Easing into life in Evergreen

Melissa, canine companion Blue, and Henry love their new home.

Melissa Baker and Henry Harris moved to Memphis after completing their graduate programs at the University of Mississippi, where they met when they were freshman. Henry grew up in Olive Branch and Melissa was from Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

Henry always wanted to return to Memphis and that worked out well since Melissa wanted to practice public interest law in a large city. Melissa is now an attorney at the Public Defender’s office and Henry is a pharmacist at Regional One Health.

When they first moved to Memphis, they rented an apartment that was half of a duplex in the Evergreen area of Midtown. They soon decided that since they were planning to be in Memphis long term, they’d rather own than rent. To help them learn about the local real estate market, they contacted Sowell agent Leigh Martin.

“Leigh came highly recommended to us by two of my colleagues at work,” said Melissa. “We started the home-buying process on a bit of a whim and with very little research of our own under our belts. Leigh made us feel comfortable and confident at every step of the process. Now we highly recommend Leigh to everyone.” 


The couple knew that they wanted to find a home with at least two bedrooms, a yard for their dog, Blue, and living room space large enough to accommodate their furniture. They went to a few open houses, but only toured one property with Leigh — and it was “the one.” Melissa and Henry bought a traditional, unpainted brick bungalow, built in 1922, in the Evergreen Historic District. They paid $275,000 for approximately 1,300 square feet. The home offered three bedrooms and one bathroom, with all of the living space on one floor.  


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