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Lived here 9 months and love it - 6/14/2007
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Brian
Hot Springs National Park, AR

We chose Hot Springs because it is in a beautiful, historic area AND has a lively arts community. Our home is on Lake Hamilton with our boat slip right at our back door.

We are currently thoroughly enjoying the annual 2 weeks long Music Festival and are looking forward to the 10 days long Documentary Film Festival in October (the 4th most well known in the country, believe it or not). Every month there is an art gallery walk and an antiques walk on the 1st and 3rd Friday evening of the month. Delightful evenings - meeting interesting people, looking at art and antiques and endulging in the complimentary wine and canapes.

Lake front properties, propert taxes and the general cost of living are extremely reasonable in comparison with other states. Californians are moving here in great numbers and are consequently pushing up property values.

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Carole
Hot Springs National Park, AR

Beautiful Piece of History - 4/3/2014

Hot Springs, which obviously gets it's name from the springs discovered by DeSoto and the Indians is a beautiful piece of history. In it's heyday it was frequented by actors, gangsters, sports legends, presidents & many more, who reveled in it's "healing waters" and beauty. Today, people continue to enjoy it's three beautiful lakes, mountains, museums, thermal baths & massages. It has a multitude of nightlife, fine restaurants, casino, live horse racing as well as simulcasting. If you are not interested in the nightlife you can enjoy the many parks, camping areas in and around the lakes and mountains, downtown shops or the beautiful gardens. A little something for everyone!

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The Truth
Pearcy, AR

Lake Hamilton School District Pearcy, AR - 2/6/2013

My grandmother was in the first graduating class of Lake Hamilton. All of my aunts and uncles, as well as my parents, attended LH. My siblings and I, along with our children attended LH, and it is coming time for my grandchildren to enroll in school. I own a very large amount of property near the school that has been passed down thru generations of my family for over 150 years. The reason I am supplying the above information is because I want to make it very clear that I have deep roots in Pearcy, AR. I have a long history with Lake Hamilton School District. I feel it is extremely important to share this information with you so that you will understand how serious my review is when I say that MY grandchildren, and their children, will NEVER step foot inside any Lake Hamilton School District Classroom. I am actually putting my family land on the market because I am so tired of the lies and political BS that goes with living in this area. The actual area that comprises LH School District is some of the prettiest land you will ever see in Arkansas. You have a choice of living in a subdivision with a postage stamp yard and neighbors a few feet away, living on waterfront property or in an area with water access, all the way to living on several hundred acres if you prefer your privacy. There literally is something for everyone if you are only concerned about the type of land you live on. As for the school, however, it has gone from a "little country school that cares" to just another mill that only cares about athletics and passing state mandated tests. If you have a child who excels in any sport, and your concern is allowing them to shine in that capacity for hopes of a scholarship, then LH is probably where you need to be. If you have a child who excels academically, then Lakeside (or one of the Magnet schools in Hot Springs) would be much better decision. If you have a special needs child, a child that needs even 5 extra minutes of attention or help from teacher - RUN as fast as you can away from LH School and do NOT look back! I have personally witnessed multiple teachers complaining about the 'no child left behind' law. Their complaint is because having a 'dumb' student makes their job harder and makes their test scores lower. This school also utilizes a 'boot camp' program. During state standardized testing time, for 1-2 months prior to test date the grades being tested will study nothing but test material. From the moment they arrive at school until they leave, they are memorizing test questions. The reasoning for this is so the school gets high test scores and it appears to the outisde world that the school is doing its' job. There are kids graduating every single year from LH that cannot read, even though they have attended from kindergarten to graduation. Bullying is also a huge problem at LH. Do NOT let them tell you any different! The junior high and high school principals do not care, and I have personally seen them join in on mocking 'slower' students. There is also a double-standard of treatment for cheerleaders and athletes than for regular students. And let's not forget when the High School Principal's own son took a highpower paintball assault rifle one friday night before a basketball game, went to the parking lot with several of his friends, and shot up several cars AND several students. When one of the parents called the Garland County Sheriff's Dept, the principal sent the police on and said it was an 'internal' matter. Of course, nothing happened to his son, but the poor girl who called the police was given detention. This can be verified thru an article in the Sentinnel Record newspaper. And let's not forget the biggest issues of all with Lake Hamilton.....teachers having sex with students! It was going on when I was in school there, and continues to this day. About 10 years ago, a young woman took it so far that the school could no longer lie and cover up the abuse, and the 'coach' ended up being fired after working there for over 20 years, but was given a 'golden parachute' when he left. This is well-documented by both newspapers and tv stations in Arkansas so do not take my word for it - research for yourself. There are many more issues, such as the school is asking for a millage increase while it wastes tens of thousands of dollars every semester on unneccessary spending, but you can uncover that, along with everything I have stated above, with a little research. Dig deeper than normal before making your decision to move here. Also, if you are not White, this probably is not the school for you. It is, and also has been, a predominantly White Flight area.

