The cost-of-living in Arkansas is less than the national average, and home prices are below average. It rains quite a bit here, with an average of only about 120 days of sunshine a year. In July, temperatures reach the low 90s, and it can get awfully muggy, and in January, low 30s are not uncommon.
Hot Springs, Arkansas
This is a really lovely retirement community nestled in rolling forested hills with a smattering of clear blue lakes. This town of about 36,000 is not what one might expect in the middle of Arkansas (actually, 50 miles southwest of Little Rock). It’s surprisingly cosmopolitan, with dozens of excellent restaurants, a restored downtown, art galleries and many amenities found in larger cities. Residents are from all over the country. You’ll find single family homes and town homes for sale. There are no age restrictions, and the average age here is 63. Oh, and if you enjoy golf, there are five 18-hole golf courses.
Bella Vista Village
Located on 40,000 acres in the very northwest corner of the state, this retirement community was built in 1965, so it is fairly well established. There are no age restrictions, and the average age is 57. Children are allowed as residents. This community has plenty of amenities, including seven golf courses, eight lakes, three recreation centers, five clubhouses, twelve tennis courts, a yacht club and three parks. Discounted rates if you’d like to come check it out.
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