Central Carrollton – Carrollton, TX

A suburb in the north of Dallas, Carrollton provides its residents with a comfortable place to live with convenient access to many area amenities. Carrollton ranks high not only on lists of top places to live not only within the Dallas area but also on the national scale, having appeared on such lists in both MONEY magazine and Forbes in the past. A high quality of life, good access to top-tier public and private schools, and easy access to world-class colleges and universities all contribute to Carrollton's great reputation. The neighborhood of Central Carrollton places residents at the heart of the city and in close proximity to some of its best schools as well as its beautiful historic downtown district, which provides residents with many great shopping and dining opportunities. Located under 30 minutes to the north of the Downtown Dallas area by way of I-35 as well as many other prominent cities within the DFW Metroplex, including Plano and Denton, Carrollton also serves as a hub for commuters working in the area.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Residents of Carrollton enjoy easy access to a wide variety of restaurants in the central area. Nightlife options tend to be a bit more limited, with bars and pubs making up most of the after-dark entertainment scene. However, patrons find it a simple task to choose the spot that best suits their tastes. A large number of restaurants can be found in the historic downtown area of Carrollton, as well as around its adjoining streets. Sid's Rainbow Grill has timeless appeal. This soda fountain and grill serves up some of the juiciest homemade burgers in the city, along with alternatives such as the chicken fried chicken sandwich. The regulars know no better way to wash down one of those delicious meals than with a handcrafted shake. At Agave Azul patrons can enjoy fine Mexican cuisine and a sampling of delicious drinks straight from their tequila sanctuary. Try the sopa de tortilla, spiced to perfection and served up with crispy tortilla strips and fresh, creamy avocado. The tacos de la casa come with a choice of savory beef tenderloin, perfectly grilled Mahi Mahi or tender pork straight from the spit. At Amici Signature Italian diners can choose from a range of traditional favorites, including numerous gourmet pizzas. Gourmands love the veal scallopini, a perfectly prepared dish served up with grilled shrimp and a creamy lemon butter sauce. Rich and creamy tiramisu made from a traditional recipe serves as the perfect way to cap off a traditional Italian meal at this spot. Live music, along with theater, comedy acts and other types of shows regularly feature at Theatre 166. It serves as a great space to catch incredible local and regional talent. Other great spots include the many bars and pubs in the Carrollton area. Locals love casual hangout spots such as the Carrollton Chopshop Sports Garage, while places like Quinlan's Bar and Grill attract both locals and visitors to the area.

History & Culture

The first settlers to the Carrollton area arrived in the 1840s. Quality land and area springs enticed many individuals to make the spot their new home, and it quickly became an area of commerce as mills and cotton gins sprung up over the next several decades. The arrival of the railroad also contributed to its growth. The town square within Central Carrollton grew in the early half of the 20th century, providing great entertainment and shopping opportunities to residents, and it remains a hub of activity to this day. History buffs can learn more about Carrollton's past at the A. W. Perry Homestead Museum. Art lovers can attend live shows at the Plaza Arts Center, or take courses at one of the many studios in the neighborhood. Other cultural opportunities include the annual Carrollton Festival, which features live music, great food and plenty of fun activities for kids.


Those who live in the Central Carrollton neighborhood find cars a necessity for carrying out most basic errands. However, residents do have access to the DART rail system, which allows them access to numerous other neighborhoods in the Dallas area such as Plano and Denton in addition to the city of Dallas itself. Those in need of a ride can also call one of the many taxi companies that serve the area or arrange a ride through the Uber ridesharing service. Free public parking can be found around the downtown area as well as outside area businesses. Easy access to major highways including I-35 provides another convenience to drivers in the Carrollton area. Only a few areas cater to pedestrians, such as the historic downtown district. A lack of bike lanes means that cyclists must also use caution when riding on Carrollton streets.


Though higher than the average cost of living than many other Dallas neighborhoods, Carrollton tends to stay on par with the national average in terms of living costs. Travel via the DART rail system costs $5 for a daily pass, with monthly and weekly passes available for regularly travelers and commuters that provide some savings. Renters can expect to pay a median cost for a one-bedroom apartment of around $726 per month. As for the cost of a night out on the town, a beer tends to run patrons about $4 or perhaps a bit more if you want to sample a great craft brew. Meanwhile, gas prices in the area tend to be about the same as in other Dallas neighborhoods at around 12 percent below the national average.


The historic downtown area in Central Carrollton also houses many of the neighborhood's best shops. Visitors to downtown can find great upscale shopping at Custom Color Fine Jewelers or Nature's Gallery as well as many small boutiques and specialty stores. Silver Star Mercantile presents shoppers with a great spot for country and Texas-themed gifts, art pieces and much more. From souvenirs to collectibles, home décor and accessories, shoppers can find a little bit of everything within this cozy shop. Another great boutique in historic downtown, The Vintage House stocks a little bit of everything, such as handcrafted food items, seasonal décor, candles and a host of products direct from Vera Bradley's line of women's bags and accessories. Carrollton residents have access to most of the basic grocery stores that serve the area, including Tom Thumb, Aldi, and Sprouts. Those in search of ethnic food shopping also have access to shops such as H Mart, a combined Asian grocery, food court and shopping center. Fresh, locally sourced produce, dairy, honey and other handcrafted items can be found at the Ruibal's Rosemeade Farmers Market.


Carrollton provides residents with many great free-to-use parks. In the Central Carrollton area, parks such as Greenbelt Park and Timber Creek Park make for great outdoor recreational opportunities. Greenbelt Park houses a disc golf area, which makes it a particular favorite for patrons. Other amenities such as picnic areas, grills and lighted tennis courts draw in park patrons year-round. Timber Creek Park hosts playgrounds for safe, family-friendly playtime. Though no dog parks serve the area, the parks tend to be safe for furry friend to visit and enjoy. The parks system holds events and festivals year-round, including classes and community gatherings. Those in search of a great place to exercise find many opportunities for hiking and biking on the miles of trails in the Carrollton park system.
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