Even the greatest home could fall a bit short of true dream status if you don’t absolutely love the neighborhood you’re in. Fortunately, Dallas-Fort Worth has plenty of remarkable communities where you can put down roots in impeccable style. The property experts at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty always have their fingers on the pulse of what’s up-and-coming. Here are five neighborhoods worth checking out now within the DFW metroplex.
One of the northernmost suburbs in North Texas, the city of Allen in Collin County has been growing in population and prominence the past few years. Home to more than 250 restaurants, 60 parks, 70 miles of hiking and biking trails, seven recreation facilities, one of Texas’ largest skate parks and a municipal golf course, getting out on the town can take on any meaning you wish. Culture abounds, too, with numerous works of public art, local galleries, the Allen Philharmonic Symphony and Chorus and the Allen Performing Arts Center among the most noteworthy. Families have been moving here in droves due in no small part to the five-star ranking of every school from elementary to high school serving Allen.
While thousands of people each year flock to the suburbs for a little more space and a more laid-back lifestyle, simultaneously downtown Dallas continues its upward trajectory as one of the most desirable places to live. Not only does downtown represent the high-energy, beating heart of the city, it’s home to thousands of businesses, restaurants and retailers in skyscrapers and mid-rises within its borders, for the ultimate live-work-play combo. The nation’s largest contiguous arts district also calls downtown Dallas home so you can highlight each day with a bit of soul-enriching culture. And if you truly love the arts and desire to live as close as possible to the numerous museums and performance spaces, the ultra-luxury HALL Arts Residences is the most spectacular place to live in downtown and it’s right in the middle of the creative hub.
Move to Frisco, and you may never want to leave. You certainly won’t need to travel far with so much available to enjoy right within the city limits. Located 25 easy minutes north of Dallas, Frisco’s a sports-lover’s paradise, with major-league soccer (FC Dallas) and minor-league baseball (Frisco Rough Riders) as easily accessible as the Dallas Cowboys at their new headquarters and practice facility, The Star (which is also home to world-class shopping and dining). Of course, you won’t ever go hungry in a city with more than 300 restaurants. The bicycle-friendly community (one of eight designated in Texas by the League of American Bicyclists) also boasts 90 miles of trails for walking, running and hiking, as well. Even though the population is large and still growing, you’ll find a real sense of community wherever you purchase a home in Frisco. Plus, each and every school serving Frisco has a five-star rating.
You won’t be far from the opportunities and perks of big-city life in Dallas and Fort Worth, but Keller thrives because of its small-town charm and focus on quality of life and time with friends and family. Restaurants and shopping abound in both historic Old Town Keller and newer developments, but many residents most enjoy the city’s recreational options. Centered around Big Bear Creek, several city parks, trail systems and the massive fitness complex, The Keller Pointe, keep people active physically, while gems such as the Keller Public Library and the Keller Senior Activities Center keep the mind strong, too. Numerous five-star schools serve Keller in all age categories, increasing the appeal to young families seeking top-notch education.
While other places on our list cover a great deal of ground (literally and figuratively), Montserrat represents a neighborhood in its truest sense, with lifelong friendships developed easily among those on your street and nearby. The gated community can be found on the western edge of Fort Worth and features some of the most spectacular homes anywhere in North Texas. Spacious lots are a hallmark of the homes here and residents can enjoy use of two on-site parks nestled among the trees, as well as a community clubhouse and pool, a well-stocked fishing pond, nature trails on Marys Creek, as well as a sports court for tennis and basketball.