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Old 05-30-2016, 07:52 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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countrykaren - Hot Springs appears to have a good mix of rental homes from everything from $600 a month to $1,500 a month and everything in between. Some will take pets. This won't apply to you if you want to buy. I don't think I will want to work a fulltime job here, we might just move here after I've retired from my fulltime Allied Healthcare job. If my wife and I need ta go to work to make healthcare cost money until we're 65, we'll get a part-time job cleaning or start up our own cleaning business, perhaps.


I would then retire for good when I reach age 65. If I can swing it, I am going to just stop at age 62. Our frontrunners for retirement locations right now are Tucson, AZ, and Hot Springs, AR. It's going to be fun figuring out which one we want ta go to. We are talking about getting an RV and a small house wherever we decide.


Anyone who can think of anything that countrykaren or I could use please feel free ta chime in and include it in here.
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Old 05-30-2016, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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Northwest Arkansas is a booming, growing area. That is mostly based on Wal Mart money, with corporate headquarters in Bentonville. Nearly all of the major suppliers to Wal Mart also have offices in the area. The University of Arkansas is in Fayetteville, the largest University in the state. The community of Bella Vista is geared toward retirees.

Hot Springs is a much smaller resort town, the population of Hot Springs is only 35.000. I tell people that Hot Springs is where Arkansans go on vacation, there is a horse racing track, casino, amusement part/water park, several lakes in the area and the downtown area is a National Park. There are a lot of retirees in the Hot Springs area, especially in Hot Springs Village, which is a gated community of 12,000 just north of Hot Springs. HSV has numerous golf courses and lakes, Google both HSV and Bella Vista to learn more.

NWA would be better if you need a good job, it's a much bigger population with more money and more opportunity. It also has more traffic, which is one of the things I do not like about living in the big city.

I live in HSV, am still working and travel much of the state for my job. I frequently travel to NWA and am fairly familiar with the area but have never lived there.

Being a resort town, housing in Hot Springs was a bit more expensive than we expected. However HSV housing is less expensive and the smaller communities around Hot Springs are less expensive.

I'm not a good one to ask about your specific questions. But I will say that either HSV or Bella's Vista have a lot of transplants from other area who moved to Arkansas to retire. In my "neighborhood" we have folks from WI, IL, OK, TX, and CA.
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Old 05-30-2016, 02:17 PM
 
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All tho I'm not the OP, thank you everyone for the info. Please keep it coming. Sounds like Fayetteville would be the better choice. Hubbie and I probably would take PT jobs to "keep busy."
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Old 06-01-2016, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Fayetteville would be a good choice, but I still like Hot Springs. Would the humidity be the same in either city?
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Old 06-06-2016, 08:53 AM
 
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HS is great if you know what to expect and do not expect more than what it is. Its a great provincial town. Has a neat down town area with a small area of not so good hood like population. Almost any way you go outside of HS your in the country. If you like country, mountains and trees this could be your go to place. HS it self has a lot of shopping from Lowes to a small mall and many other stores. What HS does not have its about 45 min drive to LR and it has all you could ask for . I like Eureka Springs but it does get more cold weather up there. There is Horse racing from Jan to April and if a casino is your thing attracted to the horse track is a nice place to go lose some money. I love HS. Don't go if you are expecting a large city type of atmosphere. Its a resort area and about 35k population in HS proper. I love the country and a bit of room. If you have to work to make a living it could be a bit harder. For retired people its a cheap place to live. Housing and food are cheaper than many other places.
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Fayetteville would be a good choice, but I still like Hot Springs. Would the humidity be the same in either city?


vicarjoe - your information about Hot Springs is invaluable. Thank you. Are the humidity and the bugs really bad in Hot Springs, AR?
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:32 PM
 
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There is humidity and there are bugs in Hot Springs. Whether they are really bad depends on what your perspective is. Do you not have bugs where you live? If so, I want to go there. lol
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:23 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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HS is great if you know what to expect and do not expect more than what it is. Its a great provincial town. Has a neat down town area with a small area of not so good hood like population. Almost any way you go outside of HS your in the country. If you like country, mountains and trees this could be your go to place. HS it self has a lot of shopping from Lowes to a small mall and many other stores. What HS does not have its about 45 min drive to LR and it has all you could ask for . I like Eureka Springs but it does get more cold weather up there. There is Horse racing from Jan to April and if a casino is your thing attracted to the horse track is a nice place to go lose some money. I love HS. Don't go if you are expecting a large city type of atmosphere. Its a resort area and about 35k population in HS proper. I love the country and a bit of room. If you have to work to make a living it could be a bit harder. For retired people its a cheap place to live. Housing and food are cheaper than many other places.
Spot on
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Old 06-06-2016, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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Fayetteville would be a good choice, but I still like Hot Springs. Would the humidity be the same in either city?


vicarjoe - your information about Hot Springs is invaluable. Thank you. Are the humidity and the bugs really bad in Hot Springs, AR?
I'm in Phoenix on a business trip, it's 112 here today. It hasn't hit 90 yet in Hot Springs. I'd rather be home.
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Old 06-08-2016, 03:01 AM
 
Location: Alamogordo, NM
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Gotcha, I know what you mean!
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