Like any major city, Dallas is home to myriad lively, safe, and fun suburbs. What each person thinks are the important factors to consider when choosing somewhere to live varies from one individual to the next. But two of the most common factors that people consider are:
· School district - If schools are important to you, families with school-aged children will appreciate the multiple elementary, middle, and high schools that are part of the Dallas community.
· Location - A central location near major thoroughfares and airports allows frequent commuters easy access to business centers in Plano, Downtown Dallas, and Fort Worth. Quick access to dining, shopping, and kids' activities is a plus.
Without moving too far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, here are our picks for the best suburbs to live near Dallas proper.
Known for innovation and prosperity, Las Colinas is an urban paradise for modern professionals and their families. This stunning planned community in Irving, Texas, puts everything including green spaces, fine dining, entertainment districts, cultural landmarks, sporting activities, and excellent schools within arms’ reach.
Las Colinas residents are all part of a single, bustling community that comprises of gated communities, high-rise buildings, condos, luxury apartments, and traditional family homes. Enjoy easy commutes courtesy of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light-rail and major thoroughfares such as SH-114, SH-161, and I-635.
For entertainment, the Toyota Music Factory is bursting at the seams with things to do. The downside of living in Las Colinas is the low rating of Irving ISD especially if your kids are of school age.
Named the fourth best place in the country to live for first-time homebuyers, Frisco features new, walled subdivisions, larger new homes on large lots, and a country-club-community. Located a 20-minutes’ drive away from Downtown Dallas, Frisco is developing fast, with many large corporations moving in and around the area.
Best for family-friendly activities and growth, top attractions in the area include the Dallas Cowboys' World Headquarters, Frisco Field House, the National Videogame Museum, and IKEA. The A+ Frisco ISD offers a great incentive to set down family roots especially if you have school-age children.
The downside to living in Frisco is its location farther north of the Metroplex making for long commutes for people who work in downtown Dallas.
Most newbies to Downtown Dallas opt to live in the heart of the city itself because of the ability to enjoy a car-free lifestyle. Reasonable prices, and streets overflowing with new restaurants and hip bars are some of the perks of living Downtown. Residents take advantage of public transportation as the area is the central hub of DART’s light-rail and bus systems.
Whether it's parks, museums, symphony, or opera, Downtown Dallas has it all! If you’re considering luxurious living, make yourself at home at Museum Tower where you are close to everything at hand. Home pricing for these luxury condos starts at $1 million.
The walkable streets allow both visitors and residents to explore the different sections of Downtown such as West End, farmers market, Deep Elium, bars, tattoo shops, and much more. With its food trucks and areas for play, Klyde Warren Park is the primary hub of outdoor activities for this community.
Voted the third best place to live by Money magazine, Plano has a population of roughly 300,000 residents. Companies such as J.C. Penney, Toyota, and Frito-Lay have corporate offices here, making the area ideal for job opportunities and growth.
Although there are some older properties, new apartment complexes are popping up each year. You can buy a condo starting at $150,000. If you're ready to build your dream home, consider the Willowbend Estates and spend anywhere between $5 million and $10 million.
Discover some of the best dining and shopping options outside of Dallas at The Shops at Legacy and Legacy West. From upscale dining, shopping, and entertainment, or enjoying the arts, there are plenty of ways to spend your time in Plano.
The golden nugget on this list is Highland Park, one of the most affluent locations in Dallas and probably in the entire Southwest. Highland Park is located in a prime location near the Dallas Country Club, one of Dallas’ most exclusive private country clubs. Much like Plano, Highland Park is certainly a beauty, and, to no surprise boasts one of the best school districts.
If money is no problem, the median home value in Highland Park chings in at $1.9 million. This suburb features a 2.2-square-mile town with its police and fire departments, parks department, library, and a nationally renowned school system. Highland Park’s quality of life sets the standard of affluent living in this part of the country.
Whether you're a first time home buyer wanting to upgrade or looking for the perfect second home, VIPRealty is ready to assist you with your next real estate transaction in Dallas. We hope one of these lovely suburbs has captured your heart.