The Ultimate Guide to Fayetteville Arkansas Real Estate

ABOUT FAYETTEVILLE

Fayetteville Arkansas is nestled in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. Home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, Fayetteville is a vibrant community that welcomes diverse cultures and people. With a population around 77,000, Fayetteville has the feel of a small town with all the conveniences of a larger city. Recently named one of the best cities in America to start a business, Fayetteville is becoming nationally known for its incredible opportunities. You can read the full article here: http://www.fayettevilleflyer.com/2015/12/16/fayetteville-named-among-top-three-cities-to-start-a-business/

From fine dining to local shops, Fayetteville has something for everyone. Having been ranked as the 6th Least Expensive Urban Areas in the country, Fayetteville enjoys a dynamic real estate market. The average 4 bedroom, 2 bath home costs around $241,000 and the median rent is $550. http://www.experiencefayetteville.com/guide

Founded in 1828 and incorporated in 1841, Fayetteville is routinely named among the best places in America to live, attend college, own a business or retire. The town was originally named Washington Courthouse, but because there was another town in Arkansas with a similar name, our town was renamed Fayetteville after two city commissioners from Fayetteville, Tenn.
The University of Arkansas, the state’s most prestigious university and a major source of pride for Fayetteville, was founded in 1871 as the Arkansas Industrial University. It was later renamed and in 1910 the mascot was changed from the Cardinals to the Razorbacks. The university currently has 26,000 students and 10 colleges which offer more than 210 academic programs. www.admissions.uark.edu

REAL ESTATE

Fayetteville offers everything from downtown loft living to family-oriented subdivisions to countryside getaways.  From historic homes to ecologically-minded green construction, this market has it all.  Whatever your style or living goals, there’s sure to be a neighborhood for you.  The market has seen steady growth and continues to bring homeowners incredible value year-over-year.  Click here for our Neighborhood Guides.  Make sure to check out my Monthly Market Updates as well.

LIBRARY

Fayetteville’s award winning library began its roots in 1916, when the first library was opened in the basement of the Washington County Courthouse. Miss Florida Read was the first paid librarian. Since then it has moved locations several times until a generous gift from Jim Blair allowed a substantial building to be erected in honor of his wife, grandmother and aunt. It opened its doors in October 2004 and in 2005 was named Library of the Year by Library Journal and in 2011 was named one of the 10 best places to take a library tour by USA Today. http://www.experiencefayetteville.com/guide
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FARMER’S MARKET

Known as the “Crown Jewel of Fayetteville,” the Farmer’s Market began in 1973 to help local farmers. It has since grown into a local legend. Open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, the Farmers Market is a hot spot. There are locally grown/made fruits, vegetables, meats, jams, flowers, breads, crafts, etc. Voted #5 in the nation in the 2011 American Farmland Trust’s America’s Favorite Farmers Market Contest, and as the 2012 Favorite Large Farmers Market, this market is a must for any visitor or resident of Fayetteville.

FESTIVALS

Le Chocolate Feast – Join the fun at the NWA Mall for the Chocolate Feast! This annual event occurs in January of every year and gives you the opportunity to indulge your sweet tooth from vendors such as Shake’s Frozen Custard, KYYA Chocolate, Dippin’ Dots and the American Cookie Company. For more information visit www.lechocolatefeast.org

Dig In Festival – This festival celebrates local food with films, classes and discussions. There is local food, a seed and tool exchange, and children’s workshops. For more information, visit www.diginfestival.com

Mardi Gras – Get your Mardi Gras on with this 2 part festival! Come to the Fayetteville square the Saturday before Mardi Gras for a family friendly parade. Catch beads and candy while enjoying the elaborate floats in the parade. The night of Fat Tuesday, join the members of the Fayetteville Krewes on Dickson Street for a pub crawl. It’s sure to be a Fat time! For more information visit www.fayettevillemardigras.com

St. Patrick’s Day on the Hill – Come to downtown Fayetteville for some Irish fun! There’s a parade around the square followed by live music, food, attractions, and a beer garden. For more information visit www.stpatricksonthehill.com

Amazon Music Festival – Come enjoy the incredible music from great female artists at this local festival. 2015 included Cris Williamson, Ubaka Hill, Kiya Heartwood, and the Traveling Fates among others. For more information visit www.bigbadgina.com

Blues in the Natural State Music Festival – The Ozark Blues Society organizes a music festival every year in order to help promote blues in the natural state. For more information visit www.ozarkbluessociety.org

First Thursday Fayetteville – Come to downtown Fayetteville on the first Thursday of each month from April to October from 5:30 to 9 p.m., as First Thursday Fayetteville turns the Downtown Square into a vibrant arts district with live music, street performers, food and drink, and children’s activities! It’s a safe, family-friendly, community event for people of all ages. It’s free to the public. Come see for yourself! For more information visit www.firstthursdayfayetteville.com

Springfest –Springfest features a pancake breakfast, live music, kid-friendly activities, arts and crafts vendors and the annual “bed races” where teams of participants put together their own racing beds and wheel them up Dickson Street. For more information visit www.fayettevillespringfest.com

Block Street Block Party – This annual day of fun is a great family fun event. Block Street is closed off with 100s of vendors, music, food, a beer garden and tons of other Fayetteville favorites. For more information visit www.blockstreetbusinesses.com

Fayetteville Foam Fest – This festival is for anyone 21 and up. The festival celebrates hand crafted brews and there are local, national and international beers to sample. There’s also live music and food trucks a plenty. This festival also raises awareness and benefits local charities such as JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), Apple Seeds and The Rangers Pantry. For more information visit www.fayettevillefoamfest.com

