Fall in the Ozarks is spectacular, and if you’ve ever taken a trip to Arkansas before, you know that the views of the changing leaves can be breathtaking. So why not own a fractional vacation property in one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in Arkansas — Eureka Springs.
We consulted with David Disick, the expert behind The Fractional Consultant, about Eureka Springs, Ark. He tells us that the market there is small, but the getting is good.
Second Shelters: When are the high and low seasons of Eureka Springs? Likewise, what are the major attractions for potential vacation home owners?
Disick: High season is June through November and low season is January through February. Major attractions for potential home owners include the historic downtown area, specifically Spring and Main Streets, Eureka Springs Historical Museum and Eureka Springs & North Arkansas Railway. Additionally, Eureka is known for festivals such as the May Fine Arts Festival and its colorful Artrageous Parade to Shakespeare in the Ozarks, Opera in the Ozarks, Diversity Weekends, Books in Bloom, auto shows, and an annual UFO conference. Warm-weather weekends can be spent listening to blues, jazz, folk and classical music performances, while monthly Gallery Strolls showcase the talents of the town’s many resident artists.
SS: As far as fractional ownership in Eureka Springs, what developments are hot? Which ones are a great deal?
Disick: The Queen Anne Mansion is the only Private Residence Club in Eureka that is currently offering ownership positions.
SS: How does the Queen Anne Mansion compare to the national fractional ownership picture?
Disick: Compared to the national picture, the Mansion is a unique offering — an exclusive opportunity that you can buy positions in. It is my experience that the first fractional in a market generally does very well because of the benefits to buyers and the lack of competition. We anticipate the Mansion sales to have strong momentum.
SS: Anything interesting you’d like to add?
The 2011 opening of the $1 billion Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in nearby Bentonville is a world-class attraction that is bringing global attention to Northwest Arkansas.