Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview

Fayetteville Arkansas, University of Arkansas--Old Main Overview
Overview of Fayetteville, AR

Monday, September 08, 2008

No Matter How You Look at it, NW Arkansas is a Great Place to Live!

As the days start getting a little cooler and we move into fall, one of my favorite times of year,
I thought I’d mention that NW Arkansas has been selected yet again as being in the top-ten best places to live, raise a family, work, and retire. Kiplinger Magazine recently published two articles highlighting Fayetteville and the surrounding area.

Of course, Kiplinger isn’t the only authority on the subject. U.S. News & World Report, Sperling’s Best Places, Forbes and others have all placed NW Arkansas in the top ten of their recent surveys. My family and I moved here 15 years ago and we continue to be glad we did.

NW Arkansas has a great reputation, and rightfully so.

Housing is very affordable. Cost of living is low compared to most places. On a scale where 100 is considered ‘average’ for the country, NW Arkansas comes in at a very respectable 90.

Air is clear and clean. The natural beauty of the Ozarks is everywhere. There’s a big push to go ‘green.’ The area is attracting businesses and industries that are not only non-polluting but that also are in the sustainability business. (Think consulting, water purification, packaging, electronics and lighting.)

The climate is moderate during all four seasons. Springtime is gorgeous with flowering dogwoods and redbuds everywhere. Summer is not bad by most standards. As I write this (in mid-August) my windows are open and a gentle breeze is coming in. Autumn is more beautiful here than outsiders imagine. Gold and red leaves color the rolling hillsides, some years more spectacular than others. Winters are generally mild - some snow that usually doesn’t hang around more than a few days. I grew up in northern Minnesota where temperatures of minus 30 degrees are common so I think it’s positively balmy here. I have friends who moved here in 2004 and they have yet to pick up a snow shovel. Of course there are days in summer that I wish were cooler and winter days I wish were warmer, but I’ve said that no matter where I lived.)

Even in these tough times, the economy continues to expand. Unemployment is low, falling one half a percentage point to 4.5% in Arkansas for July 2008. That’s the lowest level since April 2001, according to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Health care availability is excellent and quality is high.

People are friendly and polite.

The University of Arkansas in Fayetteville offers all types of sporting events and free classes to people over age 65.

Sports and recreational activities abound. There’s Beaver Lake with more than 400 miles of shoreline for swimming, boating, and fishing. There are festivals such as Bikes, Blues and BBQ, farmers’ markets, world-class golf, polo, minor-league baseball and many more activities every weekend.

Broadway shows and major stars appear regularly at the Walton Arts Center in Fayetteville.

But mainly it’s the beauty of the Ozarks coupled with affordable housing that makes NW Arkansas so appealing.

Prices have come down in the past year making housing even more affordable. At the present time, you can buy a brand new 3 bedroom, 2 bath, brick home for less than $150,000. There are previously owned homes for less. Just about anything you’ve dreamed about is available at great prices.

Go to my website http://www.judyluna.com/ and click on “Search for Homes” to do your own search. As always, if I can be of help, don’t hesitate to call me at (479) 966-0435.

Two notes worth mentioning:
The Chamber of Commerce did not ask me to write this article !
The population figure of 419,455 mentioned at http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2008/05/2008-best-cities-fayetteville.html includes all of Washington, Benton, and Carroll counties in NW Arkansas plus McDonald County in SW Missouri. The actual population of the City of Fayetteville is approximately 68,000.

For more information:


http://www.kiplinger.com/features/archives/2008/07/real-estate-prices-in-our-best-cities-2008.html?kipad_id=47 (where you can compare housing costs in different price ranges)



No comments: