Do we want to retire in Akansas???

Old Apr 9th, 2003, 08:31 PM
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Do we want to retire in Akansas???

We have been sent much information on and around Hot Springs . Anyone have any info on that area as far as Golf Reitement Communities??? Thanks Much
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Old Apr 9th, 2003, 10:19 PM
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I do not have info on Golf Ret. Com. but Hot Springs is a GREAT place if you like a slower paced life-style. I went to college in Arkadelphia (45 minutes southeast) and H.S. is a great town. There are plenty of restaurants (chains and local places), a wonderful downtown, and lots of nature activities (hiking, swimming, boating). Summers are hot and humid but otherwise the weather is generally nice.
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Old Apr 10th, 2003, 06:58 AM
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You really need to go see Hot Sprigs and the surrounding area before you make a such a big decision. Arkansas is a very beautiful state, and that area is one of the prettiest parts of Arkansas. I actually own property in Hot Springs and have family in the area. However, putting it gently, it is not one of the most sophisticated states. If you're looking for a retirement place with all sorts of cultural events and intellectual stimulation, you might be disappointed. However, if that is not important to you, then you will probably be very happy there.
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Just found your posting and hope you're still checking this. We retired to Hot Springs Village about 2 years ago and absolutely love it. The Village is a private gated golf course community about 15 miles from Hot Springs, with about 13,000 population. Our monthly property owner dues are $28, which gives us full membership into 7 golf courses here in the Village. There are several lakes in the Village, but we keep a boat at the Lake Ouachita state park marina, about 15 minutes away. I don't play golf, but I still find plenty to do here: symphony, concerts, theatre, church activities, many clubs, etc. Everyone here came from somewhere else, so it's a good place for new people to come to and feel accepted. We asked our neighbor (who has been here nearly 30 years) what the downside was of living here, since we hadn't found any. His answer: "Sometimes you feel guilty about living so well." Would be happy to provide more information if you wish.
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Old Aug 20th, 2003, 07:58 AM
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Thankyou so much for the information. I think the community looks wonderful. We love to fish and golf so that's why this resort looks appealing to us. We will certainly be visiting there soon. We can stay 4 days for free for taking the tour which we really want to do. Will we be pressured at all ??? We are still checking out different areas also. Perhaps when we come we could get together and chat. What is the weather like in Sept or Oct? Wait to hear from you. My E-mail is [email protected]
Thanks so much
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Old Aug 23rd, 2003, 10:21 AM
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Sandy, the weather in Arkansas in Sept and Oct is usually mild, warm days and cool night. In HS you will be in the foothills, light jacket weather, no flurries, maybe a rain storm or two.
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Hello Hot Springs people! I'm from Benton, currently stationed overseas. Hubby and I spent our honeymoon in Hot Springs, at the Arlington.

We love living overseas, but sure do miss home sometimes!
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Old Aug 31st, 2003, 06:53 PM
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Some websites that might prove helpful:

Arkansas Arts Council
http://www.arkansasarts.org/

Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism events calendar
http://www.arkansas.com/calendar/

Hot Springs Village
http://www.hotspringsvillagechamber.com/

Hot Springs Village Property Owners Association
http://hsvpoa.org/

Arkansas Travel Magazine
http://www.arkansastravel.com/

Active Years Magazine (based in Little Rock)
http://www.activeyears.com

Info about retiring in Arkansas
http://retireplan.about.com/library/map/bl_state_ar.htm

State of Arkansas (local and state gov't website)
http://www.state.ar.us/
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I live in Hot Springs. First, I think it depends where you will be comming from. We moved to Hot Springs after 20 years in Billings Montana, then 3 years in Austin Texas, and I've got to tell you it is a hard cultural adjustment. I would check the area out very thourougly to see if it is to your liking. You might want to consider renting here ( which is fairly easy here and in the Village) for six months or so and see if it really is where you want to be. Many people love it, many would love to move. Mild winters and realitively low cost of living are great. Constant high hummidity and some aspects of Arkansas culture are not so great. Try it for a while to see if you like it.
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Might also want to check out NW Arkansas, Fayetteville gets good reviews for example It's a very pleasant area overall.
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