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Deb
Hot Springs National Park, AR

QUALITY OF LIFE - 11/3/2011

YOUR QUALITY OF LIFE WILL GREATLY IMPROVE ONCE YOU VISIT AND RELOCATE YOU OR YOUR FAMILY TO HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS. FIRST YOU WILL NOTE HOW MUCH MORE HOUSE YOU CAN GET FOR YOUR MONY, AND THE QUALITY SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. THIS TOWN IS GREAT FOR THE FAMILY JUST STARTING OUT. SMALLER SCHOOLS AND GREAT OUTDOOR ACTIVITES AT THE LAKES AND MOUNTAINS MAKES SURE A FAMILY GETS OFF TO A GREAT START. FOR THOSE LOOKINGS TO RETIRE THE GOLFING IS FANTASTIC AND WOMEN CAN ENJOY THE MANY SOCIAL GATHERINGS SUCH AS THE BRIDGE,QUILTING, GARDENIG,OR CHURCH. JUST COME FOR A VISIST AND THEN I BET YOU GO HOME AND PUT YOUR HOUSE ON THE MARKET !!!

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Patrick
Denton, TX

Living in Hot Springs, AR - 5/29/2011

I lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas for 21 years from 1989 ti 2010. I had to leave in 2010 due to a company transfer. I had lived in Hot Springs twice as a child. Once in the mid 1950's and again in the early 1960's. I loved it there every time. My wife and I enjoy owning and riding horses and motorcycles. The Hot Springs area has some of the best roads for sight seeing whether motorcycle or car that you will find. There are horse trails in abundance with overnight horse camping in many locations around the state. I could leave Hot Springs on my Harley and be in the twisties and mountains in just a few miles. There are lots of nice lakes in the area, and some are huge. Fishing and water sports, and camping are a big plus. My wife developed many medical problems the last six years we were there. We were very happy with the medical treatment we recieved from the Hospitals and the abilities of the doctors. Compared to most towns of that size Hot Springs has an abundance of good doctors. I miss Hot Springs so much that I plan on returning when I retire in 2.5 years. I kept my home there and rented it out. Hot Springs is small compared to big cities and might make some people feel like there is not much to do there. If you are looking for a Dallas or L.A. or Houston 24/7 blowing and going life style, then you will not find what you are looking for. Hot Springs has good eating, good entertainment, and some nice clubs, just on a smaller scale. 95% of the people that I met that had moved there loved it and stayed. of the 5% that didn't stay, most of them came back in a year or two because they realized how much they loved it after all. The cost of living there is very good compared to many states. Car tags are about 25 bucks a year with no vehical inspections. Property taxes on my Arkansas home with 8 acres are $1000 a year. Compared to Texas where I now live they are $3400 a year on a 300 square foot smaller home with 1/4 acre. Arkansas does have a state income tax so they will get some of you money there, but it is not to heavy. There are not a lot of jobs there that pay up around $100,000 a year or I would have quite mine, found another one, and stayed when the transfer came in. What I am saying is don't move there and then look for a job. Get one there and then move. If you are retire(as I will be)or independently wealthy(like I would like to be)it is no problem.

