I have to admit that it takes more than holiday music playing in stores to get me in the mood before Thanksgiving. However, I love the holidays, especially in the Ozarks! Northwest Arkansas has a lot to offer so I’ve put together a list of 5 must-do activities this holiday so that you can start planning today.
The Lights of the Ozarks | From November 23rd through December 31st you can take in almost one-half million lights on Fayetteville’s historic downtown square. A full list of events is available on The Light of the Ozarks website.
Holiday Hoopla | Like it or not, shopping is a huge part of the holiday season. Holiday Hoopla kicks off on November 30th with Small Business Saturday; get your shopping done early while supporting local businesses in downtown Rogers. For more information and a list of other events visit the Main Street Rogers website.
Learn to Figure Skate | Join the Ozark Figure Skating Club at Bentonville’s Lawrence Plaza outdoor rink starting on December 2nd. Classes cost $50. For more information, inquire through the Ozark Figure Skating Club website.
Civil War Living History Weekend | Experience Christmas time in the 1800s as the Prairie Grove Battlefield comes alive December 7th & 8th. The event is free for all ages. For more information visit the official Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park website.
Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Get your ticket soon because this is a seasonal favorite! The Arts Center of the Ozark’s production of the Best Christmas Pageant Ever runs from December 13th – 15th. Buy tickets one the Arts Center of the Ozarks website.
Art in Northwest Arkansas is easy to find. The largest addition to our community’s art collection was the recent completion of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, funded by Walmart heiress Alice Walton. But a museum isn’t the only place to stumble across art here.
There are many local artists constantly putting their artwork up for display. Painter Matt Miller was set up in the Anne Kittrell Art Gallery at the University of Arkansas until the end of September and can now be found in his very own downtown Fayetteville studio. A group of artists re-established the Fayetteville Underground, and they recently had a grand opening showing off their artwork.
But if that isn’t enough art for you, on the First Thursday of each month from April to November, many local artists come out to showcase their works on the Fayetteville Square. The Bentonville square is host to a similar event called First Friday March through November. Still not satisfied? Check out Main Street Rogers’ 3rd Friday Twilight Walk every, you guessed it, third Friday starting in May and running through October. You can explore what artists have created, and even listen to some live music.
The culture of the Ozarks is all around us, and never ceases. There’s always something fun to do here in Northwest Arkansas. For a more comprehensive list of museums, events, and attractions visit our Links page.
Economic growth in Northwest Arkansas has not gone unnoticed by the rest of the country. Home to the headquarters of many multinational corporations including Wal-Mart, Tyson, and Simmons had caused exponential growth in the region over the past two decades. Fayetteville, being a college town with its own unique culture, has received a large piece of this pie. And over the past several years, Fayetteville has received numerous awards for this growth, including the No. 7 spot on Kiplinger’s list: Best Places to Live, Work, and Play.
Work and economic recovery in the United States has been a huge issue these past four years, and gets increasingly important as the November election approaches. Fayetteville, thankfully, is not suffering as much as the rest of the country. Back in 2009, Forbes ranked Fayetteville No. 2 in “Best Cities for Recession Recovery.” Sperling’s Best Places shares many economic statistics on Fayetteville. There are two that stick out are. The first is that Fayetteville’s unemployment rate is 3.4% lower than the national average. The second is future job growth is 2.44% higher than the national average. This, and our No. 15 spot on Forbes’s top 100 metropolitan areas in the nation for businesses and careers speak volumes about job opportunities in Fayetteville.
Play in Fayetteville is easy. Because it’s No. 4 on Kiplinger’s Cheapest Cities to Live In, that extra money goes into the citizens’ pockets, making it easier to enjoy the city’s many attractions. Fayetteville has Arkansas Razorback sporting events, many opportunities to shop ranging from thrift stores to a mall, all kinds of cuisine, movie theaters, art exhibits, parks and more. It’s easy to enjoy yourself in this town.
