spectacular fireworks display, and
“Oktoberfest” in September is an authentic
School Districts: Dallas and
Chamber of Commerce:
Median Home Value: $59,400
When John Balch settled here with his family in the 1850s near the springs that never
ran dry, there’s no way he could have foreseen this bucolic paradise would grow to
become an urban oasis, with large oak
trees, cottage homes, and ranch-sized lots.
The area still has close ties to its rural roots,
and is full of small town pride.
Balch Springs is located in southeast
Dallas County, and is considered a
major gateway to the Metroplex area.
Interstate 635 runs north to south through
Balch Springs, bisecting the city neatly
into two nearly equal halves. Interstate
20 runs along the city’s southern border
on its east side, and US 175 extends
along the south border on the west side
of the city.
Located approximately 16 miles southeast
of downtown Dallas and approximately
34 miles southeast of DFW Airport, the city
shares its northeast border with Mesquite
and its south and west border with Dallas.
As such, children in Balch Springs attend
schools in either the Dallas Independent
School District or the Mesquite Independent
School District. The southwest portion of
Balch Springs is served by Dallas
Independent School District, while the
northeast portion is served by Mesquite
Independent School District.
Community involvement is key here, with
the recent completion of a police and fire
station, as well as the development of
new parks and recreation center complex.
Although the city has eight parks and a
swimming pool, youth recreation was
viewed as a vital component in improving
the quality of life. Through donations, a
citizens committee, in cooperation with
the city, raised funds to build Kids Town, a
community park and playground. Balch
Springs is also a 15-minute drive from the
Cotton Bowl in Dallas and the home of
the annual world championship Mesquite
School Districts: Carrollton/Farmers
Branch, Lewisville and Dallas
Chamber of Commerce:
Median Home Value: $159,950
Located northwest of Dallas, Carrollton is
an older, established community with