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I hope you'll think you've just found one of the best sites on the net to learn about this lovely community nestled in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains in Northwest Arkansas. Read on and click the links to view photos, read about our history,  find churches, schools, history, goverment, local Realtors, important phone numbers for Bella Vista amenities and businesses and so much more! 

If you find you have any questions you can't find answers to, I'm here to try to help.  I am a huge fan of Bella Vista, AR and, like fan's everywhere, we love to share what we are FANatic about.  Simply send an email to myself, Dustie, at dustie@dustie.art and I'll try to answer your question and if I can't, I can perhaps steer you in the right direction to find the answer.  You now have a friend in Bella Vista, Ar.

Bella Vista is a city of around 27,000 people living throughout the hills of Northwest Arkansas Ozark, affording  many spectacular views and where wildlife abounds.  Extensive hardwood forests (primarily Oak/Hickory) weave through the neighborhoods as "common ground", providing space and privacy to homeowners as well as shelter to large populations of wild deer, squirrels, birds, and other native species.  A drive around Bella Vista displays the careful consideration the natural environment and geography has been given in the planning and implementation of this lovely community of nearly 25,000 souls. 

Living in Bella Vista has been likened by many as feeling like you're on a permanent vacation.


    For more Beautiful Bella Vista Views, Click Here

Local Schools

Local  Churches

Health Facilities


Important Phone Numbers
clubhouses, utilities, emergency, 
cable TV, etc..

Bella Vista City Government -

Visit the Bella Vista Property Owner's Association's (POA) Newly Designed Website  - It's well worth the visit!  www.bellavistapoa.com

Bella Vista has a rich history, albeit a short one, as it began as a vacation resort area in the early 1900s (rather like the resort featured in the movie "Dirty Dancing).  You can learn more about our history from the early years to the present by clicking here.   In the early 1960's visionary John Cooper Sr. of Cooper Communities Inc, saw it's potential as a planned residential destination for thousands of new residents seeking an active retirement lifestyle and began creating Bella Vista Village.

Bella Vista became one of the largest unincorporated village in the nation until, on November 7, 2006, thousands of resident voters took to the poles, turning the Village of Bella Vista, Arkansas into The City of Bella Vista, complete with it's own Mayor, a Recorder/treasurer Mayor, Recorder/Treasurer,  Attorney, and a 5 member City Council.

Today, Bella Vista, though still a popular destination for retirees, it's also become a bedroom community for those who work in Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Fayetteville or Southwest Missouri. We've very little commercial ventures of our own, but we do have safe neighborhoods, natural beauty and wildlife, large treed lots, hundreds of acres of wooded common ground, some of the best and most numerous amenities of any city in the United States and wonderful friendly people. Families who work in Northwest Arkansas are finding that Bella Vista is a fun, safe place to raise their families. 


Bella Vista Properties Owners Association (POA) Upcoming Events and news affecting residents of Bella Vista. Sign up for the Bella Vista email newsletter by emailing

The Bella Vista Property Owner's Association (POA), supported by our monthly dues, oversees 7 Golf Courses, 7 Lakes, 4 Club Houses, an RV park, a marina, 3 swimming pools, 2 putt putt golf courses, 3 playgrounds, tennis courts, 2 workout facilities, miles of walking trails, a dog park, and a ball park...all for the use of the POA members and their guests.

Many of the activities cost for those who use them (golf, swimming pools, work out facilities) but costs are reasonable for the most part, with the purchase of a yearly photo ID Activity Card. To learn more about the montly Property Owner's Association fee Click Here, and for any additional ammenity fees, visit   https://bellavistapoa.com/fee-schedule/

Bella Vista, Arkasas is a great place to live. We have best of both worlds...a beautiful neighborhood with a laid back atmosphere.  We are surrounded natural forested areas interspersed with plenty of bike and walking trails, lakes, parks, and other amentities, but are also in close proximity to larger city conveniences.  Check out Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, and Fayetteville, all within a 30 mile radius of Bella Vista, all chock full of entertainment, resturants, major shopping areas, major medical facilities, health and workout facilities and much more!

Top Attractions Tripadvisor Bentonville - CLICK HERE

Bella Vista Business Association Dedicated to the promotion of Businesses and the community of Bella Vista.

Gravette, Ar City Website - www.cityofgravette-ar.gov

Bentonville, Ar City Website - http://www.bentonvillear.com/


Bella Vista Arkansas Sunset

For detailed information about the climate in Benton County visit Beautiful Bella Vista's weather page.

Worried about the possibility of tornados in Bella Vista?  You'll probably be glad to hear they are not likely.  To learn more about our weather, as well as the history of Tornados in Beautiful Bella Vista click the weather link above.

Benton County (For Tax Information and More) http://www.co.benton.ar.us/ 

Benton County Maps (look up information on Bella Vista lots, etc... http://www.co.benton.ar.us/GIS/Default.aspx


Arkansas Links:

The Arkansas Calendar


State of Arkansas

Bella Vista Schools
Using Cooper Rd as a general dividing line, the east side of Bella Vista is in the Bentonville School District while the west side is in the Gravette School District.  Below are the links to both districts
(and my granddaughter's 1st day of school picture).

Bella Vista Arkansas Schools

Bella Vista City - http://www.cityofbellavista.com

ntonville Schools - http://bentonvillek12.org/web/

Gravette Schools - http://lions.k12.ar.us/






Recreation Abounds in Beautiful Bella Vista, Arkansas.  Boating and fishing is a favorite pastime, as is golf and tennis. 