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debbie
Hot Springs National Park, AR

beware: - 1/2/2010

This is one hateful, vile and crooked town. Beware and stay far away. They do not seam to care about stun gunning people who do not have kids, for blacks whose children skip school, especially if your white. It seams here in dog patch telephone number makes you a parent not DNA. They like to tax people for property that they do not have as a favorite past time. If you are a crook then this is your town. The more crooked and dirty the more they seam to be proud.It really is not a town for honest, hard working people. They also like to limit the town to only family members, that they have between each other, as long as they are all related.

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Barbara
Royal, AR

Hot Springs - 6/17/2009

Hot Springs is not the place to retire. Government, Housing, Hospitals are not "Senior Friendly" when you are elderly much less poor. Two classes in HS, (1)elderly, poor (2)Service providers. Different culture and different ideals are not what most desire when making a life changing move. Most Senior Citizens move out of HS after a few years. Make sure you do your research before ever considering this type of move. In this vulnerable stage in life, trust can no longer be accepted. Talk to family and friends before jumping into something that looks nice, promoted well, PR does a great job of selling there product. I personally wouldn't recommend living in this town. My opinion, spent 10 years and still am amazed at how 60'ish they are in the 20th century. If you were born and raised in this town, you are basically happy. Again my opinion, Southerners prefer you stay out of there town if you talk to the locals. Try driving down town HS and being 65. Gives you an idea of how HS is really geared. Everyone's got Horror stories to tell,just seems lately are coming out of this town. I have a problem when the elderly and poor are taken advantage anywhere. Research local government. I'm amazed how many people move into a area, but never really know how the town is run and by whom.

