We Serve the Greater North Dallas Area

Keyrenter North Dallas has proven to be successful time and time again, which is why we are eager to expand in order to offer our services wherever we can.

We know our strategy works, and we hope each one of our customers can experience that strategy firsthand.

By realizing that each person and property has unique needs, Keyrenter is able to find the right tenants, perform proper maintenance, and much more so you can reap the benefits you deserve.

We currently provide our services to select areas in the North Dallas area but may expand to others down the road.

Cities We Serve

Addison

Located just North of Dallas, the town of Addison is well-known in the Dallas-Fort Worth region for its restaurant scene and bustling nightlife. At the time of the 2010 census, the town had a population of roughly 13,000. The U.S. Census Bureau now estimates the population has grown to over 15,300, making it one of the largest towns in Texas. During the daytime hours, the number of people in the town can rise to over 100,000. Whether it be shopping, eating out, or utilizing park space, the residents of this town have a wide range of activities at their disposal.

The town also boasts a 55,000 square foot athletic club that offers a variety of athletic, health, and recreational programs. The resident-only facility includes swimming pools, a gymnasium, an indoor track, weight circuits, cardio equipment, and more. When it comes to outdoor offerings, residents are able to utilize 118 acres of local park space.The climate is typical for the area and it is considered to be in the humid subtropical region. Summers are very hot and humid, with the average high temperature hovering around 96 degrees. Winters are mild and dry, but cold fronts can cause temperatures to fluctuate rapidly in the winter months. January is usually the coldest month, with an average daytime temperature of 47 degrees.

Whether you are residing in the area or just visiting, you’ll find plenty to do without having to leave town. The town offers a unique commercial environment that you won’t be able to find in other suburbs. Spend the afternoon shopping at the Galleria Dallas or visiting the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Pass the night away at Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar or catch a show at the Watertower Theatre. There are many more experiences to be had if you’re willing to make the short drive to downtown Dallas. Neighboring Dallas is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States. It offers everything from professional sporting events and museums, to the state fair and other cultural events. Dallas also has one of the highest domestic migration rates in the United States, with people from all over the nation flocking to the area.

Students may attend the Dallas or Farmers Branch-Carrollton Independent School Districts. There are also many highly-rated private schools in the area to choose from. Over 56 percent of the adult population has a bachelor’s or advanced degree, which is well above the national average of 21.84 percent.

The area was settled in 1846 and its first industry was a cotton gin that opened in 1902. It became an incorporated town on June 15, 1953. Since the 1980s, the town has experienced massive economic growth. Besides having more than 170 restaurants and 22 hotels, the town is also home to the Mary Kay and Dresser Inc. headquarters. In 2016, a Fundera study ranked the town as the second-best place in Texas to start a small business. Much of the land area is also taken up by the Addison airport, which is the third-largest general aviation airport in the nation.

This Texas town is very diverse and continues to grow culturally, with 22.52 percent of residents having been born outside of the United States. The majority of residents identify as White, followed by Black or African-American. The Latino or Hispanic population accounts for 23.07 percent of residents. Although the most spoken language is English, other languages spoken here include Mexican and Korean. Important ancestries of people in the area are Irish, English, Italian, and European. For the most part, it is a white-collar town and 89.23 percent of workers are employed in white-collar positions such as management, sales, and finance. The US Census bureau reports the median household income between 2012-2016 was $70,559.

The real estate market in the area is healthy and continues to thrive. According to Zillow, the median home value is $338,100. Home values have gone up 3.3 percent in the past year and they are predicted to rise by 4.8% in the coming year. The latest US Census Bureau also reports that the median selected monthly owner costs being $1,996 with a mortgage and $680 without a mortgage. The median gross rent in the area is $1,142. According to NeighborhoodScout, 78.4 percent of residents are renters, and the remaining 21.6 percent are owners of property. There are 22 apartment complexes in the area that each offer different amenities and floor plans. Apartments of any type for any budget can be found within about 5 square miles.

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Allen

Situated just north of Dallas, the city of Allen is a peaceful residential suburb that exemplifies some of the best aspects of Texas living. The city was named in 1872 to honor Ebenezer Allen, who was one of the state’s most influential politicians and Civil War veterans. The community is home to just over 84,000 residents who come from different backgrounds. With a median household income of $102,120, the city is one of the most affluent communities in the state. The city’s crime rate is also low, which makes it the perfect place for families.

Real Estate

Buying a home in the city can be on the pricier side, but the investment will likely be worth it. Many of the local homes are spacious with modern designs and feature many practical amenities. The city’s median home value is $313,300, but homes that are for sale are listed at around $375,990. Most homes end up selling for approximately $301,400. Local rental prices average around $1,850 per month.

Education

Many of the local schools have received top ratings in terms of test scores and student progress. George J. Anderson Elementary, Ereckson Middle School, and Allen High School are considered to be among the city’s best schools. Private school options include Children’s House Montessori and Southwest Academy. Students can also choose to pursue a higher education by attending classes at the Collin College campus.