Living has become cheaper over the past couple of years when it comes to housing prices. Fayetteville boasts the No. 9 spot on Builder Magazine’s Healthiest Housing Markets in 2009. Not only that, but both CNN Money and The Wall Street Journal say Fayetteville is one of the top places in the country to retire.
And people wonder why Kiplinger says we’re a great place to Live, Work and Play. If you’re looking to relocate, give us a call at 479-935-6080. We’d love to help you explore Fayetteville and the rest of Northwest Arkansas!
We hear more everyday about the housing crisis of 2008. But how does it (continue) to impact us locally? Laurie Whalen with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette wrote an in-depth article on the local Condominium market, and this one is defnitely worth the read. The article includes part of an interview with our very own Anthony Clark. Read the entire article here (.pdf version). Want more of Anthony’s opinions and expertise on condos or any part of the local market? Contact us today!
31 Center Condos | 31 E. Center St.
Arcadia Condos | 922 W. 15th St.
Campbell Avenue Condos | 340 N. Campbell Ave.
Campbell-Bell Building | 15 S. Block Ave.
Cravens Building | 21 E. Center St.
Creekside | 2000 Promenade Ave., Rogers
East Square Plaza Condos | One E. Center St.
Heritage Building | 201 N. East Ave.
Ice House | 339 N. West Ave.
Legacy Building | 401 W. Watson St.
Locust Street Townhomes | 221 N. Locust St.
Lofts at Underwood Plaza | 609 W. Dickson St.
The Lofts at the Metro District | 600 W. Meadow St.
Mill District | 525 S. School Ave.
The Monterey | 615 W. Lafayette St.
The Reserve at Steele Crossing | [Multiple Addresses]
Rollston Building | 315 N. Rollston Ave.
St. Joseph’s Project, Willow Avenue | 309 E. Lafayette St.
St. Joseph’s Project, Lafayette Lofts | 313 E. Lafayette St.
St. Joseph’s Project, Segraves Building | 321 E. Lafayette St.
Sycamore Lofts | 465 S. Locust Ave.
UARK Bowl | 644 W. Dickson St.
CitiScapes Magazine has published its 2011 “Best of” list for Northwest Arkansas. This all-inclusive list features everything from Family Health to Beauty Services to Professional Services. And wouldn’t you know it, Bassett Mix & Associates, Inc. has been named to the “Best Real Estate Company” list. View the full list here. Clark Partners Realty Group is proud to call Bassett Mix & Assocites our home!
The Northwest Arkansas Business Journal published a story featuring Karon Reese and Anthony Clark, and the establishment of their partnership within Bassett Mix & Associates, Inc. In short, the article discusses how their philosophies fit together seamlessly, and how they want to focus their attention on “historic and unique properties in downtown Fayetteville as well as the historic Wilson Park and Washington Willows neighborhoods” (Business Journal). The article can be read here. For the absolute best representation and to put this team to work for you contact us today!
Newsweek recently published it’s 2010 list of America’s Best High Schools. Our local schools fared well on the list, giving us yet another reason northwest Arkansas is one of the most desirable destinations to live, work, and play! The list represents only 1,600 (or 6%) of our nation’s best public schools based on performance in advanced-placement (AP) courses and tests. The article includes some interactive features and a profile for each school. Below are the rankings for the six area schools that made the list. The rankings put Har-Ber and Fayetteville in the top 2% nationally. Congratulations to the faculty & staff that make our schools such valuable institutions.
For more northwest Arkansas “best of” lists please visit my Making the List blog post.
I think northwest Arkansas is a great place to live, learn, work and play. And apparently it’s no secret… Here’s a brief list of articles featuring Fayetteville and other northwest Arkansas cities as “best” places to live.
