A Closer Look at Searcy, Arkansas
A generally temperate climate year-round, with winter highs in the low-to-mid 50s makes Central Arkansas an ideal destination for outdoor recreation enthusiasts.
Like much of the region, Searcy – the home of United Country Real Estate | Natural State Home & Land – offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. Yet, Searcy has also been focused on revitalizing its downtown area and solidifying its status as an appealing university town.
Searcy History: From Sulphur Springs to Small Business Revolution
Created from portions of three other counties, White County was founded in 1835. The area originally known as Sulphur Springs became Searcy three years later, named after notable legislator Richard Searcy, who was appointed by President James Monroe.
Searcy eventually incorporated in 1851, and struggled following the Civil War until promotions of Spring Park and the “healing properties” of the Sulphur Springs waters gave the town an economic boost.
The town’s steady growth continued for decades but Searcy took a hit after the exit of many oil and gas businesses. Since then, Searcy (population around 24,000 as of 2021) has concentrated on fostering the success of local companies. In fact, Searcy was featured on Season 4 of the nationally televised Small Business Revolution: Main Street, hosted by Amanda Brinkman and Ty Pennington.
It’s no wonder Arkansas is known as the “Natural State.” It has the Ouachita and Ozark Mountain Ranges that characterize the western half of the state, along with lush forests, rolling hills, valleys, hot springs, and bayous across the state. It’s a dream destination for any nature lover, and if you’re into hiking, rock climbing, biking, boating, or camping it’s the place to be.
Around Searcy and throughout Central Arkansas, what really stands out is all the water. The area has some incredible lakes, creeks, rivers and streams, making it a fishing, hunting, and recreation paradise. Popular destinations include Little Red River just north of Searcy, and the massive Greers Ferry Lake, a bit farther northwest around Heber Springs.
Drive 20 minutes east of Searcy and you’ll find Bald Knob National Wildlife Refuge. Ten minutes later, the Little Red River and White River meet near the Hurricane Lake Wildlife Management Area. Waterfront properties are always in demand. Whether you seek a private lot to build a fishing cabin on the river; a country house with creeks and ponds; or a lake house… United Country Real Estate | Natural State Home & Land can help you locate it.
Downtown and Around Searcy: Shopping, Entertainment and More
True, Searcy and White County shine as destinations for outdoor adventures. But one should not overlook Searcy’s downtown area, focused on preserving history while also eyeing the future.
Fittingly, you’ll see hunting and fishing stores, bike shops, and motorsports businesses downtown. Yet there are also clothing boutiques, fun restaurants, and a wonderful farmer’s market.
There’s a local arts and entertainment scene as well, and places like the Rialto Theater still stand since opening in 1920. Six months annually Searcy holds the Beats & Eats food and music festival, while 30,000 attend the two-day Get Down Downtown event each year.
As for education, Searcy’s public schools rank among the best in Arkansas. Higher education options can be found at Harding University, a Christian university, and Arkansas State University-Beebe with campuses also in Searcy, Jacksonville, and Heber Springs.
The Natural State is Calling: Your Perfect Property Awaits
Searcy and the surrounding areas in Central Arkansas offer plenty of options for buyers seeking affordable housing where the cost of living won’t break the bank.
Country homes in or near Searcy, farmland in White County, Central Arkansas hunting land, buildable lots with wooded acreage, and homes with lake or river views … they’re all waiting for a new owner.
From Bald Knob to Beebe, El Paso to Rose Bud, Romance to Judsonia, Pangburn and everywhere in-between, United Country Real Estate | Natural State Home & Land will help you find your perfect property in Central Arkansas. Contact us today to get started!
Sources: Arkansas.com ArkansasStateParks.com CityofHeberSprings.com EncyclopediaOfArkansas.net GoSearcy.com Harding.edu Searcy.com SmallBusinessRevolution.org Wikipedia.org