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Living in Irving Texas

Welcome to the place to learn all about living in Irving Texas! Haven’t heard of this popular Texas city yet? Well, hold on tight because you may have just found your dream destination to live.

Nestled next door to the DFW International Airport and just about 15 minutes east of the city of Dallas, Irving has attracted thousands of residents over the years. Not only is it exploding with a rich culture and diversity, but it offers many different styles of homes and neighborhoods for families, singles, and couples of all sizes and styles.

Irving History

In 1909, the town of Irving was founded by a couple of railroad executives, J.O. Schulze and Otis Brown. Established in 1914 as an incorporated city, the area quickly flourished as a main settlement. Why the name Irving? The City Council made this decision in 1998 after the author Washington Irving.

Want to dive deeper into the history of Irving? Check out the City of Irving’s historical archives.

Irving Neighborhoods & Communities

Irving Texas Overhead Photo

Valley Ranch

Irving is a big city, made up of many unique communities. Valley Ranch, is a top-rated development north of Las Colinas and the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway and west of the Trinity River.

If you’re looking for an area with plenty of recreational outdoor areas, and fun restaurants, then this is a great place to consider. Cimarron Park is a staple of the area, boasting walking trails, a workout gym, sand volleyball courts, soccer fields, and more!

Fun fact: Valley Ranch was once a cattle ranch! #LivinginIrvingTexas

You’ll find plenty of single-family homes around the area, but it’s also not lacking for multi-family establishments as well. Take your pick of the dozen or so options.

Depending on where you live in Valley Ranch, your school district may be Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD or Coppell ISD. Both are considered top school districts in the DFW area and well-known for academic and extracurricular excellence.

Learn more about the schools that fall in these districts here.

Las Colinas

Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, truly has it all! It’s a mix of residential, both single-family and multi-family, with its own little city center for fine-dining, entertainment and businesses. When you enter the exciting town of Las Colinas, you find yourself in a luxurious mini-Uptown escape.

So, what does it have that makes it so wonderful? How about 56 small lakes throughout the community, jogging trails, public and private parks, museums, colleges, hospitals, country clubs, and cultural and recreational institutions, Northlake College, the University of Dallas, and the Las Colinas Medical Center plus, several museums, including the Irving Arts Center.

It is literally known as the headquarters of headquarters because you won’t believe how many business call Las Colinas home! In fact, you may know it as “the hub for business and master-planned neighborhoods“.

Las Colinas is home to many school, including options for private and charter. Check out the full list of schools in Las Colinas here.

South Irving

Everything south of Highway 183 would include in the Hospital District and Heritage District of Irving, plus other cozy neighborhoods around Irving. Primarily made up of single-family homes, the city has created incentives to build new, affordable homes in the area and continues to work on improvements to its historical areas.

The city has rich history and dozens of historical markers around. If you’re interested in taking a short walking tour of the area, this is a fun interactive journey provided by the City of Irving.

Here is a complete list of schools in Irving, Texas and a friendly map to help you navigate.

Irving Areas of Interest

Lake Carolyn Irving Texas Las Colinas

So, what do you need to see and know about Irving, Texas if you’d like to live here? Well, it has many amazing perks, including great attractions nearby, plenty of parks and outdoor activities, great restaurants and bars, and more to do and see.

One area you’ll not want to miss is the Lake Carolyn and Mandalay Canal area. This strip of shopping and restaurants is a great place to walk around, get some fresh air, and do what we like to call “Happy People Things!” Whether you’d like to throw a football around with friends by the water, or take a romantic gondola ride through the canal, there is really something for everyone. If you’re nearby and want to check it out, be sure to grab a bite at Pacific Table or a drink at Gingerbread Man. They both have prime seats overlooking the water.

If you’re looking to explore a little further south in Irving, you can check out the Ruth Paine House Museum where Lee Harvey Oswald slept the evening before the JFK Assassination, or take a visit to the Irving Arts Center which includes five galleries with constantly changing exhibitions to explore.

This is what you can expect living in Irving Texas! For more information and a guide around town to find your perfect home or list your home on the market, schedule a call with our Locating Texas Team today.

About Derek Ragan – Locating Las Colinas

Born and raised in Irving, Texas, Derek Ragan is well-informed on the area and has a passion for attracting and sharing this amazing city with new people. Anything you want to know- he’s on it! Derek is a member of the Irving Sunrise Rotary Club, the Irving Ambucs, and is quickly rising as a prominent figure-head in the City of Irving.

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