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The vast chunk of territory in and around Dallas/Fort Worth is comprised of 200 cities and 12 counties, and is commonly called the Metroplex. The Metroplex can be intimidating to newcomers when faced with the choice of selecting a place to call home because of the sheer options available. It is no surprise that some people may be wondering where to start. The following information will give you an overview of regions and neighborhoods to select from. Having many choices in this large real estate market means the opportunity to find a home that truly matches your lifestyle, taste, and priorities at a price the suits your budget is much greater here than most other metropolitan cities.

Quality of life and cost of living are two factors which are attracting young professionals, empty-nesters, and established families alike. A strong real estate market is sustaining the economy while providing affordable, convenient apartments to those not ready to buy, and elegant homes at many price levels for those who are.

Texas is estimated to be the third most transient state in the nation but more people are moving in (50 percent more according to Daily Real Estate News) than moving out which means Texas is preparing for a population increase of substantial size in the next few decades. In response to the current and future demand, builders are starting construction on master-planned communities, mixed-use developments, apartments, and condominiums. Older homes are remodeled or restored to satisfy market demand while some existing buildings are being repurposed as lofts for the demographic that wish to be void of a commute while also being able to live, work, and play in the same central location.

You may be new to Dallas/Fort Worth but you are not alone. Only slightly more than half of the population are native Texans, leaving 26.5 percent relocating from another state and 17.7 percent being foreign born. According to the American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, White Americans comprised 69.2 percent of the population, Black or African American 14 percent and Asians 4.8 percent.

The average household size in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is 2.84 people. The percentage of family households is 69.1 of which 36.6 percent have children under the age of 18. Of the population age 25 years and older, 20.3 percent earned a bachelor’s degree and 9.4 percent earned a graduate or professional degree. The median age for residents in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA is 33.2, which is younger than the national average of 36.8 years.

Once you have decided to purchase a home or rent property in Dallas/Fort Worth, there are many resources available to assist in the process. One such resource is the MetroTex Association of REALTORS®. The term REALTOR® is a registered collective membership mark that identifies a real estate professional who is a member of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION of REALTORS® and subscribes to its strict code of ethics. The MetroTex association has over 14,000 professional members who are highly trained to work in all aspects of the real estate industry.

MetroTex Association of Realtors

8201 North Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, Texas 75247
If you are in the market for a new home, a good resource is the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas and the Greater Fort Worth Builders Association which are local branches of The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). NAHB is a trade association with a focus on building quality homes at affordable prices for their consumers. With over 800 state and local associations, NAHB’s members build 80 percent of new homes in the U.S. annually. The local associations provide consumers with members’ profiles and products and help find planned communities and developments.

Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas

Local # 4524
5816 West Plano Parkway
Plano, TX 75093

Greater Fort Worth Builders Association
Local # 4530
70001 Boulevard 26, Suite 323
Fort Worth, TX 76180

Before the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport opened in 1974, Fort Worth and Dallas were the cities where most people settled in North Texas. After the airport opening, numerous towns suddenly found themselves just as desirable as other metropolitan cities. These little known towns and unincorporated areas were mostly farm land in the early 1900s and remained somewhat anonymous until the chance to attract residents and businesses presented itself. New suburbs sprouted while existing ones flourished and overall the area boomed in the 1990s and again in present day. While each part of the Metroplex has something unique to offer a new resident, narrowing your search will likely come down to where you work and how long or short you’d like your commute to be. Using your place of business as a focal point will allow you to start your search of communities within a particular radius. Of course other factors are highly important too, such as private and public schools, culture and arts, and neighborhood composition. Decide which few features are most important and will triumph other attributes so you can always think back to them when weighing all possibilities.

The city slogan, “Live Large. Think Big”, is an appropriate motto that can be seen in spirit of the high-rise condos, first-rate entertainment venues, and numerous retail stores that line the streets. The humble beginnings which founded the city in the mid-1800s are a far cry from what is now the ninth-largest city in the U.S. As most thriving cities are, Dallas is composed of districts and areas commonly known by locals as the following:

—Deep Ellum
It is no coincidence that this tight-knit warehouse district has developed into an arty part of town. Deep Ellum has its roots in the 1920s jazz and blues scene and before that it had the moniker “Freedman’s town” because of the black community that settled there after the Civil War. Today the previously seedy area located in the east corridor of Downtown Dallas is rich in eclectic entertainment as influxes of diverse professionals settle in the trendy lofts and turn an evening outing into a way of life.

Bounded by northern I-45, I-35E, I-30 and the Woodall Rodger Freeway, the area that encircles Downtown Dallas is also called the Central Business District. After a brief slump in the 1990s, Downtown has emerged regenerated and reinvigorated, ready to do business and welcome residents. Older historic buildings are being renovated as urban lofts, which are often occupied by the young professional or the empty-nesters.

