Living The Country Life
Incorporated in March of 1969, Parker, Texas is a city located about 18 miles north of Lake Ray Hubbard in southern Collin County. The city is named after the son of the area’s first known settler, John C. Parker. It is bordered by the cities of Allen to the north, Murphy to the south, Wylie to the east, and Plano to the west. Parker is the home to the oldest continuing congregation in Collin County, the Corinth Presbyterian Church, founded in 1846. The city is also home to Southfork Ranch, which is the famous setting used in the popular television series Dallas.
Southfork Ranch’s fame from the television series led to the authentic Texas ranch becoming a popular Texas tourist attraction. It is now a premier special events and meeting destination for the DFW area that accommodates corporate retreats, picnics, and holiday parties – as well as class reunions, proms, and fundraisers. The centerpiece of the Ranch is the famous Ewing Mansion, which is isset on more than 300 acres of ranchland including a Visitor Center, Event Center, and Rodeo grounds among the out buildings and pastures.
Parker is a relatively small city of only about 3,500 residents, with large, spacious lots uncommon to those typically found in the surrounding larger cities in the area. D Magazine has named the city in it’s list of “Best Places to Live” in the DFW. In addition it has been in the magazine’s Top 5 Best Suburbs for ten consecutive years, stating categories like air quality, taxes, crime rate, housing, schools, and ambience.
The city’s Parks and Recreations Department runs the Living Legacy Tree Program, in which anybody may choose from a variety of trees to plant in the name of an individual or group. This program is implemented as a way to not only recognize and honor somebody special, but also to continuously add value to the city. In addition to the tree, each purchase includes a 4” x 9” permanent personalized plaque, certificate of planting, location map, and photo of the tree and plaque. Another thing the Parks and Rec. Dept. does is hold the annual ParkerFest. The festival is held in the fall at the Nature Preserve and Trails located off Gray Lane and includes a full day of live music, great food, drinks, market vendors, kid zone, and more.
Students in Parker are served by two highly-ranked public school districts. The majority of the city attends Plano Independent School District and are served by Plano East Senior High School. A smaller portion of the city attend Allen Independent School District, being served by Allen High School.
If you’re considering a move to Dallas, or are relocating for work, there’s no better home and community resource than The Dream Connectors. Together, Sylvia Seabolt and her mother Gale have decades of experience in the Southeast Dallas real estate market. Sylvia was the 2013 Texas Chapter of Women’s Council of REALTORS® President, and is currently serving on the National Executive Committee for Women’s Council of REALTORS®. A resident of Rowlett, Sylvia loves spending time with her family on Lake Ray Hubbard. For expert advice on communities and schools in southeast Dallas, contact The Dream Connectors today at 972-226-1900 or email Sylvia directly for a quick response!
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