Small Town Feeling, Big Town Amenities in Bella Vista

Bella Vista

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Editor’s Note: Recently, MoneyWise revealed its list of the 40 most frugal and friendly places to retire. In a bid to provide an idea of what housing inventory is available in these cities and towns, we’re taking a look at listings in each of the cities on the list.

Not everyone can spend $1 million or more on a second home, even if it’s with the idea that eventually you’ll retire there. So when MoneyWise’s list of 40 places to retire that are more budget-friendly came out, we were curious — what kind of homes could you find in these towns?

Last week, we looked at the 14th city on the list — Clemson, South Carolina. This week, we look at Bella Vista, Arkansas, and found three great homes — all for less than $300,000.

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“This relatively small town is home to just 27,600 people and has amazing weather and lovely natural surroundings for active retirees,” MoneyWise said. “In addition to its seven lakes, hardwood forests, and many walking trails, homeowners can also choose from several golf courses, swimming pools, tennis courts, and shooting ranges for low monthly fees.”

“With a median home price of $102,000 and a median monthly rent of $895, Bella Vista is a truly affordable spot to settle down.”

Want to see what we found in Bella Vista? Let’s jump!

Downsizer Perfect on a Corner Lot

Price: $135,000

Downsizer perfect at 1,132 square feet, this three-bedroom, two bath home on a corner lot is small enough for retirees that want to pare down and clean less, but also want the room to host out of town visitors.

A bright eat-in kitchen, big living room with a fireplace ready for cool Arkansas evenings, and a generous master suite make day-to-day living comfortable. A back patio leads to a large yard, complete with a storage shed.

And even better — you’re close to Lake Avalon, Lake Windsor, Lake Loch Lomond, Tanyard Creek Nature Trail, Bella Vista Country Club, and Golf Course.

The home is listed by The Duley Group with  Keller Williams Market Pro Realty. To see more, click here.

Traditional With Great Bang For Your Buck

Price: $212,000

Once again, Bella Vista wows with great bang for the buck — this three bedroom, two-and-a-half bath home has almost 2,000 square feet of space, with a large, open floor plan.

The eat-in kitchen is spacious and boasts nearly new appliances, and the living room has a wood-burning fireplace for chilly Northwest Arkansas days, and a screened-in porch for those summer and spring nights.

A generous master has a walk-in closet and four-piece bath complete with whirlpool tub and dual-head shower.

The home is listed by Don Ummel with Kaufmann Realty. To see more, click here.

Lakefront Home With Gorgeous Views

Price: $289,350

Our final home will literally blow you out of the nearby water, considering the price point. The three-bedroom, three bath home has 2,250 square feet of space and sits on Lake Brittany.

And this home was built to enjoy that lake frontage, with two large decks, views of the lake from almost every room, and more.

An open floor plan boasts wood floors in the living area and generous bedrooms. The basement is built to stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

And if that wasn’t enough, the home also comes with a paddle boat, which means you can have some low-key lake time whenever you want.

The home is listed by Darleen Olson with Coldwell Banker Harris Mchaney Faucette. To see more photos, click here.

For the original MoneyWise report, click here. To see all the homes we have found so far, click here.