Uncover Irving: Step Off the Beaten Path in this Charming Dallas Suburb

Irving, Texas

Are you considering putting down roots in the vast Dallas-Fort Worth area? Allow VIP Realty to introduce you to Irving TX, a charming Dallas suburb with plenty to offer.

Irving is a diverse community that offers big-city conveniences along with small-town charm, making it more than just a convenient commute to downtown Dallas.

We'll discuss 10 factors that make Irving a prime Dallas location in this article. Residents here are primed for a comfortable life with affordable housing, excellent schools, and employment opportunities. You can start your next chapter off on a quiet street.

Whether a family or a job is calling, a simple life awaits. Before we venture off the beaten path, are you interested in moving or buying in this quaint Dallas suburb—or anywhere else in Dallas? Get in touch with us if you need help finding your ideal home.

Key takeaways:

  • Irving is a diverse suburb of Dallas that offers residents the amenities of a big city along with the charm of a small town.
  • Housing options are varied and relatively affordable, ranging from high-rise condos to single-family homes.
  • Some neighborhoods are designed as live-work communities where residents can easily walk or bike to jobs, shops, and recreation.
  • The cost of living is lower than Dallas and Fort Worth proper but slightly above the national median.
  • For families, Irving has tons of entertainment from sports to festivals to amusement parks.
  • Education options vary from average public schools to highly-ranked districts like Coppell ISD.
  • Dining is extremely diverse, with authentic cuisines from cultures around the world.
  • Compared to other Dallas suburbs, Irving is relatively safe with low crime rates in areas like Las Colinas.
  • Major corporations provide ample job opportunities.
  • Outdoor recreation like lakes, trails, parks, and gardens give Irving a fresh, nature-connected vibe.

1. Prime Location and Convenience

Irving, which is tucked between Dallas and Fort Worth, puts you moments away from both cities. With easy access to transportation options by car or rail, you can experience several cultural attractions and employment opportunities.

The distance to DFW International Airport is only 10 miles, making the area a genuine hotspot for business professionals and their families. Meanwhile, commuting and running errands is a breeze on busy routes like Highway 114.

With Irving, you also have built-in choices. Dallas and the adjacent cities are easily accessible by light rail. During your ride to work, read a book or catch up on emails.

Recent statistics from Texas A&M Transportation Institute reveal that the average commuting time in Fort Worth is about 25 minutes. That is lower than the US average. Transit and walkability also receive favorable scores. Thus, it is practical for you to park your car at home.

A prime location and convenience go hand in hand in Irving. Being close to everything opens doors for many opportunities. In addition to its convenient location, Irving also offers a wide range of homes for sale.

2. A Wide Range of Housing

Related: Where to Live in Irving, Texas: A Guide to the 5 Best Neighborhoods

Buyers looking in Irving real estate will discover a variety of housing options—whether you're just starting or seeking luxury.

Some places are ideal for particular property types:

  • Las Colinas is home to high-rises with breathtaking vistas and convenient access. The Westin and Renaissance Dallas are popular options.
  • North Irving features upscale condos with parking, pools, and gyms. Las Colinas Resort and Waterside are popular locations.
  • Families can find secure, practical single-family homes in South Irving. Consider neighborhoods such as Spring Valley, Valley Ranch, and Irving Heights.
  • Las Colinas is home to numerous award-winning master-planned communities. Along with different housing, they also have parks, schools, and retail. Leading communities include Las Colinas North, Windsor Ridge Village, and Cottonwood Valley.
  • The most luxurious and expensive estates in Dallas/Fort Worth are found in North Irving. Palatial homes in Las Colinas, North Hills, and Valley Ranch feature multi-bedroom mansions.

Homes for sale in Irving have a median price of $318,100 below the national average. Because of the intense competition, be ready to move quickly. Given its affordability and convenience, it's no wonder that many people choose to live and work in Irving.

3. Live-Work Communities

Irving makes it simple to balance work and life. You can bike or walk to jobs and recreation facilities within the same neighborhood.

For example, Downtown Las Colinas is a popular location, thanks to nearby restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues that coexist with offices. Locals have excellent transit and can commute by walking or biking.

The Heritage District is another well-liked neighborhood. This old district is filled with stores, restaurants, and galleries. The nearby workplaces create a lovely live-work vibe.

That said, keeping work, play, and leisure close by is a key component of sustainability. To this end, Irving makes living frugally simple. Along with its environmental benefits, Irving offers several financial benefits as well.

4. Weighing the Cost in Irving

Irving provides a cost-effective way of living in the expansive Dallas-Fort Worth region. In comparison to adjacent cities, Irving offers some more favorable prices. But costs do slightly outpace the national median.

Here’s a cost of living comparison between Irving and DFW:

Category Irving Dallas  Fort Worth
Housing 103.2% 110.6% 107.6%
Utilities 98.1% 100.9% 99.6%
Transportation 105.4% 108.7% 107.5%
Groceries 100.8% 101.3% 100.9%
Health  103.3% 104.8% 103.1%
Miscellaneous 102.9% 104.1% 102.7%

Note: This table may not reflect the current data.

Factors affecting the living costs in Irving:

  • As a corporate hub, there is a high demand and income.
  • A prime location in the upscale DFW region
  • A robust economy and low unemployment

Compared to Texas' most expensive neighborhoods, Irving offers good value for readily available jobs and facilities. You can achieve comfort and quality with wise spending. Moreover, Irving is full of fun and exciting things to do, for all ages and interests.

5. No End to the Fun

There is something here for everyone's preferences, from metropolitan excitement to laid-back fun.

