Arlington, TX Neighborhoods and Homes For Sale
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Aside from its centrality to two large cities, Arlington has grown into a major center for tourist attractions and professional sports teams. The Texas Rangers have built two stadiums in the city and the team is now in the process of completing yet another state-of-the-art facility. Just west of this complex is the massive new home of the Dallas Cowboys, and many visitors know the area as the original home of the first Six Flags Over Texas facility.
The city hosts the University of Texas at Arlington complex which continues to expand its role as a major educational facility. The university has been recognized nationally and internationally for its research and quality education.
Arlington’s park district has been recognized as one of the best in the US for the past several years by the National Recreation and Park Association. It features some impressive facilities within residential neighborhoods, such as Vandergriff Park which includes a campus-style swimming pool and a 7,500-square-foot recreation center.
Cost of Living
While more expensive than areas outside the Metroplex, Arlington attracts many new homeowners with its more affordable housing options. Property taxes, which average 2.8 percent, are generally lower than those in Dallas County, higher than in areas to the south of the city, and comparable to those in Fort Worth. With the extensive shopping options, bargains are to be found on most food, clothing and other needs.
The general trends on real estate prices see the prices range lower from north to south, and there are a large number of multi-family units, along with homes in suburbs to match various budgets.
Largely because of its unique situation of being bordered on the north by Interstate 30 and on the south by Interstate 20, Arlington was late to developing any significant mass public transportation. However, it is now served by the Trinity Railway Express and it has an extensive network of feeder and commuter roads that have been constructed to support its sports and tourist traffic. These make Arlington a community served primarily by private and commercial vehicles.
Due to its unique history of expansion between the two large cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Arlington students are served by five separate independent school districts for Pre-K through 12th-grade levels, including the Arlington Independent School District. There are also numerous private and public charter schools in the area that operate outside of the independent school district structure.
The city of Arlington made an aggressive effort in the sixties to attract the Texas Rangers and, as a neighbor of Irving, worked with the location of the original Dallas Cowboys stadium. Together, along with the original Six Flags Over Texas, these facilities have served as magnets for a continually growing number of tourist attractions and new facilities.
In addition to a full slate of professional baseball and football games, the new stadiums host events around the year including many high school and college sporting events. Of course, residents of the city are also just a few miles from the rodeos, fairs, cultural events, and wide rage of events that take place throughout the year in nearby Dallas and Fort Worth.