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.
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.
School Districts: Richardson, Plano
Chamber of Commerce:
Median Home Price: $182, 160
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
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
Housing ranges from entry-level first
homes to spacious executive homes on
tree-lined streets in established neighborhoods. The northeast Richardson “panhandle”
area features a 550-acre city park with
School Districts: Rockwall and
Chamber of Commerce:
Median Home Value: $130,680
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 whopping
400 percent growth since 1980.
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 recre-ation/wildlife habitat area. The city also
has a 130-acre multiple use park in the
northeastern part of town.