Transportation

The city’s bus system is operated by TAPS Public Transit. Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) also oversees certain public transportation and paratransit services. U.S. Route 75 is a major thoroughfare that connects locals to Dallas, Plano and other major cities in the area by car.

Police and Fire Departments

The city has its own police and fire departments, and workers at these agencies are ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice. The local police force has helped keep crime rates down and works diligently to maintain a safe community for all residents.

Notable Employers

Many of the city’s residents work for the local public school district and neighborhood retail centers. Employees who work for the city’s government also make up a portion of the local population. Other notable employers in the city include Frontier Communications, Experian and Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

Health Services

Anyone needing medical care can visit Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital for services. Residents can also choose to go to Twin Creeks Hospital for emergency and urgent care. The Children’s Health Specialty Center provides pediatric care to young patients.

Weather

The city’s winters are generally mild with average daytime temperatures hovering in the 40s and 50s. Summers are known to be sunny and hot, and temperatures can soar into the 90s and even surpass the 100-degree mark. On average, the city receives 40 inches of rainfall per year, which is slightly higher than the U.S. average. With an average of 232 sunny days per year, the city sees more sunshine than most other parts of the country.

Shopping and Dining

Allen Premium Outlets is made up of several stores that sell clothing and other useful goods. Watters Creek also features several shops and restaurants and is known for its peaceful setting. Many of the local restaurants and casual eateries serve classic American food along with some of the best Mexican and Asian dishes.

Things to Do

In addition to being a great place to live, the city features plenty of attractions that are perfect for the entire family. Celebration Park includes a swimming pool and playground and is an ideal place to visit on a sunny afternoon. Playground equipment can additionally be found at Spring Meadow Park and Bethany Lakes Park. Residents who live in the Glendover Park neighborhood have access to a large community pool along with a fishing pier and gazebo. The Golf Club at Twin Creeks attracts many avid golfers who enjoy putting on the manicured greens. Cycling enthusiasts often head to Joe Famer Recreation Center to ride on the bike trails. Residents and visitors can also try wakeboarding and waterskiing at Hydrous Wakeboard Park. Eagle Stadium plays host to many high school and college football games throughout the season. Residents can also catch a hockey game played by top NHL teams. The city even has its own community theater that regularly puts on plays and other shows before live audiences. Anyone who wants to sample some local beers can take a tour of the Nine Band Brewery.

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Carrollton

Located near Dallas, Carrollton is the 24th largest community in Texas, with a current population of 133,351. Cultural diversity is reflected as many Hispanic and Asian individuals reside here. The workforce includes a fairly even mix of blue and white collar workers, and over 36% have either a Bachelor’s or an advanced degree. US Census data from 2012-2016 indicates the average household income is $70,072. Currently, the average cost of rental property is $1797 and the median home value is $266,500. The housing market is very healthy as home values are expected to increase 4.8% by the end of 2018.

The population of Carrollton, Texas is expected to grow an additional 4.2% by the year 2020. In recent years, the addition of 3 Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) stations has effectively supported the growing population’s need for dependable transportation. These stations link to Dallas, 12 nearby suburbs and the Dallas Forth Worth Airport. With over 100,000 riders per week, DART has become the largest light rail system in the Southern United States.Several historical landmarks remain scattered throughout the city. The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum, named after one of the original settlers, offers its visitors a glimpse into their lives, beginning in the late 19th century, as it contains many original artifacts from that time period.

Originally settled in the 1840’s by a small group of people who dreamed of a better future, they relied on growing crops and raising cattle to survive. Four decades later, the construction of the Dallas-Wichita railroad provided these settlers with the ability to ship grain, cattle and cotton, allowing the city to become more industrialized. The addition of cotton gins, flour mills and a brick manufacturing plant eventually made services provided by this city indispensable to surrounding communities. Much more information on its history can be found at this museum, and admission is free.

This city has much to offer to residents and visitors of all ages. Popular among all is Downtown Carrollton Square, at the center of which is a gazebo. The original gazebo, built in 1921, was used for political speeches, band concerts and Saturday dances. Of course, the current gazebo is utilized for similar events today. Surrounding it are several unique shops, cafes and restaurants, including an ice cream parlor as well as an old-fashioned candy store. Events are held throughout the year, offering entertainment for the entire family.

For exercise enthusiasts, the Elm Fork Nature Preserve offers hiking trails which are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk. The Rosemeade Recreation Center and Park covers 28 acres of land and offers team sports for youth as well as adults, such as basketball, volleyball, flag football, softball and kickball, to name a few. Within this city, there are over two dozen walking and biking trails which range from .18 miles to 3.2 miles in length.

For those who wish to take a break from the summer heat, The Rosemeade Rainforest Aquatic Complex has a 200-foot lazy river, water slides, spray bars, water cannons, concessions, picnic tables, and much more. Designed specifically for children, there are 2 splash parks in the city. W.J.Thomas Splash Park and Oak Hills Splash Park are both free of charge and have picnic tables and barbeque grills available for use, as well as restroom facilities.

