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Old 12-01-2012, 12:45 AM
 
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My family of seven could possibly be moving to AR in 2013/2014, but I'm finding it difficult to find a nice place to live. My husband works with all things computers, so being close to Little Rock would be his best bet for a nice job. However, we don't want to live inside the city. I'd love to have a home that has more land than just an average backyard. Not ranch land or anything, just some, ya'know. But I don't want our home too isolated. I've looked into Cabot, Sherwood, Jacksonville...etc, etc. I'm just not sure what my best bet is. Any advice?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 12-01-2012, 03:13 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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Assuming schools are of great importance, Cabot/Ward has a great reputation. You're probably looking at a 30-45 min. commute there, maybe longer during peak time. Definitely Lonoke County. Also Bryant schools in Saline County. If you go west, I think the Bigelow schools are considered to be pretty fairly good, but you'd probably have to be in Bigelow, which is tiny. I'm not exactly sure of the school boundaries there. Folks are also commuting from Conway/Greenbrier a lot and Conway has a good school system. They also have a number of larger employers, including Acxiom, HP, the colleges (UCA, Hendrix, CBC), and their hospital. It's a pretty hot area to move to these days. You could live more in a rural setting and still have the shopping convenience of Conway, easy access to Little Rock, and you're within an hour of Greers Ferry and a short run from Hot Springs if you like lake activities.

City of Conway Arkansas - Working in Conway


Pretty much need more info to direct you - budget, amenities, amount of land (1 acre? 5?), ages of children. I guess from your post you're looking to buy.

The one thing I would recommend is land that job before you move, then worry about where to live. But I'd give that same advice no matter where you were going; the job market here, as everywhere else, can be slim at times. Is there a reason you've ruled northwest Arkansas out? Walmart headquarters, JB Hunt Trucking, and Tyson's are big employers there.
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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If you insist on living around Little Rock, I would suggest Maumelle. A beautiful planned community.

DINA: Welcome to Maumelle, Arkansas - Welcome to Maumelle

There's also this place called northwest Arkansas, and once you visit Fayetteville, that is where you'll want to live.
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Old 12-02-2012, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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It would be a little easier to help you if we had a better idea of what your interests are, your housing budget, etc. Do you have a reason for wanting the Little Rock area and does your husband have any idea where or what type of company he would want to work for or does he want to start his own business? Why have you selected AR, do you have family near by? All these things will help others give you some ideas.

Good luck, for us, AR is pretty close to heaven.
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Old 01-12-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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Quite a few people commute from Sheridan, it's a nice place.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Little Rock is one of the best places to live if you like an exurban environment. The type of environment you describe is what most people in Central Arkansas prefer. Many commute long distances to their jobs in Little Rock, much farther than in most places. I would recommend Benton/Bryant, Cabot, or possibly Conway as those places have plenty of homes in the country with acreage, yet aren't isolated.
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:08 PM
 
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Default Jonesboro

I've never been to Arkansas, but i will tell you to move to Jonesboro, it feels like Arkansas's 2nd biggest city and it is got everything NWA and Little Rock has combined on a much smaller slower pace feel. Jonesboro will be the next boon town in Arkansas, it is the future Fayetteville/Benton.
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Old 01-14-2013, 03:52 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Arkansas
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I've never been to Arkansas, but i will tell you to move to Jonesboro, it feels like Arkansas's 2nd biggest city and it is got everything NWA and Little Rock has combined on a much smaller slower pace feel. Jonesboro will be the next boon town in Arkansas, it is the future Fayetteville/Benton.
If you've never been to Arkansas, how in the world could you come to the conclusion that it "feels" any way at all? Jonesboro does NOT feel like the second largest city. It feels like the fifth largest city. No surprise, really, since that's what it is.

I'm not trying to be too sarcastic, Dutna, but posts like this make me sorta laugh and snort. It's like saying Cotton Plant is the future of the delta. Jonesboro is a nice town, but to even infer that it has the commerce and amenities that the greater Little Rock area or NWA has is rather laughable. The metro area of LR or NWA can pull some major retailers. A town of 60K will draw some, but no more than Ft. Smith, which is also a nice town but not an epicenter of amusement and shopping.

Look at the growth of J'boro as compared to Springdale, which is the closest city in size in NWA - J'boro has had a 21.2% increase since 2000....Springdale has had an amazing 52.4% growth. Bentonville - 78.9% growth. Fayetteville - 26.8%. Rogers - 44.1%.

Jonesboro is coming into it's own, there's no doubt. But you and I won't live long enough to see the boon you are predicting, if it ever comes.
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Old 02-06-2013, 11:12 AM
 
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I'm not trying to be too sarcastic, Dutna, but posts like this make me sorta laugh and snort. It's like saying Cotton Plant is the future of the delta. Jonesboro is a nice town, but to even infer that it has the commerce and amenities that the greater Little Rock area or NWA has is rather laughable. The metro area of LR or NWA can pull some major retailers. A town of 60K will draw some, but no more than Ft. Smith, which is also a nice town but not an epicenter of amusement and shopping.

Look at the growth of J'boro as compared to Springdale, which is the closest city in size in NWA - J'boro has had a 21.2% increase since 2000....Springdale has had an amazing 52.4% growth. Bentonville - 78.9% growth. Fayetteville - 26.8%. Rogers - 44.1%.

Jonesboro is coming into it's own, there's no doubt. But you and I won't live long enough to see the boon you are predicting, if it ever comes.
This is correct. Jonesboro will never boom like NWA has/is. It doesn't have the job creators NWA has
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Old 02-06-2013, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I've never been to Arkansas, but i will tell you to move to Jonesboro, it feels like Arkansas's 2nd biggest city and it is got everything NWA and Little Rock has combined on a much smaller slower pace feel. Jonesboro will be the next boon town in Arkansas, it is the future Fayetteville/Benton.
you have never been to AR and yet you are giving advise on places to live and the future of a place like Jonesboro. Could you tell us where you are getting your information so we can check it out.

Joneboro is growing, but it is still primarily a college town and until it gets a lot more industry like NWA and Little Rock it will never resemble either place. Now, when some companies the size of WalMart, Hunt Trucking and Tysons decide to open their corporate headquarters in Jonesboro area things might change. So far, there is no indication that is going to happen.
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