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Dallas and Fort Worth together may be known as the Metroplex, but they’re like peas and carrots. They go together beautifully, but each has a very distinct identity. It’s each city’s unique appeal that attracts thousands of relocating families and individuals to the area every year.

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Consider that the United States Census Bureau estimated in July 2017 that the Dallas population was 1,341,075, while neighboring Fort Worth also grew to a total population of 874,168. With low cost of living, affordable housing, a temperate climate, top companies, employment opportunities, a renowned restaurant scene, and two airports that together offer more than 2,000 flights daily, it’s easy to see why the Dallas/Fort Worth area is a great place to put down roots – in whichever Metroplex city you choose to make your home. With ten major metro areas and thirteen counties, the DFW Metroplex covers a vast geographical area, the largest metro in the South. Major metros include Dallas, Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Irving, Garland, Carrollton, Denton, McKinney, and Richardson, and counties include Collin, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Wise – with many smaller communities in between. All in all, the Metroplex is 9,286 square miles - making it larger than Rhode Island and Connecticut combined! Both Dallas and Fort Worth offer plenty of recreational opportunities that speak to the area’s overall quality of life, including more than 200 golf courses, hundreds of area parks, fun entertainment venues like the Fort Worth Stockyards and Six Flags, and renowned cultural amenities like the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, and much more. Two new parks in Dallas are already world-renowned: the Klyde Warren Park and the Trinity Overlook Park at the site of the Margaret Hunt Hall Bridge by acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava. The Metroplex is home to five professional sports teams, including the Dallas Cowboys (NFL); Dallas Stars (NHL); Dallas Mavericks (NBA); FC Dallas (MLS) and the Texas Rangers (MLB), plus NASCAR and Indy racing – giving residents many occasions to cheer their favorite teams and enjoy the excitement of live sports. In 2017, Dallas ranked as one of the top cities for sports according to WalletHub.com. This was based on ticket and merchandise sales,

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DALLAS: RICH HISTORY, THRIVING BUSINESS, AND DIVERSE COMMUNITIES The Dallas of the famed Dallas television show is certainly alive and well here, plus this modern city offers residents and visitors alike a chic mystique, great quality of life, affordable housing, vibrant arts and culture, and diverse communities that offer something for everyone to enjoy. Rich History, Diverse Population Borne from humble beginnings as a city built around natural resources like cotton and oil, Dallas became a national historical landmark when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963. It has evolved into a thriving center of business, dining, nightlife and fashion. Dallas has come a long way, baby. There’s no doubt that the Dallas area is an ethnically diverse community. Almost 25 percent of the population was born outside the United States Overall, the DFW area’s largest minority group is its Hispanic population; the area also includes many Asian and African-American citizens and communities. Good for Business The area has always attracted a younger demographic – the median age here is 32.2 and US average of 37.4. A major factor is the multitude of career opportunities made available by the many large corporations based here. In fact, several Dallas/Fort Worth companies sit on the Fortune 500 list, including Exxon Mobil, J.C. Penney, Texas Instruments, and others. That distinction has translated into a thriving business climate and demographic for those who live and work here.

FORT WORTH: MUCH MORE THAN BIG D’S NEIGHBOR Located about 35 miles west of Dallas in Tarrant County, many visitors and those new to the area see Fort Worth as simply a smaller version of Dallas - but nothing could be further from the truth. The city has a personality all its own – a mix of cowboys, big business, and community pride.

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The 17th largest city in the United States and the fifth largest in Texas, Fort Worth has been honored by Partners for Livable Communities as one of America’s Most Livable Communities. The city is also a multiple recipient of the All-America City Award, given annually by the National Civic League to ten winners for excellence in “community-based problem solving, grassroots civic engagement and joint efforts on the part of the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.” Rustic Roots Like Dallas, Forth Worth has rustic roots as the city “Where the West Begins.” Originally established as an army outpost in 1849, it eventually served as the last major stop on the legendary Chisholm Trail – the road where wranglers drove millions of herds of Longhorn cattle north to market in Kansas. The city earned the nickname “Hell’s Half Acre” after the red light district teeming with gambling parlors, saloons, and dance halls sprang up to entertain the wild cowboys who frequently visited as they passed through town. Today, residents still call it “Cowtown” because of its proximity to the drovers’ trail and its rowdy cowboy roots. All Business Cosmopolitan and chic in its own right, Fort Worth‘s long and storied history still reigns - but so does its designation as a national business, educational, and cultural destination. Big D’s thriving smaller neighbor is equally rich in commerce as the headquarters of Fortune 500 companies. It’s also an attractive destination for moving families according to CNBC who has ranked it among the “best cities to relocate to in America” thanks to its affordable housing, low unemployment rate, and thriving arts and culture scene – which includes one of the best zoos in the country. Today, more than 874,168 residents are proud to call “Cowtown” home. Multiple Attractions Today, the city holds true to its early beginnings with a thriving nightlife and the Fort Worth Stockyards - a premier livestock center,


and still, the city’s centerpiece. But it’s also become known for internationally famous art museums, ballet, opera, symphony, renowned concert venues, and high culture – and has now garnered a more apropos nickname, “The City of Cowboys and Culture.”

DALLAS AND FORT WORTH: EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION Between its universities, colleges, trade schools, public, private, and parochial schools, there’s no shortage of educational resources for those relocating to the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. According to data from the City of Dallas Office of Economic Development, over 30 percent of the DFW area’s workforce has at least a college degree, and more than 78% have at least a high school education. Together, the K-12 public school systems in Dallas and Fort Worth educate several hundred thousand students and have both received accolades for their education programs, resources, and diversity. Public, Private and Higher Education The Dallas Independent School District is the 14th largest school district in the United States with more than 20,000 employees and a diverse population of more than 155,000 students who speak more than 70 different languages. The district currently has 230 schools, and voters approved a $1.6 billion building program that is adding nine new schools and various renovations over the next several years. According to The Washington Post, DISD is home to two of the top ten public high schools in the country. Several of the district’s schools have been designated as Blue Ribbon schools and scores more rated as exemplary or recognized. DISD also boasts a progressive dual language immersion program benefiting both native English and Spanish speakers, along with three “early college” high schools. Nearby Tarrant County (which includes such major communities as Arlington, Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, Grapevine-Colleyville, and Keller) includes 20 school districts. The largest is the Fort Worth Independent School

District, which is the fifth largest in the state with more than 86,000 students in 83 elementary schools, 29 middle schools and sixth-grade centers, 18 high schools, and 16 special campuses. There are also many smaller school districts across other DFW counties that offer a wealth of education options for families. (See the Public Education section for more detailed information about the area’s largest school districts, including enrollment numbers, test scores, student-teacher ratios, and much more). The area also offers multiple choices for private and parochial K-12 education, with more than 200 schools of all sizes (see the Private School section for a listing of the DFW area’s largest private schools). Home to more than 40 public and private colleges and universities, the DFW area offers extensive opportunities for workforce training, advanced degrees, and continuing education. Acclaimed area schools include Southern Methodist University, University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Dallas, Dallas Baptist University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Texas Christian University, as well as the University of North Texas and Texas Women’s University in nearby Denton. (Refer to our Higher Education section for a listing of area colleges and universities.) No matter what your preference, the DFW area offers much for relocating families to

ensure that students of all ages have access to the educational experience that best fits their needs – from nationally renowned parochial schools to smaller private academies and preschools to top-ranked colleges and universities.

DFW HEALTHCARE: SECOND TO NONE DFW residents and visitors enjoy its nationally renowned healthcare resources and medical facilities. For example, both Parkland Memorial Hospital and Baylor University Medical Center are nationally recognized hospitals and have been ranked among the best by United States News and World Report, along with Children’s Health of Dallas, which ranked high in several different specialties. In fact, many Dallas-Fort Worth area hospitals were among the magazine’s “Best Hospitals metro-area rankings for 20162017,” which are based on reputation, clinical excellence, and a variety of patient care factors such as nursing and patient services. Hospitals and care facilities on the list include the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Medical City Dallas Hospital, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Dention Regional Medical Center, Plaza Medical Center, Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital and many more.

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The University of Texas-Southwestern Medical Center, widely considered “the crown jewel” of the UT Medical System, also counts five Nobel laureates among its skilled staff. Major healthcare systems in the Dallas/Fort Worth area include Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Texas Health Resources, Methodist Health System, VA North Texas Healthcare System, Parkland Health and Hospital System, and Presbyterian Healthcare System, as well as many smaller clinic systems, physician groups, and more that offer hundreds of specialties for the best in medical care. Beyond offering top quality healthcare services and resources to residents, the North Texas healthcare industry is a huge source of job growth and opportunity. According to information from the Dallas Chamber, healthcare services – including hospitals, physicians and dentist offices – comprises 15% of the DFW economy, directly supports an estimated 601,000 jobs, and adds a total value of more than $52 billion to the regional economy. In a study to estimate the overall economic impact of the healthcare industry in the DFW area, the University of North Texas Center for Economic Development and Research found that “the value added by the healthcare industry in the region is $52 billion per year, which represents about 15 percent of all regional economic activity.”

DFW: GOOD FOR BUSINESS There’s no question that the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is ideal for business. According to Fortune magazine 21 Fortune 500 companies make either Dallas or Fort Worth their corporate headquarters – including such well-known companies as Dean Foods, ExxonMobil, Kimberly-Clark, J.C. Penney, Southwest Airlines, and Texas Instruments. Consider that Chief Executive magazine’s annual survey of CEO opinion and business climate index ranked Texas the best state to do business – for the tenth year in a row – and it’s not surprising that many smaller companies have chosen to follow suit. According to research prepared by the Dallas Chamber, the

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DFW region is the fifth largest metro in the country for self-employment. The state of Texas has received the prestigious Site Selection magazine’s Governor’s Cup for having the most new and expanded corporate facilities. The Site Selection rankings are based on new corporate location projects; to be considered, a new facility or expansion must involve capital investment of at least $1 million, create at least 50 new jobs, or add at least 20,000 square-feet of space. The Dallas-Plano-Irving Metropolitan Division, which accounted for 72 percent of the area’s workforce, added 91,500 jobs from August a year ago, an increase of 3.6 percent. The Fort Worth-Arlington Metropolitan Division, which accounted for the remaining 28 percent of the area’s workforce, added 23,400 jobs during the 12-month period, a gain of 2.3 percent. With a large, educated workforce and an ideally central location, equidistant from North America’s five largest business centers (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Mexico City and Toronto) – the Dallas/Fort Worth area is known as a place to start and nurture a career, grow a business, and become an entre-preneur. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics August 2018 report, the total nonfarm employment in the Dallas-Forth Worth area stood at 3,716,000, this is up 114,900 over the prior year. The area’s thriving entrepreneurial climate is a clear testament to the state’s determined history. According to statistics from CNBC’s Top States for Business 2016, Texas ranked second in the United States Forbes has also counted the Dallas and Fort Worth-Arlington areas among its 2016 listings as the “best cities for busi-ness,” at tenth. DFW also ranked thirteenth out of 101 major United States markets in terms of small business vitality in the annual survey by American City Business Journals. While the area is well known as an attractive environment for young, hungry, and headedstraight-up-the-corporate-ladder professionals who relocate here each year to start their careers, it is also known as the kind of business climate where those at any stage in their

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career have almost unlimited opportunities for success – which is a major reason many executives and businesses choose to relocate here. Central location and easy access to worldwide destinations make DFW an attractive option for both small and large employers, as well as relocating families, with plenty of resources to help. For example, the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport – one of the world’s busiest airports – serves more than 31 million passengers each year – and it’s a major reason why companies and employees move here. Dallas’ Love Field, which had its beginnings as a training facility for pilots during World War I, is home to Southwest Airlines and is one of the state’s busiest airports for both regional commuters and private aircraft – another plus for local businesses.

DFW ARTS, MUSIC & CULTURE Most people think of sports, arts, music, culture, and cowboys when they think of things to do in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Yes, there’s that – but there’s also so much more. From such cultural icons as Casa Mañana Theater, the Fort Worth Civic Orchestra, the Fort Worth/ Dallas Ballet Company, Bass Performance Hall, the Dallas Opera, and the Van Cliburn Piano Competition to pure sports excitement, there’s no shortage of things to do and see. The Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth is world famous, and the Fort Worth Museum of Science and Industry offers popular attractions for kids – and adults – of all ages. Most of Fort Worth’s attractions and restaurants are within three miles of downtown, making it easy to explore. Sundance Square is a popular hotbed, as is the Fort Worth Stockyards area; and, there are plenty of fun restaurants and bars around the TCU campus. No trip to Fort Worth is complete without a stop at the world-famous Billy Bob’s Texas. Fort Worth boasts more than 250 parks and public outdoor spaces that cover over 11,700 acres across the city. Love dogs? There’s even the Fort Woof Dog Park at Gateway Park – an amenity that’s proven very popular with area residents and their four-legged friends. Beyond parks, Fort Worth’s Parks & Community Services (PACS) department maintains hugely popular attractions such as


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A thriving real estate market, quality of life, affordable cost of living, culture, and tons of things to do and see – what more could families want from a new city? the beautiful Fort Worth Botanical Garden, the rustic Log Cabin Village, the Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge, the famous Fort Worth Zoo, and The Herd – a real-life rustling of Texas longhorns at 11:30 am and 4:00 pm daily in the Fort Worth Stockyards, replicating cattle drives of yesteryear in a tribute to the city’s cowboy roots. In Dallas, the West End Historic District (which includes the Sixth Floor Museum, the Old Red Courthouse, and the West End Marketplace); Greenville Avenue (bar- and restaurant-hopping is tops here, as is vintage & boutique shopping); Victory Park (the view from the Ghost Room atop the W hotel is stunning, as is gastropub Cook Hall); Deep Ellum (hip bars, great jazz and blues clubs); Knox-Henderson (lots of shopping, great restaurants like Fireside Pies, The Porch, and more); Bishop Arts District (cute coffee shops, boutiques, fine and casual dining); and the Dallas Arts District (which includes the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Theater Center, and the Morton Meyerson Symphony Center) are some of the area’s most popular places to see, be seen, eat, and shop. Love the outdoors? The DFW area is tops for celebrating all things green with an extensive park system that spans the entire metro area, offering plenty to see and do to get active, or just relax. From its early beginnings in 1876 to the creation of the city’s Park Board in 1905, the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department now maintains 397 parks with seven lakes and 1,124 surface acres of water, plus 158 developed trail miles. There are 41 recreation centers, five tennis centers, six golf courses, four driving ranges, 17 community pools, plus dogparks, spraygrounds, a skate park, a roller rink, and more. Definitely worth many visits are the two new and already renowned parks in Dallas: the Klyde Warren Park and the Trinity Overlook Park. The Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre deck park offering urban green space and built entirely over the busy Woodall Rodgers

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Freeway in downtown. The park features walking trails, a dog park, and daily free programming from yoga to outdoor concerts and films. The Trinity Overlook Park provides access to the Dallas Floodway, views of downtown, and a stunning view of the new bridge designed by internationally heralded architect and engineer, Santiago Calatrava. The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge opened in 2012 and has become a destination in itself. As for food, whatever your culinary taste or craving, Dallas/Fort Worth restaurants are sure to satisfy it. From luxury dining at The Mansion or The French Room to down home barbeque at Sonny Bryan’s in Dallas, famous Mexican food at Joe T. Garcia’s and rustic, creative fare at Lonesome Dove Western Bistro in Fort Worth, there’s truly something for everyone here. Got sports? With teams in every major sports league, fans have their pick of events. Dallas Cowboys football, Dallas Mavericks basketball, Texas Rangers baseball, Major League Soccer’s FC Dallas team, and the Dallas Stars hockey team are all hot tickets – no matter what the season.

Development of tollways and other major thoroughfares means that it’s easy to travel between smaller cities and major job centers. This makes it ideal for relocating employees and families, opening up a wide variety of communities and neighborhoods to fit their lifestyles and price points with diverse housing options for individuals and families of all sizes. In recent years, Bloomberg Business Week ranked Dallas third and Fort Worth tenth in its annual “Best Cities for New College Grads” listings, citing a low cost of living (including housing) and high employment rate, among other factors. Part of the reason for the accolades is that housing prices have remained historically low here, as well as overall interest rates on the national level. That combination makes the DFW area a highly appealing place to buy a home. According to the most recent information from the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, which issues regular research reports about the Texas housing market, the median home price in the Dallas area sit at just around $356,999.

The Dallas/Fort Worth area – like much of Texas – has consistently garnered accolades as an affordable place to live. While other parts of the country experienced the dizzying highs and devastating lows at the height of the housing crisis, Texas stayed relatively stable, even during the worst of it, and that continues to be good news.

The cost of living in the DFW area makes it easier to afford housing. According to recent numbers from the ACCRA Cost of Living Index, which rates cities on such factors as the cost of groceries, housing, utilities, transportation, health care, and goods and services, the cost of living in the Dallas area is about 6 percent lower than the United States average. Put another way, an annual salary of $50,000 in DFW is equivalent to $118,314 in New York, $91,779 in San Francisco, $60,457 in Chicago, and $72,996 in Los Angeles.

DFW has proven itself an affordable place to buy a home and put down roots. Home prices have stayed relatively stable during the recent economic recession – and a combination of affordability and a diverse economic base has kept unemployment figures well below national levels and helped sustain the market’s strength.

A thriving real estate market, quality of life, affordable cost of living, diverse people and communities, positive job growth, top companies, culture, and tons of things to do and see – what more could families want from a new city? All this and much more make the DFW metroplex a great choice for those relocating here.

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BUSINESS and economy Considering that twenty-one Fortune 500 companies have chosen to make their home in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there’s not much question that the metroplex is good for business. According to a Moody’s North American Business Cost Reviews, the Dallas/Fort Worth region has one of the lowest business costs among major metropolitan areas.

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The region’s overall costs rank below the national average and well below those of Boston, New York and San Francisco, making DFW an attractive place to expand or relocate major operations or headquarters. It’s no wonder that such Fortune 500 companies as Exxon Mobil, AT&T, Energy Transfer Equity, American Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Fluor Corporation, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Tenet Healthcare have chosen to make the metroplex their headquarters. Recently, three major employers planted roots in the DFW area: Toyota North America, Chase and Co. and Liberty Mutual Insurance. It is expected that these three companies alone will bring 14,000 employees to the area. Others think DFW is good for business, too. Texas is the number one state in the United States and DFW the number two metropolitan area for corporate relocations, according to Site Selection Magazine and CEO Magazine just named Texas the No. 1 state for business. A low cost of living, great housing, and accessibility contribute to the appeal of the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex to business. Forbes magazine ranked Fort Worth the third most affordable city in America with a cost of living 10 percent below the national average and Dallas the 17th most affordable

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city in America with a cost of living at 5 percent below the national mean. Another attraction for business is the fact that Dallas has no personal or corporate income tax and no state property tax. However, much of what makes the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex such a strong business community is an aura of serious, yet healthy competition that has resulted in multiple opportunities for job growth, new companies, a thriving environment to start or expand a business, and an overall business commitment to considerable philanthropic investment in the city.

DFW: EDUCATED WORKFORCE, LIVABLE CITY With more than forty colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools here, it’s not surprising that the Dallas/Fort Worth area is also home to well-educated residents and college graduates who make ideal employment candidates for many area companies. In fact, according to recent statistics, 30 percent of the area’s workforce has a college degree. The Dallas/Fort Worth area is also an international destination, which only adds to its business appeal. More than a million local residents were born in other countries, including Latin America, Asia, Africa and Europe. As a result, local businesses support more than 20 chambers of commerce and business associations dedicated to those regions and countries.

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The DFW area’s dedication to technology and growth has spawned a transportation system that makes companies even more accessible – and gives residents easy commutes. There are multiple interstate highways within the DFW city limits, and the expanded Dallas North Tollway and President George Bush Highway means that driving to and from work from nearly anywhere in the city is much less of a hassle than it used to be just a few short years ago. Add the innovative DART Rail System, and residents reap the benefits of a fast, inexpensive, relaxing and convenient way to get to work and around town. One of the largest light rail systems in the United States, DART currently serves Dallas and 12 surrounding cities with 649 buses in their fleet and 93-miles of light rail transit (DART Rail). DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (known as The T) also operate 34 miles of commuter rail transit (the Trinity Railway Express or TRE), which connects downtown Dallas and Fort Worth with stops in the mid-cities (Hurst, Euless and Bedford), as well as DFW International Airport. In fact, the rail system, which was approved by voters in 1983, has proven so popular that developers have sought to satisfy the demand for unique housing opportunities, and easier, more flexible living with vibrant communities


DFW AREA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE African DFW Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-628-2569

www.africanchamberdfw.org

Allen/Fairview Chamber of Commerce

Allen

972-727-5585

www.allenchamber.com

Arlington Chamber of Commerce

Arlington

817-275-2613

www.arlingtontx.com

Arlington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Arlington

682-367-1415

www.hispanic-chamber.org

Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce

Balch Springs

972-557-0988

www.balchspringschamber.org

Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce

Benbrook

817-249-2026

www.benbrookchamber.org

Burleson Chamber of Commerce

Burleson

817-295-6121

www.burlesonareachamber.com

Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce

Cedar Hill

972-291-7817

www.cedarhillchamber.org

Cleburne Chamber of Commerce

Cleburne

817-645-2455

www.cleburnechamber.com

Colleyville Chamber of Commerce

Colleyville

817-488-7148

www.colleyvillechamber.org

Coppell Chamber of Commerce

Coppell

972-393-2829

www.coppellchamber.org

Corsicana Navarro County Chamber of Commerce

Corsicana

903-874-4731

www.corsicana.org

Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-421-2332

www.dbcc.org

Denison Area Chamber of Commerce

Denison

903-465-1551

www.denisontexas.us

Denton Chamber of Commerce

Denton

940-382-9693

www.denton-chamber.org

Desoto Chamber of Commerce

DeSoto

972-224-3565

www.desotochamber.og

DFW Christian Chamber of Commerce

Irving

214-550-2653

www.dfwchristianchamber.com

DFW Native American Chamber of Commerce

Plano

972-422-9192

www.dfwnacc.com

Duncanville Chamber of Commerce

Duncaville

972-780-4990

www.duncanvillechamber.org

Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce

Farmers Branch

972-243-8966

www.fbchamber.com

Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce

Flower Mound

972-539-0500

www.flowermoundchamber.com

Forney Area Chamber of Commerce

Forney

972-564-2233

www.forneychamber.com

Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce

Fort Worth

817-336-2491

www.fortworthchamber.com

Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Fort Worth

817-625-5411

www.fwhcc.org

Fort Worth Metro Black Chamber of Commerce

Fort Worth

817-871-6538

www.fwmbcc.org

Frisco Chamber of Commerce

Frisco

972-335-9522

www.friscochamber.com

Garland Chamber of Commerce

Garland

972-272-7551

www.garlandchamber.com

Grapevine Chamber of Commerce

Grapevine

817-481-1522

www.grapevinechamber.org

Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce

Grand Prairie

972-264-1558

www.grandprairiechamber.org

Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-746-6600

www.dallaschamber.org

Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

972-241-8250

www.gdaacc.com

Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-521-6007

www.gdhcc.com

Greater Dallas Indo-American Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-346-9559

www.gdiacc.org

Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber Commerce

Dallas

972-488-2224

www.koreanchamber.org

Greater East Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-328-4100

www.eastdallaschamber.com

Greater Irving/Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce

Irving

214-217-8484

www.irvingchamber.com

Greater Southwest Black Chamber of Commerce

Lancaster

214-744-2881

www.gswbcc.org

Greenville Chamber o f Commerce

Greenville

903-455-1736

www.greenville-chamber.org

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that are centered around “transit villages” – giving residents options for a trendier, on-the-go lifestyles that are closer to the city’s center and transit hubs.

LOCATION, LOCATION Dallas/Fort Worth’s central location means that it’s easy to get to any number of other major business cities, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Toronto, Chicago, and Mexico City. The third busiest airport in the world, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport served more than 65 million passengers last year, and was named “Best Airport in North America” by Premier Traveler magazine. That kind of service and accessibility is a big draw for the companies that relocate here each year. Dallas Love Field, the hub of Southwest Airlines, also handles considerable regional traffic – more than 7 million passengers each year – and future traffic is estimated at more than 12.3 million passengers annually by 2020. It’s known as a business traveler’s airport because of its convenient location just 20 minutes from downtown, the Infomart (which hosts many business conventions and events), the Dallas Market Center – a 5-million-square-foot wholesale trade center, and downtown hotels.

[DFW’s] educated workforce, supportive business community, and low cost of living make it and ideal place to launch a new [business] venture. employees living in the Dallas area is in a

here, employing 437,100. In fact, 60 percent of

tech-related job. This even puts Dallas ahead

America’s paper money is printed at the United

of Silicon Valley’s San Jose, which did not

States Bureau of Engraving and Printing

even make the 2018 top cities to work in the

Western Currency Facility in Fort Worth.

tech industry, according to Smart Asset.

Mining, logging and construction, was also

A longtime leader in all manner of tech-

a leading job growth industry as of February

nology-focused

2019 with a 3.3 percent growth.

engineering, telecommunications, informa-

businesses,

including

tion services, and more, the DFW area is The Healthcare industry has been breaking

either a headquarters or main hub for such

records in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropol-

companies as Electronic Data Systems

itan area. According to DCEO Healthcare,

(EDS), Perot Systems, Nortel, Raytheon,

the Dallas-Fort Worth area leads Texas in

Alcatel and Lockheed Martin. Medical, bio,

Healthcare companies on the Inc. 5000 List.

and life sciences are another growing tech-

The Inc. 5000 List chronicles the fastest

nology sector for the area, as are emerging

growing, private companies in the nation.

technologies such as nanotech, wireless

These companies include home health, tech,

and broadband telecommunications.

pharmaceutical, provider networks, staffing centers and services companies.

And, because it’s a smaller airport, it’s much less hassle to get in and out of quickly. With more than 125 daily direct flights on Southwest Airlines throughout Texas and the rest of the southwestern region of the United States, and many east coast cities, it’s the top choice for many business travelers. Combined, the two airports offer over 7,000 weekly non-stop flights to 187 global destinations according to the City of Dallas, Economic Development Department.

Government is another big industry sector

Metroplex educational institutions have also been strong supporters of the area’s equally

TECHNOLOGY-FOCUSED FOR BUSINESS

strong – and fast-growing – technology base.

As the location for both AT&T’s head-

Dallas (UTD) is one of many higher educa-

quarters and the corporate home for Texas

tion resources that is working with tech

Instrument, there’s no doubt that the

companies to prepare students for the work

Dallas/Fort Worth area is a key telecom

force. UTD is also fast becoming a major

and technology hub. It seems fitting, since

research institution, specializing in fields

the integrated circuit computer, later to

such as nanotechnology and interactive arts.

For example, the University of Texas at

be called the microchip, was invented in more than 209,000 workers work in the

HEALTHCARE: TOP FACILITIES MEAN BIG BUSINESS

MAJOR DFW INDUSTRIES

technology sector, with jobs that are mostly

Healthcare in the Dallas/Fort Worth area has

Major DFW employment sectors are as varied as the city itself. According to the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers (February 2019), the largest industries here include trade, transportation, and utilities; professional and business services; education and health services; leisure and hospitality; and financial activities.

split between high-tech manufacturing (44

long been known for its stellar patient care,

percent)

specialty hospitals, and medical schools, but

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Dallas in 1958. Recent statistics show that

and

information/professional/

technical services (56 percent).

the area’s healthcare industry as an employment sector has also become an increasingly

In fact, Dallas tops Houston, San Antonio

significant source of job growth and oppor-

and Austin when it comes to jobs in the tech

tunity. The industry directly supports nearly

industry. According to United States Bureau

332,000 jobs, not to mention other health-

of Labor and Statistics, one in every twenty

care services and practices (such as smaller

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DFW AREA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE (CONTINUED) Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce

Hillsboro

254-582-2481

www.hillsborochamber.org

Hopkins County (Sulfur Springs) Chamber of Commerce

Sulphur Springs

903-885-6515

www.sulphursprings-tx.com

Hurst/Euless/Bedford Chamber of Commerce

Bedford

817-283-1521

www.heb.org

Keller Chamber of Commerce

Keller

817-431-2169

www.kellerchamber.com

Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce

Quinlan

903-447-3020

www.laketawakonichamber.org

Lamar County Chamber of Commerce

Paris

903-784-2501

www.paristexas.com

Lancaster Chamber of Commerce

Lancaster

972-227-2579

www.lancastertx.org

Lavon Area Chamber of Commerce

Lavon

972-853-7092

www.lavonareachamber.org

Lewisville Chamber of Commerce

Lewisville

972-436-9571

www.lewisvillechamber.org

Little Elm Chamber of Commerce

Little Elm

972-292-3777

www.littleelchamber.org

McKinney Chamber of Commerce

McKinney

972-542-0163

www.mckinneytx.org

Mesquite Chamber of Commerce

Mesquite

972-285-0211

www.mesquitechamber.com

Metrocrest Chamber of Commerce

Addison, Carrollton & Farmers Branch

469-587-0420

www.metrocrestchamber.com

Midlothian Chamber of Commerce

Midlothian

972-723-8600

www.midlothianchamber.org

Murphy Chamber of Commerce

Murphy

972-805-3749

www.murphychamber.org

NE Tarrant Chamber of Commerce

Haltom City

817-281-9376

www.netarrant.org

North Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-368-6485

www.ndcc.org

North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-821-4528

www.northtexasglbtchamber.org

Northwest Metroport/Westlake Chamber of Commerce

Roanoke

817-837-1000

www.nwmetroportchamber.org

Northwest Tarrant Chamber of Commerce

Lake Worth

817-237-0060

www.nwtcc.org

Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-943-4567

www.oakcliffchamber.org

Plano Chamber of Commerce

Plano

972-424-7547

www.planochamber.org

Possum Kingdom Lake Chamber of Commerce

Graford

888-779-8330

www.possumkingdomlake.com

Richardson Chamber of Commerce

Richardson

972-792-2800

www.telecomcorridor.com

Rockwall Chamber of Commerce

Rockwall

972-771-5733

www.rockwallchamber.org

Rowlett Chamber of Commerce

Rowlett

972-475-3200

www.rowlettchamber.com

Sherman Chamber of Commerce

Sherman

903-893-1184

www.shermanchamber.us

Southlake Chamber of Commerce

Southlake

817-481-8200

www.southlakechamber.com

Texarkana Chamber of Commerce

Texarkana

903-792-7191

www.texarkanachamber.com

Texas Israel Chamber of Commerce

Richardson

214-576-9639

www.texasisrael.org

The Colony Chamber of Commerce

The Colony

214-705-3075

www.thecolonychamber.com

Tyler Chamber of Commerce

Tyler

903-592-1661

www.tylertexas.com

United States-China of Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Plano

972-618-9889

www.uscccdallas.org

United States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce Southwest Chapter

Dallas

214-747-1996

www.uspaacc-sw.org

United States-Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce Southwest Chapter

Arlington

817-272-0257

www.uspaacc-sw.org

Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce

Waxahachie

972-937-2390

www.waxahachiechamber.com

West Dallas Chamber of Commerce

Dallas

214-631-5047

www.westdallaschamber.org

Wylie Chamber of Commerce

Wylie

972-442-2804

www.wyliechamber.org

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hospitals, and physicians/dental offices) that combine to employ over 282,000 residents. The city is home to some of the highest-ranking hospitals in the nation, as well as strong medical teaching schools including the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center of Dallas and The Baylor College of Medicine. Major healthcare systems – and consequently major employers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area – include Baylor Health System, Tenet Healthcare Corporation, Texas Health Resources, Methodist Health System, VA North Texas Healthcare System, Parkland Health and Hospital System, and Presbyterian Healthcare System, as well as many smaller clinic systems, emergency care facilities, and physician groups.

SPORTS, TOURISM AND CONVENTIONS They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that definitely includes travel, sports and business traffic. All three are big industries here, with the economic impact to match. The Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is the home of five major league sports teams including Dallas Cowboys football, Dallas Stars hockey, Dallas Mavericks basketball, FC Dallas MLS soccer, and Texas Rangers baseball. Combine that mix with NASCAR and Indy racing, and it adds up to an economic

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impact of millions. The Dallas Cowboys football stadium – located just across the way from the famed Texas Rangers’ Ballpark in Arlington – opened in 2009 and was booked almost immediately – including for the 2011 Super Bowl. With 75,000 seats, a retractable roof, open end zones linked to fan decks for increased capacity, a Texas Sports Hall of Fame exhibit, one of the largest flatscreen televisions in the world, cutting edge technology throughout, and a whopping $1.2 billion price tag, the arena has already garnered an economic impact of hundreds of millions that has benefited the entire metroplex with increased sales tax numbers from all the tourist spending. All that sports frenzy means plenty of tourists – and plenty of money. In fact, it’s no surprise that the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex is the top tourist destination in Texas. The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates that DFW gets more than 25 million visitors each year. According to the Council’s most recent statistics, hospitality and tourism businesses and spending generated $4.3 billion in local and state taxes.

Business District, and has 253,226 total square feet of exhibit space and 41 meeting rooms, among other amenities, to host conferences, corporate meetings, sporting events, concerts, trade shows, banquets, and consumer shows.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT With that kind of a thriving business climate, it’s easy to see that DFW is a great place to start a business. The area’s educated workforce, supportive business community, and low cost of living make it ideal to launch a new venture. Area organizations dedicated to helping fledgling businesses include the non-profit organization SCORE, the Better Business Bureau, and the Small Business Association, among many others. Southern Methodist University’s Caruth Institute for Entrepreneurship also offers a first-rate education for full- and part-time students, plus multiple business and networking events. In the end, with a low cost of living, affordable housing, favorable business climate,

Business tourism is also big business in the DFW metroplex. The Dallas Convention Center, one of the largest in the state, means the area is ideal for large conventions. And in Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Convention Center covers 14 blocks in the city’s Central

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TOP 25 EMPLOYERS

Baylor Cancer Center. Photo Courtesy of Baylor Health Systems

The Dallas/Fort Worth area is the fastest-growing

establishments. The DFW area is home to

metro area in Texas, and the nation. The DFW Metroplex is the fourth largest metropolitan area

over 10,000 corporate headquarters, making it the largest concentration of cor porate

in the country, with a population of 7.1 million people, according to recent data. What brings

headquarters in the United States.

people to DFW? At least one reason is the jobs. The unemployment rate has been consistently

Like other areas in Texas, DFW has plent y of employment opportunities for those who

lower than both the Texas and national averages at 3.6 percent as of November 2016.

choose to relocate here. In addition, CNBC named Texas America’s Top State for Business

In addition, 22 DFW companies made the

in recent years. The area has also consistently had a low cost of living, around the same as

Fortune 500 list in 2018, including American A i r l i n es, E x xo n M o b i l Co r p., a n d D a l l a s -

Houston, and considerably lower than Austin. With plenty of opportunity, it’s no wonder the

based AT&T. There are more than 70,000 firms in the area, with 90,0 0 0 physical business

Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex has seen such growth.

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The following is a list of the top 25 largest employers in the DFW area, ranked by how many employees they have locally. If you’re looking for a job in the DFW area, it’s a good place to start:

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Texas Health Resources Inc. 612 E Lamar Blvd. Arlington, TX 76011 682-236-7900 www.texashealth.org/careers

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Headquarters: 702 SW 8th St. Bentonville, AR 72716 800-331-0085 www.corporate.walmart.com Wal-Mart employs approximately 2.2 million associates worldwide, with 25,534 of those residing in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Taking a job with Wal-Mart means an opportunity to build a career. 75% of Wal-Mart management teams began their careers as associates. Wal-Mart boast of community giving and promoting environmental sustainability within their company.

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American Airlines Group, Inc. Headquarters: 4333 Amon Carter Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76155 800-433-7300 • www.aa.com American Airlines Group, Inc. is the world’s largest airline, and serves 350 cities across 50 countries, with thousands of daily flights. The company’s main headquarters are in Fort Worth, and include the American, American Eagle, and American Connection lines. American Airlines is part of the oneworld® alliance, a group of the world’s leading airlines, committed to providing the hightest level of service. Visit www.aacareers.com for information on employment opportunities with American Airlines.

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As one of the largest faith-based, non-profit health care systems in the nation, Texas Health Resources (THR) has 14 hospitals and more than 19,000 employees in the DFW area. Texas Health Resources was named in one of the top places to work in the State of Texas by GreatPlacestoWork.com.

Baylor Scott & White Health 4005 Crutcher St. #130 Dallas, TX 75246 800-422-9567 www.baylorscottandwhite.com Baylor Scott & White is the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States. Baylor Scott & White provides full-range inpatient, outpatient and, rehabilitation and emergency medical services through 48 hospitals and more than 1,000 patient access points. “Great Places To Work” ranked Baylor Scott & White one the “Best Places to Work in Healthcare”.

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Bank of America Corp. 901 Main St. • Dallas, TX 75202 Headquarters: Charlotte, NC 800-432-1000 • www.bankofamerica.com Bank of America is one of the largest financial institutions in the world, and, is the second largest bank in the United States by assets. Bank of America serves small and middle market businesses and individual customers with everything from investing, to asset management, to banking.

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Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. 1 Lockheed Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76108 Headquarters: Bethesda, MD 817-777-2000 • www.lockheedmartin.com Lockheed Martin provides innovations in aeronautics, information systems, global solutions, missiles and fire control, mission systems and training, and space systems. The company made $53.8 billion in sales in 2018, and was ranked 64h on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of largest industrial corporations. The Fort Worth facility builds mainly military aircraft, such as the F-16 Fighting Falcon and the F-117 Nighthawk.

Dallas Independent School District • 3700 Ross Avenue • Dallas, TX 75204 • 972-925-3700 • www.dallasisd.org With schools spread across 384 square miles, Dallas ISD serves 150,000 students in 230 schools in the cities of Dallas, Cockrell Hill, Seagoville, Addison, Wilmer, and parts of other areas, including Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, Garland, and others.

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City of Dallas 1500 Marilla St. • Dallas, TX 75201 www.dallascityhall.com The City of Dallas has a population of over 1,340,000 people and employs over 13,000 of them. As the third-largest city in Texas, it is located mostly in Dallas county, but small portions are also in Collin, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwell counties.

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Texas Instruments Inc. 12500 TI Blvd. • Dallas, TX 75243 214-479-3773 • www.ti.com Texas Instruments designs and supplies semiconductors and digital signal processing solutions for the world market. Dallas is home to TI’s American operations, which has been on “Fortune’s Most Admired Companies List” for over 10 consecutive years.

10 JP Morgan Chase & Co. 2200 Ross Ave. • Dallas, TX 75201 Headquarters: New York, NY 800-935-9935 • www.chase.com JP Morgan is one of the largest banks in Texas. It serves 21 million households, services 6 million mortgages, and has more than 1.6 million customers worldwide. JPMorgan Chase Bank has ranked one of America’s Best Banks of 2018 by Forbes. Its Dallas headquarters is in the JP Morgan Chase Tower, one of the tallest skyscrapers in the city with over 55 stories

11 UT-Southwestern Medical Center 5323 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75390 • 214-648-3111 www.utsouthwestern.edu The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has three degreegranting institutions which train 4,600 medical, graduate, and health profession students per year. They are one of the world’s top academic medical centers, treating more than 60 subspecialties, several of which are consistanly ranked among the nation’s best by United States News & World Report.

14 Parkland Health and Hospital 5201 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75235 • 214-590-8000 www.parklandhospital.com For more than a century, Parkland Health and Hospital has served Dallas County with talented medical professionals. Parkland has 12 medical centers in the Dallas area, including the Burn Intensive Care Unit, the Arrhythmia Management Center, and a Diabetes Treatment Center. Parkland also operates 20 community-based clinics, 12 school-based

clinics

and

numerous

outreach and education programs.

12 HCA North Texas 6565 N. McArthur Blvd. • Suite 5350 Irving, TX 75039 Headquarters: Nashville, TN 972-401-8750 • www.hcanorthtexas.com HCA, Inc. was founded in 1968 and was one of the nation’s first hospital companies. The company provides around 4 or 5 percent of all medical care in the nation. HCA North Texas has numerous hospitals, imaging, and surgery centers throughout the DFW area, including the Denton Regional Medical Center, the Medical Center of Lewisville, and the Medical City Dallas Hospital, among others.

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15 Southwest Airlines 2702 Lovefield Dallas, 75235 214-590-4000 • www.southwest.com Southwest Airlines is currently in its 46th year of service in 2017. have

more

than

53,000

They

employee

nationally (with 8,910 of those being in the Dallas-Fort Worth area) and have more than 100 million customers annually. Southwest operates a network of 101 destinations in the United States and eight additional countries with more than 3,900 departures a day during peak travel season.

Fort Worth ISD • 100 N. University Dr. • Fort Worth, TX 76107 817-871-2000 • www.fwisd.org The public school system of Fort Worth was founded in 1882, and today employs over 10,000 teachers and staff. All hiring for the Fort Worth ISD is done through their Human Capital Management organization.

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FINDING A JOB So, you like what Dallas/Fort Worth has to offer and you’ve decided to make the big move to the Lone Star State. Good for you! Now it’s time to jump those hurdles and make it happen. Assuming you’re not moving to start your own business, one of the most important hurdles is the question, “Where am I going to work?” The answer is just a few clicks away. Most, if not all, of the Web sites owned by DFW-area businesses and associations, from the local drug store to government to Fortune 500 international conglomerates and beyond, have on them pages dedicated to profiling available employment positions, along with instructions or applications enabling people to throw their names into the employment hat, so to speak. If you are interested in employment with a specific company, seeing what jobs are available is little more than a quick search through its Web site: follow the links entitled “jobs” or “employment” and you’re there! In doing so, keep in mind that there are as many ways to organize a Web site as there are businesses, so employment pages are easier to find on some business sites than others. If an employment link is not readily obvious, most sites have “search” boxes that online visitors can use to look for specific items or information using keywords, such as, in the case of work, the aforementioned “jobs” or “employment.” Should one’s employment desires in Dallas/Fort Worth be less particular in terms of what company one works for, there are many Web sites whose main purpose is employment, where businesses can post ads about open positions that perspective employees can search and apply. While each of them is set up differently, most work in much the same way. Jobs are organized into several searchable categories, such as location, professional category (“healthcare, “marketing” or “arts,” to name a few), keyword, income, frequency of work (part- or full-time, per diem, temporary, etc.), and the like. One can opt for a simple search (location, professional category, and/or keyword) or an advanced search, which can be tailored any number of ways to fit the searcher’s needs. There is a wide degree of variation in the employment submission process, from a simple e-mail with one’s resume attached to extensive online applications that can include competency tests. However, most online employment presences, be it corporate-specific or an employment clearing house, have on them methods by which potential employees can save and edit their initial applications, thereby saving time and effort with future job applications should initial employment requests don’t pan out. Below is a short listing of major employment sites one can explore to find open employment positions in the DFW area. It is by no means all-inclusive, but rather is meant as a springboard to launch one’s foray into the DFW job market. A good strategy would be to visit several employment sites during one’s job search to more effectively blanket an area. While some overlap does occur, it’s worth it to wade through jobs that appear on multiple sites to find those unique gems.

16 Target Corp. 555 Republic Dr. • Plano, TX 75074 Headquarters: Minneapolis, MN 800-440-0680 • www.target.com The first Target store opened in 1962, and in the very same year it gained the nickname “Tar-zhay.” The company has 1,700+ stores in the United States and 82 in Canada, supporting 361,000 employees. Target believes in supporting the community and gives 5 percent of their profit to charities.

17 Verizon Communications 600 Hidden Ridge Irving, TX 75038 800-837-4966 • www.verizon.com Verizon Communications employs more than 8,100 residing right in the DallasFort Worth area. They specialize in 4G and 5G wireless technologies and broadband and fiber. Verizon also offers solutions in managed security In 2017 alone Verizon has been names one of the “Top Corporations for Women’s Business Enterprises” by Women’s Business Enterprise, and a “Top 50 Employer” by Equal Opportunity Magazine.

(Note: Presence of the employment sites on the list to the right does not illustrate an association with or endorsement by WEB Media Group LLC or its subsidiaries.)

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careerbuilder.com | A very comprehensive national employment site, it is also featured on DFW’s two main newspapers, The Dallas Morning News and The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

regionalhelpwanted.com | This is a family of area-specific jobs sites encompassing the entire nation. This site servicing the Metroplex is www.DFWhelpwanted.com.

monster.com | Another well equipped and organized national employment site, it is also affiliated with The Dallas Morning News.

craigslist.org | Usually associated with buying and selling goods, Craig’s List is often an overlooked source of employment opportunities.

jobing.com | An easy-to-use site. Type in a city or zip code to gain access to region-specific jobs. The company behind Jobing.com also organizes and hosts periodic job fairs.

twc.state.tx.us | Official website of the Texas Workforce Commission. Register for work, apply online, match jobs and build resumes.

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Raytheon Company 2501 W. University Dr. McKinney, TX 75071 Headquarters: Waltham, MA 972-952-2000 • www.raytheon.com

City of Fort Worth 1000 Throckmorton St. Fort Worth, TX 76102 817-392-2255 • www.fortworthtexas.gov

Established in 1922, Raytheon achieved $27 billion in sales in 2018. The company provides a broad range of mission support systems, including state-ofthe-art electronics and mission systems integration for customers around the world. Raytheon employs 8,000 people in 7 different facilities in the DFW area.

19 Garland Independent School District 501 S. Jupiter Garland, 75042 972-494-8201 • www.garlandisd.net Garland Independent School District educates over 56,000 students across 72 campuses. Garland ISD ranks as the second-largest district in Dallas County and fourth-largest in Dallas-Fort Worth, 13th Largest in Texas and is among the 70-largest in America. The district employs 7,211 teachers and administrative staff.

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The City of Fort Worth is broken into 9 districts, and is located in Tarrant and Denton Counties. As one of the fastest-growing cities over the last decade, the city is expected to exceed 1 million people by 2030.

22 Dallas County 509 Main Street #101 Dallas 75202 • 214-653-7668 www.dallascounty.org Dallas County is the second most populous county in Texas and the ninth-most populous in the United States. Working for Dallas County is a way to make a difference in the community, with jobs available in health and social services, law enforcement, teachers and so many more. They offer challenging opportunities in a diverse and dynamic work environment.

Plano Independent School District 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano, 75075 • 469-752-8100 • www.pisd.edu Plano ISD serves the residents of approximately 100 square miles in southwest Collin County. In the 2016-2017 school year, Plano ISD had 72 total campuses and had a total student enrollment of 54,818. The staff of Plano ISD has grown to 6,854 teachers and administrative staff. Plano ISD also boasts of one the highest performances on college entrance exams in the nation.

23 Alcon Laboratories Inc. 6201 South Freeway • Fort Worth, 76134 817-293-0450 • www.alcon.com Alcon Laboratories Inc. is a cutting-edge company focused on the optical industry with three different businesses offering board spectrum of products: Surgical, Pharmaceutical and Vision Care. Alcon currently has over 5,800 employees within the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

24 Cook Children’s Health Care System 801 7th Avenue Fort Worth, 76134 817-293-0450 • www.cookchildrens.org Cook Children’s Health Care System provides exceptional healthcare to children every day in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Recently, Cook Children’s Health Care System received five different accolades from U.S. News & World Report for cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, neurology and neurosurgery and orthopedics.

25 Kroger Co. 1331 E. Airport Fwy., Irving, TX 75062 Headquarters: Cincinnati, OH 972-785-6000 • www.kroger.com Kroger is one of the largest retail companies in the United States Kroger operates 2,800 stores in 35 states and two dozen banner stores. There are 211 Krogerowned supermarkets in Texas, almost half of those are in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan Area.

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DFW AREA LARGEST PUBLIC COMPANIES COMPANY

LOCAL EMPLOYEES

LOCATION

PHONE

WEBSITE

A.H. Belo Corp.

2,300

Dallas

214-977-8200

www.ahbelo.com

Affiliated Computer Services Inc.

74,00

Dallas

214-841-6111

www.acs-inc.com

Affirmative Insurance Holdings Inc.

1,167

Addison

972-728-6300

www.affirmativeinsurance.com

Alliance Data Systems Corp.

7,400

Dallas

972-348-5100

www.alliancedata.com

Alon USA Energy Inc.

2,825

Dallas

972-367-3600

www.alonusa.com

AmeriCredit Corp.

3,064

Fort Worth

817-302-7000

www.americredit.com

AMR Corp.

78,900

Fort Worth

817-963-1234

www.aa.com

Animal Health International Inc.

957

Westlake

817-859-3000

www.animalhealthservices.org

Atmos Energy Corp.

4,891

Dallas

972-934-9227

www.atmosenergy.com

Atrion Corp.

465

Allen

972-390-9800

www.atriooncorp.com

AT&T

276,280

Dallas

210-821-4105

www.att.com

AZZ Inc.

815

Fort Worth

817-810-0095

www.azzincorporated.com

Belo Corp.

2,298

Dallas

214-977-6606

www.belo.com

Brinker International Inc.

77,100

Dallas

972-980-9917

www.brinker.com

Brink’s Home Security Holdings Inc.

3,400

Irving

972-871-3500

www.brinkshomesecurity.com

Builders FirstSource Inc.

2,700

Dallas

214-880-3500

www.bldr.com

Capital Senior Living Corp.

3,676

Dallas

972-770-5600

www.capitalsenior.com

Cash America International Inc.

5,445

Fort Worth

817-335-1100

www.cashamerica.com

CEC Entertainment Inc.

16,800

Irving

972-258-8507

www.chuckecheese.com

Celanese Corp.

7,400

Dallas

972-443-4000

www.celanese.com

Cinemark Holdings Inc.

1,420

Plano

972-665-1000

www.cinemark.com

Comerica Inc.

9,215

Dallas

800-521-1190

www.comerica.com

Commercial Metals Co.

13,586

Irving

214-689-4300

www.commercialmetals.com

CompX International Inc.

815

Dallas

972-448-1400

www.compxnet.com

DG FastChannel Inc.

739

Irving

972-581-2000

www.dgfastchannel.com

Diodes Inc.

3,501

Dallas

972-385-2810

www.diodes.com

D.R. Horton Inc.

2,926

Fort Worth

817-390-8200

www.drhorton.com

Darling International Inc.

1,820

Irving

972-717-0300

www.darlingii.com

Dean Foods

27,157

Dallas

214-303-3400

www.deanfoods.com

Denbury Resources Inc.

830

Plano

972-673-2000

www.denbury.com

Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc.

12,000

Plano

972-673-7000

www.drpeppersnapplegroup.com

Dynamex Inc.

1,500

Dallas

214-560-9000

www.dynamex.com

Eagle Materials Inc.

1,600

Dallas

214-432-2000

www.eaglematerials.com

Encore Wire Corp.

669

McKinney

972-562-9473

www.encorewire.com

Energy Transfer Partners LP

5,581

Dallas

214-981-0700

www.energytransfer.com

Ennis Inc.

5,836

Midlothian

972-775-9801

www.ennis.com

EXCO Resources Inc.

802

Dallas

214-368-2084

www.excoresources.com

Exxon Mobil Corp.

80,700

Irving

972-444-1157

www.exxonmobil.com

First Cash Financial Services Inc.

4,200

Arlington

817-460-3947

www.firstcash.com

Flowserve Corp.

15,000

Irving

972-443-6500

www.flowserve.com

Fluor Corp.

36,152

Irving

469-398-7000

www.fluor.com

Fossil Inc.

7,900

Richardson

972-234-2525

www.fossil.com

Frozen Food Express Industries Inc.

2,187

Dallas

214-630-8090

www.ffex.net

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LOCAL EMPLOYEES

LOCATION

PHONE

WEBSITE

Furmanite Corp.

1,737

Richardson

972-699-4000

www.furmanite.com

Gamestop Corp.

17,000

Grapevine

817-424-2000

www.gamestop.com

Holly Corp.

1,632

Dallas

214-871-3555

www.hollycorp.com

J.C. Penney Co. Inc.

154,000

Plano

972-431-1000

www.jcpenney.com

Keystone Consolidated Industries Inc.

1,000

Dallas

972-458-0028

www.keystoneconsolidated.com

Kimberly-Clark Corp.

56,000

Dallas

972-281-1200

www.kimberly-clark.com

Kronos Worldwide Inc.

2,440

Dallas

972-233-1700

www.kronostio2.com

Lennox International Inc.

11,600

Richardson

972-497-5000

www.lennoxinternational.com

Mannatech Inc.

502

Coppell

972-471-7400

www.mannatech.com

MetroPCS Communications Inc.

3,600

Dallas

214-570-5800

www.metropcs.com

Nexstar Broadcasting Group

2,114

Irving

972-373-8800

www.nexstar.tv

NL Industries Inc.

815

Dallas

972-233-1700

www.nl-ind.com

Odyssey HealthCare Inc.

5,891

Dallas

214-922-9711

www.odyssey-healthcare.net

Palm Harbor Homes Inc.

2,900

Addison

972-991-2422

www.palmharbor.com

Penson Worldwide Inc.

1,031

Dallas

214-765-1100

www.penson.com

PFSweb Inc.

1,000

Plano

972-881-2900

www.pfsweb.com

Pier 1 Imports Inc.

3,300

Fort Worth

817-252-8000

www.pier1.com

Pioneer Natural Resources Co.

1,888

Irving

972-444-9001

www.pioneernrc.com

RadioShack Corp.

36,700

Fort Worth

817-415-3011

www.radioshackcorporation.com

Range Resources Corp.

787

Fort Worth

817-870-2601

www.rangeresources.com

Reddy Ice Holdings Inc.

2,100

Dallas

214-526-6740

www.reddyice.com

Regency Energy Partners LP

761

Dallas

214-750-1771

www.regencyenergy.com

Rent-A-Center Inc.

17,400

Plano

972-801-1100

www.rentacenter.com

Sally Beauty Holdings Inc.

22,410

Denton

940-898-7500

www.sallybeauty.com

Silverleaf Resorts Inc.

950

Dallas

214-631-1166

www.silverleafresorts.com

Southwest Airlines Co.

34,726

Dallas

214-792-4000

www.southwest.com

Sport Supply Group Inc.

760

Farmers Branch

972-484-9484

www.sportssupplygroup.com

SuperMedia Inc.

5,500

DFW Airport

972-453-7000

www.supermedia.com

SWS Group Inc.

1,170

Dallas

214-859-1800

www.swst.com

Tenet Healthcare Corp.

57,613

Dallas

469-893-2200

www.tenethealth.com

Texas Capital Bancshares Inc.

631

Dallas

214-932-6600

www.texascapitalbank.com

Texas Industries Inc.

2,100

Dallas

972-647-6700

www.txi.com

Texas Instruments Inc.

26,584

Dallas

972-995-3773

www.ti.com

Titanium Metals Corp.

2,205

Dallas

972-934-5300

www.timet.com

Torchmark Corp.

2,360

McKinney

972-569-4000

www.torchmarkcorp.com

Trinity Industries Inc.

5,640

Dallas

214-631-4420

www.trin.net

Tuesday Morning Corp.

1,900

Dallas

972-387-3562

www.tuesdaymorning.com

Tyler Technologies

2,018

Dallas

972-713-3700

www.tylertechnologies.com

US Home Systems Inc.

922

Lewisville

214-488-6300

www.ushomesystems.com

Valhi Inc.

2,440

Dallas

972-233-1700

www.valhi.net

ViewPoint Financial Group

578

Plano

972-578-5000

www.viewpointbank.com

XTO Energy Inc.

3,335

Fort Worth

817-870-2800

www.xtoenergy.com

Zale Corp.

14,500

Irving

972-580-4000

www.zalecorp.com

Zix Corp.

136

Dallas

214-370-2000

www.zixcorp.com

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DFW’S COST of LIVING Anyone who has ever relocated to another city knows that number crunching before packing up the moving van is the first step. After all, knowing how far your paycheck can stretch once you’re in your new city is an important consideration for any relocating family.

families is that the Dallas/Fort Worth area still ranks among one of the most affordable large metropolitan cities to live, work, play, and do business.

HOW DALLAS/FORT WORTH MEASURES UP If you’re used to affordable housing prices, reasonable grocery bills, and inexpensive health care, you don’t want to be surprised if your new city is much pricier. The good news for relocating

When compared to cities that are similar – in terms of major industries and population, among other factors – your hard-earned dollar stretches much further here. In fact, you’ll likely pay less

COST OF LIVING: DFW BY THE NUMBERS When it comes to overall cost of living, DFW is still an affordable place to live and work. Here’s how the metroplex ranked in comparison to other major United States cities (ending in Q2 2018).

