Master-Planned and Gated Communities in Arkansas

Nicknamed “The Natural State,” Arkansas immediately draws you in with its stunning scenery. Mountain backdrops—most notably the Ozarks—dense forests, streams, and rolling rapids create a diverse landscape that is nothing short of beautiful. It’s here that you can find some of the best retirement communities or second home destinations for your ideal life.

Outdoor Recreation

With its mixture of views and abundance of activities,  it’s hard not to want to spend every minute of your time outdoors. Arkansas can be divided into six different destinations, and where you are can determine the way you’ll spend your time. In the Northwest region, recreational fun can be found in rivers. Take, for example, the Buffalo National River, where you can spend some of the day fishing or floating—your choice. Or visit the Ozark Mountains, where hiking trails beckon, and you can stumble across natural features like waterfalls.

In the North Central part of the state, much of the same activities await, along with the awe of underground caverns. In the Southwest, relax in the hot, natural springs or delve into the art and history of the area. Looking for a little bit of it all? The Central destination of Arkansas is home to cities like Little Rock, where you can find delicious cuisines, craft beer breweries, and even more outdoor activities.

Musical Undertones

The other two regions of the state run along the Mississippi River Delta. If you’ve heard of the term “Delta blues,” its origins can be attributed to the Upper Delta and the Lower Delta. The Upper Delta was once the home of music legend Johnny Cash. In the Lower Delta—one of the birthplaces of blues, jazz, and folk genres—banjos and fiddles reign supreme. But in the midst of the music, you’ll also find historical sites, tasty barbecue, and an Andy Dye signature golf course. Get to know the state through its sounds and endeavors.

Living in AR

You can count on Arkansas to have four distinct seasons; its humid, subtropical climate offers hot summers and cool, dry winters. In the spring, flowering trees and other budding plants welcome the warmer temperatures, and in autumn, you can witness gorgeous fall foliage. No matter the season, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of nature all around you. Take advantage of the opportunities to explore Arkansas and all it has to offer.

Natural beauty aside, Arkansas is a tax-friendly option for those looking to settle down in retirement. Social Security benefits and military pensions are not taxed, and neither are there estate or inheritance taxes. There is also no property tax at the state level. The general cost of living is lower than the national average, allowing your dollar to go further as you embark on this next phase of your life.

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Little Rock, AR

Arkansas is home to diverse cities and communities, each with something unique to discover – from metropolitan areas to rural settings and adventure sports to relaxing retreats.

Nicknamed the Natural State, Arkansas’s dense forests, winding rivers, and dramatic mountain landscapes provide endless exploration opportunities. Kayak on the Buffalo National River, dig for jewels in Crater of Diamonds State Park, or take in the sweeping views at Hawksbill Crag or Whitaker Point.

Tucked in the state’s northwest corner, Fayetteville and Bentonville are home to several annual food, film, and music festivals, plenty of museums, and diverse culinary offerings. Historic sites abound in the state capital of Little Rock, the largest city in the state. Live music is a way of life in Arkansas and can be heard in both Little Rock and the Lower Delta region, especially in Helena-West Helena.

It’s clear to see why Arkansas is an attractive option for those looking to relocate or retire. In addition to its rich culture and picturesque surroundings, Arkansas has the third-lowest cost of living in the United States, but the seventh-highest quality of life. State income tax is 60% lower than the national average, and property taxes are around 0.60%. Additionally, military retirement pay is exempt from state income tax.

Although it’s not always easy figuring out how to move to another state, we can help.

Request your free Arkansas Relocation Guide. This handy guide contains a wealth of information for people considering relocating to or retiring in Arkansas. No matter where you choose to visit or relocate, you’ll find friendly and helpful people everywhere you go.

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas

Hot Springs Village, AR
Homes, Townhomes: $48K - $1.8M Lots: $2.5K - $250K

Spanning 26,000 acres of the Ouachita Mountains, Hot Springs Village is the largest gated community in the United States in land area. Located between Little Rock and the Ouachita National Forest, Hot Springs Village is filled with adventure, entertainment, and a true sense of community.

Many homes here at Hot Springs Village are custom built, but if you can’t wait to move in, there are a handful of real estate companies that can show you the perfect preexisting home. If you choose the custom-built route, you are free to work with any licensed builder to create a uniquely yours home.

With thousands of acres of woodlands, the outdoors is one of the highlights of life at Hot Springs Village. Eleven recreational lakes, the largest coming in at 944 acres, provide ample opportunity to fish, waterski, kayak, and swim. When dry land is preferred, there are nine championship golf courses and over 30 miles of secluded trails.

Take a fitness class or a personal training session in the gym, followed by a dip in one of two pools. The Coronado Tennis Center has 13 tennis courts, and nearby, you’ll find 14 newly renovated pickleball courts.

With more than 200 clubs and organizations, the community is incredibly active at Hot Springs Village. From theatre groups and choirs to woodworkers and stargazers, there’s a place for everyone.

Hot Springs Village is about 50 miles from Little Rock and about 20 miles from the famed tourist town of Hot Springs. However, with over a dozen restaurant options, a performing arts center with a 650-seat theater, and a community library, you may never want to leave the Village.

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Bella Vista

Bella Vista, AR

Bella Vista is a private 36,000-acre, Member-based recreational community in Northwest Arkansas offering seven golf courses, seven stocked private lakes, swimming pools, tennis courts, trails, parks, pavilions, recreation centers, a gun range, an RV Park and many other amenities. Bella Vista was recently ranked one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places to Retire by U.S. News & World Report and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine.The Bella Vista Property Owners Association enhances each Member’s quality of life by promoting and improving amenities and recreational areas. By building community support for parks and recreational lands, the POA strives to provide community service and outreach that meets the needs of our Members. The programs and services offered by the POA provide Members with exceptional value and quality, while emphasizing the reasonable allocation of resources throughout the city. We ensure safe, attractive, and well-maintained facilities that reflect our Members’ needs and best interests.

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Plan a visit to Arkansas

This is only a snippet of life in Arkansas. Once you’ve decided to make the move here, you can immerse yourself in all the opportunities available. This state is perfect for an active adult who prefers to live with a beautiful natural backdrop. Below, browse through the retirement communities in Arkansas and narrow your search to the ones most appealing to you. Then, take the next steps and venture out. The next chapter of your life is waiting in Arkansas.

 

 

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