Northwest Arkansas' Most Expensive Home Sales of 2022

The upscale residential market in northwest Arkansas continued to burn hot in 2022, with more than 60 homes selling for $1.5 million or more.

It was a third consecutive record year for Benton and Washington counties, the two most populous counties that make up the region. The 2022 numbers doubled the previous year’s total of 30 homes sold for $1.5 million or more.

The region’s combination of strong economic base and growing population makes it a popular place to live in a tightening housing market. The Arvest Bank Skyline Report, released in mid-March, said that the average home sold in Benton County sold for more than $400,000 in 2022, while the average Washington County home sold for $362,000 in the first half of the year before rising to $376,000 in the second half of 2022.

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“The growth of the northwest Arkansas housing market continues to accelerate,” said Kristen Boozman, the owner of Portfolio Sotheby’s International Realty in Rogers. “In addition to Tyson Foods, Walmart and J.B. Hunt Transport’s job growth within our region, we are seeing an increasing number of people moving here who have jobs unrelated to our major employers. People are moving here by choice — not because they were transferred here.

“People were moving here to escape the larger metro areas with higher costs of living, many of whom work from home and are attracted to the quality of life northwest Arkansas provides. This has put more pressure on our already low inventory, which then pushed home values higher than we have ever seen.”

The most popular areas for the most expensive homes remained the same. The gated community surrounding the Pinnacle Country Club and golf course in Rogers again led the way, while homes on Beaver Lake and gated communities in Bentonville such as Talamore and Scissortail were also popular.
Pinnacle had another robust year with five homes sold for $1.5 million or more, with another 21 homes selling for at least $1 million.

It was a Fayetteville subdivision, though, that topped the list in 2022, not in the number of homes sold but in the value of the ones that did. Clear Creek, which is built around Tyson Foods Chairman John Tyson’s Blessings Golf Course, had three of the five most expensive homes sold in 2022, including the most expensive, and six of the top 28.

1. $4 Million

Buyer: R. Patrick & Jennifer Cameron LLC
Seller: Kellie Anne Lavy Living Trust
Neighborhood: Clear Creek, Fayetteville
Date Sold: Sept. 9
Year Built: 2004
SF: 11,343

The most expensive house sold last year in northwest Arkansas is in the upscale, gated Clear Creek community surrounding Tyson Foods Chairman John Tyson’s Blessings Golf Club. The three-story home has seven bedrooms, eight bathrooms, three fireplaces and a four-car garage, along with a host of other amenities. Patrick Cameron, a former two-year letterman as a deep snapper for the Arkansas Razorbacks, is a financial adviser and real estate investor. Trevor Lavy is the chairman of the board of Priority Bank, and he and his wife, Kellie, have five daughters, several of whom played golf for the University of Arkansas, whose home course is Blessings.

2. $3.6 Million

Buyer: Harp Trust
Seller: Rafael Ortega Jr.
Neighborhood: Rural Washington County
Date Sold: Oct. 21
Year Built: 2012
SF: 7,355 SF

This five-bedroom, six-and-a-half-bath home sits on 43 acres. Its amenities include a mud room and recreation room with a playground. It has a pool, pool house, two barns and an outdoor basketball court. Jim and Holly Harp are the owners of Quality Millwork in Springdale. Buck Ortega is a former NFL player and Planet Fitness franchisee in northwest Arkansas. 

3. $3.31 Million

Buyer: CNAK Consulting LLC
Sellers: Bobby D. Ralston and Alice F. Ralston
Neighborhood: Clear Creek, Fayetteville
Date Sold: Oct. 14
Year Built: 2020
SF: 7,518

Another home in the Clear Creek subdivision surrounding Blessings, this five-bedroom, seven-bath house sits on a 3.3-acre lot and has a pool, four-car garage and three fireplaces. CNAK is led by Charles Dawson, the CEO of GeoSurfaces of Baton Rouge, a company that installs artificial turfs at athletic venues. Bobby Ralston is a former executive with J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc. in Lowell.