City

Composite 100%

Grocery 13.47%

Housing 28.15%

Transportation 8.99%

Transportation 8.99%

Health Care 4.57%

Misc. 34.92%

Atlanta

100.5

102.2

101.4

86.6

100.2

108.3

102.1

Austin

98.5

88.2

101.8

94.6

90.2

101.2

102.8

Boston

147.4

106.8

211.2

122.8

112.7

135.7

129.2

Chicago

123.8

107.9

157.2

92.4

126.7

101.5

114.1

Cleveland

99.4

112.4

86.4

100.0

100.7

100.6

104.1

Dallas / Fort Worth

104.3

102.8

106.8

106.2

98.1

102.7

104.2

Denver

111.9

97.6

136.3

85.3

102.7

104.5

108.6

Houston

97.5

86.5

102.4

110.3

98.9

92.1

94.5

New York (Manhattan)

242.4

141.8

514.1

117.1

127.9

115.3

143.8

Phoenix

96.8

97.7

94.9

108.4

95.5

97.5

94.8

Raleigh

99.1

109.9

92.7

106.2

106.7

92.3

97.0

San Francisco

93.8

99.5

85.1

92.6

99.3

99.6

96.9

Seattle

194.7

128.6

363.4

125.1

133.9

126.1

128.7

Tucson

151.9

127.0

207.5

112.8

134.4

122.8

136.1

Statistics Source: ACCRA

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for transportation, utilities, health care, and other critical goods and services like groceries (Texas doesn’t tax unprepared food items) and housing – and we’ve got the stats to prove it. ACCRA is a national organization dedicated to economic development and policy research, and it published an annual Cost of Living Index that ranks a range of living expenses in major cities. The index measures differences between areas in the cost of consumer goods and services, minus taxes and non-consumer expenditures. It also measures relative price levels for consumer goods and services in participating areas. The average for a participating place—both metropolitan and non-metro—is 100, and each city’s index is read as a percentage of the average for all places. See the chart below to see how Dallas measures up against other large metro areas, and you’ll see that it’s much less expensive, in just about every category measured, to hang your hat right here. For example, when comparing the ACCRA Cost of Living Index for the last several years, housing in the DFW area has consistently been one of the most affordable metropolitan markets in the United States With an average 2018 score of 106.8, housing in the Dallas/Fort Worth area just slightly over the United States average of 100. Whether you’re thinking about moving here, or have just made the move, it’s easy to see that the Dallas/Fort Worth area is a thriving community that measures up not only with its quality of life – but also with its affordability. And that’s good news from any perspective.

FROM ONE PAYCHECK TO THE NEXT Want to know how living in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex compares to other cities? Assuming a $60,000 salary in the city you’re moving from and that you’d own a house here, we used a salary/cost of living calculator to help figure out the rest. If you made $60,000 in Detroit, for example, your salary could increase to $60,502 in Dallas – and you’d still maintain the same standard of living. See the table below for the results from a sampling of other cities. Moving From Here…

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Phoenix

60,125

Detroit

60,503

San Francisco

32,687

Boston

39,958

Denver

52,609

Miami

51,344

Pittsburgh

58,478

Houston

58,716

Austin

60,062

Seattle

41,097

Philadelphia

48,251

Atlanta

57,717

Baton Rouge

62,402

New York City

25,356

Los Angeles

41,097

Chicago

49,621

Las Vegas

53,290

Portland

44,525

St. Louis

62,335

Raleigh

63,712

Durham

65,005

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No matter where you’re moving—or whether or not you have children—education is an important aspect for anyone considering relocation. Studies have shown that multiple educational options and quality school districts rank among the most important factors for

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Home to some of the country’s largest public school districts, the DFW metroplex continues to grow – and its educational system has followed suit.

Academic Testing in Texas Tests are part of school life, and it’s no different here in Texas. According to the Texas Education Agency, Texas has had statewide assessments program in place for more than 30 years. Over time, changes to state and federal statutes, and to the statemandated curriculum) – have naturally resulted in changes and expansion to the assessment program. Today, student educational skills are assessed via state tests for general education, special education, and bilingual/English as a Second Language programs to help them reach their full academic potential. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR™) test replaced the long-standing Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test in the last few years. The STAAR program, which began in spring 2012, assesses students entering ninth grade with end-of-course (EOC) assessments, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English I, English II, English III, World Geography, World History, and United States history. According to information from the Texas Education Agency (TEA), the new STAAR program is more rigor-ous than previous state tests, with more test questions at most grade levels. The new STAAR assessments test on material students have studied that year. The STAAR tests also has a time limits; unless students are eligi-ble for an accommodation, they will have four hours to complete each STAAR assessment. Accommodations for eligible students under the new testing curriculum include the STAAR Modified, which covers the same content as the general STAAR but uses a modified format and test design (such as fewer answer choices and simpler sentence structure and vocabulary), and the STAAR Alternate, which is available for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Students enrolled at private schools don’t take the STAAR test. In most cases, private schools set their own admission and graduation requirements; check with the admissions office at each school for more information on specific requirements. For more information about educational testing in Texas, contact the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) Student Assessment Division at 512-463-9536, or visit www.tea.state.tx.us.

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Whether your preference is private, public, charter, homeschool, higher education, trade, or technical schools, there’s no doubt that the Dallas-Fort Worth area offers plenty of options for today’s families. The Dallas Inde-pendent School district has about 160,000 students currently, making the Dallas ISD the region’s largest.

FAST-GROWING FOR EDUCATION With more than 7.1 million residents, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA area is the second-largest metro-politan area in Texas (behind Houston) – and it only continues to grow. In fact, the overall Tarrant County population – which includes Fort Worth, Arlington, and the “Mid-Cities” area of Hurst-Euless-Bedford – is estimated to be over 2 million people. With that kind population, it’s no wonder that the area’s education system has had to grow to keep up with demand. A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report about area job growth also cited the education/healthcare sector as one of the fastest growing – growing 2.7 percent in just one year. Top education employers in the DFW metroplex include Tarrant County College, the University of North Texas System, and the Dallas Independent School District, among others. It’s no wonder jobs in education are growing in the DFW area, with how quickly the area’s districts are growing. Denton Independent School District, expect to add 2,200 elementary students, 1,200 middle school students and 1,600 high school students within the next five years. | CONTINUED PAGE 40 >


DFW PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS DISTRICT

CITY

PHONE

URL

ENROLLMENT

OVERALL RATING

Allen ISD

Allen

972-727-0511

www.allenisd.org

20,739

A

Arlington ISD

Arlington

682-867-4611

www.asid.net

63,167

C

Birdville ISD

Halton City

817-547-5700

www.birdville.k12.tx.us

24,245

B

Burleson ISD

Burelson

817-245-1000

www.burlesonisd.net

11,342

B

Carroll ISD

Southlake

817-949-8222

www.southlakecarroll.edu

8,056

A

Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

Carrollton

972-968-6100

www.cfbisd.edu

25,724

B

Castleberry ISD

Fort Worth

817-252-2000

www.castleberryisd.net

4,044

C

Cedar Hill ISD

Cedar Hill

972-291-1581

www.chisd.net

8,018

C

Cleburne ISD

Cleburne

817-202-1100

www.cleburne.k12.tx.us

6,670

C

Coppell ISD

Coppell

214-496-6000

www.coppellisd.com

11,851

A

Corsicana ISD

Coriscana

903-874-7441

www.cisd.org

5,943

C

Dallas ISD

Dallas

972-925-3700

www.dallasisd.org

158,495

B

Denison ISD

Denison

903-462-7000

www.denisonisd.net

4,573

B

Denton ISD

Denton

940-369-0000

www.dentonisd.org

27,296

B

Duncanville ISD

Duncanville

972-708-2000

www.duncanvilleisd.org

12,761

C

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD

Fort Worth

817-232-0880

www.emsisd.com

19,158

B

Fort Worth ISD

Fort Worth

817-871-2000

www.fwisd.org

86,869

C

Frisco ISD

Frisco

469-633-6000

www.friscoisd.org

53,130

A

Garland ISD

Garland

972-494-201

www.garlandisd.net

57,418

B

Grand Prairie ISD

Grand Prairie

972-264-6141

www.gpisd.org

29,309

B

Grapevine-Colleyville ISD

Grapevine

817-251-5200

www.gcisd-k12.org

13,768

A

Highland Park ISD

Dallas

214-780-3000

www.hpisd.org

7,054

A

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD

Bedford

817-283-4461

www.hebisd.edu

22,780

A

Irving ISD

Irving

972-600-5000

www.irvingisd.net

34,872

B

Keller ISD

Keller

817-744-1000

www.kellerisd.net

34,099

A

Kaufman ISD

Kaufman

972-932-2622

www.kaufmanisd.net

3,825

B

Lake Dallas ISD

Lake Dallas

940-497-4039

www.ldisd.net

3,958

B

Lake Worth ISD

Lake Worth

817-306-4200

www.lake-worth.k12.net

3,296

D

Lancaster ISD

Lancaster

972-218-1400

www.lancasterisd.org

7,315

C

Lewisville ISD

Flower Mound

469-713-5200

www.lisd.net

53,396

B

Mansfield ISD

Mansfield

817-299-6300

www.mansfieldisd.org

33,738

A

McKinney ISD

McKinney

469-742-4000

www.mckinneyisd.net

24,626

A

Mesquite ISD

Mesquite

972-288-6411

www.mesquiteisd.org

40,718

C

Northwest ISD

Justin

817-215-0000

www.nisdtx.org

20,900

A

Plano ISD

Plano

469-752-8100

www.pisd.edu

54,322

A

Richardson ISD

Richarson

469-593-0000

www.risd.org

38,671

B

Rockwall ISD

Rockwall

972-771-0605

www.rockwallisd.com

15,344

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PRESTONWOOD CHRISTIAN ACADEMY The Portrait of a Prestonwood Christian Academy Graduate PREPARING STUDENTS TODAY TO INFLUENCE TOMORROW

In addition to PCA’s spiritual development plan, the school also offers:

For more than 21 years, Prestonwood Christian Academy has been investing in the lives of our students by preparing them for the future. And that is by going deeper so we can take results higher, intentionally building lives on a Kingdom foundation and biblical worldview. A child’s heart is nurtured best when a congruent message is modeled and communicated by the three primary training entities –parents, church and school. This training philosophy – Kingdom education – is the core philosophy of the Prestonwood Christian Academy School System. PCA places great value on the growth of students’ spiritual h e a l t h i n a d d i t i o n to t h e i r s c h o l a s t i c e n d e a vo r s a n d co-curricular activities. We strive to provide another depth to learning that advances students academically, spiritually and in character development, so they are equipped for the world ahead, and live strong and empowered lives. Our goal is that the Portrait of a PCA graduate encompasses five character qualities: reverence for God, eternal perspective, humility, the spirit and discipline of learning and pursuing scholastic excellence and a commitment to rigorous and higher level critical thinking, writing and speaking skills. This training begins with our Pre-School students, continuing through the Upper School grades.

• A rigorous liberal arts academic program; PCA students are consistently recognized for scholastic achievements such as National Merit Scholar and AP Scholar Awards. • PCA’s class of 2019 was awarded $16.5 million in scholarship for achievement in scholastics, athletics and the ar ts. College Scholarships Offered Since 2002 Total $126,709,531 • E nrichment programs such as STEM Honors, Future Problem Solvers International, and AP courses • Speech and communications training starting in first grade and continuing through senior year; Mock Trial Competition • Capstone Project in senior year • College guidance and placement services helping students matriculate to universities such as Yale, Columbia, Harvard, TCU, Baylor, Dartmouth, Gordon College, SMU, and Texas A&M Prestonwood Christian Academy ser ves more than 1,60 0 students enrolled at three campuses as part of its school system. PCA Plano serves Pre-K3 through 12th grade. PCA North in Prosper (Pre-K3 through 9th grade) is entering its sixth school year with 200 students and is now enrolling through 9th grade as it grows to the first graduating class of 2023. PCAplus is celebrating record-breaking enrollment and has been serving students for 10 years. St. Timothy Christian Academy is a K through 12th grade school for students with learning differences which joined PCA’s School System in 2017.

APPLY ONLINE OR SCHEDULE YOUR TOUR TODAY. Visit our website www.prestonwoodchristian.org or call 972.930.4010 for more information. ADVERTISER CONTRIBUTION


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PRIVATE EDUCATION: OPTIONS FOR ALL

Private school options abound for those

DFW PUBLIC SCHOOLS

relocating to the area, with schools,

Home to some of the country’s largest

About 70,000 metroplex students attend

philosophies, locations, and tuition to

public school districts, the DFW metroplex

more than 200 local, accredited private

suit any educational preference. We’ve

continues to grow – and its educational

schools, and the area is home to some of

included a list of the DFW area’s largest

system has followed suit. Enrollment within

the country’s top private schools, including

private schools in the Education section

the huge Dallas Independent School District

The Clariden School of Southlake, The

of Destination DFW; for a more compre-

(DISD) has only increased each year –

Highlands School, Covenant Christian

hensive list, visit www.dfwprivateschools.

as the 14th-largest school district in the

Academy, Heritage Christian Academy and

com - an online directory of more than

United States, DISD now has more than

Bishop Lynch, among others.

200 North Texas private schools.

155,000 students.

Understanding Texas Educational Assessments For those new to the area and to the state, understanding the state educational testing system can be a bit overwhelming. Which tests will your child take and at which grade level will they be administered? ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENTS The Texas Education Agency (TEA), in collaboration with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and Texas educators, developed a new assessment system in response to requirements set forth by the 80th and 81st Texas legislatures. The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) system is focused on “increasing post secondary readiness of graduating high school students” and “helping to ensure that Texas students are competitive with other students – both nationally and internationally.” We’ve included brief descriptions of each test from the Texas Education Agency (TEA) website; for more detailed information and any questions, contact TEA’s Student Assessment Division at student.assessment@tea.state.tx.us or 512-463-9536. TEXAS ASSESSMENT TESTS STAAR™ Students are tested during their public school career in core subject areas including reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies. The number of tests taken each year will vary from two to four, depending on the grade level. The STAAR tests for elementary school covers: • Mathematics and reading in grade 3; • Mathematics, reading and writing in grade 4, • Mathematics, reading and science in grade 5 (Spanish versions are available for those in need)

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Middle school tests will cover: • Mathematics and reading in grade 6, • Mathematics, reading and writing in grade 7, • Mathematics, reading, social studies and science in grade 8. High school assessments with end-of-course (EOC) requirements for graduation include: • Algebra 1, • Biology, • English 1, • English 2 • US History. STAAR™ Alternate The Texas Education Agency (TEA) developed the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness Alternate (STAAR™ Alternate) to meet the federal requirements mandated under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), a federal education law previously known as No Child Left Behind. STAAR Alternate is designed for the purpose of assessing students in grades 3–8 and high school that have significant cognitive disabilities and are receiving special education services. Students in grades 3-11 who are eligible for an alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards will take STARR Alternate. STAAR™-L STAAR-L is a linguistically accommodated English version of the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) for grades 3–8 and end-of-course (EOC) mathematics, science, and social studies assessments. STAAR-L is designed for English language learners (ELLs) who “meet participation requirements for a substantial degree of linguistic accommodation in these subject areas” and is administered as an online testing program.


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With year over year gains of students, the neighboring Fort Worth Independent School District now has 18 high schools and 29 middle schools and 83 elementary schools. The district now boasts more than 86,000 students and plans to redesign, transform and revitalize the schools. Besides the Denton and Fort Worth Independent School Districts, DFW has many other fast-growing public school districts in popular areas and neighborhoods – some of which are expected to double in size in the next 10 years, including Northwest ISD. Located north of Fort Worth and west of the Dallas, the district has traditionally added more than 1,200 new students each year. Eagle Mountain-Saginaw, also located near Fort Worth, is another growing district, as are the Mansfield, Keller, Denton, and Southlake ISDs.

HIGHER EDUCATION: GREAT SCHOOLS, OPPORTUNITIES Interested in an advanced degree or ready to go back to school? With a wealth of two-year and technical/trade colleges; a thriving community college system in both Dallas and Forth Worth, private colleges and universities, and public four-year colleges and universities, the Dallas-Fort

Photo Courtesy of Alcuin School

Northwest ISD, located north of Fort Worth and west of the Dallas, has traditionally added more than 1,200 new students each year.

Worth area offers multiple options for new and returning students. Consider that, in Fort Worth, there are more than 250,000 students enrolled in higher education here, with more than 35,000 degrees awarded annually. Dallas and Fort Worth area colleges and universities include Southern Methodist University, Texas Woman’s University (Denton), Dallas County Community College District, University of Texas at Arlington, Collin County Community College District, University of Texas at Dallas, University of North Texas, Tarrant County College, Texas Wesleyan University, Texas Christian University, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Remington College, Everest College, and the College of St. Thomas More.

According to research, about half of the college students enrolled locally in the Dallas area attend one of the nine public community colleges that host more than 20 campuses in the region. Others attend one of the 19 public and private baccalaureate and graduate level institutions. With those kind of resources, it’s not surprising that the metroplex is a highly educated population – especially given the number of Fortune 500 companies here who demand the most talented employees to stay competitive. More than half of workers here that are 25 years of age and older have at least some college education, and more than 31 percent have earned a bachelor’s degree or other advanced degree. We’ve included a list of area colleges, universities and trade schools, in the

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Higher Education section of this guide,

– including a brief description of each

the School Rating System. We’ve also

including information and details about each

district, number of students, number of

included separate sections with the 25

school, specialties, and degree programs.

schools by category, coverage area, average

largest private schools, information about

SAT/ACT scores, and student/ teacher

DFW area charter schools and higher

DFW EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

ratio, where available, from the Texas

education listings, as well as resources for

Education Agency’s Academic Excellence

homeschooling and childcare.

We understand that choosing the right

Indicator System (AEIS) data – which

educational option in a new city can be

includes report cards for each school district.

challenging, so we’ve compiled plenty of

Whatever your educational preference, you’ll soon discover that the Dallas-Fort

resources to help. You’ll find a snapshot of

For more information on the AEIS

Worth metroplex has no shortage of

the major public school districts in Dallas,

reports and how schools are rated in

quality, affordable options to give kids –

Fort Worth and surrounding areas within

Texas, refer to the article in this section

and adults – the best learning experience

the Education section of Destination DFW

on Education in Texas: Understanding

possible.

Understanding School Performance Ratings The Texas Education Agency does not rank schools based on performance; rather, it assigns each school an accountability rating that takes performance into consideration. These scores are updated by the end of August each year; typical fluctuation in ratings is normally less than ¾ of a point either way from year to year. The Academic E xcellence Indicator System (AEIS) col lects data to rank Texas schools and distr icts according to a specific set of criteria. The new system, which went into effect in the 2013-2014 school year, classifies districts and schools as Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard, or Improvement Required (see sidebar on What You Need to Know – School Performance Ratings for more information). Reports are released each fall (see the Public School District listing in this section for a brief synopsis of each Austin-area school district’s AEIS report). The reports include information on how the school, or the district, performed on various standardized tests, such as the SAT, ACT and other performance indicators including: • • • •

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New STAAR cumulative Passing Rates; Attendance Rates; Annual Dropout Rates (grades 7-8, grades 7-12, and grades 9-12); College Readiness Indicators, including completion of advanced/dual enrollment courses and participation and Performance on Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations, among others.

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It is important to note the percentage of students repor ting on the College Readiness Indicators. O f te n t i m es, t h e p e rce nta g e of s t ud e nt s w h o actually took the SAT or ACT is only 55%-75% of the student popu-lation. Per formance on each of these indicators is also shown disagg regated by ethnicit y, sex, special e d u cat i o n, l ow - i n co m e s tat u s, l i m ite d E n g l i s h proficient status, at- risk status, and by bilingual/ ESL for the district, region and state. The repor ts also provide extensive information on school and d i s t r i ct s taf f, f i na nces, p rog ra m s, a nd s tudent demographics. Pa rents can tai lo r sea rches by distr ict, count y, region, state and more. In all, the repor ts are a good resource for parents when learning about the schools their children will attend. Access school and district AEIS repor ts via the Texas Education Ag en cy web s ite at w w w.tea. s tate.t x .u s i n th e Testing/Accountability section of the site. The overall concept of the STAAR scoring metric is to track student growth and progress within a given school district. Alternatively, population changes can greatly affect these scores and ratings. While over- al l not the only consideration that should be noted by parents looking to move into a new district, these scores are applicable to the overall growth of students within a district.


PRIVATE SCHOOLS

Dallas and Fort Worth residents value education and this makes the area particularly attractive to young families looking to relocate here. The Dallas/Fort Worth area’s emphasis on quality education means a wealth of choices among private and parochial schools – offering more options for parents and children.

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There are many reasons why parents are choosing to elect a private school education for their child. One of the main reasons being that parents want to ensure that their children are getting the academic programs that they need to prepare themselves for college. Another reason parents are moving their children to private school is for the extracurricular activities and athletic programs offered. The number of private schools in the United States is growing, too. According to the Private School Universe Study, from the National Center for Education Statistics, there were 33,319 private, elementary and secondary schools with 5,396,000 students choosing to move into private education. These private schools run the gamut – from elite preparatory academies that cost more than $30,000 annually to less expensive parochial schools where tuition is often offset by generous donations. According to the most recent statistics from the National Association of Independent Schools, tuition for day schools ranged from a few thousand dollars

to more than $30,000 a year, while median day-school tuition was $10,003 (half of schools charge more, and half charge less). With a community of nearly over 7.1 million people, it’s not surprising that there are hundreds of private schools in the metroplex and surrounding communities. The following is a list of the 25 largest private schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area that include grades served, address, contact information and website, where available. We’ve also included a general sampling of other private schools in the area to give you an idea of the depth and variety the Dallas/ Fort Worth area offers for private education. For a more comprehensive listing of other area private schools and more detailed information about each school – including tuition, admissions requirements, maps, reviews, and the ability to search by price, location, and more – please refer to the Internet resources listed on the following page. For national educational resources, including private school information, please refer to our listing of National Education Resources in this section.

Photo Courtesy of Alcuin School

TOP DFW-AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS Alcuin School 6144 Churchill Way, Dallas 75230 972-239-1745; www.alcuinschool.org Alcuin School has been dedicated to educational excellence, and to the success of every child, since its founding in 1964. Offering a uniquely nurturing experience for children from toddlers through high school, Alcuin provides a proven, effective, progressive education. They strive to empower children by inspiring “Passionate Learners and Innovative Thinkers.” Grades PreK-12 All Saints Episcopal School 9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth 76108 817-560-5700; www.asesftw.org The school was formed and originally named St. Andrews Episcopal School. Early in 1976, All Saints Episcopal Day School was incorporated as a legal entity. An independent school board was formed, and the school year began with an enrollment of 118 students and 11 faculty members. All Saints Episcopal School is an independent school for students in 3K through the twelfth grade. Offering a challenging, college prep curriculum in a nurturing, Christian environment, All Saints has earned a reputation for academic excellence. Grades K-12 Bishop Lynch High School 9750 Ferguson Road, Dallas, 75228 214-324-3607; www.bishoplynch.org Bishop Lynch High School is a college preparatory school of the Diocese of Dallas (grades 9-12) founded by the  Dominican Order in east  Dallas,  Texas (USA). It is located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas. It opened in 1963 with 365 students and now has over 1,000 students. Faithful to Catholic Tradition and to our Dominican heritage of scholarship and service, Bishop Lynch High School promotes the development of the total person by bringing together a diverse  community in a rigorous, college

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preparatory environment where students are taught to strive for excellence, seek truth, and work for justice in the world. Grades 9-12 Cambridge School of Dallas 3877 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, TX 75229 214-357-2995; www.cambridgedallas.org The Cambridge School of Dallas was opened in 1996. It is a Christ-centered classical college preparatory school, with a philosophy of “Academic Discipleship.” The school develops both the minds and souls of young Christians by emphasizing classical education. Grades 6-12 Cistercian Preparatory School All-boys school 3660 Cistercian Road, Irving 75039 469-499-5400; www.cistercian.org Cistercian Preparatory School opened in 1962 and today serves 352 students in grades 5-12. The school’s student body is culturally and economically diverse, representing about 25 different feeder schools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Student to faculty ratio is 6:1; 78 percent of faculty members have advanced degrees; and 11 percent have a PhD or equivalent degree. Grades 5-12

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The Clariden School of Southlake 100 Clariden Ranch Road, Southlake 76092 682-237-0400; www.claridenschool.org Established in 1986, The Clariden School of Southlake serves children ages 3 to 18. The combination of an AMI Montessori Lower School program for Primary and Elementary aged children and a 21st Century project-based Global Strengths

Claire’s Day School 5608 Northaven Road, Dallas 75230 214-368-4047; www.ClairesDaySchool.com

program for grades 7-12 is a hallmark of

The school was formed and originally Founded in 2004, Claire’s Day School is the culmination of a lifelong dream for owner, director, and Park Cities native Claire Lee. Established to fulfill her vision of helping children grow to their intellectual, social, and emotional potential in a loving & nurturing environment, CDS strives to instill responsibility, curiosity, enthusiasm, self-esteem, and a genuine interest in learning in its students. Our new campus on Northaven Road near the tollway spans over an acre, offering a large turf-covered playground with plenty of shade, and more classrooms to serve our growing community. Ages: 4mos PreK Max Hours: 8:30 - 3:30

Coram Deo Academy

The Clariden School of Southlake and its unique educational approach. Grades K-12

6464 East Lovers Lane, Dallas 75214 972-385-6187; www.coramdeoacademy.org 4700 Wichita Trail, Flower Mound, 75022 682-237-0232; www.coramdeoacademy.org Lower: 2400 State Hwy 121, Plano, 75025

Covenant Christian Academy 901 Cheek Sparger Road, Colleyville 76034 817-281-4333; www.covenantchristian.net Covenant Christian Academy is an independent, Christian, college preparatory day school founded in 1979 with a classical curriculum that combines a rigorous academic program with exemplary fine arts and outstanding athletics. Partnering with Christian parents to provide a remarkable education, their academic philosophy is founded on 2500 years of the best educational practices. Every course of study ultimately directs students to emulate the perfect excellence found in Christ. The school is located on a beautiful 17 acre campus in Colleyville, just minutes from DFW International Airport. Grades PreK3 -12

Upper: 9725 Independence Pkwy, Plano, 75025 800-465-0561; www.coramdeoacademy.org

Dallas Christian Academy 4025 N. Central Expressway, Dallas 75204

Established

in

1999,

Coram

Deo

214-528-6327; www.dallaschristianacademy.org

Academy is an accredited, non-denominational, day school serving Christian

Established in 1952, Dallas Christian

families at three locations in the DFW

Academy provides quality Seventh-day

metroplex. They strive to train the next

Adventist education for the children and

generation of ethical servant leaders and

youth of the Dallas area. They provide

wise thinkers who will shape culture for

the benefits of an intimate learning envi-

the glory of God. Grades PreK-12

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developing the whole person. Young people are encouraged to excel academically and develop healthy bodies and thriving spiritual lives. Grades PK-12

Dallas International School

The Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex has no shortage of quality, affordable options to give kids – and adults – the best learning experience possible.

6039 Churchill Way, Dallas 75230 972-991-6379; dallasinternationalschool.org 17811 Waterview Pkwy, Dallas 75252 469-250-0001; dallasinternationalschool.org Dallas International School (DIS) educates students of all backgrounds to contribute to a dynamic world with its internationally renowned curriculum, multiple language instruction, and exposure to diverse cultural views. Accredited by the French Ministry of National Education, the International Baccalaureate

Organization

and

the

Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, DIS offers a language immer-

French and Spanish, leading to the French Baccalaureate Diploma or the International Baccalaureate Diploma. PreK2 – 12th grade The Episcopal School of Dallas Middle/Upper School: 4100 Merrell Rd., Dallas 75229 214-358-4368; www.esdallas.org Lower School: 4344 Colgate Avenue, Dallas 75225 214-353-5818; www.esdallas.org

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The Episcopal School of Dallas is a coeducational academic community founded in 1974 by the Reverend Stephen B. Swann and a group of Episcopalian local leaders. They prepare young men and women for lives of intellectual discovery, integrity, and purpose. The School develops the unique talent and potential in each student and embraces sound learning, discipline, and faith as essential elements of an educated conscience. Grades PK-12


Fairhill School 16150 Preston Road, Dallas 75248 972.233.1026; www.fairhill.org Founded in 1971, Fairhill is a private, non-profit, college preparatory school serving students in grades 1 - 12. Fairhill’s primary purpose is to provide a superior education for students of average and above intelligence who have been diagnosed with a learning difference such as Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Auditory Processing Disorder, or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Fairhill’s staff guides individual students in “learning to learn” through a multi-sensory approach to teaching, a small student/ teacher ratio, and a warm, supportive atmosphere. Students are taught to maximize their strengths and to develop strategies that minimize their weaknesses. A Fairhill education is designed for the whole child, developing a firm foundation in problem-solving and

critical-thinking skills that enhance emotional, social, and academic development.

Fort Worth Country Day 4200 Country Day Lane, Fort Worth 76109 817-732-7718; www.fwcd.org

Many Fairhill students and their families choose to complete their high school education at Fairhill. Others successfully transition to public or private schools of their choice after recognizing their learning style and developing study and organizational skills. Grades 1-12 Fort Worth Christian School 6200 Holiday Ln, North Richland Hills 76180 817-281-6504; www.fwc.org Fort Worth Christian School was established in 1956, A Christ-centered community which provides a safe environment, a quality education and a spiritual influence in the lives of children. They encourage students to grow through educational programs that are designed to meet their diversified needs, interests, and abilities. Grades PreK-12

Established in 1963, Fort Worth Country Day offers families of Fort Worth and surrounding areas an advanced curriculum, comprehensive in its emphasis of the humanities, sciences, arts, and athletics. The School values diversity in its community and encourages openness of thought and freedom of inquiry. Through its program, the School seeks to develop enthusiastic, thinking, wellrounded and responsible citizens equipped for success in college and life. Grades K-12 Greenhill School 4141 Spring Valley Road, Addison 75001 972-628-5400; www.greenhill.org Founded in 1950, Greenhill School is a diverse community of learners that strives


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for excellence; values individuality; fosters a passion for learning; promotes the balanced development of mind, body, and character; encourages service; and instills a respect for others. Grades PK-12 Heritage Christian Academy 1408 S. Goliad Street, Rockwall 75087 972-772-3003; www.hcarockwall.org Heritage

Christian

Christ-centered,

Academy

is

a

college-preparatory,

family-focused school that is fully accredited from K3 through 12th grade. HCA’s mis-sion is to work in partnership with families to produce a distinctively Christian, college preparatory environment by offering excellence in athletics, academics, fine arts and missions/service. The school has had 14 AP Scholars, 1 National Merit Scholar, and 2 National Merit Commended Scholar. Grades K-12 The Highlands School 1451 East Northgate Drive, Irving 75062

– emphasizing Apostolic, Character, Intellectual and Spiritual Formation. The school’s rigorous college preparatory program includes disciplined study in sciences, history, mathematics, literature, religion and philosophy. Grades PreK-12 The Hockaday School All-girls school 11600 Welch Road, Dallas 75229 214-363-6311; www.hockaday.org Founded in 1913 by Ela Hockaday in response to parental demand for a preparatory day school for girls. The Hockaday School is an independent, secular, college preparatory day and boarding school for girls located in Dallas, Texas. The boarding school is for girls in grades 8–12 and the day school is from pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Grades PK-12 Jesuit College Preparatory School All-boys school 12345 Inwood Rd., Dallas 75244 972-387-8700; www.jesuitcp.org

972-554-1980; www.thehighlandsschool.org The

Highlands

Catholic

school

School that

is

uses

a

private

the

“Inte-

gral Formation™ method of education developed by the Legionaries of Christ”

Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas (Jesuit Dallas) was founded in 1942 as a private Catholic institution for young men under the direction of the Society of Jesus. Located on a 27-acre campus in North

Dallas, the school provides a rigorous student-centered Jesuit education to approximately 1,100 students in grades 9-12 with a 9:1 student-teacher ratio. Grades 9-12 John Paul II High School 900 Coit Road, Plano 75075 972-867-0005; www.johnpauliihs.org John Paul II High School is a 317,000 square foot Catholic, co-educational college preparatory school serving grades 9-12 and is the first opened in the Diocese of Dallas in more than 40 years. Founded in 2005, the school’s community comprises “a diverse body of students and educators that strives for excellence, values individuality, fosters a passion for learning, promotes the balanced development of faith, mind, and body, encourages community service, and instills a respect for others.” Grades 9-12 Lakehill Preparatory School 2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas 75213 214-826-2931; www.lakehillprep.org Lakehill Preparatory School is a fully accredited, co-educational school for K-12 students located in the Lakewood neighborhood in east Dallas. An academic community dedicated to the whole student, Lakehill combines a robust, college preparatory curriculum with opportunities for personal growth, individual enrichment, and community engagement. Small class sizes ensure a supportive learning environment and personal attention. Grades K-12 Liberty Christian School 1301 S. Highway 377, Argyle 76226 940-294-2000; www.libertychristian.com Since 1983, Liberty Christian School has existed to rise up godly leaders who will make a difference in their world. They offer a Christ-centered, college preparatory education from preschool through 12th grade with excellence in academics, fine arts, athletics, and spiritual life. Liberty currently holds the Overall State Championship for the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools in the largest division, TAPPS 5A. Grades PK-12

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The Montessori Academy of Arlington 3428 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington 76016 817-274-1548; www.tmaonline.org

preparing students for college and the passionate pursuit of God’s plan for their lives. Grades PK-12

The Montessori Academy (TMA) in Arlington was formed in 1981 by a parent cooperative from 13 families. TMA was the only Montessori school in the country to be named a Blue Ribbon School for the 19981999 school year. A diverse school, TMA features a philosophy of respect, active participation in learning, critical thinking, and parent involvement. Grades PreK-6

The Parish Episcopal School Lower Campus: 14115 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas 75254 Upper Campus: 4101 Sigma Dr., Dallas 75244 972-239-8011; www.parishepiscopal.org

Nolan Catholic High School 4501 Bridge Street, Fort Worth 76103 817-457-2920; www.nolancatholichs.org Founded in 1961, Nolan Catholic High School is a ministry of the Diocese of Fort Worth evangelizing students to be tomorrow’s servant leaders through Education in Faith, Formation in Hope, and Perseverance in Charity. The school is the largest college preparatory school of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth. Grades 9-12 The Oakridge School 5900 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington 76013 817-451-4994; www.theoakridgeschool.org Established in 1979, The Oakridge School serves students and families from thirty cities and ten countries. With 850 bright, college-bound students enrolled in fifteen grade levels, Oakridge offers a full menu of curricular and extracurricular opportunities in a dynamic, student-centered environment. Grades PK-12 Pantego Christian Academy 2201 West Park Row Drive, Arlington 76013 817-460-3315; www.pantego.com 2351 Country Club Drive, Mansfield 76063 817-522-5900; www.pantego.com Pantego Christian Academy was started in 1963 by Pantego Bible Church on a 7-acre site between Arlington and Pantego to fulfill the desire of some of the church members for a Christian kindergarten for their children. PCA exists to glorify God by partnering with Christian parents to provide a Christ-centered education

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Established in 1972, Parish Episcopal School is a co-ed Pre-K through 12th grade independent school in Dallas dedicated to enriching students’ lives with an innovative and inspiring education in a supportive community. Inspired by values of Wisdom, Honor and Service, Parish Episcopal School’s inclusive Episcopal community guides young people to become creative learners and bold leaders prepared to impact our complex global society. Grades PK-12 Prestonwood Christian Academy 6801 W. Park Blvd., Plano 75093 972-820-5300; www.prestonwoodchristian.org 1001 West Prosper Trail, Prosper 75078 972-930-4010; www.prestonwoodchristian.org Prestonwood Christian Academy was established for the purpose of impacting lives for eternity through biblically-based, Christ-centered education. With approximately 1,500 students enrolled in pre-kindergarten through grade 12, and over 1,100 graduates, Prestonwood Christian Academy has been recognized as one of the leading Christian schools in the United States. In addition to its physical school campuses, Prestonwood Christian Academy also has a fully accredited virtual academy, PCAplus. Grades PK-12 Primrose Schools® Multiple locations 1.800.Primrose; Primroseschools.com/DFW Primrose Schools® is a national system of accredited private preschools that provides a premier early education and child care experience for children and families. Primrose Schools and school staff partner with

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parents to help build the right foundation for future learning and in life. With purposeful play and nurturing guidance from teachers, they use a balanced learning approach to inspire children to think in more ways: with creativity, compassion and resourcefulness. This timetested approach instills a love of learning and discovery that helps children to develop and excel for years. Balanced Learning is research-informed and combines the best thinking of renowned early learning philosophers like Montessori, Piaget, Gesell and Vygotsky along with modern wisdom from the latest child development studies. Research shows that introducing a skill when a child is truly ready leads to mastery instead of frustration. Then, building on that skill to learn the next one comes naturally. And learning becomes just so much fun. Before you know it, you have a confident child who loves learning. Prince of Peace Christian School 4004 Midway Rd., Carrollton 75007 972-447-0532; www.popcs.org Prince of Peace Christian School and Early Learning Center provides a Christ-centered exemplary education equipping students as disciples and leaders for service and success in the 21st century. In its 37th year of exemplary education, Prince of Peace Christian School, a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, serves children ages six weeks through 12th grade. It encompasses a 27-acre campus with more than 150,000 square feet, including the Early Learning Center, Low-er School, Middle School, High School, 12-acres of sports fields, gated playgrounds, and gymnasiums. Grades PK-12 The Shelton School 15720 Hillcrest Rd., Dallas 75248 972-774-1772; www.shelton.org Shelton is the largest private school for students with learning differences. Primary emphasis is providing learning-different


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children (average or above intelligence) with full, effective curriculum through individualized, structured multisensory programs. Learning differences include dyslexia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), speech and language disorders. Grades PK-12

is one the largest Catholic schools in the state of Texas. St. Monica Catholic School develops the whole child by fostering the love of God, respect for self and others, and belief in gospel values, according to Roman Catholic principles, in an atmosphere of academic excellence. Grades PK-8

St. John’s Episcopal Church and School 848 Harter Road, Dallas 75218 214-321-6451; www.stjohnsschool.org

St. Timothy Preschool 3001 Forest Ridge Drive, Bedford 76021 817-685-6751; www.sttimothy-preschool.com

St. John’s Episcopal School a Pre-K through eighth grade co-educational school in East Dallas. Created as an outreach of St. John’s Episcopal Church in 1953, it’s the oldest Episcopal school in Dallas and is committed to the five tenets of an Episcopal education: “academic excellence; worship (Episcopal/ Christian chapel); religious studies based on basic biblical content; meaningful and integrated community service and service learning projects; and promoting an inclusive community where the dignity of every human being is respected.” Grades PreK-8

Founded in 1982, St. Timothy Preschool has nurtured and enriched the lives of Tarrant County children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years. St. Timothy “combines loving childcare with a curriculum of age-appropriate activities to create a safe, positive environment for children. The school’s goal is to “develop well-rounded children who can transition through each age and stage of their formative years with confidence…by providing loving, Christian care and exemplary preschool education in a safe and fun environment.” Grades Pre-K

St. Marks School of Texas All-boys school 10600 Preston Road, Dallas 75230 214-346-8000; www.smtexas.org

Trinity Christian Academy 17001 Addison Road, Addison 75001 972-931-8325; www.trinitychristian.org

Established in 1906, St. Mark’s School of Texas is a non-sectarian, college-preparatory, independent day school for boys in grades one through twelve. The School’s charter states that it is “designed to afford its students well-rounded physical, intellectual, moral, and religious training and instruction.” The School is intended to be a diverse community of teachers and students who share a love of learning and who strive for high achievement in whatever they undertake. Grades 1-12 St. Monica Catholic School 4140 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas 75229 214-351-5688; www.stmonicaschool.org St. Monica Catholic School has been educating the children of its parish and the Dallas community since 1955. It

has four main objectives for its students: fine scholarship with its fulfillment at college; the development of wide constructive interests; intelligent citizenship; and spiritual and

Trinity Christian Academy is a conservative multi-denominational Christian school in Addison, Texas, a suburb of Dallas, that was founded in the late 1960s. It is one of the largest Christian schools in the United States. Trinity Christian Academy is one of the largest single-campus, PreK–12 schools in the country serving 1,444 students. The school is fully accredited, K-12, by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Grades K-12

moral development which promotes lasting values. Grades K-12 Ursuline Academy of Dallas All-girls school 4900 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas 75229 469-232-1800; www.ursulinedallas.org Ursuline Academy of Dallas is an independent Catholic college preparatory school for young women in grades 9-12. Educating students for 142 years, the Academy is

Trinity Valley School 7500 Dutch Branch Road, Fort Worth 76132 817-321-0100; www.trinityvalleyschool.org

the oldest continuously operating school in Dallas. With a distinguished tradition of academic excellence, innovation and service, Ursuline educates young women

Founded in 1959 by George Bragg and Stephen Seleny, Trinity Valley School is an independent, coed, college preparatory school serving grades K-12 in southwest Fort Worth, Texas. Trinity Valley School

for leadership in a global society. The school is a member of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas and was founded in 1874, making it the oldest school in the city of Dallas. Grades 9-12

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Parents who have children with special needs will find a wealth of resources in DFW to ensure that kids get the care they need to thrive and succeed. Each and every Dallas area school district has special education resources within the school system and bus transportation is offered at no cost. There are also specialized schools and centers across the city for those with learning disabilities, visual, speech, or hearing impairments, autism, mental retardation, orthopedic impairments, traumatic brain injuries, or other special needs. Parents should know that they have a wealth of options for care for their loved ones all over the DFW area. The following is a list of schools and resources for Dallas/Fort Worth parents.

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ADD/LD Parent Support Group of Collin County 972-396-1216 This support group hold meetings at the First United Methodist Church of Allen, which features guest speakers, videos, and information for parents of developmentally disabled children. Abundant Life HCS 214-330-2222; www.hcsintexas.com Abundant Life provides home and community-based services that help individuals with learning disabilities and their families in the comfort of their own homes. They understand that families know more about their loved ones than they do, and incorporate a family’s goals and experiences into their programs. The ARC of Dallas 214-634-9810; www.arcnorthtexas.org The Dallas chapter of ARC serves as a voice for children with disabilities and their families in the areas of education and workforce rights. They seek to empower people with developmental and intellectual disabilities in order to improve their quality of life. Association for Independent Living (AFIL) 214-351-0798; www.afildfw.org For parents whose children will be finishing school, AFIL is a great program to get them ready to live more independent lives by offering them a half-way home and life skills to help them transition into independence. Avid Quality Care 940-365-9600; www.avidqualitycare.com Avid focuses on caring for an individual’s emotional, social, physical, and intellectual needs in order to enhance their quality of life. They provide HCS, residential, and skill development assistance to individuals of all ages. Community For Permanent Supported Housing www.txcpsh.org CPSH collaborates with parents, property owners, all levels of government and the larger community in North Texas to establish

safer, more affordable, housing options for adult loved ones with special needs. Housing created through CPSH is not a traditional group home, but an innovative approach to affordable, sustainable housing for people with special needs. Easter Seals of Greater Dallas 888-332-7171; www.easterseals.com/northtexas/ This is the local office of Easter Seals, a national organization which provides advocacy and education services for disabled persons. Frisco Area Listening and Learning 972-596-0035; www.thefriscolisteningcenter.com Listening and Learning offers children a chance to improve their focus, reading, social skills, auditory processing, and general classroom performance, helping children improve their education and overall quality of life. Services include both private tutoring and group activities. The Learning Center of North Texas 817-336-0808; www.tlcnt.org TLC offers affordable, accessible, and practical resources and services to people with learning disabilities. They offer services to help kids develop study practices and strategies to overcome their individual learning challenges. Metrocare Services 214-743-1200; www.metrocareservices.org Metrocare is a nonprofit organization which serves people with developmental disabilities, mental illness, and sever emotional problems. They value integrity, quality, diversity, and perseverance when serving families in the DFW area. MHMR (Mental Health Mental Retardation) 817-355-3022; www.mhmrtc.org MHMR has a multitude of mental health and developmental learning programs to assist disabled people of all ages. Their services include an ECI program for children under the age of 3 as well as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities programs for those older than 3 years of age.

Touch of Class Dallas: 972-918-0612; Fort Worth: 817-541-9435 www.touchofclass.net A Touch of Class offers in-home care for people with disabilities, including various forms of therapy, respite, and supported employment, among others. They are approved for CLASS, PHC, MDCP, and DBMB care for qualified individuals, and have two locations in the DFW area.

TEXAS RESOURCES The ARC of Texas 512-454-6694; www.thearcoftexas.org The ARC is a great resource that promotes advocacy, education, and independent living. They also host some excellent conferences and keep you updated on legislative issues and government benefits for people with disabilities. CSHCN (Children with Special Healthcare Needs) 800-252-8023; www.dshs.state.tx.us/cshcn As part of the Department of Health, CSHCN provides case management and support for family-centered, community based strategies for improving quality of life for children with special health care needs. Disability Rights Texas 800-252-9108; www.disabilityrightstx.org Disability Rights Texas is an advocacy organization which fights discrimination and negative stigmas regarding disabilities and is the federally designated legal protection and advocacy agency for Texans with disabilities. ECI (Early Childhood Intervention) 800-628-5115; twc.texas.gov A division of the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services, ECI is a statewide program for families with children, birth to three, with disabilities and developmental delays. ECI supports families to help their children reach their potential through developmental services. Services are provided by a variety of local agencies and organizations across Texas.

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Parents should know that they have a wealth of options for care for their loved ones all over the DFW area.

Federal and State Regulations and Commissioner’s Rules 512-463-9414; www.tea.state.tx.us

NATIONAL RESOURCES

The Texas Education Agency breaks down all special education laws currently in effect in Texas, including Federal regulations and additional rules for Texas. Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services 512-438-3011; hhs.texas.gov

Cerebral Palsy Guide is an organization dedicated to the wellbeing and education of individuals with cerebral palsy. It aims to focus on the families, children, and caregivers who cope with a CP diagnosis on a daily basis. Easter Seals Disability Services 800-221-6827; www.easterseals.com

DADS is an agency that administers longterm services and support for aging and disabled people in Texas. They have extensive resources and information about assisted living, as well as rules and statutes for people with disabilities. Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitative Services 800-628-5115; twc.texas.gov DARS provides advocacy for Texans of all ages who are deaf or hard of hearing. DARS also provides services and programs for Texans of all ages who are blind or visually impaired, including transition services for those aged 13-22, as well as assistance in vocational rehabilitation and job counseling for Texans with disabilities (all ages). Texas Parent to Parent 866-896-6001; www.txP2P.org Texas Parent to Parent is a statewide non-profit organization developed for parents by parents. It provides parent-toparent matches, support, information, website, resources, a newsletter, training.

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Cerebral Palsy Guide 844-891-1117; www.cerebralpalsyguide.com

Easter Seals is one of the oldest organizations help disabled persons and persons with special needs. They provide education, advocacy, outreach, and exceptional services to the disabled community. Exceptional Parent Magazine 800-247-8080; www.eparent.com Exceptional Parent is a monthly magazine for parents and professional caretakers of people with special needs. The national website includes resources for parent to parent programs, information and referral centers, a disability library, services, products and much more. MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support) 909-336-5333; www.mums-network.org Once a national parent-to-parent network, MUMS now provides information and emotional support to parents whose child has a rare (or not so rare) disorder. NAMI (National Association for Mental Illness) 800-950-6264; www.nami.org

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NAMI provides information and training programs for caregivers of individuals with mental health issues or brain disorders, as well as the opportunity to connect with others. National Center for Learning Disabilities 212-545-7510; www.ncld.org NCLD enables young adults, empowers parents, and advocates for policy creation in an attempt to improve the lives of disabled people. They have great resources for parents, adults with disabilities, and educators. NIH (National Institute of Health) 301-402-4336; www.nih.gov NIH is part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and shares information on new developments and studies regarding mental and physical health. Stephen Groft at the office of rare diseases provides information on which hospitals and physicians are doing research or clinical trials on any disease. NORD (National Organization for Rare Disorders) 800-999-6673; www.rarediseases.org NORD provides information and resources for patients, families, other organizations, and medical professionals regarding rare disorders. They also advocate for consistent and fair government policies and support innovative research. Social Security Supplemental Security Income 800-772-1213, www.ssa.gov/benefits/ssi The Social Security Administration provides certain benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income sources. Give them a call or check out their website to find out how you can get these benefits. Waisman Center www.waisman.wisc.edu While located in Wisconsin, the Waisman Center is an excellent resource for staying up to date on the latest research on developmental disabilities and neurodegenerative diseases.


AUTISM RESOURCES PPCD: Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) programs are available in every school district in Dallas and are completely free. PPCD programs assist children ages 3-5 in preparing for further education. Below are some great PPCD programs in the Dallas area. Irving Independent School District

Mansfield Independent School District

Dallas Independent School District

972-600-5000; www.irvingisd.net

817-299-6300; www.mansfieldisd.org

972-581-4235; www.dallasisd.org

DIAGNOSIS: Child Study Center | 817-336-8611• www.cscfw.org The CSC diagnosis and treats autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in children of all ages. The center aims to help children achieve their full potential despite developmental challenges. Autism Treatment Center | 972-644-2076 • www.atcoftexas.org With locations in both Dallas and Fort Worth, ATC assists people on the autism spectrum learn, play, live, and work in the community. They are experienced in diagnosing and treating autism in children and adults of all ages. The Ziggurat Group | 214-227-7741 • www.texasautism.com The Ziggurat Group offers psychological and assessment services with the goal of assisting children and their families in improving their lives. In addition to autism spectrum diagnosis, they also offer psychological, intellectual, educational, speech, language, sensory, and motor assessments and solutions.

ABA AND VB: Applied Behavioral Analysis and Verbal Behavior centers can assist autistic children in overcoming the behavioral challenges that accompany autism spectrum disorders. Below are just a few of those located in the DFW area. A more complete list of centers in Texas can be found at www.autismspeaks.org. ABA Academy

Behavior Frontiers

817-277-8870; www.abaacademy.com

972-587-2300; www.behaviorfrontiers.com/dallas

ABA Academy is a nonprofit organization that uses applied

Behavior Frontiers offers behavior intervention services to

behavior analysis in a caring, fun environment to assist

Dallas and surrounding areas in Texas. Their comprehensive

children with autism and other developmental challenges.

treatment programs are geared towards children with autism

They encourage parents to learn effective techniques

and other special needs. Clients are treated with their applied

for working with their children by having them observe

behavior analysis (ABA) treatment programs, in the child’s

therapy sessions and consulting with BCBAs.

most comfortable set-ting, such us their home or school.

Behavioral Beginnings

Children’s Health – Center for Autism & Developmental Disabilities

927-252-2380; www.behavioralbeginnings.com Behavioral

The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities

supervision.

(CADD) is an interdisciplinary program offering com-

The organization also focuses on working with siblings

prehensive patient care and translational medicine for

of disabled children to ensure loving and fun play for

individuals with autism and related neurodevelopmental

everyone.

disorders.

sessions,

offers

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OCCUPATIONAL, PHYSICAL, AND SPEECH THERAPY: North Texas Therapy and Home Care

Theraplay

Hope Center for Autism

972-385-0006; northtexastherapy.com

214-649-8251; theraplayassociates.com

817-560-1139; hopecenter4autism.org

Creates a relaxed atmosphere where

Uses play as a form of therapy to help

The Hope Center for Autism recognizes

individuals with disabilities can get the

autistic children build confidence and

the vast behavioral differences across

physical, occupational, and speech

crucial life skills. Occupational therapy

the autism spectrum and endeavors to

therapy they need to live full lives. The staff

addresses issues such as decreased oral,

work with each individual in a group

include physical therapists, occupational

motor, and play skills; hyperactivity and

setting to enable them to live more

therapists, and Spanish translators.

poor attention; and sensory integration.

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CHILD CARE RESOURCES

Anyone with children knows that finding a balance between working and raising children is always challenging, and part of that balance usually includes some type of childcare. Luckily, there are many organizations that help families ease the burden of finding safe, quality care for their children. The DFW area has hundreds of childcare facilities, including nonprofit, church and other community childcare centers; private centers; and company-sponsored childcare. Waiting lists tend to be long at some centers, so make visiting facilities, narrowing down options, and getting on waiting lists a priority.

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Parents can get information on individual childcare facilities (i.e. licensing, accreditation) through the National Association for the Education of Young Children and information about specific providers in your area through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). The most helpful DFPS tool for parents is the online database and search form on the DFPS website that helps families locate nearby providers. On the form, parents can select from options that fit your family’s needs, such as: •

Type: Preference for a center or a home-based operation;

Age: Whether your child is newborn, toddler, preschool or school-age;

Need: Whether your child requires special care; or

Hours: Help after school, part-time, or on weekends

Parents can then enter their ZIP code and get a list of providers that are close to home or work. For more information, call the daycare information hotline at 800-862-5252 or visit www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Care. For general information and childcare resources, visit www.dfps.state.tx.us. The DFPS website also lists childcare standards and regulations, as well as protects children against abuse or neglect. Report suspected abuse issues by calling 800-2525400, or through the secure DFPS website: www.txabusehotline.org. The following are national resources, for additional information and a more comprehensive listing of area childcare resources and preschools, visit www.savvysource.com. Child Care Aware 800-424-2246; www.childcareaware.org A program of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA; see listing below), Child Care Aware is a national initiative

to “help parents find the best information on locating quality child care and child care resources in their community by connecting parents with the local agencies best equipped to serve their needs.” National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) 800-424-2460; www.naeyc.org NAEYC is focused on “the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8,” including improving professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education; supporting early childhood programs by working to achieve a high-quality system of early childhood education; and building an organization of groups and individuals who are committed to promoting excellence in early childhood education for all young children.” National Association of Family Child Care 800-359-3817; www.nafcc.org NACCRRA is a national organization “dedicated to strengthening the profession of family child care by promoting high quality, professional early care and education and strengthening communities where providers live and work.” Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies www.taccrra.net, info@taccrra.net Founded in 1990, the Texas Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies is a statewide network of member agencies representing child care resource and referral (CCR&R) agencies, early childhood education programs, and other agencies and organizations interested in promoting the development, maintenance and expansion of quality child care services in Texas. TACCRRA provides a forum for communication, information sharing, and networking and collaboration to assist local CCR&R agencies in providing guidance to parents, childcare providers, policymakers, and business and community leaders.

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Once you have narrowed down a list of providers, get details about their license to provide care. Each childcare facility’s regulatory history of inspections and reports is available online. Visit the facilities. It is always polite to schedule a time with the director for your initial facility tour, but make a second visit to observe a classroom when you are not expected. See how well the caregiver provides a safe and healthy environment. Once you place your child in care, remain involved and keep asking questions. Look carefully at homes or apartments that have a pool or are near lakes, creeks or other bodies of water. The caregiver can explain how they ensure the safety of children in and around these bodies of water. D i s c u s s a ny co n ce r n s w i t h t h e caregiver. Respect the caregiver’s t i m e — h e r m a i n res po n s i b i l it y i s working with the children. Don’t be offended if the caregiver can’t spend much time talking with you when you drop off or pick up your child. If you need more time to talk about your child, set up a conference. It’s no r ma l fo r ch i ld ren to have some fears and misgivings about starting childcare outside the home. Children need time to get used to new situations. Prepare your child for the change as far in advance as possible. Discuss his or her concerns. It is important to let the caregiver know about things at home that may affect how your child is doing while in care. Talk to your child about his or her experiences in care. Watch for a time each day when your child is quiet and feeling secure and protected. Gently ask questions about how he or she is doing. Share their excitement about new friends, skills and abilities. Above all, listen to their concerns, and give them a chance to boast about their achievements. Source: Texas Depar tment of Family and Protective D E S Services T I N AT I O N D F W. C O M 57


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According to research from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and other sources, more than 30 percent of the workforce here has a college degree. Area graduate programs also boast consistent annual enrollment, and the Fortune 500 companies that have chosen to relocate their headquarters here often cite the area’s educational prowess as one of the reasons.

ACCOLADES AND MORE Educational programs at colleges and universities across Dallas and Fort Worth are recognized regularly for excellence, reasonable cost, and student opportunities. Consider that the public administration (city management/urban policy) master’s program offered at the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton was ranked in 2017 edition of “Best Colleges as a National University, Tier 2.” At the University of Texas at Arlington, the Asia Executive MBA program in the College of Business is one of the largest of any foreign university in China, and Southern Methodist University is consistently ranked in the top third of national universities in United States News & World Report. That’s just the beginning of the awards. Nearby Texas Christian University has been ranked among Parade magazine’s “College A-List” for both its business and accounting programs. United States News & World Report calls the MBA program at the University of Texas at Dallas one of the top 50 programs in the United States, and The Princeton Review has named the University of Dallas in Irving one of the country’s “best institutions for undergraduate education.” Other top area colleges and universities include Austin College in Sherman, known for its top liberal arts program; Texas Woman’s University in Denton, which has a nationally ranked Health Sciences program; and several top seminary schools, including Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary, Dallas Theological Seminary, and the Perkins School of Theology at SMU.

