Har-Ber Meadows History
Har-Ber Meadows is a 400-acre, master planned, residential and business community founded in 1996 by the late Mrs. Bernice Young Jones (1905-2003). Mrs. Jones had a vision to build a multi-use community of just over 500 residential homes, quiet commercial businesses, a public elementary school, and charitable organizations. Her goals were to plan the community so that it would promote pedestrian travel along with ample recreation areas, and front porches located close to the street to encourage social interaction among residents. This is very evident in Har-Ber Meadows with wide sidewalks in place throughout the community, 50 acres of parks and common areas, and three lakes totaling 35 acres. Another example of Har-Ber Meadows’ uniqueness and desirability is the placement of garages on the rear or sides of the homes so they will not detract from the beauty of the residence and streetscape. Many of the homes in Har-Ber Meadows incorporate the use of shared rear alleys where feasible to reduce the number of street-front entered driveways.
Homes in Har-Ber Meadows vary in architectural style and size to accommodate families, retirees, and single residents making Har-Ber Meadows a refreshingly diverse community in which to live. Other amenities in Har-Ber Meadows include two beautiful vehicle-pedestrian bridges and two pedestrian-bicycle bridges that all span Har-Ber Lake, a brick-paved promenade on Har-Ber Lake, old-world style streetlights throughout, and a centrally located swimming pool complex complete with a community room that is available for parties and other events.
Mrs. Jones also wanted an elementary school in the community so children could walk or ride a bicycle to school and the community could be closely involved with school activities. She donated 17 acres within the community to the Springdale Public School District for the Bernice Young Elementary School that opened its doors to students in the fall of 2000. Coincidently, a new Springdale High School, named Har-Ber High and the Hellstern Middle School were constructed directly across the street from the western border of Har-Ber Meadows and opened their doors to students in the fall of 2005. The immediate proximity of these two public schools, and Young Elementary School will allow children growing up in Har-Ber Meadows to either walk or ride a bicycle to school for 11 of the 13 years of their primary and secondary education. If you would like to further obtain information about these three fine schools, please see the Springdale Public Schools website at: www.springdaleschools.org This website is also linked to this web page within the Resources menu under Hot Links.
Since charitable work was such a large part of Mrs. Jones’ life, she also donated three acres of land within the community for the 27,000 square foot ‘Circle of Life’ Hospice Center that opened its doors to patients in 2005. In addition, two other non-profit agencies, the ‘Community Care Foundation’ and the ‘Arkansas Support Network’ also maintain their home offices in Har-Ber Meadows. The web-page addresses of these three operations are linked to this page in the Resources menu under Hot Links for those that would like to acquire additional information.
Commercial businesses are also beginning to rapidly locate in Har-Ber Meadows within the commercial zoned section of the community, much of which fronts U.S Highway 412.
Har-Ber Meadows is a true success story for the ever-expanding Northwest Arkansas Region. It all started with an idea of a caring and giving lady who wanted to create a community similar to communities when she was growing up in the early 20th Century. A community where neighbors were excited and proud of where they lived, interacted with each other on a daily basis, and helped each other when help was needed. This is truly what defines Har-Ber Meadows today: a carefully planned, multi-use community that brings out the best of humanity.
If you are interested in possibly living in the community of Har-Ber Meadows or opening a business, please contact a real estate agent for existing homes for sale and/or office space for lease.