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Old 03-26-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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i have been looking at the threads and have found lot's of info. wondering how brutal are winters ? may be moving from fl. due to job.? are the recent ice storms freq. in winter, or a every so often event, as our hurricaines. also curious about the schools , have two school aged children. best area to live with young children. thanks
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:18 PM
 
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Hi there

I've lived in Fayetteville about 18 years so I can tell you a lot about the climate and area.

The major ice storm we had at the end of Jan. is not typical. The last major ice storm we had in western/northwestern Arkansas was in 2000. In general, winters are pretty mild until about January or February, when we start seeing precip. This year, it snowed many times from November-onwards, which was also not typical.

In general, what you can expect is a very moderate, pleasant climate with many sunny days. Summers run around the upper 80s/low 90s, and winters are generally in the 20s and 30s at night and between 30s/50s in the day. One thing you'll probably notice right off the bat is that there's a lot less humidity than what you're used to down there.

The area right around the university campus is where you'll find a lot of great older homes in a variety of styles. The area all around the UA campus is very kid/pet/pedestrian friendly. There are a few apt complexes a stone's throw from the campus, as well as many houses that rent out regularly, so keep your eyes peeled for signs. A lot of people who own homes right around the campus really love to rent to students, people who work for the university, and small families.

Here's a driving tour you may want to try to get started:

Check out Wilson Park (on Wilson Avenue from Maple St.), immediately north of the campus - very busy on the weekends, they have plenty of activities for the kiddies as well as places to cook out, play sports, and walk. Very desirable living area as well. As you leave Wilson Park to the north (follow the traffic, it will lead you to Gregg), pass over North St., the area gives way to more modest family homes in good neighborhoods until just south of Township Blvd. After Township, on Gregg, there are a lot of apartments that are very popular, all the way up to Appleby Road. Then go right (east) on Appleby Road and you'll find a lot more small communities and apartments that are worth looking into. Also right here is the brand new Washington Regional Medical Center, and just before you get to College Avenue you have a shopping center called Fiesta Square.

At that point if you go left (north) on College, and go right (east) on Rolling Hills Drive, you'll be going into another area of nice, safe neighborhoods with moderate-sized family homes. As you follow Rolling Hills out to Old Missouri, you can go left or right to explore even more of this area. If you follow Old Missouri back to the right (east) and then merge onto Old Wire Road (just stay right) going south, you'll be on a commonly-used road (Hwy 45) that will take you back to the university and through several very cozy, historical neighborhoods with many kinds of homes. You'll eventually be on Lafayette Street, which will take you right back to the campus. No doubt you will want to explore the area around the campus, and the Square (Center Street), all full of sturdy, older homes many of which have been shown TLC in recent years.

Directly to the west of the campus, across Razorback Road, are family homes that are moderately expensive to very expensive and many times you may see for rent signs around here that are really worth looking in to. There are a few awesome steals you can get in this area if you keep an eye out.

As you go northwest, like on Mt. Comfort Rd., it starts turning more into land. The houses here have large yards, and Holcomb Elementary is on Salem Road (excellent school).

This map shows all the schools: category:"School Public" loc: fayetteville ar - Google Maps (http://tinyurl.com/c8cs6c - broken link)

South Fayetteville typically has more slow growth, lower-cost housing, industrial/factory, before it gives way to small towns (like West Fork, which is a also wonderful place to live), farmland, and mountains.

The more expensive areas are in the east and far north in the city. You'll see if you go to the NWA Mall (Joyce and College Avenue) and explore the area around there, that there are a lot of upscale homes, apts and condos abound all around that area, but the surprising thing is that there are many affordable places to live also.

Also check out: Farmington, West Fork, Johnson, while you're checking out Fayetteville, as these small towns are just a few minutes drive to the heart of Fayetteville and have a lot to offer.
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Old 03-26-2009, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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hello
i have been looking at the threads and have found lot's of info. wondering how brutal are winters ? may be moving from fl. due to job.? are the recent ice storms freq. in winter, or a every so often event, as our hurricaines. also curious about the schools , have two school aged children. best area to live with young children. thanks
Ice storms like we had this winte are rare, yes, we do get them but not as often as you get hurricanes...

Fayetteville has good schools. Will you be working and living right in Fayetteville or NWA like Bentonville. I ask because Bentonville also has good schools.

Nita
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Old 03-27-2009, 08:34 AM
 
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thank you, very helpful and much appreciated, will know more soon
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