Transportation. Small town travel is pretty simple and (lucky for you) cheap. Students and residents can ride the Razorback Transit for free around central Fayetteville. If the Razorback can’t get you where you need to go, then Ozark Regional Transit will. There’s also a pretty awesome trail system for pedestrians and bicyclists that runs 7.6 miles from MLK Jr. Blvd. to Old Missouri Rd. For all you drivers out there, you’ll only have to face traffic if you travel I-540 in the afternoons, or if you dare to drive around campus whenever there is a Razorback game.
Flood Zones. When the mountains get a heavy snowfall, you can bet that spring will bring the city a heavy flood. As the springtime sun melts winter off of the mountaintops, Fayetteville’s lakes, rivers, and creeks overflow onto city streets. Obviously, choosing a rental near any body of water can be a risk, but you may also want to consider your commute time should one of the neighborhood roads go under water.
Crime Rate. A look at the crime statistics may raise eyebrows. Fayetteville has a slightly higher crime rate than the national average. However, the crimes committed here are mostly nonviolent theft and larceny. There have even been a few computer hackers. While you may want to lock your doors and secure your computers, a midnight walk through the neighborhood is no more dangerous here than it would be in lollipop land.
Neighborhoods in Fayetteville
City Center. You’ll want to live in this neighborhood if you enjoy the college scene, an amazing public library, waking up to farm fresh produce at the nearby farmer’s market, or visiting the numerous live music venues where you will hear blues, zydeco, gypsy jazz, reggae, ska, Latin roots music, jam genre, and travelling vagabond bands.
Asbell. Live here if you want to feel like you are in the country, ride your bicycle past farmlands on your way to class, and maybe stop for pizza and music at Mojo’s.
West Gregg. Here, it's all cheap living among farmlands, meandering creeks, and a shopping center… just be sure to lock your doors, as there is a high crime rate.
East Gregg. East Gregg is a neighborhood of fishing and outdoors fanatics, yogis, karate masters, motor heads, doctors and nurses, salon gossipers, and potheads. It’s a very mixed bag of nuts.
Happy Hollow. Just east of downtown, Happy Hollow has two nice parks, lots of woods to explore, and a secret fishing hole. If you’re a lover of all things outdoors, this could be your Shangri-La.
East Fayetteville. This enormous territory sits, unsurprisingly, east of central Fayetteville and includes dozens of creeks, lakes, nice parks, a couple of golf courses, and plenty of safe and affordable rental homes and apartment complexes. Visit Lake Fayetteville on Sundays for the farmer’s market at the Botanical Garden.
Baldwin. Live here if you want to live in the middle of farmland, wooded areas, secret hikes through meandering creeks and small lakes, as well as frequent visits to the nice, big Lake Sequoyah to the east. Look for houses to rent, as there are no apartments.
Fayette Junction. South of the university, here students raise hell all night, walk and bike to class, stop for coffee and shopping on the way, and enjoy some down home cooking at Mama Dean’s Soul Food Kitchen. $$$$
White Rock. White Rock is the west side of town. Live here if you enjoy great fishing spots, golf courses, camping, and barbecue.
A Few More Tips Before You Go
In case you didn’t realize how awesome Fayetteville is, let us tell you something… between the Bikes, Blues & BBQ motorcycle rally, the First Thursday Art Walks every month in downtown, the killer fishing, camping, hiking trails all around you, and more good live music than you could ever imagine, you should have no problem finding something to do. Now get out there and find that dream apartment or house, you’re only a few clicks away. Happy hunting!
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