Hot Springs Real Estate Market?

Hot Springs Real Estate Market?

Since: Feb 13

Salem, AR

#1 Feb 8, 2013
We are looking to relocate to Hot Springs and have seen a lot of very cool old houses for sale online for not much money. Some of the properties look like they would be great with some moderate remodeling. Any thoughts on this? Anyone done or doing this?
xlmojocake

Mountain Home, AR

#3 Feb 9, 2013
Betty hill wrote:
Good luck this town is very trashy, tyrant police officers, dead animals, drugs, low pay, and diseases
Well, that's doesn't sound very appealing. By trashy, do you mean there is a lot of trash laying around or are there a lot of trashy people? Where are the dead animals? In the street? Any details you'd be willing to share would be appreciated.
xlmojocake

United States

#5 Feb 10, 2013
Don wrote:
there's a lot of devastated homes here in need of repair due to neglect, if I am right in Betty's response the dead animals are in streets and left there to decompose I don't know why the city never pick some up and trash is everywhere
Isn't there an adult detention center, a juvenile detention center in the city and a prison in Malvern? Don't they have work crews to help clean up?
xlmojocake

Mountain Home, AR

#7 Feb 10, 2013
Don wrote:
Sure they have work crews on a dailey basis they come from the courts people who gets fines and cant pay them due to the lack of a descent income and a corrupt police officers who are filling out tickets just to bring up city income
What kind of jobs are around there that people aren't getting paid much for? Working at fast food places and that sort of thing?
Are the police writing bogus tickets? It doesn't make any sense that an officer would write a ticket to someone to bring up city income when the person can't afford to pay it and then they are on a work crew to pick up trash but there is trash everywhere? I think we'll come down next weekend to see for myself. Can you recommend any motels that aren't too expensive and aren't overrun with drug dealers and prostitutes since I'll have my family with me?
And actually, just out of curiosity, where is the worst part of town?
Kristy

Sulphur, OK

#8 Feb 12, 2013
I am also curious as to what the worst part of town is. We are new to the area, in the middle of moving there but chose a place a couple miles South of Hot Springs more in the country.

When house hunting ourselves, we noticed a lot of homes that were run down or neighborhoods where there was a lot of severe deferred maintenance with the homes. If I remember right, those areas were in the older part of Hot Springs towards the North side, or to the West of Central Avenue near Grande.

However, there were a lot of really nice hotels and high end restaurants in Hot Springs, too. It seems like we just had to weed through a lot of the house listing to find something.

The deferred maintenance was "hit or miss" throughout town. Thus, we drove outside of town a little bit and found an awesome property that was not listed anywhere, but had a sign posted.

I think the best thing that we did was just get there and drive around. Wish we would have stayed overnight the first weekend we came down, because we didnt realize how far of a distance it was between all of the areas we were looking in. Took more time that we thought.
xlmojocake

Salem, AR

#9 Feb 13, 2013
Kristy wrote:
I am also curious as to what the worst part of town is. We are new to the area, in the middle of moving there but chose a place a couple miles South of Hot Springs more in the country.
When house hunting ourselves, we noticed a lot of homes that were run down or neighborhoods where there was a lot of severe deferred maintenance with the homes. If I remember right, those areas were in the older part of Hot Springs towards the North side, or to the West of Central Avenue near Grande.
However, there were a lot of really nice hotels and high end restaurants in Hot Springs, too. It seems like we just had to weed through a lot of the house listing to find something.
The deferred maintenance was "hit or miss" throughout town. Thus, we drove outside of town a little bit and found an awesome property that was not listed anywhere, but had a sign posted.
I think the best thing that we did was just get there and drive around. Wish we would have stayed overnight the first weekend we came down, because we didnt realize how far of a distance it was between all of the areas we were looking in. Took more time that we thought.
Thanks for sharing your experience, Kristy. That was good information and I appreciate it.
We have a house we are looking at in the neighborhood south of the Convention Center that is going to take a lot of work but my wife and I love to build and remodel. To get a true feel for the area, we got a motel for Sunday night nearby and will spend Sunday afternoon and all day Monday around town. I plan on walking a few of the blocks as well as parking outside the house at night. It sounds funny, but I don't think you really know what you're in for unless you park on the street in the middle of the night with your windows down to hear the neighborhood dogs, obnoxious neighbors, see what streetlights will be blaring in your windows and what kind of people are roaming and crusing the streets.
Lakeside HS, from what I've heard, is the better school in the area and will visit there too.
gypsygrl

