This area in the far NW corner of Arkansas, and close to Missouri border has been a mecca for retired people for over 40 years. It has continued to grow and is huge in size. There is a total of 16,000 acres, much of which is still timber land. The Linebarger brothers started Bella Vista Resort in 1930's. In 1963, Cooper Communities, a large developer became promoting the area to retire and they still own much of the property. There are 8 lakes, 7 golf courses, 14 tennis courts, and many trails. Lot sales have been going on since 1930's when 700 were sold. Today there are nearly 20,000 people living in the community, even though that may decline with aged.
We did not stop for a visit, but Micky-companion-and I have been here before, and relatives even owned some lots in the past, now sold with little profit. It has been going since early 1960's, and a lot of people bought lots to speculate back then. Now they are being developed with homes.