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Old 06-10-2013, 11:36 PM
 
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I am also looking at those two cities being from Houston. I have come to the realization that Houston is a horrible city to live in. I just moved from the NW to the SW due to my losing my job and I was told by a friend that I was naive...that I had led a sheltered life and now I am agreeing with her totally. I am about to claim my ss due to the state of texas denying my unemployment benefits but I never thought I would retire this soon. I had a 30 year career.
Anyway, I have been checking the areas out......cost of living and jobs prospects. I crave the view you guys have and need the solitude of a smaller town and area. Houston was my love for over 30 years but I have come to realize that it is a town for young people not older. I came here in my 20s and leaving it in my 60s lol. I am leaning towards bentonville or Hot springs. HELP to see which one is the best for economics. Thank you all who reply.
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:29 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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I am also looking at those two cities being from Houston. I have come to the realization that Houston is a horrible city to live in. I just moved from the NW to the SW due to my losing my job and I was told by a friend that I was naive...that I had led a sheltered life and now I am agreeing with her totally. I am about to claim my ss due to the state of texas denying my unemployment benefits but I never thought I would retire this soon. I had a 30 year career.
Anyway, I have been checking the areas out......cost of living and jobs prospects. I crave the view you guys have and need the solitude of a smaller town and area. Houston was my love for over 30 years but I have come to realize that it is a town for young people not older. I came here in my 20s and leaving it in my 60s lol. I am leaning towards bentonville or Hot springs. HELP to see which one is the best for economics. Thank you all who reply.
Both places have a lot to offer, depending on what you enjoy (which you have somewhat explained here) As for solitude, Hot Springs is smaller and more isolated than the Bentonville/Bella Vista area. That in itself spells solitude to me, but both areas have a lot of privacy, and things to do. Remember, HOt Springs is a tourist town so the summers can be very busy and the winters (until horse race season) very quiet with nothing to really do. Hot Springs is a little more artsy as well, and yes, more liberal, though neither area is truly liberal. The Bentonville area will be a mixture of old and young. I know, here I go again, but I would really consider Bella Vista over Bentonville itself. Bella Vista was, at one time, a retirement community so has more people in their 60s plus, but the area is drawing more families all the time. You would get t a mixture of young and older here and yet, it certainly isn't an area that really has a lot of young singles.

I hope this helps a little. I am very definitely partial. That is why we choose to live here. It was love at first sight and we did consider Hot Springs and Hot Springs village.
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Old 06-11-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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we have owned a weekend condo in hot springs for 15 years. we have been staying in the area for weekends and vacations for 25 years. we love the town and the area.

while i might or might not ever live full time in hot springs, my kids will inherit my hot springs property.
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Old 06-11-2013, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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Do you mean Benton or Bentonville? Benton is fairly close to Hot Springs, and south of Little Rock. Bentonville is in Northwest Arkansas, near Fayetteville.

I have just moved to Hot Springs, haven't found a place to live yet but will probably end up in Hot Springs Village. That's another one you should put on your list. Then Bentonville area hasn't kept up with growth and has traffic problems, and I left DFW partly to get away from that.
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Do you mean Benton or Bentonville? Benton is fairly close to Hot Springs, and south of Little Rock. Bentonville is in Northwest Arkansas, near Fayetteville.

I have just moved to Hot Springs, haven't found a place to live yet but will probably end up in Hot Springs Village. That's another one you should put on your list. Then Bentonville area hasn't kept up with growth and has traffic problems, and I left DFW partly to get away from that.
yes, there is traffic in Bentonville, no one can deny that, in fact it is probably the worst problem facing the area but we lived in the DFW area for 13 years, Bentonville is nothing like the DFW or Houston traffic. When someone is retired they do not, often have to be on the roads early mornings or late afternoon. That is the only time the traffic around Bentonville is bad. BTW, I am pretty sure the OP is talking about Bentonville or maybe Benton county period, not Benton, AR.
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Old 06-13-2013, 10:36 AM
 
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while hot springs village is not for me, you might want to check it out also.

the hot springs area can satisfy just about any person. we entertain guests year round of all ages. some want the solitude of just sitting on the deck, reading a book and looking at the lake, others want the race track (seasonal), casino (open 7 days a week), restaurants or night life. our grand kids can be entertained just about any weekend at one of the kid attractions.