HIGHER EDUCATION: A GROWTH SECTOR FOR DFW The education and healthcare sector is one of the largest employment sectors in the DallasFort Worth area and has been a leading job growth industry for the last several years. In Fort Worth alone, there are more than 250,000 students enrolled in higher education, with more than 35,000 degrees awarded annually at such area colleges as Texas Wesleyan University, TCU, Remington College, Everest College and the College of St. Thomas More, among others. With a comprehensive offering of core courses and degree programs, students have multiple options for planning the program that’s right for their educational needs and goals. Whether you’re pursuing a career in medicine, engineering, law, the arts, business, religious studies, or virtually any other field, there’s no shortage of diverse higher education opportunities and top programs in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The following is a listing of the DFW area’s major colleges and universities, including contact information, degree programs offered, and most recent enrollment figures. For more information, refer to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board statistics on the Texas Tribune website: www. texastribune.org/library/data/higher-education-statistics. A dynamic, interactive tool,

users can search this comprehensive compilation of data on every two- and four-year institution in the state of Texas – by undergraduate enrollment, acceptance, degrees, graduation totals, and university statistics. Amberton University 1700 Eastgate Drive, Garland 75041 3800 Parkwood Blvd., Frisco 75034 972-279-6511; www.amberton.edu For more than 40 years, Amberton University has provided exceptional and affordable education to working adults. Our programs are designed specifically for the mature student’s lifestyle. Specializing in business, management, counseling, and human resources, Amberton provides graduate, undergraduate, and specialization programs for individuals seek-ing to enhance professional skills and marketability in the workforce. Austin College 900 N. Grand Avenue, Sherman 75090 903-813-2000; www.austincollege.edu Located in Sherman, Texas about 60 miles north of the DFW metroplex, Austin College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The school is known for “an intellectually rigorous, values-oriented education” that provides

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traditional age and adult students to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.”

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Dallas County Community College District 1601 South Lamar St., Dallas 75215-1816 214-378-1824; www.dcccd.edu Founded in 1965, the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) is the largest undergraduate institution in the state of Texas with seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — as well as the R. Jan LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications. The DCCCD system offers more than 100 in-demand career programs, including two-year associates degrees that prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges.

“transformative experiences and extraordinary opportunities to learn to think complexly and creatively about self, community, and the world.” The school is one of 270 in the nation with a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and is also one of 40 schools profiled in the book Colleges that Change Lives, by Loren Pope. Baylor College of Dentistry 3302 Gaston Avenue, Dallas 75246 214-828-8100; www.tambcd.edu Part of the Texas A&M University System Health Sciences Center (HSC), the Baylor College of Dentistry (HSC-BSD) was affiliated with Baylor University from 1918 to 1971 and was then an independent, private institution for the next 25 years. HSC-BCD became a member of The Texas A&M University System in 1996. Since its founding, HSC-BCD has graduated more than 8,000 dentists and dental hygienists, and the college is known internationally for producing excellent clinicians. More than half of all the dentists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area received their dental education at the college, and nearly one-third of all dentists in Texas are HSC-BCD graduates.

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Collin College 2800 East Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano 75074 972-881-5790; www.collin.edu Since offering its first classes at area high schools in 1985, Collin College (formerly known as the Collin County Community College District) has grown to serve thousands of credit and continuing education students each year. The only public college in the county, the college offers more than 100 degrees and certificates and credit and continuing education courses in a wide range of disciplines across seven campuses, at area businesses, or online. Campuses include Allen Center (Allen), Central Park (McKinney), Collin Higher Education Center (McKinney), Courtyard Center (Plano), (Preston Ridge (Frisco), Rockwall Center (Rockwall), and Spring Creek (Plano). Dallas Baptist University 3000 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas 75211 214-333-5360; www.dbu.edu Dallas Baptist University is a Christian university offering both undergraduate and graduate programs to “provide Christ-centered quality higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies to

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Grayson County College 6101 Grayson Drive (Hwy 691), Denison 75020 903-465-6030; www.grayson.edu Located in Denison and serving students on four campuses, Grayson County College offers Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as Certificates of Completion. Southern Methodist University P.O. Box 750221, Dallas 75275 214-768-2000; www.smu.edu Southern Methodist University, located in Highland Park, is a private university offering strong undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs through seven schools, including humanities and sciences; business; the performing, visual, and communication arts; engineering; education and human development; law; and theology. SMU is nationally ranked, putting the University in the top tier of United States News & World Report’s “best national universities” category. SMU’s 10 libraries house the largest private collection of research materials in the Southwest, and the university’s Cox School of Business ranks as one of the nation’s best MBA programs (United States News & World Report).


Tarrant County College District 1500 Houston Street, Fort Worth 76102 817-515-8223; www.tccd.edu Founded in 1965, the Tarrant County College District is the seventh largest college or university in Texas. The college operates five campuses throughout in Fort Worth, Arlington and Hurst. Other sites include the TCC Opportunity Center, TCC Corporate Training Center AllianceTexas, and several learning centers. The Trinity River East Campus for Health Care Professions opened in fall 2011 in downtown Fort Worth. TCC offers programs for the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Arts in Teaching, and Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as certificates of completion and several continuing education programs. Approximately 1 in every 18 Tarrant County residents takes a class at TCC each year. Texas A&M University – College of Dentistry 3302 Gaston Avenue, Dallas 75246 214-828-8100; www. dentistry.tamhsc.edu As a distinguished resource for dental education in Texas for more than 100 years, Texas A&M College of Dentistry in Dallas has graduated more than 9,000 dentists and dental hygienists, and the college is known internationally for producing excellent clinicians. More than half of all the dentists in the Dallas/Fort Worth area received their dental education at the college, and nearly one-third of all dentists in Texas are Texas A&M College of Dentistry graduates. Texas Christian University 2800 South University Drive, Fort Worth 76129 817-257-7000; www.tcu.edu Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University is a private university on 265-acres near downtown Fort Worth and the home of the 2011 Rose Bowl Champion Horned Frogs. TCU offers 119 undergraduate areas of study, 53 master’s level programs, and 28 areas of doctoral study, and Forbes has ranked TCU’s Neeley School of Business as one of its Best Business Schools

for Return on Investment – MBA. TCU

Houston, as well as an e-learning cam-pus

is also home to the Brite Divinity School,

that offers online degree programs in

one of the top theological seminaries in

business, education and general studies.

the country, and the university’s Insti-

TWU offers bachelors, masters, doctoral

tute of Behavioral Research is one of the

and online degrees in multiple liberal arts

top drug-related research institutes in the

programs, but is most known for its health

United States

sciences program. The school has graduated more new healthcare professionals

Texas Wesleyan University

than any other universi-ty in Texas. TWU

201 Wesleyan St, Fort Worth 76105

currently holds the Carnegie Classification

817-531-4444; www.txwes.edu

of Doctoral/Research Universities, which means the university awards at least 20

Founded in 1890 by the Methodist Epis-

research doctoral degrees a year.

copal Church – South and located in Fort Worth, Texas Wesleyan University is a

University of Dallas

co-educational liberal arts institution with

1845 East Northgate Drive, Irving 75062

a comprehensive academic and student

972-721-5000; www.udallas.edu

life program. In addition to strong undergraduate programs, the University added

The University of Dallas is recognized

graduate programs in education in the 1970s

regionally and nationally as a “premier

and in nurse anesthesia in the 1980s.

Catholic, liberal arts school and a first-choice institution for practice-oriented, professional

Texas Woman’s University

business education.” The school is one of

1215 Oakland Street, Denton 76204

those included in The Princeton Review’s

940-898-3456; www.twu.edu

edition of its popular guidebook (The Best 380 Colleges), and was ranked the number

Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s

one college by United States News & World

largest university primarily for women

Report as the best college in the Dallas/Fort

with campuses in Denton, Dallas and

Worth Metroplex.


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University of North Texas at Frisco Hall Park 2811 Internet Blvd, Suite 100, Frisco, 75034 972-668-7100; frisco.unt.edu

Institution (High Research Activity); the

Inspire Park 6170 Research Rd., Frisco, 75034 469-362-6474; frisco.unt.edu/location/ inspire-park

nity.” UT Arlington offers 180 bachelors,

Collin Higher Education Center 3452 Spur 399, McKinney, 75069 972-599-3126; chec.unt.edu The University of North Texas at Frisco is your home for a degree that takes your career and future further. With three locations in and around Frisco, UNT offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that are convenient, flexible and seamless to help you advance to the next level. UNT at Frisco is focused on industry collaboration and engagement to provide the programs and courses that will deliver the workforce of tomorrow. Whether you’re a working professional or a first-time student, you’ll get hands-on experience and career insight that will transform you into a leader.

school’s mission is “the advancement of knowledge and the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching, and service to the commumasters, and doctoral degrees in an extensive range of disciplines. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities has named UTA one of the top universities in the nation for Hispanic students, and the university’s graduate architecture program has been ranked second in the South. University of Texas at Dallas 800 West Campbell Road, Richardson 75080 972-883-2111; www.utdallas.edu Once known as a graduate-only research institution, the University of Texas at Dallas is still a dynamic research institution for science, technology, medicine, business and the arts, offering 142 academic programs across its eight schools – including the renowned Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science and the Finance ranked University of Texas at Dallas United States, four years in a row. University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Founded in 1895 as a private liberal arts institution, the University of Texas at Arlington (UT Arlington) is a Carnegie Research

TRADE & TECHNICAL SCHOOLS The following is a listing of DFW’s major trade and technical schools, including contact information, degree programs offered, and notable facts.

School of Management. Kiplinger’s Personal one of the top 100 tuition values in the

University of Texas at Arlington 701 South Nedderman Drive, Arlington 76019 817-272-2011; www.uta.edu

One of four medical schools in The University of Texas System, UT Southwestern Medical School is a premier, highly competitive, medical school, admitting about 230 students each year. By law, 90 percent of students are from Texas; as a result, the state has a consistent source of high-quality physicians and has contributed to DFW’s (and the state’s) status as a “supersector” industry for healthcare. Medical students are taught the basic sciences and fundamental mechanisms of disease during the first two years, as well as basic clinical skills. For the second two years, they pursue clinical courses in a variety of medical specialties, which allow students to integrate basic knowledge with practical patient care at UT Southwestern’s affiliated teaching hospitals and clinics.

5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas 75390 972-648-3111; www.utsouthwestern.edu

The Art Institute of Dallas 8080 Park Lane, Suite 100, Dallas 75231 www.artinstitutes.edu The Art Institute of Dallas is a design, media arts, fashion, and culinary post-secondary school that offers a range of bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs in Advertising Design, Culinary Arts, Digital Media Production, Interactive Media Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Interactive Media Design, Interior Design, Media Arts & Animation, Restaurant & Catering Management, and Video Production, among other creative fields. The Art Institute also offers certificates in Animation, Art of Cooking, Video Technology, and Web Design. ITS Academy of Beauty Multiple locations in Arlington, Dallas, Denton, Fort Worth, Hurst, Irving, Mesquite, Plano 817-275-4442 ITS Academy of Beauty offers quality, hands-on career training in the cosmetology and beauty industry. Students use professional products and salon/spa equipment in

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The University of North Texas at Frisco is your home for a degree that takes your career and future further. With three locations in and around Frisco, UNT offers undergraduate and graduate degrees that are convenient, flexible and seamless to help you advance to the next level.

Three locations near you.

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Champions School of Real Estate

Kaplan Real Estate Education

Multiple DFW area locations

800-577-7585; kaplanprofessionalschools.com

www.championsschool.com Kaplan Real Estate Education owns and Founded in 1983, Champions School of Real

operates the largest group of real estate

Estate has served Texas real estate agents for

schools and is the largest provider of finan-

more than 25 years and offers career training,

cial services training in the United States

licensing, and professional and continuing

With more than 50 locations, including

education in real estate, appraisal, home

several in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro-

inspection, and loan origination/mortgage brokerage in multiple formats (live classes, online or correspondence). Court Reporting Institute (Dallas) 341 West Mockingbird Lane, Suite 200E Dallas 75201; 214-350-9722 Founded in Dallas in 1978, the Court Reporting Institute is one of the largest court reporting colleges in the United States. In 2002, the college opened a campus in Houston, and in 2006, the college launched

plex, Kaplan Professional Schools offers both classroom and distance education – including online and textbook courses in real estate, appraisal, home inspection, mortgage, insurance and securities. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts 11830 Webb Chapel Road, Dallas 75234 800-736-6126; www.chefs.edu/Dallas Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Dallas was established in 1999 to bring a renowned culinary curriculum to the

training immediately; the school’s priority is

an online court reporting program. The Court

preparing students for a successful career.

Reporting Institute offers a single Associate of

DFW metroplex. Through demonstration

Applied Science Degree in Court Reporting.

followed by practical application, chef instructors “help culinary school students

ATI 888-209-8264 ; www.ati.edu ATI operates schools throughout Texas, Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, and Oklahoma, training graduates in such fields as healthcare, personal fitness and wellness, business

technology,

information

tech-

nology, automotive repair, air conditioning and

refrigeration

Dallas-area

repair,

facilities

and

include

welding. two

ATI

Career Training Centers and the ATI Technical Institute in Dallas, as well as an ATI Career Training Center in Lewisville. Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Dallas 7555 Lemmon Ave., Dallas 75209 214-333-9711; 888-349-5387 www.aviationmaintenance.edu A national aviation maintenance training program, the Aviation Institute of Maintenance – Dallas location offers an Airframe & Powerplant Certificate program; an Aviation Maintenance Technician program; and an Aviation Maintenance Technical Engineer (AMTE) program with avionics.

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DeVry University 3733 West Emporium Circle - Mesquite campus 877-492-6903; www.dal.devry.edu

pursue their passions and prepare for

DeVry University offers online and offline

New Horizons Computer Learning Centers

associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degree

972-490-5151 (Dallas)

programs in Business & Management, Engi-

817-737-8997 (Fort Worth)

neering & Information Sciences, Health

www.newhorizons.com

professional opportunities in the culinary and hospitality industry.”

Sciences, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Media Arts & Technology, as well as in Accounting

With more 300 centers in 70 countries,

or Finance, and in such top technology fields

New Horizons is the world’s largest IT

as Game & Simulation Programming.

training company, offering a full range of IT

Everest College 4200 South Freeway, Suite 1940 Fort Worth 76115 888-223-8556; www.everest.edu Everest College is known for its online Healthcare, Business Administration, Information Technology, and trade skills programs, and also offers in-classroom education. Both the Dallas and Fort Worth locations offer hands-on training in small work teams, attentiveness to student needs, real-world experienced instructors, and a dedicated Career Placement Services team to help students achieve goals.

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training and business skills training through flexible and innovative learning methods. Remington College Multiple campuses in Dallas and Fort Worth 800-560-6192; www.remingtoncollege.edu Remington College offers a diploma, associate’s and bachelor’s program in the culinary arts, nursing, criminal justice, cosmetology and healthcare, among other fields. In the DFW area, Remington operates both a Dallas and Fort Worth campus, as well as a culinary campus in Garland.


THREE LOCATIONS FOR CONVENIENT AND SEAMLESS SERVICE THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS AT FRISCO, LOCATED IN THE HEART OF ONE OF THE NATION’S LEADING PROFESSIONAL HUBS, MAKES IT EASY TO OBTAIN THE DEGREE YOU NEED TO TAKE BOTH YOUR CAREER AND YOUR FUTURE FURTHER. With three locations – Hall Park, Inspire Park and the Collin Higher Education Center – all located in and around Frisco, UNT offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees that are convenient, flexible and seamless. As an added benefit, each undergraduate and graduate course features the opportunity for engagement with nearby business partners. UNT at Frisco partners with select businesses to provide students with real-world experience and, in return, provides these partners access to advanced research facilities, resources and students eager to bring their unique insight to an evolving workplace. Because of its proximity to some of the world’s top companies and industries, UNT at Frisco is focused on industry collaboration and engagement. We first identify employer needs, and then provide the programs and courses designed to deliver well-prepared employees. When industry professionals get involved, learning moves beyond the walls to give our students a chance to learn on the job and in the field. As an example, the partnership between UNT at Frisco and the Dallas Cowboys creates opportunities for students to engage with the most visible and valuable sport franchise in the world through class projects and internships. Located only three minutes from the Dallas Cowboys World Headquarters, UNT at Frisco in Hall Park is at the frontline of that partnership.

MORE ABOUT FRISCO LOCATIONS UNT’s Hall Park offers you the chance to work on projects with real-world applications. The space features classrooms powered by the latest technology where you can collaborate, share data and communicate on platforms used by leading companies--including a dynamic, multi-wall canvas capable of immersing students in live video, applications and document sharing. With practical experience built into each of our degrees, you’ll graduate with highly marketable skills so you can thrive in today’s competitive job market. Whether you’re a working professional or a first-time student, you’ll get hands-on experience and career insight that will transform you into a leader. UNT’s Inspire Park is a hub for fostering entrepreneurship and experiential learning. The site includes classroom and laboratory spaces designed to enhance collaborative learning. At Inspire Park, you’ll work with industry partners in classroom projects and research opportunities. Inspire Park supports corporate par tnership oppor tunities with companies that help UNT advance our mission, leveraging their business expertise and our research resources to create a larger impact across the North Texas community. Residents of Collin County and the surrounding areas have the option of taking courses from the Collin Higher Education Center (CHEC) in McKinney, Texas. UNT offers undergraduate coursework in Alternative Dispute Resolution, B.A.A.S. core, Management, and Marketing & Logistics. Graduate courses also are available in Educational Administration and Higher Education. UNT at Frisco is focused on industry collaboration and engagement to provide the programs and courses that will deliver the workforce of tomorrow. Learn in a collaborative environment where ideas, knowledge and creativity flow. You’ll have access to a wealth of opportunity through innovational degree programs designed to give you the degree you want with the convenience you need.

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HEALTHCARE RESOURCES There’s a reason that the healthcare industry is considered a “supersector” in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. With multiple major healthcare systems in the area – either as headquarters or major regional presences – the DFW area is home to more than 100 hospitals, more than 20,000 beds, and more than 13,000 physicians who practice at least 175 specialties.

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The Dallas region is also an international medical center for burns and trauma care, a leading transplant center in the Southwest – and also has the largest single-site baby delivery facility in the nation. Parkland Memorial Hospital delivers more than 12,000 babies each year. In addition, the busy public health system that cares for the areas indigent and needy handled more than 242,000 emergency room visits and saw more than 1 million outpatient visits last year. The new 2.5 million-square-foot Parkland campus, built on the northeast corner of Harry Hines Boulevard and Medical District Drive, is nearly twice the size of the current hospital and has been designed to meet the ever-changing needs of the DFW area. The 870 single-patient rooms will have private baths and space for families and visitors. The new campus also incorporates natural lighting and a wellness garden. UT Southwestern Medical Center’s new William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, offers

state-of-the-art

technology

that

supports patient-centric care in an integrated environment with individual patient rooms

featuring ergonomically designed sleeper sofas to allow families to stay overnight. The Williams P. Clements University Hospital has been recognized as a “Top Performer” by The Joint Commission and houses 460 single-patient rooms, 40 emergency room and, 16 labor and delivery rooms.

EMPLOYMENT, INDUSTRY GROWTH The education and healthcare sector, one of the largest employment sectors in the DallasFort Worth area, has been the leading job growth industry here for some years – it is still one of biggest and fastest-growing as the need for quality healthcare increases. Consider that, in prior years, the total health industry for North Texas was greater than the health industry of 31 other states. More than 600,000 jobs are supported by the health care industry in the DFW area. The industry is also a big economic engine for the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex. The City of Dallas Economic Development Guide reports the value added by the healthcare industry in the region is $52 billion per year, which represents about 15 percent of all regional economic activity.

QUALITY HEALTHCARE IN EVERY SPECIALTY Needless to say, finding a quality physician, healthcare practice, or specialty facility is not an issue for those moving here – and, in many cases, it’s why they’re headed this way in the first place. US News & World Report has been consistently ranked many of the DFW area’s Texas hospitals among the best in the nation in its America’s Best Hospitals report. Baylor University Medical Center – Dallas has ranked for orthopedics, gynecology, kidney disease, digestive disorders and endocrinology, respiratory disorders, and urology. The Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation has been noted for its rehabilitation services, while the nationally acclaimed Parkland Memorial Hospital has received high marks for its gynecological and kidney disease specialties; Presbyterian Hospital has been tops for neurology and neurosurgery, digestive disorders, and orthopedics, while the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has been |

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ALS Association – North Texas Chapter

972-714-0088

www.webntx.alsa.org

American Cancer Society – Dallas

214-819-1200

www.cancer.org

American Diabetes Association – Dallas

972-255-6900

www.diabetes.org

American Heart Association – Dallas

800-242-8721

www.americanheart.org

ARC of Dallas

214-634-9810

www.arcdallas.org

ARC of Greater Tarrant County

817-877-1474

www.arcgtc.org

Autism Society – DFW Metroplex

214-208-0792

www.autism-society.org

Bryan’s House (Support for children affected by HIV/AIDS)

214-559-3946

www.bryanshouse.org

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation – North Texas Chapter

972-386-0607

www.ccfa.org

The Dallas Hearing Foundation

972-678-2779

www.dallashearingfoundation.org

Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas

214-267-1374

www.downsyndromedallas.org

Easter Seals North Texas

Dallas: 972-394-8900 Fort Worth: 817-332-7171

www.ntx.easterseals.com

Epilepsy Foundation of Texas

888-548-9716

www.epilepsyfoundation.org

Learning Disabilities Association of Texas

512-458-8234

www.ldat.org

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – North Texas/Oklahoma Chapter

800-800-6702

www.lls.org

March Of Dimes – DFW

972-669-3463

www.marchofdimes.com

National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Lone Star Chapter

214-373-1400

www.nationalmssociety.org

United Cerebral Palsy of North Texas

214-351-2500

www.ucpdallas.org

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DFW’S LARGEST HOSPITALS Baylor Scott & White - Fort Worth

Fort Worth

817-926-2544

www.baylorhealth.com

Baylor Scott & White - Garland

Garland

972-487-5000

www.baylorhealth.com

Baylor Scott & White - Irving

Irving

972-579-8100

www.baylorhealth.com

Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas

Dallas

214-820-0111

www.baylorhealth.com

Children's Health

Dallas

844-4-CHILDRENS

www.childrens.com

Cook Children's Medical Center

Fort Worth

682-885-4000

www.cookschildren.org

Dallas Regional Medical Center

Mesquite

214-320-7000

www.dallasregionalmedicalcenter.com

John Peter Smith Hospital

Fort Worth

817-702-1100

www.jpshealth.net

Medical Center of Arlington

Arlington

817-46-3241

www.medicalcenterarlington.com

Medical Center of Plano

Plano

972-596-6800

www.medicalcenterplano.com

Medical City Dallas

Dallas

972-566-7000

www.medicalcityhospital.com

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Dallas

214-947-8181

www.methodisthealthsystem.org

Parkland Health & Hospital System

Dallas

214-590-8000

www.parklandhospital.com

Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth

Fort Worth

817-877-5292

www.plazamedicalcenter.com

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Hurst-Euless-Bedford

Bedford

817-685-4000

www.texashealth.org/heb

Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital

Arlington

817-960-6100

www.texashealth.org/arlington

Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth

Fort Worth

817-250-2000

www.texashealth.org/fortworth

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas

Dallas

214-345-6789

www.texashealth.org/dallas

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano

Plano

972-981-8000

www.texashealth.org/plano

UT Southwestern Medical Center

Dallas

214-648-3111

www.uthsouthwestern.edu

OTHER LARGE METROPLEX HOSPITALS & FACILITIES Baylor Scott & White Medical Center White Rock

Dallas

214-324-6100

www.bswhealth.com

Medical Center of McKinney

McKinney

972-547-8000

www.medicalcenterofmckinney.com

Medical City of Children's Hospital

Dallas

972-566-7000

www.mcchildrenshospital.com

Methodist Charlton Medical Center

Dallas

214-947-7777

www.methodisthealthsystem.org

Ronald McDonald House - Dallas

Dallas

214-631-7354

www.rmhdallas.org

Ronald McDonald House - Fort Worth

Fort Worth

817-870-4942

www.rmhfw.org

Texas Health Huguley Hospital

Burleson

817-293-9110

www.texashealth.org/huguley

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Denton

Denton

940-898-7000

www.texashealth.org/denton

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Dallas

214-559-5000

www.tsrhc.org

817-735-DOCS

www.unthealth.org

214-645-5555

www.uthsouthwestern.edu

University of North Texas Health Science Center - UNT Health Patient Services Zale Lipshy University Hospital

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honored for its neurology and neurosur-

number of patients served. The Texas Health

operating more than 503 point of access in

gery specialties.

system includes 24 acute-care and short-stay

North Texas, including 48 hospital locations.

hospitals that are either owned, operated,

Texas Health Resources is one of the Dallas-

MULTIPLE HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS, AWARD-WINNING HOSPITALS

joint-ventured or affiliated with the system.

Fort Worth areas largest employers, with over

With at least seven major healthcare

more than 43,000 employees; it’s another

The JPS Health Network in Tarrant

systems – all of which have been nationally

one of the largest private sector employers

County/Fort Worth includes the flag-

recognized for their expertise, breadth of

in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The system

ship John Peter Smith Hospital on Fort

specialties and patient care – and top-rated

serves nearly 1.4 million via a network

Worth’s Main Street licensed for 534 beds;

specialty hospitals, the Dallas/Fort Worth

of more than 200 locations and access

a five-story acute care facility (Patient

area offers a wealth of options, practices,

points, with more than 7,800 physicians on

Care Pavilion); an outpatient care center;

and much more for residents.

staff. Baylor University Medical Center at

and a dedicated facility for psychiatric

Dallas is licensed for 5,091 beds.

services. The JPS Health Network also

Metroplex healthcare offerings include

This faith-based, not-for-profit healthcare

operates multiple general practice clinics

more than 200 hospitals and surgery

provider has Baylor University Medical Center

and specialty service facilities throughout

centers, including a mix of large nonprofit

at Dallas, a major research and teaching

Fort Worth and Tarrant County, including

and

affiliates.

facility for the Southwest, as its anchor for

a cardiology center, ambulatory surgery

Large area insurers include Aetna, BCBS

a network of 25 hospitals, and the system

clinic, the Healing Wings AIDS Center,

of Texas, Cigna, Humana, and United

also operates a network of physician clinics

family medicine and pediatrics, and urgent

Healthcare – among other smaller private

through the HealthTexas Provider Network.

care, as well as other specialized services.

for-profit

systems

and

20,000 workers across the region. Baylor Scott & White Health is next with

insurance resources. Known for its quality initiatives, Baylor

Parkland Health and Hospital System is one

Texas Health Resources tops the list as the largest

became the first healthcare system in

of the most acclaimed public health systems

comprehensive healthcare system in North

Texas to receive the National Quality

in the country; Parkland Hospital is the

Texas and one of the area’s largest employers

Healthcare Award from the National

main hospital of the Dallas County Hospital

with more than 25,000 employees, more than

Quality Forum. Baylor University Medical

District, and the system includes multiple

4,000 beds, and more than 6,200 physicians.

Center at Dallas has also been named in

locations, affiliates, and clinics. The main

US News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals”

hospital is licensed for 870 adult beds. The

Formed in 1997 with the assets of Fort

guide for the last 20 years and, according

Parkland system is also a major economic

Worth-based

Health

to Consumer Reports, has the highest

engine for Dallas County with more than

System, Dallas-based Presbyterian Health-

patient satisfaction ratings of any teaching

9,700 employees and as a generator of

care Resources, and Arlington Memorial

hospital in the country.

$2.4 billion in business activity in Dallas

Hospital, Texas Health Resources is one of

County each year. Parkland’s 12 communi-

the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Health

ty-oriented primary care health centers and

delivery systems in the United States – and

Resources is one of the largest faith-based,

outreach programs are aimed at education

the largest in North Texas when it comes to

nonprofit health systems in the United States,

and prevention.

Harris

Methodist

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Alcohol Abuse & Addictions Hotline

800-417-6237

Child Help USA (hotline for victims & reporting child abuse)

800-4-A-CHILD

www.childhelp.com

Dallas County Rape Crisis Center (hotline)

214-590-0430

www.dallasrapecrisis.org

Emergency Animal Hospital (Dallas, Uptown & Richardson)

972-994-9110

www.emergencyanimalclinicdallas.com

The Family Place (domestic violence hotline)

214-941-1991

www.thefamilyplace.org

Hulen Hills Animal Hospital – Fort Worth (24/7 emergency care)

817-349-2050

www.hulenhills.com

National Runaway Safeline

800-786-2929

www.1800runaway.org

Rape Crisis Center of Collin County (hotline)

972-985-0951

www.theturningpoint.org

SafeHaven of Tarrant County (domestic violence hotline)

877-701-SAFE (7233)

www.safehaventc.org

Suicide & Crisis Center (24 hour hotline)

214-828-1000

www.sccenter.org

Texas Poison Center Network

800-222-1222

www.poisoncontrol.org

The Women’s Center of Tarrant County (hotline)

817-927-2737

www.thewomenscenter.info

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Cook Children’s Physician Network is the largest multi-specialty physician group in the North Texas region. Counties served include Tarrant, Johnson, Hood, Parker, Wise and Denton, with an additional 126 county referral market that encompasses 47 percent of the state. Cook Children’s Health Care System employs more than 4,300 people.

Methodist Health System facilities in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex include Methodist Dallas Medical Center, Methodist Charlton Medical Center, Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, Methodist Richardson Medical Center, Methodist Midlothian Health Center, and Methodist Family Health Centers. All are part of the nonprofit Methodist Health System, an affiliation by covenant with the North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church. Long recognized as one of the best medical facilities in the southwest, UT Southwestern Medical Center provides inpatient care to nearly 100,000 with 2.2 million outpatient visits each year. Physicians provide care to patients at UT Southwestern University Hospitals (St. Paul and Zale-Lipshy); the Parkland Health & Hospital System; Children’s Health; and the VA North Texas Health Care System, as well as the Aston Building, the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and other affiliated hospitals and clinics in North Texas. Children’s Health is a private, not-for-profit hospital that is also one of the largest pediatric healthcare providers in the United States It’s the only academic healthcare facility in North Texas dedicated exclusively to the comprehensive care of children from birth to age 18, offering patient care that ranges from simple eye exams to specialized treatment in areas such as heart disease, hematology-oncology and cystic fibrosis. Children’s Health is also a major pediatric kidney, liver, intestine, heart, and bone marrow transplant center. The Children’s system is licensed for 487 beds and has more than 50 subspecialty programs. The Dallas hospital was the first designated Level I trauma center for

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pediatrics in Texas. The 72-bed Children’s Health at Legacy opened in Plano in 2008. The VA North Texas Health Care System (VANTHCS), serves more than 129,000 patients each year, delivering more than one million outpatient visits to veterans in 38 North Texas counties and two counties in southern Oklahoma. The Dallas VA Medical Center (VAMC) is the referral center for VA North Texas Health Care. Through its longstanding partnership with The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas (UT Southwestern), it has become a major teaching and medical research center. The Dallas VAMC is an 84-acre campus with multi-specialty outpatient clinics as well as a 853-bed system that includes Spinal Cord Injury Center, Domiciliary and Community Living Center with dedicated hospice and dementia units. A Fisher House on campus at Dallas VA Medical Center provides no-cost temporary lodging in a home-like setting for families of Veterans or active duty military personnel receiving VA care. The VANTHCS has 4,700 employees and 2,600 community volunteers. Based in Fort Worth, Cook Children’s Health Care System is a national award winning, not-for-profit, integrated health care system composed of seven entities – including the renowned Cook Children’s Medical Center. Specializing in pediatric care, the system operates more than 60 pediatric medical and specialty clinic offices throughout Texas and has more than 4,000 employees. Locally, the system operates more than 30 primary care pediatric locations, two urgent care centers, outpatient clinic-based specialties, and 15 hospital-based specialties. The

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Known as a specialty hospital with more than 95 specialties and more than 1,150 physicians, Medical City Dallas specialists are at the forefront of cutting-edge of technological innovations, such as robotic-assisted microsurgery, beating heart surgeries and minimally invasive heart surgeries. The hospital’s Heart Transplant center received recognition from the United States Department of Health and Human Services as one of the country’s premiere programs and is one of the most active transplant programs in North Texas.

RESPECTED MEDICAL EDUCATION Beyond stellar patient care and facilities, the DFW area is also home to some of the best medical teaching facilities in the world. UT Southwestern Medical Center is among the top academic medical centers with three degree-granting institutions, including the UT Southwestern Medical School, UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and UT Southwestern Allied Health Sciences School. Admission standards are high, the faculty includes active Nobel laureates, and the Center is also a leading research institution. The UNT Health Science Center is also known for its educational prowess. Home to the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (one of 19 in the nation); the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences; and the School of Public Health, the UNT Health Science Center has received recognition as one of the top medical schools by US News & World Report. And, as the primary pediatric teaching facility for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, the medical staff at Children’s Health conducts research that is instrumental in developing treatments, therapies, and a more in-depth understanding of pediatric diseases.


Making life better for children. As the leading pediatric health care system in North Texas,

specialty centers and outpatient clinics throughout North

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treatments in ENT, endocrinology, and cystic fibrosis, we bring your child the specialized care they deserve.

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Children’s Health Andrews Institute for Othopaedics & Sports

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Medicine aims to greatly reduce the number of children

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being sidelined from injuries. Bringing together a group of

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HOUSING & NEIGHBORHOODS Exploring a new city and finding a place to live is one of the most exciting experiences of anyone who’s relocating to another area of the country. And if that area is the DFW metroplex, you can be sure you’ll find lots of affordable housing options in neighborhoods of all kinds.

in this section finding a home urban, downtown living metroplex map counties + cities mortgages + finances

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With 12 counties, more than 200 cities and a population of nearly million, there’s no doubt that’s a lot of area to cover. Each county and city has its own unique lifestyle, identity and culture, and that can be a dizzying prospect for those new to town.

But the good news is that, for residents and those relocating to the Dallas and Fort Worth areas, that kind of explosive growth has meant even more housing options – from suburban neighborhoods and small towns to planned communities and downtown, urban living.

Housing is affordable [in Dallas and Fort Worth]. Overall, the area has a low cost of living that’s typically several points below the national average and considerably lower than major east and west coast cities.

lots – and the main difference is the size of Housing is affordable here, too. Overall, the Dallas/Fort Worth area has a low cost of living that’s typically several points below the national average and considerably lower than major east and west coast cities. Refer to our Cost of Living comparison in this guide for a more comprehensive chart to compare other costs of living here, like healthcare, groceries, transportation, and more.

RENTING: TRY BEFORE YOU BUY

the yard. Single-family homes typically have

The idea of renting before committing to

front and back yard areas, while garden

a home purchase makes good sense for

homes and zero lot line homes have little or

newcomers who want to learn more about

no yard and therefore no yard maintenance.

the Metroplex and the surrounding communities. Corporate housing gives renters

Instead, these homes offer owners small

unique living options, and allows time to

terraced areas or patios they can choose to

investigate different areas, school districts,

landscape. Garden and zero lot line homes

and living options. There are several excel-

may be built within 10 feet of each other,

lent sources to help unravel the intricacies of

or within five feet of the lot line, and often

renting property in Texas.

share a common fence. Two attached singleHome prices in the DFW metroplex have also stayed relatively stable during the recent economic recession – without either the rapid price escalation that occurred on the West and East Coasts, or the plunging of home values that happened in other regions. The fact is that the strength of the DFW market is the result of a diverse economic base that has kept unemployment figures below national levels – and that has also kept area housing affordable.

family homes on one lot are considered a

The Texas Tenants Union in Dallas (214-823-

duplex, and give the owner the option to live

2733) hosts free weekly workshops discussing

in one half and rent the other.

tenants’ rights, and provides written information, counseling and referral services. Although

Townhomes may be one-story structures,

located in Austin, the Austin Tenants Council

depending on the lot size, but are usually

website offers detailed information about Texas

two-story homes constructed in rows to

property code and tenant-landlord information

avoid a “bowling alley” feeling in the design.

at www.housing-rights.org. You can also find

Usually, townhomes share sidewalls, with

more information from the Attorney General of

unobstructed front and back entries and

Texas Office of Consumer Protection at 800-621-

small lawns or patios.

0508 or online at www.oag.state.tx.us.

Condominiums and lofts offer even less

BUYING A HOME

HOUSING OPTIONS FOR ALL

outdoor upkeep. While the homeowner is

Before settling on the home of your dreams,

The first step is deciding on the kind of home you want – and the metroplex offers plenty to choose from, like single-family homes, high-rise downtown lofts, garden homes, condominiums and zero-lot line homes. Selecting the perfect home really comes down to individual choice and preference about the type of ownership and the style of home that will best suit an individual’s or family’s lifestyle.

responsible for indoor maintenance, the exte-

it’s important for future homeowners to

rior is the responsibility of a management

understand the basics of Texas real estate

company appointed by the homeowner’s

law. In Texas, a homestead is defined as “the

association. Condominiums are often gated

place of residence for a family or individual

communities with more homes on the lot,

and is secure from forced sale by general

while the homeowner’s association assures

creditors.” The Texas Constitution guaran-

the property maintains its value. The differ-

tees that the only way a person can lose his

ence between a loft and a condominium is

or her homestead rights is by death, aban-

that a loft is usually found in the downtown

donment, sale of property, or foreclosure of

area as part of a high rise building, while

a lien against the homestead.

condos may be built on a regular lot and Single-family homes, garden homes and zero-lot line homes are built on individual

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share a common wall, similar to a duplex or

There are two types of homesteads in Texas:

an apartment.

urban and rural. Most homeowners file for

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homestead exemption as a way to lower

certain legal rules and restrictions regarding

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) requires

their taxes. To qualify for homestead exemp-

the physical specifications of the home,

each of the three nationwide consumer

tion, the owner must be living in the property

including later housing alterations you

reporting companies (Equifax, Experian,

by January 1 of that year. If a homeowner

might make.

and TransUnion) to provide consumers

moves into the property on January 2, he or

with a free copy of their credit report once

she cannot apply for homestead exemption

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every 12 months. Call 877-322-8228, or go

until the following year. Once the homeowner

from friends, co-workers, family, or by

to www.annualcreditreport.com to order.

files for a homestead exemption, it is good

contacting your local board of realtors to

for as long as the owner lives there and is

find a real estate professional in the area.

using the property as his or her homestead.

With expert help, you’ll be able to make a

NEIGHBORHOODS: FINDING THE RIGHT PLACE FOR YOU

If a homeowner moves out of the property

smart and informed decision about buying a

Deciding where to live is ultimately a very

and rents it, the homestead exemption is

home – one of the most important invest-

personal decision. With the right relocation

dismissed. Another interesting thing about

ments you’ll ever make.

professionals, a little imagination and a lot of legwork, those new to the area will be able to

the Texas homestead law is that if a property is purchased that has already has a homestead

BE PREPARED

exemption, the homestead exemption transfers

Whatever housing option you choose, it’s

to the new owner.

critical to be prepared. If you’re buying,

The metroplex has 10 major metro areas

double-check check your credit with credit

and 12 counties. Counties include Collin,

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reporting

any

Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Hunt, Johnson,

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inconsistencies or errors before applying

Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant, and

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for a loan. All financing institutions use a

Wise, and major metro areas include Dallas,

tions from friends and family, or through

scoring system derived from a combination

Fort Worth, Arlington, Plano, Irving,

your local board of realtors in the area. With

file made up of reports provided by several

Garland, Carrollton, Denton, McKinney,

expert help, you’ll be able to make a smart

credit reporting agencies. This gives a

and Richardson, with many smaller commu-

and informed decision about buying a home

beacon score that determines your rate.

nities in between.

The typical entry for fairly good credit

While by no means comprehensive, we’ve

would be a score above 650, with 700 as an

included sample neighborhoods in the largest

Be sure to choose a realtor who knows the

automatic approval. Mortgage brokers may

counties to give you an overview of the area

neighborhoods, the schools, the extracurric-

work with borrowers and assist in correcting

and an idea of what you might find in each

ular activities, and the tax bases of different

costly errors on their credit reports that

area – like a neighborhood or a city’s person-

school districts. A realtor will also be able to

could affect the final interest on the loan, or

ality and area amenities. For more detailed

explain whether a home may be subject to

even the loan approval.

information, check with your realtor.

companies,

find the neighborhood that suits them best.

and

correct

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WESTMINS

CELINA

81

380

PROSPER

28

287

LITTLE ELM

DENTON 156

14

ARGYLE

377

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TROPHY ROANOKE CLUB

BRIAR

170

KER

49

WESTOVER HILLS 30

377

114 GRAPEVINE

80

BENBROOK

183

820

35

CROWLEY

37

183

GARLAND

TA R R A N T

287

67

14

MANSFIELD GRAND PRAIRIE

JOHNSON

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RED OAK 35

OVILLA

171 67

80

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MIDLOTHIAN 67

30

DESOTOLANCASTER

CEDAR HILL

30

20

13

67

ROWLETT

24

8 310

ROCKWA

HEATH

35

303

23

635

45

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12 DALLAS

DUNCANVILLE

174

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635

GRAND PRAIRIE

20

25

190

PARK CITIES

35 356

17

ARLINGTON

BURLESON

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RICHARDSON

30

20

39

22

21

205

78

635

IRVING

6 WYLIE

7

15

161

PARKER

PLANO

ADDISON FARMERS 35 BRANCH

18

30

287

CARROLLTON

COPPELL

75

190

11

635

40 COLLEYVILLE

FORT WORTH

820 20

42

97 WATAUGA BEDFORD121 SAGINAW 35 N. RICHLAND 44 EULESS 47 HILLS HURST 183 121 820 HALTOM 48 CITY 43RICHLAND 360 41 121 HILLS

38

80 20

WESTLAKE

ALLEN

4

9

121

50

51

27

FLOWER MOUND 29

45 KELLER SOUTHLAKE

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AZLE

32

1

121

HIGHLAND THE COLONY VILLAGE LEWISVILLE 31

NORTHLAKE

380

FRISCO

423

30

35

MCKINNEY

2

720

26

COLLI

3

380

DENTON 81

121

5

377

380

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HUNT 380

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DENTON COUNTY:

Frisco 2

27 The Colony

McKinney 3

28 Denton

Plano 4

29 Flower Mound

Prosper 5

30 Highlands Village

Wylie 6

31 Lewisville

DALLAS COUNTY:

O C K WA L L

7 Addison

276

8 Balch Springs

9 Carrollton

205

10 Cedar Hill

11 Coppell

34

NEY 80

557

80 20

DALL 243

COLLIN COUNTY: 1 Allen

34 175

AUFMAN 34

KAUFMAN

243

175

274

175

198

26 Argyle

32 Trophy Club

ELLIS COUNTY: 33 Midlothian 34 Ovilla 35 Red Oak 36 Waxahachie

12 Dallas

TARRANT COUNTY:

13 DeSoto

37 Arlington

14 Duncanville

38 Azle

15 Farmers Branch

39 Benbrook

16 Garland

Colleyville 40

17 Grand Prairie

41 Fort Worth

18 Irving

42 Grapevine

19 Lancaster

43 Haltom City

20 Mesquite

Hurst-Euless-Bedford 44

21 Park Cities

Keller 45

22 Richardson

46 Mansfield

23 Rowlett

47 North Richland Hills

48 Richland Hills

ROCKWALL COUNTY:

49 Saginaw

Heath 24

Southlake 50

Rockwall 25

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COUNTY Allen

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City of Allen: 214-509-4100 www.cityofallen.org Allen Chamber of Commerce: 972-727-5585 www.allenchamber.com

Allen was originally established as a railroad water stop in the 1870’s and just 30 years ago, only 625 people inhabited this Collin County town. Today, the community is experiencing its all-time fastest rate of growth for residential and business development, with nearly 106,685 residents. Since 2010, Allen has had a population growth of 28.5 percent. A full range of parks, recreation services and activities are available in Allen, offering a variety of league sports and children’s programs. Allen has nearly 40 public parks (either completed or under construction), plus golf courses, recreation centers, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and soccer fields. Residents of Allen enjoy close proximity to such points of interest as Lake Lavon, just

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east of Allen, with its 11 parks and over one hundred miles of shoreline; Connemara, a 73-acre conservatory featuring performances by Dallas area symphonies and dance groups, and the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary north of town on FM 1378.

Frisco City of Frisco: 972-292-5000 www.friscotexas.gov Frisco Chamber of Commerce: 972-335-9522 www.friscochamber.com

Dubbed one of the fastest growing cities in Texas by the North Texas Council of Governments, Frisco is experiencing an unprecedented growth rate, a population change of a whopping 60.6 percent since

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2010 to its current population of nearly 188,170. A major boon to Frisco is the completion of the Dallas North Tollway from Highway 121 to FM 720, which is considered Frisco’s downtown Main Street. Additional highway and service road extensions are slated for completion within the next three to five years. Shopping is abundant in Frisco, from quaint, old downtown to IKEA, Stonebriar Centre and many new shopping centers. Frisco is also a sports fan’s paradise. The Frisco RoughRiders, a Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play in the city-owned Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark. The city partnered with the Frisco Independent School District, Southwest Sports Group and Mandalay Sports Entertainment to open the ballpark, which seats 8,800 with overflow in the berm for 1,200. Frisco is also the home of major league soccer club, FC Dallas and the recently completed Pizza Hut Park – which plays hosts to concerts, sporting events and more.


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Natural Science Museum and Wildlife SancPhoto Courtesy of Hollyhock

tuary (a 289-acre outdoor preserve, two-acre native plant garden and nature museum) or take a ride on the mountain bike trails at Erwin Park, one of the toughest courses in the area.

Prosper Town of Prosper: 972-569-1012 www.prospertx.gov Prosper Chamber of Commerce: 972-508-4200 www.prosperchamber.org Frisco is also home to the Superdrome, an international cycling track, and the Natatorium, which holds a 25-meter indoor pool, allowing for a swim team, swimming lessons and water aerobics. In addition, the aquatic center is complemented with a stateof-the-art fitness facility, indoor basketball court, archery and putting range with a total area of 33,000 sq. ft. The center is available to all Frisco residents on a membership basis. The city also has an abundance of parks spanning more than 550 acres, and golfers have their choice of three major courses: Stonebriar Country Club, Plantation Resort and Trails of West Frisco, while those interested in the arts will appreciate the presence of The Frisco Community Theatre and the Frisco Chorale.

McKinney City of McKinney: 972-547-7500 www.mckinneytexas.org McKinney Chamber of Commerce: 972-542-0163 www.mckinneychamber.com

Long ranked as one of the top cities to live in the United States, McKinney is a mix of old and the new – a strong historical heritage combined with contemporary lifestyle. Located just 30 miles north of Dallas, McKinney’s rolling hills and tree-lined neighborhoods are home to more than 191,645 residents.

Noted on multiple “best suburbs” lists, Prosper is a quiet community that has experienced a true growth explosion in recent years. Sports figure Deion Sanders built a $21 million home here for his family, and other sports stars and celebrities have chosen

The area within McKinney city limits west of Highway 75 includes a mix of modern homes, parks, country clubs, and championship golf courses. Several master-planned communities, including Eldorado of McKinney and Stonebridge Ranch, offer opulence and elegance to McKinney with homes that range in price from the mid $100s to the more than $1 million. Antique shops, art galleries and more than 1,700 historical buildings thrive side-by-side with high-tech industry leaders in this bustling community. The city’s Chestnut Square is a full block of restored turn-of-the-century homes managed by McKinney’s Heritage Guild and the Christmas Tour of Homes. The original Collin County Courthouse is now known as the McKinney Performing Arts Center at the Historic Collin County Courthouse and has a 480-seat theater suitable for intimate arts performances, lectures and events.

to relocate here for the large tracts of land and quiet lifestyle.

Wylie City of Wylie: 972-516-6000 www.wylietexas.gov Wylie Chamber of Commerce: 972-442-2804 www.wyliechamber.org

With it lush landscapes, flourishing housing market, and an award-winning school system, Wylie attracts both residents and businesses looking for a small-town envi-

Outdoor and sports enthusiasts will find much to love here, from hiking the trails at the Heard

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Located in Collin County and just 24 miles from downtown Dallas, Wylie is easily accessible via Highway 78 and Highway 190 (President George Bush Turnpike). It’s also one of the fastest growing communities in the state with a staggering 23.8 percent population increase since 2010. Wylie is making the transition from a bedroom to a more balanced community, combining quality residential living with

a healthy business climate. Wylie’s industrial/business corridor, created through the Wylie Economic Development Cooperation, is home to more than 800,000 square feet of facilities and an unemployment rate of 5.5 percent. Wylie is one of only six Texas cities to receive an ISO 1 rating for its fire department and water delivery. Wylie also has one of the lowest crime rates in Collin County, and one of the lowest in Texas.

A school district with Recognized and Exemplary schools, plus plenty of outdoor amenities at nearby Lake Lavon have made Wylie a popular residential choice. The 38,000-acre Lake Lavon features several parks, picnic sites, boat ramps, beaches, and camping sites. The City has also preserved its historic downtown as a specialty and cultural area, which has attracted a variety of unique retail and eating establishments.

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City of Plano: 972-941-7000 www.plano.gov Plano Chamber of Commerce: 972-424-7547 www.planochamber.org

Located 19 miles north of Dallas, Plano is home to a nationally recognized public school system and a host of internationally known events like the Plano Hot Air Balloon Festival. The city is also home to many information technology and telecommunications companies, including EDS, JCPenney, Frito-Lay, and Dr Pepper/Cadbury, among others. Collin Creek Mall, Plano Market Square, the Shops at Willow Bend and more than 60 retail centers form a strong retail base. Perhaps best known for its school system, Plano Independent School District has received national recognition for its system of 73 schools and more than 54,000 students.

As for recreation, there’s no

shortage of playtime in Plano! The city offers municipal golf, tennis, swimming, bowling and team sports. Area lakes

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are within easy driving distance for fishing and boating, and Willow Bend Polo and Hunt Club, Plano Municipal Golf Course and Chase Oaks offer outstanding public facilities.

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DALLAS

COUNTY Dallas City of Dallas: 214-670-3111 www.dallascityhall.com Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce: 214-746-6600 www.dallaschamber.org

The wide variety of housing and architectural styles also makes Dallas very attractive to newcomers, as well as the DART transit system and the high-rise developments that have emerged near rail stations for convenience.

considered a thriving entertainment district and home to residents who enjoy living in a thriving cultural area in a vibrant urban setting.

DOWNTOWN Downtown Dallas is home to big business

Dallas is a cultural crossroads that prides itself upon its cosmopolitan appeal. The city’s slogan, Live Large, Think Big, encompasses a broad world that embraces this larger than life motto. The ninth largest city in the United States, Dallas is a virtual Mecca for the arts, with a thriving museum scene, diversity of music, regional theatre scene, and a reputation as a top film production center. Dallas has more restaurants per capita than New York City, and offers a wide variety of cuisine and cooking styles to fit every taste. Dallas is also a shopper’s paradise, with major malls and shopping centers that bring the best of the world’s markets to the metroplex. It’s also a sports fan’s paradise, with the Dallas Stars, Dallas Mavericks, Dallas Cowboys, FC Dallas and Texas Rangers games nearly every night of the week during their respective seasons.

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and big development. Known to Dallas-

Located just east of downtown Dallas and south of the railroad, Deep Ellum was originally home to the earliest African- American community in Dallas, dating back to the mid-1800s, when it was settled as a “freedman’s town” after the Civil War.

ites as the Central Business District, the new

In the 1920s, Deep Ellum was a thriving retail and entertainment center for Dallas African-Americans – a gathering place for jazz and blues artists. The roster of now-famous musicians who began their careers in Deep Ellum include Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sam “Lightnin’” Hopkins and Leadbelly, among others. The neighborhood began to decline after World War II, but was revitalized during the 1980s to become one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Dallas, with numerous bars, clubs and galleries. Now considered eclectic and alternative, Deep Ellum is once again

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interest in urban living has sent downtown bouncing back from being labeled a dead zone after the sun goes down. Located within the central freeway loop, Downtown is generally thought of as bounded by northern I-45, the southern edge of Central Expressway, I-35E, I-30 and the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, and owes its distinctive look to nationally-known architects who redesigned the skyline during the building boom of the 1970s and 1980s. Later, the decision to create the West End Historic District in the 1980s and preserve the late turn-of-the-century brick warehouses by turning them into swanky restaurants, retail, office and residential spaces has resonated, leading to even more renovation projects.


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Downtown urban living is enjoying a new renaissance of appeal among a number of people, from those who desire a fast-paced lifestyle near all the action to recent retirees and empty nesters who want the fun and freedom that accompanies a high-rise with a concierge, round-the-clock security and a convenient location. Note The Trinity River Project is another big transformation for downtown. This city-funded public works project will be the largest urban park in the United States, with facilities that will include an equestrian center, lakes, trails, sports fields, nature centers and other recreational facilities.

Addison, Carrollton, Plano and Richardson. With its own skyline, retail and commercial businesses, office buildings and shopping centers, many of the “techie” residents here find little reason to venture downtown except for the occasional meeting.

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GREENVILLE AVENUE

East Dallas, once a separate town, retains an individual character and is home to urban pioneers and young professionals with an appreciation of stained glass windows, arched doorways and frame homes. Architectural styles in East Dallas vary greatly and reflect every taste, much to the relief of those who shy away from “cookie cutter” neighborhoods. Variety is the spice of life and it certainly spices up the area’s architecture, including Prairie, Tudor, Mid-Century modern, French Eclectic, Victorian and Spanish Revival.

The lengthy strip of road that comprises the Greenville Avenue neighborhood traverses a broad cross-section of residences, restaurants, nightclubs and retail establishments. Located northeast of downtown, Greenville Avenue begins near Garret Park and stretches all the way past LBJ Freeway to Richardson. Mockingbird Lane is the boundary where Dallasites divide the street into Upper Greenville and Lower Greenville.

FAR NORTH DALLAS Developed by local real estate icon Trammell Crow, Far North Dallas is bordered by I-635,

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Most homes are considered “recent vintage” and lot sales (when available) are brisk because of the area’s location and proximity to the Richardson Independent School District, one of the state’s highest academically ranked districts.

Lower Greenville Avenue is home to tiny shops selling antiques, resale clothing and furniture and Mediterranean and health food stores. Needless to say, it appeals to the bohemian, alternative crowd. Upper Greenville

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is more posh, with swanky restaurants and nightclubs and a more upscale crowd.

LAKE HIGHLANDS Forbes once named Lake Highlands one of the top three best neighborhoods to buy a home – and it’s no wonder. Tree-lined, rolling streets give this mostly residential area a homey feeling, and many residents consider Lake Highlands to be a small town within a big city. Residents have easy access to Garland to the east, Richardson to the north and North Dallas to the west. Most of Lake Highlands is located within the popular Richardson Independent School District, while a small area located mainly south of Northwest Hwy is served by Dallas Independent School District. Homes in Lake Highlands consist mostly of single-family homes, and is a natural choice for active families because of its proximity to White Rock Lake.

LAKEWOOD Lakewood is popular with families and young professionals – and that’s not surprising. Bordered on one side by the western shore of White Rock Lake, Lakewood is bounded by Mockingbird on the north and Gaston-Country Club to the south, and the area is only a short distance


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with those who work in nearby downtown Dallas because of the short commute. Oak Cliff is also the birthplace of 7-11 convenience stores, so named because at that time they were open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. In fact, all 7-11 convenience stores can trace their heritage to a tiny circa-1927 icehouse on the corner of Edgefield and Twelfth Street in Dallas. Organizations such as the Old Oak Cliff Conservation League have helped maintain the beauty of the area, and other neighborhood organizations have won historic district designation for areas like Winnetka Heights.

OAK LAWN

from downtown Dallas – yet has maintained its small town charm. Many of the homes in this old-fashioned neighborhood were built from the 1900s to the 1950s, and there are many historic and conservation Districts within Lakewood. There are also a wide variety of housing options here, from two-bedroom starter homes and quaint cottages to large mansions on sprawling acreage, plus duplexes, fourplexes and apartments.

A number of

architectural styles are reflected here, too, including Craftsman, Prairie-Four Squares, Tudors, Spanish, Mediterranean Eclectic and Early Ranch.

