The colorful and pleasant city of Irving, Texas, is a family friendly--Chuck E. Cheese is headquartered here--amenity-rich metropolis with over 216,000 people. Boasting classic Southwestern charm, good schools and a low cost of living, it comes as no surprise this city is growing steadily by the year. The climate is also attractive with hot summers and mild winters that create a subtropical feel. Irving knows how to balance work and play, as its home to the oil giant ExxonMobil and the largest equestrian statue in the world, The Mustangs of Las Colinas. Finally, Irving is located just a few miles from Dallas, where all the big city fun one can desire is found.
Irving has seen rising home values in the last year, managing to lift itself out of the housing market crash that many other cities are still mired in. The median price of a home in the first quarter of 2013 was $228,009, with the average price set at $246,053 for the same three months. In 2012 those numbers were considerably lower, with the median price hovering around $164,355. A total of 120 homes have been sold from January to March 2013. Irving has also seen a population jump of two percent since 2010. Homeowners have a great opportunity to get some excellent property in Irving. The current homeowner rate of residency is 34.1 percent, with renters making up 58.2 percent of residents. That leaves a cushy 7.7 percent vacancy rate. Buyers not yet ready to invest fully can look at rent to own homes.
Irving is a fairly family-friendly community with plenty of quieter areas, but the two colleges within the city's bounds ensure a healthy population of younger people looking for fun. Twin Peaks, a sports bar and lounge, is popular with active types, while the Loft Restaurant and Lounge is a bit more upscale. The Grand Sports Bar also has karaoke on certain nights, in addition to playing the big games on their HDTVs, and Circle Spur Saloon and Bar has a country vibe that you'll love. Sports bars make up the majority of night spots, but there are endless amenities in nearby Dallas, including dance clubs, wine bars, and more.
Though the summers can be hot and humid, residents of Irving like to get outside in nearly every season to play in parks, fields and lakes. The Grapevine Lake is close to the city limits, while Campion trail offers runners and hikers a great, clean place to get fit. Several country clubs, including Hackberry Creek Country Club, have pools, golf courses and tennis courts. Fritz Park also has disc golfing.
There are dozens of small subdivisions and neighborhoods in Irving, and many are very similar in nature. This is where one of the first planned communities was created, so most neighborhoods include community amenities and features like tennis courts and swimming pools. Buyers should investigate further if they see an area they like.
South Irving: This encompasses a wide area that includes numerous subdivisions and planned neighborhoods. The south covers the downtown area, but downtown is considered its own neighborhood. Fitz Park, Senter Recreation Center and the Great Southwest Golf Club are here. These homes are older and more affordable than in the North.
North Irving: More affluent, less diverse, with plenty of parks and amenities, the North has lots to offer families. Cottonwood Valley Golf Course and Thomas Jefferson Park are located to the north, though additional interest lies in the historic district of Las Colinas.
Las Colinas: A pricey area just north of Irving central, Las Colinas has a lot of fascinating architecture and heritage, as the main historic district in Irving. Its an affluent area with lots of families, and it includes the Las Colinas Country Club. The average age skews a bit higher here as well.
Downtown: This is the most exciting area to live, and its louder too. Downtown is inexpensive with plenty of rental properties and apartment buildings. Downtown also covers part of south and part of Las Colinas, so those areas will range in price. Downtown is also close to Irving Lake.
Irving is a fantastic place for families who want a little more open space and a little less hectic city life. The housing prices are going up, showing the market is improving every year. Many Dallas residents are choosing to move a bit outside the city and check out Irving because its inexpensive, safe, quiet and full of planned communities with close-knit neighborhoods. Irving enjoys a low cost of living, but theres a whole lot more here than cheap groceries.
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