Retirees Moving To Mountain Home

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR--With the Baby Boomers nearing retirement age, some are looking towards the next stage of their lives.

An upcoming book called "America's 100 Best Places to Retire" will highlight Mountain Home as one of the best places to retire.

Retirees across the country like Wayne Morris are heading for the Ozarks when it comes time to enjoy their senior years.

"It's a good area, it's quiet, laid back and a lot of sports," said Morris.

According to the Mountain Home Chamber of Commerce, they receive over 25,000 calls a week from people inquiring about the area. Erica Warmoth works at one of the retirement communities and feels the area has what seniors are looking for in retirement.

"We have a community that is large enough to have big city service, but we are small enough that we still care about our next door neighbor," said Warmoth, Marketing Director for Outlook Pointe.

Outlook Pointe has a waiting list because so many retirees are interested in relocating to Mountain Home. While some we talked to made the move because of lower taxes, property costs, and quality health care, the majority made the decision because of the entertainment options.

"They want places where they can walk; they can fish, where they can enjoy the camaraderie of other people. I just think communities that offer all of those things are what the Baby Boomers are attracted to," said Nancy Scarpa of Big Creek Country Club.

With it's close proximity to Bull Shoals and Norfork, Mountain Home is also listed at one of the top lake towns; however boating and fishing are just a few of the recreation options that are attracting people to Mountain Home.

"Retirees always have a list of things they want to do when they retire and certainly golf is at the top of that list," said Scarpa.

Scarpa works at Big Creek Country Club, a golf course that is rated as five star according to Golf Digest. She says she has inquiries from Texas, California and even Florida interested in the golf course.

"You can just feel and see in the amount of people who are interested in our lovely area," said Scarpa.

The population in Mountain Home is listed at 11,000; however the Chamber of Commerce feels since the last census, they have grown to over 14,000.

"It's going to grow. It is going to blow up, it already is," said Morris.

This isn't the first time Mountain Home has been featured as a prime retirement city.

The city has been featured as a top retirement spot in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Chicago Sun Times, and Where To Retire magazine.