also, i think you will find the area to be very safe. we have never had an issue of any kind.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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while hot springs village is not for me, you might want to check it out also.

the hot springs area can satisfy just about any person. we entertain guests year round of all ages. some want the solitude of just sitting on the deck, reading a book and looking at the lake, others want the race track (seasonal), casino (open 7 days a week), restaurants or night life. our grand kids can be entertained just about any weekend at one of the kid attractions.

also, i think you will find the area to be very safe. we have never had an issue of any kind.
I was going to suggest looking into Hot Springs Village as well, but thought it might be too restrictive plus there are not a lot of facilities around like a hospital. It is certainly something to look into.
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Old 06-17-2013, 04:45 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
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I am also looking at those two cities being from Houston. I have come to the realization that Houston is a horrible city to live in. I just moved from the NW to the SW due to my losing my job and I was told by a friend that I was naive...that I had led a sheltered life and now I am agreeing with her totally. I am about to claim my ss due to the state of texas denying my unemployment benefits but I never thought I would retire this soon. I had a 30 year career.
Anyway, I have been checking the areas out......cost of living and jobs prospects. I crave the view you guys have and need the solitude of a smaller town and area. Houston was my love for over 30 years but I have come to realize that it is a town for young people not older. I came here in my 20s and leaving it in my 60s lol. I am leaning towards bentonville or Hot springs. HELP to see which one is the best for economics. Thank you all who reply.
I think the two locations are not really comparable. Depends on what you want. Do you want small town living or a larger area? I agree completely about Houston. Frankly, I don't know why anyone would want to live in such a large city but each to his own.

If you look at Hot Springs Village, you should realize its attraction is its golfing and it is a gated community; the largest in the US in fact. Personally, I would not want to go there and a lot of people leave because it is well away from the main shopping areas and eateries and you have to wade through the downtown traffic which is no fun.

If you look at Hot Springs where I live, I would definitely look on the south side of town. While the historic area is interesting in many ways, I would not recommend it for living there.

What is it you are looking for? Are you wanting to buy a home or rent? My understanding is that there is very little rental houses on the market although there are condos aplenty. If you want to buy a house how many bedrooms to do you need? Do you have a price range?

Hot Springs is a short distance from Benton, Arkansas; about 35 miles. There is more shopping there and close to Little Rock. Little Rock is probably the easiest place to get around once you know the various routes. Hot Springs has adequate shopping but you are limited to Wal-Mart and Sam's Club (politics??) and for unknown and unfathomable reasons Target and Home Depot were not permitted to build here according to what I have been told. Makes no sense to me. I was told Hot Springs Village voters didn't want that as it might depress their property values or something like that. I don't know that for a certain fact. The "Y" is a definite asset and I think the medical facilities are quite good.

Arkansas is vastly different from Texas as to geography. There is beauty to be found about everywhere and most people evidently don't know about it. I left Texas after 10 years in 2011 when the state nearly burned down due to the drought. We had a dry spell last year but nothing like what we had in Texas.

If you can be somewhat more specific I may be able to point you in the right direction and avoid some of the mistakes we made when we moved here.

One other thing to keep in mind. The taxes, overall, between Texas and Arkansas are roughly the same. Property taxes and insurance is lower in Arkansas but sales taxes are higher. And there is an income tax but not onerous. You always want to look at the tax situation before deciding.
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Old 06-27-2013, 08:32 AM
 
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Hello every one. Thanks for sharing those thoughts on Hot Springs vs Bentonville. I am leaning towards Hot Springs.

I would appreciate any further commentary on this subject as I am single, no kids and not financially set to buy anything. I will be renting an apt but want one close to the lake. Any other suggestions is appreciated. Thanks again.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Hello every one. Thanks for sharing those thoughts on Hot Springs vs Bentonville. I am leaning towards Hot Springs.

I would appreciate any further commentary on this subject as I am single, no kids and not financially set to buy anything. I will be renting an apt but want one close to the lake. Any other suggestions is appreciated. Thanks again.
Probably your best place to start is: renters.com and enter Hot Springs, AR. That will, at least give you an idea or what is available.
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