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Bp
Hot Springs Village, AR

Hot Springs : Dismal, Scenic, Calm - 4/21/2009

We have lived 15 miles outside HS for nine years and are retired. I have not once seen a child swing on a swing or go down a slide. I've not seen a park for kids with the exception of what is called The Tank. Traveling from Hot Springs Village to downtown (which is Hot Springs proper)there is an area on a corner that has a stream with ducks with a small bridge you walk across to get to the tank and the pavilion. It is very shaded so there are no flowers or landscaping so it is not attractive. For birthday parties the kids can crawl all over a WWII tank then eat on a picnic table under the pavilion. There are no swings or slides. They do have a portable toilet thingy. it is right at the entrance to a National Park. Boy, is that a stretch. It is simply a 1/4 mile winding road with hills on one side and on the other side is an RV "Park" with Zero facilities. People say you can hike up the hill behind the RV park but I never see anyone doing it. The speed limit is 30. If you get caught going over that the ticket is $100. Across this street that has the tank is a shack like structure that sells tough, dry BBQ. People actually go there, not knowing what great BBQ tastes like. Ugly place. Take-out only. If you choose to go straight and not go down the 1/4 road thru the National Park, in about ten minutes you'll be in Hot Springs. Some people think it's scenic and pretty; some say it's dismal and poor looking. It's just Central Avenue with stores and eateries (a few, half are for sale) on one side and the Bathhouses on the other. The bathhouses are very pretty and nicely landscaped; very old and to me depressing inside. In front of them are in-ground pools of steaming hot water with smoke coming up. Sort of like a baby Yellowstone. I have never had a decent meal on Central-at least not on this part which is the old part. It is Very poor eating at best. Tourists walk up and down, looking at the art galleries. We bought a Thomas Kinkade painting in one. And they have a few very nice boutiques with upscale ladies' clothing. Keep going straight a few miles and now you're in the newer part of HS. There is a great Lowe's, a TJ Maxx, Petsmart, San francisco Bread Company, Pier One, Chick Fila, a bakery, a Shoebox, Office Max and a department store. This entire ride from the tank to here is slow , pleasant driving, not over 40mph. Go another 2 miles and you come to a huge Walmart, then past that are all the new great hotels like the Embassy Suites. When you are downtown, in the old section, if you turn off Central you will or could find where the drug dealers hang out. I would NEVER go downtown past dark. Around these neighborhoods are something that seems unique to me: men who can walk that are in wheelchairs to collect disability. I have SEEN them walk down steps then get onto their electric wheelchairs. If a person is very poor and can get on disability , HS is a great place. These guys go up and down the streets, up to bank drive-up windows, into restaurants then can go inside an old hotel and ride the elevator to their hotel room (lots of people here live in old hotels). You can eat for almost nothing at Levi Hospital. I haven't heard much about the HS school district but Fountain Lake and Lakeside are good schools. Very little racial diversity and Ft Lake is really big and nice . They had tennis courts which are being moved and a new Middle School is going up now. The baseball field is in the back of the school complex and a bus actually drives you from the front parking lot up to that field! And they have a LOT of different foods to eat during the games. Lots of school spirit, great band, caring, warm teachers and principles. In fifth grade, Ms Crook and Ms Lampo come to mind as very caring people who want to be involved with your children. The elementary principle is top-notch. The kids HUG HIM when they come into the school building. You simply feel "at home" in Ft Lake Schools. Miss Tracy, the Middle School receptionist / secretary is a lovely, precious person. A real asset to the school's image. Much loved. The students will come into her office just to say hi. Taxes are Really low here. Home prices are low. you can get an old, unheated house for 25K and that is higher than it used to be. On Lake Hamilton you can pay 450K for a house. Night life? Forget it. There is one nightclub and we've never been inside and never will be. One thing I miss about Texas is the sandy loam soil. The soil here is awful; full of rocks. I can't grow any veggies here. The climate is great. It snows about 2" a winter then is gone in 2 days or less. June to September are hot and humid with 99 degree weather for 2 wks straight not unusual. Temps go down to about 20 at night in the winter; I love it. This is not a windy area. We have hundreds who have moved here from Nebraska, Michigan, Wisconsin, New York. Older people. We have an outlet mall down near the Walmart I mentioned that is small in comparison with others I've seen and again, the traffic is nothing and slow moving. We have a new Ruby Tuesday, lots of new banks, a Chili's, lots of Sonics, a PIZZA BUFFET that is really good but crowded with a gameroom in the back. They even have chocolate pizza. Our large new Chinese buffet is good and never crowded. And there are two older ones that are smaller. The people are friendly, not as much as East texans and the food is not nearly as good as there but, then, we don't have the traffic.

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Valerie
Royal, AR

Hot Springs, AR. - 2/18/2009

Art is outstanding, many many artist! Lakes all around, along with rivers and creeks.

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janet
Hot Springs National Park, AR

natural state - 12/31/2007

Hot Springs has much to offer for recreation. It is located in the foothills of the Ozarks, making for some glorious hiking, and is surrounded by three large lakes for the swimming, boating and fishing enthusiast.

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William
Hot Springs National Park, AR

Living In Hot Springs, Arkansas - 11/28/2007

I've lived here most of my life except for the time I was in the military. This is a retirement community, period! Don't come here unless you're comfortably retired, or are a professional such as a Doctor or Lawyer. Health care workers are always needed. If you can't earn a living otherwise, don't come here. It's a great "second home" for well off people. We have good location, good average year round weather, reasonable cost of living and health services. Public transportation lags, however. There is some handicapped transportation. Most of what you need is within about a ten to fifteen minute drive. Crime and drugs are a problem, but not quite yet out of control. People have to practice reasonable security. If you don't have kids, it's a much more attractive place. It takes a little longer to build up a support network here. We are a "green" state, enough rain, mild winters, mountains, plenty of trees. The local, county and state governments are fairly good, although on the somewhat more conservative side.

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Brian
Hot Springs National Park, AR

Lived here 9 months and love it - 6/14/2007

We chose Hot Springs because it is in a beautiful, historic area AND has a lively arts community. Our home is on Lake Hamilton with our boat slip right at our back door. We are currently thoroughly enjoying the annual 2 weeks long Music Festival and are looking forward to the 10 days long Documentary Film Festival in October (the 4th most well known in the country, believe it or not). Every month there is an art gallery walk and an antiques walk on the 1st and 3rd Friday evening of the month. Delightful evenings - meeting interesting people, looking at art and antiques and endulging in the complimentary wine and canapes. Lake front properties, propert taxes and the general cost of living are extremely reasonable in comparison with other states. Californians are moving here in great numbers and are consequently pushing up property values.

