One of the most celebrated neighborhoods in Little Rock, the area known today as The Heights has steadily evolved over the past 100 years. In fact, it all began with the promise of streetcar service from downtown Little Rock to the small town located nearby to the west, known as Pulaski Heights.
On Thanksgiving Day in 1903, the first electric street car traveled up Prospect Avenue (now known as Kavanaugh Boulevard), and this area where about a dozen families lived, became tied forever to Little Rock.
Just a few years earlier, the visionary founders of what would become the Country Club of Little Rock had chosen what was then considered a remote site on a hilltop along the eastern edge of Pulaski Heights. This site offered wonderful views of both the Arkansas River and of downtown Little Rock. The Country Club of Little Rock was founded in 1902 and, in many ways, set the tone for what, over the next century, would become one of Little Rock’s most prestigious neighborhoods.
The town of Pulaski Heights voted in 1916 to become the ninth ward of Little Rock and so this quaint and primarily rural area on the western border of the city became Little Rock’s newest neighborhood.
Today, the Heights retains its quaint charm, combining pre-World War Two homes of modest size with others that could be called mansions. Much of the neighborhood’s beauty springs from its well-established, tree-canopied streets that wind around manicured lawns and gardens, bursting with Azaleas, Crepe Myrtle trees, and other seasonal flowers and greenery. Along the northernmost section of Kavanaugh Boulevard, you’ll find great restaurants, boutique shops, a post office, retail stores, and quiet professional offices. The streets are filled with residents and visitors who walk, ride bicycles, and jog -- the perfect example of a “family friendly” place to live and to raise children.
Speaking of children, one of Little Rock’s finest public elementary schools is also located in the Heights. Forest Park Elementary School was founded in 1913 and, today, educates students from pre-K through the 5th grade. Forest Park is a National Blue Ribbon School for Excellence and is known for its committed parent participation and for well-preparing its students to continue with their secondary education.
With as much as the Heights has to offer, you’re guaranteed to have a great experience there, whether spending a fun afternoon eating andshopping, or by choosing to make it your home forever!