Lake Norrell!! Where is Lake Norrell?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Hill Realty

There are still lots of people in the Central Arkansas area that have never heard of Lake Norrell.  Lake Norrell is really coming out these days.  The change started about 3 years ago.  Tolleson Land & Timber Company decided to sell some of its holdings on Lake Norrell road and on North Lake Norrell Dr.  Keeping it in mind none of this property is lake front, in fact, none of it is even lake view.  What has happened is a real metamorphisis.  Large parecels of land have been cut up into smaller parcels and some of the original purchasers of Tolleson property, have started to sell.  The end result is new houses popping up everywhere.  While most of the property that has been sold isn't lake front or even lake view, some people realized that a "breathtaking" view of the foothills of the Ozarks is pretty darn special in itself.  This flurry of real estate activity got a little attention for Lake Norrell.

The next thing to happen was the extension of public water to almost all of Northern Saline County including the Lake Norrell areas.  This along with recent property sales, made investors aware there might be some potential in buying property for future development.  Up until this point, Lake Norrell residents had a couple of choices for water.  One was to drill a well and the other was to draw water from the lake.  Hauling drinking water was quite common for many Lake Norrell residents.  With the opportunity to have access to "city water" was really an attention getter.  This also helped with many residents concerns about what septic systems in the area could be doing to the lake or even to the groundwater.  Most residents of Lake Norrell were eager to accept this added benefit to their lifestyle and their enjoyment of this beautiful lake.

All this has made lake front property even more in demand and therefore more valuable.  Many city dwellers woke up to the fact they could live on a beautiful lake and get up and drive to work in Little Rock, less than 40 minutes away, which is an easy commute.  Some realized they could live in Little Rock, Bryant or Benton, and have a weekend get-a-way from the nagging responsibilities of home.  Many, who had eagerly bought property around Lake Hamilton or Lake Quachita and live in Little Rock, saw an opportunity to have the benefits of a less crowded lake, much closer to home and more avaialble.

The main thing that makes Lake Norrell special is its people.  They come from all walks of life and from many different professions but main thing they have in common is their love for Lake Norrell.  They enjoy the community fund raisers, the 4th of July fireworks display and the other community activities that makes Lake Norrell such as special place.  The main thing they enjoy is the quite serenity and the cool breeze that is forever present or at least when I've been there.  Lake Norrell really is the best kept secret.

Posted by

Jerry G. Hill, GRI, Broker/Realtor

Hill Realty


Comments (5)

John Howard
Century 21 LeMac Realty - Mountain Home, AR
GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614

Jerry, A nice post!  I have a son down at UCA as a senior so he would like to stay in Central Arkansas if jobs are available....

Aug 24, 2010 02:10 AM
Jerry Hill
Hill Realty - Bryant, AR

Hey John, good to hear from you.  UCA is a great school.  I graduated from there in 1972 and my daughter graduated from there as well.  She currently lives in Greenbrier and works in Conway. Conway and Faulkner County is really growing quickly as a bedroom community.  What is your sons major?

Aug 24, 2010 03:54 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good localism. Thanks for sharing. You should add some of your photographs to your next post on the area.

 The colors of winter in Maryland. Life is good!

Jan 12, 2011 04:37 AM
Jerry Hill
Hill Realty - Bryant, AR

Roy, thanks for the tip.  I have been meaning to do that.  I have lots of pictures of the lake.

Jan 12, 2011 04:47 AM
Joyce (JT) Cantrell

Thanks for describing Lake Norrell. It sounds beautiful and peaceful. My husband and I have always wanted to live in a quiet place with a water view. JT is a retired firefighter and is always concerned with fire and emergency services in the area. We would love to take a tour with someone as knowledgeable as you of Lake Norrell. Thanks!

Jun 16, 2015 04:24 AM