Fayetteville Roots Festival – Fayetteville Roots Festival is a four-day urban music festival. Featuring a musical style that is heavily supported, created and somewhat originating in Fayetteville and the Ozarks as a whole. Supporting locally sourced food and restaurants, focusing on locally grown produce, locally raised meats and locally produced products. Elements of community represented at the festival will include local artisans, live art performances, local non-profit organizations and community action groups. For more information visit www.fayettevilleroots.com

Washington County Fair – Come to the Fayetteville fair grounds and enjoy all the festivities. There’s livestock, rides, prizes, and tons of food! This is one of the biggest fairs around. Don’t miss out. For more information visit www.mywashingtoncountyfair.com

Bikes, Blues and BBQ – One of the biggest festivals in Fayetteville and the surrounding area, Bikes, Blues and BBQ is definitely a must. The whole town shifts gears as thousands of motorcycles descend upon Fayetteville for this 4 day festival. Dickson Street abounds with food and other vendors. There’s a beer garden, a motorcycle parade, lawn mower pull, BBQ, and plenty of events for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss out! For more information visit www.bikesbluesandbbq.com

Lights of the Ozarks -Enjoy the amazing winter wonderland of lights on the Downtown Square beginning Friday, November 20th at 6 p.m. with the Lighting Night parade. Come and enjoy carriage and pony rides. Hot chocolate and holiday music make the Lights of the Ozarks an event that cannot be missed. The romantic and breathtaking display of a half-million lights is cherished by the locals and visitors who come to visit the square at this time. For more information visit www.thelightsoftheozarks.com

Last Night Fayetteville – Last Night Fayetteville is an exciting performing arts festival taking place on the Fayetteville Square on New Year’s Eve. Performances are located in multiple venues around the downtown square highlighting incredible local musicians, actors, performers & artists. Don’t miss your chance to countdown 2016 with the world famous Hog Drop & Fireworks Finale! For more information visit www.lastnightfayetteville.com

EMPLOYERS AND JOB MARKET

The Northwest Arkansas area has an average hourly income of $20.39 and is home to three globally competitive companies: JB Hunt, Tyson Foods and Walmart. This helps our area stay competitive in the job market. With thousands of additional careers in the retail, business, transportation, management or medical fields, and many other exciting fields there are possibilities to find a job in your current profession, or branch out and discover another exciting career. You can also start your own business here. Fayetteville is a town with a special place in its heart for the locally owned business. Just visit any of the businesses on the square or the local food trucks and you’ll see that it may not be an impossible dream to start that business you’ve always wanted to start.

SHOPPING AND DINING

Fayetteville is a shopper’s paradise. Between the NWA Mall, many unique restaurants, and dozens of locally owned retail shops, there’s something for everyone everywhere! Shop downtown for your choice of funny, yet personal gifts at The Mustache. Or stop by Savoy Tea Co. for all things tea related. Also downtown, Terra Tots is an entire store dedicated to natural parenting. Or head to Northern Fayetteville where you can enjoy the mall, Target, Old Navy and many more major retailers. With resale, vintage and antique shops all throughout the town, you can find something that makes your home or wardrobe unique to you.

While out, don’t forget to dine at one of Fayetteville’s delicious restaurants. Just like your shopping experience, you’ll find that Fayetteville has all the major restaurants you know and love and dozens of local food gems you’ll come to treasure. During football season, you’ll catch Coach Bielema at The Catfish Hole doing his weekly radio show and pep talk. Or visit the infamous Hugo’s downtown, which you’ll have to search for because it is underground! You may also like to try a more extravagant dining experience at Vetro 1925 where you can enjoy delicious Gourmet Italian cuisine. Emelia’s Kitchen is famous for its delicious brunch options. If you want an authentic Asian food experience, try award winning Formosa Chinese Restaurant on College. If you’ve had your fill of local flavors, you can visit the Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Chili’s, Applebee’s, Outback Steakhouse, Whataburger, Red Robin and many other beloved national and regional restaurant chains.

PARKS AND RECREATION

The city of Fayetteville has numerous parks, all of which are beautiful and pristine. The Parks and Recreation really take pride in their work and it reflects in the stunning parks. With 28 parks and a walking/biking trail that runs through Fayetteville to Springdale and is currently being extended all the way to Bentonville, there are plenty of outdoors recreation for Fayetteville citizens and visitors to enjoy.

SCHOOLS

Fayetteville schools are some of the best in the country. They are consistently ranked in the top percentages of schools both at the state and national levels. For specifics and maps of school districts, please visit http://district.fayar.net/pages/Fayetteville_SD

CHURCHES

Fayetteville is home to many churches and other religious centers. Because of our diverse population, there are many religions represented throughout the city. You’ll find Fayetteville has a religious center to fit your needs.

DICKSON STREET

Dickson Street is a true gem of Fayetteville. You can enjoy the nightlife at one of the many bars, dance clubs or restaurants along Dickson Street. For more family fun, visit the Walton Arts Center, the shops, and bookstores located along Fayetteville’s most famous street. Dickson truly encompasses a fun, funky, local feel that is unique to Fayetteville.
Dickson Street also has a rich history. As it is located in the downtown area, Dickson Street is in the original part of the city of Fayetteville. During the Civil War, Confederate forces tried, unsuccessfully, to oust the Union army that had taken over downtown Fayetteville. Much of the fighting occurred at the intersection of what is now Dickson Street and College Ave.