Young and old alike will love the many recreational opportunities in the area. There are 7 Bella Vista lakes providing year round water recreation.  No matter where you live in Bella Vista you are never more then a few miles from a lake. Visit the lakes page for videos of the different lakes.  Lakes Page

All the lakes have parks and docks where you can fish, swim, or just enjoy nature as a family or individually. Too see google earth views of the Lakes Dams and Parks, you can visit The POA's amentities page here.

Prothonotary Warbler
Prothonotary Warbler - Lake Ann


Golf is a passion among many Bella Vista residents, which is not at all surprising since Bella Vista is home to 7 courses designed to please all skill levels, from the very beginning golfer to the top flight pro. Golfing Info

To see Google Earth Views of the various courses you can visit POA's Amentities page here.

Click the image above to see photos of Beautiful Bella Vista


Learn a bit of early Bella Vista history and be sure to visit the Bella Vista History Museum on 71 Hwy/Kingsland Road when you're visiting our beautiful area.

Visit the History Museum's Website Here and check out their FACEBOOK page Here!

Click the image below to visit their site.

Bella Vista Recycle Center

I find it gratifying when I pull up to our centrally located Bella Vista Recycle Center, manned by volunteers and who's proceeds go to local charities, and see folks of all walks of life sorting their recycables, all going out of their way to help save our earth!  Thank you Bella Vista Recycle Center and all of you who use this great facility on behalf of my grandchild's future!

There are scores of clubs to participate in, card clubs, game clubs, bowling leagues, large variety of music groups, art clubs, health related clubs, history club, friends of the library,  dance clubs and much more!  A complete list of clubs and their contacts can be found here on the POA website.

Enjoy the indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Exercise at one of the club houses with exercise machines.  Soak in one the hot tubs at Roidan or Branchwood clubhouses.  Join one of the many social groups! 

Bella Vista is perfect for those looking for a community that offers an active lifestyle, and yet gives one room to stretch out and enjoy privacy when needed! Bella Vista is indeed a wonderful community for anyone to call HOME!

Nature Calls!

Take a walk (or bike ride) along Bella Vista's paved walking trails and visit the impressive war memorial.  Take a healthy nature hike on Tanyard Creek Nature Trail the Nature/Bike trail in Blowing Springs or the Walking Trails,
in the Highlands below the dam or Branchwood.  And be sure to check out our newest trail through some of the prettiest ozark forest terrain, the Back 40 Mounting Biking/Hiking trail.

Tanyard Creek Waterfall

Bella Vista Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ

Have a question you can't find an answer to here? Ask away!  Remember - You DO have a friend in Bella Vista, Arkansas.

XNA - Northwest Regional Airport
Bella Vista's closest airport, approx. 30 miles from BV.


Check out some of the happenings at America's newest premiere art museum, Bentonville's beautiful Crystal Bridges.

 We're proud to boast that Crystal Bridges is less then 6 miles, as the crow flies, from Bella Vista's southern borders.

Need a pet?
Bella Vista Animal Shelter


Check out the trailer of my own DVD,
The Nature of Beautiful Bella Vista
and watch as some of our wild neighbors
 put on a show you won't want to miss.

Mildred B. Cooper
Memorial Chapel

Dogs socialize at the Bella Vista, Arkansas Dog Park

                PET FRIENDLY!

Don't have a pet yet?  Where I know the perfect place where you can get one! Begin your search for a new best friend at the Bella Vista Animal Shelter

A Visit to the Veteran's
Wall of Honor

Bella Vista Animal Shelter Image

The Bella Vista Animal Shelter holds fun activities throughout the year with proceeds going to benefit it's furry guests.  They also have great volunteer opportunities!

So if you're looking for a lifelong
friend I'll bet you'll be sure to
find one here!

Bella Vista Arkansas Animal Shelter

If you have a local website feel
free to snatch any of the images
above and link them to the
Bella Vista Animal Shelter!







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Madre Vena Treasure???

There may be lots of buried treasure somewhere
in our area!  At least this group of students who are planning on making a movie about it think so. Check out their Indiegogo campaign video
HERE to learn more about it!




Click on the above link to prsearch.com and from there click on Arkansas to find links to scores of  Arkansas public site links.  A great resource for those interested in Arkansas!!


Bella Vista is a GREAT place to retire! 

Don't take my word for it ...Forbes Magazine placed Bella Vista, AR as #4 on their list of top 25 Cities for Retirees, citing our low crime, mild weather, great economy, and below cost of living index.

The only con?  Low Walkability.  However, they are most likely talking about our lack of sidewalks.  Our beautiful Ozark hills are not suitable to sidewalks, but that doesn't stop anyone from walking.  Our streets are so safe, everyone just walks the streets, waving to friendly neighbors along the way. That fact, along with all the lovely trails in Bella Vista (Including our newest paved walking trail, Branchwood, In the Highlands, and I'd say we are extreamly walkable!





Living in Bella Vista does come at a price, however, with all Bella Vista has to offer in terms of recreation, thousands have found the price well worth it! 

Monthly assessment dues are 16.00/mo on unimproved lots and 37.00/mo on improved lots. These assessment costs help to maintain Bella Vista parks and lakes, club houses, golf courses, community programs and other amenties.  These assement costs will not go up without approval of the property owners, or a court order.

In addition to monthly assessment costs, there are membership and guest fees for golfing, tennis, boating and clubhouse facilities to further help support the various venues offered in Bella Vista village.  Assement costs are so low that these fees are necessary to maintain the amenties at quality levels.

To take advantage to the lower fees afforded members, you are required to purchase a yearly Membership Activity Card.  You can learn more about the fees and Actifity card at www.bellavistapoa.com.  Just click on the Membership Services link.


Bella Vista has been rated number one among Arkansas Cities under 50,000 for homeownership,
based on affordability, availability, medium income spend on housing, and positive economic
growth rate.  Learn more about this comprehensive study HERE


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