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Choosing the right school district is a big factor in your decision to move. But if private school is in the budget, the Dallas area offers some of the finest private schools in the state. Before you move specifically for a school district, consider these elite academies of learning.

Cistercian Prep

Cistercian Preparatory School is a Roman Catholic boys school just outside Dallas, in Irving, that serves grades 5-12.   Each grade is assigned a priest or a dedicated teacher as a "form master," who follows the class over the years and is responsible for helping the students become members of the community outside. Though the school does not accept girls, it is considered one of the top private schools in the Metroplex. It is especially noted for its

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Dallas has long been synonymous with wealth. Heck, we had a whole show about wealthy Texans with the city’s name as the title. Well, enjoy some of that wealth and live like the rich, even if you’re not necessarily J.R. Ewing-level loaded. Here are a few fabulous spas for a day of indulgence.

ESPA at the Joule, Dallas

One of DFW’s premiere hotels hosts one of the region’s premiere spa brands as well.

This is the first ESPA-branded spa in Texas, set on two floors of the glittering Joule hotel. The subterranean level of the spa taps its geothermal inspiration with European heat experiences. There’s also the multi-functional treatment room where guests can retreat for a full day of pampering.

 

Mylinda Renay Salon Spa & Boutique, Arlington

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DFW’s collection of top-shelf museums doesn’t end with the Dallas Museum of Art and Dealey Plaza. In fact, the Metroplex is home to dozens of museums of all sizes for all kinds of tastes. So why not veer off the beaten path and check out some museums you might not have known were right here all along?

International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, Arlington

Right near Six Flags and the home of the Cowboys sits the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame, which charts the sport from its beginnings to the biggest names in the game. Did you know, by the way, that bowling (a.k.a. kegling) is more than 5,000 years old? From ancient Egyptians and British monarchs to American taverns and the microchip, the long and fascinating history of bowling is

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A great glass of wine is a wonderful thing. So is a night out. And when you want to enjoy a glass without having to put up with the bar scene to do it, one of DFW’s great wine bars could be the answer you’re looking for.

Mercy Wine Bar, Addison

Mercy is about the complete wine experience, where novices can learn and would-be sommeliers can indulge their palates. There’s always something new to try at Mercy, where warm and cozy are the watchwords. And you know they’re serious about good times because the name comes from Roy Orbison’s famous exclamation in the song Oh, Pretty Woman.

Cru, Dallas and Allen

With locations in Uptown and at Watters Creek in Allen, Cru manages to combine high-end wine with a non-snooty, welcoming atmosphere sure

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One of the biggest youth basketball tournaments in the U.S., the Hype Tournament championship, took place last weekend in North Texas, and VIP Realty president Richard Soto’s  son, Caleb, was there when his squad scored the buzzer-beater that won the tournament.

D1 Shooters 2023

Caleb is a member of the D1 Shooters 2023, which competed against some of the best teams in the country. Teams from California, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas took to the hardwood for the Hype championship, which seeks to foster drug-free, violence-free, diverse programs that advocate tolerance, unity, and acceptance among the many races, religions, and ethnicities of the world. The Shooters entered the championship 5-0, and put everyone across the county on notice that some of the

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DFW might not be world-famous for pizza, but there are indeed some world-class choices here. Next time you get a hankerin’ for pizza that’s above and beyond the norm, check out these fine examples of Italian bliss.

Campisi’s

In Dallas, if there’s one definitively Texas institution for pizza, it’s Campisi’s. It’s been around since the 40s and trust us, you’ve never seen so many oblong (yet somehow not misshapen) pizzas in one place in your life. Now with nine Dallas-area locations, Campisi’s is a good bet for a great slice (or 4).

 

 

 

Cavalli Pizzeria Napoletana

If you’ve ever heard anyone refer to New York-style pizza, they mean the one with the thin, foldable Napolitano crust. Surprisingly, no one in DFW could get one until 2008,

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When you live in an area like DFW, there’s a lot more reason to stay put when it’s time to take a few days off. DFW offers a ton of great things to do on  a staycation, and plenty of great spots to stay. Before you book your next trip out of town, consider booking a staycation at one of these top-notch hotels.

The Joule

The Joule in Downtown Dallas is a fab boutique hotel that draws pretty much every celebrity who passes through DFW. Indulge in the gym, the yoga classes, the world-class coffee, and the top-tier service. You’re in the right hotel if you see the giant eyeball sculpture across the street.

The One Boutique Hotel at Spa Castle

Need to relax? Stay at The One, where the in-house Spa Castle offers detox rooms, swim-up bars,

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Everybody loves a good sandwich. But for the adventurous out there, take heart ‒‒ DFW has no shortage of oddball gems that go great between two slices of bread (or some other form of exquisite pastry). But just don’t take our word for it. Consider what the folks at the Dallas Observer consider among the best sandwiches in town.

1. Challah French Toast Sandwich at the Coffee House Cafe

It might have a redundant name, but the Coffee House Café’ offers an epic breakfast sandwich that makes up for the traffic you must endure to get to this fine Frankford Road eatery. The challah French toast sandwich is a breakfast all its own ‒‒cheddar cheese, bacon, and one egg, over-easy that comes with a side of fried potatoes.

2. The Doc Brown at the  Pecan

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The Plano luxury market is brimming with amazing options for the luxury home buyer, and it’s no wonder, really. This upscale suburb of Dallas, which is ideally located just 19 miles north of the downtown Dallas area, boasts an impossibly high standard of living, excellent schools, and a booming economy. For everyone from families to city professionals, Plano is the place to be—and the luxury home market in Plano clearly reflects this.

Although there is an abundance of fantastic offerings of luxury homes in the Plano area, we have really come to adore Normandy Estates. Since it began development in 2008, this beautiful home community has become a highly desirable location in which to reside for Plano home buyers with the most discriminating of tastes.

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For the urban professional, downtown Dallas is like a candy store, and there’s no better place to ensure you are in the middle of all the excitement than to reside in one of downtown Dallas’ high-rise developments.

In fact, if you are a lover of living in the sky, there’s likely no other place in the Metroplex that has better offerings for high-rise living. Here are just a few of our favorites:

1505 Elm Condos

We love 1505 Elm because, as a resident, you can get to the best restaurants, nightclubs, and offices via a short stroll. If you really want to experience a true urban lifestyle then you must check out 1505 Elm. From Starbucks and Neiman Marcus to some of the area’s best nightclubs and bars, it’s all just a short walk away from 1505 Elm. We

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