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Old 06-19-2011, 03:35 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hi all!

 

I am wondering what life might be like in Bella Vista for a teenager who doesn't drive (or fish, so far...). It looks so beautiful from the air, but looking at the statistics, there do not seem to be many younger families, so I'm wondering how "young-people-friendly" it is...would they be able to get around on their own, on foot or bike, or is the area rather geared towards retirees in cars, without sidewalks? And what do kids do? I imagine life for kids rather revolves around the schools?

And what is there of good and bad to know about Bentonville High school, apart from that it is supposed to be excellent but huge? (I've checked Newsweek and greatschools).

 

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Both areas are dominantly Republican and conservative.  I know you didn't ask that but that is what comes to mind when you mention those areas to me.  I grew up in the same county that Bentonville is in and barring some family emergency - I would not move back nor want my kids to grow up there.

 

Bella Vista is mostly a retirement area.  Bentonville is the world headquarters of Wal-Mart. 

 

Fayetteville is much, much nicer.  It's a college town so it's a bit more liberal, open and accepting.  More things to do and yes - sidewalks because it has some lovely old neighborhoods and a great down town.


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Old 06-23-2011, 02:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Thank you for your comments! I didn't ask because I kind of figured, but it's interesting that that is the one thing for you that comes to mind about the place - it must really dominate the atmosphere....ah well it would only be for a year, so not "growing up"...definitely a learning experience.

Sadly, Fayetteville isn't an option, it's Bella Vista or nothing.


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Bentonville has added a lot of bike trails and the sort lately. I really enjoy their farmer's market where I can get everything from produce to cheese, meat, eggs, and there is always a delicious crepe stand. It's not all stuffy conservatives if you look in the right places.


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