NORTH DALLAS Considered by many Dallasites to be one of the best areas in the city for quality living, North Dallas extends north of NW Highway and is bordered by I35-E, Central Expressway (I-75) and I-635 (LBJ Freeway). Five major thoroughfares are just blocks away, providing easy access to downtown, the West End and the northern suburban areas. Dallas Love Field, home of Southwest Airlines and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport are only a short drive away.

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Among North Dallas’ most popular residential areas are the communities of Preston Hollow, an affluent and established Dallas neighborhood, and Bent Tree, known for its large, spacious homes. The landscaped neighborhoods are mostly single-family homes of traditional styles, but there’s also a zero lot line and garden homes, duplexes, apartments, condominiums, high-rises and retirement centers.

OAK CLIFF The Trinity River on the north, Interstate 35E to the east, Clarendon Road on the south, and Hampton Road on the west, Oak Cliff is approximately 200 square miles and houses a diverse population of more than 184,154. Physically separated from the rest of the city by the Trinity River, Oak Cliff is an independent enclave of Dallas, and maintains its own identity and history. Well-known for its landscaped neighborhoods, exceptional land and housing values, excellent transportation, and award-winning educational facilities, Oak Cliff also has a variety of cultural and recreational activities that allow for a high quality of life. Oak Cliff is also popular

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Oak Lawn is a neighborhood that is a virtual mish-mash of architecture and lifestyles. Nightlife is a vital part of this area of town, which offers plenty of restaurants, clubs and pubs. Oak Lawn is also adjacent to the Dallas Design District, and so much of the area has great appeal for artistic types. Shopping here is as interesting as it gets anywhere in the city, with the Quadrangle, numerous art galleries, boutiques and antique shops. Oak Lawn is also one of the wealthier neighborhoods in Dallas. Located in the heart of Dallas, Oak Lawn is home to many young, single professionals who inhabit the variety of condominiums, apartments and hardwood-floor duplexes. A wide variety of housing options are available here, from upscale townhouses to condos to apartments and duplexes – as well as established older, single-family homes.

PRESTON HOLLOW Grand and majestic, Preston Hollow is an established, prestigious North Dallas neighborhood that sits north of the Park Cities area, south of the LBJ/635 Expressway, east of Midway Road and west of Central Expressway. Preston Hollow was originally incorporated as its own town in 1939, and then joined with the city of Dallas in 1945. Preston Hollow is an extremely desirable location, and the list of famous and influential residents that live here is a virtual “Who’s Who” of Dallas society, including Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban,


billionaire Ross Perot, and former Dallas mayor Laura Miller, among others. Homes here have large lots and a mix of homes that range from ranch-style homes to mansions.

WEST END HISTORIC DISTRICT The West End Historic District is part and parcel of the original city of Dallas. Downtown Dallas eventually moved east, giving the West End its name. The West End then became an industrial factory and warehouse district, only to be reborn later into a 20-block area of more than 100 specialty shops, restaurants and nightclubs in restored, century-old buildings. Just southwest of downtown, the West End is bound by Market Street, Pacific Avenue and Woodall Rogers Freeway, and a short walk from Dealey Plaza and the Old Red Courthouse. Urged on by the growing demand for urban living, developers have converted red brick warehouses into beautiful lofts and condominiums. Examples of building projects that have recently been repurposed are the historic six-story Purse Building, the Interurban Building and the upscale urban Market Grocery and eatery.

UPTOWN Uptown is a thriving neighborhood popular amongst the Gen Y and Gen Xers. New developments for urban living and the development of thriving retail stores and a vibrant restaurant and nightlife makes Uptown ideal for those who want to be close to the action. Uptown is adjacent to Oak Lawn and runs from downtown along Highway 75 up to Highland Park. Hotel ZaZa, the Crescent, the Ritz-Carlton and lots of trendy places “to see and be seen” populate the area. Uptown is also home to the trendy West Village shopping/retail/residential development and features high-rise living along McKinney with units for sale and for lease. Buildings here feature 1930s-style architecture with modern interiors. Uptown has three shopping districts, and all are accessible on the free trolley shuttle line. The historic Gallery District has many of the finest art galleries, antique dealers, frame

shops and custom retail stores found in Dallas. Another arts venue, the McKinney Avenue Contemporary (also known as The MAC) is home to three live theatres: the Dallas Theatre Center, Theatre Three at the Quadrangle and Kitchen Dog Theater. Residents and local Dallasites also enjoy independent movie premieres, foreign films and movie classics at Magnolia Pictures, located in the West Village.

Highland Park and University Park are surrounded by the city of Dallas, and are separate, incorporated cities with their own government systems, police force and fire departments. Highland Park and University Park form the fabled “Park Cities” area, and those who live here include old money society leaders, corporate CEOs and arts patrons. The Park Cities are bounded on the east by Central Expressway (US-75) and on the

Park Cities Town of Highland Park: 214-521-4161 www.hptx.org City of University Park: 214-363-1644 www.uptexas.org

west by the Dallas North Tollway. Preston Road runs north and south down the middle of the two communities. Downtown Dallas is an easy 5-10 minute ride and with the road systems in place, it’s just as easy to go west to Las Colinas and the airport or north to Plano. The top Highland Park Independent School District that serves both Highland Park and University Park is one of the best in the state. Three HPISD schools, Bradfield, Hyer and Highland Park Middle

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School, have received the 2005 No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon Schools Award;

Night view of ferris wheel in Dallas, Texas

Upland Park received the 2006 award The Highland Park Independent School District is also one of only two districts in the state to earn all 11 Gold Performance Acknowledgment awards from the Texas Education Agency. Highland Park also has the reputation of having the highest per-square foot prices for real estate anywhere in the Metroplex. Highland Park Village shopping center was America’s first shopping center, and has since evolved into one of the most prestigious shopping destinations in the world, boasting such merchants as Chanel, Hermès, Ralph Lauren, Escada and Jimmy Choo. The prestigious Dallas Country Club with its rolling hills and elite membership roster is across the street. University Park is home to eight lushly landscaped and wellequipped parks, in addition to Southern Methodist University (SMU), the college that gives the community its name. Real estate prices are slightly lower here than in Highland Park, and buyers will find a larger variety of housing options, including duplexes and townhomes, in addition to all sizes and ages of single-family homes.

Addison City of Addison: 972-450-7000 www.addisontexas.net Addison Chamber of Commerce: 972-450-7000 www.addisonchamber.org

With more restaurants per capita than any other city west of the Mississippi, Addison is known as “The Restaurant Capital of Texas” and has come a long way from the days when its only industry was the cotton gin built here in 1902. Since those humble

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rural beginnings, Addison has grown to become a diverse community with beautifully landscaped residential communities, award-winning parks, hotels, towering office buildings, business complexes and restaurants, all packed within the town’s 4.3 miles. Addison owes its diverse business and residential development to well-thought city planning during the 1970s and 1980s that included the construction of its first town park and an aggressive beautification program. That planning has resulted in eight parks that encompass 118-acres.

here, including the Dallas Galleria with Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Addison’s sense of community is demonstrated through its citywide annual events. “Taste Addison” in May features cuisine from more than 50 Addison restaurants and national, regional and local musical entertainment. “Kaboom Town” is the annual July 3rd celebration featuring a spectacular fireworks display, and “Oktoberfest” in September is an authentic German-style celebration.

Located directly north of Dallas, Addison’s location has been advantageous to luring business dollars. With so many office complexes and commercial and industrial businesses, Addison’s daytime population typically reaches about 100,000 during the workweek as people drive in to work in the more than 2,000 businesses that call Addison home. Business travelers are well served by the Addison Airport, which services private and corporate jets, as well as jet fleets, and the many hotels ensure that visitors enjoy a comfortable stay.

Balch Springs

Not surprisingly, Addison’s residential population has also increased. The city is home to 21 apartment complexes and more than 8,109 single family homes and town homes. Families are served by the Dallas Independent School District and the Carrollton/Farmers Branch Independent School District. The most prestigious shopping in the Dallas area can be found

When John Balch settled here with his family in the 1850s near the springs that never ran dry, there’s no way he could have foreseen this bucolic paradise would grow to become an urban oasis, with large oak trees, cottage homes, and ranch-sized lots. The area still has close ties to its rural roots, and is full of small town pride.

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City of Balch Spring: 972-286-4477 www.cityofbalchsprings.com Balch Springs Chamber of Commerce: 972-557-0988 www.balchsprings.org


Balch Springs is located in southeast Dallas County, and is considered a major gateway to the Metroplex area. Interstate 635 runs north to south through Balch Springs, bisecting the city neatly into two nearly equal halves. Interstate 20 runs along the city’s southern border on its east side, and US 175 extends along the south border on the west side of the city. Located approximately 16 miles southeast of downtown Dallas and approximately 34 miles southeast of DFW Airport, the city shares its northeast border with Mesquite and its south and west border with Dallas. As such, children in Balch Springs attend schools in either the Dallas Independent School District or the Mesquite Independent School District. The southwest portion of Balch Springs is served by Dallas Independent School District, while the northeast portion is served by Mesquite Independent School District. Community involvement is key here, with the recent completion of a police and fire station, as well as the development of new parks and recreation center complex. Although the city has eight parks and a swimming pool, youth recreation was viewed as a vital component in improving the quality of life. Through donations, a citizens committee, in cooperation with the city, raised funds to build KidsTown, a community park and playground. Balch Springs is also a 15-minute drive from the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the home of the annual world championship Mesquite Rodeo.

Carrollton City of Carrollton: 972-466-3000 www.cityofcarrollton.com Carrollton Chamber of Commerce: 972-466-3000 www.carrolltonchamber.com

Located northwest of Dallas, Carrollton is an older, established community with diverse neighborhoods that are the cornerstone of

the city’s character. The wide variety of housing, community partnerships and activities enhance residents’ lifestyles. The city’s gently rolling hills are marked with a mixture of older and newer homes, as well as an increasing number of major corporations and a recent explosion of retail centers. Carrollton’s prime location and accessibility makes it a good choice for businesses as well. The city is surrounded by major highways, airports, three rail freight carriers, and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone. Carrollton’s progressive city government has made sure that the city plan ensures development flourishes throughout the city’s 37 square miles while its reputation as an excellent place for families is sustained. Newcomers are finding that they can get more for their money here. Carrollton is among the state’s most rapidly growing cities, but home prices here are comparatively more reasonable than in other area communities north of Dallas, such as Plano. Three independent school districts serve Carrollton, with the majority of students attending school in Carrollton/ Farmers Branch Independent School District. School-age children also attend Dallas Independent School District and the Lewisville Independent School District. Named by Relocate America as one of “America’s Top 100 Places to Live,” Carrollton has also been recognized nationally as a “Kid Friendly City,” and “Tree City USA.” Residents here enjoy living in a community with parks, excellent shopping, professional medical services, civic opportunities and their choice of many places of worship. Carrollton is also home to award-winning sports complexes, schools, libraries, hike-and-bike trails and many other leisure activities. Golf enthusiasts can make a tee time at Indian Creek Golf Club and take advantage of playing on its two unique 18-hole golf courses. The 40-acre Elm Fork Nature Preserve is also located here, with its beautiful, scenic forestland. A visit to Old Downtown Carrollton is a trip back in time: quaint little retail shops and excellent

restaurants surround the downtown square. Families will enjoy a visit to Sandy Lake Amusement Park: tiny in size but big on charm, the park has about 20 different rides, paddle boat rides; a huge swimming pool, and acres of baseball grounds, miniature golf and volleyball courts.

Cedar Hill City of Cedar Hill: 972-291-5100 www.cedarhilltx.com Cedar Hill Chamber of Commerce: 972-291-7817 www.cedarhillchamber.org

Accessibility, location and excellent quality of life make Cedar Hill one of the fastest growing cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Less than 20 minutes from downtown Dallas, Cedar Hill offers breathtaking landscapes of the Metroplex, Joe Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park. Since 2000, thousands of new homes and more than 3 million square-feet of retail have been added to Cedar Hill and, because of the city’s rapid growth and central location, it has become a regional purchasing center for some 175,000 people. The city’s 36 miles of rolling hills offer the perfect backdrop for mid- to high-end residential and commercial development. In addition, Cedar Hill’s neighborhood associations are active and provide a network of services and benefits to residents. Educational opportunities abound here, too. Northwood University is located in the beautiful wooded hills near Joe Pool Lake on a 350-acre campus. Northwood offers four-year Bachelor of Business Administration degrees and two-year Associate degrees. Cedar Valley Center (part of the Dallas Community College District) offers state-of-the-art job training facilities including free counseling,

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research assistance, job skill assessment, distance learning, teleconferencing, and business counseling through the Small Business Development Center. Cedar Hill State Park at Joe Pool Lake is made up of 1,826 acres of prime parkland and offers camping year round. With almost two million visitors a year, it is the second most visited state park in Texas. The 7,500-acre lake provides fishing, water skiing and sailing opportunities. Cedar Hill also offers more than 20 other parks totaling 600-acres and amenities like a swimming pool; softball, soccer, and football fields; playgrounds; hike and bike trails, and a 3,000 outdoor square-foot amphitheater. The new Cedar Hill Recreation Center offers state-of-the-art fitness and weight equipment, an indoor running track, gym, youth center, childcare, kitchen and meeting rooms. The parks department sponsors numerous special events including Country Day on the Hill, Old Town Holiday on the Hill, Fiesta Hispana, Great North Texas Kite Festival, Music in the Park, fishing events for children, and sports tournaments. An easy 20-minute drive to downtown Dallas provides all the excitement and cultural opportunities of the West End, Deep Ellum and the Arts District. Highway 67 also allows easy access to IH-20, IH-35 and IH-45. The DFW International Airport is less than 30 minutes away, and Executive Airport is only 10 minutes from Cedar Hill.

Coppell City of Coppell: 972-462-0022 www.coppelltx.gov Coppell Chamber of Commerce: 972-393-2829 www.coppellchamber.org

In 1980, Coppell was just a quiet little town of 3,826. Now, at more than 40,000 residents

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and growing, it’s continues to be a desirable place to live while also maintaining its smalltown identity. Coppell is bordered by and offers easy access to I-635, I-35 and Highway 121. To the southeast is Las Colinas and one of the fastest suburban commuter routes to downtown Dallas. To the south is Valley Ranch with the Dallas Cowboys’ and Dallas Stars’ training facilities. The many parks, nearby lakes, quiet treelined streets and friendly attitude among the residents are just a few of the reasons for Coppell’s continuing development. Residents here find these North Texas woods with luxury homes, manicured yards, and rows of trees a good place to raise a family. Students living in Coppell attend school in Coppell Independent School District, Carrollton/ Farmers Branch Independent School District or Lewisville School District. City leaders saw the growth potential years ago. Rather than succumb to the temptation of overbuilding, they worked out a plan for the future and laid the groundwork for a progressive community that stresses quality of life. As a result, one-third of the city was set aside for residential development and, with a nod to the need for a commercial tax base, another third was set aside for commercial use, which is experiencing a flood of corporate relocations. The final third was set aside for parks, jogging trails, playgrounds and the Riverchase golf course.

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DeSoto City of DeSoto: 972-274-2489 www.ci.desoto.tx.us DeSoto Chamber of Commerce: 972-224-3565 www.desotochamber.org

Scenic and unhurried, DeSoto offers an attractive “quality of life” package. Located 14 miles south of Dallas off I-20 and I-35, this community is peacefully sheltered from big city congestion and offers a friendly, pleasant small town atmosphere. Sometimes referred to as the Hill Country of North Texas, the National Civic League All-American City Award named DeSoto an All-American City Award Finalist in 2006. One of the oldest settlements in North Texas, present-day DeSoto is rich in diversity, with friendly neighborhoods, a great school system, parks, close-by restaurants and shopping to serve more than 50,000 residents. DeSoto boasts beautiful open spaces throughout the city with a network of parks, recreational areas, athletic fields and jogging trails. The city also boasts a low crime rate and has a versatile, highly effective, community-policing unit that meets with


homeowners, businesses and crime watch

and nearby Joe Pool Lake makes Duncanville

groups to better understand and solve prob-

a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts.

lems affecting its residents.

outstanding restaurants, great shopping at the Galleria shopping mall and Grapevine Mills outlet center, and amusement parks.

Duncanville also has several state of the art The Town Center municipal complex is

community and recreational facilities. Many

home to city government, the public library,

residents spend hours at the Duncanville

civic center, recreation center, chamber of

Library and Recreation Center, a new, inte-

commerce and visitor information center, and

grated learning and athletics center located

the newly completed Corner Theater. Thorn-

on Main Street while others head over to the

tree Country Club offers exclusive family club

Dr Pepper StarCenter, a world-class, 95,000

activities and golf, and nearby Joe Pool Lake

square-foot double ice rink complex where

provides a variety of water-related activities.

they can take ice skating lessons, hockey lessons or simply take advantage of open

A leader in innovative teaching techniques,

skating year round. In addition to every-

the DeSoto Independent School District offers

thing Duncanville has to offer, the city is

a broad curriculum that includes vocational

just minutes from Texas Stadium, American

training. Nearby colleges include Cedar Valley College and Mountain View College, as well as the University of Texas at Arlington.

Duncanville City of Duncanville: 972-780-5000 www.duncanville.com Duncanville Chamber of Commerce: 972-780-4990 www.duncanvillechamber.org

Accessible from I-20, Highway 67 and I-35, Duncanville is only minutes from downtown Dallas and just 20 minutes from Fort Worth. Duncanville is home to friendly neighborhoods; affordable housing; quality schools and athletic programs. In short, Duncanville offers the right amount of small town quality with perfect accessibility to big city employment and entertainment. Long known for its quality education system, the Duncanville Independent School District consists of nine elementary schools, three intermediate schools, two junior highs and a high school. City parks, miles of walking trails, golf courses, an Olympic size swimming pool

Airlines Center, Lone Star Park, The Ballpark in Arlington, Six Flags Amusement Park and the Mesquite Rodeo.

Farmers Branch

Family-oriented annual community events are held throughout the year in Farmers Branch. Thousands flock to the city’s Arts in the Park concerts, while down-home events like the Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, spring clean-up campaign and the July Fourth Poolside Spectacular remind this thriving business and residential community of its proud rural heritage.

Garland City of Garland: 972-205-2000 www.garlandtx.gov Garland Chamber of Commerce: 972-272-7551 www.garlandchamber.com

City of Farmers Branch: 972-247-3131 www.farmersbranchtx.gov Farmers Branch Chamber of Commerce: 972-243-8966 farmersbranchchamber.com

Its farming days might be long gone, but Farmers Branch remains a thriving community with its location in the heart of the Dallas area. The community is less than 15 minutes away from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport; Dallas Love Field, home of Southwest Airlines; and Addison Airport, one of the largest corporate airfields in the United States. Its location also makes it a natural choice for the more than 3,000 companies settled here. Businesses and residents also find that the city’s close proximity to I-35, LBJ Freeway and Dallas North Tollway makes it easy to venture out in any direction – including easy access to majorleague sporting events, theatres, museums,

Covering 57 square miles, Garland is the 10th largest city in Texas, home to more than 40 and one of the fastest growing neighborhoods in the area. Located just 15 miles northeast of downtown Dallas, Garland is bordered by Interstate 635, Interstate 30, and United States 190 – and DFW International Airport is only 30 minutes away. The DART Light Rail Line bisects the city with two stations, one at Forest Lane and Jupiter Road and one in Historic Downtown Garland, making getting around the Metroplex easier than ever before. Life here offers many cultural and entertainment options, and the community is focused on maintaining and improving its quality of life. The city’s frontage on Lake Ray Hubbard offers boating and fishing, while nearby Firewheel Golf Park ofefrs two 18-hole courses that are consistently rated as one of the best municipal golf courses in the state. Garland also has 243-acres of forests and nearly 1,700 acres of parks, as well as complexes for softball, soccer and swimming. Garland also offers great shopping at Firewheel Town Center.

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Three campuses within the Garland Independent School District (GISD) have been recognized by the US Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools. The district also offers computer labs on every campus, magnet schools for academically and artistically gifted students and advanced placement courses for college credit. The expansion of Highway 190 to the north provides strong business opportunities for the area’s workforce. In anticipation of its expected growth trend, Garland’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council have helped public and private sectors of the city work together to create more jobs and expand the commercial tax base.

Grand Prairie City of Grand Prairie: 972-237-8000 www.gptx.org Grand Prairie Chamber of Commerce: 972-264-1558 www.grandprairiechamber.org

Established and new neighborhoods combined with a progressive attitude make Grand Prairie equally attractive to businesses and new residents. Grand Prairie is only minutes south of DFW airport, and offers relaxation, family fun, friendly neighbors and a smart place to live and do business. The majority of children living in Grand Prairie attend school in the Grand Prairie Independent School District, a 58-square mile district within the Dallas County portion of Grand Prairie. Students who reside in Tarrant County and Grand Prairie attend Arlington Independent School District, while small portions of town lie in other school districts such as Cedar Hill ISD, Irving ISD, Mansfield ISD, and Midlothian ISD. Awarded the Texas Class I horse racetrack license in 1992, the Lone Star Park at Grand

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Prairie thoroughbred horse track opened in April 1997. The simulcast pavilion hosts thousands of customers a day as they bet on races throughout the country. Grand Prairie is also close to Joe Pool Lake; in 1995, the city opened the popular $7.2 million Tangle Ridge Golf Club just south of the lake. Rated the eighth best golf course in Texas by Golf Digest, the course is reminiscent of the Texas Hill Country with dramatic elevation changes, tree-lined fairways and bentgrass greens.

Irving City of Irving: 972-721-2600 www.ci.irving.tx.us Irving Chamber of Commerce: 214-217-8484 www.irvingchamber.com

Irving is no mere annex to Dallas and Fort Worth; rather, it’s a community with its own identity with a thriving business, entertainment and arts scene. Irving is a haven for the arts, largely due to the Irving Arts Center, which is funded by the city to encourage and promote the city’s cultural resources with financial and technical assistance to all new and existing arts and cultural groups. IAC also manages a multi-theater complex, which serves as home to Irving’s arts organizations and attracts corporate, commercial and performing arts groups from around the area. IAC also maintains a gallery with over 20 exhibitions a year. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving presents classical concerts using the talents of volunteer orchestra members and guest soloists. Other musical entertainment comes from the Irving Community Concert Band, a completely volunteer organization, which offers annual children’s shows, holiday concerts and free summer performances at places such as the Dallas Zoo and Victoria

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Park Pavilion. The Irving Chorale hosts an annual array of vocal concerts, and the 75-member ensemble’s repertoire ranges from traditional choral classics to choral settings from the stage theater. The city also is home to several theatrical troupes including Irving Community Theater, the Metro Players, Shake’s Alive and the Irving Ballet. Irving is also a major sports center, best known as the former home of Texas Stadium and the five-time Super Bowl Champion Dallas Cowboys. It is also the training center and home office of the Stanley Cup Champion Dallas Stars professional hockey team and host to national sporting events like the GTE Byron Nelson PGA Golf Classic, the Equestrian Grand Prix and the ESPN/ Budweiser Volleyball Tournament. One of Irving’s chief benefits is its close proximity to DFW airport on the city’s west side. The world’s second busiest airport generates more than $7 billion annually and is responsible for more than 70,000 local jobs. Irving is also served by three excellent school districts. Irving Independent School District serves more than two-thirds of Irving with an enrollment of more than 34,000 students. Coppell Independent School District serves the Valley Ranch community in far northwest Irving, while Carrollton Farmers Branch Independent School District serves northeast Irving. The University of Dallas, a Catholic-run university, renowned not only for its business but also its doctoral liberal arts program, also calls Irving home.

LAS COLINAS Irving is also the site of Las Colinas, a renowned urban and residential center. Over 7,000 business operations have chosen Irving since the mid-1970s, with the lion’s share of corporate relocation going to the ultra-modern 12,000-acre business center on Highway 114. Las Colinas has earned its status as a worldclass community. Within its borders are more than 20 million square-feet of office space; 700,000 square-feet of retail space; more than 18,000 single and multi-family homes in 11 residential villages; 4,300


rooms in hotels that run the gamut from a four-star resort to extended-stay suites and more than 50 restaurants. The list of corporations calling Las Colinas home is long and impressive. It is headquarters to such large and diverse corporations as Aviall, Commercial Metals, EFJohnson, Efore, ExxonMobil, Flowserve, Kimberly-Clark, Microsoft, NEC, Nokia, Reliant Energy, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, Zale Corporation and most recently Fluor Corporation

Lancaster has been called the “complete” city, offering a diverse combination of amenities that form a well-rounded community in which to live and raise a family. 60 percent of Lancaster’s 30 square-miles is undeveloped and offers prime sites for business and residential development. With a 5,000-foot runway, the Lancaster Municipal Airport provides corporate and recreational transportation and is home to the Dallas/Fort Worth wing of the Confederate Air Force and World War II Warbird planes.

and Amazon.com. Irving-Las Colinas has also become one of the nation’s premiere destinations for domestic and international corporate relocations. While business drives Las Colinas, lifestyle defines it. Residents can enjoy four championship golf courses, including the Tournament Players Course at the Four Seasons Resort and Club, home of the GTE Byron Nelson Classic; three private

The Medical Center at Lancaster is a full-service community hospital with 90 beds. The area’s public school system has an aggressive curriculum to address the needs of students at each grade level, as well as access to quality private schools. For higher education and training, Cedar Valley College is located on 353-acres along city boundaries of Lancaster and offers students post-secondary courses.

country clubs; a world-class equestrian center with two polo fields and bridle trails; and more than 10 miles of hikeand-bike trails along the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

Lancaster City of Lancaster: 972-218-1300 www.lancaster-tx.com Lancaster Chamber of Commerce: 972-227-2579 www.lancasterchamber.org

Lancaster offers residents and businesses a unique hometown city with easy access to the entire metroplex because of its location just 12 miles from downtown Dallas between Inter-

Lancaster takes pride in providing residents a strong quality of life. Families can enjoy seven parks, irrigated soccer fields, an athletic baseball complex, and lighted tennis courts and baseball diamonds. There’s also a 270-acre community park development that includes a bike and jogging trail, a pond with fishing pier, amphitheater, picnic shelters, playground equipment, athletic fields, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts and picnic facilities. Lancaster also has a state-of-the art recreation center that features an indoor waterslide and zero-entry pool, lap pool, two gyms, a workout room and banquet facilities. The community’s 23,000 square foot library has more than 80,000 items in a variety of formats, including electronic reference databases, Internet access, audiocassettes, recorded books, videocassettes and microfilms for research. The Lancaster Library is also considered to have one of the best public library genealogy collections in the area.

heritage, open land, creeks and woods, miles of low rolling hills, and a scenic respite from the busy life of a metropolitan area.

especially scenic in a 47-acre greenbelt, while the city’s historic Town Square offers shopping and dining.

Mesquite City of Mesquite: 972-285-0211 www.cityofmesquite.com Mesquite Chamber of Commerce: 972-285-0211 www.mesquitechamber.com

Mesquite embodies Texas mystique, representing the Texas of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The big city with the small-town attitude is home to everything from high-tech computer companies to the ultimate cowboy

state 35E, Interstate 20 and Interstate 45. It’s a perfect city for those looking for historical

restaurant. Hiking along Ten-Mile Creek is

Lancaster Country View Municipal Golf Course satisfies the hunger of area golf enthusiasts. The 18-hole, Class A course has many elevated greens and includes a clubhouse and

competition. Mesquite is truly well connected: major highways serving the city are I-20, I-30, I-635

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(LBJ Freeway), Highway 80 and Highway 352. This system makes Mesquite convenient for two-income, commuting families, as well as for commercial, industrial and distribution enterprises. Mesquite is only a 15-minute drive from Dallas’ central business district. Mesquite’s housing market continues to grow and diversify with options that include mid-level executive housing and custom home sites. Recently developed areas are located in southeast Mesquite and offer the luxuries of city living with the rural appeal of extensive open space, lakes and other design amenities. All neighborhoods are accessible to the city’s award-winning parks, shopping, dining and entertainment areas. Originally founded as a small village sustained by a trading post, Mesquite’s retailers now post retail profits totaling more than $1 billion. There is no shortage of places to shop or dine here. With a regional shopping mall and numerous retail centers and specialty shops, the city is a paradise for shoppers. Mesquite is also known for hosting the famous Mesquite Championship Rodeo, where cowboys have achieved world-renowned status. Visitors from all over the world can attend the rodeo every Friday and Saturday from April through September for an evening of home-cooked barbecue, live Texas music and professional cowboy competition.

Richardson “panhandle” area features a

Richardson

550-acre city park with trails, waterways, soccer, and softball fields. Most residents live

City of Richardson: 972-744-4100 www.cityofrichardson.com

within a half-mile of the city’s 30 parks, which

Richardson Chamber of Commerce: 972-792-2800 www.richardsonchamber.com

centered around the Charles W. Eisemann Center

are connected to a 40-mile trail system. Richardson also has a vibrant arts community for Performing Arts. The facility is host to three venues; the largest seats 1,550, and is located on the DART light rail line in the Galatyn Park Urban Center. The Eisemann Center also houses the Richardson Symphony; the city is also home to a ballet troupe, children’s

A top northern suburb of Dallas, Richardson was chartered in 1873 and named after E.H. Richardson who built the railroad line from Dallas to Denton. Richardson was ushered into the electronic age in the 1950’s when Collins Radio established operations in the heart of Richardson off US 75/ Central Expressway, which bisects the city north to south. Known as the Telecom Corridor, Richardson is either the divisional, regional, or United States headquarters for such major employers as AT&T, Cisco Systems, Fujitsu, Samsung Mobile, Metro PCS, and Ericsson, and the home to more than 600 other technology firms focused on telecommunications, IT equipment/services, semiconductor manufacturing, software development, and nanotechnology.

theater, and a community band.

Rowlett City of Rowlett: 972-412-6100 www.ci.rowlett.tx.us Rowlett Chamber of Commerce: 972-475-3200 www.rowlettchamber.com

Located on the western shores of two Lake Ray Hubbard peninsulas, Rowlett is one of the area’s fastest growing communities – the city has experienced a 11.8% growth since 2010.

Education gets strong support in Mesquite. The award-winning Mesquite Independent School District enjoys a national reputation for its outstanding educational system. Most MISD teachers hold master’s degrees, and Mesquite is tops in Texas for the ratio of employees who hold doctorates. For higher education, the Dallas County Community College District’s Eastfield College emphasizes a strong academic program in technical fields and works with business and industry to create tailor-made training programs to meet the area’s needs. Mesquite is also home to Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Metroplex Center, an extension of the TAMU Campus in Commerce.

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Richardson is also the home to two of the best public school districts in the greater Dallas area: Richardson Independent School District and Plano Independent School District. Both have been recognized among the top urban school districts in Texas; more than 90 percent of RISD and PISD graduates go on to college. Richardson is also home to The University of Texas at Dallas, a major public research university known for engineering, computer science and executive MBA programs, as well as Richland College, the only community college in the United States to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige Award for quality.

Rowlett—along with Mesquite and north Garland—became one of the hotter new home markets in the 1990s because of its location just 20 minutes from downtown Dallas and north of IH-30 and it’s affordable housing. That’s still the case today. With a city motto of On the Water and On the Move, Rowlett has been ranked as one of the Top 25 Best Places To Live by Money magazine. Rowlett claims a large chunk of the lake’s 80-mile shoreline and leases nearly 700-acres of

City of

Dallas property

adjoining Lake Ray Hubbard for use as a Housing ranges from entry-level first homes to spacious executive homes on tree-lined streets in established neighborhoods. The northeast

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recreation/wildlife habitat area. The city also has a 130-acre multiple use park in the northeastern part of town.


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DENTON COUNTY Argyle City of Argyle: 940-464-7273 www.argyletx.com Argyle Chamber of Commerce: 972-464-9990 www.argylechamber.org

Argyle is location six miles south of Denton, at a point that marks the eastern edge of the famous Chisholm Trail. Founded in 1881 when the Texas and Pacific Rail Line was emerging along the southwestern edge of Denton County, Argyle remains an easily accessible choice from either Fort Worth or Dallas. This area of towering oak and hickory trees showcases new residential subdivisions under development. Many homes include acreage to provide more of a country estate lifestyle. Although young, Argyle’s school system has been ranked as a four star school — among the top public elementary schools—in the state. While children attend Argyle schools from kindergarten through eighth grade, they may choose between Denton and Northwest ISDs for secondary education.

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Continued expansion of the city includes wastewater system improvements; better thoroughfares from recent bond elections; a city pride task force that promotes community activities; and a city hall government that sponsors quarterly town hall meetings.

The Colony The Colony: 972-625-1756 www.thecolonytx.gov The Colony Chamber of Commerce: 214-705-3075 www.thecolonychamber.com

Fox & Jacobs opened its first 3,000-home subdivision in The Colony in 1974, and it’s been exploding with new growth ever since. Newer developments take advantage

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of stunning views of Lake Lewisville to the west. The Colony also has one of the lowest crime rates in the metroplex. The Colony residents enjoy outstanding recreation opportunities, award-winning schools, and a family-oriented community, all within easy access of major commercial centers. Since home construction began in the late 1970’s, the community has grown from one little convenience store on a farm-tomarket road to six thriving shopping centers. Further growth is a given, as The Colony lies in the Golden Corridor within three miles of the Legacy Business Park in west Plano, and within shouting distance of the headquarters for Frito-Lay, EDS, JC Penney and Dr Pepper. The Colony Five Star Complex is an 81-acre facility that features 7 baseball fields, 6 soccer fields, 2 football fields, 1.3-miles of hike-andbike trails, restroom and concession facilities, pavilions and playgrounds. The complex is just one reason why The Colony was selected as the Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Sportstown for the state of Texas.


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Residents benefit from 18 city parks, including the 720-acre Hidden Cove Park. Formerly Lake Lewisville State Park, the city leases this beautiful facility on the lakeshore to provide camping, boating and other water-related recreation to citizens throughout the metroplex. Other city parks include a milliondollar water sports complex, a 41-acre park

Dallas. Thanks to the I-35 corridor, Denton offers nonstop access to either Canada or Mexico. Denton maintains a municipal airport, which is a controlled field. Alliance Airport and DFW International Airport are in close proximity making Denton able to benefit all types of businesses, from national to international.

equipped with jogging trails, disc golf. and an amphitheater, as well as multiple pocket parks. Stewart Peninsula Golf Course and The Tribute Golf Course are also here. The city is part of the award-winning Lewisville ISD, and there are are six elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school within the community. Residents enjoy the services of a dynamic, progressive public library.

Denton City of Denton: 940-349-8200 www.cityofdenton.com Denton Chamber of Commerce: 940-382-9693 www.denton-chamber.org

Denton is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country. Denton calls itself the creative and intellectual capital of North Texas – the city’s competitive advantage rests primarily in its academic institutions:

the

University

of

North

Texas and Texas Woman’s University. The University of North Texas is the largest university in the Metroplex. And, although Texas Woman’s University has welcomed male students for years, it is the nation’s

Government also has a significant presence here with the FEMA Region VI Headquarters and the Denton State School. Major employers include the international headquarters of Sally Beauty Company, Victor Equipment, Jostens, Peterbilt Motors Headquarters, Morrison Milling and United Copper Industries. Denton Community Hospital and Denton Regional Medical Center provide all levels of health care services; the newest healthcare facility here is Presbyterian Hospital of Denton. The Golden Triangle Mall and Denton Crossing, a 52-acre retail power center in southern Denton, anchor Denton’s consumer trade area and include more than 30 retail establishments and restaurants. Denton is especially proud of its downtown square. The historic courthouse is often the backdrop for city festivals such as the Arts Antiques and Autos Extravaganza, Dog Days of Summer, and the Holiday Lighting Festival. A waterpark on N. Loop 288 in northeast Denton features four giant water slides, a 600-foot tubing river, children’s play pool, and outdoor amphitheater. The water park is adjacent to a new natatorium with two indoor pools. For racecar lovers, almost one-half of NASCAR racing enthusiasts visiting the Texas Motor Speedway pass through Denton. The speedway is 14-miles south of Denton, next to Alliance Airport, and offers the experience of both dual-track NASCAR and Indy car racing.

largest university primarily for women. Denton is strategically positioned within the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, where the eastern and western segments of I-35 join 40 miles north of Fort Worth and

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Denton ISD has been named a Recognized district by the Texas Education Association, featuring such programs as gifted and talented, fine arts, deaf education, honors and vocational courses.

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Flower Mound Town of Flower Mound: 972-874-6000 www.flower-mound.com Flower Mound Chamber of Commerce: 972-539-0500 flowermoundchamber.com

When settlers discovered this area of Blackland Prairie in the 1840s, it was filled with blue stem grasses and wildflowers, all of which covered an unusual formation rising up from the prairie flatlands—a 12-1/2-acre mound that was 50-feet high that gave the town the name Flower Mound. Pastures of grazing horses border modern residential neighborhoods in this picturesque, north central Texas town. Rolling hills and heavily wooded land in the western and southern portions of the community complement the distinctive contemporary architecture near the town’s center. Because of its close proximity to Fort Worth and Dallas, and its relaxing environment, Flower Mound is a popular community for many new Texans. Located just ten minutes from DFW International Airport, the community is situated north of Dallas and Fort Worth. Since 1987, Flower Mound’s population has increased to more than 77,329 – a fast growing city in an equally fast growing county. The city’s housing boom can be attributed to several factors, including comparatively low land prices that offer urban residents a scenic community and less city noise and distractions. While home construction continues, the town’s master plan is designed to monitor zoning and building densities carefully. Flower Mound offers Lake Grapevine to the south and Lake Lewisville to the north for recreation. The US Department of the Interior gave the city the Enjoy Outdoor America


award for its use of open spaces, linking neighborhoods with parks and trails for walking, jogging and cycling. The acclaimed Lewisville ISD serves the majority of students and provides such activities as Adopt-a-School program, which allows local businesses, organizations or individuals the opportunity to support a school by donating special services or materials.

Highland Village City of Highland Village: 972-899-5131 www.highlandvillage.org

Highland Village was incorporated in 1963 after approximately 100 lakeside residents decided to make their homes permanent. The early residents, for the most part, were professionals from the Dallas area who wanted to get away for the weekend and enjoyed it so much they moved to what is now known as Highland Village. In spite of its hideaway appeal, Highland Village is 15-minutes north of DFW International Airport, west of the Legacy Park/West Plano area, and almost exactly halfway between Dallas and Denton. Its central location has long attracted families to developments like Highland Shores, Highland Village’s largest subdivision. Area recreational facilities include Lake Lewisville, Copperas Branch Park, Unity Park, Kids Kastle, a community-built park and several other neighborhood parks made up of approximately 140-acres. Highland Village is also home of the Highland Village Lion’s Club Balloonfest and Fair – held during the third weekend of August each year. The three-day event attracts 40 to 50 balloons and crowds more than 50,000. The festival features arts and crafts booths, live entertainment, food vendors and carnival attractions. Activities include two balloon glows held at dusk on

Friday and Saturday nights, a media flight

beach and fishing barge. Off-water facilities

and balloon races.

include nature areas, picnic facilities and overnight campsites. It’s also a popular sail-

The Lewisville ISD serves Highland

boarding lake, with enthusiasts gathering at

Village with three elementary schools

Sailboard Point in Lake Lewisville Park.

and one middle school. Universities and colleges located within 30-miles include

Lake Lewisville is also home to the largest

the University of North Texas, Texas

and most active fleet of catamarans, Hobie

Woman’s

and

Fleet 23. In season, up to 100 catamarans

Brookhaven community colleges, Univer-

can be seen on the beach during the summer

sity of Dallas, Collin County Community

at Hobie Point, and some of the country’s

College and North Central Texas College

hottest racers belong to the club. For land

(formerly Cooke County College).

lovers, Lewisville offers performances by

University,

Northlake

the Lake Lewisville Symphony, the Lake Cities Ballet, the Lake Cities Community Chorus, the Visual Arts League and the

Lewisville City of Lewisville: 972-219-3400 www.cityoflewisville.com Lewisville Area Chamber of Commerce: 972-436-9571 www.lewisvillechamber.org

Greater Lewisville Community Theatre.

Trophy Club Town of Trophy Club: 682-831-4600 www.trophyclub.org Trophy Club Chamber of Commerce: 682-831-4600 www.trophyclub.org

When the city charter was adopted in 1962, Lewisville’s biggest draw was the fact that it offered a 23,000-acre lake barely 20-minutes from the hustle and bustle of downtown Dallas. Education is a high priority and

The

point of pride, with more than 63 public

planned

2,400-acre

Trophy

and private schools, two universities and

located in the midst of two 18-hole cham-

one college nearby. The city also offers

pionship golf courses in southern Denton

more than 2,400 hotel rooms, many excel-

County along the southwest shore of

lent restaurants and a variety of nightlife,

Lake Grapevine. Trophy Club has more

with a clear eye to future growth in travel

than 3,000 households and more than

and tourism. Lake Lewisville remains the

9,000 residents. It is anticipated that each

area’s greatest recreational resource, enticing

year, over 200 additional households will

more than 6-million visitors annually to

make Trophy Club home. New homes are

enjoy sailing, skiing and fishing on the big

being offered in six villages, with prices

reservoir. Some of the area’s biggest boats

ranging from the $200s to more than $1

can be found at the lake’s three marinas,

million. With a country club, golf course

and Eagle Point’s entertainment complex

and recreation amenities such as a swim

on the lake is a focal point for summertime

and tennis center, equestrian center and

fun. The lake, with 103-miles of shoreline, is

extensive parks and greenbelts, there’s

the area’s largest, and offers a 550-acre park

no shortage of things to do and places

that includes a golf course. Lake Lewisville

to explore. Students here attend North-

offers numerous boat ramps, a swimming

west ISD, one of the DFW area’s fastest

community

is

Club

master

strategically

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COUNTY Midlothian City of Midlothian: 972-775-3481 www.midlothian.tx.us Midlothian Chamber of Commerce: 972-723-8600 www.midlothianchamber.org

Located south of Joe Pool Lake and the cities of Arlington and Grand Prairie, the city of Midlothian played an important part in the mid to late 1800s as the halfway point between Dallas and Cleburne with the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. Now, this city at the northwest corner of Ellis County covers 28-square miles of rolling hills along the Great Texas Escarpment. Residents have maintained the area’s rural small-town heritage, yet have grown both residentially and industrially. Lifestyle choices range from rural ranch to downtown historic homes, with a progressive commercial center and state-of-the-art industry that includes leaders in manufacturing, recycling, high technology systems,

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engineering and assembly. Due to its central location and industrial base, Midlothian is home to more than 20 contract carriers with full-service terminals. Known as the self-proclaimed “Steel and Cement Capital of Texas,” the Midlothian-based Chaparral Steel Company ranks as the most productive in the United States Three other cement plants are here, too—Texas Industries, North Texas Cement Co. and Holnam. And, Midlothian’s status as a foreign trade zone plays host to several automobile manufacturers, including Mazda Motor of America and Nissan. Midlothian ISD offers a full range of technical, vocational and academic courses, including gifted, special education and advanced placement courses, and students’ SAT scores continue to rank above the national average. The city is also home to two 18-hole golf courses, four parks, three tennis courts, and is just 10-miles from popular Joe Pool Lake.

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Ovilla City of Ovilla: 972-617-7262 www.cityofovilla.org Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce: 972-617-0906 www.redoakchamber.org

Families and retirees are attracted to Ovilla because of its historic, small village charm. The smallest home sites are 1/3-acre. Most lots average 1/2-acre or larger. The smallest homes are 2,000-square feet, and most new homes are much larger. The average new home built since 1992 is more than $200,000, with many new homes priced at more than $400,000. Established in 1844, Ovilla grew rapidly until early 1900, when two fires ravaged


Only 25 minutes from downtown Dallas... and 35 minutes from DFW, [Ovilla] is accessible and offers excellent shopping. Taxes and insurance are also among the lowest in the metroplex.

its entire business area. City leaders had resisted the highway and train growth during the 1800s. When the fires destroyed the business center, Ovilla slowly grew, without trains or busy highways. Today, this historic village is a peaceful enclave of Ellis County. Only 25-minutes from downtown Dallas or the Stemmons area, and 35-minutes from DFW, the town is accessible and offers excellent shopping. Taxes and insurance are also among the lowest in the metroplex. Ovilla students attend the Red Oak ISD, which offers a specialized curriculum with small class sizes and a wide range of educational opportunities.

Red Oak City of Red Oak: 972-617-0906 www.redoakchamber.org Red Oak Area Chamber of Commerce: 972-617-0906 www.redoakchamber.org

Red Oak is a relaxed suburban community located on the southern edge of Dallas along I-35E – just 20-minutes from downtown

For golf enthusiasts, the 18-hole Red Oak Valley Golf Course sits at the intersection of I-35 and United States Highway 77. Red Oak is also home to nine different sports associations, which include soccer, baseball, softball, football and cheerleading, and a new sports complex. The City of Red Oak takes an aggressive approach to economic development. Both the Industrial Development Corporation and the Economic Development Corporation engage in incentive/development programs to spur economic growth. There are several private business parks located in Red Oak. Additionally, the Industrial Development Corporation has developed a high quality, 175-acre mixed-use industrial park; and approximately 1,091-acres are available for light industrial uses. Red Oak also enjoys Double Freeport Inventory Tax Exemptions from the city and school district. All of these factors combine to make the business climate in Red Oak very appealing, which is why the city is experiencing rapid growth.

well as the convenience of urban shopping, and the quiet atmosphere provides opportunities for relaxed family enjoyment.

of educational opportunities, including small classes and a specialized curriculum. The girl’s volleyball and boy’s soccer teams have each claimed 4A State Championships. Red Oak schools are recognized throughout the area to be of superb quality.

Waxahachie City of Waxahachie: 469-309-4000 www.waxahachie.com Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce: 972-937-2390 waxahachiechamber.com

Waxahachie’s culturally and historically rich history is interwoven with the history of Texas. The famed Shawnee Trail ran through what is now the center of town, and it’s that spirit that helped build this town into a thriving city of over 30,000. Today, the town of Waxahachie covers 43-square miles and is minutes from downtown Dallas and Fort Worth. For nearly 150 years, visitors have enjoyed the attractions of Waxahachie, and today’s mix of what to see and do has put the city on the map. Whether you are traveling to

Residential development is also booming. Through the use of planned developments, offering flexibility and alternatives to developers, Red Oak can offer many types of homes to suit a variety of lifestyles. While the majority of Red Oak’s population leans more toward young families, an age-dependent retirement community allows senior citizens the enjoyment and independence of owning their own home.

Dallas and five minutes from I-20. Red Oak offers the advantages of suburban living as

is a 4A school system, offering a wide variety

the Scarborough Faire Renaissance festival, taking in a performance by the Waxahachie Symphony Association in the Chautauqua Auditorium (an octagonal amphitheater, and the only one of its kind in Texas), or reliving the Victorian era on the Gingerbread Historic Homes Tour and Candlelight Home Tour, there’s plenty to see and do. Waxahachie ISD student achievement test scores at all grade levels exceeds state and

Red Oak has also developed a trail system that includes creeks and greenspaces. The Old Town Park is also home to the city’s Summer Concert Series, held each May. Red Oak ISD

national norms, and the district boasts a well-educated faculty and award-winning high school marching band and academic competition teams.

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COUNTY Heath City of Heath: 972-771-6228 www.heathtx.com

and civic pride, including such longstanding community events as the Heart of Heath Fall Festival, the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Independence Day Parade and the Spring Fine Art Show and Sale.

Heath Chamber of Commerce: 972-771-6228 www.heathtx.com

Located

on

the

eastern

shores

of

Lake Ray Hubbard in southern Rockwall County and northern Kaufman County, Heath offers great views of the Dallas skyline and the benefits of being just moments from the core of Dallas business,

cultural,

entertainment

and

shopping areas. Settled with the 1845 arrival of John O. Heath, Heath was an important crossing point between Dallas and east Texas. Historic Heath, which boasted cotton gins, banks and stores, was destroyed by fire in 1916, rebuilt, and incorporated into a city in 1959. Heath benefits from a

Residents – who are affectionately known as Heathens – value the community’s rural charm and hometown attitude. This mostly residential community has welcomed the advent of low impact office, service/retail and restaurant development opportunities. City development principles include prudent growth strategies, preservation goals, and a commitment to protecting and enhancing property values. Heath boasts a manageable residential growth rate and the lowest tax rate in the suburban metropolitan area. Recreational amenities here include a growing trail system, two municipal parks (including one lakefront park), the Rush Creek Yacht Club (home to Olympic sailors), and an award-winning golf course.

long tradition of community involvement

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Rockwall City of Rockwall: 972-771-7700 www.rockwall.com Chamber and Visitors Center of Rockwall: 972-771-5733 www.rockwallchamber.org

Rockwall was founded in 1854 and is the smallest county in Texas. Located about 22-miles east of downtown Dallas on Interstate 30, Rockwall has a population of almost 40,000 and its residents appreciate the city’s proximity to everything that “Big D” has to offer, while also preserving its rural atmosphere. While trying to dig water wells in 1851, settlers discovered an underground rock

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wall. Because of its man-made appearance, it’s still a mystery how the wall came to exist. Settlers believed it was a man-made barrier to help define territory. Geologists believe it’s the result of weather sand dikes formed along the Balcones Fault line. Whatever the case, it’s how the city got its name. In 1980, the population of Rockwall was 5,939. Today, the population has reached over 45,000. The once rural community is attracting families from Dallas and beyond to this scenic, lakeside town. During the November 1995 election, the Rockwall voters approved the adoption of a half-cent sales tax for the promotion and development of new and expanding businesses in Rockwall and as a result, the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation was founded on July 25, 1996. Since its beginnings, the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation has provided new businesses as well as existing Rockwall businesses with site locations, incentives, and other economic assistance. In 1998, to stimulate high technology business development in Rockwall, the Rockwall Economic Development Corporation purchased 147-acres for development

of Rockwall’s premiere business address, the Rockwall Technology Park. This Technology Park was expanded by 76-acres in 2001. There are currently five major industrial clients in the Park.

pumper truck. The city is also planning to build a third fire station in the north part of the city. With its location on the east shore of Lake Ray Hubbard, there’s no question that

An upgraded Standard & Poor bond rating reflects the city’s solid financial position – and strong growth in sales and property tax revenues has enabled the City to experience several years of operating surpluses. And, at a time when many cities were experiencing significant declines in sales tax revenues, Rockwall showed gains because of new retail development and residential growth. The City of Rockwall has undergone improvements, too. Recent construction projects in the last few years include a new City Hall, Senior Citizen/Community Center, Police Department and Municipal Court, which added an additional 46,000-square feet of office space, as well as a new fire station.

water is a big recreational focus. Residents enjoy fishing, boating, and sailing from four marinas and three public boat ramps. There are also several yacht clubs, including Rush Creek – known for its sailing regattas and races – and Chandler’s Landing, which is part of the Chandler’s Landing residential community. The city also offers multiple neighborhood parks, community pools, golf courses, and an award-winning Parks and Recreation program. Cultural amenities include the Hubbard Chamber Music Series, the Concert by the Lake Series, and the Rockwall Community Playhouse also performs regularly. Churches of various denominations, service clubs, and

The new fire station offers additional fire and rescue services to the southern portion of the city and is home to an 85-foot Quint ladder truck, a 1250 gallon-per-minute pumper truck, and a 750 gallon-per-minute

charitable organizations are also an intricate part of the community. Rockwall is also home to one of the highest-ranking school systems, and one of the lowest tax rates in the state of Texas.

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TARRANT COUNTY Fort Worth City of Fort Worth: 817-392-1234 www.fortworthtexas.org Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce: 817-336-2491 www.fortworthchamber.com

Fort Worth, or “Cowtown” as those who live here call it, is working hard to keep its homegrown roots – even though Forbes named it the third best metro area in the U.S. and Zillow.com named it number three hottest housing market. Yet, Fort Worth has kept its old-fashioned values, celebrating its colorful Old West heritage as it has grown to become a city full of opportunity. Fort Worth residents take great pride in the transformation its downtown area has experienced. Planned expansion of retail and restaurant areas, the construction of two mega-movie houses and the number of festivals and events hosted here has breathed new life into downtown Fort Worth. Sundance Square is just one example with restaurants, live theatre and live music, with the famed

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Fort Worth Stockyards just a mile away. Fort Worth arts patrons have also been responsible for creating and supporting a fantastic arts scene, including the Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall – the home of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Worth Opera, the Fort Worth-Dallas Ballet, the lauded Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, and the much-loved Casa Mañana Theatre. All that activity has attracted more and more people to the city’s downtown, with condos popping up to support the desire for a more urban lifestyle. Named one of “America’s Most Livable Communities,” Fort Worth is also a great value because of its overall lower cost of living – which is very competitive and comparable to the cost of living with other cities in Texas.

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS Arlington Heights offers its residents a slice of just about everything, and is as a popular neighborhood now as it was in the 1920s, when middle class residents riding the tide of the oil boom called it home. The neighborhood is defined by Camp Bowie Blvd. to the

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north, I-30 to the south, Montgomery Street on the east side and Merrick Street to the west. During the Roaring Twenties, Arlington Heights was only a short trolley ride downtown. Now, its close proximity to Fort Worth’s business district remains one of the appealing advantages of this community. Camp Bowie (the brick street that bisects Arlington Heights and takes you downtown) also offers a seemingly endless selection of retail and restaurant opportunities, and the Cultural District with its museums and the beautiful Botanical Gardens is just minutes away. Both the grand residences bordering on the exclusive Rivercrest area and the refurbished cottages of first-time owners are comfortably at home here. Residents who live here are very involved in preserving the history of the neighborhood, and have gone to great pains to ensure that Arlington Heights retains its character.

BERKELEY PLACE Berkeley Place is located about two miles southwest of the Fort Worth’s Central Business District and began in 1901 as a grain


and dairy farm. Residential development around the farm soon followed, and in 1922 Berkeley Place was annexed by Fort Worth (and the original farmhouse that started it all may still be seen at 2230 Warner Road). Styles here range from Antebellum to Bungalow to Tudor Revival to Modern, and are known for their very distinctive brick or stucco construction, pointed arches and multiple roofs. Larger homes here feature detached garages and even guest cottages. Residents in Berkeley Place are extremely involved in their neighborhood’s activities, and the Berkeley Place Association is one of the most active homeowner’s associations in Fort Worth.

CANDLERIDGE Bounded by Kingswood to the north, Sycamore School Road to the south, Trail Lake to the west and Hulen Street to the east, Candleridge is a master-planned community of more than 1,000-acres, provides easy access to I-20, I-35W and Hulen Mall, and undeveloped lots are still available. Many of the homes here are custom-built and characterized by brick construction, complete with beautiful lawns and attractive landscaping. Candleridge is home to the largest neighborhood park in Fort Worth, which includes French Lake and miles of hiking and bike trails that run through the 100-acred park, plus a linear greenbelt that extends along the creekbeds and behind homes. French Lake is surrounded by walkways, shade trees and a pavilion for picnics, with many varieties of ducks, both wild and domestic, together with geese, herons and other waterfowl here at various times of the year.

COLONIAL AND BELLAIRE Similar in style and history, the Colonial and Bellaire neighborhoods are forever connected by more than just a shared boundary. Located four miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth, Colonial Hills was originally a dairy farm, until the construction of the Colonial Country Club in 1936. South of Colonial Hills and west of Texas Christian University is Bellaire. Most of the land in the Bellaire neighborhood was divided into lots and developed by Bellaire Estates. Later, in 1929,

the land along Bellaire Drive North became the TCU football stadium. Both neighborhoods feature large two-story Colonial, Spanish and Tudor-style homes, mixed in with ranch-style homes found along Simondale and Alton Road. Prairie cottage homes made of stucco or brick are found at the southern end of both neighborhoods, and have tile roofs and basements.

FAIRMOUNT Located on the near south side of Fort Worth, the Fairmount Southside Historic District covers approximately one square mile, and contains within its boundaries some of the nation’s best prime examples of turn-of-the-century housing. Originally, Fairmount was 20 different subdivisions platted between 1883 and 1907. After World War II, as suburbs around Fort Worth were growing, the neighborhood fell into disrepair. During the 1970s, residents formed the Fairmount Association – a neighborhood association dedicated to restoring Fairmount. The association was instrumental in securing the neighborhood’s historical designations, and still works closely with Fairmount residents. The neighborhood features an annual home tour that hosts thousands, as well as an annual Neighborhood-wide Real Estate open house. Homes in Fairmount range in architectural style from one-story wood frame, Queen Anne, and various American Bungalows, as well as two-story American Four Squares, Victorian, and Prairie Style. Many Fairmount homes still possess most of their original features and fixtures, or are being restored to contain them. As a result, real estate values in Fairmount have doubled in the last five years, and are still rising.