—Greenville Avenue
Located east of University Park and Highland Park, the Greenville Avenue locale is split into two parts, Lower Greenville Avenue on the south and Upper Greenville Avenue to the north. Centrally located between both Lower and Upper Greenville Avenue is the Dallas Area Transit Station ready to shuttle you off to almost any part of the city. Many nightlife, dining, and shopping selections can be reached within walking distance.

—Lake Highlands
Located in the northeast portion of the city, Lake Highlands is a cozy and mostly residential neighborhood with a rolling terrain. Lake Highlands receives Dallas city services but enjoys many perks of being positioned on the perimeter such as easy access to White Rock Lake and admission to Richardson Independent School District.

Lakewood has a wide variety of housing options for young professionals and new families in the market for a starter home or apartment as well as early 1900s homes of varied architectural styles for higher income inhabitants. About 2,900 people reside in Lakewood, which partly nestles up to White Rock Lake and is home to the Lakewood Country Club.

This old East Dallas subdivision is named for the collection of streets beginning with the letter “m”– McCommas Boulevard, Morningside Drive, Mercedes Avenue, Merimac Avenue and Monticello Avenue. Fluctuation in the area has created a diverse range of people, housing and lifestyles which means there is something for everyone. You will find trendy retail stores and amazing Tudor style homes.

Near Southern Methodist University, the Knox-Henderson area is named for the streets which cross Central Expressway just north of Downtown Dallas. The boutiques and restaurants are hip, trendy, charming and cater to the urbanities that live in the refurbished townhomes and condos.

—Oak Cliff
The beauty of Oak Cliff is due in part to being a more established neighborhood which has mature trees to shade the streets, and a conservation league to maintain the areas splendor. Oak Cliff is approximately 200 square miles and only 9 short miles from Downtown Dallas.

—Oak Lawn
Perhaps one of the earliest Dallas areas to create a mixed-use space, Oak Lawn is home to apartments, condos and single-family residences which coexist next to retailers and eateries. Home to the Dallas Theatre Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, many artists live and work in the area.

—Park Cities
This upscale neighborhood, comprised of Highland Park and University Park, was designed by the same landscape architect who laid out Beverly Hills, California. With its posh homes, chic retailers, and extravagant dining options, Park Cities is renowned as a very desirable place to live. Highland Park ISD serves the students of this area and is a top-ranked public school.

—Preston Hollow
Once incorporated as its own town, Preston Hollow is now an established 60 plus year old neighborhood of Dallas. The woods and hollows which is its namesake, lends to large lots and a rural feeling within the grand estates. This very exclusive community is desirable to the wealthy and influential, just ask the couple who moved here a few years ago, former President and First Lady, George and Laura Bush.

—Turtle Creek
The beautiful winding road that is Turtle Creek Boulevard has become one of Dallas’ crown jewels and the corridor as a whole offers striking homes, lavish high-rises, and lush green space. Most notably, the area includes The Mansion on Turtle Creek, a five-start iconic Dallas hotel. With an endorsement from Frank Lloyd Wright as “one of the most beautiful boulevards in the country” it is no wonder why civic pride has continued to maintain the integrity of the area.

—Uptown/West Village
A combination of historic homes and newly constructed high-rise properties gives Uptown a very stylish and unique aesthetic. This pedestrian friendly neighborhood has scores of art galleries and restaurants as well as notable hotels like The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. A vintage trolley along McKinney Avenue is provided for use at no charge. At the north end of Uptown is West Village, a residential/retail development with high-rise units for sale or lease.


Located directly north of Dallas is the booming town of Addison. With a population of approximately 15,000, Addison residents can enjoy a bevy of restaurants that have declared them “The Restaurant Capital of Texas." The restaurants are needed to support the business and daytime population which typically reaches up to 100,000 a day. Commercial property and the proximity to the City of Dallas has created an ideal business industry which will soon be complemented with a billion dollar mixed-use property that broke ground in 2008 along with dozens of other projects presently under construction.

Now synonymous with Cowboy Stadium since the $1.1 billion dollar venue opened in 2009, Arlington is a large city of more than 370,000 people who proudly support their sports teams which include the Dallas Cowboys and the Texas Rangers. Housing includes homes in established neighborhoods as well as newly constructed master-planned communities. The median age of the population is 30.9 years and home prices average between $125,000 - $150,000. With an enrollment of more then 28,000 students, the research school University of Texas at Arlington has a presence in the economy and the culture.

