When people ask about my neighborhood, Har-Ber Meadows, I have a hard time knowing where to start. The setting is spectacular, the neighbors are terrific, the school is amazing, the lakes are full of fish, ducks, geese, herons, and turtles. How did we end up with such an awesome place to live? It all goes back to the vision of Bernice Young-Jones.
She wanted to build a community that felt like more than just a subdivision. She had memories of neighbors visiting on the front porch, kids riding their bikes through the neighborhood, and lots of green space. If you drive through the neighborhood today, those are the things you will see.
One of the things Mrs. Jones insisted on when the master plan for the neighborhood was developed was an elementary school in the neighborhood. She donated 17 acres for this purpose in the development and the school opened in 2000. We had three kids who attended school at Bernice Young Elementary. They walked to school almost every day, sometimes with mom or me, sometimes with the gaggle of other neighbor kids who were walking as well. Living close to our school made it much easier for us to be involved in all aspects of the kids’ education. My wife was a classroom mom, I was a Watchdog Dad, and we never missed an event at school. I always had the feeling that the whole neighborhood was looking out for my kids, just as I kept an eye on the other kids playing, walking, bike riding, or fishing near my house. You will always see groups of kids playing a pick-up game at the baseball field, getting in a round of disc golf, or just hammocking in the park. It has been a wonderful place to raise a family.
Sense of Community
Hellstern Middle School is also walking or bike riding distance from the neighborhood. Groups of kids gather up at different meeting points to make the walk or ride to school together. It is reassuring to know that they are commuting as a group. They gather up again to come home. There is safety in numbers. It is also nice when they start driving because the commute to Har-Ber High School is about 2 minutes! It is possible to walk or ride a bike to school for 11 out of 13 school years if you live in Har-Ber Meadows. I can’t think of another neighborhood in NWA where you can say that!
One of my favorite times of the year is Halloween. Just a word of caution, do not move to Har-Ber Meadows if you don’t like giving out candy! Our neighborhood has a wonderful reputation as a great place to trick or treat, and we get kids who use our neighborhood as their main location for Halloween activities. We always have some neighbors over for chili and soup and kids are always coming and going. We get lots of volunteers for door answering duty because everyone loves to see the kids and their inventive costumes.
Mrs. Jones also wanted to have a neighborhood open to a wide range of income levels. You can buy a house in the neighborhood for under $200,000 (if you act fast enough), or you can pay over $1,000,000 for a home in the Estates section. There are singles, newly married couples, families with kids, empty nesters, and older folks all sharing the wonderful amenities of our neighborhood. Most other subdivisions around town contain homes of very similar size, and tend to attract a similar group of people. I love the variety of life experiences that my neighbors have, and I wouldn’t get that in just any subdivision. Mrs. Jones knew that it would be beneficial to all families if they were exposed to folks with different backgrounds and life stories. If you are interested in a magnificent property in this neighborhood, check out 6058 Wells Circle!
The neighborhood of around 500 homes was founded in 1996. The neighborhood covers an area of around 400 acres in total. It is dotted with beautiful parks and lakes. there are 50 acres of parks, playgrounds, and common areas as well as almost 40 acres of lakes. The residents have access to every inch of the shoreline to fish as much as they want, as long as they have a permit from the POA. The community pool has a regular pool as well as a walk in wading pool for the younger kids. There are changing rooms and a community room that can be used for birthday parties, or meetings of any kind.
We have two yappy dogs who love to walk around the neighborhood! My son, Hogan, can be seen any time of day or night walking these two vicious monsters. If you see someone in a blue robe and pajamas walking two shi-tzus, don’t be alarmed. It’s just Hogan enjoying his walk.
Another feature that Mrs. Jones wanted to incorporate into the neighborhood was access to healthcare and other facilities. There is senior living at The Maples, hospice care at Circle of Life, and a wide array of healthcare options at the Washington Regional facility in the neighborhood. If you are looking for living arrangements with these specific needs, there is no other area in northwest Arkansas where you will find all of these options in the same location.
We have lots of food options in and around the neighborhood. Tacos for Life, Tropical Smoothie Cafe, MJ’s Pizzeria, and the brand new U.S. Pizza are all great spots to grab a bite. You can go just down the road to Las Palmas or Jose’s for great Mexican food or Feltner Brothers for a burger. If you aren’t full after your meal, Smudgie’s or Freddy’s can take care of all your dessert cravings!
I can’t imagine a neighborhood being a more perfect place to live and raise a family than Har-Ber Meadows. The memories we have made and the relationships we have formed will stay with us no matter where life takes us.
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