its entire business area. City leaders had
resisted the highway and train growth during
the 1800s. When the fires destroyed the business center, Ovilla slowly grew, without
trains or busy highways. Today, this historic
village is a peaceful enclave of Ellis County.
Only 25 minutes from downtown Dallas or
the Stemmons area, and 35 minutes from
DFW, the town is accessible and offers
excellent shopping. Taxes and insurance
are also among the lowest in the metroplex.
Ovilla students attend the Red Oak ISD,
which offers a specialized curriculum with
small class sizes and a wide range of educational opportunities.
Red Oak is a relaxed suburban community
located on the southern edge of Dallas along
I-35E – just 20 minutes from downtown
Dallas and five minutes from I- 20. Red Oak
offers the advantages of suburban living as
well as the convenience of urban shopping,
and the quiet atmosphere provides opportunities for relaxed family enjoyment.
For golf enthusiasts, the 18-hole Red Oak
Valley Golf Course sits at the intersection of
I- 35 and U.S. Highway 77. Red Oak is also
home to nine different sports associations,
which include soccer, baseball, softball,
football and cheerleading, and a new sports
The City of Red Oak takes an aggressive
approach to economic development. Both
the Industrial Development Corporation
and the Economic Development Corporation engage in incentive/development
programs to spur economic growth. There
are several private business parks located in
Red Oak. Additionally, the Industrial Development Corporation has developed a high
quality, 175-acre mixed-use industrial park;
and approximately 1,091 acres are available
for light industrial uses. Red Oak also enjoys
Double Freeport Inventory Tax Exemptions
from the city and school district. All of
these factors combine to make the business
climate in Red Oak very appealing, which
is why the city is experiencing rapid growth.
Residential development is also booming.
Through the use of planned developments,
offering flexibility and alternatives to developers, Red Oak can offer many types of
homes to suit a variety of lifestyles. While
the majority of Red Oak’s population leans
more toward young families, an age-depen-dent retirement community allows senior
citizens the enjoyment and independence of
owning their own home.
Red Oak has also developed a trail system
that includes creeks and greenspaces. The Old
Town Park is also home to the city’s Summer
Concert Series, held each May. Red Oak ISD
is a 4A school system, offering a wide variety
of educational opportunities, including small
classes and a specialized curriculum. The
girl’s volleyball and boy’s soccer teams have
each claimed 4A State Championships. Red
Oak schools are recognized throughout the
area to be of superb quality.
Waxahachie’s culturally and historically
rich history is interwoven with the history
of Texas. The famed Shawnee Trail ran
through what is now the center of town,
and it’s that spirit that helped build this town
into a thriving city of over 30,000. Today,
the town of Waxahachie covers 43 square
miles and is minutes from downtown Dallas
and Fort Worth.
For nearly 150 years, visitors have enjoyed
the attractions of Waxahachie, and today’s
mix of what to see and do has put the city
on the map. Whether you are traveling to
the Scarborough Faire Renaissance festival,
taking in a performance by the Waxahachie
Symphony Association in the Chautauqua
Auditorium (an octagonal amphitheater,
and the only one of its kind in Texas), or
reliving the Victorian era on the Gingerbread Historic Homes Tour and Candlelight
Home Tour, there’s plenty to see and do.
Waxahachie ISD student achievement test
scores at all grade levels exceeds state and
national norms, and the district boasts a
well-educated faculty and award-winning
high school marching band and academic
Only 25 minutes from downtown
Dallas... and 35 minutes from DFW,
[Ovilla] is accessible and offers excellent
shopping. Taxes and insurance are also
among the lowest in the metroplex.