Irving, TX

Overview

Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine named Irving, Texas, one of the best cities to live. Even though the Dallas Cowboys Stadium moved to neighboring Arlington, Irving has other business ventures. The area now focuses on industry and transportation, having built the largest truck depot in 1964. Large truck loading docks continue to pop up over the area, and the city encourages many different lucrative industries. Both Microsoft and Citigroup call Irving home. Irving's location between busy Dallas and Fort Worth off Interstate 30 makes it a great place to live for those seeking a slower pace of life

Restaurants & Nightlife

People expect steak when they come to Texas, but Irving has a variety of different types of restaurants that have nothing to do with steak or grilling. The Veranda Greek Cafe on North Macarthur Boulevard serves authentic Mediterranean food. Diners can choose from either beef or lamb dishes, in addition to an array of vegetarian and seafood dishes. The extensive buffet lets you try a little bit of each. The Greek rice and the lentil soup get great reviews time after time. Diners say that El Tesoro del Inca has the best Peruvian food in the area. The experience starts when you walk in the door. Peruvian art hangs from the wall and authentic music pierces the air. Meals include savory seco de cabrito, a goat stew served with steamed rice and beans. Arroz con mariscos mixes mussels and shrimp together with rice and green peas. A glass of chicha morada tops this perfect Peruvian meal. The Sundance Square in downtown Dallas provides plenty to do until the Las Colinas entertainment district opens. Residents may visit a museum or check out live theatre shows. Popular bars in the area include the Flying Saucer, rated by GQ Magazine as one of the 12 best bars in America. Pop culture addicts will want to visit Gilley's Dallas, home of the urban cowboy phenomena. Although live honky tonk music and authentic Texas food predominate, this beautifully decorated restaurant has a classy side. You can rent out the 90,000 square foot space for weddings and banquets. The new Jack Daniel's Saloon looks just like it did in the movie. Diners can drink a cold beer and listen to country music, with a ride on the famous mechanical bull to boot.

History & Culture

The city of Irving had a slow start as far as population numbers went. In the end, the city formed the first master-planned community, with 90,000 residents. Many industrial and transportation ventures further swelled the numbers. The Dallas Cowboys Stadium added even more. Although the stadium moved to nearby Arlington, the city has plans for the old Texas Stadium. Razed in 2010, the stadium is the center of a major DART line infrastructure upgrade. The Irving Art Center sees to the cultural needs of the city. This center has a collection of interesting exhibits of interest, including a display of recently unearthed Peruvian coins. Performance artists also take the stage at the center's MainStage. Additionally, the Irving Art Center collaborates with the local school district to display student's art work each year. An art summer camp further engages local school children when school lets out.

Transportation

Dallas Area Rapid Transit helps Irving residents get around the neighborhood. A 2-hour pass costs $2.50, and an all-day pass costs $5. Yellow Cab services all of North Dallas and cabbies will pick up passengers who hail them from the street. Uber takes up the slack when cab service isn't available. Public parking is available at no charge in most establishments. Irving sits right off both Interstate 30 in the Dallas/Forth Worth area. The city of Irving encourages residents to ride bikes. The Campion Trail, with both rugged and paved paths, makes the perfect place to practice bicycle etiquette. The city has many bike-friendly initiatives in place, making it safe for both biking and walking.

Cost

The cost to live in Irving is 5 percent higher than it is to live in Texas. Getting to the city center via public transportation costs $5 for an all-day DART pass. Rent for a one-bedroom residence costs $650. Gas prices run 12 percent below average. Expect to pay between $4 and $5 for a pint of beer, although happy hour specials often run below this.

Shopping

The Irving Mall holds high-end stores like Dillard's and Macy's. For bargain hunters visiting the mall, converge upon Wave, or shop at Fame to get the best deals and cutest clothes around. Local boutiques like Candy Land sells novelty gifts and candy in bulk. Jus' Good Poppin' sells flavored popcorn, just the thing for shoppers who want something special. A movie theatre plays all of the newest releases and the play area keeps kids entertained between all the shopping and movie-watching. Numerous Kroger grocery markets meet the needs of Irving residents who want fresh, local food products. Smaller stores like La Azteca and Terry's Supermarket, both on West Irving Boulevard, provide imported meats and delicacies for customers. The Dallas Farmers Market on South Pearl Street brings local Texas farmers together so that residents can enjoy local produce from the area. Its mantra, "Eat Local," encourages visitors to prefer local produce and eat them when they are in season.

Parks

Irving has forty three parks with over two thousand acres of land for patrons to enjoy. A nominal entry fee applies to enter the 8 water parks, with admission free on the first day of the season. These kid-friendly facilities include playgrounds and bicycle trails. Older children enjoy athletic fields and basketball courts. The park maintains a separate dog park on Valley View with off-leash play areas for little and big dogs. While Fido frolics, master can take advantage of shade trees and surf the Internet through Wi-Fi hot spots. After playing, dogs can cool down at the park's convenient water fountain. The parks also host a variety of yearly events including a concert series featuring a variety of music types. The Independence Day Parade routes around Millennium Park and ends with a fantastic fireworks show.

2 Neighborhoods in Irving, TX

  • Las Colinas

    A neighborhood within Irving, a suburb of Dallas, Texas, Las Colinas has a reputation as a business center within the community as well as a high-end locale with numerous accommodations for residents and visitors alike. Public art displays, incredible landscaping,g and features such as canals complete with gondola rides make this one of the more beautiful locales in the Dallas area. Located within minutes of the DFW Airport as well as both Dallas and Fort Worth, Las Colinas' prime location suits those who want to stay connected to the hustle and bustle of city life while enjoying suburban comforts. A 20-minute drive to the east takes travelers straight to the heart of Downtown Dallas, while a 30-minute drive westward takes you straight into Downtown Fort Worth.

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  • Valley Ranch

    An area known for beautiful blooms and butterflies, Valley Ranch is a fast-growing community located about 12 miles north of Irving and about 18 miles northwest of Dallas. Valley Ranch (named for its location below a ridge and the fact that it used to be a ranch) is on the migration path of the Monarch butterfly's annual trek from Mexico to Canada (and back again). Visit Sam Houston Trail Park, located along the east side of the neighborhood, and you might catch a glimpse of the illusive butterfly. This park features 22 miles of hiking trails along the Trinity River.

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