Younger Guy Considering Moving to Eureka
Posted in the Eureka Springs Forum
#1 Sep 18, 2011
I am strongly considering moving to Eureka Springs. I just wondered if anyone had any advice on this matter. First let me describe a bit about myself. I'm 25 years old, male, college educated and am very community oriented and all about being civically involved. After grad school, for the past almost two years I have been a community college instructor, but am needing a change in the direction of my life and plan on going into something entirely different in Eureka. I'm viewing this move as a possible salvation from a job and an awful town that has began to make my life very unenjoyable.
Is there a younger "scene" in Eureka that I might fit in with? Everything that I know about ES was gathered from vacation visits. It seems to me that it is a very intellectual town with a lot of interesting and wonderful people there.
I wouldn't necessarily think this, but is it hard for "new outsiders" to mesh into the community? I grew up in a town that is very much like that and am hoping that ES is not.
I'm not at the moment looking to buy a home, but instead will probably rent for awhile. What is the rental market like there? Is it super expensive? I have paid anywhere from $350 to $650 a month in rent....preferably want to be toward that 350 end of the spectrum : p
Thanks so much for any advice about this from you seasoned Eureka Springs folks!
#2 Sep 22, 2011
For rentals, check out the classifieds at www.LovelyCitizen.com . You will find that $350 is probably a little low to budget for a rental.
As for whether you'd be accepted with open arms, yes you would by the majority of the people. Like all small towns, however, there are some who try to run off everyone who aren't just like them, think just like them, and do just like them. I'd suggest you check out the local scene by visiting Geekfest.com . You'll find out how vicious the locals can be towards one another there.
#3 Sep 28, 2011
Thanks for the info! The Geekfest board seems to get quite a bit of traffic.
#4 Oct 3, 2011
No, there is not much of a youth scene. It's a tourist town and in the Winters it is practically dead. It seems like there would be a lot to do, but unless being a full time barfly sounds good to you, move to a bigger town.
On the small town front: No small town is ever going to just open right up and accept you immediately. I am a transplant to a small Ozark town myself (moved in at 21), and I can tell you it takes a few years to get to know people. The best way I found was to get a full time job at a business run by locals. Also, get involved with a civic-minded volunteer org. I know half of their FD is volunteer if you are into that.
The important thing to realize is you are moving to Carroll county, not Eureka Springs. You'll quickly use up any interest in ES and want to branch over to Berryville to feel it out. You'll realize it's a polarized county... That said ES is a beautiful place, fun to visit, and all but small town politics are rampant. What kind of job are you looking for?
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