14 Reasons to Live in Conway
Housing Prices-Down, Square Footage-Up! Conway managed to avoid the extremes of the real estate bubble. Copping the "Best Value City" title, the median sales price for a townhouse is 16% lower than the national average. Living on the outskirts of the city is even easier: it's less traffic, and you can buy or rent to own a 2,400 square foot, four bedroom home in Pleasant Valley or Hickory Creek for less than the Arkansas average.
Best Place for Business! Recognized as the best place for business and careers, this city's largest public employer, the University of Arkansas provides careers options in the medical sciences sector. Conway's intermodal river port is also a big attraction for large international corporations, such as LM Glasfiber, which recently invested approximately 40,000 square-footage of new commercial properties near the port. Further, the vacancy rate in the office submarket is a strong 7.7% with more real estate projects earmarked for later in the year.
Best Value Homes! The median home value in Conway is 59.9% greater than the Arkansas average, making homeowners in the neighborhood happy. These homes are not expensive, either. Rent to own homes in Lakewood and Park Hill offer manageable payment terms, perhaps contributing to the 60% home-ownership rate enjoyed in the city.
The Top Place to Lay a Nest Egg! Voted by leading financial magazines, including CNNMoney and Kiplinger as one of the best places to retire, Conway offers lots of fishing, boating and hunting activities in its bountiful lakes, rivers and parks. Nestled between Lake Conway and the Arkansas River, Conway's average home price is 30% less than Maumelle. Median property tax is also 19% lower than the national average, yet the quality of life is much higher.
The Best Place to Relocate! This region enjoys one of the highest percentages of job growth in the country. Its low unemployment rate has individuals from around the nation looking for rent to own houses and apartments in the hopes of restarting their careers. Median rental rate is 17.9% less than the country's average. Utility costs for housing is 21% below average. Greenbrier and River Mountain communities have attractive townhouses at good rates.
Have Fun at the "Daze" Festival! The Toad Suck Daze is one of the largest annual festivals in the city, despite its funny folklore name. Proceeds from the music-and-fun-day festival assist in scholarship opportunities for students in Faulkner County and Hendrix College.
Plan a Wine-tasting Trip! Enjoy the best wines in Arkansas Wine Country, just off Interstate 40 NW of Little Rock. Drink Chardonnay at Chateau Aux Arc or blueberry wine at Mount Bethel Winery.
Indulge in Good Eats! Jones Bar-B-Q in Marianna has been in business for over 100 years and has been featured in top foodie magazines. For a more casual setting, Feltner's Whatta Burger provides custom made hamburgers and shakes for finger-licking dining.
Intriguing Caverns and Caves! Explore natural wonders. Visitors are given guided tours of underworld caves of the Ozarks; these include the Cosmic Caverns and the Lost Valley Trail Cave.
The Gateway to Lakes and Rivers! Popular fishing lakes are in Norfolk and Beaver. For jet skiing and parasailing, White Oak and Lake Colombia are open to the public.
Rocking Good Time! After the sun goes down, there's still plenty to do in the city! Dance clubs, live music and theatrical performances abound in Hot Springs and Eureka Springs neighborhoods.
Scenic Byways and Trails! Take an Arkansas scenic drive to Great River Road or Crowley's Ridge Parkway for a world of natural diversity.
Let your Hair Down! The River Market District is a marketplace with ethnic eateries, bars and unique shops. There is also a Farmers Market overlooking Riverton Park that has the freshest produce around.