The Senior Center is a 22,000 square foot facility designed specifically for those over 50 years of age. This facility has exercise and fitness rooms, meeting rooms, hiking and biking trails, a ballroom for Thursday night dances, boardwalk piers, and much more. Monthly luncheons and weekly leisure activities are also offered. The rates are affordable, and the first visit is free for those who are considering membership.

Education is important to the citizens of this city. The Public Library system maintains an ongoing calendar of events to assist its visitors. Lessons on entry-level computer skills in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint are accessible to anyone, free of charge. Activities are available for parents and their babies, toddlers, and preschool age children nearly every day of the week. These are all free of charge, also. Their quarterly magazine, Leisure Connections, a guide to cultural and leisure activities, is available in physical copy or as a download.

The city of Carrollton, Texas has much to offer prospective residents. The housing market is affordable and home values are on the rise. Rental property costs are reasonable, as well. The diverse population, effective transportation system, historical landmarks, unique shopping experience, dozens of recreational sites to visit, a senior center, as well as an outstanding library system are just a few of the many positive aspects of this growing city.

Fairview

Fairview is just a skip and a hop from Dallas and Fort Worth in Collin County, Texas. With fewer than 10,000 residents, this suburb is small but full of life. It sits between the historic town of McKinney and the famous Southfork Ranch. Within ten miles from home, locals can see 19th century buildings and tour the grounds where the TV show “Dallas” was filmed.

You don’t have to leave the city limits to find great shopping opportunities; the neighborhood’s town center has everything from department stores to health food markets. You’ll love the iPic Theaters and various restaurants. Your food choices include Latin cuisine, home style cooking, Vietnamese specialties, and more. At the center of it all is the fountain where you can either watch a show or let the kids play in the water.Many neighborhoods in Fairview are affluent. The median value of the area’s condos and houses is nearly $400,000 whereas the statewide value is $160,000. With household incomes that are well above the national average, people in this small community can afford a comfortable existence. More than 99 percent of the town’s residents have a high school diploma, and many hold college degrees.

One very prestigious subdivision is located in the center of the town; Oakwood Estates features single family homes that can cost more than $1,000,000. The houses are mostly Mediterranean-style or traditional structures with at least three bedrooms and as many as six bathrooms. Floor plans offer up to 6,959 square feet of living quarters.

The expensive homes in Oakwood Estates often sit on lots that exceed five acres. You can opt for a more moderately-priced house in the neighborhood. Since the subdivision has regular-sized lots too, the median home value in Oakwood Estates is $937,000.

Just around the corner is Collinwood Acres where you can get a spacious new house for between $400,000 and $700,000. It will probably sit on one or two acres. If you love this subdivision but want more land, then watch for one of its larger estates to go on the market. You can occasionally find a house in the $1,000,000 range with lots of property.

The folks who live in this North Texas suburb are generally a little older than their neighbors in surrounding districts. The median age is 52, so the town has a need for retirement communities. You’ll find one on the east side of town called Heritage Ranch; another is on the far west side and is named Villas in the Park.

These retirement communities offer single family homes in the area’s median price range; with less than $400,000, a person 55 or older can purchase a cozy but comfortable house. Both are located on the south end of town. Many other housing developments in the area lure potential homeowners with their grassy lots and upscale dwellings.

If you’re not ready to buy property at this time, then consider renting a place in this lovely Texas suburb. Monthly rent payments are from $1,100 to $1,200 for average size condos and other multi-unit structures. You can find out what it’s like to live in this beautiful community before making a commitment.

Although Dallas is sprawling with urban growth, most residents of the northern suburbs work fairly close to home. Commercial activity is booming both inside and outside the Dallas beltway. Therefore, many people never have to fight the big city traffic. The average commute time is 30 minutes.

The climate in Fairview is mild; very little snow falls during the winter months. Year-round rainfall is average, so the sun is shining most of the time. The temperature during the summertime is often over 90 degrees Fahrenheit while January temperatures usually stay above freezing.

If you have children, then you’ll love the ratings of the local public school system. The Lovejoy Independent School District outranks its neighboring districts although they are all highly recommended for scholastic achievement. The area has very good private schools as well.

Once your kids graduate from high school, they have a good number of options for college. Amberton University is conveniently located, and the University of Texas at Dallas is within driving distance. With community colleges and private institutions, the Dallas area gives your children the option to study close to home.

The crime rate in Fairview and its surrounding towns is well below the national average. This suburb is a great place to live, work, and play. Contact us today and let us help you find the right neighborhood for you and your family.

Frisco

Honoring the St. Louis to San Francisco railway line running through the area outside of Dallas, residents named their community Frisco in 1904. This city is home to 117,000 residents and located 28 miles outside of Dallas. This city is a family-friendly community with the median age of its residents being 36 years old.

