An expansive metropolitan area located in the heart of North Texas with a low cost of living, top-rated schools, great sports teams, glistening lakes and an amazing food scene – we’re talking Dallas today. Both Dallas and neighboring Fort Worth were ranked in the top 10 fastest growing cities in the U.S. in 2016 and we know why. And when they say everything is bigger in Texas, it’s true – the Dallas-Fort Worth area is larger than the states of Rhode Island and Connecticut combined!
The greater Dallas area is full of communities that each have their own personality and today we’re highlighting a few of our favorites. The best part? You can find rental homes from Progress Residential® in all of these areas; click here to see the homes currently available in the greater Dallas area.
Located in between the Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington doesn’t always get as much attention as its neighbors. Well, we’re hoping to help change that because it deserves recognition. Arlington is home to Global Life Park (the baseball stadium for the Texas Rangers), as well as AT&T Stadium (the football stadium for the Dallas Cowboys), the Six Flags Over Texas theme park and the Hurricane Harbor water park. So if you are a fan of sports or adventure parks, Arlington is definitely the place for you. Arlington is also very family-friendly, with its top-rated schools and countless parks, including a free family aquatic center!
Often considered the other half of the Dallas area, as people refer to the greater metropolitan area as DFW (Dallas-Fort Worth), Fort Worth has grown into a booming and thriving city in its own right. Not only does it have great schools, but it also has a bustling downtown with nightlife, awesome restaurants, shopping and events. You can head downtown and catch a Food and Wine festival, a Blues concerts, a local play or one of the yearly parades or arts festivals. In addition, Texas Christian University, Texas A&M University School of Law and Texas Wesleyan University all call Fort Worth home. It’s no wonder why people are flocking to Fort Worth and why it continues to rank high on the list of fastest growing cities in the U.S.
Directly south of Fort Worth lies Burleson, a family-friendly community with gorgeous parks, great schools and family-friendly activities. The city is home to numerous parks to enjoy, with several offering dog-friendly trails, splash pads, playgrounds, disc golf courses and fishing ponds. Our favorite is Bailey Lake Park because it’s stocked with trout year-round, but here’s a list of all the parks in town. Burleson even has a small local winery, Sunset Winery, so you can treat yourself to a weekend afternoon wine tasting or happy hour on Friday and Saturday evenings. And if you’re fan of escape rooms and looking for a fun family activity, be sure to check out Twisted Key.
Bordering the grand Lewisville Lake, both the city and the county are named after John B. Denton and you can learn all about the history of the city by visiting the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum. A unique feature of Denton is the museum at Texas Women’s University that displays the Texas First Ladies Gown Collection – bet you didn’t know that existed. If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors, be sure to stop by one of the city’s 32 parks, including Wiggly Field Dog Park that your furry family member will love. Fans of the Arts and Jazz music won’t want to miss the yearly Denton Arts and Jazz Festival – it’s free and definitely the city’s favorite event. For higher education, Denton is home to both Texas Women’s University and University of North Texas.
Located directly east of Dallas, Mesquite is perfect for lovers of the rodeo and fishing – which may sound like an odd combination but trust us, it works. Mesquite is home to the Mesquite Rodeo Arena, which hosts regional and national competitions in bull riding and barrel racing. As far as fishing, our favorites are City Lake Park, Valley Creek Park, Samuell Park and Palos Verdes Lake Park – all of which offer stunning lakes for fishing and a few also include trails, playgrounds, picnic areas and sports courts. Click here for a full list and map of all of the city’s parks. Mesquite is also known for the four miles that make up the Rows of Texas: Retail Row, Restaurant Row (hello 175 dining options) and Rodeo Row. As a result, there is no shortage of shopping, restaurants and entertainment in Mesquite!
Like we said – the Dallas area really has so much to offer. Ready to make a move? Click here to check out the rental homes that are currently available in the Dallas area from Progress Residential.
If you are already a local to one of these great communities, leave us a comment sharing your favorite part of your city!