North of Arlington is the once rural farming community of Colleyville. This wealthy Fort Worth suburb frequently makes “best of" lists in publications like Money magazine, D Magazine, and Newsweek for the low crime rate, beauty of landscape, and public education. The impressive homes and attractive green space appeal to those seeking an opulent ambiance which is why several athletes and celebrities have purchased homes in Colleyville. The current population is estimated at 24,974 but the appeal of the city is sure to continue to spark growth and add new residents.

Fort Worth
Sitting west in the Metroplex is the culturally and historically rich city of Fort Worth. As the fifth largest city in Texas, Fort Worth is a destination with much to offer including Texas Motor Speedway, the Stockyards and Sundance Square. Fort Worth ISD is home to 80,000 students who often score higher than average on state-wide tests. The health care industry is making great strides as a leader in medical treatment and research in the Southwest.

Grand Prairie
Grand Prairie is ideally located in the middle of the Metroplex for those who frequently travel in and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The city has a balanced population of those who have lived there most of their life and those who have moved there as an adult, usually drawn by the low cost of living and friendly atmosphere. Grand Prairie has about 168,000 residents who have an average household income of $46,955.

A truly quaint area of the Metroplex is the city of Grapevine which is positioned between Dallas and Fort Worth and North of Irving. Historic relics like the Cotton Belt Depot and the Grapevine Vintage Railroad add to the charm of the landscape while Grapevine Mills provides contemporary shopping and conveniences. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is located in Grapevine which attests to the accessibility of the region. Each year the city hosts the famed wine festival, GrapeFest, which showcases Grapevine’s three working wineries among others.

With an estimated population of 215,000, the 67.6 square miles of Irving claims five Fortune 500 company headquarters and more than 400 multinational corporations in various industries. The master-planned communities of Las Colinas and Valley Ranch have achieved a balance of beautiful residential homes and functional commercial space. Irving serves three school districts: Irving ISD, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD, and Coppell ISD.

Bedford has a network of major freeways and the new, state-of-the-art Trinity Railway Express, making transportation between Dallas and Fort Worth just about hassle-free for their nearly 50,000 residents. HEB ISD serves Bedford’s children and the students score at the highest, exemplary level in state testing. More than 80 percent of graduating seniors pursue further education.

Carrollton's location and business cost advantages attract and support a diverse local economy. Over 5,000 businesses operate in Carrollton. Residents are drawn to the city for its high quality of life, abundant parks, schools and safe neighborhoods. In 2008, Money magazine ranked Carrollton 15th in the country as the “Best Place to Live” and Forbes magazine recently ranked Carrollton #12 for "America's Best Places to Move."

Duncanville allows its 38,000 residents to experience small town Texas and still take advantage of everything “big city” Dallas and Fort Worth have to offer. Duncanville provides you with the perfect touch of seclusion yet instant access to quality Metroplex businesses and attractions at the same time. The majority of Duncanville citizens are employed in management, sales and administrative positions.

Farmers Branch
The city’s safe neighborhoods, 28 parks, state-of-the-art recreational facilities and world-class businesses make Farmers Branch a great place to work or play. The addition of the Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s Light Rail system this year will further solidify Farmers Branch’s reputation as a premier transportation hub for North Texas.

As the 10th largest city in Texas, Garland has made great strides since incorporating in 1891. A sound industrial segment has brought 4,100 businesses to the community while Lake Ray Hubbard and nearly 1,700 acres of parks has helped create a pleasant outdoor environment for families.

With a vision for the future, Hurst has plans to develop and redevelop three corridors of the city including open land. Current population for Hurst is approximately 38,500, and the average household income is estimated at over $75,000.

Mesquite covers 49 square miles and residents enjoy over 220 days of sunshine a year and an average daily temperature of 65 degrees. Approximately 138,000 people call Mesquite home and have a median family income of $61,363. Mesquite ISD educates more than 35,000 students at 45 campuses.

North Richland Hills
North Richland Hills offers attractive neighborhoods, excellent recreational programs, diverse businesses and industries, excellent medical services, convenient shopping, and a low crime rate. In 2006, North Richland Hills was named by Money magazine as one of the 100 “Best Places to Live” in the United States.

Nicknamed “The Telecom Corridor” because of the high concentration of telecommunications companies, Richardson is growing steadily. Urban amenities in a suburban setting provide a unique quality of life for the 100,000 plus residents and more than 5,000 businesses

From amazing outdoor parks to every range of retail, from nationally recognized schools to environmentally conscious neighborhoods, Allen residents enjoy a wholesome community atmosphere with something for everyone. Allen ranked 20th in Money magazine’s “Best Places to Live” in 2008.

Within 10 short years the population of Frisco has nearly tripled. The reason for this explosive growth is mainly due to the construction of the Dallas North Tollway which now cuts across FM 720, Frisco’s Main Street and connects to Highway 121. 67% of households are married couples with children and the median age is 33 years. Sports enthusiast can golf at 3 major courses, swim at the city Natatorium, watch the Double-A Texas Rangers affiliate or the FC Dallas major soccer club, and cycle of the Superdrome which is part of the United States Olympic training centers. If sports are what you love, Frisco is perfect for you.