There are plenty of activities to keep every member of the family busy. Ever want to try skydiving? Then you must try iFLY, an indoor skydiving experience that is safe for you and your kids. Another fun activity for those inclined for adventure and heights is the Canyons Rock Climbing Gym. No matter your skill level, Canyons Rock Climbing Gym can serve as an approachable way to get started with rock climbing or serve as a challenge for rock climbing veterans. For those who prefer adventure but want to stay closer to the ground, the Pole Position Raceway is an indoor racetrack where you and your kids can try out high performance European karts around a ¼ mile course. Escape Rooms are another fun and active activity for adults and kids alike and Countdown to Escape can offer a fun problem-solving filled afternoon.

For those looking for activities that are less adrenaline inducing or with more creativity, this city is also home to several arts and crafts studios. One of the best places to go is Crafted, a do-it-yourself studio where you can try your work in several DIY projects while enjoying an adult beverage brought from home. This can be a fun way to decorate your home while learning a new skill or getting in touch with your creative side. If painting is more of your thing, kids and adults alike love the local Color Me Mine paint-it-yourself ceramic studio. For those looking for a night out, there are plenty of places to paint and sip wine throughout the city including Painting with a Twist, Pinot’s Palette, and Sip-n-Doodle.

Are you more of a consumer of art? There are several wonderful galleries in the area that are free and open to the public including the Frisco Art Gallery, Frisco Fine Art, thegallery8680, and the Texas Sculpture Garden. Be sure to catch a show at the Black Box Theatre as well.

Considering that this city is a suburb of Dallas, there are plenty of local sporting events to go to. The Dallas Rattlers is one of the only Major League Lacrosse teams in Texas and play their home games at Ford Center at the Star. Another great sports team to check out is the RoughRiders, the local AA minor baseball team, at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark. Dallas’ American professional soccer league, FC Dallas, also calls this city home, and the whole family can enjoy a game watching some of the best soccer players in the country.

Whether you’re looking for a nice walk outside, something competitive, or a way to spend the afternoon with friends and family, Dash’s Track Disc Golf course is a great way to do all three. This is an 18-hole disc golf course and can offer you some relief from the Texas heat with its wooded environment. Be sure to also check out Frisco Paintball, a 30,000 square foot paintball arena that hosts year-round indoor paintball on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The Urban Air Trampoline Park is another great way for you and your family to stay active and entertained and includes fun and unique activities like trampoline dodge ball and basketball.

This community offers a wealth of outdoor activities as well. Central Park is considered to be one of the most beautiful open spaces in the area where you can enjoy a leisurely walk. This city is also a very bike friendly community and there are over 90 miles of paved and natural trails to explore.

If you want to escape the Texas heat or take the day for you and your family to learn something new, there are several fun and interactive museums to do so. The Heritage Museum and Center allows visitors to see what the area was like 100 years ago by touring replicas of old log cabins and depots and looking through displays of photographs and artifacts from the time. If you’re looking for something a little more modern, The National Videogame Museum features more than 100,000 videogame consoles and games that span from past to present. The Sci-Tech Discovery Museum is another great place to check out and offers hands-on experience to endorse appreciation for science, technology, and math.

As you can see, there are plenty of activities to do in the area. If you’d like to call this city home, the median home value is $399,300. This area has seen a significant growth within the last couple of years and is expected to continue to grow throughout 2018. You should know, though, that although homes are valued and sold for a median of $399,300, the median listed price of the area is $524,900. Median price per square foot is $161. For those looking to rent, the median rent price is $2100.

Little Elm

Located to the northwest of Dallas, Little Elm is one of the fastest growing regions in the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Many people enjoy living in this Texas city because it provides an outdoor lifestyle while being conveniently close to many major employment hubs. Between 2000 and 2010, population in the area increased by 610 percent, and it continues to grow at a rapid rate.

The town is primarily white and Hispanic, with about 70 percent of residents being white and 24 percent being Latino. There is also a significant amount of African Americans and Asians in the city, so it is quite diverse. Most people in the town speak English, but there are also many Spanish and Chinese speakers. With a median age of 31.8, the town is primarily home to young professionals and their families.The area is considered a good place to raise a family, and according to the FBI, it is the 18th safest city in the nation. Due to the huge amount of population under the age of 18, the town focuses on providing great education. They have three school districts, the Little Elm ISD, Frisco ISD, and Denton ISD, and they are known for having one of the largest athletic stadiums in the entire Dallas Fort Worth region.

The older parts of the city are on the eastern edge, while the western region contains several new master planned communities. These new subdivisions include Frisco Ranch, The Towers by the Park, and Paloma Creek. The town is famed for its great city planning, and it has received a Certificate of Achievement for Planning Excellence in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014. This signifies how well the town is layed out. Residents appreciate the easy access to education, restaurants, business, and parks from anywhere in the city.

Because it is expanding so rapidly, most of the city’s government buildings, parks, and shops are relatively new. This is also true for the housing in the area. Little Elm contains a nice mixture of single family homes, town houses, duplexes, apartments, and residential estates, so it is easy to find the right type of housing for your needs. Compared to the rest of Texas, the town is a little pricey, but it is much more affordable than Dallas.

