About 13 miles west of Dallas is the 13th largest city in the state of Texas. With more than 225,000 people residing within city limits, Irving has the perfect balance of arts & entertainment, food & culture, and an almost unlimited supply of employment opportunities for anyone looking to relocate. Founded in 1903, Irving was made up of several local settlements that had formed within the last half of the 19th century. The city’s co-founders bought the land as a railroad route between Fort Worth and Dallas, then immediately started selling lots at a public auction. The city was officially incorporated in April of 1914 and became a center for cotton farming, dairy farming, and poultry production. In the mid-1900s, it began annexing adjacent lands in order to keep up with its growth and by the late 1960s, construction of the DFW International Airport began.
Having the largest airport in the country, the population had almost reached 100,000. A few years later, a landowner by the name Ben Carpenter funded Las Colinas, a master-planned community of 7,000 acres. Since it’s completion, Las Colinas has become home to more than 1,000 corporations, as well as residential homes, shopping areas, schools, and recreational facilities.
As part of the Tree City USA program, Irving has more than 40 parks that stretch well-over 2,000 acres of land. Each park is unique and offers many amenities that include playgrounds for the kids, hiking/biking trails, family picnic areas, all types of sports, and several ponds and lakes that offer the opportunity for fishing, swimming, and boating. The city even has a dog park for pet owners that want to give their little buddies a chance to run around and be free. All throughout the year, the city holds many events for residents and visitors. Some of these include a number of live musical events called the Irving Concert Series; holiday events in March, July, and December; the Laughs by the Lake in September; the Taste of Irving in May; and several others. The city also has seven community pools and aquatic centers for those hot and sunny days. In addition, there are two spray parks in the city which are free and open to the public.
If you are thinking of finding a new home in Irving, but you’re not sure where to start, there are more than 50 neighborhoods and communities throughout the city. Aside from Las Colinas, which we mentioned earlier, some of the most popular areas in the city include Broadmoor Hills, Quail Run, Sherwood Forest, and Fox Glen.
The majority of students in Irving attend Irving Independent School District, which is home to the prestigious Singley Academy. In 2015, Singley earned all seven accountability distinctions by the Texas Education Agency and ranks in the top 2% of all Texas schools. The district was recently named the 2015 National Advanced Placement District of the Year for the students’ performaces in AP Exams. Small portions of the city are served by Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District and Coppell Independent School District as well. There are also four charter schools and several private schools within the city too. The University of Dallas, North Lake College, and a campus of DeVry University are all located in the city.
For a free, comprehensive listing of available properties and corresponding school ratings and information, contact The Campbell Home Team, your local neighborhood experts. With more than a decade of experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas real estate markets, The Campbell Home Team can help you find your next and best home – and make the offer to close process quick and easy. Call us today at 214-929-1733 or email us to get started on the path to your dream home.
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