It has been said that you could live your whole life in Hillcrest and never need to leave. Hillcrest is unique because it acts as a small village in the middle of Little Rock, Arkansas. We are bounded by Markham Street with it's hospitals and healthcare facilities, University Avenue with major Big Box stores, Allsopp Park for recreation, and Stifft Station and Capitol View neighborhood with Schools for the Deaf and Blind. Hillcrest is a historic community, listed on the National Register of Historic Places with our own commercial center, schools, post office, banks, parks, restaurants, churches and a variety of styles of unique homes. Most amenities are within walking or biking distances. The old trolley route down Kavanaugh Boulevard is the main business location but there is plenty to see or do off that path. Relax in the green spaces and enjoy the historic architecture from the 1890s to the 1940s.
Come for a day or come to stay; you're always welcome!
The HRA has made a wonderful short film for the Pulaski County Historical Society. The film highlights the Hillcrest neighborhood and takes a tour through an amazing rehabilitated Hillcrest home. It explains a little history of the community, about the Design Overlay District and good historic neighborhood design.
The movie was written and directed by Hillcrest resident and chair of the Preservation and Planning Committee of the HRA, Bob Keltner. He also stars as Mr. Anderson in the film. The film also features a middle schooler named Alex Smith as Judge Kavanaugh (whom Kavanaugh Blvd. wasNamed after) and Bob’s dog George as Knoppy. All the actors are Hillcrest Residents.
In Hillcrest we are constantly trying to educate on and advocate for our historic building stock. Keeping new builds within the same mass and scale of our historic structures is part of that.
We are currently in the process of reviewing our Design Overlay District to help curb tear downs and over-builds which threaten the historic district.