The median asking price for homes is about $325,000, and it ends up being roughly $128 per square foot. Keep in mind that homes end up selling for a median price of just $272,804 despite their slightly higher listing price. This means that you can end up saving big while purchasing a home as long as you have an experienced professional helping to negotiate with you. Median renting price is $1,750, which is a little higher than the Dallas Fort Worth median price, but all the new apartments in the area come with advantages. Most of them tend to be luxury rental properties with plenty of amenities and nice features.

Residents can easily access the Dallas North Tollway after a five-minute drive, and they can use this to conveniently reach many metropolitan areas. Other major roadways include the Eldorado Parkway, which links the city to US 75 and I 35 E, the US 380 corridor, and the FM 423 thoroughfare. Due to the thoughtful planning of this Texas town, all the major roads are conveniently near the major neighborhoods without being unpleasantly close.

The area is notable for having more miles of shoreline than anywhere else in the Dallas Fort Worth area. It is near the lovely Lewisville Lake, and locals have the chance to use a huge swimming beach, a marina, or a few boat ramps to access the water. Those who want to appreciate the outdoors without getting in the water can hike along the miles of lakeside trails or play in the parks.

The city’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, which means it has mild winters and warm summers. You can enjoy the lovely weather at any one of the city parks, including Cottonwood Park, Beard Park, McCord Park, and Union Park. These parks host many community events, such as live music at the outdoor amphitheater, a fall festival, a July Jubilee, and seasonal triathlon and 5K races.

The great family environment and conveniently urban location of Little Elm make it a very busy housing market. People are constantly moving in and looking for places to buy or rent. With the right property manager, it is very easy to have a bustling rental business in this town. Contact us today to learn more about how our property managers can help you.

McKinney

McKinney, Texas was named “The Best Place to Live in America” by Money Magazine in 2014, and it’s easy to see why! The state is known for its beauty, its culture, and its Southern hospitality. And if you’re looking for a town with a suburban feel with all of the advantages of the area, look no further!

Location is everything, and this town happens to be in an ideal spot in Collin County. It’s a part of the Dallas metropolitan area and is only 32 miles north of the city. This makes it close enough to enjoy the sites of Dallas while still avoiding the negative aspects of the city. It’s the perfect suburban location! it’s also close to the other suburbs of Frisco, Allen, and Plano.

Meet the Neighbors

Going along with the rest of the state, the population keeps growing. As of 2014, the population was 162,898. This is up an astronomical 665.4%. The people in town are hard-working middle-class folk who came to the area for the same reasons that you did. 62.5% of the population is married, and the median age is 33.3 years-old. The annual median income in 2015 was $82,998.

According to the 2010 census, the demographics are as follows:
• White- 74.8%
• Hispanic- 18.6%
• black- 10.5%
• Asian- 4,1%
• Two or more races- 3.1%
• Pacific Islander – .1%

Real Estate Trends

Real estate trends in McKinney look good. The median cost of homes is $305,600. This has gone up 6% from last year, and prices are expected to increase 3.7% next year. Luckily for people interest in moving to the area, it’s a buyer’s market right now.

History

McKinney is a town with a lot of history to it. The area was developed in 1841 by pioneers who were offered land, a gun, and help building a house. The area was great for people to grow cotton, corn, wheat, oats, and raise livestock. Soon, a railroad was built, allowing the settlers to share their goods with the rest of the country, causing the city to grow to the modern suburb it is today.

People with a rebellious side will appreciate the town’s roots with famous outlaws. In fact, Bonnie and Clyde regularly hid out in town. Jesse and Frank James also had family in the area. Their cousin’s house is actually still standing to this day!

Things to Do

You’ll have plenty to do and get absorbed into the culture by just walking around downtown. You’ll also have plenty of nature to experience at the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. There are also plenty of breweries and wineries to really help you enjoy your stay. Of course, you’ll need to enjoy some food. Luckily, you’re in Texas! There’s plenty of amazing barbecue and Mexican food all around you.

Climate

The weather is extremely pleasant. It can be a little hot and dry at times, but you’ll never have to shovel your car out of the snow! July is typically the hottest month with an average high of 92.7 degrees, and January is typically the coldest month with an average high of 52.5 degrees.

Schools

Schools have a student to teacher ratio of 14.9: 1. The schools emphasize technology and work and college prep. Schools utilize smartboards and even provide high schoolers with laptops. Collin College also calls the popular Texan town home.

Popular Neighborhoods

Finding the right neighborhood can be the difference between it being a good place to live and a great place to live. Three of the best neighborhoods are:
• Craig Ranch
• Adriatica Village
• Stonebridge Ranch

Craig Ranch’s luxury gulf course make it a great place for the golfer in your family. It was also recognized as the “2014 master-planned community of the year” by the Dallas Builders Association.
Adriatica Village brings a beautiful European feel to the Texan city. It also offers some of the best shopping and restaurants in the area.
Stonebridge Ranch is very spacious with over 500 acres of open land. It also provides a lot of options in the terms of activities. Residents can golf, sail, and fish in the many ponds.

