One Of The Safest Cities In Texas Also Has Some Of The Best Schools Around
Located northeast of Plano and just west of Lucas is the popular city of Allen, Texas. Originally home to the Caddo and Comanche Indian tribes, Allen was named in 1872 after state politician and railroad promotor Ebenezer Allen. Between 1908 and 1948, the city was a stop along the Texas Traction Company’s interurban line from Denison to Dallas. In 1953, Allen became incorporated and has since grown into a bustling city of economic stability, great schools, plenty of entertainment, and a nationally-recognized Parks & Recreation program. Today, there is an estimated number of 94,000 people living in Allen.
Allen has received many awards and recognitions throughout the years. Most recently, it was named #2 on wallethub.com’s Best Cities For First-Time Home Buyers and was listed on SafeWise’s 50 Safest Cities In Texas. In 2014, Allen was recognized as a National Recreation and Park Association Gold Medal Award Finalist for the third year in a row. A year before, Money Magazine mentioned Allen in its list for Best Places To Live.
Things to do in Allen are aplenty! The city boasts four premier shopping destinations, an award-winning golf course, and more than 200 restaurants and eateries. The Village at Allen is the newest and biggest shopping, dining, and entertainment spot in North Texas. You can find everything from big name retailers to unique one-of-a-kind specialty stores. At the center of The Village is The Grove, featuring a lush park, a Texas-shaped hedge maze, a dog park, children’s playhouses, and an outdoor fireplace with comfortable seating. The Courses at Watters Creek is a venue that includes several courses designed by 10-time PGA Tour and winner, D.A. Weibring. With an 18-hole, nine-hole, and six-hole course, there are enough options that players of all skill levels will find a good challenge.
We briefly mentioned Allen’s nationally-recognized Parks & Recreation program above. With nearly 800 acres of developed park land, more than 56 miles of hiking and nature trails, and five recreation facilities, Allen is the perfect destination for family fun. Oh, and we can’t forget to mention that Allen is less than a half an hour’s drive to Lake Ray Hubbard!
Allen is publicly served by four different school systems. The majority of the city attends Allen Independent School District, which has received a perfect accountability score for several years in a row. Smaller portions of the city are served by Lovejoy Independent School District, Plano Independent School District, and McKinney Independent School District.
Allen is loaded with beautiful neighborhoods in which to search for your new home. A few of the most popular communities include Glendover Park, Custer Hill Estates, Suncreek, and Waterford Crossing.
If you’re considering a move to Dallas, or are relocating for work, there’s no better home and community resource than The Dream Connectors. Together, Sylvia Seabolt and her mother Gale have decades of experience in the Southeast Dallas real estate market. Sylvia was the 2013 Texas Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS® President, and is currently serving on the National Executive Committee for Women’s Council of REALTORS®. A resident of Rowlett, Sylvia loves spending time with her family on Lake Ray Hubbard. For expert advice on communities and schools in southeast Dallas, contact The Dream Connectors today at 972-226-1900 or email Sylvia directly for a quick response!