4. $3.2 Million

Buyer: Prentice Revocable Trust 2008
Sellers: Kevin Fuksa and Traci Fuksa
Neighborhood: Beaver Lake
Date Sold: June 17
Year Built: 2017
SF: 7,845

The four-bedroom, seven-bath home sits on nearly 2-and-a-half acres on Beaver Lake and has a two-slip boat dock. It has three fireplaces, a shop, two offices, a theater and game rooms and a gym. Alexander Prentice is an executive with Techemet Metal Trading in Pasadena, California. Kevin and Traci Fuksa are real estate investors from Oklahoma.

4. $3.2 Million

Buyer: Sound Gambit LLC
Sellers: Nathan A. Hodne and Tina M. Hodne
Neighborhood: Clear Creek, Fayetteville
Date Sold: June 29
Year Built: 2019
SF: 5,280

Another home in Blessings’ Clear Creek subdivision, this one has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool and a four-car garage. It also has a wine cellar, a game room and two laundry rooms, including one with a dog shower. Sound Gambit is led by Joe Morse Jr., the COO of Pepper Source in Rogers. Nathan Hodne is a senior vice president at Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale and Tina Hodne is a real estate agent.

6. $3 Million

Buyer: Charles R. & Brenda K. Salley Family Revocable Trust
Seller: John W. Blassingame Jr. Revocable Trust
Neighborhood: The Estates of Lakeway, Rogers
Date Sold: Oct. 21
Year Built: 2019
SF: 3,386

This four-bed, four-bath home is in a gated community on Beaver Lake. It has a two-slip boat dock, three fireplaces, two laundry rooms and a dog kennel. It sits on 3 acres. Randy Salley is head of Salley LLC, an IT company, and is a former executive with Walmart Inc. of Bentonville. John Blassingame is a financial adviser in Southlake, Texas.

7. $2.65 Million

Buyer: Russ A. & Karisa N. Sprague Family Trust
Seller: Vickie Tilley Revocable Trust
Neighborhood: Decatur (Benton County)
Date Sold: June 22
Year Built: 2004
SF: 9,987

This seven-bed, eight-bath home sits on 33 acres. It has a theater, game room, gym, wine cellar and spa, along with a barn and a pond. There is also a 1,110-SF apartment. Russ Sprague is an executive with NWA Executive Rentals in Rogers. Vickie Tilley is the vice president of development of MS Graphics and president of Dynamic Energy Concepts, both in Decatur. 

8. $2.5 Million

Buyer: Michael A. Fyler & Melinda F. Fyler Trust
Seller: Jennifer L. Arndt LLC
Neighborhood: Beaver Lake
Date Sold: April 28
Year Built: 2015
SF: 5,506

This three-bedroom, seven-bath home is on Beaver Lake on the far eastern edge of Benton County. It has a private two-slip boat dock, mother-in-law quarters, a 1,800-SF shop and two laundry rooms. Mike Fyler is the owner of Kansas Chemical in McPherson, Kansas. Jennifer Arndt is the owner of JLA Construction in Brookline, Missouri. 

9. $2.4 Million

Buyer: Oso Toro LLC
Seller: Mark Melton Construction Inc.
Neighborhood: Downtown Bentonville
Date Sold: Sept. 28
Year Built: 2022
SF: 4,641

This new four-bedroom, six-bath home is in downtown Bentonville, just off the square. It has a 927-SF apartment, two-car garage, a pool and hot tub and two fireplaces. Oso Toro is managed by Mandy Lindeman and its mailing address is that of Walmart CFO John Rainey, the former CFO at PayPal and Lindeman’s brother-in-law. Mark Melton is a Bentonville homebuilder.

10. $2.34 Million

Buyers: Daniel Wilcox and Jae-Yeon Wilcox and Harry Wilcox
Sellers: Amanda Whalen and Michael Whalen
Neighborhood: Downtown Bentonville
Date Sold: April 26
Year Built: 2016
SF: 3,418

This four-bedroom, five-bath home is just off the downtown Bentonville square. It has a three-car garage, a pool with an automatic cover system and an exercise room. Daniel Wilcox is an attorney with Tyson Foods. Amanda Whalen is the CFO of Klaviyo in Boston and was previously the CFO of Walmart International. 

Home Sales of $1.5 Million or More in 2022 in Benton and Washington Counties