If you’re thinking of moving here, you will be moving to the best place to live in America. It’s a place that you’ll want to raise your kids or retire. It’s a place that you’ll want to call home.

Murphy

This medium-sized city is located in southern Collin County and shares its western border with the booming city of Plano. Located just 20 miles from downtown Dallas and 35 miles from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. This area is considered to be in the humid subtropical region with very hot and humid summers, and mild to cool winters. Collin County is the wealthiest county in Texas, and this city features predominantly new construction. With low crime rates, high graduation rates, and access to many amenities, there is no wondering why it is filled with young families and continues to grow.

Residents have easy access to retail and will find that there are community events nearly every month to enjoy. There is always a reason to get out and about whether it is the Craft Beer Festival and Community Concert, Maize Days, or the annual Rainbow Trout Roundup. Home to the Frito-Lay and JC Penny headquarters, the neighboring All-America city of Plano also offers a variety of events and experiences. If you make the short trip to Plano, you will encounter everything from the bustling Plano Arts District and live music, to museums and over 800 restaurants.

The city is accommodated by both the Plano Independent School District and the Wylie Independent School District. Both districts have high-achieving and award-winning schools. 55.2 percent of adults in Murphy have obtained either a bachelor’s degree or advanced degree, and 93.5 percent have at least graduated high school. The community also is continuing to become more culturally and ethnically diverse. The population is primarily White; followed by Black or African American, Asian, and Hispanic or Latino. The population is also younger than the nation’s average, with a median age of 33.9 years old. It is a strong family community, with families (non-single residences) making up roughly 88 percent of the population.

The city boasts a strong parks and recreation department, as well as many community based initiatives and events. Programs such as Keep Murphy Beautiful emphasize recycling and beautification efforts. There are also a number of parks and trail systems spread throughout the city that residents may utilize. Along with improving quality of life of the residents, one of the goals of the Community Development Corporation is to help develop these parks, open spaces, and community facilities.

Murphy Property Manager

The city was originally staked out in 1846 by settlers interested in land grants issued by the Peter’s Colony before Texas had even become a state. A post office was eventually established in 1891 shortly after the St. Louis Southwestern Railway arrived in the area. The city experienced a sharp population decline after the Great Depression as people migrated towards the Dallas metropolitan area seeking new employment opportunities. The population rose again in the 1970s, as the neighboring city of Plano expanded. The population continues to grow steadily, especially after the construction of the President George Bush Turnpike in 2000. Since the population growth and construction boom, the city has been ranked as one of the best places to live in Texas by multiple websites and magazines.

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that the population was 20,482 as of July 1, 2016. The area is commonly recognized as a popular commuter city, with many people making the 32.5-minute average commute to nearby towns such as Plano and Wylie. 8.13 percent of people also work from home or telecommute, which is relatively high in comparison to the national average. 93.15 percent of workers perform white-collar jobs. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that the median household income from 2012-2016 was $118,843.

Many people that move to the city are investing in new construction, making majority of the homes in the area relatively expensive. While the median price per square foot is still slightly less than that of Dallas, the median price of homes that have sold is $356,200. The US Census Bureau indicates that from 2012-2016 the median selected monthly owner costs were $2,316 with a mortgage and $850 without a mortgage. The median gross rent in the area during this time was $2,067.

According to Zillow.com, home values have gone up 5.9 percent in the past year and they are predicted to rise by an additional 4.1 percent in the coming year. If you’re looking into real estate in Texas, you would be hard-pressed to find a better place to build or buy a home.

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Plano

Located within the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area, Plano sits just 20 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. The city was settled in the 1840s and it gets its name from the vast and flat landscape that surrounds it. As of the 2010 Census, the city’s population was about 270,000 people, making it the 9th largest city in the state of Texas.

Plano sits on the northern edge of Texas’s Blackland Prairie. The city is at an elevation of about 695 feet above sea level. The city’s climate is classified as being humid and subtropical. The summers here are hot, the winters are cold but not harsh, and the spring and fall are said to be quite comfortable. Daytime in the summer can be quite hot, but cool temperatures aren’t uncommon on summer nights there. It is mostly sunny there throughout the year, with rain averaging between 33 to 40 inches per year, which falls mostly in the springtime.

The city is home to some of the state’s most beautiful nature preserves. Arbor Hills Nature Preserve encompasses 200 acres of pristine landscape. The park is home to truly majestic Bur and Red Oak trees, and there is an observation tower there which provides all those who climb it with a breathtaking view of the city. Since Dallas is only 20 miles away, you are never too far away from going to a Mavericks or a Cowboy’s game. This way you can enjoy the benefits of living in a smaller city, but also enjoy big city life when you want to.

Historic downtown also has much to offer. Restaurants like “Poor Richards,” which apparently offers some of the best breakfast you can get in the city, is just one of the many fantastic dining options to choose from in the city. There are also plenty of antique shops and a train museum that is suitable for all ages.