Here are some of the top picks:

  • Concerts, movies, retail stores, and live events are all available at Toyota Music Factory.
  • For MLB excitement, the RoughRiders play minor league baseball at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.
  • For adrenaline-pumping family entertainment, Six Flags offers thrill rides and water slides.

Aside from popular attractions, big green spaces provide access to nature, while museums and libraries stimulate the mind. You can embrace the local culture at the Texas Scottish Games, one of many festivals that highlights Irving's culture.

Whether you prefer a leisurely or active lifestyle, cultural or informal fun, Irving offers a plethora of options that showcase the community spirit. Furthermore, Irving is a great place to raise a family, thanks to the variety of educational opportunities available.

6. Educational Opportunities in Irving

Depending on where you live, Irving's schools will vary in quality. While certain neighborhoods offer excellent public schools, others can tempt parents to look into private or charter schools.

Irving Independent School District

With more than 30,000 students, the Irving ISD serves residents with schools generally ranked as average. According to GreatSchools, 3% of the schools have ratings above average, while 58% are below average.

That said, improved student support and assistance for underperforming schools are still possible.

Coppell Independent School District

Some Irving students are enrolled in nearby Coppell ISD. Serving over 13,000 students, an A+ rating according to Niche makes this one of Texas's best school districts.

Charter and Private Schools

In addition to public schools, families have the option of private or publicly supported charter schools. Lessons are more individualized and classes are more compact in private institutions. Meanwhile, charter schools concentrate on innovative curricula or personalized assistance.

University Education

The University of Dallas, North Lake College, and the TWU Dallas branch are just a few of the colleges in Irving where one can pursue higher education.

With a variety of public, private, and charter schools to suit all educational needs, Irving provides a wealth of learning possibilities from K-12 through college. Besides its strong educational system, Irving is also known for its diverse culinary scene.

7. Irving's Culinary Delight

Boasting dishes from Mexico, Vietnam, India, and other countries, this Dallas suburb celebrates diversity through food. More than 40% of locals are foreign-born. Top ethnic groups in the area with a strong restaurant presence include Mexicans, Koreans, Vietnamese, Filipinos, and Indians.

Named among Dallas' best, Taqueria El Si Hay satisfies with 100+ tacos. Every year, Pho Bang wins the Vietnamese soup “Best Pho”. Tiffin provides Indian cuisine along with its 30+ naan variants. With an abundance of handmade bulgogi and kimchi, Kettle transports diners to Korea.

Even Russia is represented with the traditional stroganoff and borscht from Stolovaya. Bring your appetite to the different restaurants serving a cocktail of cuisines, and catch the hum of different dialects echoing down the sidewalks.

Explore this diversity and experience a different culture every night by dining out in Irving. While Irving is a diverse and vibrant city, it is important to be aware of your surroundings and take precautions for your safety.

8. Irving Community Safety

Like most large metro areas, crime varies from neighborhood to neighborhood in Irving. Overall, Irving poses a modest crime rate compared to other Dallas suburbs.

Based on recent data, there were 3.22 violent crimes and 24.34 property crimes per 1,000 people in Irving. Both score below the national average.

Here is a table comparing the crime rate in Irving with other Dallas suburbs:

City Violent crime rate per 1,000 people Property crime rate per 1,000 people
Irving 3.22 24.34
Plano 2.2 25
Frisco 1.8 23
McKinney 1.9 24
Garland 4.8 35
Grand Prairie 5 37

Note: This table may not reflect the current data

Certain locations are especially tranquil. According to the Irving Police, crime statistics in Cottonwood Valley, Custer Heights, and Las Colinas are quite low. North Dallas and the Heritage District also provide safe neighborhoods.

Even though Irving feels relatively secure, it's a good idea to be on guard and take safety measures. Moreover, Irving is a great place to work, with a diverse and growing economy.

9. Jobs in Irving

Irving is home to important centers for the tech, banking, healthcare, and telecom industries. With Chamber assistance, small businesses also prosper.

Only 2.8% of citizens are unemployed, compared to 3.6% nationwide. At $95,137, the median income is higher than the national average of $67,521. Toyota, ExxonMobil, AT&T, Bank of America, and Raytheon are just a few of the major corporations that call Irving home.

While institutions in the area develop talent, jobs are forecasted to increase as more businesses and citizens learn about Irving. Despite its rapid growth, Irving has managed to maintain a strong connection to the outdoors.

10. Fun and Fresh Air

Irving has a reputation for being urban, yet it also has easy access to the outdoors.

Top outdoor activities include the following:

  • Canoeing on the idyllic Lake Carolyn
  • Exploring nature by hiking and biking along the Campion Trails
  • Taking in the rich plant life at the UD Botanic Garden
  • Beat the heat and make a splash at one of Irving’s numerous public pools
  • Engaging in youth sports at neighborhood parks whilst building community

If recreation and exercise are important to you, Irving gives everyone access to clean air and fitness fun. Discover the outdoor activities that are most satisfying for you.

Connect with Your New Dallas Community and Discover Irving

By now, you've seen all Irving has to offer for both professionals and growing families. But one must visit the suburb to fully comprehend its allure. Take the first step and attend an upcoming community event—socialize with neighbors, and immerse yourself in the lively environment.

Whether putting down roots or just passing through, Irving ensures all feel at home. Ready to find your place in Irving? Perhaps you want to buy a home, make a career change, or take a peaceful weekend trip—there's never been a better time to begin your next Irving adventure.

Connect with us to get exclusive access to Irving's hottest real estate listings and moving advice. Your new life is waiting for you in this charming Dallas suburb!

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