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Old 12-30-2017, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Leander
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Looking to move in retirement...........Hot Springs and HSV have a strong appeal ... We've been in the Austin area for over 30 years... and it's Grown to be a very BIG City...with Big city problems... Great Place if you are still employed But will be very costly on a fixed income.

My question about Hot Springs for seniors:
Health Care
Crime
Cost of Utilities
Taxes

Anyone Move to HS from Texas with any pro's and cons?
Thanks
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Old 12-30-2017, 02:22 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Looking to move in retirement...........Hot Springs and HSV have a strong appeal ... We've been in the Austin area for over 30 years... and it's Grown to be a very BIG City...with Big city problems... Great Place if you are still employed But will be very costly on a fixed income.

My question about Hot Springs for seniors:
Health Care
Crime
Cost of Utilities
Taxes

Anyone Move to HS from Texas with any pro's and cons?
Thanks

I didn't make that move so probably shouldn't respond, but that hasn't stopped me before


HSV - if you dig through the many Posts here you will read many positive entries about HSV which is about 20 miles north of HS town.


Health Care - HS has two good hospitals, many large clinics, and all medical specialist doctors.


Crime - as in any community of any size there are areas in HS you should stay out of. HSV is a "closed" community so crime is almost nonexistent.


I have never lived in HS but worked there for several years and would not hesitate to move there if circumstances required it.


There are people who Post here who live in HSV and I'm sure you will be hearing from them.


Good luck and welcome to The Natural State
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Old 12-30-2017, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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We moved to HSV from the Fort Worth area 5 years ago. We have some new friends who moved here about a year ago from San Antonio. I’m still working, they are retired. Both of us left Texas to get away from the big city rat race.

To answer your questions from the HSV point of view.

Health Care -we have several primary care doctors, dentists, minor emergency clinic, etc here in the Village. Hot Springs is 30 minutes away with 2 hospitals and lots of Specialists. This is a popular retirement area, so we have a lot of medical practices. Benton is about 45 minutes away with at least one hospital, Little Rock is another half hour from Benton.

Crime - not even a concern in the Village. I’m sure there is some level of crime, but in comparison to almost anyplace else it’s just not a concern.

Utilities - we are the west side of the village, electricity is from Entergy, water/sewer/trash is provided by the POA. Cable TV and internet is via Suddenlink.

Wife says our avg electric bill is about $180, water/sewer/trash is about $70.

Taxes - Our property taxes are 1/4 what they were in Texas, on a similar value home. Arkansas’ tax structure is beneficial to retirees, but we do have state income tax. All in all taxes seem to be a wash between TX and AR.

Here are a few things we had to adjust to when we moved here.

- this is small town living, we have a small Wal Mart but it’s NOT open 24hours, neither is much of anything else. The most popular restaurant here closes at 8pm.

- we only have two fast food places, Sonic and a new McDonalds. Plus Subway. One pizza place that delivers, Dominos.

If things like night life and going out to eat every night are important, the Village probably isn’t the place for you. We do have several restaurants, some very good.

What we do have in the Village is lots of peace and quiet, 10 lakes, 9 golf courses, fitness center, tennis complex, and on and on. We love it here, the only people we have known who moved away did so to be closer to family.

Any other questions, just ask.

Edit: I will add that we looked at many houses before deciding to live here. In Hot Springs, Glenwood, Bismarck, Diamondhead, and everyplace in between. At that time, 5 years ago, you got a LOT more home for your money in the Village.
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:45 AM
 
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Sorry to seem rude, but WHYYY is Hot Springs even being compared? Going from Austin to Hot SPrings, AR will be like going from El Paso to Demopolis, AL...I've seen Hot SPrings...it's congested. Are you okay with that ?/
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:30 AM
 
Location: SE of the Ozark Redoubt
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Sorry to seem rude, but WHYYY is Hot Springs even being compared? Going from Austin to Hot SPrings, AR will be like going from El Paso to Demopolis, AL...I've seen Hot SPrings...it's congested. Are you okay with that ?/
Ummmm, where are you from?
And where is Dem Apples?
I guess you have never seen Austin.
Austin is about as congested as Hot Springs.
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Old 01-02-2018, 12:43 PM
 
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Ummmm, where are you from?
And where is Dem Apples?
I guess you have never seen Austin.
Austin is about as congested as Hot Springs.
Austin is a congested mess- Hot Springs still seems like non-congested vacationland to me compared to Austin.
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Old 01-02-2018, 01:48 PM
 
Location: Lakeville, MN
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Some of you can't be serious. Austin is an exploding major metropolitan U.S. city that comprises a corner of the massively populated Texas triangle. Hot Springs is a semi-smallish tourist town from yesteryear sitting miles off the beaten path. Most comparisons between these 2 towns are bound to be an absolute waste of time.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Temple, Texas
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That's what I'm thinking? I'm sure Hot Springs does have congestion, but comparing it to Austin is laughable. I 35 & Mopac are hellish in rush hour.
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Old 01-02-2018, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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That's what I'm thinking? I'm sure Hot Springs does have congestion, but comparing it to Austin is laughable. I 35 & Mopac are hellish in rush hour.
Agree completely. Hot Springs will have some traffic certain times of the day and certain seasons, but Austin is a total nightmare and not just a few hours a day. First of all, just the shear volume on people living in and around Austin compared to Hot Springs makes the traffic issue not even comparable.
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:49 PM
 
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Ummmm, where are you from?
And where is Dem Apples?
I guess you have never seen Austin.
Austin is about as congested as Hot Springs.

HAHA. u kidding right?

HS doesnt have the traffic as Austin, nor the jobs.

I live in Austin, and from Hot springs.. Only traffic jam that HS gets is people walking across central ave to the race track.


But to the folks moving to HSV.. good luck. It is a retirement community so nothing is open past 8pm maybe 10pm? on good night.. Guess some folks doesnt stay up past 6pm anymore. They built a walmart their because they got tired of driving into town for the Walmart on airport road or LR. Doesnt stay open past 10pm. Due to again, employees are retire.. Crime is non issue other than random kids walking across the lawn speech. They do have their own ambulance service and local hospital is about 20 min drive. So if your seriously hurt, call them. If its something that can wait.. just do the drive save yourself or insurance 500 bucks.

Welcome to our state.
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