10 Things We Love About Living in Southlake

Noble Park, Southlake, Texas

Everyone's a Dragon

Let's just get this one out of the way first. Southlake's a small town. A one high school town. Unlike other districts, every student in Carroll shares one mascot. Dragon camaraderie is naturally built-in, and the "all for one" spirit breeds loyalty and unity.

At just 21 square miles and educating around 8400 students, the Carroll School District may be small by Metroplex standards. But the district has proven year after year that its large stature among schools across Texas and throughout the nation is well deserved. A big part of that success is the "Protect the Tradition" mantra reinforced across every grade. The Dragon sense of legacy and pride in excellence sets the tone for everyone who lives in the district.


Southlake's Public Art

Southlake has a large number of art pieces that can be found in the roundabouts across the city as well as in the parks, Town Square, and the DPS Headquarters and North Training Facility.


Southlake's Vibe

Sometimes rural, occasionally country, and mostly very well manicured. Almost always upscale. Despite some naysayers, not too highbrow. And always family focused and kid friendly.


Southlake's Shopping and Dining

Who wouldn't love the sheer number of shopping and dining options available in Southlake? There are more than 260 retail stores and 130 dining choices within the city boundary, And for most residents, it's all just a hop, skip and jump away.

While Town Square is perhaps the best known place to find world-class retailers and unique boutique stores and eateries in Southlake, it’s not the only game in town. For example, as you head east from Town Square you'll find the large strip centers like Gateway Plaza, Southlake Corners and Village Center that are home to many of the major chain stores.


Town Square

Speaking of Town Square, Southlake didn’t start out with an original, charming “old time” downtown area, so they built their own. This unique live, work, and shop city center is known throughout the area for its world-class retailers, and unique boutique stores and eateries.

Town Square is the hub of the city, hosting Southlake's annual citywide events as well as serving as a master-planned downtown for the city. It offers Southlake residents a movie theater, book store and a performance gazebo as well as a hotel; it’s a destination location. You'll find shoppers and sightseers meandering along the Square's sidewalks past the fountains and live oak trees.


Southlake's Citywide Annual Events

A sampling of Southlake-worthy events includes:

  • Oktoberfest - The first weekend of October, Southlake's Chamber of Commerce welcomes over 100,000 friends to the three-day-long Oktoberfest held at Town Square. Handcrafted arts and crafts, live entertainment, and, of course, great food are features of the event. You might even find some German beer. There's a children's area as well. Don't forget to sign up your four-legged friend for the always popular wiener dog race.
  • Home for the Holiday - Usher in the season's magic with carriage rides, a snow hill, and the most awaited event, the tree lighting.  Santa is always there for photos, too. And don't forget to bring a canned good for the annual Christmas is for Children food drive.
  • Art in the Square - Usually held the last weekend in April, this annual community event is hosted by the Southlake Women's Club. For more than 25 years this world-class art festival has raised funds for local women and children's charities.  There's always a great lineup of performances on two stages featuring continuous entertainment all weekend.
  • Stars & Stripes Celebration - Fireworks start at 9:30 July 3rd from Town Square. You can reserve your viewing location at this coveted event by claiming your spot on the Town Square lawn. Bring your blanket and lawn chairs, but no tents are allowed. The Southlake Community Band kicks off the evening of fireworks with patriotic music in Family Park at 6:00 PM.
  • MasterWorks Music Series - Every spring through fall, the City of Southlake unites with the Arts Council of Northeast Tarrant County to bring concerts to the Southlake Town Square Family Park and Aria Amphitheater off Shady Oaks Drive. Watch the city website for venue and performer information. Bring your lawn chair and don't forget the bug spray.


Southlake's Award Winning Parks & Recreation

Southlake prides itself on providing citizens with award-winning parks and green spaces. Beautiful scenery and opportunities for exercise and enjoyment are high on residents' reasons for moving to Southlake. Miles of trails, developed and open space, and outstanding facilities exceed the expectations of park visitors. If you're new to the Southlake area, you owe it to yourself to check out the City's amenities.

The Highway Connections

Southlake's location off Highway 114 includes easy access to Highway 121 as well. The connectivity is a factor in the city's appeal to higher-end home buyers. It's a quick 15-minute drive to DFW Airport, and freeway access makes for a relatively easy drive almost anywhere in the Metroplex.

Strong Employment Outlook - Southlake's Future Strength

Speaking of freeway and airport access, commute times to Las Colinas, North Dallas, and the Frisco Legacy areas via Highway 121 mean professionals find Southlake a great place to call home

The influx of large business hubs like TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab have joined Fidelity and others along the Highway 114 Alliance area "Golden Corridor." Major corporations like these go a long way toward solidifying the city as a desirable location for relocating home buyers.


Southlake's Neighborhoods

Southlake provides home styles and size ranges for nearly everyone. You'll find luxury senior living in Watermere's Villas and South Village.  Homes on acreage can be found in neighborhoods such as The Canopy.  There are homes in gated neighborhoods, and single story homes.  Many Southlake homes have backyard pools and you can find neighborhoods with community pools. There are even new construction homes to choose from. 


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Cindy Allen, Realtor - DFWMoves Author of 10 Things We Love About Living in Southlake TX and a Southlake area real estate agent
About the Author

After 30 years working for well-known real estate firms, Cindy wanted a better way to do business for her clients. Now, at DFWmoves.com, Cindy can tailor services specifically for each client, giving them the personalized approach they deserve. Her knowledge and no-pressure way of working has led to her being voted a Top Favorite real estate agent by readers of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, recognition as a Top Agent by Top Producers Magazine, and inclusion as a Top Realtor by Ft. Worth Magazine. Cindy is also quoted in national publications, including the Redfin and Realtor. com blogs.

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