Approximately five miles north of downtown Dallas, lies one half of the Park Cities enclave in Texas. University Park is surrounded on three sides by Dallas and Highland Park bordering the city to the south. The city became incorporated in April of 1924, but not before being denied annexation into Dallas on account of its high cost for utility and safety services. The city actually began almost a decade before that as a cluster of houses that surrounded the newly built Southern Methodist University. The University supplied the area with these services until the area’s population grew to be too much to support. In fact, the city continued to grow in population so much that by 1945 there were 20,000 residents living in its 515-acre borders.
Today, there are about 23,500 people living in this city that maintains one of the lowest crime rates in all of the DFW Metroplex, listed 19th on The Safewise Report’s 50 Safest Cities in Texas in 2015. In addition, University Park has been consistently ranked high on D Magazine’s bi-annual list of “Best Suburbs”. Impressively, in 2002, 2004, and 2008, the city snagged the number one spot. Most recently, it was listed at #4, below Highland Park, Parker, and Colleyville.
University Park is well-known for numerous reasons, one of which is the abundance of religious institutions. The churches in this city remain to be some of the most beautiful in the country, not to mention some of the most popular. Another factor of UP’s popularity is its business district. Snider Plaza, which was built in 1927, is a shopping center right in the heart of the city with retail shops and restaurants that consistently receive high praise from visitors all around. Nearby Preston Center features upscale boutiques and fine dining options, while the remainder of Preston Road houses several other shops and eateries. The city is also home to many beautifully-maintained parks that include everything from innovative playgrounds, sporting utilities, scenic ponds, trails, and even an aquatic center.
The Holmes Aquatic Center, located within Curtis Park, offers residents a 50-meter pool with a giant water slide, two diving boards, and a walk-in ramp for handicap accessibility. An aerated splash pool sits separate for the younger children, as well as a 1,500 square-foot spray ground with more than 25 water features for the kids to enjoy.
Houses in the city are diverse, in that they feature just about every architectural period and offer the most luxurious of amenities available today. There are currently more than 8,500 upscale homes in the area, a lot of which are available and move-in ready!
Education in University Park, as the name implies, is of utmost importance to the residents and leaders of the city. The community is publicly served by Highland Park Independent School District, known for ranking among some of the highest districts in the state. Numbers show that 98% of students in HPISD continue on to college after graduating from the district. In fact, about 75% of residents over 25 have a college or advanced degree of some kind.
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