The Ozark Mountain
By Randy Worlow -
Worlow Land Company
A lady who purchased a
home through me 14 years ago told me at the closing ďI told mother that
if anyone had told me there was still a place like Lake Norfork, I would
have called them a liarĒ.
area around Lake Norfork, which includes the towns of Mountain Home,
Henderson, Gamaliel, Salesville, Jordan, and a few other communities, is
absolutely wonderful. You rarely hear a horn blow in this area. There is a laid back
lifestyle that is contagious to even the most bound up of executives.
This area has historically been ideal for the blue-collar retiree who
The list of reasons to
retire in the Lake Norfork area are endless. Here are a few of them.
property tax rate is extremely low. A $100,000 home typically has an
annual property tax bill of $800 to $900. If the home is your principal
residence you can get a $350 homestead tax credit off of that.
less than $35 annually for
a vehicle sticker or plate.
crime rate is one of the lowest in the nation.
are 4 distinct seasons in this area of the Ozarks. Spring is beautiful
with dogwoods and redbuds blooming. When you get away from town you will
find a mostly pastoral or wooded scene and the colors change
dramatically. Summer is mostly pleasant without a lot of high humidity.
We may hit 100 degrees, but rarely. Autumn is gorgeous with hundreds of
colors. Winter will show you some snow, but not much. Typically we get
3 to 4 inches 2 or 3 times a year. It rarely stays more than a few
days. You will hardly ever see a low in the single digits. You have a
year round opportunity to fish because Norfork Lake never freezes and
there are dozens of access points.
MOSQUITOS. Well almost no mosquitoes. You may find one here
or there. They really have a hard time reproducing here. The
land is porous and water doesnít stand very much. The lake moves
too much for them to lay their eggs. Most folks donít see a reason to
screen their porch.
water everywhere. You will love Lake Norfork with over 500 miles of
shoreline and depths over 100 feet. The fishing and boating are
perfect. When you swim in Lake Norfork you can usually see your
feet, the water is that clear.
Norfork is a great lake to anchor a pontoon in a cove.
You put your legs through the armholes of a life jacket and float with
your cooler and your friends. Itís very relaxing indeed.
Ready for something different. Just a few minutes away is the White
River. Wade out and get your limit of Rainbow trout in just a few
minutes using a simple rod and reel and a can of corn as bait.
Shopping in the Lake Norfork region is growing rapidly. There are many
of new stores coming in. Most of us here believe that if you canít get it
in Mountain Home you can live without it. Some folks make a trip to the
outlet stores 2 hours away in Branson around Thanksgiving to get the last
few gifts for Christmas.
You will find so
much to do and you wonít have to go far to do it. Golf, music,
dancing, church, bus trips, etc are all available in abundance.
Tunica Mississippi is only about 4 hours away if you are a gamer.
The Lake Norfork
area is a great place to live and work. Grandbabies love their visits
here. Old friends end up moving here after they come for a visit. As
the lady said, you wonít believe there is still a place like this.
If you would
like to check out the area, contact one of the local
realtors and get yourself
a tour of the area. You can still buy a new home for around $100 a square
foot. Small acreage home sites can still be purchased for under $25,000.
If you are looking to retire in one of the most peaceful places on the planet, you
wonít be disappointed.