Ah, Little Rock, Arkansas. You’ve probably heard of it before. No? This Arkansas capital city retains a large portion of its history and a dedication to its presidential contributions. You may not find the White House in Little Rock, but throughout the city's 35 neighborhoods, there's an apartment right for you.
Little Rock is quite creatively named after the geological feature found along the Arkansas River. "La Petite Roche," literally a little rock, became an important signpost for trade transportation in early America. Little Rock is now home to several major large corporations, including Dillard's and the Metropolitan National Bank. These corporations are the bread and butter of the city.
Downtown and Quapaw Quarter
The Quapaw Quarter is a historical residential area adjacent to downtown Little Rock. Throughout the Governor's Mansion and SoMa district, you can find beautiful Victorian and Antebellum homes, many of which have been updated and are rented as apartments and condominiums. Proximity to downtown and the historic designation of the region launches rental rates to about $700 to $800 for a two bedroom.
Little Rock Proper
The Hillcrest and Heights neighborhoods of metropolitan Little Rock are probably the most attractive interns at the White House. The Heights, a former suburb incorporated into the city of Little Rock in 1916, has a handful of apartments throughout its residential blocks. Kavanaugh Boulevard, the main thoroughfare of The Heights and Hillcrest links the two neighborhoods and is populated with bars, boutiques and restaurants. Hillcrest is the cool cousin of The Heights.. Rental houses in Hillcrest tend to fall between $700 to $850 for a two bedroom, with The Heights properties generally about $100 more for similar residences.
The Stagecoach region of Little Rock costs slightly less than Hillcrest and the Heights, with prices generally falling between $600 to $700 for a two bedroom.
The pricey area of Riverdale, which is as close to chic as Little Rock gets. This area is undergoing a reformation, as new upscale housing buildings and luxury goods stores develop along its western border. Prices in this area vary greatly, largely based on building amenities, and can range anywhere from $800 to $1000 and as much as $2,000 for a two bedroom.
For those that prefer living outside of city bounds, Little Rock has the requisite sprawl of modern suburban comfort endemic to most large Midwestern cities. Maumelle is a suburb undergoing change. This neighborhood is slightly more affordable. Still rental rates are markedly suburban, with prices generally falling between $800 to $900 for a two bedroom.
Bryant may be the up-and-coming suburb and is currently being compared to Maumelle in its wealthy glory days. West Little Rock, including the suburb of Chenal, is home to The Ashbury, a large apartment complex with luxury amenities that was ranked by the Arkansas Times as one of the most desirable apartment properties in the city. Bryant remains slightly cheaper, with two bedroom prices falling between $600 to 700, about $100 less than Chenal.
Just south of downtown and east of Interstate 30 generally has less housing options populating this area.
The Central Arkansas Transit Authority provides several public transportation options, operating bus routes out of downtown Little Rock. Though this provides commuters with easy access to the commercial center of the city, residents trying to get across town may find the necessity of transferring downtown a major inconvenience.
Landlords--particularly those in Little Rock proper--tend to offer more flexible and short-term leases.
Now that we’ve given you the 411 on this Petite Roche, it’s your turn to go and do some soul, er, apartment searching. Happy Hunting!