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Planning a move to Dallas, Texas? It is important to know what you and your family need and what living arrangement would make you more comfortable, especially when moving to such a huge city. Dallas offers many types of homes, from small, single family homes to luxury apartments to mega mansions in Highland Park. No matter what type of home you’re looking for in the Dallas area, there’s sure to be a neighborhood that’s perfect for you.

Murphy for Family-Friendly Living

Located south of Southfork Ranch and ranked #15 on a livability scale of Texas neighborhoods,
Murphy is in Collin County, Texas. The county has several school districts to choose from, but schools located in and around Murphy received a 9.5 out of 10 on greatschools.com. This close-knit community has a population of less than 17,900, making it one of the quieter cities in Texas.

Uptown Dallas is full of beautiful condos and apartments, making this the perfect urban neighborhood for young professionals to live.
Uptown Dallas is full of beautiful condos and apartments, making this the perfect urban neighborhood for young professionals to live.

Allen for a Better Quality of Life for Large Families

Also located in the northern suburbs of Collin County in Dallas, Texas, Allen is known for having great schools (schools rank 9.3 out of 10 on greatschools.com) and sprawling houses. Families who need or just prefer a lot of space can invest in a farmhouse-style family home with a large lot. The vast, beautiful land in this quiet neighborhood mean that houses are spaced farther apart than in other places. This is the ideal location for families who love the outdoors, but who still need to be close to the amenities of the city. From Allen, you can be at The Village or the Premium Outlet Mall in minutes.

Uptown Dallas, Texas is the Young Professional’s New Home

Families, retirees, and couples can all enjoy making Uptown Dallas their permanent home. This area houses some of the most luxurious apartments, perfect for any married or single adult with or without children, who might have had to transfer for work. The spacious apartments, like those in The Monterey, offer endless amenities to help you increase work productivity and keep stress levels at bay (the apartments in this neighborhood have multiple pools and a gym).

Luxurious Living for Families and Retirees

Situated next to White Rock Lake, the Forest Hills neighborhood located in Dallas County is a great, upper-income neighborhood. People who move here are rewarded with the amount of space both inside and outside their homes. The beautiful, natural landscape of the area is enjoyed by all. There are large, open fields for kids to play and parks that are so close, you can take a stroll or a jog any time you feel like it.

Moving to Forest Hills affords you the chance to live close to White Rock Lake.
Moving to Forest Hills affords you the chance to live close to White Rock Lake.

Affordable Choice Neighborhood in Dallas

Lancaster is an affordable, family-friendly neighborhood in southwest Dallas, Texas. You will love the feeling of community in the neighborhood as well as the diversity. The historic community, first settled in 1844, has affordable housing and offers several elementary, middle,
and high schools for school-aged residents. Expansive parks, the Cold War Air museum, and endless opportunities for family-friendly entertainment make this neighborhood ideal for couples wanting to start a family or anyone who loves Dallas, Texas and wants to save on rent.

Best Moving Companies in Dallas

Once you’ve decided where you’re moving, it’s time to consider how to get there. If you’re looking for a reputable Dallas moving companies, check out these recommendations:

North Dallas Moving & Storage
1804 Trinity Valley Drive
Carrollton, Texas, 75006
(972) 241-1562

Cheap Dallas Movers
3839 McKinney Avenue
Suite 155-2030
Dallas, TX 75204
(214) 999-1997

Move Star
4431 Simonton Rd.
Dallas, TX 75244
(972) 716-9911

 

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Dallas is a great place to raise a family or visit with kids. The DFW offers a wide array of indoor and outdoor activities, so families have a lot of choices about where to spend an afternoon.  Here are some of the best places in Dallas to entertain the whole family.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

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Located just outside the downtown core, the Arboretum features a pioneer village that was built just for kids, beautiful gardens, and a huge picnic area. The park is huge, with more than 66 acres of exploring, so nobody should get bored. The Arboretum also hosts lots of events throughout the year, like the Cool Thursdays Concert Series, Wednesday Nature Nights, and most recently, a PokemonGo Night.

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park

For those rainy Dallas days when the kids are getting restless, the Jumpstreet Trampoline Park is the perfect place to let your kids bounce off the walls without making you crazy.  Featuring wall to wall trampolines and lots of other fun activities, this is the perfect place to blow off some pent up energy. On weekdays, admission for kids 4-7 costs $4/hour, while bigger kids cost $6/hour. Weekend rates are higher, but check on the site for additional pricing details and information on special events.

