Welcome to our in-depth exploration of Southlake, Texas! In this video, we'll delve into the various aspects that make Southlake such a desirable place to live. With its balanced combination of sophisticated living and a neighborly community, Southlake provides a perfect oasis from the bustling Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. Join us as we discover the unique features and amenities that make Southlake an exceptional place to call home.
POPULATION AND LOCATION:
With a population of just over 32,000 residents, Southlake is a compact city spread across approximately 22 square miles. Located primarily in Tarrant County, with a small portion in Denton County, Southlake neighbors Grapevine to the east and Keller and Westlake to the west. The city's average income exceeds $299,000, reflecting the prosperity of the community. Southlake's prime location between Dallas and Fort Worth ensures easy access to both downtown areas within a 30-minute drive, while Frisco is just a short distance away.
Lifestyle in Southlake embodies laid-back luxury, offering an ideal combination of upscale shopping, excellent dining options, and a wealth of recreational activities. The heart of the city is Southlake Town Center, a modern downtown district boasting a myriad of stores, restaurants, and green spaces. Explore blocks filled with delightful shops, restaurants, and ample parking. From high-end retailers to local boutiques, Southlake Town Center caters to a variety of tastes. Indulge in fine dining experiences, enjoy craft cocktails at trendy bars, catch a movie at the local theater, or engage in exciting activities like bowling and arcade games at Evo Entertainment Southlake.
OUTDOORS AND RECREATION:
Southlake takes pride in its abundant outdoor spaces and recreational amenities. Bicentennial Park, located near the Town Center, stands out as one of the largest and finest city-owned parks in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The park features various sports facilities, playgrounds, fishing spots, tennis courts, and scenic trails. Nearby, the prestigious Timarron Country Club offers an exceptional golfing experience designed by legendary golfer Byron Nelson. Grapevine Lake, just north of Southlake, provides opportunities for boating, camping, and horseback riding. Nature enthusiasts can explore the Bob Jones Nature Center and its surrounding 700 acres of Cross Timbers habitat, complete with hiking trails and wildlife observation areas.
HOUSING AND REAL ESTATE:
Southlake's housing market reflects its upscale reputation, with homes typically priced higher than in many other Dallas/Fort Worth areas. While the median home price is $1,072,000, recent data indicates a 15% decrease compared to the previous year. The city experienced significant growth in the 1990s, resulting in a substantial number of homes built during that time. Although new construction is limited, Southlake offers a range of housing options, including condos, townhouses, and single-family homes. The city's neighborhoods feature larger lots, mature landscaping, and well-maintained properties. Notable neighborhoods include Carillon, Kirkwood Hollow, and areas around Timarron Country Club.
Southlake is a huge draw for families because the school district is ranked number 1 in the state of Texas. It is actually called Carroll ISD and the Texas Education Agency has given the District an A for accountability. Some 8,400 students are enrolled on 11 campuses. Carroll ISD has won the coveted Lone Star Cup 7 days… which means state championships in sports, arts, and academics. 99 percent of graduates attend some kind of college.
Juniors and Seniors attend Carroll Senior High and freshmen and sophomores attend Carroll high school. Another cool thing, Carroll ISD has an aquatic center for center and diving, even water polo. If you are looking at private schools, check out the Clariden School where student to faculty ratio is 8 to 1. A homeschool family… DFW has many groups to choose from for Co-ops.
As for colleges, The King’s University is located right in Southlake… the college and ministry leadership center prepares students for a life in the ministry and beyond. The University of North Texas is less than 30 minutes away in Denton, 44,000 students attend and they offer 113 bachelor's degrees.
SMU or Southern Methodist University is just over 30 minutes and TCU or Texas Christian University is about 40 minutes… so lots of good choices.
How about getting around in Southlake? Well, you need a car… Southlake only scores 15 out of 100 for walkability and 28 out of 100 for bike score. Traffic within the city is not too bad although Southlake Boulevard which is 6 lanes can get backed up during rush hour and school start and release periods.
The main highway is 114 just north of Southlake Town Center… the roadway runs east/west and the route you would take to get to Frisco or Dallas or down to Fort Worth. Instead of so many traffic lights, Southlake has installed numerous traffic circles… Each intersection has a beautiful art installation… this keeps traffic moving but at a leisurely pace.
Cons…Well with all this luxury, large lots, and great schools… homes are expensive. Competition to make the school athletic teams and high academic recognition can be tough. But… if your budget is in line… I would move to Southlake in a second… homes will always hold their value. There will come a time when Southlake will be completely built out. So much to do only minutes away when you have free time or family time. You simply can’t go wrong!
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