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Old 08-17-2009, 01:49 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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We are looking for that specail place to call home.. Eureka area right be it. We are planning on visiting in the last week of October to check out areas.. But here are some of our ?? as of right now....

Whats the weather like? any snow? ice? humidity levels (%)???

Anyone know the elevation?

Internet in the area?? Cant live w/o it...lol

Any problem with mosquitos? snakes, spiders or other creepy crawlies in the area??

Whats the area like between Eureka springs and Fayetteville via highway 23?? What about between Eureka Springs and Pea Ridge via highway 62....Any land(10+ acres) for sale around there? Prices compared to surrounding areas??

Heard the city shuts down in winter? Is that because of cold weather or no tourists to keep it going?? What do the cities businesses do because of this? Shut down too or close a few more days a week??

We have a young family... How are the schools?? Closest area community college/university? Family things? Events to do?? City parks, swiming holes, beaches??? Library?

Crime levels?? Do I have to keep my kids in a gated yard or is it pretty safe??

Close hospitals or good Drs in the area???


I know some of these answers are on the website but I have learned that some of the info is wrong or one sided and its ALWAYS best to hear from real peoples own experiences....

Thanks for all the responces before hand!!!!
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Old 08-17-2009, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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sounds like you think it might be for you, but know very little about the charming town. I have only visited on occassion and been through there, so others will be able to help more than me.

Yes, it pretty much shuts down in the winter and yes, that is because of tourists. Sure it snows and gets cold, however, depending on where you are living, it may seem like a lot of very little.

There is some humidity and some snow almost everywhere in AR, Eureka is no exception but it isn't as bad as at the little lower elevations, the snow will be more than say, Fayetteville.

Yes, there are schools, closest college would probably be the university and the community college would be in NWA. The drive between Eureka Springs and other areas you mentioned is beautiful and not particularly dangerous even in the winter. There are doctors either in the town or in the general location, certainly in the Springdale, Fayetteville, Pea Ridge area.

Although Eureka Springs would not be my choice of places to live, it is quite charming and very popular, especially with the trendy, liberal, free spirited crowd. I don't know about crime, but I would guess it is very low. It is pretty low everywhere in NWA.

Nita
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:21 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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Thanks Nita.
We have written back and forth a few other times on different posting too Appreciate your postings

I know what I have read online about the city/area... but that only goes so far. I know the averages but that doesnt tell me WHY the city shuts down, if snow is every day or a few times a week or once a month, If the Drs in the city are good.. have any specialists (I need specialized eye care and my dad needs a heart Dr)... That the schools got rated a 6 out of 10 on the scale but what really does that mean..lol

I just need an insiders point of view...

I did have a ?? about traveling between cities.. mapquest says its only 40 miles but well over an hr from Fayetteville to ES.. Is that because you have winding roads in the mts and have to drive slow? We would like to live either inbetween Fayetteville and ES OR Rogers and ES... Whats your opinion on those places inbetween??
Thanks!!
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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The Eureka Springs School District is not good. I think you would be better off in Berryville. It has more businesses, less tourists, and the schools are much better.
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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I know what I have read online about the city/area... but that only goes so far. I know the averages but that doesnt tell me WHY the city shuts down, if snow is every day or a few times a week or once a month
ES is not Michigan. It might snow a couple times a year. Sometimes ES gets a significant amount compared to the rest of the state (maybe a foot). I remember a few years ago that it snowed in April, but that is very rare.

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If the Drs in the city are good.. have any specialists (I need specialized eye care and my dad needs a heart Dr)
My grandparents live in ES and want to move to Springdale to be closer to their doctors. It is nice there, but it is not the best place to be if you might need emergency care.

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I did have a ?? about traveling between cities.. mapquest says its only 40 miles but well over an hr from Fayetteville to ES.. Is that because you have winding roads in the mts and have to drive slow? We would like to live either inbetween Fayetteville and ES OR Rogers and ES... Whats your opinion on those places inbetween??
Thanks!!
The roads are very curvy. It is beautiful, but I hate driving that road. Rogers pretty much is between Fayetteville and ES. Move there and you can have the best of both worlds [amenitites to teh south and beauty to the north].
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:30 PM
 
Location: SW Michigan
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The Eureka Springs School District is not good. I think you would be better off in Berryville. It has more businesses, less tourists, and the schools are much better.
Whats wrong with the schools in ES?? Your experience with them?

We are going to visit in October so we will check into berryville as well.. but it wasnt the direction (east) I wanted to go towards.. We were looking between ES and Fayetteville areas.. Live in the middle somewhere.. Wouldnt mind around Beaver Lake
Thanks for your posting!
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Old 08-17-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Not where you ever lived
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I spent some time in Eureka Springs. It is a small city built into the side of a mountain as were Swiss villages. On the main street where the tourist shopping is located, the houses hagr no back yard and small front yards; the houses are packed like sardines. However, once you get onto the side streets all that changes for the better,

It is unique and quaint. From May to December ES has all different types of entertainment from Jazz to car show. Do not be deceived, ES is a summer tourist destination with all types of lodging from BW motel to a cabin. It is in the mountains. There is snow and ice in the winter, but generally it does not last long. The last time I was there I found a grocery store and a pharmacy. There is a nice lake and botanical garden nearby.