The South’s Best College Towns – Fayetteville – Southern Living
6 Game-changing Cultural Attractions – Crystal Bridges Museum – NYPost.com
7 Unexpectedly Green Cities – Fayetteville – huffingtonpost.com
8 Terrific Towns for History Lovers – Fayetteville – Where To Retire Magazine
9 Cities You Wouldn’t Think Are Hubs for Tech Startups #6 of 9 – Northwest Arkansas – Entreprenuer
10 Best Places for Boat Owners to Live #4 of 10 – Benton County – MSN Real Estate
10 Cheapest Cities In the U.S. #6 of 10 – Fayetteville - Business Insider
10 Coolest Small Towns in America #4 of 10 – Eureka Springs – BudgetTravel
10 Great Places to Take a Library Tour – Fayetteville Public Library – USAToday
10 Unique Small Towns to Explore – Eureka Springs – Travel + Escape
10 U.S. Cities With the Cheapest Cost of Living #8 – Fayetteville – Kiplinger’s
20 Best Small Towns in America #14 of 20 – Siloam Springs – Smithsonian Magazine
America’s Best College Towns #16 – Fayetteville – Travel + Leisure
America’s Best High Schools (Multiple Rankings) – Newsweek
America’s Favorite Farmers’ Market #5 of 20 – Fayetteville Farmers’ Market
America’s Favorite Towns #20 of 20 – Eureka Springs – Travel + Leisure
America’s Most Beautiful Towns – Parade Magazine
America’s Top Small Town ArtPlaces 2013 – Eureka Springs – ArtPlace
Best American Colleges #132 – University of Arkansas – U.S. News & World Report
Best Cities for Mid-Career Professionals #5 of 10 – Fayetteville - Kiplinger’s
Best Cities to Live, Work, and Play #7 of 10 – Fayetteville – Kiplinger’s
Best Healthy Places to Retire – Bella Vista – US News and World Report
Best Midsize Cities for Jobs – NWA MSA – Forest
Best Performing Cites #26 of 200 – Fayetteville – Milken Institute
Best Places For Business And Careers #15 of 200 – Fayetteville – Forbes
Best Places to Launch #13 of 50 – Fayetteville – CNNMoney
Best Places to Live #67 of 100 – Rogers – CNNMoney
Best Places to Live and Launch #82 of 100 – Fayetteville – CNNMoney
Best Places to Raise Kids – Centerton – BusinessWeek
Best Places to Retire #15 – Fayetteville – CNNMoney
Best Places to Retire Eureka Springs – Wall Street Journal
Best Small Cities for Startups – Fayetteville – BusinessWeek
Best Value Colleges for 2010 University of Arkansas – USA Today
Community Certified Wildlife Habitat 1st in Arkansas – City of Fayetteville
Hottest Cities Of the Future #10 of 15 - Bentonville – Business Insider
Hottest Travel Destinations of 2012 Bentonville – Trave+Leisure
Library of the Year 2005 Fayetteville Public Library – LibraryJournal.com
Top 10 Best BBQ Cities #8 of 10 – Fayetteville – Livability.com
Top 10 Cities for Affordable Vacations – Rogers – Livability.com
Top 25 Small Cities Eureka Springs – AmericanStyle Magazine
Top 100 Best Places to Live #64 of 100 – Fayetteville - Livability.com
Top 100 Cities - Fayetteville – RelocateAmerica.com
Top College Sports Towns #6 of 10 – Fayetteville – Forbes
Top Small College Towns for Investment #5 of 10 – Fayetteville – NuWire Investor
Top Value Towns for Retirees #3 of 10 – Fayetteville – MarketWatch
For more information about our communities, schools, industries, events, or other incredible opportunities here in northwest Arkansas contact me anytime.
Lakewood Luxury Garden Homes
Location: Off Zion Road just west of Crossover
Availability: Lots, Resales, Spec Homes, Custom New Construction
For current availability contact Anthony Clark at 479-935-6080.
Lakewood is located in east Fayetteville near Lake Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Athletic Club. With multiple floorplans, elevations, and amenity packages it’s easy to customize your dream home at Lakewood. The neighborhood offers carefree living because the POA provides lawncare for every home. Lakewood has tree-lined streets, rear-entry garages, period mailboxes, and beautiful landscaping.
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