Deep in the heart of Arkansas lies Fayetteville, a small town located in the northwest corner of the state. Fayetteville is the third largest city in the state, and its located close to the Ozark Mountains and just a day trip away from big cities, like Tulsa, Springfield, MO and Little Rock. What put Fayetteville on the map is that its home to the University of Arkansas, the biggest public school in the state. The Wal-Mart headquarters are nearby, which makes the city a good place to work and earn money. In 2010, Forbes ranked the city #8 in the country for business and careers; U.S. News called it one of the best places to retire in the country.
If you want to move to Fayetteville, youre in luck. Theres a ton of housing therefrom rentals to houses for sale and rent to own homes. This is because its a college town, and theres a high annual residential turnover rate of 33%. If you want to rent, youre in luck because nearly 50% of the houses there are rentals. If you want to own or rent to own, about 37% of the residences there can be purchased. Theres a high vacancy rate of 15% in the town, too, so if you want to move there immediately, chances are you can find something youll like right away. If you find a buyable or rent to own house, expect to pay about $170,000 total. There have been about 750 homes sold in the last six months, so the market is moving and you could be part of it!
School is the centerpiece of Fayetteville, with the University of Arkansas at the center of much of the citys goings-on. For younger folks, there are also a lot of options for school. The city contains Fayetteville School District 1, and there are nine public elementary schools, five public middle schools and four public high schools. Arkansas public schools have struggled quite a bit, so if you want to send your kids to private school, there are two K-12 private schools there and one K-8 school.
The University of Arkansas is the main attraction in town, as well as the Razorback Games at Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Fayetteville also offers TheatreSquared an awesome community theater that puts on fantastic shows, and the Arkansas Air Museum, which is a great spot for aviation fans. The Botanical Garden of the Ozarks is also a favorite for outdoor aficionados. For history buffs, the city is home to a Confederate Cemetery and the Clinton House Museum, where Bill Clinton used to live and work when he was a professor at the University of Arkansas.
Looking for a place to settle down in Fayetteville? Heres a bit more about the neighborhoods in town:
Wilson Park:This neighborhood is by the University Library and is considered to be very safe. Its an older neighborhood, so it has lots of charm, and its in walking distance to the school. Its pretty quiet here you wont get any of that fraternity rowdiness. Its also a little expensive here, which makes the area mostly filled with professionals and grownups.
Farmington:This neighborhood is not attached to the university its about five miles away. It draws people for its family-friendly atmosphere and the best public schools in the area.
Historical District:This is the oldest part of town, and one that many people consider to be the quaintest part of Fayetteville. It can get expensive, but the money you pay is worth it because you get tree-lined streets and historic residences. You also have access to restaurants and commercial businesses nearby.
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