MIRA VISTA Located in southwest Fort Worth, Mira Vista is a 700-acre gated community, and considered to be one of the premier neighborhoods in this area, offering gated security and many custom-built homes, many of

which have golf course or water views. The Mira Vista par-71 championship course has been home to many state and local tournaments, and is challenging to both beginning and expert golfers alike. The community also boasts a swimming pool, tennis courts and a beautiful clubhouse.

RIVER CREST Only three miles west of the Fort Worth Central Business District, River Crest is a historic community that has been the proud home of many Fort Worth forefathers, including Amon Carter Sr. and Wesley C. Stripling. Beautiful and scenic, River Crest is built around a country club and a golf course, and its shaded, quiet streets are perfect for brisk morning walks and afternoon strolls. Many of the homes here are two-story homes and offer views of the golf course, and architectural styles range from wood-framed Prairie-style to stucco Mediterranean to Tudor Revival. The area is also home to more than 30 historic homes.

RYAN PLACE Ryan Place was originally marketed to the “elite and exclusive,” although during the Great Depression building was halted and some houses began to deteriorate. In 1969, the Ryan Place Improvement Association started beautification efforts, and the results are stunning. Ryan Place is the oldest intact residential neighborhood in Fort Worth, with tree-lined streets, sidewalks and beautiful ornamental streetlights. Residences here range in style from Mediterranean to Tudor to Revival, and prices vary depending on the size and condition of the home. The first weekend of December heralds the RPIA-sponsored annual Ryan Place Candlelight Tour, which is responsible for funding many neighborhood improvements, such as the restoration of the gates at the east and west entrances of Elizabeth Boulevard. Residents also participate in the Ryan Place 4th of July Parade, Halloween’s BooFest!, and annual Croquet Tournaments.

TCU/UNIVERSITY The TCU neighborhood is derived from its famous neighbor and major landowner,

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Texas Christian University. The school’s presence helped encourage development

the beautiful Ballpark in Arlington where the Texas Rangers play.

to the campus, and streets were paved. St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church dominates the neighborhood, and most of the homes around TCU are small cottages built during the 1920s and 1930s.

WESTOVER HILLS Westover Hills is an incorporated city completely surrounded by Fort Worth. An ultra-exclusive

residential

neighborhood,

Westover Hills is secluded and quiet, with

Residential land use accounts for almost two-thirds of the available 96-square miles that make up the city. Housing is plentiful and available in everything from cottages to mini-ranches. A massive influx of new residents in the last decade has indeed changed the city’s real estate market, and contributed to the city’s current population of more than 375,000. Arlington also has singlefamily lots of all sizes, apartments, duplexes, condominiums and townhomes to fit any lifestyle or budget.

tree-shaded roads. Mansions dominate the area, and most homes were architect-designed and custom-built for the prominent families who lived here. As a result, styles vary greatly from the older Tudor and Mediterranean styles in the older section to more contemporary and modern styles to the west. Approximately thirty structures are listed in the Tarrant County Historic Resources Survey published by the Historic

City of Arlington: 817-459-6777 www.arlington-tx.gov Arlington Chamber of Commerce: 817-275-2613 www.arlingtontx.com

cultural arts are well served in Arlington with a number of historical museums and art galleries. Theater Arlington presents live stage productions year-round and includes a children’s series. The medical community thrives in Arlington as it continues to provide citizens throughout the metroplex with the finest in healthcare. Two acute-care hospitals offer all major medical services: Arlington Memorial and Medical Center at Arlington. Arlington is also home to the Rehabilitation Hospital of North Texas.

Arlington Independent School District has an enrollment of more than 62,000, students, ranking the 11th largest school district in Texas. A number of private or parochial schools, including the city’s largest private prep school, The Oakridge School, also offer opportunities, while the nationally acclaimed University of Texas at Arlington offers top undergraduate and graduate programs.

Preservation Council for Tarrant County.

Arlington

Course, and the private Shady Valley Golf Club and Rolling Hills Country Club. The

to the southwest of Fort Worth during the 1920s, and soon a streetcar line was routed

north Arlington, the Lake Arlington Golf

DFW International Airport, home base for American Airlines and Delta’s second largest hub, is just to the north of Arlington, and Arlington Municipal Airport – a regional general aviation facility serving corporate and private needs – is within the city limits The $1.15 billion Cowboys Stadium opened here in June 2010, replacing Texas Stadium in Irving, which opened in 1971. The new stadium is the largest domed stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 80,000 and capacity for expansion to 111,000, and the high-definition video screen spans from 20-yard line to 20-yard line and is one of the largest in the world.

Azle City of Azle: 817-444-2541 www.cityofazle.org Azle Area Chamber of Commerce: 817-444-1112 www.azlechamber.com

A suburban community 14-miles northwest of

downtown Fort Worth, Azle

blends metroplex amenities with a rural quality of life. A master-planned community surrounded by hills and trees with the eastern portion of the city limits bound to the east by the shores of Eagle Mountain Lake, Azle offers a variety of housing options in a variety of price ranges from assisted living facilities, apartments, to

About 20 years ago, Arlington’s reputation was basically a family entertainment haven, home to Six Flags Over Texas amusement park, two water parks and a major league baseball team. Today, it is one of the fastest growing cities in the nation, and home to such major corporations as General Motors, Siemens ElectroCom and National Semiconductor – not to mention the home of the new Dallas Cowboys football stadium and

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Lake Arlington (covering 2,250-surface acres) and nearby Joe Pool Lake offer spacious beaches and clean boating, fishing and picnicking. The city’s public parks, municipal swimming pools and recreational centers provide a setting for everything from swimming to softball to tennis. Golfers can enjoy the city’s acclaimed municipal courses including the challenging Ditto Golf Course nestled in the wooded hills of

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single-family homes. Azle is 8.2-square miles and is located on the Tarrant/Parker County line along State Hwy. 199. Its close location to Eagle Mountain Lake is perfect for water enthusiasts, while those who enjoy a day spent on the links will appreciate the municipal 18-hole Cross Timbers Golf Course in the newly annexed western portion of the city.


Azle Independent School District supports a

aerospace, electronics, steel fabrication, tele-

sophistication, and the laid-back, friendly

6,000 plus student population attending one

communications, banking, and printing. New

atmosphere of a small town.

high school, two junior high, two middle

home developments currently underway

schools, five elementary, and one alterna-

in Benbrook include Whitestone Ranch,

Colleyville is known for its beautiful

tive education campus. The district boasts

Whitestone Heights, and Team Ranch. Team

custom homes, most averaging one-half-

National Merit finalists, semi-finalists and

Ranch is a master-planned community of

acre lots and some offering significant

commended students each year. Private and

470-acres that will eventually include six

acreage for country estate living. At the

parochial schools in the area provide addi-

different developments.

heart of Colleyville’s cultural scene is the

tional educational options.

Colleyville Center, where residents will Besides the lake amenities of sailing, skiing,

Azle operates as a home-rule city, which

fishing, and swimming, Benbrook also offers

supports a Council/City Manager form of

a $4 million community center. Operated by

government. Citizens can assist in directing

the YMCA, the center includes an indoor

the future of the city by volunteering to sit

6-lane pool, gymnasium, indoor suspended

on one of the many boards and commis-

running track, aerobics studio, free weights,

sions that provide suggestions to the City

indoor climbing wall, fully equipped locker

Council on a variety of issues.

room, meeting rooms, aerobic classes, treadmills and stationary bikes, babysitting, and towel service. The Benbrook Library also recently moved into a new $350,000 facility.

Benbrook City of Benbrook: 817-249-3000 www.ci.benbrook.tx.us Benbrook Area Chamber of Commerce: 817-249-4451 www.benbrookonline.com

Golf enthusiasts will enjoy teeing off at the Whitestone Golf Course, a beautiful 18-hole course located on 150-acres of gorgeous, rolling terrain. Only 2.5 miles south of I-20 on Highway 377 South and 15 minutes from downtown Fort Worth, Whitestone is one of the area’s newest golf

find a variety of artistic programs. Those who like to hike, bike, or run will enjoy the city’s extensive trail system. And sports fans will love Colleyville’s impressive amateur sports parks. In addition, the city’s shopping options are some of the best in the booming Northeast Tarrant County area.

From

upscale boutiques or luxurious spas to an epicurean oasis or a familiar farmers market, Colleyville has something for everyone. Just 10-minutes from DFW International Airport and the IBM/Solana development center, Colleyville has become an attractive site for business because of its low tax rate and strategic location. Highways 26 and 121 connect the city to the Metroplex. Businesses and organizations find the city’s proximity to

courses. Benbrook residents receive a 10

higher education centers to be another major

percent discount on greens fees.

factor in selecting the area for progressive growth, and the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District offers one of the highest-rated school systems in the area.

Considered the southwestern gateway to the metroplex, Benbrook provides excellent recreational opportunities, strong schools, a pro-business government, and one of the lowest crime rates in Tarrant County. Benbrook’s prime location makes cultural and sporting events in the DFW area easily accessible, while residents who settle here can still enjoy the benefits of country living.

Colleyville City of Colleyville: 817-503-1000 www.colleyville.com Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce: 817-488-7148 www.colleyvillechamber.org

As a community, Benbrook is one of the oldest in Tarrant County, but as an incorporated city, it is one of the youngest.

Grapevine City of Grapevine: 817-410-3000 www.grapevinetexas.gov Grapevine Chamber of Commerce: 817-481-1522 www.grapevinechamber.org

Home to nearly 22,000, Benbrook is located

Named by Money magazine as one of the

within the Fort Worth Independent School

“100 Best Towns in America,” Colleyville

District. Residents tend to be affluent, with

residents are proud of their city’s quality

a median family income almost 30 percent

of life. Located in the heart of the Dallas/

It seems as though something is always

higher than the Fort Worth average. The

Fort Worth area, Colleyville offers the

going on in Grapevine, where festivals

economy is diversified, with industries in

best of both worlds: big city amenities and

abound and the good times just keep rolling.

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Habitat For Humanity. Photo Courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Sundance Square, Forth Worth, Texas

Families appreciate the highly rated, award winning school system, while the variety of recreational opportunities and cultural events attract others to this city of nearly 50,000. Located just north of DFW International Airport, Grapevine offers easy access to the metroplex, and has the lowest combined city and school property tax rate of comparable size cities in the area. Grapevine attractions include the popular mega-mall, Grapevine Mills, Bass Pro Shop/Outdoor World and historic Main Street retail. Varying types of stores, restaurants, movie theater and entertainment hubs bring families from most of the surrounding Metroplex counties. Grapevine’s three annual festivals on its historic Main Street include Grapefest in the fall and Main Street Days and the New Vintage Festival in the spring. Texas food and wine are featured at these festivals, making Grapevine the best place to discover the variety and quality of wines made in the state.

been cited on multiple lists as a top-per-

have considerable community support.

forming high school.

New home development in Haltom City’s northwest corner is anticipated to bring more citizens to this town of more than 40,000.

Haltom City City of Haltom City: 817-222-7700 www.haltomcitytx.com Northeast Tarrant Chamber: 817-281-9376 www.netarrant.org

Located northeast of and adjacent to Fort Worth, Haltom City is a 20-minute drive from DFW International Airport, and offers quick access to Interstate 820, S.H. 121, US one mile to the west. With such close proximity to DFW Airport, Alliance Airport and Meacham Field, Haltom City is among the leaders in industrial cities.

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Independent School District serves the extreme northwest corner of the city.

HEB Community City of Euless: 817-685-1400 www.ci.euless.tx.us City of Bedford: 817-952-2100 www.bedfordtx.gov HEB Chamber of Commerce: 817-283-1521 www.heb.org

Haltom City can also lay claim as the founding place of the Northeast Orchestra, a 60-member group that performs five annual concerts featuring classical works. The group

Most of Grapevine is served by the highly regarded Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District. Grapevine High School was named both a National Blue Ribbon School and a new American High School, and has

serves most of Haltom City, while the Keller

City of Hurst: 817-788-7000 www.hursttx.gov

Hwy. 377 and SH 26, and I-35W is less than Visitors will discover 75 faithfully restored homes and commercial buildings, 13 Texas historical markers and a Historical District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The Grapevine Opry, a showcase of country and western entertainment, is another major attraction housed in the newly restored 1940’s Art Deco Palace Theater.

The Birdville Independent School District

represents 16 Tarrant County communities and practices in Haltom City. Citizens actively participate in civic events such as

Located less than 20 minutes from Fort Worth and about 25 minutes from Dallas, the Hurst-Euless-Bedford

community

offers

National Night Out, and the Haltom City

convenient access to major freeways, and

Library and the Haltom City Senior Center

the new, state-of-the-art Trinity Railway

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Express makes travel to the Metroplex nearly hassle-free. The cities of Hurst, Euless, and Bedford are three distinct entities when it comes to city government, but in terms of lifestyle, historic connections and mutual interests, these areas are intertwined as a community. The cities started their growth and homogeneity when Bell Helicopter opened a $3 million plant and when DFW International Airport opened in 1974. Large area employers are still airport-related, and many residents work for American Airlines or other carriers operating out of DFW and Alliance airports. Most residents are well-educated and middle to upper-middle class; well over half have attended some college, and more than 31,000 hold associate, bachelor, or graduate degrees. The Northeast Tarrant Arts Council offers such musical entertainment as a cappella choirs and piano competitions, and live action sports are a short drive away in Arlington. In 1959, the Hurst, Euless and Bedford distinct school systems merged into the Hurst/ Euless/Bedford Independent School District. Since then, the HEB Independent School District has been named in the top 10 percent of school systems nationwide. Students regularly score at the exemplary level in state testing, and more than 80 percent of graduating seniors pursue further education.

Keller City of Keller: 817-743-4000 www.cityofkeller.com Greater Keller Chamber of Commerce: 817-431-2169 www.kellerchamber.com

Just 15 miles northeast of downtown Fort Worth and 25 miles northwest of downtown

Dallas, Keller is located in the middle of one of the fastest growing areas of the metroplex. Only eight miles west of DFW Airport and four miles east of Alliance Airport, Keller’s outstanding transportation accessibility puts the city in a prime position for growth. Businesses take advantage of Keller’s close proximity to the two airports, and residents are attracted by the small-town quality of life and excellent educational system. Statistics show the “new” Keller is decidedly upscale, and the surge in retail and commercial development has given the Keller Economic Development Board the task of identifying and attracting new business development while promoting the stability of the local community. Keller’s Town Center is an example of upscale shopping and dining. Mixed with office, retail, municipal facilities, and residential communities, this pedestrian- friendly center is home to Keller’s new Town Hall, the Keller Pointe Recreation and Aquatic Center which includes indoor and outdoor pools and extensive fitness facilities, and the Keller Independent School District Natatorium, a 36,720-square-foot state-of-the-art swimming facility. The quality of recreational sports in Keller takes a backseat to no one: Keller has seven parks and 13-miles of hike and bike trails along meandering creeks, in-line hockey, soccer, volleyball, basketball, and baseball fields, and the Keller Sports Park has lighted baseball fields, volleyball courts, multi-use fields, soccer goals, and a one-mile hike and bike trail. The Keller Independent School District encompasses six cities with 26 campuses, and schools are regularly ranked as National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Exemplary, or Recognized.

Mansfield City of Mansfield: 817-276-4200 www.mansfieldtexas.gov Mansfield Chamber of Commerce: 817-473-0507 www.mansfieldchamber.org

With a rich 115-year history, Mansfield has entered the 21st century as a former rural farming town transformed into a bustling community of high quality homes, exemplary schools, extensive recreational activities and numerous retail and shopping opportunities. Yet even with its growing population, Mansfield still maintains its hometown feel. Its amenities make Mansfield a destination for families and individuals looking for a tranquil, quality lifestyle with easy access to the advantages of a major metropolitan area. Located along the southern edge of the Metroplex, Mansfield is one of the fastest growing cities in the region. Accessibility to the urban centers in both Dallas and Fort Worth and to DFW Airport, as well the draw of a high quality lifestyle and good schools, has been the catalyst for Mansfield’s explosive growth. This enviable location gives residents the best of all worlds: the tranquility of small-town life with the benefits of the arts, culture, commercial and recreational assets just a quick drive away. High-quality residential neighborhoods are the hallmark of Mansfield’s appeal. Guided by innovative city planning and many of the area’s top builders, residential neighborhoods across the city offer a variety of housing, from new homes with traditional architectural style to wooded estates. Mansfield’s historic downtown area is being revitalized by local business owners interested in preserving the city’s past as part of its bright future. The Mansfield Historical Society is carefully renovating the old McKnight Building at the corner of Main and Broad streets as its headquarters. The museum housed in the building draws visitors from around the state interested in learning more about the area’s unique history. The city is also home to more than 100 industries, ranging from steel forges and food processing to chemical and high-tech plastic firms. Mansfield has six separate industrial parks with room for more. The city’s Golden Triangle area, bordered by East Broad Street on the north, Highway

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287 on the west and Highway 360 on the east, attracts developers from around the country interested in mixed use commercial, office, retail and residential developments. From library services to senior citizen programs, residents in Mansfield have community services available to them for every member of the family. The city’s public safety departments post low crime rates and offer highly rated emergency medical services. Methodist Mansfield Medical Center, a $134 million, full-service hospital that opened in 2006. Recreational opportunities include more than 240-acres of beautiful parkland providing walking trails, playgrounds and green space, and athletic fields for soccer, baseball, softball and football. The Mansfield Activities Center provides recreational programming and athletic events year-round and serves as the home for the city’s popular senior citizens and Kids Zone programs. Mansfield is also home to two popular golf courses: Walnut Creek Country Club and the city-owned Mansfield National Golf Course, which has been ranked as one of the Top 5 municipal courses in the metroplex.

North Richland Hills City of North Richland Hills: 817-427-6000 www.nrhtx.com Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce: 817-281-9376 www.netarrant.org

airports, North Richland Hills is surrounded by nine of Tarrant County’s ten major business centers, and is on the western edge of the county’s highway hub, where Loop 820, Highways 26, 121 and 183 all meet in one interchange. Major employers here include North Hills Hospital, Health Markets, Tyson Prepared Foods and Santander Consumer USA. North Richland Hills also recognizes the importance of quality of life in attracting and retaining both residential and corporate citizens. Money magazine named North Richland Hills as one of the Best Places to Live in the United States in 2010 because of its blend of good jobs, low crime, quality schools, plenty of open space, reasonable home prices and plenty to do. 
 The city’s Iron Horse Golf Course and the NRH2O Family Water Park are just two big draws. Since opening in 1989, Iron Horse has been consistently voted among the best municipal golf courses in Texas. This challenging 18-hole Dick Phelps-designed course meanders over creeks and under a railroad trestle. NRH2O features the Green Extreme, the world’s tallest and longest uphill water roller coaster. The 60-acre park also offers a 16,000 square foot wave pool, water slides, a two-person tube slide and an extensive water playground.

Richland Hills have their choice of more than 500 stores and restaurants, including the tenants of North Hills Mall. Several new stores and restaurants have opened at The Crossing Shopping Center. Blue Line Ice Complex is the largest amateur ice arena in the Southwest United States and home to the amateur hockey team, Texas Tornadoes.

Richland Hills City of Richland Hills: 817-616-3806 www.richlandhills.com Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce: 817-281-9376 www.netarrant.org

Despite their close proximity and similarities, Richland Hills and North Richland Hills have different and unique personalities. Richland Hills is a progressive and vibrant community ideally situated for business in the crescent of Northeast Loop 820 and Texas State Highway 121 in Northeast Tarrant County. The convenient location provides residents easy access to

North Richland Hills enjoys a low crime rate, excellent public school system, one of the best public libraries in the state, and nationally recognized parks and recreation program. The city’s park and recreation department operates a 16-court tennis center fronting Richland High School in association with the Birdville ISD; a nine-field soccer complex; and the largest known handicapped-accessible playground west of the Mississippi River. The city also created a girls’ fast pitch softball fourplex, and a 99-acre city park with baseball fields, trails, a nature center and outdoor pavilion.

all of the amenities offered within the Metroplex. Major freeways and highways link it to all parts of Texas, the Southwest and the United States, and DFW International Airport, Alliance Airport and Fort Worth’s Meacham Field, one of the nation’s top general aviation/ corporate airports, are nearby. Industrial areas are served by rail, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments estimates that the Richland Hills Trinity Railway Express Station will be the second busiest stop on the line between Fort Worth and Irving. The city also has rider request and

Just minutes from Dallas and Fort Worth, North Richland Hills is the third largest city in Tarrant County with more than 65,000 residents, 1,200 businesses and 30 major employers. Situated to benefit from both Alliance and Dallas/Fort Worth International

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While most students attend schools in the Birdville Independent School District, North Richland Hills is also home to Fort Worth Christian School and three other private schools, as well as the Northeast Campus of Tarrant County College. Residents of North

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express bus service via the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, known as “The T.” Those who live in Richland Hills also enjoy some of the best housing values in north Texas, with neat, well-kept neighborhoods with large


lots and attractive, affordable homes. Residen-

programs, and the city’s Senior Center and

newly developed town square is designed

tial property taxes are also among the lowest in

Community Center host full calendars of activ-

with turn-of-the-century 1900s architecture,

Tarrant County,

ities. Saginaw is home to seven city parks, some

featuring many upscale retail stores and

of which include playground equipment for

exclusive boutique niche shops. More than

Richland Hills is served by the Birdville

the physically challenged. Recreational oppor-

600 businesses call Southlake home, and

Independent School District, and high expec-

tunities include a new recreation center, tennis

several medical centers have established

tations, along with active community support

courts, volleyball and basketball courts, jogging

operations in Southlake.

and involvement, have contributed to the

trails, picnic areas and a community center.

district’s success. Residents have access to an

Saginaw celebrates its railroad and milling heri-

The city’s parks and recreation facilities are

excellent library system and the Parks and

tage with the annual Train & Grain Festival

some of the best in the area, with expansions

each October, including food, entertainment,

of city softball, baseball, and soccer facilities,

crafts, games and educational displays.

and a citywide trail-building campaign and

Recreation Department offers a wide variety of activities including preschool, youth, adult

the purchase of another 100-acres to allow for

and senior citizen classes, plus special events

future growth.

and building rental. Three public parks offer tennis courts and jogging trails.

Southlake City of Southlake: 817-748-8400 www.cityofsouthlake.com

Saginaw City of Saginaw: 817-232-4640 www.ci.saginaw.tx.us Saginaw Area Chamber of Commerce: 817-232-0500 www.saginawchamber.org

Southlake Chamber of Commerce: 817-481-8200 www.southlakechamber.com

Watauga City of Watauga: 817-514-5800 www.ci.watauga.tx.us Northeast Tarrant Chamber of Commerce: 817-281-9376 www.netarrant.org

The city of Southlake, Texas began its history back in 1866. This first plot of homestead land

Saginaw’s roots go back to the 1880s when it was the town where three then-major rail lines converged: the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf. Today, Saginaw is one of the fastest growing

in Southlake was located on what is now Dove

New parks, excellent schools and easy access

Road, and consisted of 360-acres. Settlers

to everything from arts to airports are only a

from Dade County, Georgia founded White’s

few of the reasons why families find the city of

Chapel Church, located at Southlake Boule-

Watauga a great place to call home.

vard and White Chapel Boulevard, in 1871. Located between Alliance Airport and Dallas/

Watauga offers easy access to Highway 35W,

Fort Worth International Airport, alongside a

Loop 820 and State Highway 121. Located

dynamic commercial corridor, Southlake covers

less than 10 miles from Alliance Airport and

21.5 square miles. Currently served by four

20 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth Interna-

top-notch independent school districts, residents

tional Airport, Watauga provides a centralized

move to this affluent community for its loca-

location for residents and businesses. The city

tion, schools, high-quality residential housing,

has enjoyed strong commercial growth that

commercial growth, and hometown appeal. The

provides financial stability to the community,

Students attend school in the acclaimed Eagle

Carroll Independent School District, serving

and businesses discover a progressive commu-

Mountain-Saginaw

School

most of Southlake, has consistently ranked

nity that encourages success. Watauga’s bond

District. All schools within the district are fully

above average for standardized tests; the Texas

rating was upgraded by Standard and Poor’s

accredited by the Southern Association of

Education Agency rated the district Exem-

from A+ to AA in 2009, confirming the city’s

Colleges and Schools, and students consistently

plary for the 2017-2018 school year.

financial stability. More than 3,000 students

communities in North Texas. Located just north of Loop 820 North at Business 287, Saginaw includes the communities of Blue Mound, Saginaw and Lake Country Estates, and is only minutes from Alliance Airport, I-35, and downtown Fort Worth.

Independent

score well above average on standardized tests.

attend schools in the state-recognized Bird-

The Northwest campus of Tarrant County

Commercial

activity

ville and Keller Independent School Districts.

Junior College is here, too. A recently

continues on an upswing, adding fiscal

The city also offers residents many options for

constructed city library offers numerous

stability to the community. Southlake’s

private school and daycare facilities.

development

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APARTMENT

LIVING

From pedestrian-friendly urban villages and high-rise towers to suburban mixed-use meccas, apar tment dwelling is swell — and swelling — in the DFW metroplex.

Photo courtesy of AMLI Residential

By Elaine Rogers

in this section choosing a neighborhood apartment locators renter’s insurance tenant rights

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Photo by Kate Irving, courtesy of Northwood Ravin

Texas has 1,200 people moving here every

last eight years. Much of that is for multi-

day, and half of those head straight to its

family starts, and this year’s construction

northern star, where the two tightly-knit

numbers show that DFW’s rental market

sister cities, Dallas and Fort Worth, are

is still riding a wild wave. Forbes and the

historically competitive and uniquely proud

Dallas Morning News both ranked DFW

of their differing local flavors. Within the

the “hottest market for apartments” during

expansive DFW metroplex, another 14

2017’s first quarter based on an impres-

municipalities with their own populations

sive total of more than 50,588 apartments

of 100,000 — and counting — are woven

currently under construction in the metro-

into the shared tapestry, offering a wealth

plex. Of those, 30,000 should be move-in

of options in terms of community flavor,

ready by year’s end.

school districts, housing and proximity to

NORTHERN GROWTH SPURT

recreational venues.

For two decades, much of the development of the wider DFW region has maintained a northward progression into Collin and Denton Counties, and a current onslaught of apartment construction in the northern quadrant marks a continuation of this trend. The Dallas Morning News reports that 30 percent of the 50,000-plus units under construction in North Texas are located in the Frisco-Prosper, Allen/McKinney, and Richardson areas. Of those, almost 6,400 apartments are in Frisco, while the Allen/McKinney area has another 5,319 apartments in the pipeline. A 2016 Top 10 list from WalletHub heaps livability kudos on these cities as well — along with two other northern neighbors — ranking them among the nation’s best real estate markets. Out of 300 municipalities analyzed, Frisco, McKinney and Richardson locked up the three top spots, while nearby Allen squeezed into sixth place, followed by Plano in ninth place. The cities are also at or near the top of WalletHub’s index for “Affordability and Economic Environment.”

AN ABUNDANCE OF AMENITIES In both the burbs and the big cities, across a range of community styles and price points, multi-family experts say potential renters who may be previous homeowners and haven’t rented in awhile are certain to be wowed by the array of services upscale apartment communities in DFW routinely offer.

Multifamily’s upsurge is good news for For many newcomers, as well as those

DFW newcomers and market experts

who’ve been here awhile, apartment

with

living is a highly practical option, and a

erty Advisors predict the region will see

bustling market of new multifamily devel-

100,000 new renters in the next 5 years.

opment added to an established inventory

Fortunately,

means an abundance of rental choices

builders are optimist that the market isn’t

in terms of amenities, style and loca-

at risk of saturation because of DFW’s

tion. It’s interesting to note that America

stellar economic growth and estimates of

has 9 million more renters than it did a

100,000 new jobs per year.

Dallas-based

Institutional

apartment

Prop-

analysts

and

decade ago and that the Joint Center for Housing Studies found that 36 percent of

Benefiting from the arrival of multina-

U.S. households opt to rent — the largest

tional companies like Toyota, JP Morgan,

share since the 1960s.

Liberty Mutual, State Farm, and Raytheon —

all

relocating

their

national

and

Meanwhile, an April, 2017 report in Forbes

regional headquarters and taking advan-

magazine offers up the news that, nation-

tage of the Lone Star State’s low tax rates,

wide, Dallas has been one of the top three

North Texas’ population is forecast to rise

markets in terms of housing permits for the

by more than 780,000 people by 2022.

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Onsite dog parks and grooming stations have become commonplace along with oversized clubhouses and fitness centers that negate the need (and expense) of a gym membership. Often equipped with 24-hour concierge’s desks and “cyber lounges” with free wi-fi and public-access computers, properties tout gourmet coffee bars, yoga rooms, spa services, bike repair shops and an ever-expanding array of novelties like golf simulators and indoor bowling alleys. “It’s kind of a whole new world out there,” says Rich Jerbert, owner of Dallas Apartment Finders and Dallas Apartment Locators. “Apartment-living in this day and age is very different from what it was. It’s been common for a long time for


GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Using apartment locator services can help you find affordable apartments in the neighborhoods that interest you.

apartments to have a workout area or small

developments.

And

since

“With so many people moving here and so many competing properties,” Jerbert explains, “these developers and apartment properties have really had to up their games.” Irving agrees, and cheerfully notes that companies like hers are totally up to the challenge.

increasing

gym, but now we’re seeing step aerobics

numbers of workers enjoy the flexibility of

and spin cycle rooms. … And for all the

telecommuting and work-from-home possi-

young couples — many don’t have kids but

bilities, many properties vying to be their

they sure love their dogs — you’ll see prop-

rental residences also encourage produc-

erties providing dog parks and grooming

tivity by creating comfortable, versatile

services and all of that for them.”

business centers onsite.

Dana Wilson-Harris, regional marketing

“I think one of the reasons things have

director for AMLI Residential, puts it simply:

changed so much in the multifamily market

“The evolution of apartment living and

is that more people are working and living

what’s offered to residents is amazing.”

differently,” says Kate Irving, director of marketing for Northwood Ravin Manage-

A growing number of multifamily develop-

ment. “In a lot of ways, the traditional 9-5

ments also put a focus on helping residents

workday is phasing out. People telecom-

accomplish their chores on foot and stay

mute or own their own businesses. So we

close to home when they’re away from the

have co-working areas with lots of lounge

office — either building near retail areas or

seating where they can work comfortably.”

incorporating them into their mixed-use

Among others, Northwood Ravin manages two very different upscale offerings in Dallas, The Galleries at Park Lane and The Heights at Park Lane, with the former serving as “a younger, hipper sister” to the more traditionally-themed elegance found at the latter’s 20-story high-rise. Whether potential tenants favor a floor plan that has the urban coolness of a loft at The Galleries or an extravagant penthouse at The Heights, Irving says “people here want every possible convenience — and expect to get it.” You don’t have to look too far to see additional examples of properties putting a new, sophisticated face on the old notion of apartment living. For instance, at The Parc at White Rock, a luxury apartment community in Dallas, its lakeside locale and proximity to the Santa Fe Trail is

TENANT AGREEMENTS What to Know before Signing on the Dotted Line When it comes to renting and rental agreements, policies

insurance covers basics like protection of stolen or damaged

regarding tenant and landlord rights and expectations are

goods, and additional liability coverages address things

fairly straightforward and commonsensical, yet it’s important

like fire and flood damage — both highly- recommended

for both parties to be clear about what’s what in order to

for multifamily living envi ronments. Also, many residents

avoid potential conflicts and confusion.

purchase pet liability insurance. (If you do so, be sure that your pet’s breed is covered in the insurance plan, as codes

The City of Fort Worth publishes a Renter’s Issues Guide on its

and policies may vary.)

website that spells out a lot of the basics. First and foremost: read the fine print of your lease agreement prior to signing.

Tenant rights policies are designed to give residents a comfort-

Equally important, keep the document easily accessible for

able and fair living space. The Fair Housing act of 1968 ensures

quick reference.

that no resident will be discriminated against based on color, creed, gender, ethnicity or background, and this also protects

While all landlords are required to have insurance as part of

residents from intimidation and retaliation from landlords or

any apartment lease, many tenants invest in additional rent-

other residents. In addition, tenant rights policies address

er’s insurance to protect personal belongings from theft and

a municipality’s city-wide fire and grill policies, which allow

damage. It’s very inexpensive and highly advised. Renter’s

residents to understand how to comfortably employ fire safety.

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already a strong draw for runners, cyclists and nature lovers. Nonetheless, managers added a long list of amenities, expanding “the basics” of a fitness center, clubhouse, outdoor grilling stations, business center and gourmet coffee bar to include a sports bar and billiards lounge, media and gaming gallery, demonstration kitchen, yoga and spin studio (with on-demand classes) and an electric car charging station. The Monterey by Windsor apartment community in Uptown has a similarly abundant list of spoil-your-residents-rotten amenities. Exterior features alone include an Acapulco-style infinity edge pool and oversized heated spa enhanced by an outdoor lounge called The Cave, an outdoor kitchen cabana, zen-garden courtyards, multiple stainless steel barbecue grilling stations and picnic areas. Located a block from the M-line Trolley and not far from Klyde Warren Park, it also includes one of the aforementioned urban dog parks and pet washing stations.

Whole Foods, iPic Theaters and Pinstripes

Center, a giant-and-still-growing outdoor

Inc. — six million square feet of office

mall and numerous single-family neighbor-

space, 50 chic condominiums, 127 upscale

hoods developed alongside three distinctive

single family homes and two hotels.

apartment communities, Monterra, Sagestone and SageWater.

THE NEW URBANISM

According to owner Thomas Land &

Rather than sprawling in a haphazard fashion the way DFW’s single-family housing does, many of the metroplex’s newer multifamily projects fit the mixed-use, towncenter-style motif popularly dubbed New Urbanism. Designed as fully-functioning internal communities with a quasi-city aesthetic and a convenient retail mix, they often have a luxury component — supporting a rise in monthly rent rates to an average of $1,050.

Development, Phase one office and retail

Ultimately, Frisco Station is expected to

components may open as soon as this fall

house 3,500 new residents near the Ford

while most of the planned multifamily

Center at the Star, the Dallas Cowboy’s head-

housing will come on line further down the

quarters and multi-use event center. Like

road. Eventually, a trolley system will service

many newer offerings sprinkled throughout

the entire park, making it easy for residents

the metroplex, marketers tout a plethora of

and workers to keep their cars parked.

high-end finishes in the rental residences plus

Among the largest in development are two Frisco projects, Wade Park and Frisco Station, both part of what city planners are calling Frisco’s $5 billion mile. Styled much like Uptown Dallas’ apartment mecca, Wade Park points the stylish walk-everywhere village concept northwood with a plan for 1,300 apartments in both tower and residential-over-retail buildings situated within a 175-acre mixed-use development by the Dallas North Tollway. The concept includes 600,000 square feet of specialty retail — with anchors ranging from

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a “highly-amenitized” set-up with now-faCranes are also moving plenty of dirt while

miliar offerings like a fitness center, wellness

architects cement their plans in nearby

spa and yoga studio as well as a wine bar

Frisco Station, a 242-acre project that

area, gameroom and those fun extras of a

includes a 25-acre master planned open

bike repair station and dog wash station.

space and trail system. Hillwood Multifamily broke ground on its first urban living

CITIES WITHIN CITIES

project, Hillwood, in December, and the

New Urbanism’s village format creates

four-story complex features 302 apartments

pockets of walkable neighborhoods — hubs

in walking distance to a dining and enter-

from where renters and homeowners alike

tainment district called “The Hub.”

are happy to drive to work five days a week before ditching the car for weekends spent

It’s a concept Hillwood has worked to perfect

in their convenient everything-you-need-in-

elsewhere: out in northern Tarrant County

walking-distance communities.

near Fort Worth’s Alliance Airport, the company significantly upped the urban foot-

In Plano, the $3 million mixed-use project,

print of the Saginaw and Keller areas with

Legacy

its huge 18,000-acre AllianceTexas devel-

community that has hung its hat on the

opment — complete with Alliance Town

area’s corporate relocation momentum

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West,

is

a

carefully-designed


and, specifically, Toyota North America’s 2-million-square-foot corporate campus. Both Liberty Mutual Insurance and JPMorgan Chase are coming to Legacy West as well, and the 225-acre development is home to national headquarters of companies like J C Penney and Frito-Lay. Developers estimate the 225-acre project, spanning three and a half blocks, will eventually host 2,100 apartments, townhomes and condominiums, among them, multifamily housing in a 29-story tower called LVL 29, by NE Development. Companies like State Farm and Raytheon have similar set-ups in the works in the $1.5 billion CityLine development in Richardson. Situated at the intersection of President George Bush Turnpike and US Highway 75, CityLine spans 186-aces and has direct access to DART’s Light Rail System, offering commuter service to Dallas’ central business district. Developed by a company named KDC and partially managed by Transwestern, CityLine has three apartment complexes (The Standard, Anthem and Lot) and 935 units open. With three other multifamily developments currently under construction, that number will soon double. CityLine’s projected build-out date is only three years away and ultimately, planners say the practically-a-city project will entail almost 3,900 apartments, 60 dining and retail establishments, and three parks (two with direct access to nearby hike & bike trails). An estimated 30,000 people will live and work at CityLine.

BUBBLE OF ACTIVITY Within Dallas’ core, internal expansion means thousands of high rises and apartments are on the drawing board in downtown and Uptown as well as in areas like Oak Lawn, M Streets, Bishop Arts and Lakewood — anywhere within a 2 to 5-mile radius of the central business district. Oak lawn and Uptown, especially, demonstrate this focus on “uprising” developments, where the notion of urban living holds strong appeal for both millennials and downsizing baby-boomers who may simply

want to try city living for a few years. Often, sites are smaller than an acre, with construction heading ever-skyward. It’s a trend with roots dating back to the late 80s when an Uptown revitalization effort set the wheels in motion, starting with a bold move by Columbus Realty Trust (now Post Properties), which bought eight properties in the Uptown area and, by the early 90s, pioneered a building boom of an impressive collection of range of apartments, lofts, and row townhouses within walking distance of the area’s existing businesses on McKinney Avenue. Cityplace Company added more fuel to the fire with additional mixed-use development in the area, building more than 2,300 residential units since 1994, mostly east of Central Expressway. Market analysts say Uptown remains a hot market, with another 1,500-2,000 apartments expected in the next decade, and immediate plans for two more towers and a hotel. Residentially-speaking, the area includes the historic State-Thomas neighborhood and addresses around Routh South, Lemmon and Cedar Springs, but the West Village area represents Uptown’s primary “bubble” — an incredibly pedestrian-friendly section that follows the now-familiar mixed-use theme of retail, dining and entertainment venues topped by apartments and lofts. Strategically situated between the Arts District and downtown, West Village snugs up to the Katy Trail and Turtle Creek, giving its apartment properties bragging rights of proximity to recreational trails for leisure activities on foot or wheels and, of course, outdoor enjoyment with four-legged friends.

MOVING ON UP Winning the high-rise-of-the-moment award is AMLI Residential, a Chicago-based developer with about a dozen multifamily developments in North Texas. This summer, the company starts construction on a 40-story residential skyscraper next door to downtown’s green-glassed 42-story landmark, Fountain Place. The AMLI project is located close to Victory Park at the corner of Field

Street and Munger Avenue, and will be the city’s first true skyscraper in seven years. Company officials say the design calls for 367 rental units in a slender, prismatic tower destined to prove a prominent addition to the downtown skyline and complement Fountain Place’s striking rocket shape. Elsewhere, AMLI also owns the 24-story property, AMLI Design District (formerly known as 1400 Hi-Line), with 314 rental residences and amenities like an infinity-edge pool, one-acre rooftop and 3,000-square-foot fitness center plus a covered pet promenade, concierge services and a 24-hour lobby attendant. In Frisco, a larger property, Frisco Crossing, overlooks the Dr. Pepper Ballpark and includes a skybox suite as well as a long list of upscale amenities and — following a corporate commitment to create greener spaces — is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification. In and near downtown, Dallas-based Streetlights Residential has its hand in a variety of multifamily “urban infill” projects. Under construction is The Union Dallas, a two-towered 23-story structure with one committed to 309 high-rise apartments, and nearby, (to the east) the first multifamily highrise in revitalized Deep Ellum. Set to open this fall, the latter is called The Case, and promises the usual array of apartment amenities to Deep Ellum’s artsy S. Main address. Another of the company’s “urban infill” projects opened this spring to the west of downtown in the gentrified Trinity Groves area. Found on the other side of Dallas’ whitehooped gateway to West Dallas — the dramatic Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge — The Austin is just four stories high, includes 355 units, and represents phase one of Stonelake Capital Partner’s 25-acre and $250 million Trinity Green development.

A WEST SIDE STORY Although industry insiders note that while most of the fizz in DFW’s popping multifamily market is found on Dallas’ side of the map, Fort Worth and Tarrant County have plenty of pockets of activity and a smattering of noteworthy projects. As with Dallas, Fort

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2016 with 392 units and a predictable list of high-end amenities.

Photo Courtesy of the Parc at White Rock

Worth’s downtown area has a growing list of

and amenities include the usual swimming

swanky apartments near the central business

pool with cabanas, a fire pit, clubhouse and

district and its vibrant 35-block Sundance

game and party rooms plus the ever-popular

Square, and a growing number of boutique

24-hour fitness and business centers. The

and individual projects are gaining notice in

unusual property’s 1 and 2-bedroom units

both the Hospital and Museum Districts as

are priced from $1,150 to $1,729.

well as in Fort Worth’s bustling Near Southside neighborhood — arguably Fort Worth’s

“There’s a lot of development going on in

fledgling answer to Dallas’ Uptown.

Near Southside,” says Highpoint’s property manager, Isabel Reina. People are getting

Exemplifying the trend, an apartment

where they want to walk everywhere and live

community called South 400 opened in

close to all the action, and we’re just a mile

Near Southside this spring, appealing to

from Sundance Square, so you can walk,

the city’s growing population of urbanites

bike or take a $3 Uber ride. And we’re two

and hipsters with 10 floorplan choices of

miles from West 7th, and closer than that to

airy, modern industrial digs. Managed by

Magnolia Avenue, where all the shops are.”

Stream Realty, the new 209-unit complex features rent rates of $1,110 to $1,821 and

And, much as Dallas developers take advan-

is topped by a Sky Lounge with striking

tage of various properties’ proximity to scenic

views of Fort Worth’s skyscraper skyline.

parks and features like White Rock Lake and the Katy Trail — and others in lakeside

Nearby, Seneca Investments and KWA

communities like Rowlett and Grapevine do

Construction have added 227 more revital-

the same — developers in Fort Worth like

ized residences with the transformation of

Cassco Development are hanging their hats

Fort Worth’s 1920s-era Coca-Cola bottling

on the recreational potential of The Trinity

plant on the south side of I-30, across the

River’s 40 miles of hike & bike trails.

street from the new UT Southwestern Monty and Tex Moncrief Medical Center. Called

Cassco’s Clearfork development is a high-

Highpoint Urban Living, it preserves much

er-profile example. The 290-acre mixed-use

of the historic plant’s structural details—

project,

including the original exterior brick, open

Parkway was part of Fort Worth’s historic

ceilings, stained concrete floors and an

Edwards Ranch property. Representing

etched glass wall bearing a Coca-Cola

the tract’s first multifamily footprint, The

logo. Highpoint’s living units are modern

Kelton at Clearfork opened in November

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near

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In addition to the attractions of connectivity to the Trinity River, the Kelton appeals to shoppers with its proximity to the brand new open-air retail development, The Shops by Clearfork — boasting a Neiman Marcus anchor relocated from Ridgmar Mall and a slew of upcoming tenants like Tiffany & Co., Tory Burch, Louis Vuitton and others with NorthPark Center or Galleria in Dallas locations. As the development arm of Edwards Ranch, Cassco cites a masterplan that includes 2,500 multifamily residences. An events center dubbed Heart of the Ranch is also in the works, and eventually, the development will add 1.2 million square feet of retail and 2 million square feet of office space.

TOO MANY CHOICES? It’s not an exaggeration to say that finding and settling on the right apartment is both a balancing act and a headache-inducing challenge. First, there’s the goal of identifying as many properties as possible that have the amenities you covet, then the reality check of narrowing the list to those that conform to your budget and location limitations. When doing this on your own, it takes a lot of research and time you probably don’t have, and in a market as dynamic as DFW, the risk of feeling overwhelmed is great. Fortunately, apartment locator services exist to simplify the process — forging connections between wannabe apartment dwellers and landlords, and streamlining the search. The happiest news of all is that it’s free. In Texas and many other states, locator services collect their fees from property owners who want their buildings filled with happy residents, which makes it all-the-more sensible and pain-free for future tenants to utilize these services. A quick google search reveals a slew of local companies promising to assist renters in the process of finding the perfect place. Most employ computerized databases to help sort through apartment shoppers’ criteria and provide a manageable and realistic list of potential matches. So, if you’re looking for


an Oak Lawn property with a bark park and onsite pet grooming services or a cute studio apartment in North Tarrant County with a movie theater and wine tasting room, these services should be able to hone in on those specifics for you. Given DFW’s hotbed of multifamily activity, Jerbert of Dallas Apartment Finders says more locator services have sprung up in recent years, and he cautions that some are more service-oriented than others.

“If you don’t feel you’re getting the attention you need, or your agent doesn’t seem to be listening or paying attention to what you’ve told them, don’t be afraid to go elsewhere,” he says. For instance, apartment locators should make calls on your behalf to check on the accuracy of apartment availabilities and rate listings, and even schedule your property tour appointments. “And,” he adds, “if you already know what area you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to

choose a locator service that’s familiar with that area.” Experts like Jerbert say the best way to approach the process is to come to the party prepared, starting with a list of parameters like budget, location and lifestyle priorities as well as highly-desired amenities and those you don’t care about. Listing your “I-wants” and “don’t-needs” in advance goes a long way toward getting you into your new temporary homestead in a hurry.

DALLAS-FORT WORTH NEIGHBORHOODS For most people, where you work has a lot to do with where you decide to live, but in an urban area like the DFW metroplex, certain neighborhoods and areas make renters and homeowners alike willing to add a few miles to their commutes. DFW’s suburbs are brimming with mixed-use developments and luxury apartment complexes, and pockets of urban areas, even more so. From flashy status symbol addresses and remodeled hidden gems to comfy city-within-a-city apartment communities, new residents, young families, busy entrepreneurs and downsizing seniors have no shortage of rental space options. Here’s a short list of location possibilities: Uptown: Uptown is Dallas’ original hub of urban living, and massive development has created a bustling scene of modern amenities, historic charm and upscale shopping in an area that stretches from lower McKinney and West Village to Oak Lawn and Turtle Creek. Urbanites here clearly love their pets, and dog parks and dog-friendly restaurants and outdoor fun at the Klyde Warren Park and along the Katy Trail add to the zone’s friendly vibe. Las Colinas: As one of the first planned communities in the U.S., Las Colinas is close to the DFW International Airport and home to about 2,000 companies, including Fortune 500 businesses like Exxon Mobil and Kimberly-Clark. With three private country clubs, a striking collection of private office towers, and the novelty of a scenic canal surrounded by dining and retail, Las Colinas manages to have a fair share of upscale residences and apartments that make it a fashionable address.

North Tarrant County: Shiny, new developments are plentiful in Southlake, Carrollton and Colleyville, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also plenty of growth going on in previously rural North Tarrant towns like Keller, Roanoke and Saginaw. Areas like North Richland Hills and Hurst-Euless-Bedford, as well, are not-to-be-ignored extensions of Fort Worth’s urban — and urbane — sprawl. Downtown: From glitter y high- rises to ar tsy lofts in Deep Ellum’s revitalized commercial district, urban living in or near Dallas’ central business district has strong appeal to many. An abundance of construction cranes points to many future urban address, and there’s spillover to the west in the nearby Trinity Groves area, which is undergoing considerable gentrification on the other side of the flashy white arches of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.

Collin County: It started with Richardson and Plano, but now North Dallas’ explosive growth has reached cities like Allen, McKinney, Frisco (now the nation’ fastest-growing city) and beyond to communities like Prosper. With a slew of large corporations relocating to this part of the metroplex, it’s a hotbed of both single- and multifamily activity with quite a few large, mixed-used village developments in the works.

The M id-Cities: Dominated by Ar lington, home of both the Texas Rangers and Dallas Cowboys, the Mid - Cities refers to the 30 -mile span between Cowtown and Big D, now completely f i lled with subu r ban development via communities like Ir ving and Grand Prairie as well as HEB (Hurst-Euless-Bedford). Much of the area’s growth is to the south, in not-rural-anymore Mansfield.

Near Southside: Some 1,400 acres across the interstate from downtown Fort Worth are practically dripping these days with hipster chic charm as Near Southside continues a phase of revitalization. Sustainable and mixed-use projects are popping up around a growing zone of walkable, bike-friendly streets near landmark attractions and retail and dining venues.

Historic Grapevine: Long a tourist attraction with a charming downtown district filled with boutiques, restaurants and wineries, Grapevine has recently become a hub of multifamily development and has dibs on a new TEX Rail Station and a route that will stretch from downtown Fort Worth to the DFW International Airport.

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We wanted a real family getaway. No phones. No screens. No distractions. We chose Plano. It’s close and there’s lots of family activities; indoors and out. The kids had a blast on the zip line! I held my breath the whole time. The next day, we decided to check out the Crayola Experience. The kids loved it–it really sparked their imaginations! When it comes to family time, Plano has it all. visitplano.com


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RECREATION As the number one tourist destination in the Lone Star State, the DFW Metroplex has long established itself as a community of fun-seekers.

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windband in the country. The music plays on with live music venues across the city— from country and western music to blues, rock, jazz, and much more.

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Dallas also is home to a lively theatre scene for all age groups. The Dallas Children’s Theater presents more productions and performances in a season than any other professional children’s theater in the nation and is home to the nation’s oldest regional theater company—the Dallas Theater Center. Dallas is the host city of the largest art show and outdoor festival of its kind in the Southwest. ArtFest is a three-day event with more than 800 artists from across the United States participating. A state-of-the-art ballpark in Arlington, multiple museums in walking distance of both downtown Dallas and Fort Worth, and performing arts venues for all art lovers are just a few reasons why leisurely visiting Dallas/Fort Worth may not be possible for the serious fun seekers. If you’re going to experience all that Dallas has to offer, it’s best not to do it in leisuremode. Rather, get on your walking shoes and get busy! Dallas has more than 115 public art works and has the largest urban arts district in America. With nine museums, Dallas offers vast opportunities to soak in both ancient and contemporary artifacts from all over the world.

one of the largest collections of post-1945 art in the Southwest and has the second largest program for schoolchildren among art museums nationwide. The Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University has an impressive collection of Spanish art, and Dallas offers the only Asian art museum in the Southwest, the Margaret and Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art.

The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau details fun facts about this great city that will make the native Dallasite want to plan a weekend rendezvous in the “Big D.” For starters, the city provides art lovers and museum-goers a place to frolic. Fair Park contains the largest collection of Art Deco exhibition buildings in the country and is the largest collection of cultural facilities in Dallas.

Dallas is also home to the only literary center in North Texas. The mission of The Writer’s Garret is to foster the education and development of readers, writers, and audiences, by putting them in touch with quality literature, each other, and the communities in which they live. They accomplish this through a series of impressive programs, one of which is the Writers Studio. Inspired by Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio, the Writers Studio brings to Dallas the world’s most accomplished writers for an intimate look at their work. No other literary program in Texas offers the diverse education and cultural events as what the Writer’s Garret brings to the DFW community.

More than 30 museums can be found in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex—one of which offers the largest collection of African-American folk art in the nation. The African American Museum in Dallas is in fact one of the top five African-American art museums in the world. And the Dallas Museum of Art in downtown is home to

For the performing arts connoisseur, the $81.5 million Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, designed by the famous architect I. M. Pei, houses the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which is the eighth oldest symphony in the U.S. And for the nontraditional symphony lovers, the Dallas Wind Symphony is the largest

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And if outdoor activities are more fitting to your style, look no further than this diverse Metroplex. The cities’ many area lakes—63 within a 100-mile radius—offer limitless hiking, biking, boating, and sightseeing opportunities. And just a short jaunt from Dallas is Fort Worth, a city known for its old town charm and unique qualities that portray Texan authenticity. Some of the leisure hot spots Fort Worth offers are the Fort Worth Stockyards National Historic District—a unique way to explore the essence of the Old West. The district provides visitors lodging, shopping, nightlife and entertainment. And a leisurely stroll through Sundance Square, Downtown Fort Worth’s entertainment and shopping district, offers patrons 20 blocks of Fort Worth’s most vibrant shopping and dining venues. Brickpaved, flower-lined sidewalks highlight charming, historical buildings, boutiques, art galleries, and museums. You’ve not experienced southwestern charm until you’ve strolled Sundance Square. The next few pages offer only a glimpse of the many activities available in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area. So, enjoy all it has to offer: cattle drives, outdoor sculpture tours, and art gardens make these cities a joy to discover!


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Dallas boasts the largest concentrated urban arts district in the nation. The Dallas Arts District was established in 1983 to centralize the art community and provide adequate facilities for cultural organizations. Institutions include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Dallas Theater Center, the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, the Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. In addition to the Arts District, Dallas is home to the Meadows Museum, the Latino Cultural Center, the Writer’s Garret Literary Center, and the museums at Fair Park, among others.

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DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT The Dallas Arts District is the largest urban cultural district in the country. This 19-block area covers 68.4-acres near downtown Dallas. The District is home to many world-renowned performing and visual arts organizations including thirteen non-profit venues. In addition, multiple organizations perform in the District on an ongoing basis. This includes everything from concerts to outdoor festivals, to lectures, youth education programs and more. The Arts District Friends was founded in 1984—later renamed the Arts District Alliance—with the mission to champion the largest Urban Arts District in the country as a destination spot to be enjoyed by all citizens of Dallas as well as visitors. Through a variety of programming and marketing initiatives the Dallas Arts District Alliance raises awareness and appreciation for the Arts District and the institutions that enrich the District and therefore our community. Completed in 2009, this impressive District house more buildings designed by Pritzker Prize winning architects than any other location in the world. There are currently 31 arts organizations located in or presenting in the Arts District. | www.thedallasaertsdistrict.org Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts www.btwhsptsa.org Located in the heart of downtown, the magnet school attracts students from throughout the metropolitan area. Booker T. Washington has an impressive list of alumni including Grammy-winning vocalists Erykah Badu and Norah Jones, jazz trumpeter Roy Hargrove, dancer Jay Franke, cellist John Koen and drummer Aaron Comess. The building was erected in 1922 as the first African-American high school in Dallas. Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre www.attpac.org The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is one of the four main venues at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in the Arts District and was dedicated in 2009. The

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80,300-square-foot building is 12 stories high and holds about 600 people, depending upon the stage configuration. It is the new venue for the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art www.crowcollection.org Exhibiting works of art from Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia, the Crow Collection offers visitors a peaceful world of beauty and spirituality in the heart of the city. The pieces date from 3500 B.C. to the early 20th century and include precious jade ornaments from China, delicate Japanese scrolls and a rarely seen 12-by-28 foot sandstone façade of an 18th century Indian residence. Dallas Museum of Art www.dallasmuseumofart.org Established in 1903, the museum has an encyclopedic collection of more than 23,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history. The collections focus on the art of the ancient Americas, Africa, Indonesia, South Asia and Europe, as well as American painting, sculpture and decorative arts. American and international contemporary art is also on display. The museum welcomes more than half a million visitors per year. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center www.meyersonsymphonycenter.com In September 1989, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center opened its doors. The architect, I.M. Pei, was selected from more than 100 world-renowned architects, and his acclaimed design is revered among musical venues. The building’s impressive architectural features and unsurpassed acoustics have made the Meyerson a pre-eminent environment for exceptional events in Dallas.

wife Patsy, who together amassed one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world. The Center features more than 300 pieces and is located adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art in the Arts District. Renzo Piano, a world-renowned architect and winner of the Pritzker Prize in 1998, designed the 55,000-squarefoot building. Landscape architect Peter Walker designed the outdoor garden. Winspear Opera House www.dallasopera.org Designed by Foster + Partners under Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and Senior Design Partner Spencer de Grey, the Winspear Opera House is the newest of four such venues at the Arts District’s AT&T Performing Arts Center. The home of the Dallas Opera since 2009, it is engineered specifically for performances of opera and musical theater, with stages equipped for ballet performances, as well as other forms of dance. A 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional opera house, the 2,200-seat venue’s principal performance space, the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, is designed to be the environmentally conscious, state-ofthe-art standard against which future opera houses will be measured.

FAIR PARK Fair Park, Dallas, one of Dallas’ hidden treasures, is a central location to spend the day relaxing and learning about the rich history of Dallas. While many people associate Fair Park with only concerts and the famous Texas State Fair, there is actually much more to this historically and culturally rich locale.

