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 KidsTown, 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 Rodeo.
Located northwest of Dallas, Carrollton is
an older, established community with diverse
neighborhoods that are the cornerstone of
the city’s character. The wide variety of
housing, community partnerships and activities enhance residents’ lifestyles. The city’s
gently rolling hills are marked with a mixture
of older and newer homes, as well as an
increasing number of major corporations and
a recent explosion of retail centers.
Carrollton’s prime location and accessibility makes it a good choice for businesses
as well. The city is surrounded by major
highways, airports, three rail freight carriers,
and is designated as a Foreign Trade Zone.
Carrollton’s progressive city government has
made sure that the city plan ensures development flourishes throughout the city’s 37
square miles while its reputation as an excellent place for families is sustained.
Newcomers are finding that they can get more
for their money here. Carrollton is among
the state’s most rapidly growing cities, but
home prices here are comparatively more
reasonable than in other area communities
north of Dallas, such as Plano. Three independent school districts serve Carrollton, with
the majority of students attending school in
Carrollton/ Farmers Branch Independent
School District. School-age children also
attend Dallas Independent School District and
the Lewisville Independent School District.
Named by Relocate America as one of “
America’s 2006 Top 100 Places to Live,” Carrollton
has also been recognized nationally as a
“Kid Friendly City,” and “Tree City USA.”
Residents here enjoy living in a community
with parks, excellent shopping, professional
medical services, civic opportunities and their
choice of many places of worship.
Carrollton is also home to award-winning
sports complexes, schools, libraries, hike-and-bike trails and many other leisure activities.
Golf enthusiasts can make a tee time at Indian
Creek Golf Club and take advantage of
playing on its two unique 18-hole golf courses.
The 40-acre Elm Fork Nature Preserve is also
located here, with its beautiful, scenic forest-
land. A visit to Old Downtown Carrollton is a
trip back in time: quaint little retail shops and
excellent restaurants surround the downtown
square. Families will enjoy a visit to Sandy
Lake Amusement Park: tiny in size but big on
charm, the park has about 20 different rides,
paddle boat rides; a huge swimming pool, and
acres of baseball grounds, miniature golf and
Accessibility, location and excellent quality
of life make Cedar Hill one of the fastest
growing cities in the Dallas/Fort Worth
Metroplex. Less than 20 minutes from
downtown Dallas, Cedar Hill offers breath-taking landscapes of the Metroplex, Joe
Pool Lake and Cedar Hill State Park.
Since 2000, thousands of new homes and
more than 3 million square feet of retail
have been added to Cedar Hill and, because
of the city’s rapid growth and central location, it has become a regional purchasing
center for some 175,000 people.
The city’s 36 miles of rolling hills offer the
perfect backdrop for mid- to high-end residential and commercial development. In
addition, Cedar Hill’s neighborhood associations are active and provide a network of
services and benefits to residents.
Educational opportunities abound here,
too. Northwood University is located in the
beautiful wooded hills near Joe Pool Lake
on a 350-acre campus. Northwood offers
four-year Bachelor of Business Administration degrees and two-year Associate degrees.