Richardson, with a population of nearly 100,000 people, lies just outside the northern inner belt of the Dallas / Fort Worth Metroplex and straddles both Dallas and Collin counties. Richardson is a refreshingly more established community than most of its neighboring towns. And for that reason, Richardson homeowners most often represent a different breed of North Texan.
One of the most conveniently located communities in the Metroplex, Richardson accesses points in all directions via both major roadways and four DART rail stations, giving Richardson residents easy access to points east and west.
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With a population of just over 100,000 people, Richardson is a community that continues to grow and thrive on the outskirts of Dallas. With over 5,000 businesses that call Richardson home, it is a promising community in which to live and work. If you are considering making a move to Richardson, you will find much about the community that is appealing to its residents.
Since the start of the New Millennium, Richardson has landed on many nationally-recognized city ranking lists. It has been on Money magazine'sBest Place to Live list multiple times, Morgan Quitno'sSafest City in America, Business Week's Best Places to Raise Kids and was the first North Texas city recognized as a Best Workplace for Commuters by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Transportation (DOT).
The majority of Richardson homes built from the 1960s-1990s provide for a vast array of housing styles. As sassy and glitzy suburbs popped up around Richardson featuring large properties and new subdivisions, the city re-focused its efforts on its present housing stock (median home cost of $166,600) with a comprehensive remodeling and redevelopment home improvement incentive program launched in 2007. It has successfully attracted Richardson new homebuyers who are more interested in a potpourri of home styles representing different eras vs. large country estates and HOA subdivisions.
Richardson also is experiencing a surge in new mixed-use developments consisting of upscale townhomes and condos/luxury office buildings/retail centers adjacent to new DART rail stations. The Venue, Eastside, Brick Row and Shire are new mixed use developments that collectively cover hundreds of acres. The former Richardson Square Mall has been redeveloped into an outdoor retail center as well as Buckingham Plaza, Buckingham Square, Dal-Rich Village, Richardson Village and Richardson Heights. Browse the newest real estate listings in Richardson, TX.
One of the benefits of life in Richardson is the educational opportunities the community provides. Richardson is home to the University of Texas at Dallas, so students can continue their education from kindergarten through graduate classes, all without leaving home. The Richardson Independent School District serves the community, and its schools have received many accolades for their excellent education. Twenty-one of the schools have been named to the Texas Business and Education Coalition's Honor Roll for their excellent education opportunities. Find homes in Richardson by school district.
Richardson has always been tied significantly to transportation. First named for railroad contractor E.H. Richardson who built the line from Dallas to Denison, Richardson became a major rail stop. In the 1950s-1960s, it was Dallas' most significant bedroom community for highway commuting. Today, this town is a decidedly white-collar city—nearly 90 percent falling into that category—lying in the heart of a significant employment center called the Telecom Corridor employing more than 88,000 people.
For those looking for work, Richardson delivers. The Telecom Corridor is home to several telecommunications companies, including well-known names like Verizon, Cisco Systems and AT&T. These, and many of the other businesses that call Richardson home, provide its residents with excellent employment options.
Another benefit of moving to Richardson is the low crime rate. Here, a safe community makes a welcoming place for families. Add many excellent recreational opportunities and you have a community that makes a great place to sit back, relax and raise your kids.
In Richardson, parents can spend their evenings watching their children play at a local park, like Lookout Park or Foxboro Park, spend the weekends hiking through a forest preserve or enroll their children in soccer, t-ball and other community sports teams. Perhaps this is why Richardson was ranked the 4th Best Place to Live in Texas by Money Magazine and one of the Best Places to Raise Kids by Business Week.
Another benefit of moving to Richardson is the cultural opportunities available in the community. Whether you are seeing a movie at the classicAlamo Drafthouse Cinema, catching a Broadway performance at the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts or seeing an event at the NXT Event Center, Richardson has all of the venues you need for exceptional cultural experiences. In fact, people are often seen traveling to Richardson from Dallas and Fort Worth to take advantage of these venues.
The nationally-recognized Wildflower Festival held each May, and the highly regarded Cottonwood Arts Festival held the first weekend of May and October, attracts Richardson homeowners and visitors alike. The arts fest is rated as one of the top art festivals in the U.S. and also features top local rock, country, jazz, blues, swing and folk music.
Richardson homeowners can easily combat North Texas' sweltering summers with five outdoor pools and two splash playgrounds. The Richardson Parks and Recreation Department manages more than 100 acres of wildflowers throughout its chain of 30 parks and 40 miles of recreational trails.
People searching for new homes in Richardson, TX can turn to our team of experienced REALTORS® at RE/MAX DFW Associates to make their house hunt hassle-free. Contact us to get started today!
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