Rockwall, TX

#10 Feb 21, 2013
xlmojocake wrote:
<quoted text>Thanks for sharing your experience, Kristy. That was good information and I appreciate it.
We have a house we are looking at in the neighborhood south of the Convention Center that is going to take a lot of work but my wife and I love to build and remodel. To get a true feel for the area, we got a motel for Sunday night nearby and will spend Sunday afternoon and all day Monday around town. I plan on walking a few of the blocks as well as parking outside the house at night. It sounds funny, but I don't think you really know what you're in for unless you park on the street in the middle of the night with your windows down to hear the neighborhood dogs, obnoxious neighbors, see what streetlights will be blaring in your windows and what kind of people are roaming and crusing the streets.
Lakeside HS, from what I've heard, is the better school in the area and will visit there too.
So I'm curious as to how it turned out? I'm also moving soon and looking for a rental..
xlmojocake

Salem, AR

#11 Feb 22, 2013
gypsygrl wrote:
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So I'm curious as to how it turned out? I'm also moving soon and looking for a rental..
Had a great visit over the weekend. We looked at a few houses including the big house at 403 Pleasant Street some locals may know as the John L. Webb house. That place should have a discussion thread of it's own. It was very cool and would be an ambitious project. We walked that neighborhood, a.k.a. The Pleasant Street Historic District and it was very quiet, even at night. I saw some of the trash on the sidewalks and gutters but no worse than a lot of places I've been. I also saw a lot of people sitting on their porches or walking not taking the time or effort to pick up their own street or even their own front yards. Waiting for the city to come pick up the trash, I guess. If everyone that was able bodied enough would take a little time, a little pride in their own neighborhood and maybe take a trash bag with you and get out and walk once in a while, you'd see a difference and it's contagious. I've been part of that in a lot worse places than Hot Springs. I did see signs of growth. New buildings being built, some old buildings being rehabilitated. Even the National Baptist Hotel which was vacant for so long is up and running as an assisted living center. It's sad to see the home of the person that built that building falling apart a few blocks away. Lakeside High School was incredible but unless Senate Bill 65 passes, you'll need to live with the district boundries to attend. We didn't find that out until we got there so we are waiting to see how that goes. One way or another, we're going to figure out how to move to Hot Springs.
Marky Mark

Conway, AR

#12 Feb 23, 2013
Hot Springs is a wonderful city. Sure it has its problems but the city is well managed and no there are no dead animals all over the streets or trash everywhere. It's a very nice tourist destination. The police force is ok. Most are very professional. I've never had a bad encounter with them. It's a very nice community
Marky Mark

Conway, AR

#14 Feb 23, 2013
Larry Hill wrote:
<quoted text>it must be nice to be blind and deaf
Just cause you don't like it doesn't mean others don't. I've lived here for 15 yrs and have had very few problems. Maybe if its that bad you should consider moving. Surely a sourpuss like yourself would be better suited in a place like Pine Bluff or Detroit, lol. Hot Springs is awesome and well if you don't like it maybe you're not that awesome. Just saying
sure

Rockwall, TX

#16 Feb 23, 2013
Gilbert wrote:
<quoted text>I think he is right you must be blind! there's 2 dead dogs on Thornton Ferry an Albert Pike that's been there for a month 3 other dead animals on the bypass at Albert Pike. I dead cat in front of the Tractor Supply Store on Albert Pike. 2 decomposing dear on Airport Road and South Moore. another dead dog and cat in front of the airport . on Malvin rd between grand and the bypass there are numerous dead animals. for anybody reading this just drive around and you'll see it don't take my word for it judge for yourself
Sounds like you have allot of time on your hands...
sure

Rockwall, TX

#18 Feb 24, 2013
Gilbert wrote:
<quoted text>no I drive a taxi for a living so I see what is out there
Lol ok now that does make since.
Sonic Drive In

Hot Springs National Park, AR

#19 Feb 24, 2013
Bunch of uneducated women in this thread. Go do something productive ya biyotches.
Marky Mark

Little Rock, AR

#20 Feb 25, 2013
Well maybe you should call the city about those dead animals. You know they don't just magically know when an animal dies on the road. I see a lot of complaining in this thread but not one of you have said you called the city about the problems. Maybe instead of complaining you could just take a minute out of your busy day to call and report these things instead of bashing the place you live in.
Marky Mark

Little Rock, AR

#22 Feb 25, 2013
Dean Lee wrote:
<quoted text>I had a dead dog in front of my drive way that was hit by a delivery truck last summer I called the police about it and they told me to call the humane center, the humane center told me they only handle live animals they told me to call the garbage co, the garbage company told me they only handle garbage and call the police department. getting tired of the run around . I just moved it in the ditch all that is left now is bones
Animal Control is who you're supposed to call. Had a dead dog in street and I called. Picked it up the same day
deb

Rockwall, TX

#23 Feb 25, 2013
Dean Lee wrote:
<quoted text>I had a dead dog in front of my drive way that was hit by a delivery truck last summer I called the police about it and they told me to call the humane center, the humane center told me they only handle live animals they told me to call the garbage co, the garbage company told me they only handle garbage and call the police department. getting tired of the run around . I just moved it in the ditch all that is left now is bones
How sad. I live in north east tx and you call the police they call the pound and its picked up before the day is up.

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