“Texas Made Here”
Located just 30 minutes northeast of Dallas, Texas and only 40 minutes due east from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, the popular city of Garland continues to grow. As of 2013, Garland had a total of 234,500 residents, making it the 12th most populated city in the entire state of Texas. An interesting fact about Garland, despite that it’s one of the largest cities in the state, Garland’s cost of living is a whole 12% lower than the U.S. average. Sounds pretty good, huh? We think so.
Garland’s history began back in 1891, when the cotton-farming communities of Embree and Duck Creek merged due to a post office being placed between them to settle a quarrel. By 1904, the town’s population had almost doubled and an agricultural boom happened, drawing in out-of-towners for miles around. War production gave the city its biggest economic and population boost, and by 1950 Garland numbered more than 10,000 people. Today, Garland is a bustling city with an excellent mix of commerce, entertainment, and good people.
Residents of Garland enjoy such attractions as the Landmark Museum at Heritage Crossing, where visitors can see an interesting collection representing decades of Garland history, focusing on the period between 1850 and the present. Another popular go-to spot in the city is the Lakewood Brewery & Taproom, who utilizes local ingredients to craft internationally inspired beer. And we have to mention Firewheel Town Center, an open-air complex that offers more than 100 shops ranging from unique boutiques to major retailers.
Most students in Garland attend Garland Independent School District, which is made up of 71 campuses and is among the 100 largest districts in the country. Because of GISD’s refusal to use attendance zones, parents are given the choice to send their children to any school within the district. The district, by the way, is recognized across the state for its efficiency in balancing academic progress and fiscal responsibility. A small portion of the city is also served by Plano Independent School District and Richardson Independent School District as well.
With so many beautiful areas in Garland, it may be hard to decide where to start. Some of the most highly regarded neighborhoods include Firewheel Estates, Meadowcreek Village, Buckingham North, and Rustic Oaks.
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!
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