Park Cities, Texas
Real estate and Community Information
Park Cities is a term to reference two communities in Dallas County and those communities are the Town of Highland Park and the City of University Park. The two communities share a border and are surrounded by Dallas, comprising an enclave. The 2015 estimated population of Park Cities is 43,100 residents. Park Cities is an affluent community and has the highest per capita incomes in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
The Park Cities area has become a very much in demand neighborhood. The community is home to individuals associated with Fortune 500 Companies, as well as historic figures. Families who move to Park Cities are seeking a neighborhood that has exceptional homes, city management and public schools.
The community is made up of several neighborhoods and each neighborhood has a specific theme that represents distinct characteristics. The architectural style of the community is eclectic, but complimentary. Parks Cities attractive to younger and educated professionals who tend to become involved in the community and help shape the character of the city.
For residents concerned with traffic will find the community has very little traffic. The average drive to work is approximately 18 minutes which is substantially less than the national average. The city also enjoys a low crime rate which is great news for residents concerned with safety.
The community is served by two public school districts and they are Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD) which serves the majority of Park Cities and the Dallas Independent School District (DISD). The school districts are considered among the best in the country.
The HPSID operates seven schools, four elementary, one middle, one intermediate and one high school and is considered one of the top school districts in Texas. The district educates children from Kindergarten through grade 12. The schools in the district are highly rated, based on the test scores achieved by the students. Highland Park High School is ranked the 17th best high school in the state of Texas and the Advanced Placement course work is taken by 90% of the student body.
The DISD operates 25 elementary schools, 16 middle schools and 18 high schools. The district also operates a number of learning academies at the middle and high school level and several charter schools and educates children from Kindergarten through grade 12.
Of all the schools in the district there are several elementary, middle and high schools in the community. Both districts allow students to attend any district school, provided there is room, rather than attend their designated neighborhood school. Students may also choose to attend a charter or magnet school.
Persons seeking homes in Park Cities will find single family homes, condominiums and townhouses and undeveloped residential property. The price range for such real estate is expensive. Some of the homes are located on multi-acre property while some are situated on smaller lots. Home buyers will find historic homes built in the 1920’s and 1930’s, as well as recently built homes.
The community offers small town charm while taking advantage of big city living. The city places a high priority on education, because of the influence of Southern Methodist University. In the early 1900’s, the university supplied the homes with utility services and those homes eventually became the site for the Presidential Library for George W. Bush.
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Parks and Recreation
Residents concerned with recreational opportunities will find a number of spectacular parks within the city that are landscaped with vegetation that blooms with wild splashes of color. The parks also contain playgrounds, sports field, tennis courts and picnic areas with cookout grills. Residents will also find community swimming pools and aquatic centers offering swim lessons for all ages. Residents also have the ability to reserve, for a fee, park facilities and they are ideal for family or neighborhood celebrations. Facilities are available on a first come first served basis and reservations are required.
One of the more popular things to see in Highland Park is the grand old pecan tree. The tree is more than 140 years old and measures a stately 75 feet tall and 75 feet wide.
Attractions, Activities and Events
Residents of the city will find many things to do for the entire family. Things to do include health, fitness and beauty spa’s, museums, historic tours and sights, movie theaters, and family fun centers. Residents will also find a variety of shopping and dining opportunities. Residents, especially those with families will find many no cost things to do in the area. The no cost activities include visit to Thanksgiving Square, Cattle Drive Plaza, the M-Line Trolley and the arts district. Events will often help define the vibrancy of a community and Park Cities offers its share of events. Events include benefits and charitable events, garden tours, gingerbread house building classes, holiday celebrations, jewelry exhibitions, music festivals, educational events, community award programs and sports competitions.
Dallas Museum of Art
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
George W. Bush Presidential Center
Sixth Floor Museum, Dealy Plaza
Nasher Sculpture Center
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
Dallas Holocaust Museum Center
Old Red Museum
Another popular attraction is Lakeside Park. It is beautifully landscaped with a variety of vegetation, but the best thing about the park is the collection of granite teddy bears sculptures.
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