One of the main things to know about Frisco, Texas, is that its rapidly growing. According to United States Census figures, the population of this Dallas suburb was almost four times greater in 2010 than it was in 2000. The city is now home to about 134,000 people. Its worth taking a look at why so many people are flocking to Frisco, which is far north of Dallas and part of the sprawling 12-county region called the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field Airport are within 25 miles of the city. Plus, this bedroom community has easy access to major highways, making it ideal for business professionals who rack up the frequent flier miles and have to commute into Dallas.
Like most of the Dallas/Fort Worth area and all of Texas Friscos housing market is very hot. This is the suburb for well paid professionals who want a big house for much less money than they would pay for something comparable in a more expensive state like California. The median price for a house in Frisco is $246,200. Also, unlike other suburbs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Frisco has a very high ownership rate, with 72.26 percent of houses owner occupied, and only 22.06 percent rented. Friscos vacancy rate is also much lower than average at only 5.68 percent. Although Frisco has a high home ownership rate, you do still have options if you need to rent a home instead. Frisco does have some very nice and upscale apartment complexes. And if you want to rent a house, consider a rent to own house that may allow you to begin to establish yourself within the Frisco community.
Friscos position within the Metroplex means that residents have access to the many tourist attractions of Dallas and Fort Worth, but there are a lot of things to do and see within Frisco's city limits, too. Many of them involve sports and recreation. For example, the Frisco Athletic Center is a massive facility that boasts 18,000 square feet of indoor aquatics equipment, as well as 40,000 square feet of outdoor aquatics equipment. This city is also home to several sporting venues, including the Dr. Pepper Ballpark and the FC Dallas Stadium. If you're not into sports, Historic Downtown Frisco has plenty of boutiques and cafes, in addition to the Frisco Heritage Museum. You can also check out Stonebriar Centre, which is a large mall that has a movie theater, ice rink, carousel, and hundreds of stores.
Frisco puts on fun events for residents interested in the arts and more. For example, Arts in the Square is an annual fine arts festival that lets artists sell their works, which may include everything from pastels and watercolors to ceramics and woodwork. The city also puts on musicals, plays, fundraisers and celebrations for holidays, such as the Frisco Freedom Fest for the 4th of July or Christmas in the Square every winter. You'll find that most of the festivals here are family friendly and affordable or even free.
Frisco offers a great quality of life all around. In fact, in 2011, Forbesmagazine ranked Frisco the no. 7 on the list of the 25 Best Places to Move. The schools are good, the crime is low and residents can take advantage of all the great shopping, sports and fitness options to be found in this Dallas suburb. Most of the neighborhoods in Frisco strive to attract families, mainly by ensuring there are lots of good schools and plenty of social events so neighbors can meet each other. Here are some of the most family-friendly areas in the city.
Eldorado Parkway and Preston Road: This area features various developments, with a major one being Dominion at Panther Creek. The elementary school here is highly rated and is near Coyote Crossing Park, which is a city park with a playground, walking trails, and sports fields.
Stonebriar Centre area: Living within walking distance of this mall is not just convenient for shoppers, but it's also nice for families with kids since there is so much for them to do here. Plus, the Frisco Sports Complex and Frisco Central Park are both nearby.
Sam Rayburn Tollway and Preston Road: This area houses several newer subdivisions such as Hillcrest Estates, Custer Creek Farms, and Stonelake Estates, to name a few. Like the other major neighborhoods in Frisco, there are lots of highly rated schools in this area.
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