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Little Rock, Arkansas's capital, has a population of 738,344, making it the most populous city in the state. It also has one of the country's lowest-priced housing markets.
According to last month's RealtyHop Housing Affordability Index, the city is the third-most affordable housing metro area in the United States, with residents allotting only about 15.5 percent of their income towards mortgage and property taxes. The median listing price there is $199,000—slightly below the national average of $225,300, but it's rising—so it's a good time to check out what the city has to offer.
Little Rock is also Arkansas's cultural center, with live music venues (the White Water Tavern and Willy D's Piano Bar, to name a few) in addition to major institutions like the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra and the Arkansas Art Center.
For outdoorsy folks, there's the nearby Pinnacle Mountain State Park, a massive natural wonder full of hiking and mountain bike trails, fishing, picnic spots, rivers, and endless beautiful sights. There's the Big Dam Bridge, the longest car-and-train-free pedestrian/cyclist bridge in North America. There's the River Market District, Little Rock's thriving retail and dining center. And there are a slew of Southern food standouts like The Root Cafe and Three Sam's BBQ.
If any of that sounds appealing, here's a taste of what's out there.
5123 C St., Hillcrest
The neighborhood of Hillcrest has cute bungalows, coffee shops, cafes, and walkable streets that draw in young professionals and families. This lovely three-bedroom, three-bath bungalow, also pictured above, is within walking distance of several hotspots, plus it's got a big stainless steel appliance-outfitted kitchen, two outdoor decks, and a large master bedroom with an en suite bath. Other highlights include French door detailing and a big backyard. The house is priced at $339,000.
105 Fountain Ave., Capitol View-Stifft Station
This four-bedroom, three-bath Craftsman has a big open-concept living room and kitchen, in addition to several spots for dining. The master bath has a walk-in rain shower and marble detailing, and it looks like there's a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. Other highlights include a deck with a hot tub and a wraparound porch. The house is located in Capitol View-Stifft Station, a diverse neighborhood whose ample housing stock and bustling parks and coffee shops tend to be a draw for young families. The house is priced at $319,900.
315 Rock St., Apt. 703, Downtown
If you're interesting in more urban digs, Little Rock's walkable Downtown area has a number of new condo developments, in addition to new single family houses. This light-filled two-bedroom, two-bath corner unit has views of downtown, in addition to a sleek-looking kitchen with a breakfast bar, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a terrace. The unit is priced at $445,000.
9601 Vaughn Dr., John Barrow
John Barrow is a slightly more suburban section of Little Rock, with lower-priced housing, lots of eateries and coffee shops. This four-bedroom, two-bath tri-level has a big backyard, brightly-colored rooms, a fireplace, and a funky little bonus nook fenced in with wrought-iron. The house is priced at $124,900.
13801 Belle Pointe Dr., Rock Creek
If you've got a more cash, consider this four-bedroom, six-bath property in Little Rock's suburban-esque Rock Creek neighborhood. The house, which sits on three acres, has ornate detailing, like intricate window designs, elegant light fixtures, and a mix of wood and tile flooring. Other highlights include a gated backyard and pool, space for a home gym, and a kitchen with wood cabinets and granite countertops. The house is priced at $875,000.
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