Nasher Sculpture Center www.nashersculpturecenter.org

Fair Park is home to many beautiful native and organic gardens, museums, and performance halls, but it also boasts some of the finest art and architecture in the nation. As a matter of fact, Dallas’ Fair Park holds the designation of being a National Historic Landmark due to it boasting the largest collection of 1930s Art Deco architecture in the United States, and it is the only unaltered pre-1950s World’s Fair site in the nation.

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Dallas State Fair Board of Directors voted to purchase 80 acres of land and established the fairgrounds. Now the largest annual state fair in the United States, the State Fair of Texas is the largest tenant of Fair Park. In 1936, the city of Dallas was chosen to host the State of Texas Centennial Celebration. Architect George Dahl was commissioned to rebuild Fair Park for the event to the astonishing tune of $26 million—an outlandish price tag for the Depression Era. Dahl was tasked with the planning, designing and constructing with only 14-months from conception to completion. With the help of 10 Dallas design firms, Dahl and his team designed 26 major buildings in nine months. Dahl took great care to create a unique architectural look by combining classic Art Deco designs of the period with a Southwestern flare that interjected elements of Texas history. The Hall of State building was designed to be the architectural centerpiece of the Exposition. At $1.3 million, it was the most expensive structure per square foot ever built in Texas at the time. Unlike past World Fairs, the Dahl’s buildings were designed and built to last. They remain a true treasure to the city of Dallas and its residents.

of African-American artistic, cultural and historical materials. It features one of the largest collections of folk art in the nation. The rich history of black art and culture is stored in the four vaulted galleries, augmented by a research library. Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park www.dallaszoo.com/aquarium The Dallas Aquarium at Fair Park opened in 1936 as part of the Texas Centennial celebration. Housed in its original Art Deco building, the Aquarium is home to a varied collection of thousands of aquatic animals, including marine and freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Dallas Historical Society www.dallashistory.org The Dallas Historical Society was organized on March 31, 1922, by 101 prominent citizens who wished to encourage historical inquiry. In 1938, the Society assumed the management of the magnificent Hall of State at the request of the City of Dallas. The Historical Society is the oldest historical organization in Dallas County that is committed to preserving the area’s entire history.

Currently, Fair Park draws over seven million people to ticketed events alone and generates millions of dollars for the city of Dallas annually. Superpages.com Centre hosts over 40 concerts with nationally known stars each year. There are nine museums and six performance halls located at Fair Park, including the Science Place and The Women’s Museum. There are over 749,000 square feet of covered space that can be used for conferences, exhibits, markets, festivals and sporting events. Fair Park has a wealth of history, art and stunning architecture. The following is just a brief peek at what Fair Park has to offer.

Dallas Summer Musicals www.dallassummermusicals.org

African American Museum www.aamdallas.org

The Museum of the American Railroad possesses one of the most comprehensive heavyweight passenger car collections in the United States, with a complete pre World War II passenger train including a Railway Post Office and baggage car, coaches, lounge

The African American Museum is the only institution of its kind in the Southwest dedicated to the preservation and display

For more than 75 years, the non-profit Dallas Summer Musicals Inc. (DSM) has presented the very best in Broadway to North Texas audiences. Located in the historic Music Hall at Fair Park, DSM promotes excellence in live musical theatre with year-round performances for diverse audiences of all ages. Past musicals have included Wicked, Disney’s The Lion King, Kinky Boots and Pippin. Museum of the American Railroad www.dallasrailwaymuseum.com

African American Museum. Photo by J. Griffis Smith courtesy of TxDOT

cars, Pullman sleeping cars and a dining car. The museum has recently added a collection of postwar lightweight passenger equipment to complement its prewar passenger train. Over thirty pieces of historic railroad equipment including steam, diesel and electric locomotives, cabooses, historic structures, signals and assortment of small artifacts make it one of the finest railroad museums in the southwest United States. Museum of Nature & Science www.natureandscience.org The Museum of Nature & Science is the result of a 2006 merging, unlike any in the nation, of three cultural institutions – the Dallas Museum of Natural History (est. 1936), The Science Place (est. 1946) and the Dallas Children’s Museum (est. 1995). The combination of the Dallas Museum of Natural History and the Science Place was completed in June of 2006. The Children’s Museum combination was completed the following October. These combinations have resulted in an exciting family destination, which is able to better serve the community and steward its investment in the institution.

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Texas Discovery Gardens www.texasdiscoverygardens.org Located at historic Fair Park in Dallas, Texas Discovery Gardens is a year-round urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Ten different themed areas include a butterfly habitat, native wildlife pond, scent garden, shade garden and heirloom garden. At Texas Discovery Gardens, visitors discover a wealth of information on ways to restore, conserve and preserve natural environments in urban areas. Women’s Museum: An Institute for the Future www.thewomensmuseum.org Located in Fair Park, this is the nation’s only comprehensive women’s history museum. It chronicles the lives of more than 3,000 American women using state-of-the-art interactive exhibits to explore their contributions throughout American history and to examine women’s lives across time. Exhibits commemorate the women’s movement and women in the arts, sports and sciences.

OTHER ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICTS Bishop Arts District www.bishopartsdistrict.com The best kept secret south of downtown Dallas. This historic Oak Cliff neighborhood has been restored to its former glory with a mix of restaurants, retail and art galleries. In this one-of-a-kind district you will find great restaurants such as Hattie’s American Bistro and Cosmo Rouge, hotels such as the new Belmont and various shops with vintage treasures and more. Deep Ellum www.deepellumtexas.com A center for blues musicians and artists in the 1920s, Deep Ellum today offers avantgarde cuisine, galleries, retail, bars and live music. Popular by day for business lunches and bustling at night with club patrons, Deep Ellum has broad appeal. The Angry Dog restaurant is a local favorite for hamburgers, chilidogs and hot wings, and its brick walls

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and dimly lit setting make it an ideal lunch hideout. Izmir Mediterranean Tapas has a dramatic atmosphere and offers tapas and Turkish coffee, which adds an eclectic element to diverse Deep Ellum. It has been voted “Best Live Music Venue” several times by various local publications. Among the live venues, The Green Room has some of the best views of downtown and a great selection of upscale cuisine that patrons can enjoy on the rooftop patio. Upper and Lower Greenville The Greenville Avenue dining, retail and entertainment districts attract a young, funky crowd to its “lower” block nestled in a 1920’s residential area, as well as young professionals seeking trendy casual elegance in its “upper” region. Don’t miss Lower and Upper Greenville for their reasonably priced homegrown restaurants, pubs and boutiques. Nero’s is a Dallas favorite for Italian cuisine and is known for its pink garlic bread and checkered tablecloths. Cafe Nostra is open late and is an ideal place to stop after a long night out. Stan’s Blue Note, another Greenville favorite, has 100 types of bottled beer and 50 draft options, outside patios and a shuffleboard court. The Blue Goose Cantina draws a distinctive crowd from college students to bikers. Patrons can unwind on the patio and enjoy the sights of Greenville Avenue. For more than 27 years, Dallas locals have stopped at Snuffer’s Restaurant for one of the city’s best burgers and their famous cheese fries. A Dallas favorite for 15 years, Terilli’s specializes in Italian food and great service in a cozy and distinctive atmosphere. Enjoy live jazz Thursday through Saturday evenings. Knox-Henderson For antique shops, dining and quaint boutiques visit the popular two-mile district straddling North Central Expressway near Downtown Dallas called Knox-Henderson. Visitors can tour the Henderson side, east of Central Expressway, for antiques and one-of-a-kind boutiques. The Knox side on the west features popular bars, restaurants and additional shopping. Fireside Pies, a gourmet pizza hangout, offers inventive toppings from local merchants and delicious salads. A popular Knox stop is Tei Tei, a restaurant with modern Asian

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design, an impressive bar and an extensive sushi menu. La Duni is a funky favorite for Latin American dishes and The Old Monk, a traditional bar with a loyal following, has exceptional fish and chips and serves an extensive collection of imported beers. On-the-go travelers can grab hot dogs and hand-dipped frozen custard from Wild About Harry’s on their way to the Knox Street Market for charming home furnishings with Texas flair. Main Street www.downtowndallas.org Downtown Dallas’ Main Street is anchored by the Neiman Marcus flagship store, and the historic Adolphus and Magnolia Hotels. This entertainment district has been revitalized over the past several years and is now alive with new entertainment options. Stone Street Gardens, an urban oasis in the middle of downtown, provides spaces for dining and entertainment, including seasonal concerts on Pegasus Plaza. Also, clubs keep the area active at night. And nearby Gilley’s is a true Texas experience with live country music, a mechanical bull, food, drinks and plenty of room on the dance floor. Mockingbird Station www.mockingbirdstation.com Located at Mockingbird Lane and North Central Expressway, Mockingbird Station is served by the North Central segment of the DART Rail Red and Blue Lines. This cutting-edge development features metropolitan loft living above street front dining and retail. This area is truly a local favorite that is known for its coveted boutiques, popular restaurants, nightlife and Angelika Theater. Oak lawn www.oaklawncommittee.org Known for its elegant high-rise condominiums along historic Turtle Creek, Oak Lawn also features shopping, eclectic restaurants and a diverse nightlife scene embracing all lifestyles. This area boasts nightlife hot spots such as Station 4, The Brick, Woody’s, J.R.’s, Sue Ellen’s, and The Round Up Saloon, most of which are located along Cedar Springs Road. Oak Lawn is also contiguous with the Dallas


Design District, and so much of the area conveys a very “artsy” and upscale feeling. Uptown www.uptowndallas.net To travel from downtown to Uptown, visitors can hop on the McKinney Avenue Trolley for a FREE ride. The trolley is operated by volunteers and is one of the largest volunteer trolley systems in the United States. This 125-year-old neighborhood blends historic homes with new high-rise residences. Uptown boasts 40 art galleries and antique shops, 85 restaurants, four exclusive hotels, three bed and breakfasts, three performance theaters, one movie theater and four historic cemeteries. Unique hotels include the urban resort, Hotel ZaZa, with its individually themed suites and restaurant Dragonfly. Others are Hotel Crescent Court, Hotel St. Germain, The Mansion on Turtle Creek and The Stoneleigh Hotel, all of which have their special niche and unique history. Stanley Korshak, the award winning, privately owned specialty store is located inside The Crescent and offers an extraordinary shopping experience. Uptown Bar & Grill is a karaoke destination in the evenings and an entertaining lunch option during the day. With a spirited wait staff, great burgers and bar-wide trivia games, Uptown Bar & Grill is a fun change of pace. Victory Park www.victorypark.com The Victory Park project began with the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and the Dallas Stars, and the project has expanded to include dining, shopping and living space. The 72-acre district includes Dallas’ first W Hotel & Residences—topped out with the ultra-lounge Ghostbar. There are two five-story retail buildings with eight movable HD video screens in the “plaza.” The screens move on rails somewhat like roller-coaster rails showing a customized program of sports, entertainment and select cultural events. Victory Park boasts urban residential units above street front retailers, distinctive dining, coveted boutiques and endless entertainment; an urban park; state-of-the-art office space; WFAA-TV (ABC) television

studio; and light-rail connection to the Dallas Convention Center. Restaurants in Victory Park include many coveted dining establishments. Victory Park is one of Dallas’ most impressive visitor destinations. West End Historic District www.dallaswestend.org The West End Historic District in downtown transformed a multi-block area of turn-ofthe-century storefronts and warehouses into shops, restaurants and nightclubs. Accessible by DART light rail and minutes from the Dallas Convention Center and Victory Park, the area is home to the annual Taste of Dallas Event, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza honoring the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, the Dallas World Aquarium, the Holocaust Museum, horsedrawn carriage rides, outdoor cafes, retail and restored loft apartments. West Village www.westvil.com

Bass Performance Hall www.basshall.com The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, which is located in downtown Fort Worth near Sundance Square, opened in 1998 and seats 2,056 people. Occupying a whole city block, it represents one of the most successful downtown revitalization efforts in the country. The European opera house-inspired

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Within Uptown and along the McKinney Avenue Trolley M-Line is the new West Village entertainment area—an eclectic mix of shops from home décor and clothing stores to restaurants, bars and clubs. Residential lofts overlook busy streets, giving an urban feel to the Village. Crú Wine Bar is a must-see where patrons can sit outside and enjoy premium wines and cheeses. For a more casual option, Taco Diner offers Mexican dishes in a sleek and modern atmosphere. Cowboy Cool is a true blend of Texas with custom-made western wear including cowboy hats, boots and other distinctive garments.

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with the great halls of the world. Dallas Black Dance Theatre www.dbdt.com Founded in 1976, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre is a modern dance company with a mixed repertoire of modern, jazz, African and spiritual works. Celebrating its 28th season, the Dallas Black Dance Theatre is the city’s oldest continuously operating dance company. The company has studied, trained and performed with some of America’s most influential dance teachers, including Alvin Ailey, David Parsons, Robert Battle and Chuck Davis.

Ballet Folklorico Ollimpaxqui folkloricofestivalofdallas.com

Dallas Childrens Theater www.dct.org

Ollimpaxqui means “joyful movement” in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. The Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company was formed in Mexico City, and came to the United States in 1985. The Dallas-based company has performed in the National Auditorium and in the Palace of the Fine Arts in Mexico City. The group currently participates in more than 200 performances a year.

Dallas Children’s Theater is a professional theater organization that focuses on producing theater for youth and families. DCT reaches an audience of 270,000 youth annually with its 11 main stage productions, national touring company and education programs. In 2004, TIME Magazine named Dallas Children’s Theater one of the Top 5 theaters in the country performing for youth. In 2003

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DCT moved into the 58,000 sq. ft. Rosewood Center for Family Arts with the Baker Theater (seats 400) and Studio Theater (seats 150), five classrooms, community gathering room and space for costume, scenic, shops and storage. Dallas Symphony Orchestra www.dallassymphony.com The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs in the Meyerson Symphony Center, and can traces its origins to a concert given by a group of forty musicians in 1900. The 2008-2009 season marked the inaugural season of the Orchestras new conductor Jaap van Zweden, which included two world premieres and works by modern and classic composers. Dallas Theater Center www.dallastheatercenter.org One of the leading theaters in the nation, the Dallas Theater Center performs annually to more than 80,000 people. The Theater Center features the Kalita Humphreys Theater, one of only three existing theaters built by Frank Lloyd Wright. Dallas Wind Symphony www.dws.org The Dallas Wind Symphony was founded in 1985 is regarded as one of the world’s leading wind orchestras. Originally organized as a “reading band” for local professional freelance musicians, the Sympony has gone on to release 14 high-fidelity recordings, two of which were nominated for Grammy Awards. Fort Worth Botanical Gardens www.fwbg.org The Fort Worth Botanic Garden is a 109-acres botanical garden established in 1934. It is the oldest botanic garden in Texas, with 2,501 species of native and exotic plants in its 21 specialty gardens; open daily. Kimbell Art Museum www.kimbellart.org The Kimbell Art Museum hosts a small but excellent art collection as well as traveling

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art exhibitions, educational programs and an extensive research library. Its initial artwork came from the private collection of Kay and Velma Kimbell, who also provided funds for a new building to house it. The building was designed by renowned architect Louis I. Kahn and is widely recognized as one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times. It is especially noted for the wash of silvery natural light across its vaulted gallery ceilings.

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Latino Cultural Center lcc.dallasculture.org The Latino Cultural Center opened in September 2003 near downtown. Designed by celebrated Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, it has a brilliant shape and bold form. The Center strives to preserve and develop the Latino and Hispanic arts and culture. Meadows Museum www.meadowsmuseum.smu.edu The Meadows Museum, a division of Southern Methodist University’s Meadows School of the Arts, houses one of the largest and most comprehensive collections of Spanish art outside of Spain with works dating from the 10th through the 20th centuries. It includes masterpieces by El Greco, Velázquez, Ribera, Goya, Miró and Picasso. The Meadows Museum specially commissioned renowned artist, architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava to design a large-scale sculpture located in front of the building. The result is the “Wave,” a 40-by-90 foot sculpture in perpetual motion that sits atop a reflecting pool. Calatrava’s talents have also been tapped to design the bridges over Dallas’ Trinity River. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth www.themodern.org The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth (widely referred to as The Modern) was first granted a Charter from the State of Texas in 1892 as the “Fort Worth Public Library and Art Gallery.” The mission of the museum is “collecting, presenting and interpreting international developments in post-World War II art in all media.” The Permanent Collection includes more than 3,000 works including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Anselm Kiefer,

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Robert Motherwell, Susan Rothenberg, Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Richard Serra, Andres Serrano, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol. The Sixth Floor Museum at Delay Plaza www.jkf.org The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza chronicles the assassination and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. It examines the life, death and legacy of President Kennedy through artifacts, photographs, documentary films, areas where evidence was found, eyewitness accounts and interactive educational programming on both the sixth and seventh floors. Explore history through one of the world’s most significant repositories of original photographs, film and video footage, documents and artifacts related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—a continually growing, multifaceted collection of more than 35,000 items. Texas Ballet Theater www.texasballettheater.org The Texas Ballet Theater is the second largest professional dance company in Texas and performs for more than 100,000 people each year. This season, the ballet will employ thirty professional dancers and produce 50 performances in Dallas and Fort Worth. Since 1988, the ballet’s budget has grown from $1.4 million to $5 million.

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Dallas and Fort Worth’s wide variety of attractions appeal to everyone from the young in years to the young at heart. Experience the beauty of one of the most magnificent gardens in the nation at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, see the internationally renowned filming location for the

“Dallas” television series at Southfork Ranch, or take a stroll in the Stockyards National Historic District at Stockyards Station and experience an exciting blend of old and new Fort Worth. These are just a few of the amazing attractions the metroplex boasts. No matter what attraction you pick, you’ll have fun

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American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum 4601 Texas Hwy. 360 at FAA Road Fort Worth, 76155; 817-967-1560 www.crsmithmuseum.org

AT&T Stadium One AT&T Way Arlington, 76011; 817-892-4000 www.attstadium.com

Much more than a museum, the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum allows visitors to experience the history of commercial aviation through sight and sound with hands-on exhibits. Explore the world of aviation from the unique perspective that allows you to hear, feel, touch and see it for yourself.

AT&T Stadium, formerly known as Cowboys Stadium, has been the proud home of the five-time World Champion Dallas Cowboys since 2009. Seating 80,000 fans, it features state-of-the-art amenities under a domed cover. In addition to professional football, it plays host to a variety of events year-round, including concerts, festivals, carnivals, college football and high school football.

American Airlines Center 2500 Victory Avenue, Dallas, 75219 214-222-3687; americanairlinescenter.com View behind-the-scenes action of the American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks, Stars and Vigilantes. Find out how the facility transforms to host concerts, sporting events and other spectator events on stage and get a sneak peek of the backstage suites for visiting celebrities. Visit the pros’ locker rooms and take a tour of the Platinum Club, Jack Daniels Old #7 Club, the Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant and the Miller Sky Bar. Amon Carter Museum 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, 76107 817-738-1933: www.cartermuseum.org The assortment of American art housed within the Amon Carter Museum is breathtaking – from the first landscape painters of the 1830’s to modern artists of the twentieth century. The collection includes works from Alexander Calder, Thomas Cole, Stuart Davis, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent, and Alfred Stieglitz. Benefactor Amon G. Carter’s collection of works by the two greatest artists of the American West, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, are also housed here. The museum’s photography collection, one of the premier collections in the nation, boasts more than 30,000 exhibition-quality prints that cover the breadth of the medium’s history.

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Bass Performance Hall 4th and Calhoun Streets, Fort Worth, 76102 817-212-4325; www.basshall.com The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall serves as the home to major performing arts organizations of Fort Worth and as a premiere venue for other attractions, enhancing the range, quality, and accessibility of cultural fare available to the public; promoting arts education; and contributing to the cultural life of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, and the region. Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park 1462 First Avenue, Dallas,75210 469-554-7340; childrensaquariumfairpark.com Designed with children in mind, the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park is managed by the Dallas Zoo, and is home to a collection of approximately 6,000 aquatic animals. This aquarium features marine and freshwater fish, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, and also participates in a number of national and international conservation and research projects. It is a leader in the breeding of critically endangered Texas aquatic species, such as the Texas blind salamander and several desert fishes that are already extinct in nature. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, 75218 214-515-6515; www.dallasarboretum.org One of the most magnificent gardens in the nation, the Dallas Arboretum and

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Botanical Garden is in bloom year-round. This special gardener’s delight is home to the nation’s most notable azalea collections, as well as a mist garden, all on 66 acres along the shores of White Rock Lake overlooking downtown Dallas. Dallas Firefighters Museum 3801 Parry Avenue, Dallas, 75226 214-821-1500; dallasfiremuseum.com One hundred years of firefighting history comes to life through rare firefighting memorabilia – including a horse-drawn steam pumper, a 1936 hook-and-ladder truck, helmets, tools and uniforms – all displayed in a vintage fire station located across from Fair Park. Dallas Mozzarella Company 2944 Elm Street, Dallas, 75226 214-741-4072; www.mozzco.com The Dallas Mozzarella Company is located near downtown Dallas and specializes in making fresh mozzarella and other cheeses. Take a tour of the factory, shop, or learn to make the cheese in a hands-on cheese making class. Dallas Museum of Art 1717 N. Harwood, Dallas, 75201 214-922-1200; www.dm-art.org For more than 100 years the Dallas Museum of Art has celebrated connecting art and people. The Museum has an encyclopedic collection of more than 22,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of history representing all cultures. Dallas World Aquarium 1801 North Griffin, Dallas, 75202 214-720-2224; www.dwazoo.com The Dallas World Aquarium, located in the heart of downtown Dallas, features exhibits and animals from around the world, including a South American rainforest alive with exotic birds and life local to that environment. The aquarium areas houses various marine life that reside both in and out of water.


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Dallas Zoo 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E) Dallas, 75203; 469-554-7500 www.dallaszoo.com The Dallas Zoo encompasses over 100 acres and features a variety of exhibits and activities such as the “Wilds of Africa,” LaCerte Family Children’s Zoo, the Exxon Mobil Endangered Tiger Habitat, and “SOAR, A Festival of Flight”. Located just three miles south of downtown, the Zoo is a great family destination. Dallas Farmers Market 1010 South Pearl Expressway, Dallas, 75201; 214-939-2808 www.dallasfarmersmarket.org Open seven-days-a-week and 362 days a year, you will find the freshest fruits, vegetables, flowers and homemade delights here, where farmers sell their wares directly to the public. The Dallas Farmers Market is one of the country’s largest open-air markets. Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas, 75215 214-421-5141; www.dallasheritagevillage.org

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Take a trip back in time when visiting Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park, a living history museum portraying life in North Texas circa 1840-1910. The museum’s 20 acres is home to 38 historic structures, including a working Civil War-era farm, a traditional Jewish household, Victorian homes, a school, a church and commercial buildings. Dedicated to preserving structures, artifacts and other historical materials related to this period, the museum provides living interpretations of this period for the public to experience. Fair Park 1121 First Avenue, Dallas, 75210 214-426-3400; www.fairpark.org Designated as a National Historic Landmark, Fair Park is known for its American Art Deco architecture during its heyday in the 1930’s. Located only two miles east of downtown Dallas, the 277-acred park is home to some of the city’s best museums, the Music Hall, Band Shell, the Cotton Bowl, several historic landmarks and hosts the State Fair of Texas every autumn. Other special features include the Leonhardt Lagoon, the Texas Vietnam Memorial and Smith Fountain.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History 1600 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, 76107 817-255-9300; www.fortworthmuseum.org Established in 1941, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was the very first children’s museum in Texas, and one of the first children’s museums in the nation. Dedicated to offering exceptional learning experiences in science and history to the diverse populations of North Texas, the museum hosts nine galleries featuring exhibits ranging from dinosaurs to computers, and is home to an IMAX theatre as well as a planetarium. Fort Worth Zoo 1989 Colonial Parkway, Fort Worth, 76110 817-759-7555; www.fortworthzoo.com The nationally ranked Fort Worth Zoo is home to nearly 7,000 exotic animals, and is the oldest continuous zoo site in Texas. Since 1992, the Zoo has opened 16 permanent exhibits and support facilities, and features Texas Wild!, which is actually seven distinct exhibits within its 8-acre complex. The Zoo has been ranked as a top zoo in the nation by Family Life magazine, the Los


Angeles Times and USA Today, and as one of the top zoos in the South by Southern Living Reader’s Choice Awards. Frisco RoughRiders Dr Pepper Ballpark 7300 RoughRiders Trail, Frisco, 75034 972-334-1900; www.ridersbaseball.com The AA affiliate of the Texas Rangers, the RoughRiders summer games are action packed and filled with family fun. Enjoy the fireworks show after a Friday night game and catch the zany characters of the ZOOperstars entertainment act. Frontiers of Flight Museum 6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, 75209 214-350-3600; www.flightmuseum.com From Kitty Hawk to the Moon Walk, relive the history of aviation amid one of the world’s finest collections of artifacts, scale models, photography and other exciting memorabilia. George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum 2943 SMU Boulevard, Dallas, 75205 www.georgewbushlibrary.smu.edu The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum opened to the public in May 2013. This new, must-see Dallas site is located on the campus of Southern Methodist University. The Library houses records and documents from Bush’s presidency and his governorship of Texas. The Museum has exhibits aimed at telling the story of George W. Bush’s presidency, including the aftermath of the World Trade Center bombing. An interactive Decisions Theater takes the visitor through the decision making process of the Bush Administration. Visitors can also enjoy a life-size re-creation of the Oval Office as it was during the Bush presidency, as well as a Texas Rose Garden. Gilley’s Dallas 1135 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, 75215 214-421-2021; www.gilleysdallas.com

Gilley’s Dallas is a one-of-a-kind place where great entertainers strut their stuff, all to the delight of an audience that always feels a part of the show. Gilley’s Dallas features 93,000 sq ft of event space with a spectacular view of the stage from every seat, a walnut hardwood dance floor and the latest in sound, lights, and video production equipment. Gilley’s entertainment calendar reflects Dallas’ diversity, including contemporary Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Blues, Latino/ Tejano music, and even sporting events, while not forgetting its Urban Country roots. Hall of State 3939 Grand Avenue, Dallas, 75210 214-421-4500; www.dallashistory.org Built by the State of Texas for the 1936 Centennial Exposition, the Hall of State is located within Fair Park and continues its dedication to Texas history and culture. The Hall of State is a virtual treasure trove for historians, housing more than 3 million historic documents, photographs, garments and other objects in its vast collection. Hawaiian Falls Water Parks 888-544-7550; www.hfalls.com With many parks to choose from in the DFW Metroplex, you’re always within 20 minutes of unique family fun. From speed slides to floating on a lazy river, or enjoying one of our many kid recommended rides, these unique attractions make the Hawaiian Falls entertainment complex special. Hawaiian Falls’ mission is to provide wholesome family entertainment where families come to make memories! Kimbell Art Museum 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, 76107 817-332-8451; www.kimbellart.org Designed by the great American architect Louis I. Kahn, the Kimbell Art Museum has been called “America’s best small museum.” Kimbell’s world-class collection includes holdings that range in period from antiquity to the 20th century, including works by Fra Angelico, Caravaggio, Cézanne and Matisse.

It is one of the only Southwest institutions with a substantial collection of Asian arts, and has a small but select group representing Mesoamerican and African pieces as well as Mediterranean antiquities. Latino Cultural Center 2600 Live Oak Street, Dallas, 75204 214-671-0045 lcc.dallasculture.org Opened in 2003 to celebrate and share Latino culture and designed by renowned Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the Center serves as a catalyst for the preservation, development and promotion of Latino arts and culture in Dallas. The Lookout Atop Reunion Tower 300 Reunion Blvd., Dallas, 75207 214-651-1234; www.dallasregency.hyatt.com This landmark tower adjacent to downtown’s Hyatt Regency Hotel features a spectacular view with high-definition cameras from a newly designed 50-story observation deck, renamed GeO-Deck, including a private dining room, a revolving cocktail lounge and Antares restaurant. Louis Tussard’s Palace of Wax and Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 601 E. Palace Pkwy., Grand Prairie, 75050 972-263-2391; www.grandprairie.ripleys.com Mingle amongst over 200 life-like figures from Hollywood, history, horror, religion and fantasy in Louis Tussard’s Palace of Wax. Ripley’s Believe It or Not features an eye-popping collection of oddities from around the world in 11 galleries spread over 10,000 sq ft of fun! There is also a Mirror Maze and LaseRace Challenge, if you’re up for a more interactive experience. Everyone will find something to do in this place. McKinney Avenue Transit Authority / M-Line Streetcar 3153 Oak Grove Avenue, Dallas, 75204 214-855-0006, ext. 1; www.mata.org The FREE McKinney Avenue Trolley, the only historic streetcar system in Texas,

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connects the Arts District and the bistros and boutiques along McKinney Avenue to the new West Village dining and retail development. The trolley runs every 15 minutes on the weekdays and every 20 minutes on the weekend. Mesquite Championship Rodeo 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, 75149 972-235-8777; www.mesquiteprorodeo.com Since 1958, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has been Dallas’ link to the Old West. The seasonal rodeo features highflying broncos, 2,000-pound bulls, daredevil clowns, Texas shops, Chuck wagon races, a barbeque buffet and children’s activities. Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora, Dallas, 75201 214-670-3600; www.dallasculture.org Opened in 1989, The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is located in the Downtown Dallas Arts District and is home to the world-class Dallas Symphony Orchestra and other Dallas-based cultural organizations. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth 3200 Darnell Street, Fort Worth, 76107 817-738-9215; www.themodern.org The oldest art museum in Texas and one of the oldest museums in the western United States, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth maintains one of the most celebrated collections of postwar art in the central United States. The Modern’s current home was designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Tadao Ando and features more than 53,000 square feet of gallery space devoted to showcasing modern and contemporary American and European art from 1945 to the present, and includes paintings, sculptures, works on paper and photography. Nasher Sculpture Center 2001 Flora Street, Dallas, 75201 214-242-5100; www.nashersculpturecenter.org The Nasher Sculpture Center is one of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern

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sculpture. Considered one of the foremost collections, private or public, of 20th-Century sculpture in the world, the Nasher collection is composed of more than 300 sculpture pieces together with twentieth-century paintings and drawings, and features works by Calder, de Kooning, Kelly, Matisse, Miro, Picasso, Rodin and Serra, among many others. The museum’s holdings are rotated in thematic installations throughout the Center’s seamless blend of indoor and outdoor exhibition spaces. National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, 76107 817-336-4475; www.cowgirl.net The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is like none other – the only museum in the world honoring and celebrating the women of the American West through extraordinary courage and a true pioneering spirit. Take a ride on a bronc or peruse the galleries filled with artifacts and stories of how women shaped the West. National Scouting Museum, The Official Museum of the Boy Scouts of America 1329 West Walnut Hill Lane, Irving, 75038 972-580-2100; www.bsamuseum.org A tribute to the rich history of the Boy Scouts of America, the state-of-the-art facility features a Norman Rockwell art gallery, rescue adventure, laser shooting gallery, Pinewood Derby track, hands-on exhibits and a large historical collection. NRH2O 9001 Boulevard 26, N. Richland Hills, 76180 817-427-6500; www.nrh2o.com The NRH2O waterpark features body slides, double-rider inner tube slides, a 12,000-square-foot wave pool, mat racing,

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food and other water-based attractions for the whole family, as well as special events and discounts. There are three single-riders and 5 multi-riders, adding to the adventure and offering something for everyone to make a day in the sun more fun! Perot Museum of Nature and Science 2201 N. Field Street, Dallas, 75201 214-428-5555; www.natureandscience.org The Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park is one of the most compelling and unique museums in the Southwest. Offering three distinct areas of specialization (exhibit halls, a planetarium and an IMAX® theatre), it’s a place to discover the joy of learning through over 200 hands-on exhibits and larger than life films. Sid Richardson Collection of Western Art 309 Main Street, Sundance Square Fort Worth, Texas 76102 817-332-6554 or 888-332-6554 www.sidrichardsonmuseum.org Come visit the American West, as depicted in paintings by famous Western artists Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The paintings reflect both the myth and the reality of the American West, and are the legacy of the late oilman and philanthropist, Sid Williams Richardson. More than 50,000 come each year to the museum, which is housed in a replica of a turn-of-the-century building in historic Sundance Square. Six Flags Over Texas 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington, 76011 817-640-8900; www.sixflags.com/overTexas/ In the spirit of all that is Six Flags, ‘Over Texas’ features more than 100 thrilling rides and attractions, as well as a variety of family-friendly shows and attractions. There


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area about 30 rides to keep your young ones happy, while Family Rides allows for all to enjoy a thrill. If you’ve got the stomach for it, take a stab at one of the more than 10 thrilling rides that will have your hair standing on end and adrenaline shooting through your veins. Whatever you choose, it will be a day you’ll never forget! The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza 411 Elm Street, Dallas, 75202 214-747-6660; www.jfk.org The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a permanent historical exhibition located in downtown Dallas, receiving more than two million visitors each year. The exhibition explores the life, times, death and legacy of John F. Kennedy, focusing on the impact of his death. The museum is located on the sixth floor of the Dallas County Administration Building (formerly the Texas School Book Depository) at 411 Elm Street at Houston in downtown Dallas. Visitors enter through the Visitors Center on the north side of the building where twin elevators take them directly to the museum’s permanent exhibit. Southfork Ranch 3700 Hogge Rd., Parker, 75002 972-442-7800; www.southforkranch.com

Internationally renowned as the filming location for the “Dallas” television series, Southfork Ranch is known the world over as America’s most famous ranch. Today, Southfork welcomes several thousand tourists annually and lavishly hosts guests for more than 1,400 special events. Stockyards Station 130 E. Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth, 76164 817-625-9715; www.stockyardsstation.com Located in the heart of the Stockyards National Historic District, Stockyards Station creates an exciting blend of old and new Fort Worth. Visitors enjoy walking tours, hopping an operational steam train and visiting the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame and the numerous shops. There’s even The Fort Worth Herd – a daily Longhorn cattle drive! Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame 128 E. Exchange, Historic Barn A Fort Worth, 76164; 817-626-7131 www.texascowboyhalloffame.com The newest attraction to the Fort Worth Stockyards, the museum pays tribute to more than 40 rodeo and cutting horse championships and features over 60 antique wagons. It hosts exhibits and exploratoriums sharing a wealth of knowledge and hands on activities for all to experience.

Texas Discovery Gardens 3601 Martin Luther King Blvd. Gate 6 at Fair Park Dallas, 75210; 214-428-7476; www.texasdiscoverygardens.org A year-round urban oasis, Texas Discovery Gardens is located at historic Fair Park. The first certified organic public garden in the state, Texas Discovery Gardens showcases beautiful native and adapted plants grown using sustainable methods that conserve water and protect the environment. Family festivals, free admission days, events, classes and exhibitions round out an assortment of natural wonders waiting to be explored. Winspear Opera House 2403 Flora Street, Suite 500, Dallas, 75201 214-443-1043; www.dallasopera.org Home of the Dallas Opera, this 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional opera house features the 2,200-seat Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, designed with an environmentally conscious, state-of-the-art standard against which future opera houses will be measured. With shows to please young and old alike, everyone can partake in the spine-tingling thrill of live theatre paired with dynamic sounds.

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There is no lack of athletic entertainment for sports enthusiasts in the metroplex. Enjoy NFL football with the Dallas Cowboys, NBA basketball with the Dallas Mavericks, MLB baseball with the Texas Rangers and NHL hockey with the Dallas Stars to start.

Dallas Cowboys 925 N. Collins Street, Arlington, 76011 817-892-4400; www.dallascowboys.com The legendary Dallas Cowboys are a member of the National Football League and are five-time world champions (1971, 1977, 1992, 1993, 1995). Known by many under the nickname “America’s Team,” in 2009 Forbes magazine names the Cowboys “the highest valued sports franchise in the history of the United States,” the same year it began playing in its new state-of-the-art stadium. Many football greats have played for the team, including Troy Aikman, Bob Lily, Emmitt Smith and Roger Staubach. Dallas’ Jerry Jones bought the team in 1989 and under his leadership the team has enjoyed three Super Bowl wins. In 2010, the acclaimed football coach Jason Garrett, formerly the Cowboys’ offensive coordinator, accepted promotion to the team’s head coach position. Dallas Mavericks 2500 Victory Blvd., Dallas, 75201 214-747-6287; www.dallasmavericks.com As the 2010 – 2011 NBA World Champions, the Dallas Mavericks professional basketball team is bringing new energy and excitement to the Metroplex. Mavs owner Mark Cuban is an exemplary NBA owner and his deep loyalty to Mavericks fans has fueled his successful franchise. Under veteran head coach Rick Carlisle, the Mavericks compete in the NBA’s tough Western Conference. The team plays in the state-of-the-art American Airlines Center and is becoming one of the most formidable competitors in the NBA. Texas Rangers Baseball 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, 76011 817-273-5100; www.texasrangers.com As the 2011 American League Pennant Champions, the Texas Rangers has made

Texas a contender on Major League Baseball’s international stage. The Rangers appeared in the MLB postseason four other times: in 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2010. Since 2010, the franchise has been partly owned (along with Chuck Greenberg) by MLB legend and former Rangers pitcher Nolan Ryan, who also serves as the team’s CEO and team president. The team plays at AmeriQuest Field in Arlington from April through October since 1994. Dallas Stars Hockey 2500 Victory Blvd., Dallas, 75201 214-387-5500; www.dallasstars.com The National Hockey League’s Dallas Stars have won seven division titles, the last during the 2005-6 season, as well as two President’s Trophies as the top regular season team in the NHL, the Western Conference championship twice, and in 1998–99, the Stanley Cup. The Stars play at the American Airlines Center, October through April. FC Dallas 14800 Quorum Drive, Ste. 300, Dallas, 75254 www.fcdallas.com One of ten charter clubs of Major League Soccer (MLS), the highest professional soccer league in North American, FC Dallas changed its name from Dallas Burn to coincide with its move to a new facility in 2005. After a strong showing during the regular season, FC Dallas went on the play in the 2010 MLS Cup, the League’s championship game. The Frisco Soccer & Entertainment Center is a 115-acre facility featuring a 20,000-plus-seat soccer stadium. As a member of the MLS, FC Dallas was one of the most consistent teams in the league. Dallas Rugby Football Club www. dallasrugby.org

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Expansion program. Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie 1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, 75050 972-263-7223; www.lonestarpark.com This world-class major league sports venue features live horse racing during the spring and fall. Television monitors inside an enclosed, climate-controlled grandstand and the infield giant JumboTron screen assure unimpeded racing views. Mesquite Championship Rodeo 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite, 75149 972-235-8777; www.mesquiterodeo.com Since 1958, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo has been Dallas’ link to the Old West. Seasonal events feature high-flying broncos, 2,000-pound bulls, daredevil clowns, Texas shops, Chuck wagon races, a barbeque buffet and children’s activities. Texas Motor Speedway 3601 Hwy. 114, Justin, 76247 817-215-8500; www.texasmotorspeedway.com Texas Motor Speedway is the second largest sports facility in America and it plays host to professional auto racing, concerts and giant auto shows. Take a tour of the Speedway and get a birds-eye view of more than 150,000 seats and 1,000 acres that make up the Speedway. Take laps on the racing oval in the tour van and experience speeding on the racetrack.

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With DFW golf courses numbering well over one hundred public, daily fee and private tracks within a 100-mile radius of the center of DFW, it gives any newcomer the opportunity to work on their games, test their skills, enjoy some spectacular golf scenery, and maybe even get a taste of the country club life. The DFW area has an abundance of quality teaching and practice facilities that provide ample opportunity for the Metroplex newcomer to hone their games before hitting the links.

Golden Bear Golf Center in Carrollton is the top-rate teaching and practice facility in the Metroplex as recognized by Avid Golfer Magazine. A Hank Haney Golf facility is available in Lewisville providing instruction, and the opportunity to play a quick nine holes at their on-site course. The Practice Tee in Richardson and the Leonard Golf Center in Fort Worth also have quality instruction and practice facilities that will allow all golfers to get the direction they need to tackle DFW golf courses.

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the golfer to master. Waterchase Golf Club on the Fort Worth/ Arlington border is not to be out done, giving all golfers a fair, but still lengthy and challenging layout. And finally, Fossil Creek Golf Club in Fort Worth gives golfers a taste of golf in a setting away from the maddening crowd, but close enough to still let you know you are in Cowtown. Daily fee courses spot the Dallas Metroplex landscape as well and range from unique courses like Cowboys Golf Club in Grapevine, the first and only NFL themed golf course in the US (the mango scented towels are a nice touch), The Tribute in The Colony with replica holes from Scotland including three holes from the Old Course, to Tour 18 in Flower Mound with replica holes from all over the US including Amen Corner at Augusta National and Westridge Golf Club in McKinney, a unique Jeff Brauer design with six par 5s, six par 4s and six par 3s. Each of these courses demonstrates a new perspective to daily fee golf in the area and all have green fees that include golf carts, GPS and will not break the bank. Play any of these daily fee courses and you will want to come back for more.

Private golf courses in the area give the DFW golf community its sense of pride for having the most challenging and some of the most exclusive courses in the country.

Public golf in DFW ranges from layouts on the Dallas side of the Metroplex like Indian Creek in Carrollton which has two 18-hole courses to accommodate most any player or tournament courses like Lake Park Golf Course in Lewisville, Pecan Hollow in Plano, Sherrill Park in Richardson, LB Houston in Dallas, Keeton Park in Dallas, Stevens Park in Dallas and Cedar Crest Golf Course in Dallas. Most of the public courses in the area have green fees that are reasonably priced, allowing walking any time, and are a pleasure to play. The amenities at some of the courses may not be to country club standards, but each course provides the new area golfer the challenges they desire. Likewise, the Fort Worth side of town has some very nice public courses. Be sure to check out Iron Horse in Fort Worth, Chester A. Ditto Municipal in Arlington, Riverside in Arlington, and Willow Springs in Haslet. Like the Dallas public courses, the Fort Worth area is not to be out done, providing public golf at competitive rates, with many courses running daily specials and allowing access to golf for all. Daily Fee courses are at the heart of golf in the DFW area with well over 30 courses that treat the average golfer like royalty without the big-ticket prices of joining a country club. Fort Worth has three very fine daily fee tracks that fit the bill for the golfer looking to be treated well and enjoy a nice round. Texas Star in Euless tops the three, putting challenges galore in front of

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Private Golf Courses in the DFW area give the DFW golf community its sense of pride for having the most challenging and some of the most exclusive courses in the country. Dallas National Golf Club sits as the cornerstone golf course in the private sector. Vaquero and Dallas Athletic Club (DAC) are not far behind in showing the private country club member how to live the life of playing golf. Other private courses like Preston Trails in Dallas, Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Las Colinas Country Club in Las Colinas, and Shady Oaks in Fort Worth all team with history and tradition while adding another level of unique private country club qualities to golf in the DFW area. Being privileged enough to be able to play one of these many fine and opulent private golf courses is a treat one would never forget.

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City

Website

Holes/ Par

USGA Rating/ Slope

Length in Yards

Rolling Hills Country Club

Arlington

www.rollinghills.cc

18/71

69.1/121

6,117

Shady Valley Golf Club

Arlington

www.shadyvalley.com

18/70

71.3/128

6,554

The Honors Golf Club

Carrollton

www.thehonorsgolfclubdallas.com

18/72

73.3/132

7,018

Bent Tree Country Club

Dallas

www.benttreecc.org

18/71

74.9/139

7,113

Brook Hollow Golf Club

Dallas

www.brookhollowgc.org

18/71

72.1/131

6,703

Dallas Country Club

Dallas

www.thedallascc.org

18/70

71.3/126

6,266

Dallas National Golf Club

Dallas

www.dallasnationalgolfclub.com

18/72

76.1/150

7,326

Lakewood Country Club

Dallas

www.lakewoodcc.com

18/71

75.8/139

6,600

Northwood Club

Dallas

www.northwoodclub.org

18/71

72.9/131

6,835

Oak Cliff Country Club

Dallas

www.golfclubdallas.com

18/70

72.1/129

6,630

Prestonwood C.C.

Dallas

www.prestonwoodcc.org

18/71

72.5/139

6,516

Royal Oaks Country Club

Dallas

www.roccdallas.com

18/71

74.2/141

6,960

Thorntree Country Club

DeSoto

www.throntreecc.com

18/72

74.2/140

7,023

Heritage Ranch Golf & C.C.

Fairview

www.heritageranchgolf.com

18/72

73.5/130

6,988

Brookhaven Country Club

Farmers Branch

www.brookhavenclub.com

18/72

72.2/131

6,866

Colonial Country Club

Fort Worth

www.colonialfw.com

18/70

73.7/132

7,010

Diamond Oaks Golf & C.C.

Fort Worth

www.diamondoaksclub.com

18/70

73.2/127

6,850

Doral Tesoro Hotel & G.C.

Fort Worth

www.championscirclegolf.com

18/72

74.9/143

7,147

Mira Vista Golf Club

Fort Worth

www.miravistacountryclub.com

18/71

73.2/135

6,844

Ridglea Country Club

Fort Worth

www.ridgleacountryclub.com

18/71

71.0/124

6,467

River Crest Country Club

Fort Worth

www.rivercrest-cc.org

18/70

70.8/132

6,368

Shady Oaks Country Club

Fort Worth

www.shadyoaksclub.com

18/71

71.0/130

6,916

The Golf Club at Fossil Creek

Fort Worth

www.thegolfclubatfossilcreek.com

18/72

73.0/137

6,865

Woodhaven Country Club

Fort Worth

www.woodhavenclub.com

18/71

70.3/124

6,465

Stonebriar Country Club

Frisco

www.stonebriar.com

18/72

77/153

7,064

Trails of Frisco

Frisco

www.thetrailsoffriscogc.com

18/71

74.0/138

6,980

Four Seasons Resort & Club

Irving

www.thesportsclubfourseasons.com

18/70

76.1/145

7,166

Hackberry Creek C.C.

Irving

www.hackberrycreek.com

18/72

73.9/132

7,013

Las Colinas Country Club

Irving

www.lascolinascc.com

18/71

72.6/129

6,809

The Lakes at Castle Hills

Lewisville

www.thelakesatcastlehills.com

18/72

75.4/133

7,356

Mountain Valley Country Club

Joshua

www.mountainvalleycc.com

18/71

70.4/118

6,542

Walnut Creek Country Club

Mansfield

www.walnuycreekcc.com

18/71

72.7/127

6,751

Eldorado Country Club

McKinney

www.eldoradocc.com

18/72

73.2/135

6,770

Stonebridge Ranch C.C.

McKinney

www.stonebridgeranch.com

18/72

77.8/132

6,304

TPC Craig Ranch

McKinney

tpc.com/craigranch

18/72

77.5/147

7,438

Dallas Athletic Club

Mesquite

www.dallasathleticclub.org

18/72

74.9/139

7,181

Gleneagles C.C.

Plano

www.gleneaglesclub.com

18/72

73.0/135

6,806

Canyon Creek Country Club

Richardson

www.canyoncreekclub.com

18/70

71.5/124

6,633

Buffalo Creek Golf Club

Rockwall

www.americangolf.com

18/72

73.8/133

7,018

Lakeside Village Golf Course

Rockwall

www.lakeside-village.com

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Timarron Country Club

Southlake

www.timarronclub.com

18/72

18/72

7,012

The Tribute Golf Club

The Colony

www.thetributegolflinks.com

18/72

73.2/122

7,002

Trophy Club Country Club

Trophy Club

www.trophyclub-dallas.com

18/72

72.8/123

6,953

Vaguera Golf Course

Westlake

www.vaqueroclub.com

18/71

75.7/139

7,064

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City

Website

Holes/ Par

USGA Rating/ Slope

Length in Yards

Lost Creek Golf Club

Aledo

www.lostcreekgolf.com

18/72

71.1/126

6,388

Twin Creeks Golf Course

Allen

www.twincreeksgolfclub.com

18/72

73.2/131

6,840

Chester Ditto

Arlington

www.arlingtongolf.com

18/72

70.8/117

6,712

Lake Arlington Golf Course

Arlington

www.arlingtongolf.com

18/71

72.3/122

6,637

Tierra Verde Golf Course

Arlington

www.arlingtongolf.com

18/72

73.5/133

6,975

Cross Timbers Golf Course

Azle

www.crosstimbersgc.com

18/72

71.7/128

6,734

Whitestone Golf Club

Benbrook

www.whitestonegolf.com

18/72

76.2/140

7,117

Hidden Creek Golf Course

Burleson

www.hiddencreekgolfcourse.com

18/71

73.9/139

6,753

Southern Oaks Golf Club

Burleson

www.southernoaksgc.com

18/71

75.0/132

7,302

Coyote Ridge

Carrollton

www.coyoteridgegolf.com

18/71

72.8/130

6,795

Indian Creek Golf Club

Carrollton

www.indiancreekgolfclub.com

18/72

74.7/135

7,235

Riverchase Golf Club

Coppell

www.palmergolf.com

18/71

72.0/124

6,593

Keeton Park

Dallas

www.keetonpark.com

18/72

70.6/113

6,521

L. B. Houston

Dallas

www.golflbhouston.com

18/72

70.8/126

6,705

Tenison Park Golf Course

Dallas

www.tenisonpark

18/72

71.2/122

6,638

Bear Creek Golf Club

Dallas

www.bearcreek-golf.com

18/72

72.5/127

6,670

Texas Star Golf Course

Euless

www.texasstargolf.com

18/71

73.6/136

6,936

Tour 18 Dallas

Flower Mound

www.tour18-dallas.com

18/72

74.3/138

7,033

Bridlewood

Flower Mound

www.bridlewoodgolf.com

18/72

73.6/130

7,100

Hawks Creek Golf Club

Fort Worth

www.hawkscreek.com

18/72

73.5/138

6,847

Meadowbrook Golf Course

Fort Worth

www.fortworthgolf.org

18/71

70.2/126

6,363

Pecan Valley Municipal G. C.

Fort Worth

www.fortworthgolf.org

18/71

71.3/124

6,562

Rockwood Municipal Golf Club

Fort Worth

www.fortworthgolf.com

18/71

73.8/120

6,340

Sycamore Creek

Fort Worth

www.fortworthgolf.org

9/35

36.2/132

3,058

The Golf Club at the Resort

Fort Worth

www.resortgolfclub.com

18/72

75.3/140

6,626

The Links at Waterchase

Fort Worth

www.waterchasegc.com

18/72

75.4/145

7,304

Timberview Golf Course

Fort Worth

www.timberviewgolf.com

18/72

70.4/113

6,491

Z. Boaz

Fort Worth

www.fortworthgolf.org

18/70

69.6/124

6,033

Plantation Resort Golf Course

Frisco

www.plantationgolf.net

18/72

70.9/122

6,402

Firewheel Golf Park

Garland

www.golffirewheel.com

18/72

74.1/129

7,054

Tangle Ridge Golf Club

Grand Prairie

www.tangleridge.com

18/72

73.4/133

6,835

Cowboys Golf Club

Grapevine

www.cowboysgolfclub.com

18/72

74.2/140

7,017

Grapevine Municipal

Grapevine

www.grapevinegc.com

27/108

76.7/140

10,472

Sky Creek Golf Ranch

Keller

www.skycreekranch.com

18/72

73.4/136

6,953

Iron Horse Golf Course

N. Richland Hills

www.ironhorsetx.com

18/70

71.8/130

6,580

Chase Oaks Golf Club

Plano

www.chaseoaks.com

18/72

74.1/139

6,773

Los Rios Country Club

Plano

www.losrioscountryclub.com

18/71

72.2/127

6,507

Pecan Hollow Golf Course

Plano

www.pecanhollowgc.com

18/72

70.1/115

6,772

Ridgeview Ranch Golf Club

Plano

www.ridgeviewgc.com

18/72

74.1/130

7,025

Sherrill Park Municipal G. C.

Richardson

www.sherrillparkgolf.com

18/72

72.0/124

6,899

The Shores Country Club

Rockwall

www.theshorescountryclub.com

18/72

72.5/121

6,764

Waterview Golf Club

Rowlett

www.waterview.americangolf.com 18/72

74.1/128

7,191

Canyon West Golf Club

Weatherford

www.canyonwestgolf.com

71.0/124

6,653

18/72

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Concert at Oak Point Park & Amphitheater in Plano. Photo Courtesy of Visit Plano

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JA N UA RY Dallas Area Train Show Plano Event Center, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano trainshow.com/greattexastrainshow One of the largest model train show in the North Dallas area is at Plano Event Center in January. See operating layouts, dealer displays, instructional clinics and video displays. Many home layouts on tour. Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo 3400 Burnett-Tandy Dr., Fort Worth 817-877-2400; www.fwssr.com The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has entertainment for all ages. The 2014 rodeo will mark this DFW tradition’s 118th year. Kid Film Festival Dallas; 214-821-6300; www.usafilmfestival.com Sponsored annually by USA Film Festival, the Kid Film Festival features classic and new quality children’s films at various Dallas area venues. Martin Luther King Birthday Parade Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center 2922 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas 214-670-8355; www.mlkcelebrationdallas.org The annual Martin Luther King Parade in downtown Dallas honors the late civil rights leader every January.

F E B RUA RY Dallas Autorama Dallas Market Hall 2200 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas 248-373-1700; www.autorama.com Enjoy collectible cars and the latest auto innovations at the annual Dallas auto show in Dallas Market Hall.

Dallas Blooms Dallas Arboretum • 8525 Garland Rd., Dallas www.dallasarboretum.org Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden presents Dallas Blooms: FLOWER POWER, the Southwest’s largest spring floral festival, sponsored by IBERIABANK. Get your groove on in the garden with Peace, Love and Blooms, featuring more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs, florally deco-

tree planting. Events include a business expo, kids’ rides, and nightly entertainment. Deep Ellum Arts Festival Dallas; 214-855-1881 www.deepellumartsfestival.com Talented artists from around the DFW area show off their work in Dallas’ historic Deep Ellum neighborhood.

rated topiary VW bugs and many activities. West End’s Mardi Gras Parade 1010 First Avenue, Dallas 214-741-7180; www.mardigrasdfw.com Celebrate a Texas Style Mardi Gras in Dallas’ historic West End.

MARCH Dallas St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival Dallas; 214-600-1533 www.dallasstpatricksparade.com Usually held the Saturday before St. Patrick’s Day, this Dallas tradition is fun for the entire clan. Russian Festival SMU McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane Dallas; 214-718-0701 The Russian American Center presents a traditional Russian ballet, music and art at SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium. Spring Gallery Night Fort Worth • www.fwada.com/gallerynight.html Many of the Fort Worth area’s most significant art galleries hold open houses.

APRIL Arbor Daze Euless City Hall , 201 N. Ector Dr., Euless 817-685-1449; www.arbordaze.org A family oriented festival encouraging

Denton Arts and Jazz Festival Denton’s Quakertown Park and Facilities 321 East McKinney, Denton (Corner of McKinney and Bell) www.dentonjazzfest.com This free three-day event features talented artists and jazz musicians. It is one of DFW’s most popular festivals Earth Party—Fort Worth www.fortworthtexas.gov/earthparty/ Celebrate Earth Day at this fun festival. Free entertainment for the entire family at Sundance Square. Grapevine New Vintage Wine & Arts Festival 636 South Main Street, Grapevine 817-410-3185 Enjoy seminars and tours hosted local wineries and witness the Blessing of the Vine and the Blessing of the New Release. Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival 817-336-2787; www.mainstreetartsfest.org An annual multicultural festival regarded as one of the nation’s premiere fine art and fine craft fairs, there’s much more than art. With street performers, concerts, great food, and kid’s activities, there’s something for everyone. Attendance is free.

Dallas Home and Garden Show + Fort Worth Home and Garden Show Dallas Market Hall; 2200 N Stemmons Fwy. Dallas; www.texashomeandgarden.com Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth

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USA Film Festival 214-821-6300; www.usafilmfestival.com Now in its 43rd year, the USA Film Festival annually features independent films from across the globe.

