Garland is located just northeast of Dallas and in 2008 it was listed on CNN Money Magazines “Top 100 Places to Live” list. It is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex with a population of 226,876. This city was first settled in 1874 near Duck Creek and the new Santa Fe Railroad. There is not a lot of architecture from the turn of the century here because in 1927 Garland was struck by an F4 tornado which virtually leveled the city, so most of the homes for sale are mid-century and later in style. In the last ten years the city has added many new housing developments and suburbs in the north part of the city. The downtown is also in the middle of rehabilitation with developer Trammel Crow Company, making the area between 4th Street, 6th Street and Austin Street a great place for investment for the future.
Garland is a bit more LGBT friendly than some places in Texas, because it is home to the Garland Campus of Richland College and also Amberton University. One of the reasons it is so prosperous is that it is also home to Kraft Foods, the Craddock food company and Resistol Hats. One of the reasons it is voted consistently as a great place to live is that it has one of the lowest poverty rates in The United States. However, this is a large sprawling town and you need a car to live here. There are no designated “gayborhoods” and most of the lgbt action is in nearby Dallas, which is only 45 minutes away, so you do have easy access to such lively downtown nightclub spots as Station 4, Hidden Door Inc, Eden Lounge and the Round-Up Saloon.
Garland is also home to the Patty Granville Arts Center that has two huge theaters, banquet halls and a big atrium. The city has The Garland Opry (like the Grand Old Opry) and The Garland Landmark Museum, which is located in the original former 1901 Santa Fe train depot.
Housing in Garland Texas is very affordable at $60 a square foot. This is a decrease of 35.5% compared to last summer. As of September 18, 2013, the average listing price for homes for sale in Garland was $182,677.00 for the week ending September 18, 2013. There are also opportunities to catch a short sale because as of September of this year there were 320 homes going through the foreclosure process.
If you enjoy nature, then you will love it here because Garland includes 28,800 acres of parkland and over sixty parks within the city. It is very near The Spring Creek Preservation Park that is home to beautiful rocky lakes, ponds and tall old trees. The Rowlett Creek Preserve and Mountain Bike Trails is nearby as are many amusement parks and water parks including Hawaiian Falls, Surf and Swim at Audubon Park and Firewheel Golf Park. For more information about Garland’s many attractions and features visit the Garland at www.garlandchamber.com.