As one of the largest metros in the U.S. (and a metro that’s still rapidly growing), the Dallas–Fort Worth (DFW) area has a lot to offer anyone looking for safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, top attractions, and more. If you’re planning to settle down in the area, consider living in one of these DFW metroplex suburbs!
- Flower Mound
- University Park
- Home Price: $317,900 median purchase price; $1,225 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 80% of Texas cities
- Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families, retirees
Less than half an hour from Downtown Dallas and just northeast of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, you’ll find one of the best suburbs in the area—Coppell! This Texas city hosts some big-name companies, including an Amazon fulfillment center, Samsung warehouse, and two Fortune 500 companies, each of which offer employment opportunities in the area. Neighborhoods in Coppell feature large houses of all types, from sprawling ranch-style homes to brick executive houses. The suburb is also home to Coppell ISD—one of Dallas’ best school districts—and high-quality Montessori schools like Riverchase Montessori School. Add to that gorgeous parks with plenty of green space, the Old Town district, and impressive safety ratings, and it’s no surprise why Coppell is a popular Dallas suburb!
Things to Do in Coppell
Walk on wooded paths or five miles of trails through wildlife conservation area Coppell Nature Park. Spend a day playing volleyball, taking the kids to the playground, or getting in a round of disc golf at recently redeveloped Andrew Brown Park. Hit the links for 18 challenging holes at Riverchase Golf Club. Get a personalized fitness regimen and massage therapy sessions at Fit By Design. Stop by for a cup of coffee and meal like the Protein Bento or Chicken Salad Sandwich at George Coffee & Provisions. Try some authentic Texas BBQ from Hard Eight BBQ like Brisket, Pulled Pork, or a Chicken Half. Get your fix of Mexican food by ordering the Enchiladas Potosinas or tacos at Armando’s Tacos. Or head over to Ms. Mary’s Southern Kitchen for some Southern soul food like Meatloaf, Catfish Basket, or Pork Chops.
- Home Price: $292,600 median purchase price; $1,611 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 86% of Texas cities
- Perfect For: Families, retirees
If you’re searching for a top Dallas suburb with a small-town feel, Flower Mound could be right for you! About 40 minutes northwest of Dallas, Flower Mound offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. It also provides several public and private schools, many of which are highly rated in the state! There’s plenty to enjoy about family-friendly Flower Mound, including quiet neighborhoods, several parks and trails, and a close-knit community. Plus, the spacious Grapevine Lake bordering the south side of town provides opportunities to get some recreation in and enjoy remarkable views!
Things to Do in Flower Mound
Take the little ones to play and socialize with other toddlers at Jungle Castle. Go for a boat ride, night of camping, or take a hike at Murrell Park off Grapevine Lake. Play stunning recreations of some of the nation’s greatest holes at Tour 18. Spend an afternoon shopping the retail stores of Robertson’s Creek. Wander through 6,000-square-foot Sunset Point at Lakeside DFW for gorgeous sunset views. Study in peace or check out a book from award-winning Flower Mound Public Library. Eat some Japanese cuisine like Yaki Soba, Ramen Soup, or sushi at Hanaya. Sink your teeth into a 36-ounce Tomahawk Ribeye or Gulf Coast Fried Shrimp while live music plays at fine-dining restaurant 1845 Taste Texas. Savor Italian dishes like Burrata, Short Rib Capelletti, or Vongole pasta at Mio Nonno. Pick from a whole wall of craft beer selections and order some Tavern Wings or the signature Steak & Mash at The Tavern at Lakeside. Or finish your night with a slice of Southern Custard or Nanny’s Pecan pie from Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop.
- Home Price: $300,900 median purchase price; $1,313 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 78% of Texas cities
- Perfect For: Singles, young professionals, families
One of the fastest-growing cities in America, Frisco is perhaps the most entertaining suburb of Dallas. With a few sporting venues like Dr Pepper Ballpark, a handful of parks, and attractions like the Frisco Heritage Museum, there’s lots to see and do in Frisco! And the attractions aren’t the only excitement in Frisco—seven Fortune 500 companies provide employment opportunities and bring some big developments planned for the area. The city also offers a wide range of housing options like apartments, executive houses, and spacious new construction homes, so there’s something for all kinds of household needs. And with one of the best school districts in DFW, Frisco is perfect for providing a top-tier education to children!
