New Home in Older Neighborhood

Cristopher Centers

Ian and Rachel Webster had been living in the South Bluffs neighborhood. It was a location that was convenient to their jobs; Ian works as a grant compliance officer for the City of Memphis and Rachel is a pediatric psychologist/faculty member of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s psychology department. However, with […]

Ian and Rachel Webster had been living in the South Bluffs neighborhood. It was a location that was convenient to their jobs; Ian works as a grant compliance officer for the City of Memphis and Rachel is a pediatric psychologist/faculty member of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s psychology department. However, with two dogs, and a baby on the way, they were ready for a change and knew that they needed more space. 



a person standing in front of a window: Ian and Rachel Webster love their new home.


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Ian and Rachel Webster love their new home.

The goal of the Websters was to find a place in Midtown. Possibly something that was new construction so they would have less maintenance. They also hoped for a small yard, in a walkable neighborhood. They started their house hunt by contacting Kathleen McCourt, an agent with Sowell Realtors.



a large lawn in front of a house: The first thing that caught the eye of the Websters was the yellow front door of their Midtown home.


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The first thing that caught the eye of the Websters was the yellow front door of their Midtown home.

“Ian and Rachel came to me by way of a referral from a previous client who happened to be one of Rachel’s co-workers,” recalled Kathleen. “The Websters had been apartment dwellers and were looking to become first-time homeowners. One of things that was in their favor was the historically low interests rates. However, inventory was low, too, and had been for months. That meant that we had to respond quickly when they did see something they liked. And during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, there were new protocols to follow. We looked at a number of properties and I found two houses online, that happened to be on the same street, and called to set up appointments. We wore our masks and maintained social distance and they decided very quickly which house they wanted. We negotiated back and forth and got the house that was their top pick.”

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“We looked at approximately 10 properties before we decided on this one,” said Rachel. “The first thing that caught our eye was the yellow front door. Once inside we were taken with the scored and stained concrete floors and the open layout on the ground level. On top of that, this house was brand new, but located in an older neighborhood — something else that we loved!”



a kitchen with a tile floor: The kitchen is all new and it is spotless from floor to ceiling.


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The kitchen is all new and it is spotless from floor to ceiling.

The Websters paid $359,000 for their Farmhouse Revival-style home, with contemporary interiors, in Midtown. Their home has three bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms with 2,200 square feet spread across two floors of living space. Granite countertops give a contemporary flair in the bathrooms and the kitchen. Also outfitting the kitchen are stainless steel appliances, a gas stove, a subway-tile backsplash, and a large island that provides space for casual dining as well as lots of storage. There’s a separate laundry room, too. The driveway has an electric fence, with parking behind the gate. 



a bedroom with a bed in a hotel room: The master bedroom is a cozy place to call it a night.


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The master bedroom is a cozy place to call it a night.

“This house has way more room than we had in our apartment, obviously,” said Ian.” And, we have a little fenced backyard for our dogs, as well as a back porch. We got everything we wanted and more in our new home, including a very walkable neighborhood. We’re close to both Cooper-Young and Overton Square, which is really great for us.”



a living room filled with furniture and a large window: The sitting room is a very intimate space. Two chairs and the fireplace make for a quiet place to read or relax and enjoy the fire.


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The sitting room is a very intimate space. Two chairs and the fireplace make for a quiet place to read or relax and enjoy the fire.

When asked if there was anything they planned to change, the Websters agreed that moving into brand-new construction meant there was little renovation needed. However, they still had “lots of decorating left to do.” And they were considering starting a garden in their backyard.



a dining room table: The main dining area sits right off the kitchen and is an ideal spot to enjoy a meal.


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The main dining area sits right off the kitchen and is an ideal spot to enjoy a meal.

Emily Adams Keplinger is a freelance reporter who produced this feature for the Advertising Department.

This article originally appeared on Memphis Commercial Appeal: My New Home: New Home in Older Neighborhood

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