Finding Apartments for Rent in Plano, TX
The Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex is also known as “Big D”. The nickname is well deserved as the metropolitan area comprises 37 communities with sections lying in five counties. No matter what community you choose to live in you are only minutes from a wide variety of activities. How do you choose from so many? One of the most popular communities is Plano and for good reason. It is a great city with a lot of things to do.
Plano has received several accolades, including ranking as the 2014 Best City for Families and #5 in the Top 10 Best Cities for Kids , one of America's healthiest cities and the best place for staying safe.
Top Neighborhoods in Plano, TX
Travel to and from historic downtown Plano is easy via DART light rail. The Historic Downtown Plano Association (HDPA) was organized from the existing merchants association in order to preserve Plano’s historic character while embracing its future. What was a traditional business center has been transformed. There are new restaurants, retail shops, offices, and apartments. You can find something to do on any night of the week as the streets fill with people from all over the metroplex. Plano is the place for dining, shopping, playing and living.
Cultural Attractions in Plano, TX
If you like the performing arts you should look for an apartment in Historic Downtown Plano. One of the most beautiful features is the Courtyard Theater. In keeping with the HDPA’s vision, the Courtyard Theater was created with an historical perspective. Originally the Plano Cox High School Gymnasium it exemplifies the cultural and social heritage of Plano. Restored in 1999, it has a large stage and spacious lobby making it the perfect venue for dance and theatre performances, musicals, concerts, and visual art displays. The Courtyard Theater is home to the Plano Symphony Orchestra.
Historic Downtown Plano is also home to The Cox Building Playhouse. It is located on the bottom floor of the Plano Independent School District’s Cox Building. The building now acts as the offices to Plano ISD employees as well as housing The Cox Building Playhouse.
The Cox Building Playhouse is a fully customizable, black box-style theater with seating, lighting, and a fully customizable sound setup. It is a wonderful venue in which you can enjoy recitals, stage plays, and rehearsals.
On those beautiful spring and summer days in Texas you can go to the Oak Point Nature Preserve and enjoy concerts and plays in Plano’s outdoor venue – the natural setting of the Amphitheater at Oak Point Park. Just bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy!
A calendar of events for the performing arts in Plano can be found at Plano Stages.
Nightlife in Plano, TX
Whether you want to relax listening to jazz, put on your dancing shoes, listen to live local music or listen to local writers deliver their latest poetry or stories Plano has a venue to satisfy any desire you might have. Everything is a short walk or drive from your new home. Sambuca 360 can satisfy your desire for live music and dance. Billed as a Rockin’ Grill you won’t be disappointed in the entertainment or the food. Café Bohemia is a cozy place where you can enjoy live music or the creativity of writers as they deliver a story or poem. If you’re an aspiring writer you can get on stage, too.
Sports in Plano, TX
If you are a sports fan in Plano you can either catch a game at any of the local Sports Bars or you can hop on DART light rail and be at the game in 20 to 45 minutes (it depends on what kind of game you are attending). If you are a basketball fan you can see the 2011 World Champion Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Dallas Stars Hockey team also calls the American Airlines Center home. Baseball fans can watch the Texas Rangers play at the Globe Life Park in Arlington and Dallas Cowboy fans can watch the boys play at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Dallas even has a professional soccer team. FC Dallas plays at the Toyota Stadium in Frisco. So no matter what the season, just hop in the car or on the light rail and you can enjoy your favorite sport.
Dining in Plano, TX
What do you want to eat? Downtown Plano has a variety of restaurants to suit whatever any appetite – breakfast, pizza, Tex-Mex, Italian, Chinese and more. According to D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas list, Plano’s best include: Urban Crust (Italian, Pizza); Urban Rio (Tex-Mex); Da Won (Korean); Mr. Wok Asian Bistro (Chinese) and Yao Fuzi Cuisine (Chinese). Plano is also home to the Studio Movie Grill. You can order a meal and enjoy the latest theatrical release! The tastes of the world are a short distance from your apartment.
Transportation Options in Plano, TX
While Plano has much to offer that you can reach by stepping out of your apartment and walking a short distance, some things will require travel to Dallas or one of the other 36 surrounding Dallas communities. When that is necessary you can reach your destination by hopping on one of the available public transportation options - DART light rail or DART rapid transit (bus service). You can see schedules for light rail and rapid transit at http://www.dart.org/. There are also several cab companies that service the metroplex. Any of these options will get you to you chosen destination.View Apartments in Plano, Texas
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