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Old 05-30-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: ARKANSAS~GoHOGS
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What is the difference between Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village?

What all does Hot Springs Village have to offer and is the there a lake at the Village??
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Simple answer - Hot Springs Village was designed and build to service the retired community. It has developed into more than this over time but at it's roots and mission is around the 50 Plus community. The whole Hot Springs Village is a closed - gate controlled community.

Hot Springs also has a high population of retired (largest % of the community by far). But it was not designed around this as a community. Hot Springs started as a city around the hot water springs found near the downtown area. The city has a long history beyond statehood or being named as a town. Starting with Spanish explorer Hernando DeSoto arrival in Hot Springs while searching for the fountain of youth, and discovering what the Indian named Valley of the Vapors. In time, US gov named the area as the first Federal Reservation, which later was renamed as a National park (other wise it would have been the first US National Park). The Hot Spring National Park Bath House and Spring system remains one of the key draws to the area.

As for lakes, both have lakes that are man made, but it is a question of scale that defines them. Lakes around Hot Springs are managed by either the State or Core of Engineers (Federal) and all are used for creation of electrical power (IE their Damns create power) and (highly debated) to control waterways by creating watersheds for control of water overflow. They have public access and all have park or access spots open to general public.

Lakes within Hot Spring Village are managed by the common community, and while they most are accessible to members and guests, they are not publicly accessible. They do not produce power but are more for the attraction of the Village (fishing, swimming, etc) than to create power or manage watersheds.
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Old 05-30-2008, 04:54 PM
 
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There are twelve lakes within the gates of the village. The largest is 944 acres and has a launching ramp, beach, pavilion and a marina. Included in the twelve is a 100 acre water supply lake which is off-limits. The lake sizes of the other ten are: 380 ac., 245 ac., 200 ac., 62 ac., 50 ac., 36 ac., 26ac., 24 ac., 21 ac. and 11 ac. Within 20 miles (+,-) is Lake Ouachita and it is very large. I couldn't even start to mention all that HSV has to offer. Try Hot Springs Village, AR - Gated Community offering golf, lakes, and recreation for more information.
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Old 05-30-2008, 05:53 PM
 
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Hot Springs Village is one of the largest gated communities in the United States.
Hot Springs is the nearest "big" city to Hot Springs Village, about 12 miles south. They both have lakes.
Everybody has their own taste, and I'm not going to put anybody down for having a different opinion than mine, but I just love Hot Springs, rather than Hot Springs Village.
There's a lot to do, there are amazing old houses and a variety of decent restaurants, and the racetrack, and the National Park, and Bathhouse Row, and the documentary film festival, and the best BBQ in the US . If you were in HS Village, you could do all that, but if you were in Hot Springs, it's all right there.
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Old 05-30-2008, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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regardless of how HSV got started, it is no longer a retirement community or a community for 50 plusers. There are schools, good shopping, lots of family life and yes, golf courses everywhere. I would consider it a planned community, not a senior one. it is like Bella Vista but even more diversified.

Hot SPrings is more a tourist town, more liberal, artsy, lots of antique stores, trendy to a degree.

For those who want the life offered in tourist areas but some stability as many are full time residence Hot Springs is awesome. For those who want a more controlled area, with lots of community activities HSV would be a better bet.

Nita
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Old 05-31-2008, 12:00 AM
 
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What is the difference between Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village?

What all does Hot Springs Village have to offer and is the there a lake at the Village??

The distance between HS and HSV is short, but its a completely different world. I suggest you come visit and decide for yourself.

You will need a property owner or other 'sponsor' (real estate agent, etc) to get in the HSV gate. I'll be happy to do that for you, and even give you a guided tour on the weekend or after work weekdays.

The other posts were very good. In particular, Nita was right on about the activities. You can find something to do 13x7. That's 7am to 8pm, 7 days a week - we close early

A few additional deciding points...
(1) if you are a golfer, there is no decision, it is HSV
(2) 'small town' (HS) to a forested setting (HSV)
(3) (typically) shorter drives (HS) less traffic (HSV)
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Old 06-01-2008, 06:04 PM
 
Location: ARKANSAS~GoHOGS
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Thank you. We will be thataway shortly. I will keep you in mind if you dont mind for when the time comes!!
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Old 06-18-2018, 01:25 PM
 
Location: Austin
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We've been to HS several times and are ready to make an offer on a Home.... We'd been looking mainly in HSV ...love the vibe, the lakes, amenities etc. The seclusion is also nice....BUT I fell in love with a home in Hot Springs proper... However it's not too far from Oak Lawn........is that a questionable area? I'm an artist, would love to work in a gift shop or Gallery PT and thought maybe being closer to town would be an option. Feed back please
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Old 06-18-2018, 02:53 PM
 
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We've been to HS several times and are ready to make an offer on a Home.... We'd been looking mainly in HSV ...love the vibe, the lakes, amenities etc. The seclusion is also nice....BUT I fell in love with a home in Hot Springs proper... However it's not too far from Oak Lawn........is that a questionable area? I'm an artist, would love to work in a gift shop or Gallery PT and thought maybe being closer to town would be an option. Feed back please
EVERYTHING NEAR IT IS QUESTIONABLE!

you want to be far south or north from this area as possible.

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Old 06-18-2018, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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We've been to HS several times and are ready to make an offer on a Home.... We'd been looking mainly in HSV ...love the vibe, the lakes, amenities etc. The seclusion is also nice....BUT I fell in love with a home in Hot Springs proper... However it's not too far from Oak Lawn........is that a questionable area? I'm an artist, would love to work in a gift shop or Gallery PT and thought maybe being closer to town would be an option. Feed back please
interesting you would re-create a thread that is 10 years old?
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