The development of Little Rock’s Hillcrest neighborhood dates back to the late nineteenth century. The first homes were built around 1890 by a group of businessmen from Michigan, who set out to develop the city’s first real suburb. Unlike many older neighborhoods across the nation, Hillcrest has never gone through a period of major decline. The neighborhood has experienced changes, such as large homes giving way to apartment buildings, but it has retained a pleasant charm and historic character unequaled in any other neighborhood within the city.
There’s an abundance of sidewalk traffic each day visiting the small shops and boutiques. They are predominantly located along meandering Kavanaugh Boulevard, many in former residences that have been imaginatively restored, or in contemporary buildings that blend with their adjoining neighborhood. Several businesses can be found just off West Markham Street, which forms the southern boundary.
Also contributing to the neighborhood’s vitality is a wide array of churches, schools, professional offices and services. More than 5,000 friendly neighbors complement and complete the neighborhood’s attraction as a great place to live or visit.