Written by Arkansas Real Estate
Nestled in the foothills of the Ozarks, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas and is 30 miles from Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters. Both the university and feeder companies for the mega-retailer (Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo and Tyson Foods) offer jobs, and Wal-Mart's move toward sustainability has sparked the growth of green-industry start-ups.
The town is known for beautiful weather, with four distinct seasons. Nature lovers can backpack in the Ozarks, kayak on the Buffalo River or enjoy the city's parks and trails. In April through November, the farmer's market provides fresh produce and baked goods and the residents can take in live music and street performances. The Walton Arts Center features performances from Broadway shows to symphony concerts, as well as visual arts.
Homes are reasonably priced -- near the town center and the university, a three-bedroom costs between $200,000 and $300,000. Move west across Interstate 540 and you’ll find four-bedrooms near golf courses for closer to $175,000.