About Village Center, Hot Springs Village, AR
Hot Springs Village is a gated community just 20 minutes from downtown Hot Springs and 45 minutes from Little Rock, Arkansas. There are more than 14,500 people in nine neighborhood zones within the confines of the sanctuary. Spanning 40 square miles across and around the Ouachita Mountains, it’s the largest private community in North America.
In fact, the planners and the POA said that there are numerous homesites in the Hot Springs Village neighborhoods. Each zone offers something unique to experience so you have a choice of a mountain retreat, near the golf course, lakefront, or being in the heart of the Village.
Hot Springs Village is partitioned into separate zones. These are West Village, Cortez Highlands, The Foothills, The Mountain, Coronado, Village Center, Glazy Peau, SoBo, and East Village.
Home values here are about 30% higher compared to most neighborhoods in Arkansas. But then again, you are not just buying a home. You are buying the chance to live in what’s essentially a piece of paradise.
If you buy a property in the area, you are most likely looking at more than $170,000. The median listing is around $200,000. It’s a bargain if you are coming from the bigger cities.
You are going to live at the foothills of Ouachita Mountains, a historic region that used to be a trail of herding buffalo years ago. In fact, that’s supposedly how the mountain neighborhood got its name, loosely translated from Native Americans’ terms for many buffalos.
Of course, those trails are gone now, and you’d be lucky to spot one. However, there are still plenty of animals, birds, flowers, and endemic plants in the area. This is a rich ecosystem after all where nature continues to evolve unhampered for millennia.
Once you visit the area, you will understand how peace and quiet can be such a commodity. Feel the stress melt away as you enjoy this scenic residence.
The population density here is incredibly low. About 14,500 people stretch across 26,000 acres. In some areas, like The Mountain neighborhood, the houses are far apart so it doesn’t matter if your neighbor is making some noise.
This place is for people who enjoy nature and who want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of crowded city life.
Tranquility also has another meaning here. Hot Springs Village has one of the lowest crime rates in the whole state, which makes it the perfect place to raise your children.
The Village Center
If Hot Springs Village has a heart, this is it.
For families that love their peace and quiet but still want to be at the center of it all, this neighborhood is the perfect spot. You are still going to be surrounded by nature but you are also near the Woodlands Auditorium & Performance Center, the Grove Park, which is just a walking distance away and where the outdoor markets and musical performances are regularly held. You are also near the largest body of water in the village—Lake Balboa and the longest nature trail, Hernando.
Most of the houses in Hot Springs Village are designed like single-story and two-story ranch homes.
There are five schools near Hot Springs Village.
- Jessieville School District
- Fountain Lake School District
- ASMSA – Arkansas School for the Math, Sciences and Arts
- National Park College
- Henderson State
But then again, Hot Springs Village is just 20 minutes away and you have a choice of public and private schools, including colleges and universities. The University of Arkansas in Little Rock is just a little under an hour away.
As for healthcare, you won’t have to worry because there are plenty of primary healthcare centers right within the village itself. CHI St. Vincent Convenient Care and Apollo clinics offer walk-in care to residents of the village. But there are also specialist doctors, general practitioners, nurses, and physical therapists residing in Hot Springs Village. Saline Memorial, National Park Medical Center, and CHI St. Vincent are the nearby hospitals.
What to Do Near Hot Springs Village
Being in the middle of nature, it’s a shame not to take advantage of that luxury. There are more than 30 miles of natural trails inside Hot Springs Village. But if biking is your thing, you can join the International Mountain Bicycling Association, which counts Hot Springs as the regional HQ.
There’s also the Ouachita National Forest, where you can find the man-made Lake Ouachita. Go fishing in the 690 miles of shoreline, which is rich with catfish, largemouth bass, stripers, bream, and crappie. But there are plenty of other activities, as well, like skiing, scuba diving, and boating. Gear and equipment are available for rent.
Of course, Hot Springs Village itself has 11 lakes so you don’t have to venture far if you like the water.
Just 30 minutes away is the Hot Springs National Park, which is even older than Yellowstone National Park. Take a dip in the lukewarm to hot waters, which is where the park got its name in the first place. Some say that the waters have healing properties. You can hike, swim, and camp in the reservation.
Around 40 minutes away is the Garvan Botanical Garden, which is the showcase of the University of Arkansas. Soak in the beautiful botanical gardens and landscapes.