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Memphis, TN, United States
DoneSat, Aug 19, 2006 2:00 PM GMT

234 Lots In Bella Vista, AR

Bella Vista Village got its start back in 1909, when a Presbyterian minister in Bentonville and his wife acquired 159 acres of land north of the city, along Sugar Creek, to establish a summer resort. While the resort had a slow beginning, after Lake Bella Vista was constructed, Bella Vista soon became the kind of community packed with vacationers in the summer months. It flourished in the 20s, but suffered a decline in popularity, due to the depression and World War II. In 1962, John A. Cooper, Sr. came to Bentonville area and announced his plans to build a retirement community in the area similar to the successful Cherokee Village community he had developed in north central Arkansas. Cooper believed important changes were occurring in the way people would retire. With the receipt of pensions and Social Security, they would have more income, and be young enough to enjoy a myriad of recreational activities. Cooper's vision turned out to be exactly what people were looking for, and today, Bella Vista is a wonderful, recreation-oriented community, perfect for retirement. The "recreation" part of the equation has contributed significantly to the growth of Bella Vista during the last 10 years. Due to the boom in growth the area has experienced, Bella Vista has its own public works and fire departments, as well as a substation of the Benton County Sheriff's Office. The Bella Vista Property Owners Association, (POA), manages and controls all operations inside the Village. The POA is a private, tax-exempt home owners association that currently has over 38,000 property owners. More than 10,500 dwellings house a resident population of approximately 24,000.The POA is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, who are elected for staggered three year terms. All members serve on a volunteer basis. All property owners in good standing receive ballots and can vote in any POA election.