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Kalua
Hot Springs, AR

Climate Summary: Hot Springs, AR - 12/6/2006

Moderate, occaisionally harsh winters. Cool falls. Warm, stormy springs. Hot, Humid summers. Plentiful access to lakes and all types of water sports. Summer fishing, swimming, skiing and parasailing. Winter fishing. Fall hunting season. Surrounded by National Forest. Therapeutic Thermal Springs with year round access to therapeutic spas and massages, holistic medicines.

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shannon
Albuquerque, NM

Hot Springs - 4/15/2006

Hot Springs is beautiful and a GREAT place to raise kids. There are so many beautiful streams, lakes, forests to play in, and the whole downtown in a state park. Great water, and nice hot springs. It is hard to find jobs there though, and the people who live there struggle to make it, unless they are independently wealthy. Lots of retires. I lived there three years when my son was little, and didn't realize how wonderful it was till I moved away. I look back at that time as a free and natural playful time in his childhood. There isn't much traffic (except by the racetrack) the people are freindly, and you don't have the issues you do in big cities. Kids can really be kids. There is alot of poverty and drug use there, but also some of the best recovery/treatment centers, and alot of health centers. Just make sure you have jobs secured before you go.

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Jennifer
Lufkin, TX

Moving soon - 3/30/2006

We are moving soon. we have 4 kids and need some were thay can grow up.. We are thinking of renting for a while. We both also need jobs...Hot Springs is a place I have hurd of many times... We are in Lufkin TX. so its not to far from you. I don't know how far. Any help with any of this??

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Meredith
Arkadelphia, AR

Meredith - 3/26/2006

Lovely place to retire or grow up. Great health care. Resonable lodging. Lots of recreation activities for all ages. Good shopping. Lovely surroundings. Lots of clear, sunny days. Adequate rain for good gardens and flowers. One hour from Little Rock: Univ. of Ark., world class medical care, great shopping. Less than one hour to two good universities.

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Meredith
Arkadelphia, AR

Meredith - 3/26/2006

Airport adequate for smaller jets. Connections to everywhere. Traffic is problematic especially in tourist and racing seasons. Mass transit mostly geared toward tourists. Trolleys and amphibious vehicles. City buses. Taxi service.

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Meredith
Arkadelphia, AR

Meredith - 3/26/2006

Many churches of varied denominations. The religious community is very active with lots of youth activities. Special live relitious music in the Advent and Lenten seasons. Active Jewish, Buddist, Serbian Orthodox, and spiritualist groups.

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Meredith
Arkadelphia, AR

Meredith - 3/26/2006

Great water, air quality. Bathhouses with great massages. Excellent medical facilities: 4 hospitals: 2 critical care, rehab and mental facilities. Physicians of every specialty. Great food, health food stores. Alternative medicine: naturopathic physician, acupuncture, practitioners of Reiki and other healing arts. Classes in Yoga, martial arts, other kinds of physical activity. Physical therapy available. Climate is moderate: mild winters, warm in summer, lots of clear, pretty days.

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Meredith
Arkadelphia, AR

Meredith - 3/26/2006

Very active arts community for its size: chamber orchestra, string quartets, galleries. Community band, community chorus. Educational opportunities: nice community college, adequate public schools, a number of private schools of music, dance, martial arts, etc. Classes in esoteric subjects like astrology, Buddism, psychic skills, massage, Reiki, Yoga. Other arts activities: Annual Harley Davidson rally, documentary film festival, music festivals, barbershop quartet festival.

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Meredith
Arkadelphia, AR

Meredith - 3/26/2006

Prices of everything quite reasonable that I know of. Groceries cost more where I live 30 miles away.

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