About the City of Bella Vista
Beautiful Bella Vista
Bella Vista Village is a 36,000-acre recreational community and retirement destination in Northwest Arkansas offering 126 holes of golf, seven private lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, walking trails and other amenities. The private, member-based community of 38,400 resident and nonresident property owners is located within Bella Vista, Ark., a newly incorporated city with nearly 26,000 residents. Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine.
Bella Vista is a city in Benton County, Arkansas. It previously was the largest unincorporated community in the state of Arkansas; however, in November 2006 it voted to incorporate and form a municipality. According to the 2010 U.S. Census the population was 25,250. The geographical size of the city is about 65 square miles (170 km2). . The town has two USPS ZIP codes: 72714 on the east side and 72715 on the west side. It is part of the Fayetteville–Springdale–Rogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.
First established in 1965, the village is located on U.S. Route 71 at the end of Interstate 540 between Bentonville and the Missouristate line. Although originally primarily an affluent retirement community, recent growth includes many young couples and families. Prior to incorporation, Bella Vista was “governed” by its Property Owners Association, a private organization performing all the normal functions of a local government.
Bella Vista Recreation
Bella Vista has seven lakes. These lakes are not “public” in that only members of the community or their guests are permitted to use them. Lake Ann, Lake Windsor, and Lake Loch Lomond are the largest all-sports lakes in the town. Lake Avalon, Lake Norwood, and Lake Rayburn are primarily fishing lakes with “no wake” restrictions. Current POA boat permits are required as are Arkansas fishing licenses, when fishing Bella Vista lakes.
- Lake Ann is an all-water sport lake with 112.5 acres (0.455 km2) of surface area. Because it is 53.5 feet (16.3 m) deep with no power limit, water skiing is allowed on Lake Ann.
- Lake Windsor is the second largest of the lakes, covering 220 acres (0.89 km2) with a maximum depth of 79.5 feet (24.2 m). Lake Windsor is also an unlimited power lake, and water skiing is allowed.
- Loch Lomond is the largest of all the lakes in the Village. It is 80 feet (24 m) deep and covers 477 acres (1.93 km2). There is no power limit, skiing is allowed, and boat rental is offered.
- Lake Avalon is a limited-power lake that features an enclosed, heated fishing dock located off Tamworth Circle. This lake covers 67 acres (270,000 m2) and is 50 feet (15 m) deep.
- Lake Brittany is 77 feet (23 m) deep, has a 35-acre (140,000 m2) surface area and is a limited-power lake. Although there is currently no launching ramp, the terrain is suitable for launching.
- Lake Norwood, located just north of Bella Vista’s Town Center, has 34.5 acres (140,000 m2) of surface area and is 75 feet (23 m) deep. The Lake Norwood launching ramp is located north of Harp’s Food Store in Town Center. This is a limited-power lake.
- Lake Rayburn is 60 feet (18 m) deep and has a 47-acre (190,000 m2) surface area. This lake has limited power regulations. It also features a designated swimming area and a launching ramp that is accessible from Lakeside Drive.
Bella Vista Lake has a 1.8-mile (2.9 km) long walking/biking trail that goes around the lake. (The trail, however, is actually maintained by the City of Bentonville.) Tanyard Creek is another walking trail off Lake Windsor in the center of the village. It has a footbridge and some waterfalls except during dry times.
Bella Vista Education
There are two school districts serving the village. On the east side is the Bentonville School District and on the west side is Gravette School District. Also serving the village is a private preschool, Bella Vista Montessori Academy. New to the village is Cooper Elementary part of the Bentonville District, It serves school to half of Bella Vista’s K-4 population.
Information about Bella Vista courtesy of Wikipedia.