Things to Do in Frisco
Catch an FC Dallas (MLS) game at the Toyota Soccer Center and learn about some of the nation’s best footballers at the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Challenge yourself or some friends to an afternoon of climbing at Canyons Rock Climbing. Get some shopping in, watch a movie, or play a few games at Stonebriar Centre. Learn about the history of gaming and try some retro video game systems at National Videogame Museum. Chow down on a High Steaks Sandwich or Legendary Seared Salmon with a side of Okra Bites at Nerdvana Frisco. Enjoy some Indian food in Frisco like Tandoori Chicken or a Chicken Tikka Kebab at Seven Spices Indian Kitchen. Get fresh Mexican and Tex-Mex food like Strummin’ Sopes or a Bodacious Burrito at Rockin’ Taco & Tex-Mex. Or sip on a hand-juiced cocktail like The Aviation or a Bourbon Smash while devouring Cast Iron Jumbo Shrimp from J. Theodore.
- Home Price: $586,400 median purchase price; $1,287 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 84% of Texas cities
- Perfect For: Families, retirees
Another growing city with a small-town feel, Southlake packs everything people love about living in North Texas into one close-knit suburb. In Southlake, the people are very proud of their community and history, and the well-maintained neighborhoods boast quiet tree-lined streets with brick executive homes, as well as new developments like Southlake Town Square. Kids can become part of the “Dragon Pride” and attend one of the great public schools in the highly-rated Carroll ISD, making Southlake a great place for families. In addition, Dallas is only about 30 minutes away, making for an easy commute for work or activities, but there’s plenty to do within the suburb!
Things to Do in Southlake
Catch a show in an outdoor amphitheater, take your pup to the dog park, or walk through the nature center at Bob Jones Park. Test your skills under pressure as you and some friends try the escape rooms at Red Door Escape Room. Take some drawing, painting, and sculpture lessons with some friendly faces at Art House. Give your wardrobe a refresh from modern retail stores or grab a bite to eat from various restaurants at the Shops of Southlake. Try a Baked Lobster Roll, Orange Blossom Roll, or Japanese hot plates like the Gyoza at Ozeki. Get custom-made nachos, burritos, tacos, and more at Chiloso Mexican Bistro. Stop by for happy hour and enjoy a Sangria and the Backyard BBQ Chicken at Sky Creek Kitchen & Bar. Beat the heat at family-owned ice cream shop Milwaukee Joe’s with a scoop of Andes Mint Chocolate Chip or Just Java ice cream.
- Home Price: $1,102,500 median purchase price; $1,705 median monthly rent
- Crime Rate: Safer than 93% of Texas cities
- Perfect For: Students, singles, young professionals, families, retirees
Home to Southern Methodist University and located just 20 minutes from Downtown Dallas, University Park is a busy suburb where you can still find walkable neighborhoods and tree-lined streets. University Park offers housing of all shapes and sizes, from apartments close to campus to large residential neighborhoods with Tudor, Colonial, and Craftsman-style homes. It’s not hard to find things to do in University Park, with trendy restaurants and large shopping centers like The Plaza At Preston Center nearby. Frequent travelers will appreciate being close to both of Dallas’ major airports, while families will love the west side of the suburb for its quiet neighborhoods, amazing safety, and school ratings.
Things to Do in University Park
Visit the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and roam through the Presidential library to learn about the Texan’s tenure as 43. Explore the charming shops and eateries of Snider Plaza. Check out one of the largest foreign collections of Spanish art dating from the 10th century at Meadows Museum. Catch an SMU Mustangs (NCAA) football game at Gerald J. Ford Stadium. Sink your teeth into the Wurst Teller bratwurst, authentic Schnitzel Plate, or Hot Pastrami Sandwich at Kuby’s Sausage House & European Market. Try some Asian street food like “Crack’lin” Fried Rice, Tamarind Pad Thai, or some of Uno’s Signature Stix at Red Stix. Get some poke like a Tornado Bomb or the Alaskan Classic from Below 40 Poke Bowl. Sample some exquisite Italian entrees like Cacio E Pepe Pasta, Chicken Piccata, or Eggplant Parm at Il Bracco. Take a seat at Trova Wine & Market for charcuterie and wine selections carefully selected from around the world. Or grab a couple drinks before jamming out at one of Dallas’ underground music scenes, The Green Elephant.
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