5 Things to Know About Living in Southlake

Soutlake, Texas Town Hall

If you're considering a move to our fair city of Southlake, here are five things to know about the lifestyle.

1) #DragonPride is about Protecting the Tradition

Students from Pre-K on up are raised as Dragons. Because all schools and all grades share the Dragon mascot, there is no rivalry between schools. It’s all for one and one for all in Southlake’s Carroll School district.

Southlake Carroll has proven success both on and off the field, winning the UIL Lone Star Cup 6 times. Carroll Senior High has been named among the country's top 50 public high schools by research firm Niche, beating out more than 23,000 other schools.

There’s no arguing the success of this district and its 8400 students. The Dragons are living up to the high expectations those who came before set.  This responsibility includes a sense of duty, achievement, and pride in excellence.

If you plan on moving to Southlake, you’ll want to show your devotion to the green and white by investing in Dragon gear. You can start your collection of Dragon merch here.


2) Southlake is a Great Place to Raise Kids

Quality schools drive home-buying decisions. If you have any doubts about the quality of schools in Southlake, see #1 above. It’s why most of us started looking at homes for sale in Southlake.

But great schools won’t help you much on a Saturday afternoon when your kids need to burn off some energy. So let me introduce you to two of Southlake’s award-winning parks and recreation options.

If you’ve ever driven along Southlake Blvd., you’ve passed Bicentennial Park. This park has the most amazing playground for kids who need to blow off some steam. You’ll also find tennis courts, baseball and softball diamonds, a fishing pond, basketball courts, trails, Liberty Garden, and oh-so-family-friendly, restrooms and drinking fountains.

Bob Jones Park and Nature Center on the north side of town offers 13 lighted soccer fields, a softball complex, plus a fishing pavilion overlooking a 6-acre pond. You can give your best 4-legged friend a chance to run at Boo Boo’s Buddies Dog Park while your small human buddies play on the covered playground.


3) Southlake Streets are Empty After About 10 PM

See #1 and #2 above. Being the family-oriented city that it is, Southlake is not known for its vibrant late-night scene.

Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of restaurants in Southlake for your next date night. Just don’t book the babysitter past 10 pm on a weeknight unless you’re heading for Big D or Downtown Ft. Worth.


4) Southlake Residents are Under the Impression Their Tax Rate is High

It’s simple math. Southlake property tax rates are very similar to those of surrounding cities. It's not the rate, it's the higher property values taxed at that similar rate that make you catch your breath when you get the yearly tax bill.


5) Most of Southlake’s Homes Were Built Before 2000

Think about the lifestyle changes of the last 20 years that have transformed what we expect in a home. Fully two out of three homes in Southlake were built prior to 2000. Nearly one-half of Southlake properties were built in 1997 or earlier.

What does this mean if you’re considering homes for sale in Southlake? If a gameroom is on your must have list, you may want to be on the lookout for extra attic space for the remodel if the prior owner hasn’t already. A media room? It’s going to be harder to find in the older, more custom neighborhoods.


6) BONUS! If You’re Even a Tiny Bit of a Foodie, You’re in the Right Place

For the foodies in your group, the choices are globally inspired. From specialty cuisine to chain restaurants and even a few local mom-and-pop favorites, there’s a selection for everyone

Many dining spots allow for patio dining in the warm Southlake sun. Several are dog-friendly. Some dining options are candlelit; the vast majority are kid-friendly.

Yes, you'll find the obligatory Tex-Mex and BBQ options. There's also a Japanese Bistro, a Chinese Grill, Rustic Italian, Modern Thai, and everything in between.

Central Market will undoubtedly have something new to try for those who want to cook at home, and their employees are always ready to step in and share their knowledge. For those less inclined to make a mess in the kitchen, a huge selection of prepared items and full meals are available, too.

Southlake residents also find that Sprouts, on the west side of town, features farm fresh produce from local growers while Trader Joe's in Town Square offers an eclectic mix for those foodies who like to explore.


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Cindy Allen, Realtor - DFWMoves Author of 5 Things to Know 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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