Although the population is 56% White, the city has large Latino and Asian populations at 14% and 19% respectively. This makes for a truly diverse cultural mix in the city. The largest age demographic in the city are those between the ages of 35 and 54 years, who make up 31% of the population. 55% of the city’s adults have graduated college which is why it is no surprise that the median household income there is $83,793. That’s $30,136 more than the national median household income, which is also why it is no surprise that only 7.5% of the city’s population falls below the poverty line.

Although the crime rate is higher than 57% of all other cities in the state, when one looks at the crime rates of all other American cities of the same size and population they find that this city is one of the safest places to live relative to its size. In fact, USA Today once named Plano as the 8th safest city in all of Texas, and the 52nd safest city in all of the nation. In October of 2010, Forbes ranked the city as being the safest city in America. The violent crime rate there is only 2 per 1,000 inhabitants while the property crime rate is a bit higher at 18 per 1,000 inhabitants.

According to neighborhoodscout.com, the Plano Independent School District has 86 schools that serves 54,689 total students. The average classroom size is 14 students per class, which is 1 student per class below the national average. The school district there pays $10,930 for each of its students, which is $521 more than the state average, but $1,615 less than the national average. The Frisco and Lewisville Independent School Districts also serve the residents of this city.

The housing market in this city is currently considered beneficial for buyers. As of Dec. 31, 2017, the current median home value is $337,400. This is a 6.4% rise from last year and it is expected to rise another 5% in one year. That’s an increase of $16,870 in just a year from now. Also, as of Dec. 31, 2017, the city’s median rental price is $1,895 per month, which is a little higher than the median rental price of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area which is $1,650 per month. However, for a 3-bedroom house in the city, it is $1,795 per month, $100 cheaper than the overall median rental price.

This small Texas town is a great place for young couples and families to move to and live. This city really has it all. Low crime rates for its size, a diverse cultural make-up, pristine public lands, a great school system, and best of all, a buyer’s market for real estate.

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Richardson

Located in the northeast corner of the Lone Star State, just north of the metropolis of Dallas lies the prestigious suburb of Richardson. With a population of over 106,000 (as of the 2015 census), and over 5,000 thriving businesses, this affluent suburb is a perfect storm of big city and quiet suburban living with super-sized amenities. Situated in close proximity to Dallas, you’ll find a short twenty-five-minute drive down U.S. Rte. 75, the Dallas North tollway, or thirty minutes on the Dallas Area Rapid Transport (Red line) can transport you from your living room to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Plaza.

Not only is this municipality a mere hop, skip, and a jump from the museums, aquariums and night life of Dallas proper, but in itself, the city boasts plenty of business and recreational opportunities in its 29 square-mile radius.The insurance industry holds the most notable business presence with the Blue Cross Blue Shield-Texas headquarters within the city limits as well as regional offices for GEICO, United Healthcare and State Farm insurance companies. However, if insurance isn’t your choice of career, no worries. Richardson is also home to the corporate headquarters of MetroPCS, Lennox International, Vent-A-Hood, Wingstop Restaurants, id Software, RealPage, Fujitus Network Communications, and Samsung Mobile. In total, this north Texas suburb is home to over 5,000 businesses.

In addition to a healthy business presence, this Dallas suburb is served by two separate public school districts both of which boast many Blue-Ribbon Schools. Five private schools, grades K-12, lie within the city’s boundaries as well as four charter schools. However, most notable within the education system is the 445-acre campus of the University of Texas at Dallas. Not only is this public research university housed on Richardson soil, but also Richland college, the largest school in the Dallas County Community College District, serves Dallas county and the surrounding areas from the confines of this suburb.

Throughout the city, lush greenery, creeks, and ponds fringe miles of walking and bike trails allowing for plenty of outdoor activities. In addition, several city parks are equipped with multiple sports fields for soccer, baseball and softball as well as playgrounds for the kids. This Texas suburb contains a handful of family amusement centers, movie theaters, an innovative bowling alley, as well as an aquatic center for hours of family fun. In addition, the CityLine development with 186 acres of shopping, cafes, and well-manicured parks for strolling gives a great place for date night. The Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts is a perfect venue for a night out at the theater. In the number one spot of things to do is the Public Library. This 81,00 square foot building offers several floors of books, movies, audio tapes and reference material as well programs for children and adults alike on a daily basis. Every year for twelve years since 2004, the Texas Municipal League has awarded this library the Achievement of Excellence in Libraries award.

The city’s estimated median household income is $82,241, about 45 percent higher than the state’s median household income and just under 40 percent higher than the national average. According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living is about 13 percent higher than the national average with housing being the biggest factor.
The median home value is just above $240,000 which is also about 45 percent higher than the median home value for the state and about 25 percent higher than the national median. With that being said, Niche ranked this suburb sixth (out of 228) of best places to live. (These ratings are based upon analysis from the U.S. Department of Education as well as popular reviews.) The demographics are made up of 51% white

One of the reason for such a high rating for places to live may due to low crime rate. Based on Sperling’s Best Places, this city ranks very low in crime with a ranking of 14 out of 100 for violent crimes and 40 out of 100 for property crimes. In addition, the moderate climate with higher than average sunny days and lower than average snowfall nationally keeps the scores high in the comfort index. Temperatures range from a high in the 90’s in the heat of summer to a low in the 30’s in the winter.

