Hot Springs Historical Shelter Is Right In the Thick of Things

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hot springsNestled in the Quachita Mountains, Hot Springs, Arkansas, is one of those towns that tourists have historically sought. Its hot springs have been the stuff of legend since anyone can remember — Native American tribes ascribed medicinal attributes to them.

The town fell under federal protection in 1832 (and even now, it’s historic core is still the oldest federal reserve in the country today), and by the time it incorporated in 1851, its hot springs made it a resort town. In the 1920s and 30s, it was the place Al Capone and other mobsters went to get away from it all.

Today, Hot Springs retains its spa and resort beginnings with its bathhouses and fine dining, but there’s also something for the sportsman, too, from fishing to Oaklawn Racing and Gaming. It’s also a family friendly place, with state parks, museums, and a short day trip to dig up diamonds at Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro.

This week’s historical shelter was built about 45 years after the town’s incorporation and is perfectly situated near downtown Hot Springs and the historic Bath House Row in the Quapaw-Prospect District, an area chock full of historic homes (in fact, in district’s application to be added to the National Register of Historic Places, the count was 230 historic homes within the confines of the proposed district) that sits at the base of the West Mountain.

Located at 212 Violet St., This 1896 Dutch Colonial Revival has retained many of its original features, from the lapped cypress siding, the hardwood and pine flooring, and the massive amount of windows that bring in so much gorgeous natural light.

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On the first floor, a music room, large living room, kitchen, butler’s pantry, family room (check out that beamed ceiling) with wet bar, and dining room with padded chintz wainscoted walls promises plenty of space for entertaining. Sure, a few rooms could do with a bit of updating, but with the affordable list price, a few upgrades are totally doable.

The downstairs also includes a large patio deck that surrounds the house on three glass-walled sides and a master suite with a large walk-in closet, sunroom, and generous master en-suite.

Upstairs, three light-filled bedrooms and two full baths complete the space.

Listing agent Larry Meyers of Meyers Realty Company also said that the family room has a 30-foot long window wall of seven 15-pane glass sections that overlooks a garden patio deck with a five-foot by six-foot water fountain wall. Automatic electric awnings can keep the summer heat away, too.

The 3,529 square foot home, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is listed for $325,000.