McKinney’s population is energetic, affluent and well-educated. 48 percent of McKinney residents have college degrees while another 23 percent have attended – or are currently attending college. The median age is 31 and the estimated average household income is $94,000.
With McKinney’s remarkable growth has come new retail and restaurants which are shooting up regularly at Eldorado and US 75 and throughout the city’s west side.

Just a 20 mile drive up US-75 from Dallas leads you to the prosperous community of Plano. After experiencing a growth surge in the early 1990s, Plano became known as a fast growing city. Present day population is about 267,000. For cities with more than 100,000 residents, Plano has the lowest crime rate in all of Texas, due in part to the actively involved neighborhood crime watch groups. Plano has earned appearances on “Best Places to Live” and wealthiest city lists by Money magazine over the last decade and has the nickname Balloon Capital of Texas for the yearly balloon races that draw thousands of spectators.

Ennis is a thriving community of 19,223 people. Unique downtown architecture is recognized by the National Register of Historic Places and is retained through beautification programs. Quality public education is a top priority, Ennis High School has been named among the top 96 American High Schools by U.S. News & World Report Magazine and all four Ennis elementary schools are currently rated "Exemplary" by the Texas Education Agency.

The city of Terrell is located in Kaufman County approximately 25 miles east of Dallas on Interstate Highway 20 and U.S. Highway 80. Terrell is a community that looks to the future – without forgetting the past. Experience the charm of gracious older homes and shop in the modern outlet mall or turn of the century downtown.

Once a city built upon the cotton industry, Waxahachie has successfully moved into modern day industry but sustains its historic grandeur. This picturesque city has even been the backdrop for many Hollywood films. With a population just over 30,000 and a healthy average growth rate of 3.7%, Waxahachie will continue to prosper as million dollar developments are funded.

Lancaster is fast becoming the region’s newest logistics center with development of the Dallas Logistics Hub, a 6,600 acre project utilizing the easy access of major interstate highways, rail systems and general aviation airport. This project will create new jobs making Lancaster a prime employment center. Average home prices are $115,950 and average rent for an apartment is $618.

In its more than 100 years Mansfield has developed from a rural, farming community to a bustling suburban city of more than 50,000 people. With a quality of life considered to be one of the best in the Metroplex, Mansfield offers more than 240 acres of beautiful parkland, a historic downtown area, recreational opportunities for young and old, superior rated schools, quality housing and a growing business community.

Mineral Wells
Mineral Wells is a diverse and spirited community located in Palo Pinto and Parker counties. The area boasts excellent employment and business opportunities, and the stunning landscapes can turn tourists into residents. Plenty of water sports can be enjoyed at Lake Palo Pinto, Possum Kingdom Lake and Lake Mineral Wells.

Located just 20 minutes west of Fort Worth, the city of Weatherford prides themselves on tradition and history. Known as the “Peach Capital of Texas” for growing deliciously sweet peaches which is celebrated each year at the Parker County Peach Festival. Residents can lead a more rural lifestyle than other surrounding cities, while still able to commute into the Metroplex for work.

Its has been four years since Denton broke the population mark of over 100,000 and the city has committed to accommodating the growth with resources and services. 41% of Denton residents have a less than 15 minutes commute to work which leaves more time to enjoy the trendy downtown area, local museums, and the year-around music and event festivities. One of the major employers is the mostly commuter school University of North Texas which means college kids are plentiful around town.

Flower Mound
Low land prices on the scenic terrain led to residential growth in the 1990’s, but expansion is only done with a master plan to monitor zoning and building density in mind. The population is estimated at over 60,000 with 20,797 housing units which are 93 percent owned homes. 14 of the 19 schools operated by Lewisville ISD, which serves Flower Mound, are rated exemplary.

Last year Money magazine named Keller #7 of “Best Places to Live” for all the reasons the 38,000 plus people that live there enjoy. Keller boasts an extremely low crime rate, access to an excellent recreation, park and trail system, and diverse housing opportunities. DFW Airport is just nine miles east and the light rail can be accessed seven miles south which positions Keller as a great suburb outside Dallas. In addition, all students living in the city attend Keller ISD which is an exceptional district with a reputation for working well with special needs children.

Lewisville is the portrait of small-town USA but with a modern atmosphere serving urban amenities. Homeowners can select properties from attractive neighborhoods and enjoy cultural entertainment and fine dining. The residential landscape is shared with diverse businesses and industries that also benefit from world-class shopping, attractions, new luxurious hotels, glittering blue lakes, and easy airport access.
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