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Old 07-05-2019, 09:22 AM
 
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Towns do not have to have exciting night life to still be good places to live. We have seen nothing to indicate the town is going to hell in a hand bag. It is and will probably always be a tourist town. It doesn't have a lot of industry but this doesn't mean it is dead.
Correct, but dead town centers = old people and they don’t stimulate the economy. Cities that are thriving are young.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Jacksonville Ar
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I too, believe you have been given bad information from the agent
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Old 07-07-2019, 07:19 PM
 
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My wife and I were looking for property in HS area. We were told by the agent that things are not doing as well as in the past there. Home prices are down and building is at a stand still. The agent blamed the things going on in the Village where they are trying to get young couples instead of retired folks. Also the old guard in HS that refuse to update the buildings of the Historic down town. Not sure what is going on. It could be a good time to buy if you want to live there. But I would like to get others opinions on this.
Wow! I didn’t know that about HSV. Maybe they’re desperate for new money.
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Old 07-08-2019, 04:52 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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Correct, but dead town centers = old people and they don’t stimulate the economy. Cities that are thriving are young.
Actually... active seniors bring a ton of cash and expensive professional services to towns and so NOT use expensive public schools. (The early retiree is the cash cow market in Economic development of small communities. Medical, PT / OT, Financial services, new car dealers, volunteerism.. If you engage with them, they can really bolster your community.

Having grown up and lived in another 'destination town' (Estes Park CO). Now a very sought after place for early retirees. / year-round residents. 50 yrs ago tourist (ONLY) and very dead off season.

Give HS a chance, attend town council meetings, meet with the economic development council, seek to contribute in sustainable ways. I question if the yuppie / millennial $8 coffee shops and $15 hamburger joints and $65 steak houses will be the new stability for the town.
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:40 PM
 
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We've decided on Hot Springs. Been there a few times and totally enjoyed the city. Has everything we're wanting...mountains, trail access and slower, somewhat laid back atmosphere. And a plus...close to home, in case we need to return for family emergencies.

We're from SWLA, just tired of being here. Ready to start enjoying our lives.

People say that we should land a job before we go. But we're hoping to settle first and then look. The times we have been, we've seen hiring signs. Also plan on buying out a house so that's one less bill to worry about.

Might even take a technical course. I'm a career firefighter where we live at and it's taken a toll, both mentally and physically.

Depending on area, looking for a rural area with short commute to work, I can use my experience as a volunteer. Just so I can "give back" to the area, especially to a place where it grabbed our hearts and spirit!!!
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Old 07-09-2019, 04:25 PM
 
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We've decided on Hot Springs. Been there a few times and totally enjoyed the city. Has everything we're wanting...mountains, trail access and slower, somewhat laid back atmosphere. And a plus...close to home, in case we need to return for family emergencies.

We're from SWLA, just tired of being here. Ready to start enjoying our lives.

People say that we should land a job before we go. But we're hoping to settle first and then look. The times we have been, we've seen hiring signs. Also plan on buying out a house so that's one less bill to worry about.

Might even take a technical course. I'm a career firefighter where we live at and it's taken a toll, both mentally and physically.

Depending on area, looking for a rural area with short commute to work, I can use my experience as a volunteer. Just so I can "give back" to the area, especially to a place where it grabbed our hearts and spirit!!!

oh wow! great post.


we have been spending weekends and vacations there for decades and i agree with all you had to say, including job opportunities. i know a squadron of people that have relocated there for jobs, semi-retirement and retirement, they are all happy. maybe, someday i will retire and live there, just haven't pulled that trigger yet.


thank you for your service, i know that firefighting is grueling, as i did it back in the day. (1970's)



move and enjoy!
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Old 07-09-2019, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas via ATX
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There's very little industry in Hot Springs. The number one driver of wealth and jobs is tourism.

There should be an uptick of visitors to the city once the big new casino is built at Oaklawn.

There are some really nice new mountain biking trails there, as well.

The lakes, the amusement park, the historic architecture and the horse races have been all that's ever fed the local economy.

I agree that Hot Springs seems under-used and under-valued in some ways.

One thing that would really help the city is to have some sort of public "hot spring" that people can get into, like the ones in Colorado and other states. I could see a winter trip down there being sweetened by enjoying that experience.

Perhaps that's a good use for the former site of the Majestic Hotel.
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Old 07-15-2019, 06:12 PM
 
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Hot Springs proper is booming. Oaklawn doing a $100million expansion, luxury hotel, etc. lots of new restaurants, etc. will be going up all over town. HS is in the middle of a national park, has great outdoors experiences, trails, restaurants, shopping ...but nice mangeable "small city" about 35K-39K population. Lots of nice condo type communities going up.
Thank goodness not polluted by big industries.
Has always been a tourist town......will remain that way. And of course, for people retiring here for the great weather, etc.


Hot Springs Village? Not so much.
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Old 11-02-2019, 11:19 AM
 
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