Commerce, Community, and Comfort
Just west of Garland is what Money Magazine deemed to be the 3rd Best Place To Live in all of Texas. Richardson is a city full of commerce and employment opportunities, yet it remains a very welcoming place for families and homebuyers to settle down and enjoy the good life. Richardson was settled in the 1840s and was chartered in 1873, but it didn’t really start taking off until the end of World War II. In 1950, the city had about 1,300 residents and by 1970, the population was well above 50,000. Today, there are more than 100,000 people living in Richardson and there’s no sign of the city’s popularity slowing down.
Richardson is home to many major corporations, including the Telecom Corridor, which contains more than 5,500 companies in about six and a half miles. The Corridor holds some of the world’s largest telecommunications/networking companies like AT&T, Verizon, Texas Instruments, and Samsung. There are more than 88,000 people presently employed in Richardson.
Richardson has no shortage of things to see and do. Between the big-city convenience of shops and restaurants, the many parks and pools, and all the fun festivals held every year, residents are never bored. The food in Richardson ranges anywhere from local, independently owned restaurants to the more recognizable chains. Whether you’re looking for BBQ, burgers, seafood, ethnic foods, there is literally something for every taste and desire. After you finish eating your favorite dish, why not take a stroll? There are more than 40 miles of trails winding their way through the city and most of them connect to the many parks and playgrounds around Richardson. After a nice, long walk in the sun, what could be better than diving into a pool to cool off? Richardson has five outdoor swimming pools, open to the public. In 2013, the city opened the already popular Heights Family Aquatic Center. The Aquatic Center has a leisure pool with a current channel, vortex, and splash features, as well as a tot pool, slides, and a lap pool with a basketball hoop.
As we mentioned earlier, there are several annual festivals that have become a Richardson tradition throughout the years. One of the favorites is the Wildflower! Arts & Music Festival, an award-winning, multi-day event in May with six stages featuring national and local bands, art contests for children, and the Taste of Texas Food Garden. In the wintertime, the city holds the Richardson Christmas Parade and Santa’s Village, a Christmas event complete with a North Pole, reindeer, and of course – Santa Claus! Every Independence Day in Breckenridge Park, residents enjoy one of the largest fireworks shows in Texas. Finally, there’s the BlueCross BlueShield Corporate Challenge, a 10-week Olympic-style challenge from August through October, held by the Parks & Recreation Department. The event serves as a fundraiser for Special Olympics Texas.
Richardson is served by two public school systems. The majority of children in the city attend Richardson Independent School District, which boasts many campuses with multiple awards and distinctions. A smaller portion of the city is served by Plano Independent School District, one of the top districts in the entire country for college entrance exams. Some of the popular neighborhoods to live in Richardson include Highland Terrace, Canyon Creek, Owens Park, and Richardson Heights.
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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