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Forest Lakes Garden Homes and Malt Realty

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Photography by Linda Beber Interior Design collaboration by Statements Interior Design

Discover ingenious amenities, distinctive design and a bold new
vision with Malt Realty & Development… Robert an Julie Malt

Summer Summer brings an enhancement of color to Forest Lakes Garden Homes’ expanding acreage and grounds. This is the season for residents and guests to enjoy everything Forest Lakes has to offer, from spa-like surroundings and festive events at the popular Clubhouse, to the beauty and bounty of gardens and flowers at every turn. The Malt Realty family continues building on established successes while breaking new ground with an imaginative concept of home and community.

Photography by  Linda Beber Interior Design collaboration by Statements Interior Design

Forest Lakes Garden Homes offers on-site interior design consultation with Statements Interiors for their range of floor plans, including multi-generational living as seen in their new “Dogwood” model home.

“We’ve got three new furnished model homes ranging from 1,700 to 2,400 square feet,” says Bob Malt about the next phase for Forest Lakes. He describes how the needs of individual families spurred a new (and popular) design concept at Forest Lakes: “We have a new home plan called ‘Dogwood,’ which is a multigenerational home,” he explains, noting that many of Hot Springs’ fondest transplants arrived to care for retired, elderly parents, only to fall in love with the Spa City and put down roots. Designed with privacy and comfort at the fore, the Dogwood plan features two master suites and three separate heating and cooling zones, each with its own temperature control. Like all Forest Lakes properties, home interiors showcase functional elegance, offering design and décor options to please the most discerning eye, while exteriors include of a variety of styles, all surrounded by lush, immaculate landscaping.

Photography by  Linda Beber Interior Design collaboration by Statements Interior Design

Aspen Model: At 2,400 square feet, the Aspen is one
of Forest Lakes Garden Homes most popular designs.

Consistently rated by Where to Retire magazine as “One of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the U.S.” and the only one ever chosen in Arkansas, Forest Lakes Garden Homes features ingenious amenities that fit active “55 and better” lifestyles. Fruit trees and community gardens, as well as a lake encircled by walking paths crisscrossing Forest Lakes’ 200+ acres, benefit from the recent addition of three new greenhouses. The greenhouses produce over a million plants a year for landscaping in common areas and individual yards. With a potting shed, woodworking shop and even an onsite beehive to keep flowers healthy and happy, Forest Lakes has also added an Artists’ Studio. The light-filled studio has an attractive view of the gardens and provides classes to residents who enjoy creative pursuits.

 

This year, Malt Realty will break new ground on a visionary planned community that pays homage to Hot Springs’ equestrian history. “We are designing and building an equestrian facility with 16 home sites,” Bob explains. Designs are already finalized for the community, located within Lakeside School District near Garland County Fairgrounds. “There will be on-site training with a private riding instructor, multiple paddocks and riding stables,” he states.

Photography by  Linda Beber Interior Design collaboration by Statements Interior Design

Choose a color palette that fits your personality at Forest Lakes, where “55 and Better” equals young at heart.

Continually researching strategies for creative solutions, Bob Malt discovered a pioneering solution by Henry Ford and has adapted this evolutionary model to Malt Realty—with gratifying results. “Henry Ford and the car dealerships developed a method whereby new car buyers could trade in their old car– this was the origin of General Motors and dealership financing,” Bob explains. In a similar vein, Malt Realty has begun accepting existing homes and properties from new home buyers in order to streamline an often trying process. “Nobody likes moving,” observes Bob. “It’s costly; furniture and heirlooms can get damaged. But we can lessen anxiety and stress for families that need to upgrade their older home in order to sell it. In a trade arrangement, they can let us handle those renovations after they move into their new home.”

 

Rather than fall prey to the “money pit” syndrome in order to update a home, families now have an “exit strategy,” says Bob. “If the homeowner has no experience with renovation, for example, or if they have a buyer but the buyer doesn’t want to take on a fixer-upper—for whatever reason, you have a non-market-ready property. Malt Realty can complete the updates as a trade to get the home market-ready. This is a relatively new opportunity,” he adds. “I don’t know anyone else who does this.”

 

By working closely with families, Malt Realty continues to find creative solutions to nurture and enhance the Forest Lakes community and in so doing, enhance the greater Hot Springs area.

Photography by  Linda Beber Interior Design collaboration by Statements Interior Design

Forest Lakes Garden Homes offers on-site interior design consultation with Statements Interiors for their range of floor plans, including multi-generational living as seen in their new “Dogwood” model home.

 

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Text by  Denise Parkinson
Photography by  Linda Beber
Interior Design collaboration by Statements Interior Design