Finding Apartments to Rent in Richardson, TX
A landlocked bedroom community to Dallas, Richardson has maintained its friendly, small-town charm while growing as a business and high-tech hub over the past few decades. It has a wide range of apartment complexes, ranging from furnished studios popular with college students to luxury complexes complete with pools, fitness facilities and business centers. The city is primarily composed of single family residences, with a smattering of townhomes, condos and new loft-style residences adjacent to office and retail space. It's a quiet, casual community; but over the past two decades it has attracted high-tech and scientific firms, bringing an urban feel and upscale ambience home to Richardson. It is still essentially suburban, but with a modern twist. The hip scene in this thoroughly up-to-date little city includes the best of big-city living within defined physical boundaries. Depending on your preferences, check out Buckingham, considered a trendy area in which to live, or the sophisticated country club atmosphere around Northstar Rd. and East Renner Rd. You'll find studios and smaller apartments off of Floyd Rd. or Waterview Parkway, and this is where students love to live because of the convenience to the University of Texas at Dallas campus.
Transportation Options in Richardson, TX
Richardson is an established community of just over 100,000 people located about 15 miles north of downtown Dallas. It is served by a major North-South highway and the newer East-West section of turnpike and metropolitan loop that allows access to the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It is also conveniently located for weekend getaways to nearby lakes and recreation areas, as well as the adjacent states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. It boasts a DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Station for quick access to the popular Dallas Arts District and Fair Park area. In addition, the city has parks and bike paths, and is considered a bike-friendly community.
Cultural Attractions in Richardson, TX
Richardson may be a bedroom community, but it's not a sleepy little town and it has some big city attractions -- an award-winning symphony orchestra that has existed for more than 50 years with a full concert schedule each year; the Cottonwood Park Art Festival that attracts artists from all over the country for an open-air juried show and sale twice each year, and a massive performance hall and conference center that features touring companies and special presentations as well as corporate events. The city also has a large library with a full calendar of events and a number of private and community venues for the arts.
Dining Out in Richardson, TX
Richardson boasts a diverse population and there are a variety of "Mom and Pop" eateries and local "dives" as well as upscale business lunch locations and fine dining options. Two local favorites, Main Street Liquid Company on Main Street (where else!) and Del's Burgers on S. McKinney, have been serving the same quality fare for at least 40 years. But Richardson has much more -- Asian specialties, Texas Barbecue, great steak and seafood, Mediterranean, Mexican and Down Home. You won't go hungry here; and you can also dine in some of the finest (and most expensive) restaurants in the food-conscious Metroplex just a few miles away in the Addison-North Dallas corridor.
Nightlife in Richardson, TX
Richardson can be pretty quiet after the sun sets, but that shouldn't deter you. Within a few miles you can find comedy clubs, a variety of live music venues, local theater and entertainment of all kinds -- Addison and Plano are just minutes away, with enough dining and nightlife options to keep you happy for a year's worth of weekends. Dallas is an easy drive down Central Expressway or a short train ride from the Richardson station. Choose from museum programs, concerts, jazz festivals, plays and live performances. Urban gathering spots include Deep Ellum, Uptown, Bishop Arts and West End: All are popular destinations easily accessible from Richardson.
Outdoor Activities in Richardson, TX
Richardson installed fitness trails in some of its parks when fitness wasn't cool! Jogging and biking trails abound; there is a noted municipal golf course, Sherrill Park, and several private courses in the city and nearby. There are trails to walk, and parks to play in; active sports leagues and plenty of opportunities for kids to join teams. The city maintains five outdoor swimming pools and has a well-rounded recreational program for all ages.
All in all, life in Richardson is pleasant, convenient for business commutes and recreational travel, and close to the big-city amenities of one of the country's major metropolitan areas. Because its area is defined, the tax base and city services are stable and updated, fulfilling the needs of local residents. If there is anything quirky about life in Richardson, it is the "wet-dry" regulations. Most of the city is "dry," meaning that you cannot buy liquor; but you can buy drinks in a restaurant and beer and wine at a grocery store. You can also bring a bottle of wine to a restaurant that does not have a liquor license and it is perfectly legal to "brown bag" at such establishments. In one area, however, residents decades ago voted to allow liquor sales, and that is still allowed today. In fact, it's a big business in a desirable neighborhood!View Apartments in Richardson, Texas
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