stand-out from others I have rented--our hosts were clearly focused on providing a spotless, well-equipped rental. Although we didn't cook a complex dinner, all the things to do so were there.We also did not use the supplied gas grill. Big kudo for high quality towels. Our hosts were responsive and flexible to our arrival because of flight delays.
Bottom line - highly recommended for a larger group.
We enjoyed our trip so much. The place is so spacious and Mike and his wife are amazing. They are so hospitable and I would recommend them to anyone.
The place was about 2 miles from everything you could think of downtown. So you can’t beat that!
spacious....good outdoor area short uber ride to action
good space at the right price. five person guys trip worked well. would not walk to downtown...but was short ride on uber.
outside area is a bonus.
I thought the property was great as usual. I was not so happy with the accusations of the wife of th
As usual the property was great however, the call I received after checking out was less than flattering. I was accused by the owner of property wife of not being forth coming. I took a real issue with that and was offended I’m not sure if I would recommend this property to anyone.
(IN YOUR IMMEDIATE AREA). This Edgy Downtown Neighborhood is literally called "The Edge District". Nestled in the Birthplace of Rock and Roll, feet from Sun Studio, St. Blues Guitar, the Heartbreak Hotel, and Phillips Recording Studio you are located in "The Heart of Memphis, at the Edge of Downtown". This eclectic community once hosted the early 20th century auto industry, and was known as "Automobile Row". It is rumored that Johnny Cash once worked at the Hudson dealership, located at 629 Monroe, which is now a retro-30's events facility. A former auto parts distributor at 598 Monroe now houses High Cotton Brewery, the pride of Memphis Beer. The Wonder Bread Factory filled the air w/the smell of baking bread for over 1/2 a century. It closed during the recession, but is now in waiting to be re-purposed as a mixed-use residential facility. This healthy urban district still has an active car service industry, and multiple traditional businesses working in concert w/ emerging bio-technologies firms. The Urban Land Institute has designated "The Edge" as an Innovation District, and the neighborhood is working w/the Medical Center, the City, and private developers to drive The Edge forward, while retaining its' diverse heritage.