Wylie is a city in the DFW Metroplex, located 20 miles east of Plano and about 28 miles northeast of downtown Dallas. In November of 1887, Wylie became incorporated and was a right-of-way for the Santa Fe railroad, which had first rolled through the city a year before. By the mid-1910s, the city was a major hub for shipping cotton and onions – in fact, until the 1960s, the city was widely known as the “Onion Capital of the World.” Another nickname from that era that the city has embraced is “Wide Awake Wylie”, resulting from its businesses staying open until midnight on certain nights, allowing the residents to conduct late night get-togethers. Over the next several decades, the population steadily grew and the city became home to the North Texas Municipal Water District.
Then, in the 1990s, it witnessed two devastating fires and a tornado that completely destroyed the downtown area. Since then, the city has completely renovated the historic downtown area, preserving any of the original buildings that survived the disasters.
In 2015, Wylie was named 2nd Best City in the Nation for Families by NerdWallet.com, having been 8th Best the previous year. That same year, the city was ranked 18th on SafeWise Report’s Safest Cities in America. We think it’s safe to say that it is the one of the most perfect places in the area to settle down and raise a family.
The city really seems to cater to its residents by holding many family-friendly events and festivals every year. The Bluegrass on Ballard summer festival is a favorite among residents, showcasing live music, a car show, amazing food, and arts & crafts. Another favorite (and important) annual event is the National Night Out in October. This event features free food and drinks, fireworks, and family activities, with a goal of raising crime prevention awareness to the community. It really seems to do the trick, because every year the crime rate drops lower and lower. Those are only a couple of fun events held within the city, click here to view a full list.
If residents are looking to get out of town for a day, or even a weekend, they don’t have to look far. Not only does the city have very convenient access to the amenities of downtown Dallas, but there are two recreational lakes right outside city limits. Wylie is centrally located to both Lavon Lake to the north and Lake Ray Hubbard to the south.
The city is served by four public school districts, each with its own praises and accolades. The majority of students attend Wylie Independent School District, where almost every campus has recently received at least one or more designated distinctions – some earning every distinction possible. Some areas in the city are served by both Garland Independent School District and Rockwall Independent School District, both of which are known for their high test scores and college readiness. A very small portion of the city located near Lavon Lake attends Princeton Independent School District.
With more than 40 neighborhoods and communities filling the streets of this great city, finding the right home should be no problem. A few of the most popular neighborhoods include Seis Lagos, Parkside, and Bozman Farms.
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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