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Summer Manor Community

The Summer Manor Community is a mobile home park located on Summer Avenue in Memphis, TN. The park was formerly known as Leahy Trailer Park. In 2014 Harold Crye, Co-owner & CEO of Crye-Leike, Realtors, purchased the property. He began renovations to improve the property and develop the community features and in the process changed the name to the Summer Manor Community.

 

Project Status

  • 2017
    • New mobile homes available for rent/sale.
  • 2016
    • Pour new pads
    • Build new community office
    • Plan to open model homes and beginning selling or renting pads
    • Add new playground
  • 2015
    • Removed damaged trailers
    • Leveling dirt to improve drainage on property
    • Installing new sewer, water, and storm drains
    • MLGW installing power poles, meters. electric
    • Add dog park
  • September 2014
    • Harold Crye purchased property from John Leahy
    • Paid utilities that were past due to MLGW so residents could remain living there

 

History

In August 2014 the residents of Leahy Trailer Park were told to find new homes, because MLGW was shutting down the utilities on the property. The current owner was past due on utilities payments. Many people hoped for a new owner to take over the property and pay the bill to let residents continue to live there. In August 2014 Harold Crye went under contract to purchase the property from John Leahy.

August 2014 – Harold Crye Under Contract to Purchase Leahy Trailer Park (source Commercial Appeal) 


This property was originally started in the 40’s as Leahy’s Tourist Court. Here are a few excerpts on its history.

  • Leahy’s Tourist Court, Motel Court, and Trailer Park, 3070 Summer Avenue – one of the more famous Motels in Memphis, and so many don’t remember why it’s famous.  It was the Memphis home to James Jones in 1949-50, while he wrote the National Book Award-winning “From Here to Eternity.  The book is now ranked #62 on the list of “100 best novels”.  Jones’ last novel “Whistle” was based on his hospital stay in Memphis recovering from surgery on an ankle he injured during WW2. Source: http://historic-memphis.com/memphis-historic/motels/motels.html
  • In its heyday, Leahy’s Trailer Court was a thriving community. In summer of 1949 author James Jones worked on his acclaimed novel “From Here to Eternity” while living at the trailer court.The fledgling author from Illinois traveled back to Memphis to finish his novel, but could not afford to stay in hotels like The Peabody or the Chisca. So James Jones hitched his travel trailer to the jeep and set up camp at Leahy’s Trailer Court in the summer of ‘49.The same 13 acres at 3070 Summer that is now decaying, emptying of residents and seemingly on the verge of closing was then a neatly kept retreat of cottages, hotel and trailer sites. Owner A.T. “Pop” Leahy even had some color picture postcards made.
    Source: http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/from-leahys-to-eternity-dying-memphis-trailer-court-once-hosted-literary-titan-ep-578358688-324343291.html

 

 

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