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Retire in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Updated on July 29, 2013

I could spend the rest of my life here.

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Planning for twilight years

This is the point in my life when making the right decision is most critical. Soon I will have to live on a “fixed income.” The funny thing is that I have been on a fixed, and declining, income since 2007. Anyway … I now understand what my grandmother meant when she would say, “I can’t afford that! I am on a fixed income.”

In two to four years I will retire. It is painfully obvious that I will not be able to maintain the lifestyle to which I have become accustom. Currently my largest expense is my mortgage - $1900. In order to have a greater cash flow it is imperative that I reduce my mortgage payment. While I understand that I must move, I want to maintain the quality of my existence. In addition I want to be around my family and friends which are in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Hot Springs Village - Largest gated community in the United States

While looking at neighborhoods in Little Rock, I stumbled across Hot Springs Village. After reading Hot Springs Villages’ proximity to tourists attractions and the sheer natural beauty of the area, I was sold.

Hot Springs Village (HSV) includes more than 26,000 heavily-wooded acres governed by the HSV Property Owners’ Association. Among HSV common property and amenities are:

1. Eleven recreation lakes plus an isolated water-supply lake

2. Three beaches, two full-serice marinas, including boat rentals

3. Two lake-side, covered pavilion complexes for group picnics for up to 300+ people

4. Nine golf courses

5. A police department

6. Several fire and ambulance stations

7. Animal/wildlife control

8. The only 5-star tennis association in Arkansas

9. Indoor and outdoor swimming complexes

10. A large, extensively equipped fitness center

11. Over 20 miles of hiking trails (no excuse for not exercising)

This list is not conclusive. Retirement does not have to be the end of life. I certainly do not want to be bored.

The HSV manages a city! http://www.hsvpoa.org/POA.htm

I could learn to play golf!

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Complete tour of Hot Springs Village

View from a deck

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Advice please

It looks like I have already decided ... which I have. However, I am open to other suggestions. Should I move to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas?

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I see myself in Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

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    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Thank you! How gracious of you. I am already planning a production company! We will have a channel on YouTube. I will also direct a community choir. Unfortunately, when younger managers come in with the philosophy that the company needs a youthful image, you know it is time to go.

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      Stanley Soman 

      5 years ago from New York

      Very interesting, from the profile picture it doesn't seem you're too old, but I get it, you want a quiet life. It looks nice and welcoming, do you plan to continue working to maintain healthy mind and body? I want to do some fun hobby to keep myself alert when i get old. I think that's the most important part

    • dianetrotter profile imageAUTHOR

      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      5 years ago from Fontana

      Mhatter? Is being a mason in conflict with getting old?

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      Martin Kloess 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      If I weren't a mason, I might be enticed. Thank you for this.

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