enterprises. Mesquite is only a 15-minute
drive from Dallas’ central business district.
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 cowboy competition.
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
School Districts: Richardson, Plano
Chamber of Commerce:
Median Home Price: $184,700
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
northeast Richardson “panhandle” area
features a 550-acre city park with trails,
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.
School Districts: Rockwall and
Chamber of Commerce:
Median Home Value: $161,749
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 since 2000.
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.