City Between the Lakes
About 20 miles northeast of Dallas, nestled between Lake Lavon and Lake Ray Hubbard, is the exciting and beautiful city of Wylie, Texas. Incorporated back in 1887, Wylie got its name from Civil War veteran, Lt. Colonel William D. Wylie. By 1940, the “town” had just under 1,000 residents and was beginning to be known as “Wide Awake Wylie”, due to the people’s late night get-togethers, often times keeping their businesses opened until midnight. Over the next half a century, the population would continue to grow and the town became home to the North Texas Municipal Water District. During the 1990s, Wylie suffered two fires and a tornado that destroyed the downtown area. Since then it has been completely renovated, preserving any of the original buildings that survived the disasters.
Today, the city of Wylie is one of Collin County’s fastest-growing communities with more than 45,000 people residing within its borders. The city holds several annual events year-round, including holiday gatherings like “Boo on Ballard”, a Halloween-themed family festival run by the downtown business owners as a “thank you” to all who support their businesses. During the winter, the city holds the annual “Festival of Lights Christmas Parade” in conjunction with the Wylie Arts Festival. At the Arts Festival, residents and visitors alike are encouraged to shop for fine art and handmade crafts; listen to the sounds of the season; and enjoy festive foods. In the summertime, downtown Wylie hosts “Bluegrass on Ballard” with a car show; a chili cook-off; and of course, live Bluegrass music!
Students in Wylie enroll at Wylie Independent School District, a top-notch district with a total of 19 campuses, all of which have met the State’s highest academic standards and more than half earning additional distinctions. Wylie students are proud to continuously receive scores well above state and national averages on SAT and ACT college entrance exams. And in 2012, Wylie ISD was one of just 12 districts statewide to be named to the College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll. Both high schools in the district, Wylie High and Wylie East High, have received 5A status. In addition to Wylie, the district serves parts of Murphy, Sachse, St. Paul, and Lavon. Although the majority of Wylie is served by WISD, a small part of the city attends Plano Independent School District.
A few neighborhoods within the city worth mentioning are Kreymer Estates, Braddock Place, Birmingham Farms, and Woodbridge. The average price for homes in Wylie is around $175,000, but can reach anywhere around $800,000 total. So needless to say, there is something here for just about anybody!
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 and as the Region 9 Vice President 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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