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Living in Fort Smith

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The Greater Fort Smith Region features some of the best homes in the southwest that are available in all price ranges, neighborhood types and ages. With gentle rolling hills, the Ozark and Boston mountains, pristine lakes, and wooded areas wrapping in and around the Arkansas and Poteau Rivers, the rustic beauty of the region is hard to find anywhere else.

From rich, historic districts to newer, planned communities and apartment complexes, residences are tucked into natural settings while remaining amazingly close to retail and commercial centers. With neighborhoods and subdivisions full of southern charm, old west pizzazz and modern amenities, families and singles alike will have no problem finding the perfect home.

The Greater Fort Smith Region enjoys a cost of living that consistently ranks among the lowest five in the nation. Residents enjoy an overall cost of living that is 87.4 percent of the national average according to the federal cost of living reports. In fact, Forbes magazine recently named Fort Smith as the number one city in America for cost of living based on cost of housing, utilities, transportation and other expenditures.

The average cost of housing in the Greater Fort Smith Region is 72.4 percent of the national average. The national average on a 1,800-square-foot house is $313,000 while our region is only $162,000. The national average for a two-bedroom, 950-square-foot apartment is $800 a month while our average is only $435.

Fort Smith has come a long way from its beginnings as a gateway to the West, but it’s never lost its solid small-town values. The second largest city in the state, Fort Smith is seeing annual, steady growth. Still, throughout the region old and new come together to form a natural harmony and balance, and the region’s active housing market and diverse neighborhoods offer safe and affordable choices for everyone.

New or established, each neighborhood shares the amenities that make the Greater Fort Smith Region so attractive. Pick a housing style. Pick a neighborhood. Pick a price. No matter your taste, you’ll find schools, shopping, entertainment and recreation close by. Fort Smith’s Neighborhoods


The riverfront area and the Belle Grove Historic District are nestled in the downtown area, where the Old West meets the new Fort Smith. The Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth streets of the Belle Grove District encompass a 22-block area reflecting architecture from the past 130 years. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the restored homes and buildings are preserved from the neighborhoods that grew around the needs of the soldiers and officers in the trading post and fort. The charming neighborhood is a walk down memory lane but only steps away from fine dining, theatre and retail centers.

Hillcrest and Park Hill

Located just outside of the downtown area, both neighborhoods are rooted in the history and traditions of Fort Smith. Cottages and bungalows line the streets under tall mature trees. The area is quaint, quiet and reminiscent of a relaxing summer afternoon.

Free Ferry Landing

Further down the river is Free Ferry Road, so named because it ended at the river and was the site of a free ferry to Oklahoma. Today this street is full of Fort Smith pride and is dotted with new and historic, gracious homes. This nostalgic area provides amazing views of the river with quiet living, yet is minutes away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s a great place to raise a family.


These newer developments are located in the east central section of the city and provide top-notch design for those seeking an affordable but upscale community. Surrounded by beautiful hills, these houses offer breathtaking views of the Arkansas River, the mountains of Oklahoma and Carol Ann Cross Park.

Skyline Estates

This residential area is the highest elevation in Fort Smith and was originally established in the 1970s. Many of the homes are surrounded by acres of lush green pastures. The homes are slightly off the beaten path, and deer and other wildlife are abundant.

Massard Creek and Village Harbor

Homeowners here are surrounded by the Arkansas River and are treated with the Village Harbor Marina for boat storage and docking in a sheltered cove. Convenient to everyday life amenities, this residential area is still tranquil and serene.


The northern end of town boasts the University of Arkansas at Fort Smith and Kay Rodgers Park, home to the Old Fort Days Rodeo and the Arkansas- Oklahoma State Fair. The residential areas are well-established with expansive lawns and beautiful landscaping. The homes are quiet and private but still convenient and full of youth.

Fianna Hills

This neighborhood began in the 1970s as five small streets around the Fianna Hills Country Club and quickly grew into a sprawling community with an urban feel. The tree-lined streets offer views of Fort Smith and luscious woodlands.

Belle Chasse

The western side of Fort Smith boasts stately homes in a secluded area that is still accessible to the metro areas. This neighborhood is family oriented and full of outside activities.

Riley Farm


The newest addition to Fort Smith, Riley Farm is full of homes in southern Fort Smith that have much character and design. The 500-acre development is located south of Fort Smith on a preservation park with a nature trail through the woodlands. Although perfect for lazy Sunday afternoons, the area is just minutes away from the heart of the city. Area Apartments

Chapelridge of Fort Smith

Forrest Oaks Apartments

Harbortown Luxury Apartments

Marina Apartments

Mid-Town Apartments

Mushroom Management LIC

Oakwood Gardens

The Ridge at Fort Smith

Shadowbrook Apartments

Southpoint Apartments

Three Corners, LLC

Timbers II

Villages II

West End Lofts

Electric Service

Most of Fort Smith is served by Oklahoma Gas & Electric. The southern areas of the city receive electricity from Arkansas Valley Electric.

Oklahoma Gas & Electric — 800-522-0280

Arkansas Valley Electric — 800-468-2419

Gas Service

Arkansas Oklahoma Gas Corp. — 479-784-2000

Telephone Service

Southwestern Bell — 800-464-7928

Cable Television Service

Cox Communications — 479-782-8941

Internet Service

AT&T — 800-288-2020

Cox Communications — 479-782-8941

Newroads Telecom — 479-494-0300

Water & Sewer Service

City of Fort Smith — 479-784-2262

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