M AY Cinco de Mayo Big Parade and Festival / Quinceanera Dinner & Dance Dallas; 214-650-8381 The annual Cinco de Mayo celebration on Jefferson Avenue in Dallas features dancers, food and more. The festival is held on the weekend following May 5. Cottonwood Art Festival Cottonwood Park 1321 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson 972-744-4582; www.cottonwoodartfestival.com Held annually for over forty-eight years, the Cottonwood Art Festival features the works of new and established artists, along with entertainment and food. Admission to the festival is free. Mayfest 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 160, Fort Worth 817-332-1055; www.mayfest.org This annual festival held in Fort Worth’s Trinity Park features arts, crafts, entertainment, food, and amusement rides. Proceeds go to the City of Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department, the Junior League of Fort Worth, Inc., and Streams & Valleys, Inc. Plano AsiaFest Haggard Park Downtown Plano 901 E. 15th Street, Plano 972-379-9351; www.asianamericanheritage.org Celebrating its 15th year, AsiaFest in

downtown Plano showcases Asian dance, music, food, fashion, cultural demonstrations and kid’s activities. Learn about Asian languages, medicine, fine arts and more! Taste Addison Addison Circle Park 4970 Addison Circle Dr., Addison 972-450-2851; www.tasteaddisontexas.com A chance to taste cuisine from more than 60 Addison restaurants, as well as enjoy live music performances. This three-day event also features activities like the Taste Run 5 K and Fun Run. Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games Maverick Stadium 1307 West Mitchell, Arlington 800-363-7268; www.texasscottishfestival.com Authentic Scottish music, food, and athletic contests. Enjoy the all Scottish breeds dog show. This family-friendly event has something for all ages. Traditionally held in June, promoters have now moved it to May to take advantage of the cooler weather.

JUNE Juneteenth Celebration www.juneteenthfw.com This eight day celebration has events at various venues in Fort Worth and Dallas to commemorate the day people in Texas heard about the Emancipation Proclamation. Sponsored by the Citizens concerned with Human Dignity/Community Development, Inc. Night Out On 15th Street Downtown Plano Arts District 998 E. 15th Street, Plano, 972-468-1588 visitdowntownplano.com/night-out-on-15th A community dining experience on a 300 foot table down the middle of 15th Street. Eat a meal with friends and enjoy

live music and cocktails in the Downtown Plano Arts District.

J U LY Old Fashioned Fourth of July Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park 1515 S. Harwood, Dallas 214-421-5141; www.dallasheritagevillage.org Fun for all ages, this event includes a barbeque and rides for kids. Plano Lions Independence Day Parade Plano ISD Administration Building 2700 W. 15th Street, Plano www.parades.planolions.org This annual 4th of July parade features festive floats, marching bands, drill teams, cheer squads, JROTC, boy and girl scouts and so much more. Starts at Plano ISD Administration building and travels north on Independence. Plano’s All American Fourth Fireworks Oak Point Park 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano 972-941-7288; www.plano.gov City of Plano’s 4th of July fireworks celebration synchronized to music with live simulcast on radio 97.5 KLAK. Food trucks at 5pm, DJ at 7:30 pm with fireworks at 9:30 pm. Bring blankets or lawn chairs and come early for a great spot! Shakespeare Festival Samuell-Grand Park, 1500 Tenison, Dallas 214-559-2778; www.shakespearedallas.org Enjoy Shakespeare in the Park during June and July. Taste of Dallas Fair Park, 3600 Grand Avenue, Dallas www.tasteofdallas.org Enjoy live performances as well a great food at this outdoor food festival held at Fair Park.

September: State Fair of Texas 3921 Martin Luther King Blvd., Dallas 214-565-9931; www.bigtex.com Walk through the State Fair entrance and you’ll be greeted by Big Tex, the legendary statue that is the fair’s mascot. The Fair features rides, entertainment and plenty of food. It’s known for its unique fried treats.


AU G U S T DFW Restaurant Week Dallas and Fort Worth Metroplex DFW restaurants have specials and other events to benefit the North Texas Food Bank. Call the Food Bank directly for more information.

SEPTEMBER Bedford Blues and BBQ 951 L. Don Dodson, Bedford www.bedfordbluesfest.com Featuring great music and great food this annual reasonably priced event is held on Labor Day weekend. Greek Festival of Texas Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church 13555 Hillcrest Road, Dallas 972- 991-1166; www.greekfestivalofdallas.com Enjoy Greek food, music, dancing and more at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival. InTouch Credit Union Plano Balloon Festival 2801 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano 972-867-7566; www.planoballoonfest.org This annual event features 40 hot air balloons, entertainment on two stages, tons of food, arts and crafts, skydivers, fireworks and a kid’s fun zone. Enjoy the balloon launch, balloon glow and fly-in competition, weather permitting.

O C TO B E R Boo at the Dallas Zoo 650 South R.L. Thornton Freeway (I-35E) Dallas; 214-670-5650; www.dallaszoo.com Each year, the Dallas Zoo offers a safe venue for young trick-or-treaters. Butterfly Flutterby Grapevine; 800-457-6338, grapevinetexasusa.com; eventsbutterfly-flutterby

Each year Grapevine marks the migration of the Monarch butterfly to Mexico with a celebration and parade. Haunted Orchestra Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Street, Dallas

214-692-0203; www.dallassymphony.com This annual event at the Dallas Symphony features the antics of nerdy Mr. Kirby (Dan Kamin) who must be convinced of the magical powers of music. Pre-event activities in the lobby include a piano keyboard dance floor, costume contest, and many fun family games. Plano International Fest Haggard Park Downtown Plano www.planointernationalfestival.org This annual event celebrates diversity and cultural awareness with multicultural music and dance, ethnic food and cultural displays from 100 countries. Hands on kid’s activities, flag parade and an outdoor naturalization ceremony Plano Steinfest Haggard Park Downtown Plano 901 E. 15th Street, Plano 972-468-1588 www.steinfest.org The annual Oktoberfest-style event hosted by the Historic Downtown Plano Association features German-inspired cuisine, beer, live music, an artist village, wiener dog fashion show, keg bowling, kid’s zone and a VIP beer garden. Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering and Western Swing Festival Fort Worth Stockyards 800-433-5747; redsteagallcowboygathering.com This three-day event features a chuck wagon gathering, some traditional rodeo events, including the Ranch Rodeo in which competitors represent their ranches, cowboy poetry and lots of food and great music. Stevie Ray Vaughan Remembrance Ride and Concert 817- 265-1535; www.srvrideandconcert.org In October, Texas blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan is honored with a parade and concert. The parade begins at Hooters in Dallas and travels to Arlington for the concert. For a small fee participants can ride their motorcycles in the parade.

N OV E M B E R Chi Omega Christmas Market 3600 Grand Avenue, Dallas www.chiomegaxmas.org First held in 1978, this wonderful Christmas Market at Fair Park in Dallas has tons of unique gift items. The event benefits several local charities. Dallas Dance Festival 972-929-4500; www.dallasdancefestival.com This annual event features professional and emerging dance companies performing in the Dallas Arts District. Lights at Legacy The Shops at Legacy 5741 Legacy Drive, Plano, 469-467-9995, shopsatlegacy.com/events-promotions The annual tree lighting and holiday celebration at the Shops at Legacy. Crafts and activities for kids, live entertainment, caricatures, face painting, photos with Santa and more! Turkey Trot Dallas; www.ymcadallas.org The annual YMCA Turkey Trot held on Thanksgiving morning in Dallas has a host of other events besides the race. The Turkey Trot began in the 1940s, but became an annual event beginning in 1968.

DECEMBER Dickens of a Christmas McKinney; www.mckinneytexas.org Be transported back to Christmas’ past with this delightful Christmas festival in McKinney. Enjoy horse-drawn carriages, carols, music, food and plenty of activities for children. The Trains at NorthPark NorthPark, 8687 North Central Expressway, Dallas, 214-361-6345; www.rmhdallas.org This huge exhibit of toy trains at NorthPark Center in Dallas benefits the Ronald McDonald House. The trains travel over 1600 feet of track through major cities such as Dallas, San Francisco and New York. You can sponsor individual cars which will be personalized with your name.

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The only service DFW dishes up better than food is its retail industr y, giving shoppers an endless list of high-end, vintage, contemporary and every-thing-in-between shopping venues. DFW is a shopping Mecca. The Metroplex boasts more shopping centers per capita than any other U.S. city. Not only is Dallas home to the internationally recognized specialty store Neiman Marcus and retail giant JC Penney, but it is also the site of America’s oldest shopping center, Highland Park Village, developed in 1931. Another fun fact offered by the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau: North Park Center was the first covered shopping mall in the country and today features the largest-grossing Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus stores in the nation. The following is a list of some of the must-see shopping destinations in the Dallas/ Fort Worth area, listed by city. Now get out there and discover why the Metroplex is truly a shopper’s paradise.

to an old-fashioned breath-taking outdoor atmosphere while searching for their hearts’ desire, be it apparel, the cinema, unique gifts, great food or even bowling, to name just a few of the treasures that can be found there. The Highlands’ many amenities were added on to in 2007, when construction began on a 157,000-square-foot expansion project that included space for boutiques, two entertainment venues and five restaurants surrounded by park-like landscaping. The Parks Mall at Arlington 3811 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, 76015 817-467-2757; www.theparksmallarlington.com

Major Retailers: Abercrombie & Fitch, J.C. Penney, Kay Jewelers, Footlocker (multiple stores), Lenscrafters, Barnes & Noble, Banana Republic, Bath & Body Works, as well as over 150 other retailers.

DA L L A S Galleria Dallas I-635 at Dallas N Tollway, Dallas, 75240 972-702-7100; www.galleriadallas.com

ALLEN Allen Premium Outlets 820 W Stacy Road, Allen, 75013 972-678-7000; premiumoutlets.com/allen Over 100 retail outlets for fashion, sportswear, children, leather and luggage, jewelry, housewares, gifts and good. Twin Creeks Village 906 W. McDermott, Allen, 75013 214-954-0300; twincreeksvillageshopping.com Major Retailers: All American Flooring, At&T Wireless, Bath & Body Works, GameStop, PETCO, Staples, Starbucks, The UPS Store. Twenty-five other retailers.

A R L I N G TO N Arlington Highlands I-20 at Matlock Road and Center Street Arlington, 76018; 817-468-5800 www.arlingtonhighlands.com Shop, dine, work, play and stay at the trendy Arlington Highlands. The shopping experience rises above the rest as visitors are treated

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The Galleria is an extraordinary shopping destination with more than 200 exceptional stores. Modeled after the Vittorio Emanuelle in Milan, Galleria Dallas recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation that transformed it into one of Dallas’ most dynamic shopping environments. New escalators, seating areas, an ice-skating center and sculptures are all part of this renovation. Guests can shop at Gucci, Thomas Pink, Cartier, Rolex, Saks Fifth Avenue, MaxMara and Gianni Versace, to name a few. Highland Park Village At Mockingbird and Preston, Dallas, 75205 www.hpvillage.com Opened in 1931, Highland Park Village is a designated National Historic Landmark and is the nation’s first shopping center. Today the village continues to serve as a central square for Highland Park and University Park, cities within the city of Dallas. The developers of the shopping center traveled to Spain, Mexico and California to find inspiration for the beautiful Spanish Mediterranean

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architecture. Highland Park Village remains in pristine condition today and boasts some of the most revered boutiques and shops in the world, including Chanel, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Hermes, Escada and Jimmy Choo. The village also has specialty shops, local restaurants and a restored movie theater. Neiman Marcus 1201 Elm St # 2800, Dallas, 75270 214-761-2300; www.neimanmarcus.com Established in Dallas in 1907, Neiman Marcus is the luxury department store that put Dallas on the international retail map. Founded by Herbert Marcus, sister Carrie Marcus and her husband A.L. Neiman, the store featured exclusive lines offered nowhere else in the South. In 1926, the legendary Stanley Marcus took over the reigns from his father and the store grew to become a major player in fashion. The downtown Dallas location is the flagship store and still carries the grace and style of its early beginnings. NorthPark Center 8687 N. Central Expwy., Ste. 1030 Dallas, 75225; 214-363-7441 www.northparkcenter.com More than 100 world-class retailers call NorthPark Center home. Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Tiffany’s, Neiman Marcus, Nambe, Tumi and Armani Exchange all have stores at the Center. Complete with world-class artwork, the NorthPark experience is one of indulgence and delight. The mall is currently undergoing a massive, 3-year, $235 million expansion and renovation project that will bring 110 new stores and dining establishments, including a Nordstrom, AMC 15-screen movie theater and 1.4-acre garden space and park. Inwood Village Shopping Center 5370 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 75209 214-252-1175; www.inwoodvillage.com The Inwood Village Shopping Center’s impressive, one-of-a-kind collection of unique retail shops and critically recognized


restaurants—-as well as the historic Inwood Theater—make it a unique shopping experience to be enjoyed by all, and Dallas’ premier boutique-shopping destination.

it became a family-friendly epicenter populated by charming boutiques and comfort-food eateries while keeping with the gentile atmosphere of the surrounding community.

Mockingbird Station Mockingbird at I-75 www.mockingbirdstation.com

Stanley Korshak 500 Crescent Ct,. Ste. 100, Dallas, 75201 214-871-3600; www.stanleykorshak.com

Located just minutes from the Southern Methodist University campus on the DART light rail line, Mockingbird Station offers an urban lifestyle in a comfortable and accessible environment. With over 200 apartments, eight restaurants, numerous shops and an Angelika movie theater, visiting this development is a must for Dallas visitors.

One of America’s premiere luxury shopping destinations, Stanley Korshak offers the finest in apparel for men, women and children. With a client list that stretches across the world, the discriminating shopper will find spectacular jewelry, a unique home and gift shop and one-of-a-kind collections combined in a spacious environment. Stanley Korshak emphasizes an attention to detail and extraordinary personal service.

The Plaza at Preston Center 8311 Preston Center Plaza Drive Dallas, 75225; 469-232-0000 www.theplazaatprestoncenter.com The exciting Plaza at Preston Center offers visitors a fantastic and eclectic selection of 41 different shops under such categories and children, apparel, jewelry, health and beauty, as well as a wide variety of restaurants, specialty shops and services focused on travel, finances, dry cleaning, banking and shipping. Preston Royal Village 8311 Preston Center Plaza Drive Dallas, 75225; 469-232-0000 www.prestonroyalvillage.com

West Village Uptown Dallas 3699 McKinney Ave, Dallas, 75204 214-219-1144; westvillagedallas.com This shopping plaza in Uptown Dallas has become a fashion destination for the younger set. With trendsetting boutiques, vintage collections, art galleries, restaurants, nightlife and a Magnolia movie theater, the West Village is a one-stop shop for all things new and hip. Priemum-93, Octane, the Glass Slipper, Cowboy Cool and Ice House Jewelers are a few of the eclectic shops that visitors will find.

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Preston Royal Village is the ultimate destination for upscale shopping, dining and day-to-day needs. This Dallas shopping landmark is home to 62 unique boutiques, national retailers and personal services offering such goods and services as food and entertainment, health and beauty, fashion, as well as mailing and shipping, to name a few.

Golden Triangle Mall 2201 I-35E South, Denton, 76205 940-566-6024; www.shopgoldentriangle.com

Snider Plaza Hillcrest Avenue and Lovers Lane, Dallas www.sniderplaza.net

La Gran Plaza de Fort Worth 4200 S. Freeway, Fort Worth, 76115 817-922-8888; www.lagranplazamall.com

As its mottos state, Snider Plaza is both “a Dallas Tradition” and “the charming way to shop.” After opening its doors in 1927, the three-block shopping center grew steadily until

La Gran Plaza is a one-of-a-kind regional shopping mall with over 200 stores to suit your every shopping need, including all kinds of apparel from sports- to

Sears, Ross Dress for Less, Dillards, Barnes & Noble, Bath & Body Works, and about 87 other retailers.

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formalwear, groceries, medical services such as pharmacies and physician offices, hair salons and more. Its 125,000-squarefoot Mercado is a mall in itself with retailers and small businesses providing unique items and services, some of which include hair salons, real estate services, sign/print shops, clothing/apparel, embroidery/tailors, health products, candy stores and party supplies. Other attractions include weekly entertainment and monthly special events, as well as original artwork from local artists at key spots in the mall. Ridgmar Mall 1888 Green Oaks Road, Forth Worth, 76116 817-731-6591; www.ridgmar.com Some 120 retal businesses, some of which include Zales, Neiman Marcus, Victorias Secret and Sears. Hulen Mall 4200 S. Hulen Street, Fort Worth, 76132 817-294-1200; www.hulenmall.com Nearly 140 stores and restaurants, such as Macy’s, Pac Sun, Chick-fil-A and Radio Shack.

FRISCO Stonebriar Centre-Frisco 2601 Preston Road, Frisco, 75034 972-668-6255; www.shopstonebriar.com Stonebriar Centre in Frisco, Texas dares you to “take the feeling with you” as you experience its 165 stores, 15 restaurants, and 24 movie screens. There is also an indoor rock wall located in Dick’s Sporting Goods and challenge yourself in rock climbing to end your day of shopping and fun! The Centre at Preston Ridge 8400 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco, 75034 972-668-2986; Major Tenants include Best Buy, Bog Lots, DSW, Gatti-town Eater-tainment, Half Price Books, Marshalls, Old Navy, Party America, PetSmart, Ross, Staples, Stein Mart, Super Target, T.J. Maxx, Tuesday Morning and Ulta Salon.

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Firewheel Town Center-Garland 245 Cedar Sage Drive, Garland, 75040 972-675-1041; www.simon.com

Irving Mall 183 Airport Freeway at Belt Line Road Irving, 75062; 972-255-0571; www.simon.com

Looking for something a little different in your shopping experience? Firewheel Town Center is just the place to provide it. Firewheel Town Center is an open-air shopping experience with a fantastic mix of department stores, specialty retail shops, great restaurants and a movie theater to boot. Firewheel Town Center is a beautiful new shopping center with an old-fashioned sense of cozy community. Take a casual stroll down charming Coneflower Drive, visit the many fantastic stores and restaurants or meet up and relax with family and friends in the beautifully landscaped park complete with a fantastic Koi pond and fountain that is a must-see!

Irving Mall is located east of DFW International Airport and just west of Texas Stadium. It offers the anchors of Dillard’s, Macy’s and Sears and over 150 other excellent stores including Barnes and Noble, Old Navy, Bath and Body Works and more.

GRAPEVINE Grapevine Mills 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine, 76051 972-724-4910; www.simon.com Some 100 businesses, such as Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Marshals and Levi’s. Grapevine Towne Center SH 114 and William D. Tate Grapevine, 76051; 214-954-0300 www.grapevinetownecenter.com Twenty-four store tenants, some of which are Famous Footware, The Men’s Warehouse, Target and At&T Wireless.

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lofts. You can enjoy the beautiful Angelika Theatre, while you work here, shop here and live here. There is quite a nightlife to enjoy at The Shops at Legacy including fantastic bars and eateries such as Henry’s Tavern,

LEWISVILLE Music City Mall 2401 S. Stemmons Freeway, Lewsiville 972-315-0015; www.mcmlewisville.com About 90 retailers, include major chains Dillard’s, J.C. Penney, Sears and Macy’s.

MCKINNEY Historic Downtown McKinney 314 S. Chestnut Street, McKinney, 75069; 972-547-2660 www.mckinneytexas.org/115 McKinney’s vibrant downtown offers retail, office, arts, entertainment, residential, restaurant and leisure opportunities for McKinney residents and visitors to promote business, heritage, tourism and community identity. It also is a haven for incredible antique and boutique shopping, as well as dining. Main Street is a national program born out of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Since 1980, the National Main Street Center has been working with communities across the nation to revitalize historic commercial areas. Based on historic preservation, the Main Street approach was developed to save historic commercial architecture, but has become a powerful economic development tool as well.

Del Frisco’s Grille and The Ginger Man Pub. This retail establishment combines the intimacy of a neighborhood with an urban downtown feel all in the heart of Legacy Business Park in Plano, Texas. When you visit, you’ll find boutiques, quaint shops and sidewalk cafes to spend an enjoyable afternoon. The Shops at Legacy is truly unique. The Shops at Willowbend 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano, 75093 972-202-4900; www.shopwillowbend.com The Shops at Willowbend opened in 2001 with 1.5 million square feet of pure shopping delight. Dillard’s, Macy’s and Nordstom, to name a few, anchor the 26 acres of upscale shopping, restaurants, and office development.

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Plano, Texas shopping center also boasts the state’s first and largest Apple Store. Developed by the Taubman Company, this shopping mecca is yet another landmark retail destination.

SOUTHLAKE Southlake Town Square 1256 Main St., Ste. 277, Southlake, 76092 817-912-0452; www.southlaketownsquare.com Southlake Town Square’s 130 acres intermingles dining, shopping, working and living in an attractive “town square” layout organized around beautiful architectural designs.

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first Harkins Theatre in Texas, a classic downtown designed Hilton hotel, and boasts award winning dining and abun-

PLANO The Shops at Legacy 5741 Legacy Drive, Ste. 315, Plano, 75024 469-467-9995; www.shopsatlegacy.com

dant shopping with over 90 stores and shops. Cooper & Stebbins developed this open-air shopping center that is home to a variety of annual entertainment activities and events.

The Shops at Legacy offers a “main street” shopping experience with urban retail and

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A mélange of tastes, cultures, arts and life: there’s no place quite like the Metroplex cities of Dallas and Fort Worth. With such diversity, it’s no wonder that no matter what taste you crave, you are never far from the food you love. The Metroplex is a delight for the curious epicurean to explore, a food-lover’s paradise, where imaginations and tastes can run wild. From the traditional and romantic to new and exotic, there’s a whole world to be discovered and savored.

Dallas and Fort Worth pay homage to their cowboy roots with classic steakhouses that spark lively debates about which one serves up the biggest, most tender steaks. Exotic game, barbecue and two-fisted burgers served up big and juicy – just the way you would expect in these two cities considered by many to be the epitome of Texas. Tex-mex, Southwestern, and just plain good old-fashioned downhome cooking are also treasured.

Casually elegant with an upbeat energy, the Clay Pit offers contemporary Indian cuisine, and was voted one of America’s best Indian restaurants by Bon Appetit magazine. Immerse yourself in the warm and inviting ambience while enjoying traditional Indian dishes and unique menu items. Be sure to try the Chai Spice Crème Brulee and Mango Cheesecake, highly touted by Bon Appetit.

With the diversity of cultures found here, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that fusion cuisine is popular here, blending together global tastes to create an ever-changing number of dishes that present new twists on old favorites. From the delicate aromas and spices of the Pacific Rim to the hearty, robust and flavorful tastes of South America to the most avant-garde kitchens of Europe, Metroplex restaurateurs have taken the term “play with your food” literally to create enticing, mouthwatering menus.

Nate’s Seafood & Steakhouse 14951 Midway Road, Addison, 75001 972-701-9622; www.natesseafood.com

The Metroplex has rightfully earned its reputation among connoisseurs and selfproclaimed “foodies” alike as a Mecca for those who love to experience the world on a plate. Get out and explore this world, and be swept along on a delightful journey that will travels deep to the heart of Texas. The following is a sampling of the thousands of wonderful restaurants in the Metroplex area. Enjoy!

ADDISON Clay Pit Grill and Curry Restaurant 4460 Belt Line Road, Addison, 75001 972-233-0111; www.claypit.com

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If lively, hometown atmosphere gets you in the mood for juicy steaks and the best seafood, along with some true Cajun dishes then Nate’s is for you. Soho 5290 Belt Line Road, Addison, 75001 972-490-8686; www.sohofoodandjazz.com Imaginative seafood choices are found throughout Soho’s menu, with influences from Thailand, China and India.

A R L I N G TO N Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen 1304 Copeland, Arlington, 76011 817-543-0545; www.pappadeaux.com Cajun and Creole cuisine spoken here. New Orleans favorites are all here – from frog legs to boudin to crawfish etouffe. The seafood gumbo is exquisite, and there’s nothing like fried alligator as an appetizer. Try to save room, though, for the bread pudding with bourbon sauce for dessert.

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DA L L A S Abacus 4511 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 75205 214-559-3111; www.abacus-restaurant.com Join local favorite Kent Rathbun as he takes you on a global adventure with an emphasis on the Pacific Rim. Order the signature dish, “Lobster Shooters,” and let the fun begin. Adelmo’s Ristorante 4537 Cole Avenue, Dallas, 75205 214-559-0325; www.adelmos.com Locals love Adelmo’s, a family owned and operated restaurant with a romantic, oldfashioned atmosphere that serves authentic Italian specialties. Al Biernat’s 4217 Oaklawn Avenue, Dallas 214-219-2201; www.albiernats.com Al Biernat’s is much more than a great steakhouse! Our menu rises above the traditional grill menu, with popular entrees such as Pan Seared Sea Bass over Lobster Risotto, Australian Cold Water Lobster Tail, Veal Osso Bucco, Colorado Lamb Chops or Elk Filet. The extensive wine list offers over 650 rare selections and a sommelier’s expertise. Al Biernat personally greets you at the door to ensure your delightful dining experience. Come see why Al Biernat’s is known as one of the best restaurants in the world. Arcodoro & Pomodoro 2708 Routh Street, Dallas, 75201 214-871-1924; www.arcodoro.com


The Farris brothers have combined these two restaurants under one roof in the heart of the Uptown district to bring to you the best of Sardinian fare. The Arcodoro has a woodburning pizza oven, a “see and be seen” bar area and a casual dining atmosphere, while the Pomodoro is more formal, with requisite white tablecloths and candlelight. Asian Mint 11617 North Central Expwy, Dallas 214-363-6655; www.asianmint.com This unique Asian fusion café and dessert bar has a rotating menu featuring Western-style desserts with an Asian twist, fabulous coffees and traditional Thai fare. Comfortable and modern, Asian Mint was voted a Top Ten New Restaurant for 2005 by The Dallas Morning News. Bellini’s 3810 Congress Avenue, Dallas, 75219 214-528-2844 Simple elegance combined with modern style makes for a relaxed, warm and welcoming atmosphere at Bellini’s, making it perfect for an intimate gathering. Nontraditional and traditional authentic Italian fare is served with artful flair. Café Izmir 3711 Greenville Avenue, Dallas, 75206 214-826-7788; www.cafeizmir.com One of Dallas’ featured unique dining experiences, Café Izmir features the best in Middle Eastern tapas. The casual setting is perfect for a relaxed evening filled with sampling old world recipes filled with that “home-cooked” flavor. Café Toulouse 3314 Knox Street, Dallas, 75205 214-520-8999; www.toulousecafeandbar.com Located in the Knox-Henderson corridor, fabulous Café Toulouse focuses on authentic, traditional French home cooking while the full bar offers a wide array of retro cocktails. Indulge yourself by ordering the café’s unique specialty: Belgian mussels prepared six different ways.

Campisi’s 5610 E. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75206 214-827-0355; www.campisis.us 7632 Campbell Road, Dallas, 75245 972-931-2267; www.campisis.us 1520 Elm Street, Dallas, 75201 214-752-0141; www.campisis.us 5405 W. Lovers Lane, Dallas, 75209 214-350-2595; www.campisis.us Campisi’s has been credited with introducing Dallas to pizza back in 1946, and it has never stopped providing Metroplex residents with the finest pies and other Italian dishes. Charlie Palmer (Joule Hotel Dallas) 1530 Main Street, Dallas, 75201 214-261-4600; www.charliepalmer.com The classic steakhouse, Charlie Palmer At The Joule, is considered a top Dallas restaurant and picked by the Dallas Observer as Best New Restaurant. Cretia’s on McKinney 4438 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 75205 214-252-9300; www.cretias.com Come and enjoy the ultimate in balancing acts – as Cretia’s on McKinney juggles being a bar, bakery, coffee shop and couture clothing store. Truly a “night on the town” experience, Cretia’s brings the best in hip and trendy while delivering delicious fare served with style. Dick’s Last Resort Houston St. at N. Lamar, Dallas, 75202 214-747-0001; www.dickslastresort.com “The Shame of the West End,” Dick’s has 74 different kinds of beer, and serves up barbecue ribs, chicken, catfish, shrimp, crab legs, steaks and salads, all in an atmosphere that mother warned you about. Dragonfly 2332 Leonard Street, Dallas, 75201 214-468-8399; www.hotelzaza.com Trendy and hip Dragonfly is located inside the Hotel ZaZa, and offers an eclectic atmosphere reflective of Chef Mac Cassel’s global fusion menu.

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Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck 300 Reunion Boulevard, Dallas, 75202 214-741-5560; www.wolfgangpuck.com Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s first fine dining restaurant in the Metroplex sits atop Reunion Tower, the 560-foot-tall Dallas landmark. There, he serves up peaceful ambience with his usual array of cuttingedge gastronomic masterpieces. Flying Fish 6126 Luther Lane, Dallas, 75225 214-696-3474; www.flyingfishinthe.net Flying Fish takes its inspiration from the bounty of East Texas’ many prime fishing locations and the local eateries that service them. Some of the grub you’ll find include catfish, shrimp, oysters, crab, gumbo, po’boys and burgers. Green Papaya 3211 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, 75219 214-521-4811; www.greenpapayadallas.com Vietnamese fare featuring pho, spring rolls and the namesake papaya salad made with mint, pork and crushed peanuts. Patrons rave about the canh chua (sweet and sour soup with veggies and shrimp or chicken) and claim it’s the best in the world. Iron Cactus Mexican Grill & Margarita Bar 1520 Main Street, Dallas, 75201 214-749-4766; www.ironcactus.com

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Trendy without being pretentious, enjoy Tex-mex dishes of seafood, enchiladas and the famous poblano mashed potatoes. With more than 80 types of Mexican tequila, it’s no wonder that the Iron Cactus has been named one of the top 10 tequila bars in the country. Jake’s Burgers 5505 Beltline Road, Dallas, 75254 972-503-5253; www.jakesburgers.net Since 1985, Jake’s has been serving up what many believe to be the best burger in DFW, including Texas Monthly, D Magazine, NBCDFW.com, Dallas Observer and Sports Page Weekly, to name a few. La Duni Latin Café 4620 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 75205 214-520-7300; www.laduni.com 4264 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, 75219 214-520-6888; www.laduni.com A Latin flavored coffee house and restaurant, Chef Dunia Borga’s menu is a perfect combination of European traditions with Latin American flair, and the only four-star restaurant in Dallas with entrees under $10. Perfect beginnings such as Carne Asada deserve perfect endings, so treat yourself to Borga’s awardwinning Cuatro Leches cake. Enjoy the full Mojito, espresso, gelato and tea bar. Lavendou 19009 Preston Road, Ste. 200, Dallas, 75252 979-248-1911; www.lavendou.com

Nana 2201 N. Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, 75207 214-761-7470; www.nanarestaurant.com

Sambuca Restaurant – Uptown 2120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 75201 214-744-0820; www.sambucarestaurant.com

Nana celebrates the commonplace by providing its patrons with an unforgettable culinary experience that combines the casual with the sophisticated. Nana is located on the 27th floor of one of the Anatole Hotel’s towers and provides spectacular views of the city.

Sambuca hosts Grammy Award-winning performers and features a unique, eclectic atmosphere where guests are greeted by live music every night of the week. Guests dine on menu items like Grilled Beef Tenderloin topped with Blue Cheese Walnut Butter and Pan Roasted Sea Bass with Mushroom Orzo.

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro 18323 North Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 75287 972-818-3336; www.pfchangs.com 225 NorthPark Center, Dallas, 75225 214-265-8669; www.pfchangs.com Trendy P.F. Chang’s is known for exquisite traditional Chinese food and innovative fusion dishes that reveal Southeast Asian influences. Signature dishes include Chang’s Chicken in Soothing Lettuce Wraps and their Cantonese Roasted Duck. R&D Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen 6130 Luther Lane, Dallas, 75225 214-890-1103; www.kentrathbun.com A part of Kent Rathbun’s fleet of highend restaurants, the Blue Plate Kitchen brings together the relaxed atmosphere of casual dining with the delicate and complex flavors that represent the best of the culinary arts. Ruth’s Chris Steak House 17840 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, 75287 888-722-4320; www.ruthschris.com

To visit Lavendou is to be transported to the French countryside. Lavendou’s warm and welcoming décor immerses its patrons in the fresh French cuisine of Southern France. Owner Pascal Cayet is dedicated to ensuring that every dining experience is a wonderful one.

Carefully selected and aged for tenderness. Cut thick to ensure juiciness. Seared to perfection at 1800 degrees. Topped with fresh butter that sizzles seductively on your plate, announcing the arrival of a fantastic steak you’ll be talking about for days.

The Mercury Grill 11909 Preston Road, Ste. 1418, Dallas, 75240 972-960-7774; www.themercurydallas.com

St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin 2730 Commerce Street, Dallas, 75226 214-698-1511; www.dancingmarlin.com

Chef Chris Ward’s fabulous menu featuring a unique blend of Continental, Asian and Middle Eastern flavors is a treat unto itself, and is a real local favorite.

Casual but always classy, St. Pete’s is known for the white tablecloths upon which they serve their platters of delicious pizzas and pastas.

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Shin Sei 7713 Inwood Road, Dallas, 75209 214-352-0005; www.shinseirestaurant.com Top-quality sushi, excellent service and serene Asian ambience combine to make a gastronomic delight to all five senses. Steel Restaurant & Lounge 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue #100, Dallas, 75219 214-219-9908; www.steeldallas.com Highly rated Steel Restaurant and Lounge is an upscale sushi bar with a warm and inviting Zen atmosphere, with a vast array of wines from its wine cellar and a lively bar scene. Located in the Centrum building. Sushi Zushi 3858 Oak Lawn at Blackburn, Dallas, 75219 214-522-7253; www.sushizushi.com Get ready for an avant-garde dining experience at Sushi Zushi, with its sushi made of nontraditional spices and local ingredients – although traditionalists shouldn’t worry – there’s also an extensive menu list of traditional sushi favorites as well. Traditional Japanese fare is also served – try the Teppan Yaki, Yakitori or the Yakisoba noodles. Tei Tei Robata Bar 2906 North Henderson, Dallas, 75206 214-828-2400; www.teiteirobata.com The highlight of the menu is the robata a traditional cooking style of Hokkaido in northern Japan where the day’s catch is grilled on small fires. Kobe beef is a featured item on the menu that you can enjoy several ways.


Taste the stuff legends are made of. In the steak business for more than 50 years, Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is a Fort Worth icon just around the corner from the Stockyards. The service is friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed, and the steaks are charcoal-grilled in the front room. Patrons select their own cut of meat, with a choice of everything from three different cuts of rib-eye to a T-bone.

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Fred’s Texas Café 915 Currie Street, Fort Worth, 76107 817-332-0083; www.fredstexascafe.com

Truluck’s Steak & Stone Crab 52401 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 75201 214-220-2401; www.trulucks.com Known for their famous stone crabs,

of barbecue. A down-home favorite, the smoked ribs are done to a succulent goodness that literally falls off the bones. Say a special “hello” to the stuffed bear at the front door.

Truluck’s is the place to come for the best in steaks and seafood. With their attentive wait staff and excellent wine menu, Truluck’s is a top-notch dining experience. Twisted Root Burger Co. 2615 Commerce Street, Dallas, 75226 214-741-7668; www.twistedrootburgerco.com 5609 SMU Boulevard, Ste 102, Dallas, 75206 214-361-2910; www.twistedrootburgerco.com If you like burgers, if you REALLY like burgers, then Twisted Root is the place for you. Featuring prime meat that’s fresh and seasoned, never frozen, as well as handbattered buttermilk fried dishes, fresh-cut sweet potatoes, homemade pickles and in-house made Root Beer; along with homemade ice-cream and condiments.

F O RT WO RT H Angelo’s Barbecue 2533 White Settlement Road

Bella Italia West 5139 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth, 76116 817-738-1700; www.bellaitalia.co.uk Exotic game is the name of the game at this elegant restaurant, with everything from buffalo, elk, ostrich, emu, quail, antelope, caribou and venison on the menu, many served in the traditional Italian style. The original Bella Italia is located in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and owner Carlo Croci has brought the same fine quality of cuisine to Fort Worth. Bistro Louise 2900 S. Hulen Street, Fort Worth, 76109 817-922-9244; www.bistrolouise.com The only thing lovelier than the setting of wood-beamed ceilings and quaint flowered tablecloths in this little eatery would be the food. Long-time patrons recommend the tea-smoked duck or the macadamia-crusted shrimp. Mmmm…

Fort Worth, 76107 817-332-0357; www.angelosbbq.com From the day it opened in 1958, Angelo’s has made a name for itself in the world

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse 2458 N. Main Street, Fort Worth, 76164 817-624-3945; www.cattlemenssteakhouse.com

The looks of Fred’s Texas Café can be deceiving. Considered a classic “hole in the wall,” Fred’s is a small, friendly place set in a very old building – and popular enough to stay packed with customers. Menu items include quesadillas, burgers, and beer. Check out the outdoor patio and the live music on the weekends. Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant 2201 N. Commerce Street, Fort Worth, 76164 817-626-4356; www.joets.com This Dallas landmark was establish back in 1935, and since then it has garnered a reputation for a friendly, elegant atmosphere coupled with outstanding traditional Mexican fare. It even has its own bakery and makes its own hot sauce. Kincaid’s 4901 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, 76107 817-732-2881; kincaidshamburgers.com 3124 Texas Sage Trail, Fort Worth, 76177 817-750-3200; kincaidshamburgers.com 4825 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth, 76132 817-370-6400; kincaidshamburgers.com Everyone comes to eat at Kincaid’s. From business suits to cowboy boots, literally everyone that appreciates a good homemade burger finds their way to Kincaid’s. Considered a local classic, the burgers are huge slabs of beef that are still worthy of the designation, “Best Hamburger in the U.S.A.” Order at the old-fashioned meat case left over from the days when the place used to be a grocery store, and be sure to remember to order a side of fries or onion rings.

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Reata Restaurant 310 Houston Street, Fort Worth, 76102 817-336-1009; www.reata.net Cowboy cooking-inspired cuisine merges with elegant ambience to bring you a dining experience you will never forget. Just a few dishes include tenderloin tamales, blackened buffalo ribeye and pan-seared pepper crusted tenderloin. Saint-Emilion 3617 W. 7th Street, Fort Worth, 76107 817-737-2781; saint-emilionrestaurant.com Considered one of the best restaurants in Tarrant County, Saint-Emilion’s wait staff earns as much praise as its marvelous French country cuisine. As proof that fine food doesn’t mean unaffordable, locals know to look for the excellent daily specials as well as the prix-fixe option. An extensive wine list completes this little bistro – making it a true gem of the Fort Worth restaurant scene.

FRISCO Randy’s Steakhouse 7026 W. Main Street, Frisco, 75033 972-335-3066; www.randyssteakhouse.com Randy’s Steakhouse recently celebrated 18 years of satisfying customers with its wideranging menu. It also won OpenTable.com’s 2010 Diners Choice award for its outstanding food and service.

Primo’s has been named by D Magazine as one of its “Must Do’s” in Dallas, and small wonder. The Tex-Mex eatery has been serving wondrous dishes based on family recipes in a leisurely atmosphere since 1986.

Hip and hot, The Blue Fish is considered by locals one of the best spots for sushi. Order one of the signature sushi dishes or choose from a wide array of other Japanese dishes, and don’t forget to take advantage of the sake bar.

GRAPEVINE

Mi Cocina 7750 N. MacArthur, Irving, 75063 469-621-0452; www.mcrowd.com 1276 Main Street, Southlake, 76092 817-410-6426; www.mcrowd.com

Bob’s Steak and Chop House 1255 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 76051 817-481-5555; www.bobs-steakandchop.com Bob’s Steak & Chop House has been ranked D Magazine, Distinguished Restaurants of North America, Travel & Leisure and Bon Appetit, to name a few, as one of the top steakhouses in the country. An experienced staff serves only the best quality dishes and an extensive wine list. Esparza’s 124 E. Worth Street, Grapevine, 76051 817-481-4668; www.esparzastexas.com Since 1985, Esparza’s has served some of the finest Tex-Mex cuisine in the Metroplex. As the Margarita Capital of Texas®, it is also known for its fine drinks and friendly, jovial atmosphere. Tolbert’s 423 S. Main Street, Grapevine, 76051, 817-421-4888; www.tolbertsrestaurant.com Tolbert’s has been a mainstay in Dallas for 27 year, with its famous chili con carne, chargrilled steaks and burgers, signature salads, tortilla soup and other outstanding dishes.

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Primo’s 4861 Bass Pro Drive, Garland, 75043 972-226-8100; www.primosdallas.com

Benihana 5400 Whitehall Street, Las Colinas, 75038 972-550-0060; www.benihana.com Benihana offers food not only cooked, but choreographed! Chefs slice and dice as they prepare meals before their patrons’ eyes. Enjoy a meal of steak, chicken, seafood and fresh vegetables on traditional Japanese-style hibachi table, and while being treated to the longest running dinner show in the world. The Blue Fish 925 W. John Carpenter Fwy., Irving, 75039 972-385-3474; www.thebluefishsushi.com

Part of the M Crowd Restaurant Group, the original Mi Cocina served as its flagship restaurant in 1991. There, it Mexican dishes made from only the best ingredients, and it continues to do so to this day.

PLANO Jasper’s 7161 Bishop Road, Plano, 75024 469-229-9111; www.jaspers-restaurant.com Jasper’s proprietor and chef Kent Rathbun ensures that all his dishes meet the highest standards of quality, freshness and seasonality while

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RO C K WA L L Culpepper Steak House 309 E. Interstate 30, Rockwall, 75087 972-771-1001; culpeppersteakhouse.com Executive Chef Chad Bowden brings his innovative and exacting style to one of the finest steak houses in DFW. Come and see why patrons describe their experience at Culpepper as “outstanding,” “excellent” and “…a staple in Rockwall for many years.”

SOUTHLAKE Coal Vines 1251 E. Southlake Blvd., Southlake, 76092 817-310-0850; www.coalvines.com A nod to the casual pizzerias found throughout New York, Coal Vines serves up specialties pizzas that are complimented by and excellent wine list and a full range of other fine traditional Italian dishes.

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World of Beer 5005 S. Cooper Street 817-471-1101; www.wobusa.com

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse 4901 Belt Line Road 972-392-4600; www.bjsrestaurants.com

Whether it’s football night or an evening to enjoy good music, know that you’ll be pairing it with the finest of brew, spirits and Tavern Fare. Enjoy our own brews and spirits or choose from a wide variety of others. With Loyalty Nights, and events galore, there’s always something happening at WOB, so gather your friends and make a date to meet and share good beer.

With locations nationwide and offerings known by many, this brewhouse offers something more familiar or a favorite brew you know and love. Sometimes, you just need to fill the mug up a favorite, and you’re not quite ready to test out a local variety. You’ll get good food and a good brew, with no surprises.

If you are looking for something stronger in the Lone Star state, close to the Dallas/Fort Worth area, enjoy it with local flair. DFW is home to distilling aficionados with a passion to apply unique distilling techniques to produce the finest in drink. Dallas Distilleries | www.dallasdistilleries.com 803 Shepard Drive, Garland, 75042 | 469-298-3903 Touted the first distillery in Dallas offering small batch whisky, aged in new white oak barrels, they offer Herman Marshall Whiskey in three ways: Texas Bourbon, Texas Rye and Texas Single Malt. Visit the site to sign up for tastings for bottle signings. Firestone & Robertson Distilling Co. | www. frdistilling.com 901 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth, 76104 | 817-840-9140 The only artisan bourbon whiskey distillery in North Texas, they offer a uniquely Texan take on whiskey. Owned by two partners with a passion for whiskey, they applied corporate savvy to distilling craftiness to create a blend like no other. Enjoy their TX Blended Whiskey or FR Straight Bourbon in select establishments, found on their website. North Texas Distillers | www.northtexasdistillers.com 845 N. Mill Street, Lewisville, 75057 | 972-219-1230 Using the finest ingredients and handcrafted in small batches, this distillery offers nothing but the best. From their Texas Silver Star Spirit Whiskey to their Texas Honey, lots of time and devotion are put into every bottle. Vodka also rounds out their suite of offerings in a variety of forms: Jay Dee’s Texas Vodka, Ridge Reserve Vodka and Hammerhead Vodka. Check site listings to see where you can find their products. Trinity River Distillery | www. trinityriverdistillery.com 1734 E. El Paso Street, Fort Worth 76102 | 817-841-2837 Trinity River Distillery is a Texan owned and operated distiller of alcoholic beverages based in Fort Worth, Texas. All of our products are made with Texas rainwater that we collect at our distillery. Our whiskey is distilled from select corn, barley and rye and aged in charred American white oak barrels. Our honey whiskey base is the same whiskey to which we introduce honey from the Texas Hill Country. Our vodka is distilled from 100% corn mash and is one of the smoothest vodka’s you’ll ever try.

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Community Beer Company 1530 Inspiration Drive, Suite 200 214-751-7921; www.communitybeer.com Located in downtown Dallas, Community Beer Co. is an integral part of its community offering IPAs, ales, lagers and witbier. They support the local community by not only offering special crafts, but by also supporting the arts, as well. Stop by for a tour with tasting, or rent the facilities for an event that will be the talk of the town. Deep Ellum Brewing Company 2823 St. Louis Street 214-888-3322; www.deepellumbrewing.com Run by four guys with big personalities and even bigger hankerings for craft beer, this is the flagship brewery of Dallas proper. A little bit artsy and a little bit rock’n’roll, this place attracts a younger following, but boasts great brews. Take a tour and come with a fun group of friends. They offer standards brews throughout the year, along with fun seasonals, like the Cherry Chocolate Double Stout in February! Four Corners Brewing Company 423 Singleton Blvd. 214-748-2739; www.fcbrewing.com Located just west of downtown Dallas, Four Corners takes local flavor and makes it their own in a crafted draft that goes down smooth. Some brews are year-round, while others are seasonal. Enjoy a mug in house, or tour the operations to learn more about what they do. Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant 8060 Park Lane 214-369-2739; www.gordonbiersch.com Close to so much that is happening in Park Lane, this brewery offers all that is Gordon Biersch. Looking for a good German brew, you’ve come to the right place. They craft to German Purity Law, or Reinheitsgebot, and use authentic malt from Bamberg, along with Bavarian hops to create flavors for all tastes.


Humperdinks Restaurant & Brewpub 2208 W. NW Highway; 214-358-4159 6050 Greenville Avenue; 214-368-1203 www.humperdinks.com With a few locations in the DFW area, you can enjoy good food and good brews at any of their locations. This award-winning brewery offers year-round favorites along with seasonal specialites, all served ice cold in pints, mugs or goblets. Stop by for their famous Happy Hour Dallas style and sample the local brews, made on premise. Looking to share with friends, order and pickup a Keg to Go of your favorites, and your party will be one remembered! Peticolas Brewing Company 2026 Farrington Street 214-234-7600; www.peticolasbrewing.com Open for special events and tours, enjoy this brewery’s finest at select locations and at Whole Foods stores. Offering up a unique selection of flavors year-round and some winter specialties, Peticolas produces some of the area’s finest ales and beers, receiving numerous awards and accolades. Check out their website for a list of places to find their brews.

D E N TO N Armadillo Ale Works 940-580-4446; www.armadilloaleworks.com Crafting quality brews to a city that earns it, this brewery adventure started small, but gained momentum with funding through Kickstart and the support of beer lovers. They currently brew at Deep Ellum Brewery, but plan to have their own Denton facility in the near future. Check out their Beer Finder to see where you can sit and sip one of their crafty creations.

F O RT WO RT H Martin House Brewing Company 220 S. Sylvania Avenue, Ste. 209 817-222-0177; www.martinhousebrewing.com In the spirit of the adventurous Purple Martin Texan bird, Martin House offers good times with good friends. They offer the best, brewed with a passion. Customers

are an extension of their brewing family and the beers they brew are an extension of life. They offer a wide variety of brews depending on the type you like. Want to sample a few? Book and tour the facility to see how they make their offerings so special and why it’s their passion. Rahr and Sons Brewing Company 701 Galveston Avenue 817-810-9266; www.rahrbrewing.com Family owned and operated, this brewery features hometown brews with a warm atmosphere. They welcome beer lovers to come tour their facility to get to know their beers better. Mingle with others in the Hofbrau-style tasting room and enjoy their unique “Brew Cruises”. It’s not just about beer here, it’s about community.

Mostly a steakhouse, this place boasts a working in-house brewery, to pair up with your meal. Using domestically malted barley, the best hops and a specially selected strain of brewer’s yeast, they offer standard beer styles year-round, plus 3 guest taps, along with seasonal brews.

Fort Worth Brewery & Pizzeria 1001 W. Magnolia Avenue 817-923-8000; www.fortbrewery.com

Franconia Brewing Company 495 McKinney Parkway 972-542-0705; www.franconiabrewing.com

Take a load off and chill a bit. This place has just the thing to quench your thirst and fill your appetite. Great service and great Italian food round out the wide selection of Texas craft beer and USA brews. Enjoy indoors or on the cool patio, along with live music to make the evening end on a high note.

With a brewing heritage dating back to the 1800’s, this brewery is more than just local, it’s a fine establishment for the best in Bavarian brewing. Combining German heritage with local flavors, Franconia crafts drafts that are some of the most genuine in the area. Learn about their brewing process and how they make your favorite flavor. Their unique process hails from Germany, so get ready for the real thing!

GARLAND Lakewood Brewing Company 2302 Executive Dr.; 972-864-BEER (2337) www.lakewoodbrewingcompany.com With roots from Belgium, but crafted in Texas, find a unique blend of cultures in an icy cold brew. With year-round favorites and specialties for each season, you will find something to quench your thirst and pair up with a good meal. Tour the brewery to see what you like, then find it in a store near you. The brewery is also available for rent, to make for a memorable event.

GRAPEVINE Uncle Buck’s Brewery & Steakhouse 2501-1 Bass Pro Drive; 972-691-5100 www.unclebuckssteakhouse.com

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SOUTHLAKE Treestrike Brewing Company 1313 Pecos Drive 817-372-2500; www.treestrike.com Named for the inspirational lightening that struck owner Matthew Close’s front yard tree, Treestrike is a culmination of dreams and passions for brewing the best. With a variety of unique homebrews, you are sure to find a new favorite amongst the offerings. Brews range from the fiery Down the Hatch Chile Beer to the swanky Platinum Blonde Ale. They’re not quite ready to sell brews, yet; but you can sign up for a class to learn about the craft and enjoy a few samples while you’re at it!

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+ senior living Long gone are the days of mandatory retirement at age 65, and with it, the idea that one’s golden years were to be spent simply sitting quietly on the front porch in a rocking chair as they watch life. To begin with, forget about that rocking chair – how does a morning spent working out in the gym or pedaling along the hike and bike trail sound?

As for the front porch, seniors in Dallas find that they have a wide variety of housing options that accommodate their budget, while enjoying their lifestyle in a community that encourages the development and pursuit of their personal interests, goals and activities. While aging is inevitable, medical advances and healthy lifestyle choices help increase the number of years a person may live, as well as improve that person’s lifestyle. The result is that the demographics of seniors in Dallas have undergone some significant changes: the term “senior” may describe an active person in his/her late 50’s, or someone in his/her early 80’s. Baby Boomers now entering the senior arena are faced with the responsibility of preparing not only for their own retirement, but with making retirement and housing plans for their elderly parents as well. Fortunately, Dallas offers a wide array of options to accommodate the different requirements and lifestyles of its seniors. From upscale retirement communities offering residents a choice of social, cultural, travel and sporting opportunities to active seniors, to full-care facilities specializing in caring for the elderly with mental and physical disabilities. There is a senior citizen living solution to fit every need.

TAKING STOCK OF YOURSELF When making retirement housing plans, there’s no denying that the number and diversity of choices available might make the process feel overwhelming. Begin by taking a personal inventory that takes into account personal living expenses, health, interests and expectations. Budget Inventory: Make a list of monthly expenses, from rental or housing fees to day-to-day living expenses such as dry cleaning and energy bills to current or anticipated medical expenses. The point is to be realistic about everyday expenses now, so there are no rude surprises later. Lifestyle Inventory: Active golf enthusiasts, for example, might want close proximity to a golf course. Those who want to use this time for community involvement might want to live close to schools, churches or community centers, while others who want to continue developing and pursuing an active lifestyle might want easy access to hike and bike trails, fitness centers, etc. Again, being realistic on the front end helps determine smart choices that will benefit later.

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SHOULD YOU STAY OR SHOULD YOU GO?

A reverse mortgage offers retirees a distinct

Staying Put: Packing up and selling a loved home with so many memories is a difficult decision for many longtime Dallas residents. One viable option open to senior homeowners is the reverse mortgage, which allows homeowners to turn the value of their home into cash without having to move or repay the loan each month. Guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, HUD offers seniors a federally insured private loan as a means to provide financial security and supplement social security, meet unexpected medical expenses, make home improvements, and more.

a borrower’s ability to pay back the loan by

advantage. Since most lenders determine reviewing the borrower’s income, many retired seniors simply cannot qualify for a traditional home equity loan. But a reverse mortgage does not require monthly payments,

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Being realistic about your life, finances and longevity is a must if you decide to move to another community, says Calvin Chamness, real estate agent/developer/builder with JW Development Inc. He advises, “You have to think about your health and your future and expand your thinking beyond the average life expectation. Make sure that you’re close to hospitals and doctors that can provide you with the best care. Do they accept your insurance? All of this needs to be considered when moving from your current circle of friends and community to a new area. This is where a real estate agent can really help a person or family trying to find a retirement situation for someone, as they have access to the most current facts and figures to help you make an informed decision.”

no repayment as long as the owner, or any co-owner, lives in the home. The best way to determine if a reverse mortgage is the best fit for one’s retirement plan is to honestly assess the following: • How much would the home sell for on

The money from a reverse loan may be paid to the borrower in a variety of ways: a lump sum, a regular monthly cash advance, as a credit line account or in any combination of the above. Typically, borrowers do not have to pay anything back until they permanently move out of the home, sell, or pass away. Eligibility for most reverse mortgages requires that the home should be owned outright by the applicant, and that the applicant is 62 years of age or older. (Visit AARP’s website and use their Reverse Mortgage Calculator: www.aarp.com).

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Borrowing money for a reverse mortgage is not advised until looking into all of these senior living options. By being honest about current needs and housing trends, and exploring all the options, seniors can be assured that they have selected the best housing choice that uniquely fits their budget and lifestyle needs.

today’s market? •  What would the cost be to buy and maintain, or rent, a new home? • Would there be any money left over from the purchase of a new home that could be safely invested? • What are the options for downsizing into a less expensive home, renting an apartment, or moving into an assisted living or alternative senior housing situation?

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“Many who are making these decisions for themselves need to learn to be a little bit selfish,” says Chamness. “I mean, be selfish in a


good way,” he laughs. “Move to a community or area that you enjoy. Many of my senioraged clients are downsizing their lifestyles and selling a home they’ve owned for 30 years. They’re trading down in price range, want to be in a good area and need to select a home that’s a good investment for them. If your health is good, and you’re reasonably active, you also want an area with residents of a similar age and situation – just like you, they’ve raised their kids, have a lot of interests and a lot to talk about, and can help each other.”

SENIOR HOUSING OPTIONS According to Paying for Senior Care (www. payingforseniorcare.com) private senior care housing nationwide is approximately average $3,600 per month, depending on the services and degree of care offered by a facility. Many senior care housing communities employ medically trained staff, provide housekeeping and meal prepa-ration services, as well as transportation for shopping, medical visits, and social outings. HUD also notes that as Baby Boomers approach their own retirement years, the trend toward creating active retirement communities where residents are active and involved will continue, encouraging seniors to live at a level of independence comfortable for them. “The time to begin thinking about a retirement community isn’t when you have to have it,” advises Terry Martinez with Parmer Woods Retirement & Assisted Living in Austin. “The time to think about it is when you don’t need it. There are not enough retirement communities to keep up with the demand, and you want to be sure that you know your options and what’s available beforehand.” Martinez says that more than 60 percent of her facility’s residents are not from Austin, but have moved here when their adult children have decided to relocate to Central Texas. The same can also be said of the Metroplex and North Texas. Martinez also credits the Internet as a source for families to learn more about retirement communities, check on specific programs and associated costs. “When you’re trying to stay within a particular price range, you want to match your

living requirements with services offered,” she says. “If someone’s parents are very independent and don’t need assistance – they just want a meal plan, for example – then the associated costs are much less than for someone’s parents who require more care.”

mind, some seniors rent a home under a short-term agreement at first to make sure the community provides for their needs and lives up to their expectations.

Remember, says Martinez, that Medicare generally does not pay for long-term care, only for services deemed medically necessary that are provided by a skilled facility or home health care that meets certain conditions. Medicaid will pay for certain health services and nursing home care for older people with low incomes and limited assets. Optimally, the selected community should have someone on staff familiar with the requirements and criteria of both programs.

A Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) offers 360-degree care in a residential community for seniors, with a full menu of services and living situations. Residents at a CCRC may move between independent living, assisted living and nursing home care, depending on their individual, changing needs. Seniors electing to live in a CCRC (also known as “Continuing Care Retirement Facilities,” “Life-Care Facilities” and “Life-Care Communities”) contract with the community in advance for a lifetime commitment to provide care, regardless of their future health and needs. They then live in the residential community for the remainder of their lives, and are placed within a living situation appropriate to their needs and abilities. Seniors or family members of seniors who are concerned about future security find CCRCs a safe bet, addressing any worries about future health problems down the road and alleviating any concerns about hidden costs along the way. A CCRC generally offers seniors a contract or contracts that provide a continuum of care that includes access to housing, services, and health care for more than one year, or the balance of their lives. Usually, it is a wise idea for seniors to move into a CCRC sooner rather than later, as most CCRCs require that new residents be capable of living independently when they first move in.

ACTIVE SENIOR HOUSING COMMUNITIES Many seniors find that they simply do not want to worry about maintaining a home, preferring to spend their leisure time in other ways. Healthy independent seniors may find they need nothing more than a community where they can fully enjoy pursuing their personal interests. For them, moving to an active independent living retirement community might be the best fit for their budget and lifestyle, where options include renting an apartment or the outright purchase of a property. Many active senior communities have information packets that may be requested in advance, and offer tours of the community itself. A personal visit will give valuable, first-hand information and an opportunity to meet current residents who can offer their own experiences, providing an insider’s view on the community. Be sure to determine if personal interests and pursuits are offered, such as health and fitness programs, organized activities, sports, etc. Other day-to-day living arrangements should also be considered, such as shopping centers and grocery stores within easy walking distance, and the availability of transportation services provided. Where is the community located in proximity to major health care providers? What security measures are in place for residents? For ultimate peace of

CONTINUING CARE RETIREMENT COMMUNITIES

There are a number of contract options offered by CCRCs to seniors and their families. An extensive care contract is the most expensive, but affords the least risk, providing unlimited long-term nursing care at little or no additional cost for as long as nursing home services are needed by the client. A modified care contract comes with medium financial risk, and provides long-term health or nursing services for a specified period of time, after which, the senior or their guardian is responsible for the

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additional cost. A fee-for-service contract offers an a la carte approach, requiring that residents pay separately for all health and medical services provided by the facility, as well as long-term care. While a fee-for-service contract is the least expensive contract, it does have the highest risk, as costs can run very high for seniors who require unanticipated extensive care later in life. The most common element in a CCRC contract is an entrance fee, where regardless of whether the contract is an extensive, modified or fee-for-service contract, the resident pays a lump sum entrance fee, plus monthly fees thereafter. Another CCRC contract option may require an equity agreement where seniors purchase a condominium or co-op apartment on the property instead of paying an entrance fee. Less commonly found are CCRC contracts where residents pay monthly fees only. Seniors and their families are advised to be sure to read the fine print on the contract carefully to ensure that they are signing an agreement that guarantees the lifetime of services and support over an extended period of time that they are looking for. There are so-called copycat senior-care residences that claim to offer all the benefits of a CCRC, but in reality the services guaranteed by the actual contract fall far short of the claims made by management. Before signing a contract with a CCRC, seniors should conduct a thorough review of the facility’s services, operations and finances, and determine that the CCRC is appropriate to their needs, lifestyle and expectations. It’s also a good idea to ask a family attorney or

Seniors in Dallas find that they have a wide variety of housing options that accommodate their budget... and pursuit of their personal interests, goals and activities.

accountant to review the contract as well. If the contract is found agreeable, ask to spend at least one night and two days at the facility, to test drive the community and make sure it is a good fit. Some points to consider include: •

Are pets allowed in your residence?

What social, recreational and cultural activities are offered?

Is food prepared onsite? If so, how is it?

Are there fitness facilities onsite?

Is the staff friendly and knowledgeable?

What healthcare and personal care services are available?

What preparations have been made for handling medical and evacuation emergency situations?

Is there easy access to offsite activities such as shopping and is transportation provided?

CCRCs are an excellent option for those who are independent and in good health, but might need some assistance with daily living needs or require skilled nursing care. The variety of housing offered by CCRCs is varied as well, ranging from ultra-urban high-rise apartment communities to cottages,

townhouses, duplexes or even single-family homes located in a beautiful, natural setting.

ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES An Assisted Living Community (ALC) bridges the gap for seniors who need assistance with daily activities a nursing home might offer, but wish to live independently so long as they are capable of doing so. Residents in an ALC are unable to live completely by themselves, but do not require constant supervision. An ALC offers its residents assistance with eating, bathing, dressing, laundry, housekeeping, and keeping track of medications. They often have centers for medical services, but typically do not offer the extensive medical services provided by a nursing home. An ALC is not a substitute for a nursing home, but rather is a stepping stone between complete independence and services provided by a nursing home. Often, an ALC will create an individualized service plan for seniors upon admission, detailing personal services that will be provided to the resident. This plan is periodically reviewed and updated to provide the appropriate care to each resident. Housing in an ALC may be studios or one-bedroom apartments with small kitchen facilities. Typically, ALC housing units have group dining facilities

AREA SENIOR CENTERS Allen Senior Recreation Center

451 Saint Mary Drive

Allen

214-509-4820

www.cityofallen.org

Baylor Senior Center

2835 Sylvan Avenue

Dallas

214-421-2271

www.baylorhealth.com

East Dallas Senior Center

911 Saint Joseph Street

Dallas

214-821-5398

Elmwood Senior Citizens Center

1315 Berkley Avenue

Dallas

214-330-7144

Farmers Branch Senior Adult Center

14055 Dennis Lane

Farmers Branch

972-241-8636

www.senioradultservices.org

McKinney Community Center

2001 S. Central Expwy

McKinney

972-542-0045

www.mckinneytexas.org

Plano Senior Center

401 West 16th Street

Plano

972-941-7155

www.plano.gov

Richardson Senior Center

820 W. Arapaho Road

Richardson

972-231-4798

www.cor.net

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and common areas where residents gather to enjoy social and recreational activities. An ALC may be licensed as a “Type A” or “Type B” facility, says Martinez. “A facility with a Type A licensing means that the residents are mentally and physically able to vacate the building without assistance within 15 minutes,” says Martinez. “A Type B certification means that residents require assistance to vacate the building within 15 minutes. Our facility is licensed for Type B, as we are also certified to care for residents with Alzheimer’s Disease.” “Your first impression of an Assisted Living Community is the most important,” says Martinez. “What do you see when you get out of the car? How do they take care of the lawn? What is your first impression of the staff ? Are the residents properly dressed? How’s the lighting inside the buildings? What activities are available? Are staff members all in the same uniform? Scrubs are not appropriate for an Assisted Living Community, but name tags are important.” “I’m not bragging about our own facility,” says Martinez of her own community, Parmer Woods Retirement & Assisted Living, “but people comment all the time about that first impression when they walk into my building, go on the tour, and acknowledge that they like what they see.”

NURSING CARE FACILITIES A Nursing Care Facility (NCF) is a state licensed, private-care facility that provides 24-hour skilled hospital care for residents who do not require hospitalization but cannot be cared for at home. Also called Long Term Care Facilities, the majority of nursing homes are staffed by caring, trained persons who provide an excellent level of service for their residents. It pays to shop around when selecting an NCF. Seniors should consult with a trusted doctor or health care practitioner for recommendations of nearby facilities. Plan on visiting at least four or five area facilities, and make an appointment with the administrator or director of nursing. Check to make sure that information

provided is consistent with information gathered during the facility tour. Discrepancies between provided information and your own observations indicate possible problems later on. A nursing care facility should have clean floors and smell clean. Facilities with dirty floors and a sour smell do not put a high priority on cleanliness, and should not be considered. Ask to see the compliance survey report prepared by the State of Texas on the considered facility. The report will list deficiencies found in resident care during routine inspections, and the facility’s effort to correct the problem. Under Texas law, nursing homes must make this and other survey compliance reports available upon request, as well as provide an accessible and well-lit place for review. Another option available is to call the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) at 800-458-9858. While state law prohibits agency employees from recommending one facility over another,

they can answer the following recommended questions about any such facility: •

Have there been any proposed license terminations in the past two years?

How many complaints have been filed in the past year?

How many complaints in the past year have been found to be valid?

How many deficiencies have been cited in the past two years?

How many “quality of care” violations have been cited in the past two years?

When did DADS last visit the facility, and what was the purpose of the visit?

• Has the owner of this facility had other facilities recommended for license termination? The answers to these questions, combined with observations and impressions made during facility tours and staff interviews will

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Encompass Home Health & Hospice 10300 N. Central Expressway Ste 284 Dallas, 75231 469-621-8691; www.ehhi.com Encompass Home Health & Hospice – Ft. Worth 901 W. Rosedale St., Suite 250 Fort Worth, TX 76104 817-737-4300; www.ehhi.com Encompass Home Health 2815 Exchange Blvd. Ste 400 Southlake, 76092 817-329-2155; www.ehhi.com Home Health Services of Dallas Inc. 3333 Earhart Drive #210 Carrollton, 75006 972-448-8500; www.hhsd.org Intrepid USA Healthcare Services 4055 Valley View Lane, Fifth Floor Dallas, 75244; 214-445-3750 www.intrepidusa.com

ease the task of selecting the right nursing care facility.

ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES

ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA CARE FACILITIES

Atria Canyon Creek 440 Independence Parkway, Plano, 75075 469-208-4716; www.atriaseniorliving.com

Maxim Healthcare Services 4144 N. Central Expwy #405, Dallas, 75204 214-370-3385; www.maximhealthcare.com

Frisco Lakes by Del Webb 1011 Pasa Tiempo Drive, Frisco, 75034 877-293-2289; 469-362-3800 www.friscolakes.com

ResCare HomeCare 1349 Empire Central #510, Dallas, 75247 214-951-0698; www.rescare.com Reachout Home Care 6801 West Poly Webb Rd, Arlington, 76016 817-810-0633; www.reachouthomecare.com

Residents diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia need specialized care. Assisted Living Facilities offer services and separate facilities for residents with early onset symptoms, but because of the progressive nature of the disease, it may become necessary to transfer the resident to another facility that provides the appropriate care. Facilities specializing in the treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia should provide a treatment plan that considers not only the resident’s medical needs, but also the needs of the entire family with social services, professional consultations and individualized treatment reviews. Within the facility emphasis should be placed on providing a calm, soothing environment that is sensitive to the needs of the patient. Please visit the Area Agency on Aging of The Capital Area at www.aaacap.org for additional information on care for the elderly.

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Overture Fort Worth 6755 Ridgmar Blvd, Fort Worth, 76116 817-731-0101 www.liveoverture.com/fortworth/ Overture Plano 500 Coit Rd. Plano, 75075 844-338-5593; www.liveoverture.com/plano/ Robson Ranch 9501 Ed Robson Blvd., Denton, 76207 888-988-3927; 940-246-2000 www.robsonranch.com

HOME HEALTH CARE AGENCIES Aria Home Health Inc. 2351 W. Northwest Hwy, Dallas, 75220 214-366-1026; 800-405-1184 www.ariahomehealth.com

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Right at Home 11551 Forest Central Dr #116, Dallas, 75243 214-340-9900; www.rightathome.net/north-dallas September Services Inc. 2501 Oak Lawn Ave. #540, Dallas, 75219 972-934-3588; www.septservices.com UT Southwestern Home Health Care Bass Center - 6363 Forest Park Rd #BLB-304 Dallas, 75390; 214-645-4570 www.utswmedicine.org/patients-visitors/ support-services/home-health/ The Visiting Nurse Association of Texas 1600 Viceroy Dr., #400, Dallas, 75235 800-442-4490; 214-689-0000 www.vnatexas.org


INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTERS

Five Star Premier Residences of Dallas

Ashwood Assisted Living

5455 La Sierra Drive, Dallas, 75231

5701 Glenview Drive

Atria Canyon Creek 440 Independence Parkway, Plano, 75075 469-208-4716; www.atriaseniorliving.com

214-691-1001; www.fivestarpremier-dallas.com

North Richland Hills, 76180;

Atria at Hometown 6350 Winter Park Drive North Richland Hills, 76180 817-380-4956l www.atriaseniorliving.com Brookdale Club Hill 1245 Colonel Drive, Garland, 75043 972-278-8500; 866-868-9972 www.brookdale.com Brookdale Lake Highlands 9715 Plano Rd, Dallas, 75238 214-343+7445; www.brookdale.com Brookdale Preston 12400 Preston Rd., Dallas, 75230 972-479-5959; www.brookdale.com Brookdale Town Village North Dallas 12271 Coit Rd, Dallas, 75251 866-877-9552; 866-785-9025 www.brookdaleliving.com Brookdale White Rock 9271 White Rock Trail, Dallas, 75238 214-691-7400; www.brookdale.com CC Young 4847 W. Lawther Drive #100, Dallas, 75214 214-827-8080; www.ccyoung.org Christian Care Center 900 Wiggins Parkway, Mesquite, 75150 972-698-2600; www.christiancarecenters.org Corinthians Retirement Community 3500 Old Denton Road, Carrollton, 75007 972-395-0363; www.corinthiansret.com Country Lane Seniors Campus 2401 Country View Lane, McKinney, 75069 972-569-8762;

817-804-3100; The Forum at Park Lane

www.ashwoodassistedliving.com

7831 Park Lane, Dallas, 75225 214-369-9902; www.theforumatparklane.com

Atria Carrollton 1825 Arbor Creek Drive, Carrollton, 57010

Franklin Park at Lewisville

972-505-3751; www.atriaseniorliving.com

901 N. Garden Ridge Blvd., Lewisville, 75077 214-222-2563; www.franklinpark.org

Avalon Alzheimer’s Care Homes (several locations in DFW area)

Gatewood Apartments

1625 N. Stemmons Frwy, Dallas, 75207

6036 Ridgecrest Road, Dallas, 75231

214-752-7050; 800-696-6536

214-691-6636

www.avalon-care.com

Heritage Place Retirement Community

Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living

300 Huguley Boulevard, Burleson, 76028

1103 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, 76013

817-568-1000; www.sagora.com/heritage-place

817-861-4644; www.bethesdaseniorliving.com

Meadowstone Place Retirement Community 10410 Stone Canyon Rd., Dallas, 75230 214-972-471-9050; www.spectrumprop.com Monticello West Retirement Community 5114 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, 75205 214-528-0660; www.monticellowest.com

Bethesda Gardens Assisted Living 5417 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, 76123 817-292-8886; www.bethesdaseniorliving.com Broadway Plaza at Pecan Park 915 N. Fielder Road, Arlington, 76012 682-990-3400; www.brookdaleliving.com Brookdale Club Hill

Presbyterian Village North

1245 Colonel Drive, Garland, 75043

8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, 75243

972-278-8500; 866-868-9972

214-355-9001; presbyterianvillagenorth.org

www.brookdale.com

The Remington at Valley Ranch

C. C. Young Retirement Community

8707 Valley Ranch Pkwy West, Irving, 75063

4847 W. Lawther Drive #100, Dallas, 75214

972-556-0014; www.theremington-vr.com

214-827-8080; www.ccyoung.org

Three Fountains Retirement Community

Cambridge Court Assisted Living and Memory Care 711 Matador Lane, Mesquite, 75149 972-285-9800; www.cambridgecourtalf.com

6011 Melody Lane, Dallas, 75231 214-363-4116; www.threefountainsdallas.com The Vantage at Cityview 6301 Overton Ridge Blvd., Fort Worth, 76132 817-292-5600; www.thevantageatcityview.com

www.countrylaneseniors.com

RETIREMENT & ASSISTED LIVING COMMUNITIES

Edgemere

Arden Courts of Richardson

8523 Thackery Street, Dallas, 75225

410 Buckingham Road, Richardson, 75081

214-865-7520; 888-638-4359

972-235-1200;

www.edgemeredallas.com

www.hcr-manorcare.com

Castle Rock Assisted Living 5519 S. Collins Street, Arlington, 76018 817-557-2221; www.castlerocktx.com Christian Care Centers 900 Wiggins Parkway, Mesquite, 75150 972-698-2600; www.christiancarecenters.org Colonial Lodge Retirement and Assisted Living 202 Fm-2578, Terrell, 75160; 972-563-1043 www.coloniallodgeassistedliving.com

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Walnut Place 5515 Glen Lakes Drive, Dallas, 75231 214-361-8923; 877-572-1863 www.walnutplacelc.com The Waterford at Plano 3401 Premier Drive, Plano, 75023 972-423-7400; www.capitalsenior.com/ thewaterfordatplano/ The Wellington at Arapaho 600 W. Arapaho Road, Richardson, 75080 469-330-2800; www.capitalsenior.com/ thewellingtonatarapaho/

NURSING HOMES Arbrook Plaza 401 W. Arbrook Boulevard Arlington, 76014; 817-466-3094 Corinthians Retirement Community 3500 Old Denton Road, Carrollton, 75007 972-395-0363; www.corinthiansret.com

Mayberry Gardens

Elmcroft of Arlington 4101 W. Arkansas Lane, Arlington, 76016 817-469-7671; www.elmcroft.com

Horizon Bay Grand Prairie

Elmcroft of Irving 2425 Texas Drive, Irving, 75062 972-659-6800; www.elmcroft.com

www.brookdaleliving.com

Encore at Buckingham 535 Buckingham Road, Richardson, 75081 214-646-3767 www.encoreatbuckingham

214-528-0660; www.monticellowest.com

Harbor Chase of the Park Cities 5950 Sherry Lane, Suite 310 Dallas, 75225; 772 494-5374 www.harborchase.com/senior-living/tx/ dallas/park-cities/ Hearthstone at Vista Ridge 400 Highland Drive, Lewisville, 75067 972-315-1532; www.elmcroft.com

3272 N. Garland Avenue, Garland, 75040 972-675-3603; www.mayberrygardens.com

355 W. Westchester Parkway Grand Prairie, 75052; 866-815-0956

Monticello West Retirement Center 5114 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 75205

The Plaza at Edgemere 8502 Edgemere Road, Dallas, 75225 214-615-7045; www.edgemeredallas.com Presbyterian Village North 8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, 75243 214-355-9001; presbyterianvillagenorth.org Parsons House Preston Hollow 4205 West Northwest Hwy, Dallas, 75220; 214-357-7900; parsonshouseprestonhollow.com

Lewisville Estates 800 College Parkway, Lewisville, 75077 972-919-0265; www.lewisvilleseniorliving.com

Summerville at Lakeland Hills

The Lodge on Preston Ridge 5850 Ohio Drive, Frisco, 75035; 972-668-4100 www.qplodge.com

and Memory Care

Meadowstone Place 10410 Stone Canyon Rd., Dallas, 75230 214-972-471-9050; www.spectrumprop.com

Vickery Towers

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3305 Dilido Road, Dallas, 75228 214-321-7300; www.emeritus.com Twin Rivers Assisted Living 1720 N. Plano Road, Richardson, 72081 972-979-4333; twinriversassistedliving.com

5619 Belmont Ave., Dallas, 75206 214-452-2359; www.emeritus.com

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Ashford Hall 2021 Shoaf Drive, Irving, 75061 972-579-1919 Baybrooke Village Care and Rehabilitation Center 8300 Eldorado Pkwy West, McKinney, 75070 972-332-1314; www.bbvrehab.com Brentwood Healthcare 3505 S. Buckner Blvd, Dallas, 75227 214-381-1815; brentwoodnursingandrehab.com C.C. Young Retirement Community 4847 W. Lawther Drive #100, Dallas, 75214 214-874-7474; www.ccyoung.org Christian Care Center 900 Wiggins Parkway, Mesquite, 75150 972-686-2600; www.christiancarecenters.org Fowler Homes Inc. 1234 Abrams Road, Dallas, 75214 214-827-0813; www.fowlerhomes.org Grace Presbyterian Village 550 E. Ann Arbor Avenue Dallas, 75216; 214-376-1701 www.gracepresvillage.org Heritage Place of Mesquite 825 W. Kearney Street, Mesquite, 75149 972-288-7668 Heritage Manor Healthcare Center 1621 Coit Road, Plano, 75075 972-596-7930


James L. West Alzheimer Center

Settlers Ridge Care Center

Victoria Gardens of Frisco

1111 Summit Avenue, Fort Worth, 76102

1280 Settlers Ridge Rd., Celina, 75009

10700 Rolater Road, Frisco, 75035

817-877-1199; www.jameslwest.org

972-382-8600; www.srsnf.com

victoriagardensfrisco.seniorcarecentersltc.com

Stonegate

Signature Pointe on the Lake

1500 Waters Ridge Drive #200

14655 Preston Road, Dallas, 75254

310 S. Jupiter Road, Allen, 75002

Lewisville, 75057; 972-889-4401

972-726-7575; www.signaturepointcs.com

victoriagardensallen.seniorcarecentersltc.com

www.stonegatesl.com

Victoria Garden of Allen

The Legacy at Preston Hollow

West Side Campus of Care

Presbyterian Village North

11409 N. Central Expwy, Dallas, 75243

1950 S. Las Vegas Trail

8600 Skyline Drive, Dallas, 75243

214-363-5100;

White Settlement, 76108; 817-246-4995

214-355-9001; presbyterianvillagenorth.org

thelegacyseniorcommunities.org

www.westsidecampusofcare.com

HELPFUL NUMBERS AARP

214-346-4394

Employment/Training Admin.

877-872-5627

AARP Chapter Services

214-346-9221

Epilepsy Foundation of America

713-789-6295

AARP Foundation

888-687-2277

Family Eldercare, Inc

512-450-0844

AARP Homebound Tax Svc

800-368-5779

Foster Grandparents

214-823-5700

Abuse and Neglect

800-252-5400

Home Care 4 Seniors

214-621-1969

Adult Daycare

800-989-8137

In Home Services

512-623-7800

Adult Protective Services

800-252-5400

Legal Hotline Dallas Bar

214-220-7476

Al-Anon Family Group

214-363-0461

Lupus Foundation

866-205-2369

Alcoholics Anonymous

214-368-8866

Meals on Wheels

214-689-2639

Alzheimer’s Association

214-827-0062

Medicare

800-633-42273

American Cancer Society

214-819-1200

Mental Health America

214-871-2420

American Diabetes Assoc

972-392-1181

National Council-Drug Dependence

214-634-2722

American Heart Assoc

214-706-1301

National Kidney Foundation—Texas

877-543-6397

American Lung Assoc

214-631-5864

National Osteoporosis Foundation

800-231-4222

American Liver Foundation

602-953-1800

National Social Security Admin

800-772-1213

Arthritis Foundation

214-826-4361

North Texas Food Bank

214-330-1396

Asthma Foundation

817-297-3132

Parkinson’s Foundation

800-327-4545

Attorney General’s Office

214-887-3100

Report Medicaid Fraud

800-447-8477

Better Business Bureau

214-220-2000

Retired and Senior Volunteers (RSVP)

214-823-5700

Big Brothers/Big Sisters

817-877-4277

Senior Adult Services

972-242-4464

Care Planning Council of Texas

800-989-8137

Senior Information Services

800-772-1213

Community Action Programs

949-885-6555

The Senior Source

214-823-5700

The Cope Foundation

516-364-2673

SIDS America

214-725-2600

Council on Alcoholism

214-522-8600

Survivors of Suicide

214-828-1000

Dallas Area Ombudsman

800-548-1873

Texas Civil Liberties Union

512-478-7300

Dallas Bar Referral Service

214-220-7465

Texas Council on Family Violence

512-794-1133

DART

214-979-1111

Texas Dept of Aging & Disability Services

512-438-3011

Department of Human Services

214-819-2000

Texas Economic Development Council

512-480-8432

DFW, Social Security Admin

214-767-8948

United Ostomy Assoc

800-826-0826

Elderly Care Options

877-434-8675

United Way

214-978-0000

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GETTING SETTLED Destination DFW is designed to provide those new to the DFW area with a wealth of information. And, as excited as you may be with your relocation decision, it is still a challenge to settle into any new community. With this article, I will share with you my relocation tips, based on more than thirty books and extensive personal experience, to smooth your adjustment into DFW.

LEARN ABOUT YOUR NEW CITY You may find yourself lodged in a hotel or temporary housing until your belongings arrive, and that’s a nice opportunity to become familiar with DFW. Destination DFW is the perfect place to start learning about what this wonderful city has to offer. You can also find additional information at the Chamber of Commerce, the Visitor’s Center, hotels/motels/airports, and real estate offices (see the Helpful Websites sidebar on the next page). A walking or bus tour, while fun for the whole family, actually serves to help you become acclimated and learn about the city. You can also visit local points of interest such as museums, parks and exhibits; enjoy a concert; and try out restaurants featuring local cuisine. Check out any services, activities or organizations that are of particular interest to your family.

SPOUSE CAREER CONSIDERATIONS One of the biggest challenges of moving is relocating a “second” career. If you, as a spouse, are transferring your job to a home office,

then a computer, telephone, e-mail account and fax machine may be all that you will need to get started. However, if your job was not “portable,” you might consider a new career, part-time or temporary employment, or perhaps even start your own business. Evaluate your skills, accomplishments and greatest strengths when you are planning your next endeavor. A few resources to tap are your spouse’s employer, local organizations, real estate offices with “Partner Career Assistance Programs,” independent career counselors, your university/college alma mater and of course the Sunday edition of the local papers. If you are searching for a job, start networking by telling those you meet that you are looking. If you have chosen to take a break from your career, consider volunteering your time and talent. Volunteering to a charitable organization is a wonderful effort as well as a way to meet new people and learn more about the community. Volunteer activities add depth to résumés, but the experience needs to be documented so that the service equates to business expertise. Before you again become fully

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TIPS FOR SETTLING IN • Write down three or four goals to achieve in your new city. • Continue all your special family celebrations and traditions.

Listen carefully to each child’s concerns—every move can bring new issues to the surface. Encourage your children to maintain contact with former friends, even while trying to make new friends. Exchanging photos, having e-mail access and possibly a cell phone with a camera feature can help bridge the gap between old and new friends during the early weeks in a new location.

• Keep a log of new experiences and accomplishments. Give everyone in the family manageable moving chores (taking care of practical matters will take the edge off homesickness).

DEALING WITH CHALLENGES

• Join an athletic or special interest group. •

SUCCESSFULLY RELOCATING YOUR SMALLEST MOVERS The majority of relocating families have dependent children. If you are moving with children, you probably researched schools before moving; however, personal school visits will transform the unknown into reality. Visits to new schools to survey the classrooms and meet teachers will go a long way to allay your, and your children’s worries about the new environment.

• Share some of your family’s special recipes and cultural aspects with new acquaintances and neighbors.

employed, use any free time to enjoy your new community. Refer to the Advice for Volunteers website for guidance in selecting a volunteer position and Monster.com for spouse assistance in the Helpful Websites sidebar.

Get involved in community and/or religious organizations, especially those that sponsor activities, volunteer efforts and programs for newcomers.

• Learn about the local government, issues and politics.

Keep in mind that every stage and every age can bring new challenges. Children who sailed through the last move could be in an entirely different place emotionally and physically for this move, so parents cannot assume that a child will ease into the current move. Routinely share accomplishments and challenges with each other and talk about ways to overcome difficulties. Children need to know that even though the parents are responsible for uprooting them, you both have challenges to face, and you need to work together as a family to solve them.

The following signs may indicate that children are struggling with the adjustment: sudden reading difficulties, changes in • Most importantly, be patient and take attention span or study habits, weight loss or gain, altered enthu one day at a time. siasm or energy levels, strained relationships with you or their siblings, or disturbed sleep patterns. Stay closely involved with your chilHELPFUL WEBSITES dren during the early months in a new location so you know how they American Medical Association www.ama-assn.org are feeling, what they are thinking Monster.com www.monster.com and who their new friends are. American School Directory

www.asd.com

National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies

www.naccrra.org

Elder Care Locator

www.eldercare.gov

American Animal Hospital Association Hospital Locator

www.healthypet.com

Advice for Volunteers

www.serviceleader.org

Parents Without Partners, Inc.

www.parentswithoutpartners.org

Consider volunteering or get involved with the school so that you can see for yourself how your children are managing. Both adults and children need the stability and comfort of established routines, so keep the same rules, bedtimes, mealtimes, allowances and expectations that you had before moving. Refer to the Tips for Settling In sidebar for more great info to help both you and the kids.


Whether or not you have children, or you are married, single or retired, relocating to a new community can become a wonderful and enriching experience.

CHILDREN AND SAFETY When children are in an unfamiliar environment, they can easily forget basic safety rules. The following are always a good reminder: •

Keep close to a parent, and take an

adult’s hand in crowded areas.

Carry personal identification and phone

numbers to contact parents at all times.

Know where to meet in case families

become separated.

Review street crossing safety guidelines.

Make sure children understand how to

get help safely if they get lost.

If an emergency occurs, every second counts; therefore, as a precaution, locate hospitals, pharmacies and physicians that will meet your family’s needs before an emergency arises. Learn the procedures, telephone numbers and access codes for emergency care and always carry medical identification with you. Also, in an emergency, you may forget your new telephone number and/ or address so before an emergency arises, program them into your cell phone and place written notes near each telephone in your home, as well as basic directions to your residence. Directions will not only be useful for family members in the early

days at your new home, but they will also assist babysitters and visiting relatives.

EMBRACE THE MOVE Whether or not you have children, or you are married, single or retired, relocating to a new community can become a wonderful and enriching experience. The suggestions in this article have worked for many relocating families, and they can also help your family become comfortable in your new home. As an aside, when people learn that I’ve moved 19 times, the response is often “What place did you like best?” My answer is always the same: “Where my family was.” I wish you all the best!

MEDICAL AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS

About the Author | Beverly D. Roman founded BR Anchor Publishing in 1990 and has written more than 30

It is a fact that moving places additional

international and domestic relocation books. Two of her books won the Employee Relocation Council’s Achievement

stress on individuals and consequently,

Award for Special Purpose Programs. Her international newsletter has supported corporations and the military in

they are more vulnerable to accidents

over 140 countries for more than18 years. Beverly served from 2002-2004 as founding chairperson for Families in

or illness, not to mention unexpected

Global Transition, Inc. (FIGT) an organization that focuses on the most critical issues associated with international

flare-ups of chronic health conditions.

cultural transitions. Contact her at broman@branchor.com, 904.641.1140 or visit www.branchor.com.

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newcomer INFORMATION One of the most important issues to tackle when moving to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, after finding a place to live, is utility service. Utility companies in North Texas vary according to area, but most follow similar procedures for new accounts, and several companies offer service to the entire Metroplex.

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WATER & GARBAGE COLLECTION In Dallas and Fort Worth, water, sewage, and trash collection are all city services. In surrounding towns, utility billing is usually handled at the city offices, even if a service originates from Fort Worth or Dallas. Most cities require a $50 deposit to initiate water service at your new location. If you are moving within the county, you will only need to pay a $10 relocation fee. All municipal services, including water, sewage, and recycling, are billed on one monthly statement. When you call to set up service, have your new address and phone number available, as well as your driver license and Social Security numbers.

PHONE/INTERNET/CABLE If you have a good record with your previous phone company, you will qualify for phone service with any reputable DFW phone provider. AT&T is the most widely used provider. Call to set up phone service from your previous address. Be sure to have your new address and previous phone company information on hand. You may pay a deposit to initiate service, depending on your record with the previous company. This deposit should be billed on your first monthly statement. For cable television, most of the DFW area is covered by Time Warner Cable Services. If you prefer satellite providers, DISH Network and DIRECTV are both available in most areas. The good news is that several companies that offer cable also offer high-speed Internet connections so you can consolidate your billing. In fact, AT&T, Sprint/EMBARQ, Time Warner, and Verizon all offer phone, Internet, and cable bundles for your convenience. Call after you move to schedule a technician visit to your home to set up your cable or satellite.

BECAUSE OF

I TS CL E A N ER E M IS S I O N S, NATURAL GAS IS BETTER FOR

THE PLANET.

Why choose natural gas? There are lots of good reasons why smart homeowners prefer natural gas. Find them all at atmosenergy.com/WhyChooseGas.

ELECTRICITY Electric service in DFW underwent an enormous shift in January of 2002 when electricity was deregulated. For most of the area, this means that residents have a choice when it comes to who provides their electricity. The Public Utiltiy Commission (PUC) has a website at www.powertochoose.org to help

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you find the options available in your zip code. You’ll find a list of participating retail companies and the plans they offer. Find the same information by calling 866-PWR-4-TEX (1-866-797-4839). Not all areas of DFW offer retail electric choice. The city of Garland and other municipal utilities provide only one source. Electric cooperatives such as COSERV, which serves parts of Denton, Collin, and Tarrant counties, don’t offer competitive electric plans either. Instead, electric rates are set by the city or cooperative. Regardless of who provides your electricity, you will need to supply some basic information when you call for set-up, including your previous address and electric provider, new address and phone number, place of employment, driver license number, and Social Security number. You may also need to provide a letter of credit from your previous electric company. Most companies require a non-refundable set-up fee and a refundable deposit. Most deposits and fees are billed on your first statement. Be sure to call at least 2-3 business days before your move-in date to ensure that service is activated in time.

GAS If your home or apartment uses gas for heating, you’ll need to contact the local gas company. Atmos Energy provides the gas services for most of DFW. When you call to set up service, be sure to have your new address and telephone number, name of your former gas service company, place of employment, driver license number, and Social Security number at hand. You may be asked about any major gas appliances installed in your home and for a letter of credit from your previous company. Be sure to call the gas company several days before you move to give the city enough time to inspect the lines and for a technician to turn on the pilot light. For more information on new utilities in the DFW area, contact the companies listed in the charts on the following pages.

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WATER AND GARBAGE Allen Community

214-509-4500

www.cityofallen.org

Arlington Water Utilities

817-275-5931

www.ci.arlington.tx.us

Bedford Water Utilities

817-952-2112

www.ci.bedford.tx.us

Carrollton Utilities

972-466-3120

www.cityofcarrollton.com

Coppell Water Utilities

972-304-3695

www.ci.coppell.tx.us

Dallas Water Utilities

214-651-1441

www.dallascityhall.com

Denton Water Utilities

940-349-8700

www.cityofdenton.com

Euless Water Utilities

817-685-1471

www.euless.org

Farmers Branch Utilities

972-919-2525

www.farmersbranchtx.gov

Flower Mound Water Utilities

972-874-6010

www.flower-mound.com

Fort Worth Water Utilities

817-392-4477

www.fortworthgov.org

Frisco Utility Services

972-292-5575

www.friscotexas.gov

Garland Utilities

972-205-2671

www.garlandutilities.org

Grand Prairie Water Utilities

972-237-8413

www.gptx.org

Grapevine Water Utilities

817-410-3173

www.grapevinetexas.gov

Haltom City Utilities

817-222-7717

www.haltomcitytx.org

Irving Water Utilities

972-721-2411

www.cityofirving.org

Kennedale Water Utilities

817-478-5418

www.cityofkennedale.com

Lewisville Water Utilities

972-219-3440

www.cityoflewisville.com

McKinney Water Utilities

972-547-7550

www.mckinneytexas.org

Mesquite Utilities

972-216-6208

www.cityofmesquite.com

North Richland Hills Utilities

817-427-6200

www.nrhtx.com

Pantego Water Utilities

817-274-1381

www.townofpantego.com

Plano Customer & Utility Services

972-941-7105

www.plano.gov

Richardson Water Services

972-744-4111

www.cor.net

Rowlett Water Utilities

972-412-6105

www.rowlett.com

The Colony Utilities

972-625-2741

www.thecolonytx.gov

Watauga Water Utilities

817-514-5800

www.cowtx.org

RESIDENTIAL PHONE SERVICE AT&T

1-800-464-7928

www.att.com

dPi Teleconnect

1-877-JOIN

www.dpiteleconnect.com

Sprint/EMBARQ

1-866-304-6820

www.embarq.com

Time Warner Digital Phone Service

972-PICK-TWC

www.timewarnercable.com

Verizon

1-800-483-4000

www.verizon.com

CABLE AND INTERNET PROVIDERS AT&T

1-800-464-7928

www.att.com

Charter Communications

1-888-438-2427

www.charter.com

Comcast

1-800-COMCAST

www.comcast.com

DIRECTV

1-888-777-2454

www.directv.com

DISH Network

1-888-825-2557

www.dishnetwork.com

Sprint/EMBARQ

1-866-304-6820

www.embarq.com

Time Warner Cable

972-PICK-TWC

www.timewarnercable.com

Verizon

1-877-707-7266

www.verizon.com

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ELECTRIC AND GAS UTILITIES Atmos Energy

Natural Gas Service

888-286-6700

www.atmosenergy.com

Clean Energy

Natural Gas Service

214-572-6580

www.cleanenergyfuels.com

CoServ Gas and Electric

Cooperative

800-274-4014

www.coserve.com

First Choice Power

Energy Service

972-747-2021

www.firstchoicepower.com

Garland Power & Light

Electric Service

972-205-2671

www.garlandpower-light.com

Green Mountain Energy

Electric Service

866-473-3689

www.greenmountain.com

Power to Choose

Public Utility Commission Website

866-797-4839

www.powertochoose.com

Reliant Energy Retail Service

Electric Service

866-735-4268

www.reliant.com

Texas Power Electric Company

Electric Service

866-744-6366

www.texaspoweronline.com

TXU Energy

Electric Service

877-460-7066

www.txu.com

RECYCLING INFORMATION BY CITY Addison

Public Works Department

972-450-2840

www.addisontexas.net

Allen

Community Waste Disposal

972-392-9300

www.cityofallen.org

Arlington

Recycling Office

817-459-6777

www.arlington-tx.gov

Bedford

Allied Waste Services

817-332-7301

www.trinitywaste.com

Carrollton

Allied Waste Services

972-422-2341

www.cityofcarrollton.com

Cedar Hill

Allied Waste Services

972-225-8151

www.cedarhilltx.com

Coppell

Waste Management

972-315-5400

www.coppelltx.gov

Dallas

City Information Hotline

214-651-1441

www.dallascityhall.com

Denton

Solid Waste/Recycling

940-349-8787

www.cityofdenton.com

Euless

Recycling Hotline

817-685-1825

www.euless.org

Farmers Branch

Public Works Department

972-919-2597

www.farmersbranchtx.gov

Flower Mound

Customer Service

972-874-6010

www.flower-mound.com

Fort Worth

Recycling Hotline

817-392-3279

www.fortworthgov.org

Frisco

Environmental Services

972-335-5519

www.friscotexas.gov

Garland

Customer Service Division

972-205-3500

www.garlandtx.gov

Grand Prairie

Environmental Services Department

972-237-8055

www.gptx.org

Grapevine

Environmental Services

817-410-3330

www.trinitywaste.com

Haltom

City Utilities

817-222-7717

www.haltomcitytx.org

Irving

Recycling Program

972-721-2355

www.ci.irving.tx.us

Lewisville

Environmental Programs Office

972-219-3503

www.cityoflewisville.com

McKinney

I.E.S.I. Customer Service

469-452-8000

www.mckinneytexas.org

Mesquite

Recycling Program

972-216-6972

www.cityofmesquite.com

North Richland Hills

Environmental Resources

817-427-6651

www.nrhtx.com

Plano

Environmental Waste

972-769-4150

www.planoenvironmentalwaste.com

Richardson

Recycling Coordinator

972-744-4404

www.cor.net

Rowlett

I.E.S.I. TX, Inc.

972-475-3600

www.rowlett.com

Southlake

Allied Waste Service

817-332-7301

www.cityofsouthlake.com

The Colony

Environmental Services

972-624-3132

www.thecolonytx.gov

University Park

Sanitation Division

214-987-5451

www.uptexas.org

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There’s nothing more frustrating than moving to a new city and having no idea where to get your driver’s license and vehicle registration; how to navigate your way around new streets; or where the airport is. Never fear–here’s some basic information on getting settled in DFW. Photo Courtesy of DART 1 8 4 D E S T I N AT I O N D F W

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M A J O R A I R P O RT S DFW International Airport 3200 E. Airfield Drive, Dallas, 75261 972-574-8888; www.dfwairport.com Dallas Love Field Airport 8008 Cedar Springs LB16, Dallas, 75235 214-670-6073; www.dallas-lovefield.com

COMMUNITY TRANSIT Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) 1401 Pacific Avevenue, Dallas, 75202 214-979-1111; www.dart.com North Texas Tollway Authority 5900 W. Plano Parkway, Plano, 75093 972-818-6882; www.ntta.org Trinity Railway Express (TRE) 4801 Rock Island Road, Irving, 75061 Phone: please contact DART or The T www.trinityrailwayexpress.org Fort Worth Transportation Authority (The T) 1600 E. Lancaster Avenue, Fort Worth, 76102 817-215-8600; www.the-t.com

BU S S E RV I C E Greyhound Bus Lines—Dallas 205 S. Lamar Street, Dallas, 75202 214-849-6832; www.greyhound.com Greyhound Bus Lines—Fort Worth 901 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, 76102 817-429-3089; www.greyhound.com

TA X I S E RV I C E Cowboy Cab 1306 Wall Street, Dallas, 75215 Dallas: 214-428-0202 Fort Worth: 817-428-0202 www.cowboycab.com Star Cab 4411 Ross Avenue, Dallas, 75204 214-821-7888; www.starcabcompany.com Executive Car Service 17817 Davenport Road #335, Dallas; 972-385-2228 www.ecsnationwide.com/dallas/

Executive Taxi 3131 Halifax Street, Dallas, 75247 469-222-2222; www.executivetaxi.net

DRIVERS LICENSE OFFICES For a Texas Department of Public Safety office in your area, visit www.txdps.state.tx.us. Dallas—Downtown 1500 Marilla 1B South, City of Dallas Building Dallas, 75201; 214-651-1859 Dallas—East 11411 E. Northwest Highway, #111 Dallas, 75218; 214-553-0033 Dallas—Southwest 5610 Red Bird Center Lane, #500 Dallas, 75237; 214-330-3958 Fort Worth 6413 Woodway Drive Fort Worth, 76133; 817-294-1075

V E H I C L E R E G I S T R AT I O N Dallas County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. John Ames 500 Elm Street Dallas, 75202; 214-653-7811 Tarrant County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mrs. Betsy Price 100 E. Weatherford Street Fort Worth, 76196; 817-884-1100 Colin County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. Kenneth L. Maun 1800 N. Graves #165 McKinney, 75070; 972-547-5020 Denton County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. Steve Massman 1505 E. McKinney Denton, 76209; 940-349-3510 Ellis County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. John Bridges 114 S. Rogers Waxahachie, 75165; 972-923-5155 Johnson County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. Scott Porter 2 Mill Street #B Cleburne, 76033; 817-558-0122

Parker County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. Larry Lippincott 1112 Santa Fe Drive Weatherford, 76086; 817-598-6136 Delta County Tax Assessor-Collector: Ms. Dawn Stewart 200 W. Dallas Ave. Cooper, 75432; 903-395-4400 Hunt County Tax Assessor-Collector: Ms. Barbara Wiggins 2500 Stonewall St. Greenville, 75403; 903-408-4000 Kaufman County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. Dick Murphy 100 N. Washington Kaufman, 75142 Rockwall County Tax Assessor-Collector: Ms. Barbara Barber 101 S. Fanin St. Rockwall, 75087; 972-204-6130 Wise County Tax Assessor-Collector: Mr. Monte Shaw 404 W. Walnut Decatur, 76234; 940-627-3304

RIDESHARING Gone are the times of remaining on a road corner and pushing out your hand to get the consideration of a taxi. For some urban city tenants, hitching a ride is as straightforward as whipping out your phone, tapping in an application, and sitting tight for a black town auto or pink-mustache-displaying Prius to arrive. Ridesharing service is challenging the taxicab business – and winning with regards to benefit. The Ride Share ordinance was passed by the city council in December of 2014, and it went into effect April 30, 2015. Rideshare options in the metroplex: are Uber, Lyft, Sidecar and GoPass by DART. You can download any of these apps from the App Store.

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THE OL’ IRON HORSE Vehicle Inspection + Registration

First off, new Texas residents must get their vehicle safety inspected by a Texas Department of Public Safety-accredited local inspection station, which can be found online at www.dps.texas.gov.

Motorists should also expect to pay the following fees: • Registration fee, • Title application fee of $28 or $33, depending on the county • New resident sales tax of $90.

Depending on the county in which they live, new residents may also have to get an emissions test. Testing consists of one of two methods, On-Board Diagnostics (OBDII), which handles 1996 and newer vehicles, and TSI. Should the vehicle fail emissions, motorists can find a local accredited repair facility by visiting www.dps.texas.gov. Upon passing inspection and, if necessary, emissions, motorists must then go to their local county tax office (txdmv.gov/tax-assessor-collectors/county-tax-offices) to register and title their vehicle. Both inspection/emissions and registration/titling must be completed within 30 days of the new residents’ arrival. In either case, vehicle owners must present proof of financial responsibility for the vehicle at the time of testing. In addition, motorists need to bring the following other items with them to the tax office:

Additional fees may be due at the time of registration,. In addition, new Texas residents need to be aware that, for their vehicles to be legal, they must have both a front and back license plate. This is of particular importance to anyone moving from a state that only requires a rear license plate. For more information, contact your county tax office. For information about the new resident tax, contact the Comptroller of Public Accounts.

EXCEPTIONS TO THE RULE There are two exceptions to the inspection and registration process, however. Active duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces and non-resident, full-time students attending a Texas college or university are not required title or register their vehicles in the state.

BY THE WAY…

• The inspection certification,

It goes without saying that new Texas residents must get a Texas drivers license upon moving to the state. In this case, however, there is a little more breathing room in which to work in that one must attain said license within 90 days of moving to the Lone Star State. For more information, go to www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense.

• Proof of liability insurance, • Completed Form 130-U • The vehicle’s odometer reading if it is less than 10 years old, • An original out-of-state title, proof of registration, proof of sales tax payment or current foreign/military ownership document

N e w Te x a n s n e e d a n e w driver’s license within 90 days of a r r i va l . Ca r i n s p e ct i o n,

• If you do not possess the title to the car because it has a lien, you must also complete Form VTR-272

registration, and proof of insurance are all required before a license can be issued. Full-time college students can continue to use the license issued in your home state. F e e s fo r l i c e n s e s a r e $ 2 5 and are good for six years. Motorcycle licenses are $15, and commercial l icenses are $61. Renewals are $25 for basic and $8 for motorcycle. Duplicate licenses or changeof-address are $10 each.

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a moving TIMELINE

Looks like you’ve made the big decision to relocate and move to DFW. Here are just a few hints and tips you should be aware of, to make your move to the metroplex a smooth one.

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says Charlie Morse, General Manager of Ward North American

ON YOUR MARK: A FEW WEEKS BEFORE YOU MOVE

Van Lines. “Any move is stressful, but being prepared makes all

Get Rid of It: Once you’ve decided to go for it, make a major

the difference in whether you look back later on your move as

purge of all your unnecessary goods and possessions. Have a yard

a wonderful introduction to your new home, or as a very trau-

sale, donate your unwanted items for a tax write-off, advertise

matic time.” Morse says that the best moves are the ones that

them in the newspaper or on Craigslist.com. Getting rid of extra

are planned well in advance before moving day. Using an expe-

things you don’t need makes for a cleaner move, and drops the

“Organization is the key to having a great moving experience,”

rienced,

professional

moving

shipping weight and bulk.

service can help you maximize the most of your time, and alleviate your moving anxieties by helping you anticipate potentially tricky situations. In

addition

packing

to

services,

their

expert

professional

moving companies often offer additional

care

protection

up front before the big move.

Meet and Greet: If you’re

Organization is the key to having a great moving experience... Any move is stressful, but being prepared makes all the difference.

“Check with your homeowner’s policy to make sure your items

are covered in case something

using

a

moving

company,

an agent will meet with you at your home and conduct a survey of the items you want to move to your new home. Some of

the points your moving

agent will review with you include the items you want to move and the items you will leave behind, items that will go into storage, care and handling of items of exceptional value,

unforeseen happens,” advises Morse. “If they aren’t, you can often

and items that will need to be disassembled because of size or

buy additional coverage from your insurance company, or moving

access out of your residence.

insurance from us. That way, your goods are insured against anything that could happen during transit – including road acci-

GET SET: A FEW DAYS BEFORE YOU MOVE

dents, tornadoes, lightning and even van fires.”

Big Ticket Items: Disconnect, defrost and clean refrigerators and freezers, empty the evaporation pan and drain the water reservoir

Remember that a packer’s job is to do exactly that: pack. “The

of the automatic icemaker. Leave the door of your fridge, freezer

packing team doesn’t pick and choose what goes, they just

or washing machine open at least 24 hours before loading to allow

pack everything,” explains Morse. “They don’t have any bias

all moisture to evaporate. Make sure that your stove has been

on what you want to take or not. Often when people do their

cleaned, and all pots and pans have been removed.

own packing, they spend valuable time thinking, ‘Do I need this or not?’ It takes our people less time because they don’t

Electric Boogaloo: Electronic equipment requires a little extra

worry about that. So, unless you tell them otherwise, every-

tender loving care. If possible, pack your electronics in their orig-

thing goes.

inal cartons and packing material. If not available, make sure your mover provides professional packing materials. Disconnect your

As a result of the “everything goes” philosophy of packing,

wiring and code it with colored tape to make reinstallation easier

be sure to keep your personal items that you want to take

at your new location. Back up important files on your computer’s

with you on your trip in a “safety zone.” Tell the packers and

hard drive, and if it has a CD-ROM drive, make sure it’s disc-free.

the movers that these items are going with you, and not to pack them.

Precious Car Go! If your moving company is transporting your vehicle, make sure your car has no obvious fluid leaks, and secure

As for making sure your possessions arrive on time, Morse says

your battery in the mounting bracket. Have your car cleaned so

worried relocators should relax. “Many of our trucks are equipped

that movers can perform a valid quality inspection on moving

with GPS tracking systems, so all they have to do is plug in your

day (a dirty car might limit your ability to file a claim on major

new address and they’ll find you. And, the driver will give you his

damage). Make sure that your gas tank has at least 1/8 tank of

phone number so you can keep in touch with him in transit along

fuel, and disconnect, disable or turn off all alarm systems. Remove

the journey. We do our best to get your possessions from Point A

all non-permanent luggage racks, bike racks or ski racks on the

to Point B safely.”

exterior of your car, and take out any personal items from your

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A HAPPY PET

car’s interior. And last, but certainly not least, have an extra set of car keys and alarm remote ready to hand over to the moving team, as well as a working phone number where you may be contacted.

Relocating is tough enough without having Fido or Fluffy out of sorts, but there are some things you can do as a pet owner to make sure

Make Advance Reservations: Depending on

their transition is as seamless as yours.

where you live, you might need to obtain a parking permit for the moving truck or van.

First and foremost is getting your pet to your new home safely – and

Also, if you live in a high-rise building, you

happily. Whether you’re traveling by plane, train or automobile,

should check to see if you need to reserve use

make sure you pack the basics for your pet – just like you’d pack an overnight bag for yourself and your family – that includes food, water, medicine, and any special toys or blankets,

of the elevator. Smile and File: Gather and organize your

If you’re going by car, plan for frequent stops for food, water and

important documents in advance and have them

bathroom breaks – for your pet and for yourself. Resist the temptation

ready to go, you never know if you might need

to feed Fido or Fluffy while you’re in the car – otherwise you might

access to them in your new home. Never place

have an unpleasant accident to deal with somewhere between

these items in the trunk of your car. A short list

Weatherford and Waco.

of documents to take with you includes birth certificates, life insurance policies, medical

According to PetTravelCenter.com, an online community resource with tips, tricks and resources for “happy pet relocation,” goodto-have items while traveling include a portable kennel, pet travel bowls and any special feeders. They also recommend that your pet’s vaccinations are current before you travel – it’s one less thing you have to worry about when you get to your destination.

and dental records, real estate documents and school records. Other helpful items include an address book, appliance manuals, appraisals for high-value items, and your copy of the household goods descriptive inventory.

Next, it’s absolutely imperative that your pet has proper identification.

GET GOING! THE DAY OF THE MOVE

If your pet doesn’t have a tag or a collar and happens to get out, it

Get in the Zone: The safety zone, that is.

could be difficult to get he or she back home. But what happens if

Anything that you wish to take with you and

your dog or cat won’t wear a collar? Petland recommends having a

NOT have packed should be placed within an area

microchip surgically implanted as the best way to identify a lost pet.

that you identify to the movers as the “Do Not

Even after your pet gets used to your new neighborhood, a microchip is still the best way to avoid losing your pet. The microchip is your best chance to get your pet home safely, since animal shelters and other pet centers always scan stray pets to see if there’s a microchip.

Pack – Do Not Move Zone.” This would include anything from your important papers and documents, luggage, medications, travel clothing and toiletries, and favorite toys for the kids.

Finding a new veterinarian for your pet should also be at the top of

Create a First Night Care Kit: Separate the

the list; city relocation guides are a good resource, as are local pet

items you will need the most when you first arrive

stores, Humane Societies and animal shelters.

in your new home and have the movers pack and load them separately so they will be the first to

It’s also a great excuse to get to know your new neighbors. Neighbors with pets are a great resource and can also give you valuable pet tips specific to your neighborhood.

unload in your new home. If you are putting items into storage and you need special items for a temporary living situation, clearly mark and

For more resources on helping your pet transition to your new neighborhood, visit www.petland.com.

separate these items before the mover arrives. Some items to consider for your First Night Care Kit include alarm clocks, a can opener, first-aid

If you’re looking for assistance in transporting your pet to your new

items, clean sheets and pillow cases, toiletries, a

home, try www.petrelocation.com, which provides “worldwide door-

flashlight, extension cords, basic tools and hard-

to-door transportation services” of all kinds for you and your pet(s).

ware from disassembled furniture.

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VOTING in Texas

u o o y t t a D h E w

W E O N N K

TO BE ELIGIBLE TO REGISTER TO VOTE IN TEXAS, YOU MUST: • be a U.S. citizen; be 18 years old (you may register at 17 years, 10 months); not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law; • be a resident of the county (Under Texas law, a person is considered a county resident as soon as he or she establishes a permanent residence within said county and has moved in.); • not be a convicted felon (unless a person’s sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)

YOU MAY REGISTER TO VOTE AT ANY TIME: • Complete a postage-free post card application and mail it, or take it in person to the voter registrar in your county. Your registrar can be found online at www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/votregduties. shtml. Applications are available at any post office, as well as your local public library and at any other government office. • You can also register to vote online at www.votexas.org, as well as gain a wealth of other information on the Texas voting process. • Your application must be submitted 30 days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election. • Your spouse, parent or child (acting as an agent) may complete and sign a voter registration application for you, provided that this person is a registered voter, or has applied for voter registration.

If any of the information on the application is incomplete, you will be notified and required to send a second application. The second application must be received by the Voter Registrar within 10 days of notification. You will receive a Voter Registration Certificate within 30 days. Check your certificate to make sure all information is correct. (If there is a mistake, immediately make corrections and return it to the registrar.) Present your certificate at the polling place on Election Day. You will receive a color-coded certificate every two years. Check your local newspaper on the Saturday before the election for the address of the polling place for your precinct and, on election day, arrive there between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to cast your ballot.

For more information or assistance, call 800-252-8683 or got to www.votetexas.gov. FW DD E SE TS ITNI N AA T ITOI O NN DD FW . C. C OO MM

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Children’s Health...................................................... 66, 69

ASSOCIATIONS & VISITOR BUREAUS Plano CVB..................................................................... 126

BREWERIES & DISTILLERIES Dripping Springs Distillery............................................. 152

Texas Health Spine & Orthopedic Center....................... 71

MASTER-PLANNED COMMUNITIES Bluewood by Hillwood Communities........................... 81 Harvest by Hillwood Communities.... Inside Back Cover Liberty by Hillwood Communities................................. 74 Lilyana by Hillwood Communities................................ 83

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Union Park by Hillwood Communities.......................... 87

Ambiance Dream Homes............................................... 7

Windsong Ranch........................................................... 4-5

Terrata Homes................................................................ 99 Toll Brothers...................................................................... 85

EDUCATION Alcuin School ................................................................. 34

Wildridge........................................................................... 1

MEDIA, NEWS & PUBLICATIONS Dallas Morning News........................................... 9,18,116

REAL ESTATE AGENCIES & COMPANIES

Dallas International School...................................... 46-47

Jenni Eastin, PhD............................................................ 91

Fairhill School.................................................................. 49

J. Ragz Realty................................................................. 10

Lakehill Preparatory School.......................................... 51

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Prestonwood Christian Academy........................... 38-39 University of North Texas at Frisco........................... 63, 65

FOR THE HOME Carol’s Custom Draperies & Interiors......................... 101 Horizon Forest Products................................. Back Cover

Independence Title Company.................................... 2-3 Stewart Title..................................................................... 15

UTILITIES Atmos Energy................................................................ 181

IBB Design Fine Furnishings................. Inside Front Cover

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Peek’s Floor Co............................................................... 89

Schlitterbahn.......................................................... 17, 137

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