garden and nature museum) or take a ride
on the mountain bike trails at Erwin Park,
one of the toughest courses in the area.
Located 19 miles north of Dallas, Plano
is home to a nationally recognized public
school system and a host of internationally
known events like the Plano Hot Air Balloon
Festival. The city is also home to many information technology and telecommunications
companies, including EDS, JCPenney,
Frito-Lay, and Dr Pepper/Cadbury, among
Collin Creek Mall, Plano Market Square,
the Shops at Willow Bend and more than
60 retail centers form a strong retail base.
Perhaps best known for its school system,
Plano Independent School District has
received national recognition for its
system of 71 schools and more than
As for recreation, there’s no shortage of
playtime in Plano! The city offers municipal
golf, tennis, swimming, bowling and team
sports. Area lakes are within easy driving
distance for fishing and boating, and Willow
Bend Polo and Hunt Club, Plano Municipal Golf Course and Chase Oaks offer
outstanding public facilities.
Noted on multiple “best suburbs” lists, Prosper
is a quiet community that has experienced a
true growth explosion in recent years. Sports
figure Deion Sanders built a $21 million home
here for his family, and other sports stars and
celebrities have chosen to relocate here for the
large tracts of land and quiet lifestyle.
With it lush landscapes, flourishing housing
market, and an award-winning school system,
Wylie attracts both residents and businesses
looking for a small-town environment that
also has easy access to big city amenities.
Located in Collin County and just 24 miles
from downtown Dallas, Wylie is easily
accessible via Highway 78 and Highway 190
(President George Bush Turnpike). It’s also
one of the fastest growing communities in the
state with a staggering 192. 5 percent population increase since 2000.
Wylie is making the transition from a
bedroom to a more balanced community,
combining quality residential living with a
healthy business climate. Wylie’s industrial/
business corridor, created through the Wylie
Economic Development Cooperation, is
home to more than 800,000 square feet of
facilities and an unemployment rate of 5.5%.
Wylie is one of only six Texas cities to receive
an ISO 1 rating for its fire department and
water delivery. Wylie also has one of the
lowest crime rates in Collin County, and one
of the lowest in Texas.
A school district with Recognized and
Exemplary schools, plus plenty of outdoor
amenities at nearby Lake Lavon have made
Wylie a popular residential choice. The
38,000-acre Lake Lavon features several
parks, picnic sites, boat ramps, beaches, and
camping sites. The City has also preserved its
historic downtown as a specialty and cultural
area, which has attracted a variety of unique
retail and eating establishments.
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