Nixa Real Estate and Community Information
Nixa Real Estate and Community Information
Nixa, located in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in southwest Missouri, is a quiet town of around 20,000 residents. The town – located about five miles south of Springfield and about 20 miles north of Branson – is largely a bedroom community for Springfield, with a majority of residents traveling to work in the larger city. Called the "Crossroads of the Ozarks," Nixa offers good schools, beautiful scenery and ample outdoor recreation opportunities.
Nixa, settled in the late 19th century, was named for the first name and middle initial of Nicholas A. Inman, the first European settler in the area. Nixa may also be familiar to readers of the Bourne series of spy novels and movies: Nixa is the fictional Jason Bourne's home town.
Shopping and Dining
Shopping in Nixa is generally limited to the big box retailers like Walmart, Dollar General and Signal Food Store. However, nearby Springfield offers more than 30 different shopping areas, including the 150-store Battlefield Mall and the historic Commercial Street downtown shopping district with its art galleries and one-of-a-kind boutiques. The 300,000-square foot flagship Bass Sporting Goods store is also located in Springfield.
There are plenty of restaurants in Nixa, as you'd expect in the middle of America's food-producing region. Local favorites include Buckingham's for barbecue, El Puento for Mexican food, Rocco's for pizza and Italian fare, and Lola's for breakfasts, lunches and pastries. Just up the road, Springfield boasts more than 800 restaurants, offering everything from Thai cuisine to burgers.
Parks and Recreation
One of the best things about Nixa real estate is the abundance of nearby outdoor recreational opportunities. The Ozark Mountains which surround the town provide ample opportunity for hiking, climbing and fishing. In addition, there are six recreational lakes within an hour's drive of Nixa. The City of Nixa operates three municipal parks as well as a community center and an aquatics center. Other facilities include outdoor swimming pools, an indoor walking/jogging track, playgrounds, sports courts, tennis courts and picnic grounds.
Branson, the country music capital of the Midwest, is just a 20-minute drive away from Nixa. The city is home to dozens of theaters that attract the top country music entertainers in addition to rock and roll acts and other genres.
Nixa is a largely upscale community and much of Nixa real estate is new construction, located within planned developments. There are also many lots available for sale in and around Nixa where you can build your own dream home. The average home sales price in Nixa for May, 2012 was $152,078. Property taxes for Nixa real estate owners remain low, with the 2011 rate being 5.52%. The majority of property tax revenue is used to support the local school system.
Schools, Health and Transportation
Children of Nixa real estate owners attend R-2 School District schools. These include five elementary schools (for grades K-4), two intermediate schools (grades 5 and 6), one junior high school and one senior high school. The school district has surpassed state averages in all categories for the last five years. Nearby colleges and universities include Missouri State University, Drury University, Baptist Bible College and Ozark Technical Community College, all in Springfield.
Nixa has four urgent care medical facilities within the city limits as well as a good selection of doctor, veterinarian and dentist’s offices. For more extensive care, there are six hospitals with more than 2,200 beds in nearby Springfield. Two of these--CoxHealth and Mercy Health Care System--are ranked among the top 100 hospitals in the United States.
It's not difficult to get around Nixa. While there's no public transportation in town, you're rarely far from any point in the city. Nixa lies at the junction of State Routes 13 and 14, so it's easy to get to nearby Springfield, Joplin or Branson. For out-of-state journeys, Springfield-Branson National Airport is just 15 minutes away. The two-runway, 2,750-acre facility offers 30 non-stop flights daily to a dozen US cities, including Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver and Atlanta.