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No city can sit at the entrance to the Alliance area's "Golden Corridor" along State Highway 114 and remain unnoticed. Despite a growth spurt, many parts of the city have maintained, and even enhanced their level of personal connection to the community. The sharp increase of new residents is not changing, but rather enhancing the vibrant mix that is Roanoke.Popular Neighborhoods
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Roanoke's Gold Rush
City Slickers Moving to Roanoke
Located on the railroad, Roanoke was a cattle center in its early days. The town had two saloons, a horse trough, and a water tank - all located on the center of what is now Oak Street. Roanoke's prime location halfway between Fort Worth and Denton has been discovered by "city folk" who are now close to outnumbering the cattle.
Roanoke's low crime rate, country ambiance, and easy access to Metroplex amenities is such a draw for "city slickers" that the area has become a vast economic entity.
Denton County Location is Enviable
Roanoke is located in southern Denton County and counts Trophy Club and Southlake as its neighbors to the east. The Alliance Gateway (and Texas Motor Speedway) through North Fort Worth is on Roanoke's west. Keller is just south of Roanoke across the Denton/Tarrant county line.
Strong employment opportunities for Roanoke residents stretch way beyond the “Golden Corridor" of the Alliance area. Because Roanoke's location is at what one could call a “trifecta” along State Highways 114, 377 and 170, much of the DFW Metroplex is easily accessible for commuters as well. As an added bonus, both Denton County tax rates and property insurance rates tend to run lower than those of neighboring Tarrant County.
5 Quick Things You Should Know About Roanoke, TX
- Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Roanoke dates back to 1844. Stop in the visitors center on N. Oak Street and pick up a map for your own walking tour.
- Location in the Northwest School District boundary is a major factor for many buyers choosing Roanoke for their new home. The district's "future ready" vision is to be the best and most sought-after school district with every student ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success.
- The growth throughout the State Highway 114 (Alliance) corridor has been tremendous, and Roanoke has not been left unchanged. Somehow though the city and its residents have been able to hang on to the small town feel, and don't appear willing to give it up.
- In the downtown area folks are renovating the small bungalows or tearing down old frame houses to build cute gingerbreads. Developers are buying up old ranches for planned developments.
- Strong area employment plus the relocation of several large corporations should insure the city continues to experience high demand well into the future.
- Bonus!!. People come from all over to area for Babes Chicken House. If you're smart you'll stop in for lunch or dinner too while you're in the neighborhood.
Roanoke Home Buyers
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The Alliance Gateway area has been a hot spot for business relocation owing to its convenience to the DFW Metroplex. There's also a strong economy in the immediate vicinity.
Large tracts of land have been available in the Roanoke area, making the city attractive to new home developers. Each new development seemingly tries to outdo the last in level and quality of lifestyle amenities for neighborhood residents. Most offer some form of community pool, plus trails, playgrounds and sport fields.
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Home buyers also have a choice of preowned homes that span the a range of ages, styles and lot sizes. Briarwyck, near the northwest corner of the Highway 377/114 intersection is one good example of preowned homes in Roanoke.
Built by Meritage Homes, these are 100% Energy Star homes ranging from about 1800-4500 square feet. The Briarwyck neighborhood offers trails, playgrounds and a pool plus the onsite Northwest ISD Roanoke Elementary School.
For Roanoke home buyers looking for something a little different, there's the new Roanoke City Center. Luxury brownstones join a downtown vibe that ranges from the elegant Peabody hotel to Babes Chicken.
Roanoke's Great Schools
Roanoke's location in the Northwest School District boundary is a major factor for many buyers choosing the city as their new home. The district's "future ready" vision is to be the best and most sought-after school district with every student ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success.
Located entirely within the Northwest ISD, Roanoke feeds its students into the Byron Nelson High boundary, the most sought after high school in the district. Students may attend one of two elementary schools, Cox or Roanoke Elementary, before becoming a "Bobcat".
Small Town Charm
Roanoke Residents Appreciate Its Eclectic Atmosphere
Roanoke is an eclectic mix of homes, amenities, attractions and atmosphere. Despite the growth spurt, many parts of the city have maintained, and even enhanced their personal level of connection to the community. Just take a look at the Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum.
Formerly the Silver Spur Saloon, the 1886 structure underwent a detailed restoration and was awarded the Best Renovation designation from the Texas Downtown Association and Preservation Texas.
Things We Love About Roanoke
Roanoke is an eclectic mix of homes, amenities, attractions & atmosphere. Despite the growth spurt, many aspects of the city have maintained, and even enhanced the personal level of connection to the community.
