families, as well as for commercial, industrial and distribution enterprises. Mesquite is
only a 15-minute drive from Dallas’ central
Mesquite’s housing market continues to
grow and diversify with options that include
mid-level executive housing and custom
home sites. Recently developed areas are
located in southeast Mesquite and offer the
luxuries of city living with the rural appeal
of extensive open space, lakes and other
design amenities. All neighborhoods are
accessible to the city’s award-winning parks,
shopping, dining and entertainment areas.
Originally founded as a small village
sustained by a trading post, Mesquite’s
retailers now post retail profits totaling
more than $1 billion. There is no shortage
of places to shop or dine here. With a
regional shopping mall and numerous retail
centers and specialty shops, the city is a
paradise for shoppers.
Mesquite is also known for hosting the
famous Mesquite Championship Rodeo,
where cowboys have achieved world-renowned status. Visitors from all over
the world can attend the rodeo every
Friday and Saturday from April through
September for an evening of home-cooked
barbecue, live Texas music and professional
Education gets strong support in Mesquite.
The award-winning Mesquite Independent
School District enjoys a national reputation
for its outstanding educational system. Most
MISD teachers hold master’s degrees, and
Mesquite is tops in Texas for the ratio of
employees who hold doctorates.
For higher education, the Dallas County
Community College District’s Eastfield
College emphasizes a strong academic
program in technical fields and works with
business and industry to create tailor-made
training programs to meet the area’s needs.
Mesquite is also home to Texas A&M University’s (TAMU) Metroplex Center, an extension
of the TAMU Campus in Commerce.
A top northern suburb of Dallas, Richardson
was chartered in 1873 and named after E.H.
Richardson who built the railroad line from
Dallas to Denton. Richardson was ushered into
the electronic age in the 1950’s when Collins
Radio established operations in the heart of
Richardson off US 75/Central Expressway,
which bisects the city north to south.
Known as the Telecom Corridor, Richardson is
either the divisional, regional, or U.S. headquarters for such major employers as AT&T,
Cisco Systems, Fujitsu, Samsung Mobile,
Metro PCS, and Ericsson, and the home to
more than 600 other technology firms focused
on telecommunications, IT equipment/
services, semiconductor manufacturing, software development, and nanotechnology.
Richardson is also the home to two of the best
public school districts in the greater Dallas
area: Richardson Independent School District
and Plano Independent School District. Both
have been recognized among the top urban
school districts in Texas; more than 90 percent
of RISD and PISD graduates go on to college.
Richardson is also home to The University
of Texas at Dallas, a major public research
university known for engineering, computer
science and executive MBA programs, as
well as Richland College, the only community college in the U.S. to win the prestigious
Malcolm Baldrige Award for quality.
Housing ranges from entry-level first homes to
spacious executive homes on tree-lined streets
in established neighborhoods. The north-
east Richardson “panhandle” area features
a 550-acre city park with trails, waterways,
soccer, and softball fields. Most residents live
within a half-mile of the city’s 30 parks, which
are connected to a 40-mile trail system.
Richardson also has a vibrant arts community
centered around the Charles W. Eisemann Center
for Performing Arts. The facility is host to three
venues; the largest seats 1,550, and is located
on the DART light rail line in the Galatyn
Park Urban Center. The Eisemann Center also
houses the Richardson Symphony; the city is
also home to a ballet troupe, children’s theater,
and a community band.
Located on the western shores of two Lake
Ray Hubbard peninsulas, Rowlett is one of
the area’s fastest growing communities – the
city has experienced a 29. 7 percent growth
Rowlett—along with Mesquite and north
Garland—became one of the hotter new
home markets in the 1990s because of its
location just 20 minutes from downtown
Dallas and north of IH- 30 and it’s affordable housing. That’s still the case today.
With a city motto of On the Water and On the
Move, Rowlett has been ranked as one of the
Top 25 Best Places To Live by Money magazine.
Rowlett claims a large chunk of the lake’s
80-mile shoreline and leases nearly 700 acres
of City of Dallas property adjoining Lake Ray
Hubbard for use as a recreation/wildlife habitat
area. The city also has a 130-acre multiple use
park in the northeastern part of town.