The Dallas Zoo

Just three miles away from downtown Dallas sits the largest zoo in Texas, with over 106 acres of exhibits to explore. The Dallas Zoo offers lots of kid-friendly programs, including Safari Nights, an early evening concert series just for kids. Parents can relax and unwind too with wine and cold beer. Open daily (except on Christmas) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., admission is $15 for adults and $12 for children.

Hurricane Harbor

In the summer months Dallas can get HOT. When the heat is getting on your last nerve, head over to the water slide at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor to cool down.  You can lazily float down the aptly named Lazy River in a tube or brave the Twister and Black Hole. A great way to beat that Texas heat, Hurricane Harbor is $35/ticket, but just $28 with 3-day advance purchase online.

Dallas Children’s Theater

The Dallas Children’s Theater does an absolutely brilliant job of bringing traditional children’s stories to life. Past productions include Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz, while current offerings include Dr. Suess, James and the Giant Peach, and Dracula. Dramatically inclined children may also enjoy the acting classes offered for children in Pre-K through 12th grade.

Dallas World Aquarium

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At the Dallas World Aquarium, there’s a whole host of activities to keep kids engaged and entertained. From top notch exhibits like the Mundo Maya and Wilds of Borneo to galleries filled with exotic wildlife, the aquarium offers a full day of fun. Admission is $21 for adults and $15 for kids.

Perot Museum of Nature & Science

Located near downtown, The Perot has a brilliant new science facility that opened in 2012, which gives kids the chance to see some interactive educational programs. Kids get to work with the scientists and staff at the museum, who make science cool. Additionally, the museum has tons of regular and special exhibits on everything from Birds of Paradise to Giant Gems. Here, there’s always an opportunity to learn something new.

 

 

What to Know About the 5 Biggest Cities in Texas

Texas has a long and rich history – The Alamo, Jim Bowie and the Civil War have all played a part in making Texas what it is today. A great place to live, work, and raise a family, people from all over the U.S. are moving here in droves. Thanks to the population influx, Texas boasts three of the 10 largest cities in the U.S. In case you’re contemplating a move to Texas, here’s what to know about the 5 biggest cities in Texas:

1. Houston

The largest city in Texas, more than 2 million residents call Houston home. The city was named after the former US Senator and Governor of Tennessee, Sam Houston, who is a central figure in the history of the state. Houston caused more than his share of dissent among locals – a rebellious streak that led to the epic Battle of the Alamo and, eventually, to the independence of Texas. Houston is in Harris County and its location along the muggy Gulf Coast leaves many a Houstonian wondering how to tame their hair. In addition to being a major hub for oil & gas, shipping transport, and exceptional medical care, this busy city is also home to MLB’s Houston Astros and the NFL’s Houston Texans.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas, and the 3rd largest city nationwide.
Houston is the most populous city in Texas, and the 4th largest city nationwide.

2. San Antonio

The home of the Alamo is the second largest city in the state. Here, you can visit the site where locals faced off against Santa Anna’s troops in the pivotal battle for independence, or take a stroll on the famed River Walk. San Antonio is shopper’s heaven, with some incredible shopping and entertainment. You can also catch the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs playing here.

3. Dallas

With more than a million residents, Dallas is considered one of the fastest growing cities in the US. Even though the city is still young compared to some other North American cities, it has already marked its place in the history books. Dallas was the location of one of the saddest moments in modern US history, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On a much lighter note, Dallas natives are BIG sports fans and the city plays home to both the Dallas Cowboys, the Mavericks, and the Stars.

4. Austin

Founded in 1839 as the capital of the Texas Republic, the city was named after founder Stephen F. Austin. The capital city sits at 4th place with almost 800,000 residents, and that number is growing daily. Austin really stands alone among the cities in Texas. This left-leaning city lives by the motto “Keep Austin Weird” and it as a thriving arts and culture community. Music is also dear to the heart of the residents of Austin, and the city sees so many musical acts come through every year, that it is known as the Live Music Capital of the World. The city has also been dubbed the Silicon Valley of the South because of its thriving technology and entrepreneurial scene. Austin wears many hats and wears them proudly.

Austin's skyline seems to have a new building every week, growing as the city swells with new residents.
Austin’s skyline seems to have a new building every week, growing as the city swells with new residents.

5. Fort Worth

Forth Worth holds the title of the fifth largest city in the state and it is located in Tarrant County. The more than 700,000 residents are divided up into three districts… the cultural, stockyard and Sundance square. Fort Worth is the place to be if you’re a country music fan and want to see the world’s biggest honky tonk, Billy Bob’s Texas. It’s like a Texas cliché come to life.