Roanoke offers a special down-home, friendly ambiance that's hard to find in the midst of a major metropolitan area. But residents are eager to share the history and charm of their city.
Roanoke's location is at what you could call a “trifecta” along State Highways 114, 377 and 170. Most of the DFW Metroplex is an easy commute. As an added bonus, residents enjoys Denton County tax rates.
The NISD's "future ready" vision is to be the best, most sought-after school district with every student ready for college, ready for the global workplace, and ready for personal success.
Small Town Charm Growing Up
Like the old Silver Spur Saloon, many parts of Old Town and the Historic Oak Street are revitalizing and restoring, recognizing the unique opportunity to share the friendly small town charm and laid back slower lifestyle.
But no city can sit at the vibrant entrance to the Alliance Corridor and remain unnoticed. The new construction homes are not changing, but enhancing the eclectic mix that is Roanoke.
Respected schools, combined with an enviable location convenient to most parts of the DFW Metroplex, as well as a dynamic mix of employment centers, means home buyer demand for Roanoke appears bright for the short and long term.
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Roanoke's Parks and Play Fields
The City of Roanoke has 9 parks with a variety of amenities for public recreation. New housing additions are also developing parks, green space with walking trails and ponds and then dedicating the space to the city. For example, over 50 acres of public parks are being granted to the City of Roanoke for ridge top hike and bike greenbelts plus tree-canopied park areas by the Fairway Ranch developer.
Community ParkLocated just south of the Hawaiian Falls complex, Roanoke Community Park is anchored by a pretty little pond and fishing pier wrapped by a walking trail. You'll also find playground equipment plus a pavilion with picnic tables. Roanoke Community Park is home to adult softball and little league baseball fields.
Cannon Parkway ParkCannon Parkway Park is across Byron Nelson Blvd. from Hawaiian Falls, adjacent to the popular Skate Park. There's a large open field for soccer, flag football or flying kites, in addition to sand volleyball courts, tennis and basketball courts plus a splash pad. You'll find a pavilion with picnic tables here, too.
Roanoke Skate ParkNorth of Byron Nelson Blvd. from Hawaiian Falls and adjacent to Cannon Parkway Park is Roanoke Skate Park. With 20,000 square feet of pool, mini and plaza. skaters will find both bowl and spoon transitions, a low quarterpipe with insert curved ledges, 7 stairs with hubba ledge and handrail, front and backside hook ledges, wheelchair ramp with slappy bank, ledge and knife rail, miniramp with extension and quarterpipe with inset curved ledge. While the skate park is well used, it never seems too crowded.
FairPlay ParkEast of North Main Street off Walnut, close to Old Town, FairPlay Park is sandwiched between the Roanoke Library and Community Pool. This park offers both an adult softball field and a little league baseball field. You'll also find a soccer field in addition to playground equipment. The fields are all surrounded by walking trails.
Neighborhood ParksFive of Roanoke's parks are located within neighborhoods.
- Country Acres park is west of Beck Elementary School.
- Parks of Roanoke offers a splash pad and basketball court in the Parks of Roanoke neighborhood.
- Briarwyck Park on Marshall Creek Rd and Fairway Ranch Park include playground equipment and benches
- Howe Rd. linear park provides benches along a curving lit walking trail.
- Roanoke Recreation Center
Located on Walnut Street next to the library and FairPlay Park is the Roanoke Recreation Center. This state of the art facility includes a dedicated weight room with a complete complement of upper and lower body strength equipment. Cardio equipment is also available and there's enough that there never seems to be a wait. Fitness and aerobics class are available for all ages and levels. Reservations and rentals are available for two racquetball and two full sized basketball courts. Any court can be converted to volleyball. The second floor of the gym is encircled by a walking track. The Children's Activities Center is staffed for youngsters aged 6 months to 12 years for a token fee up to 2 hours maximum. Reservations are recommended due to space limitations. Classrooms are also available for party or meeting rentals. The classrooms open to a gameroom that offers games tables like air hockey, pool, ping pong and foosball. There is also a big screen tv.
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Activities Only Available in Roanoke
Roanoke offers a special down-home, friendly ambiance hard to find in the midst of a major metropolitan area. But residents are eager to share the history and charm of their city. Perhaps the best place to start a tour of Roanoke is on N. Oak Street at The Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum.