With restaurants, night life, family fun, a strong business presence, and healthy economics, as well as close proximity to downtown Dallas and the Dallas Fort Worth International airport, it’s no wonder that hosts of celebrities including Jeff Dunham and Jessica and Ashlee Simpson were pleased to call Richardson home.

The Colony

The Colony was established in 1973 along the shores of Lewisville Lake in the northeastern region of Texas. Residents and visitors enjoy all of the amenities a city might offer along with the chance to engage in outdoor recreation activities in hundreds of acres of natural landscape. Educational, entertainment, dining and shopping opportunities are all available in the young community.

Arts and Culture

The Lakeside Arts Foundation promotes the fine arts by offering drawing and painting classes along with adult and children’s theatrical productions. The facility also offers musical presentations throughout the year. The Lakeside Community Theatre has presented live performances since 2001. Presentations are produced and performed by local residents.

Family Fun and Entertainment

The Aquatic Park features four pools including a shallow pool for very young guests. The facility also contains a sand volleyball court and shaded pavilions. The Community Center welcomes all to enjoy the variety of activities offered.

Visitors participate in traditional crafts or play cards. The building also has a computer lab. The Recreation Center boasts a full-sized gym where guests might play basketball or racquetball. Visitors of all ages enjoy playing air hockey, pool or ping pong in the game room or workout in the state-of-the-art fitness center.

The Five Star Hike and Bike Trail spans 1.3 miles in addition to having QR F.I.T. workout stations. Using a mobile device, fitness fanatics need merely read the QR code at each station to view videos of recommended exercises. The Shoreline Trail along Lewisville Lake spans 3.5 miles and welcomes walkers, joggers and cyclists. The location is ideal for enjoying the landscape and catching a glimpse of native wildlife.

The Hawaiian Falls Water Park offers the chance for escape from the heat by having water-based fun. Relax on inner tubes and journey along the lazy river. Thrill-seekers ride the Whirlwind 360, which features a 60-foot tower and body slide.

Families and friends test their military strategies at the Laser Tag-DFW facility. The outdoor location offers 30 acres of laser tag fields for abundant fun. There are also human hamster balls that enable passengers to run, roll and tumble on land and over water.

Lewisville Lake covers more than 29,000 acres. The destination has multiple marinas and boat ramps along with 16,500 acres of public parks. The lake remains popular for camping, hiking, biking and bird watching along with boating, fishing and swimming. Guests have the option of renting jet skis, kayaks, paddle boards or pontoon boats. There are also barbecue grills and picnic areas along with a sandy beach, horseshoe and volleyball courts and playgrounds. The Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has also placed multiple caches in and around the community for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy geocaching.

The Lava Cantina encompasses 28,000 square feet and seats more than 1,500 guests. The venue regularly presents scheduled indoor and outdoor live concerts in addition to having a bar and a restaurant. All of the shows presented are free of charge and range from local acts to widely-known international entertainers. The location’s restaurant boasts a rock n’ roll-themed atmosphere and a Creole-Mexican fusion cuisine. The venue can also be reserved for private events.

Nightlife options in the city also include a variety of nightclubs, pubs, bars and grills that offer a wide selection of snacks, meals and locally crafted brews. Each facility features its own unique vibe whether in the mood for live music and dancing, karaoke or typical dart and pool games.

Golf

The disc golf course has 18 holes that meander about 48 acres of picturesque landscape. The TopGolf facility provides guests with the challenging chance to hit microchip-containing golf balls at 11 different targets at distances of 20 to 240 yards away. Unlike conventional golf, high scores win the game.

The Texas community of The Colony also features three traditional golf clubs and courses. The Old American Golf Club was rated as being in the top 10 best public courses in the state. The Stewart Peninsula Golf Course lies on the scenic peninsula that borders Lewisville Lake. The 65-acre property features a nine-hole course having double greens. Each hole also has six teeing areas. The Tribute Golf Links & Guest House is also rated in the top 10 best courses in the state. The facility was designed to replicate famous Scottish locations complete with a clubhouse, restaurant and pro-shop.

Property Management in The Colony

According to the 2014 U.S. Census, the community has 41,352 residents. The population is predominantly Caucasian. However, there are also African-American, Asian, Hispanic and people of other ethnic backgrounds who make their home here. The crime rate is significantly lower than Texas or United States averages, which makes the destination an attractive place to live. Thanks to the many nearby educational opportunities, nearly 34 percent of adults have at least a bachelor’s degree. Nearly 8 percent have a graduate or other professional degree.

The Colony Property Manager

Buildings and homes found in the city span from the 1970s to the current day. The 2016 U.S. Census reports that the average household income was $77,619, which is higher than the state average. However, the cost of living is cheaper here compared to Texas or U.S. Averages. As of January 2018, the average cost of a home is recorded as $534,526. Monthly rent for a three-bedroom, two bathroom home is on average $1,800.

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