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WLR’s Bear Den Estates Improvement Displays Out of doors Priorities | Arkansas Enterprise Information

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The event of 80 acres of rugged forestland with its personal mountain in west Little Rock displays a shift in residential actual property priorities within the wake of the pandemic. 

A number of the first properties are actually nearing completion in Bear Den Estates, at Chenal Valley Drive and Gordon Street. Homes underneath development this spring in part one vary in value from $800,000 to about $1.4 million and sit on a few third of an acre.  

The event’s climbing and mountain bike trails, pure creeks and streams and guarded wooded areas create a way of seclusion between neighbors. 

“Extra greenspace and out of doors leisure alternatives inside neighborhoods will proceed to drive buying selections,” Bradford Gaines, director of latest developments for Colliers Worldwide Arkansas, stated, including that housing traits that emerged throughout the pandemic “performed a job within the total stability and development of the Little Rock residential market.” 

“A green-based growth is vital to the challenge,” Gaines stated of Bear Den Estates, the place 25% of the positioning shall be preserved and designers have labored to keep up the terrain and pure topography. 

Gaines and Drew Holbert, a Colliers Worldwide Arkansas principal and vice chairman of brokerage, fashioned the property-buying group Bear Den Improvement Co. LLC in 2020. It contains shareholders from Colliers and different native buyers. The buyers paid $1.2 million in late 2020 for the 80-acre tract.

Colliers’ growth group, led by Gaines, a panorama architect, is managing the neighborhood growth course of.

Practically all the 44 heaps within the first part have bought. Costs for a few third of an acre vary from $85,000 to almost $120,000. There are greater than a dozen properties underneath development, some customized and a few by native builders. Sustaining a country, pure veneer is a precedence.

Required constructing specs embrace, for instance, brick, masonry or pure stone. No fake or vinyl siding is allowed. Different varieties of constructing supplies, landscaping and fencing are additionally restricted. 

Rustic farmhouse designs are a preferred selection for builders, Gaines stated. 

About 2 miles of climbing trails that lead as much as the craggy Bear Den Mountain summit, the place wild turkeys and hawks roost, are manicured with picket bridges over creeks. Some are outfitted for mountain biking, a sport that skilled an exponential development in tools gross sales throughout COVID-19, in keeping with the NPD Group, a market analysis agency in New York. 

Gaines stated he believes Bear Den Estates is the one residential growth in Little Rock with its personal mountain bike course. 

Downtown Little Rock is seen from the height. Grocery shops, eating places and different buying are just a few minutes’ drive. 

“When folks get dwelling, they need a bit of extra seclusion and privateness,” Gaines stated. “Lots of constructing plans we assessment have dwelling places of work, however folks nonetheless need group and to not reside on 40 acres, 45 minutes exterior of city.” 

Realtors, architects and builders throughout the U.S. be aware demand for bigger homes with room for a gymnasium and an workplace in addition to extra personal out of doors areas, necessities pushed by being caught at dwelling for months throughout the previous a number of years.


“The decoupling of office location and residential preferences counsel that dwelling patrons might favor properties in smaller and fewer dense counties that supply decrease residing prices and bigger residing areas throughout and even after the pandemic,” Brookings Establishment researchers wrote in 2022 evaluation of suburbanization traits pushed by COVID-19. 

Three extra phases of Bear Den Estates are slated for growth later this yr and into 2024. One features a extra unique, gated group with property on the aspect of the mountain. Houses there could have views of the town. The heaps shall be bigger, about three-quarters of an acre.  

As soon as all phases are constructed out, there shall be 110 residences within the neighborhood, Gaines stated.


“It’s proper within the middle of the town,” he stated. “However you are feeling like you might be out in a state park.”  


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