Formerly the Silver Spur Saloon, the Visitors Center an award winning restoration of an 1886 dance hall and brothel. This Texas Recorded Historic Landmark presents visitors a collection of Roanoke artifacts and history and distributes state travel brochures.
The Evenings on Oak Street concert series gives residents an opportunity to enjoy musicians on historic Austin Street Plaza in Downtown Roanoke. These free events run from March through September
Roanoke's Third Rock is a patriotic party with live music, games, activities, and fabulous fireworks.
Celebrate Roanoke runs on the 2nd Saturday of October in historic downtown. Relive the wild west days of the city along with live music, games, art displays and lots of food.
Roanoke Farmers Market runs Saturdays starting in April through September in the Austin Street Plaza.
Roanoke Fishing in the Park is an annual event that brings the whole community together for a day of fishing and plenty of fish tales of who caught the biggest.
Known as "The Unique Dining Capitol of Texas" the city was appointed the title by the Texas House of Representatives. Home to the original world-famous Babe's Chicken Dinner House and over 50 other restaurants, Roanoke offers perhaps the most unique dining experience and charming small town ambiance available in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
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A town doesn't earn the name "Unique Dining Captial of Texas" for no reason. So grab a friend or load up the family and head out to the historic Oak Street area. You'll find everything from down home casual to fancy classic fare.
A tough decision where to start. Hawaiian Falls for Mega WaterWorld and Beach Blasters multi-tube slide? Or maybe you'd rather hit the skatepark for 20,000 sq.ft. of stair sets, planter gaps and radius ledges.
Hear the Story
Roanoke has a colorful past that dates back to 1844. Get a glimps of life at that time in the old Silver Spur Saloon. Located on historic N. Oak Street, the saloon has been lovingly restored as the Visitor Center and Museum.
'Celebrate Roanoke' - October ♦ Christmas Parade ♦ 'Evenings on Oak Street' Concerts March-Sept. ♦ Family Valentine's Dance ♦ 'Bunny Hop and Hunt' - Saturday before Palm Sunday ♦ 'Roanoke 3rd Rocks' Fireworks
Roanoke Remakes Itself
The city was a cattle center in its early days. Today "city folk" are close to outnumbering the cattle. Roanoke was named the "Unique Dining Capital of Texas", so be sure and try out some of the city's 40 plus restaurants which mainly populate the thriving downtown area.
And while you're there, stop by the Visitor Center and Museum to learn more about Roanoke's colorful past. The museum is in the original 1886 Silver Spur Saloon. (And you thought a name like that was only in the movies, didn't you?)
Roanoke Looks Toward Continued Growth
With a population of around just 8000 it may not sound like little old Roanoke has joined the gold rush that accompanies the State Highway 114 growth going on all around the city. But this tiny town of just about 6.5 square miles (after incorporating the town of Marshall Creek in 2007) has seen a population explosion of over 350% since 2000.
While still retaining the laid back country charm that it's known for, Roanoke is also embracing the changes that come with new residents. New grocery stores, movie theaters, medical centers and fast food restaurants have popped up across town with more on the way. Strip shops host veterinarians, hair salons and dry cleaners.
The city has also stepped up it's services too with more recent additions of a state-of-the-art recreation center and City Hall. There's even a new Peabody Hotel downtown. Roanoke home buyers are finding it more and more attractive to dine, shop and have fun locally.
Of course, the retail is just following the growth of new housing developments in this metroplex "hot spot". Several new home subdivisions will be offering opportunities for Roanoke home buyers that will extend into the next few years.
So what drives all this growth? Roanoke's easy access to major employment centers for starters. And the desirable Northwest School District for another. New home prices, while above the DFW Metroplex median, remain reasonable compared to neighboring cities. And the laid back, friendly atmosphere Roanoke embraces, though not tangible, goes a long way in the mind of area home buyers.
Your Perfect Roanoke Home
Roanoke offers home buyers small-town values with close proximity to major urban amenities. Real estate in Roanoke ranges from historic old town treasures to brand new luxury homes served by The Northwest Independent School District. From luxury homes to affordable first time buyer properties, newer family friendly planned communities and even homes with acreage, Roanoke offers home styles and price ranges for nearly everyone. I hope you'll reach out to me with any questions you may have about a move to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area in general and Roanoke specifically. I've been in the real estate business in and around Roanoke since 1989, and I'm always happy to share what I've learned and to help you make your move to Roanoke the best it can be for you and your family. -Cindy
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Listing information last updated on April 23rd, 2019 at 11:15pm CDT.