Realty... A 10,000 year old tradition of Rest, Relaxation, and
No, I wasn't around quite that long ago. And Hot
probably hadn't been thought of just yet. Historians do agree though,
that native tribes came to enjoy the hot springs flowing from the
mountain in what is now Hot Springs National Park.
Indian tribes in the area believed in the healing power of the water,
the area around the springs was declared a "neutral zone". The relaxing
and rejuvenating hot springs water could be enjoyed by all.
tradition continued all the way into the 1960's when big city gangsters
frequented Hot Springs. They too, declared a "neutral zone" so they
could relax in peace.
Hot Springs Arkansas has the distinction of
being the first National Reservation, and later the first National
Park. It still remains as the only city inside a National Park.
rich and famous flocked here to see this special place for themselves.
Hernando DeSoto even visited in 1541! Sam Houston, Bat Masterson, Babe
Ruth, and Al Capone came. Many Hollywood celebrities came. Presidents
Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman came. President Bill
Clinton grew up here, and often returns. They all came to enjoy the
relaxing and rejuvenating power of the mountain.
The Tradition Continues.
Rated as a top 5 tourist destination and a top 10 retirement
destination, the tradition of relaxation and rejuvenation continues
Listed as one of the top 10 Least Expensive places
to live in the
Nation, and with the lowest cost of living of all metro areas in
Arkansas. You don't have to be rich or famous to own Hot Springs realty
Hot Springs AR real estate has value packed into
every square foot. I
don't know anywhere else in the country where you could even come close
to all that Hot Springs real estate has to offer.
alone is enough to leave most places in the dust. Surrounded by 3
lakes, Hamilton, Catherine, and Ouachita and with 2 more nearby, DeGray
and Greeson, the water sports available in the Diamond Lakes area is
Fishing, boating, water skiing, personal
watercraft, swimming, scuba diving...Hot Springs realty has it all. If
you love the water, there can't be a better place than this. And Lake
Ouachita was recently named one of the cleanest lakes in the country,
second only to Lake Tahoe!
When you're ready to come back to land, there are 11 championship golf
courses to try out. You'll find hiking and camping galore in the nearby
state parks and the Ouachita National Forest. I've spent years
exploring the forest roads in Ouachita, and haven't yet been on all of
them. A newly opened ORV park takes care of motorized recreation. 1250
acres to get lost on your ATV, dirt bike, or whatever your favorite
off-road vehicle happens to be.
Now that we've sampled the Great Outdoors, what about Indoor
First off, owning Hot Springs realty means you'll own property in one
of the fastest growing art centers in the US. Listed in the Top 100
Best Small Art Towns in the country, fine art galleries housed in
restored Victorian buildings in the down-town historic district are
Hot Springs has become home to several nationally
recognized movie and art festivals. There are always concerts and
performance arts to see. A day at the races at historic Oaklawn Park is
a great way to spend a spring day.
Shopping in the eclectic
boutiques across the street from Bathhouse Row in the Hot Springs
Historic District will be the best way to spend a day for many of you.
It will probably take a full day to explore these unique shops
OK, that covers
most of the fun things to do, what about the everyday life kind of
Did I mention the
lowest cost of living of any Arkansas metro area? Shopping is anchored
by the Hot Springs Mall,
along with several new shopping centers. Since Hot Springs is such a
great tourist destination, there's a lot more variety than you would
normally see in a town this size.
actually pretty good when it comes to driving around town. Most of the
main streets are 4 lane, and the bypass makes it pretty easy to get
from one side of town to the other. Downtown does get pretty congested
during peak seasons, but you learn shortcuts around the busy
restaurants and bars
reflect the spirit of the place. Fun
and relaxed to traditional and elegant. Like Hot Springs itself, you
can find something that fits your mood. Because they do cater to
tourists, there are a huge variety of styles to choose from. Nice thing
is, if you're a local, there's no shortage of little places off the
beaten path. It's really a good balance.
A modern hospital and medical facilities provide first class health
There are several highly rated schools in the area. If you have kids,
owning Hot Springs realty means they'll have access to a great
education. In fact the premiere high school in the state is located in
I know with everything we've covered you're probably thinking "This is
gonna be expensive". A large home on Lake Hamilton will be. But
overall, it's surprising how affordable most of Hot Springs realty is.
neighborhoods near the historic district have many homes built before
1960. They may take a little more updating but make up for it with
great character. The median price is only $60,000 so you can afford
Just out from the downtown area are newer
subdivisions with most houses built after 1970. These homes are a
little larger but still affordable with a median cost of $95,000.
of new homes around Hot Springs has been steady the last 10 years.
Larger still and with more modern amenities, median price for these
houses is around $110,000.
Today the average cost of a new home
with 5 bedrooms and a garage is about $190,000. Lake front homes start
at around $300,000. When you factor in everything you get with Hot
Springs realty, it really is a super bargain.
The best way to get the facts is to ask someone who has been there,
done that, and bought the tee shirt. So, I asked some friends who own
Hot Springs realty what they really thought.
is a corporate executive in Little Rock. He and his family had lived in
the same house for several years and were just wanting something
different.They looked at new houses around Little Rock, which were
expensive. Remodeling their existing home was an option.
found out about a condo for sale on Lake Hamilton. About to be empty
nesters with two girls in college, the idea of a weekend get-a-way made
sense. And the girls were excited about spending summer breaks on the
lake with their friends.
The cost was reasonable compared to
other options they were considering. Mike knew he could resell easily
if they didn't like it for some reason. Well, that's one thing they
haven't had to worry about. Everyone in the family loves it!
a weekend on Lake Hamilton, Mike says he feels so relaxed and
refreshed, he only wishes he had done this sooner. He and his wife like
to go down on a Friday night and eat out at a nice restaurant. Then
spend the rest of the evening relaxing on their deck overlooking the
lake. The party barge and jet skis are tied up at the dock just outside
the back door, ready for action the next day.
Speaking of action,
the girls love coming over for the weekend and ripping around the lake
on the jet skis. Maybe then ride their bikes around. Or maybe just go
into town to do some shopping. They say it's a great way to decompress
from the stress of school. That's really what Hot Springs realty is all
about - rest, relaxation, rejuvenation.
Bobby owns a business in a nearby town. He used to live there, but said
it felt like he could never really leave work. Even though it meant a
daily commute, he bought a beautiful house overlooking Lake Catherine.
Now he says he looks forward to the drive on scenic Hwy. 7.
That's not the only scenic view he enjoys. His
favorite feature of the
new home is the hot tub overlooking the lake. After a hard day at work,
he says there is no better way to relax than to watch a sunset from
there. Once he made the move to Hot Springs, and realized how many
things there were to do, he's never regretted his decision for one
themes of Hot Springs Realty - Rest-Relaxation-Rejuvenation - really do
continue that 10,000 year old tradition.
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