About SoBo, Hot Springs Village, AR
Just 20 minutes north of Hot Springs is the largest gated community in North America— Hot Springs Village. There are 11 lakes and three outdoor pools here, and more than 30 miles of nature trails just waiting for you to explore. Stepping into the village is like stepping into a piece of heaven.
It’s no exaggeration that animals may be right at your doorstep when you step out to work in the morning. Deer, birds, and squirrels have learned to cohabitate with the residents here. More often than not, they are drawn to the free food and pretty much know which of the families have ready food for them.
When you invest in a property in Hot Springs Village, you always have something to look forward to after office hours even if you stress out at work. You know your piece of refuge is waiting for you, and suddenly your day becomes better.
There are nine neighborhoods to choose from in the Hot Springs Village. You have the oldest, which is the West Village; The Mountains, which has the highest elevation; the Cortez Highlands, with access to world-class Cortez Golf Course; The Foothills; SoBo; Glazy Pleau; Village Center, Coronado, with its tennis courts and other sports activities; and the East Village.
You can really take advantage of the Arkansas sun to explore the miles upon miles of nature trails. If you are into biking, you can blaze new paths in your neck of the woods; or you can join the Village cycling club.
If the temperature proves to be too hot, you can take a dip in the many lakes in the Hot Springs Village. If swimming and water activities are not your thing, you can just sit in your boat or cast out on one of the fishing piers.
If you are wondering where SoBo got its name from, it’s actually because the neighborhood is nestled south of Balboa, hence, SoBo.
The heart of the neighborhood is Lake Balboa featuring the largest community beach which is connected to the Balboa Spillway Nature Trail.
Balboa Golf Club also gives lessons to kids. It’s good to start them young because golf provides physical exercise and teaches discipline.
Once you master the course, don’t worry because there are eight other golf courses within the village. They are:
- Granada Golf Club
- Isabella Golf Club
- Ponce de Leon Golf Club
- Cortez Golf Club
- Magellan Golf Club
- Desoto Golf Club
- Diamante Golf Club
- Coronado Golf Club
They are designed by Ault, Clark & Associates, one of the premier golf course architects in the country.
Each golf course presents a different challenge and experience. They range from the novice level to masters difficulty. You will never be at a loss for a place to practice your long and short game. Not many other communities, perhaps in the entire country, can provide that kind of luxury.
SoBo is also home to Balboa Marina and various restaurants like Xplore Lakeside and Artfully Baked & Brewed as well as banks, medical services, and more.
Resident’s privacy and security are respected in Hot Springs Village and strangers can’t enter the gates going to the private residences without the proper invitation. If you move here, you will be given an electronic key allowing you to access the gate going to your property.
This kind of setup, along with the standby police department in Hot Springs Village, allows the community to have one of the lowest crime rates not just in the state but in the entire country, as well.
Buying a House in SoBo
Properties here go for a median price of $200,000 which is a bit more than someone might pay downtown Hot Springs, 20 minutes away. However, the home prices in SoBo are nowhere as high as in the big cities like Minneapolis, Columbus, Milwaukee, Chicago, New York, or Los Angeles.
In fact, buyers from out of town are shocked by how affordable the properties are that are being sold in Hot Springs Village considering that value they get in return. Do you really think that $200,000 is expensive when you feel like you are living in a natural, safe paradise?