Welcome to Metro Little Rock: Midtown
Looking for Little Rock’s sprawling center of activity and the hub for retailers and large employers? You will find it in Midtown, where you’re never much more than 10-15 minutes away from anything. Cantrell Road and Interstate 630 pass through Midtown, linking downtown and West Little Rock.
Residential areas surround Midtown’s business centers with neighborhoods full of ranch-style and modern homes with big yards. Established in the 1950s, these areas are lush with landscaping, tree canopies and kids running around in front lawns. The neighborhood is nestled between The Heights, Hillcrest and West Little Rock and somewhat blends with Cammack Village. Kingwood and Leawood, two popular neighborhoods within Midtown, offer great homes at a lower price per square foot than nearby Heights homes while remaining in close proximity to the best Heights has to offer.
With the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and CHI St. Vincent Hospital nearby, job opportunities — as well as high-quality healthcare options — abound.
Shopping centers here draw patrons from all over the city. The three-level Park Plaza Mall, Midtowne Little Rock and Park Avenue at different corners of the intersection of Markham Street and University Avenue create a triple threat for the neighborhood. These centers lure residents to shop national chains like Dillard’s, Banana Republic, Victoria’s Secret, Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, The Container Store, Ulta, Brighton and more.
Other Midtown staples include the beloved Little Rock Zoo, the public War Memorial Golf Course and War Memorial Stadium, which is best known as the part-time home field for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks football team. Be warned: Midtown all but shuts down on game days, but we’re not complaining.
Wild About It
The Little Rock Zoo opened in 1926 when a bear and wolf were abandoned in Little Rock after a circus left town. The first buildings were constructed by the Works Progress Administration and are still in use today. Today, the Little Rock Zoo is home to more than 500 animals and 400 insects, many of which are endangered.