440 Catherine Park Road, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913
Gated Diamondhead Resort, an All Ages Community in Lush Central Arkansas, Sits Along Pretty Lake Catherine and Boasts a Bounty of Water Recreation
Hot Springs is tucked in lush central Arkansas and is a popular tourist destination. Not too far outside of town limits and along the shores of pretty, 1,900-acre Lake Catherine, Diamondhead Resort is a 2,300-acre, all ages community that appeals to retirees. In fact, 40% of residents are retired.
Gated and started in 1969, Diamondhead has four neighborhoods, including the Blue Moon Bay section, which has single-level, maintenance-free residences. Other homes come in all shapes and sizes, from condominiums and garden homes to single family properties. Homes are for lease and for sale. Most dwellings sit on a wooded lot, and many overlook the lake or the golf course. Newer residences are built "green" and are energy-efficient.
Prices start in the low-$100,000s and reach into the $500,000s. Please verify these prices with a Realtor as they may change. The community has 615 homes (1,800 people), but homesites along the lake, the golf course and in the woods are still for sale.
The 18-hole, PGA-sanctioned golf course is a DiamondHead highlights. It features five ponds, moderate traps and challenging fairways. Another dozen golf courses are in the surrounding Hot Springs area.
The community has plenty of amenities for non-golfers, too. The tennis courts and the Olympic-sized pool are popular. The lake, which is 11 miles long, is a favorite spot and has a private marina and boat dock. Residents also enjoy a variety of planned activities and groups, including aerobics classes, bingo nights, a bridge club and more.
Four nearby lakes provide further opportunities for fishing, boating and water skiing. Diamondhead is also adjacent to Lake Catherine State Park, where hiking trails, waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife create a quiet getaway close to home.
Hot Springs has four general hospitals, including CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Center. It is accredited by the Joint Commission.
This area has four seasons. Summers are hot and humid with temperatures in the 80s and 90s. Winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 56 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year. The tornado risk is 200% above the national average.
Visit www.seediamondhead.com for more information.
In the mid-16 century, Spanish explorer Hernando De Soto was one of the first Europeans to visit this area, and a Frenchman, Henri de Tonti, created the first settlement in 1686. The U.S. purchased the region as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. Arkansas started out as part of the Missouri Territory but separated in 1819. The cotton industry thrived and Arkansas was part of the Southern plantation system until the Civil War.
The largest employer is the food industry, with lumber and wood close behind. Arkansas leads the nation in the growth of soybeans, rice and cotton.
The only active diamond mine in the U.S. is near Murfreesboro and it's a popular tourist attraction. Major state sights include the Buffalo National River, which is in the Ozarks, and Hot Springs National Park. Bill Clinton's birthplace in Hope, the Historic Arkansas Museum in Little Rock, Blanchard Springs Caverns the Arkansas Folk Center draw thousands of visitors each year.
Famous residents or natives include Maya Angelou, President Bill Clinton, Bronco Billy Anderson (actor), Dee Brown (author), Daisy Bates (social reformer), Helen Gurley Brown (editor), Glen Campbell (singer), Hattie Caraway (1st elected woman senator), Johnny Cash (singer), Eldridge Cleaver (social activist), and William Darby (founder of the Darby Rangers).
Population - 2,988,248
Persons 65 years old and over - 16%
High school graduates - 81%
Bachelor's degree or higher - 24%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 7%
White persons, not Hispanic - 75%
Median household income - $41,371
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Are 55+ Communities Really "Retirement" Communities?
Many people who live in age-restricted communities (usually for people age 55+) are still gainfully employed. So why would they live in what is considered a "retirement" community? Why not continue to live in a standard neighborhood? People still employed choose age-restricted communities for the same reasons as people who are retired do: the safety, amenities and sense of community that one can provide. And whether employed or not, once the kids are grown, it is sometimes nice to live in a neighborhood where small children do not congregate.
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