Snakes. mosquitos, spiders and bugs? Probably. But to what degree I don't know. It has a decent little hospital and I believe an EMT. These folks can tell you more about ES winter than any one. It is a terrific place to visit, There are a lot of things to do and see in ES, and you might find some unexpected surprises. It is the only place I ever found a parfumery. It's arty, its country, it's Eureka Springs.

If you did not have children I would recommend Pea Ridge because I know grass grows there. It is about mid-way between Fayetteville and Joplin. Mo., Springfield, Mo and Grove, OK.. Joplin has a bigger mall, A university and three colleges, Hollywood movie theaters amd some nice strip shopping. Fayetteville does, too.

But, you have children and you need to be not too far from good medical care. Therefore you will want to live not excessively far between Siloam Springs and Fayetteville. I think you will like both areas. I've been told SS is a desirable place to live and the schools are pretty good. Fayetteville is home of the U of A "So-o-o-o EEE Hawgs".*Siloam Springs does have Interent, doctors and a library. I lived in the area for 25 years and I still think SS is a great place. If my children were not adults, I could carefully consider SS as my home. It is not far from Fayetteville by I-71.

If you have other questions, don't hesitate to ask.
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thanks Nita.
We have written back and forth a few other times on different posting too Appreciate your postings

I know what I have read online about the city/area... but that only goes so far. I know the averages but that doesnt tell me WHY the city shuts down, if snow is every day or a few times a week or once a month, If the Drs in the city are good.. have any specialists (I need specialized eye care and my dad needs a heart Dr)... That the schools got rated a 6 out of 10 on the scale but what really does that mean..lol

I just need an insiders point of view...

I did have a ?? about traveling between cities.. mapquest says its only 40 miles but well over an hr from Fayetteville to ES.. Is that because you have winding roads in the mts and have to drive slow? We would like to live either inbetween Fayetteville and ES OR Rogers and ES... Whats your opinion on those places inbetween??
Thanks!!
I think I would look at areas inbetween. YOu know one thought, have you checked out places like Huntsville? Just curious. They have a couple of nice sub divisions, a cute downtown area and are only about 45 minutes from Fayetteville. Just a thought.

As for schools, I have a theory and not everyone agrees with me, kids will do just fine regardless, as long as parents are involved in thier education. We moved quite a bit when our kids were school age (more than I wish we had) anyway, they all did quite well, they are great adults, successful and respectful as well as good citizens and they were not always in the best school districts. Most of the time they were, a couple of times not.

Nita
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Old 08-17-2009, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas
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Whats wrong with the schools in ES?? Your experience with them?

We are going to visit in October so we will check into berryville as well.. but it wasnt the direction (east) I wanted to go towards.. We were looking between ES and Fayetteville areas.. Live in the middle somewhere.. Wouldnt mind around Beaver Lake
Thanks for your posting!
My brother went to school there and I have close friends who have worked there.

The first thing is the people who live in ES. It is a beautiful town and there are some great locals, but the sad truth is that behind the scenes there are a lot of drug problems (moreso than the average American town).

I don't want to put myself in the position to be sued for libel by saying anything disrespectful about the administration, but I am just saying that I would not want my children going to Eureka Springs schools, and my friends who have been a part of that district say the same thing.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:37 AM
 
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I graduated from E.S. in '96. The schools were really great, actually. I had some fantastic teachers. Of course, my only other experience were the schools in Huntsville,AR (not a fan) so it's all subjective, really.

One thing to consider if you have children (or, more importantly, teenagers) is that there is nothing whatsoever to do for young people, aside from going to the lake. There is a park that is below the Crescent Hotel, it is kind of out of the way, but at least it's something. There is no pool, no movie theaters, no "fun spots" for kids, no malls, not even a football team (too hilly for a field, but there is a b-ball team and the x-country team is, or at least was, great).

As far as saftey goes, it is totally fine, really. There might be a random gas-thieving from a gas station, or maybe a mailbox might get hit, but really, there isn't anything very bad going on.

The culture of the locals is an eclectic mix of yuppies and hippies, conservatives and liberals, religious, non-religious, and those who follow an alternative path. It's a happy melting-pot of variety for a population of 3,000.

Winters here are pretty mild, actually. Growing up (the past five years have been weird, though), you could count on an ice in November, rain on Christmas, a snow in January and a snow in late February. But you can count on a fairly mild winter. No worries about tornadoes in E.S, as it's too hilly. Ice can be a challenge on those hilly streets in the winter, so chains or just staying home, would be the way to go--but again, that would only be, like, 2 separate occasions in the winter, if that.

Far as drug/drinking problems go, in the mid 90s it was prevalent. I think a contributing factor is due to the lack of things to do except party.
Another contributing factor was that our student body was so diverse, the usual stereotypes did not apply. The "druggie" could very well be the star basketball player who was also on student council. The "goth" could be on honor roll, with a 4.0 and a star on the cross-country team. The art kids were friends with the geeks who were friends with the jocks and they were all active in the student government. Apply this to a very, very small population, then it would seem that all the kids did was party. Which is true. Except for me, I wasn't allowed to go out. So I had to work at McD's in order to have a social life.
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