Small-Town Life, Big-City Bustle
If you’re looking to move into a Texas community that has everything a big city does, yet you prefer the whole small-town feel, Farmers Branch may be the place for you. Located four miles south of Carrollton, this city prides itself on providing the pleasures of a high-quality life for its residents. How does it do this? The city not only has a sales tax exemption, but it offers its residents a property tax rebate. In addition, the city boasts 28 beautiful parks, state-of-the-art recreational facilities, and an almost endless supply of job opportunities. See, Farmers Branch is home to more than 4,000 companies and hundreds of corporate headquarters. It is also only a short drive to downtown Dallas, though once you are here, you may never want to leave.
Originally called Mustang, Farmers Branch was settled in 1842 by Thomas and Sarah Keenan. Over the next century, the small settlement slowly grew into a small town with a blacksmith, gristmill, church, school, and post office. By the time it was incorporated into a city in 1946, the population was at 800 people. Today, the city has grown to almost 30,000 residents.
The city really cares about its residents – and it shows. Just about every month, there is some kind of special event or a festival happening. Whether it’s the Daddy Daughter Dance in February, Date Night in the Park in April, or the fishing event in May, family fun is always right around the corner! In October, the city holds the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival in the Historical Park. At the festival, live Bluegrass music is presented, along with an arts & crafts market, KidZone, and the popular Chili Cookoff. In addition to the festival, the 27-acre Historical Park is home to several original buildings from the 1840s thru the 1940s, as well as the city’s vintage baseball team, the FB Mustangs.
Farmers Branch is known by many as “The City In A Park”, and for good reason. The city has 28 parks featuring playgrounds, picnic areas, and scenic hiking trails for every nature lover. There are skate parks, baseball diamonds, fishing ponds, and we can’t forget to mention the Farmers Branch Aquatic Center. At the Aquatic Center, residents can enjoy the Frog Pond, which features two 30ft waterslides, a lazy river, and an enormous playground – in the water! The Center is also home to the Magaret Young Natatorium which has a four-lane lap pool and therapy pool and teaches weekly swimming lessons.