Just a few years ago, Downtown Little Rock was the area people went home from. These days, its the place theyre coming home to. And with Downtown Little Rock flourishing from its recent and ongoing renaissance, its easy to see why. With its wealth of historic and bustling neighborhoods to choose from, abundant educational opportunities, and plethora of places of worship, Downtown Little Rock offers it residents the luxury of nearly limitless options.
Below, youll discover Downtown Little Rocks exceptional array of places to live, learn, and worship.
Entertain a host of friends at your spacious loft apartment that began as a warehouse space; live the grand, yet relaxed life of the 1880s in a majestic Victorian mansion; or relax with an after-dinner drink and your significant other on the balcony of a condominium with a river view. Make your home in a district brimming with history and charm, or plant yourself in the middle of all the action and excitement. Explore the neighborhoods of Downtown Little Rock and discover the myriad of housing opportunities they offer.
River Market District
The River Market District is one of Arkansass fastest-growing tourist destinations and one of the most popular areas to live, work and play. From major conventions, concerts, and sporting events to playing host to the states most-visited landmark the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park the District has grown to be the heartbeat of downtown Little Rock.
The Capitol Area of today is the hub of Arkansas State Government centering on the State Capitol and numerous state office buildings. The many commercial buildings, along with some residential properties and a few warehouses, distinguish todays Capitol Neighborhood from its predominately residential past.
Neighboring the River Market, Center City - or the Central Business District (CBD) - is home to the majority of downtowns businesses. Commercial structures old and new, mixed with apartments and condominiums mingle together to form this thriving district.
MacArthur Park Historic District
Encompassing about fifty square blocks surrounding historic MacArthur Park, the MacArthur Park Neighborhood was Little Rocks first neighborhood. While several homes from the 1840s to the 1860s still survive, today the area is a mix of residential units, offices and commercial space.
Governor's Mansion Historic District
A beautiful area surrounding the Arkansas Governors Mansion, the Governors Mansion Historic District is a stable downtown neighborhood directly south of City Center, offering a variety of housing options as well as convenient access to high-quality schools, churches, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, and the many entertainment and cultural venues of downtown Little Rock.
SoMa, a name referring to the downtown district of South Main, is experiencing renewed interest and reinvestment. Link to recent article on SoMa by Stark Insider here. SoMa promotes the growth and development of an inclusive, independent and individual population that embraces its past, but is excited about its future supporting new hip, urban and sustainable living.
Nestled east of the Governors Mansion Historic District and south of the MacArthur Park Historic District, the neighborhood of Pettaway surrounds picturesque Pettaway Park and enjoys close proximity to the burgeoning corridor of South Main. It also stands at the forefront of the growing green movement, showcasing sustainable and energy-efficient new homes.
Dunbar School Historic Neighborhood
Situated between the Governors Mansion Historic District and the Central High Neighborhood Historic District, the Dunbar School Historic Neighborhood offers a rich history and myriad educational opportunities, and is expected to be designated a historic district in the near future.
Hanger Hill Neighborhood
The Hanger Hill neighborhood encompasses approximately forty blocks in Downtown Little Rock, east of Interstate 30. It is in close proximity to City Center, the River Market entertainment district, and the Clinton Library and Heifer International headquarters, with easy access to several interstate highways, the Little Rock National Airport, schools, hospitals and shopping.
Meet the Neighbors!
Get a real taste of life in Downtown Little Rock as you meet an eclectic group of its longtime and recent residents.
Loft & High-Rise Living
For true urban living at its finest, explore the lofts, condominiums, and high-rise apartment buildings Downtown Little Rock has to offer.
Finding a Home Downtown
If you're looking for someone to help you find your dream home, condo, loft or apartment downtown, these members of the Downtown Little Rock Partnership are a great place to start. As leasing has become more popular, we have also put together a list of property owners who just might have something available.
From private to public and daycare to college, downtown Little Rock is in close proximity to every type of educational facility imaginable. As downtown offers many options and is home to some of the best schools in the state, you are sure to find one that fits your needs. Add top notch libraries and educational centers to the equation, and youll easily estimate that downtown provides outstanding learning opportunities for toddlers, seniors, and everyone in between.
As in other cities, Little Rocks downtown churches, some dating back to the early 1800s, have undergone tremendous changes in the last fifty years with the flight of its nearby residents to suburbia. With new high rise condominiums, the revitalization of the MacArthur Park and SoMa areas, and an exciting new momentum in downtown living, Little Rocks urban churches are stepping up and stepping in to proactively have a voice in the growing need to redefine a sense of community and tradition downtown.