One of the most prominent suburbs in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, Carrollton
appears frequently on lists of the best cities to live in within the country in magazines such as MONEY and Forbes. The Northwest Carrollton
neighborhood abuts nearby Lewisville, which means it provides easy access to other major suburban areas as well as easy access to Lake Lewisville a little to the north. This factor makes it especially appealing to those who enjoy outdoor activities such as boating and fishing.
From I-35, drivers can reach Downtown Dallas to the south in under 30 minutes or Fort Worth to the west in under 40 minutes. This makes working in or visiting the two major cities in the area far simpler.
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Restaurants & Nightlife
From all-American eats to spicy Indian treats, diners have their choice of cuisine in the Northwest Carrollton area. On the whole, dining options in the area tend to sit in the middle of the road, though some variety exists. The nightlife in Carrollton caters to the casual crowd. Those looking for a rocking evening out generally head to nearby area such as Addison for a good time.
Though scattered throughout the Northwest Carrollton area, many excellent restaurants make their home along the major roadways in the area, which means that diners never find it difficult to a great place to sit down and eat.
Foodies head to Italian Villa to get their fix of traditional Italian fare. Starters such as savory spinach-and-artichoke dip pair perfectly with entrees like creamy fettucini Alfredo or the Portobella mushroom ravioli, which comes served up with an earthy wild mushroom pesto sauce. Diners should save room for the Godiva chocolate cheesecake for a truly divine ending to their meal.
With tons of menu items from northern and southern regions of India, Kerala Kitchen has plenty of delicious options to savor. Adventurous diners can try the goat biryani, a mixed rice dish served up with a refreshingly light yogurt salad. Meanwhile, various types of curry including chicken and fish feature on the menu as well. Plenty of great vegetarian dishes such as mushroom curry finish off the menu.
Those in search of a fine dining experience can head to Grill 19 at the Coyote Ridge Golf Club, open to the public on a daily basis. Try the Korean style spicy pork for something with a bit of Asian flavor or the tilapia creole, which comes topped with crawfish, veggies and a deliciously spicy Cajun cream sauce.
As a largely residential neighborhood, nightlife options tend to be limited. For live music, residents head to other Carrollton neighborhoods to visit spots like Theater 166 or the Plaza Arts Center, where they can catch local and regional acts as well as other types of shows. Meanwhile, when it's time to grab a brew they head to neighboring Lewisville to visit spots such as Frankie's Sports Bar, where they can catch the big game and grab a beer.
History & Culture
The city of Carrollton began in the middle of the 19th century as an agricultural community supported by plenty of creeks and springs as well as great land. By the end of the century, it began to attract industry. The introduction of the railroad made Carrollton a center of commerce over the coming decades. Over time, the area grew. Carrollton eventually became a suburban community. The Northwest Carrollton area, in particular, grew with the construction of the two major roadways that run along its boundaries.
Those looking to learn more about the city's history can visit the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum. Meanwhile, art lovers enjoy the shows and events at the two theaters in town, with many taking classes or workshops to hone their own artistic skills. Events such as the Carrollton Festival draw out the locals to enjoy live music and kid-friendly activities.
Cars present the major source of travel in the Northwest Carrollton neighborhood. However, those in need of a ride to other parts of Dallas or surrounding suburbs, such as Denton and Plano, have the option to catch a ride via the DART rail system. For local travel, residents have the option to call one of the many taxi companies that serve the area or arrange a ride through the Uber service.
Drivers have many conveniences in the area. Sam Rayburn Tollway and I-35 run along the edges of the neighborhood, which provides drivers with easy access to major roadways. Though no public parking lots or garages exist, they tend to be unnecessary as local businesses provide ample parking.
Pedestrians generally find it difficult to get around the area. Likewise, cyclists do not have bike lanes at their disposal and must use caution while riding on the roads.
The cost of living in Carrollton tends to be on par with the national average, a factor that makes it somewhat more expensive that some other suburbs around the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex and Dallas proper. Travel via the DART rail system costs $5 for a daily pass, with monthly and weekly pass options available for those who travel more frequently.
The cost for renting a one-bedroom
apartment in the area tends to be around $923. Locals expect to pay about $4 for a domestic brew. Gas prices in and around Carrollton tend to be the same as in other Dallas/Fort Worth neighborhoods, around 12 percent below the national average.
The Northwest Carrollton area has several smaller shopping centers scattered throughout the southernmost part of the neighborhood. However, those in search of a high-end shopping experience must travel to neighboring Plano for a visit to the Shops at Willow Bend.
Shoppers can find specialty stores and boutiques scattered throughout. For shops with an Asian focus, the shopping center located around Asian grocery and market H-Mart has plenty of options. The store delivers fresh produce and meats from exotic locales around the world to the International community in Carrollton.
Homeowners stop by Casual Living for any and all outdoor living needs. From fire pits to comfortable chairs, tables and other incredible decorative items for patios and backyards, this specialty store has plenty of options. Pet
lovers who want the best for their furry, feathery and scaly friends can find plenty of great foods, toys and other items at Pet Extravaganza. This shop provides its customers with the highest-quality all-natural products.
For the more basic shopping needs, several grocery stores including Tom Thumb, Aldi and Kroger serve the area. Shoppers in search of fresh produce, locally sourced products such as dairy and honey and other great items can head to Rosemeade Market. This farmers market attracts visitors from many other cities and towns in the area.
While only 7 acres in size, Timbercreek Park in the Northwest Carrollton neighborhood has plenty of great amenities for patrons. With admission free of charge, this park features a basketball court as well as grills and picnic pavilions. Kids enjoy the safe, fun playgrounds in the park. However, those with furry friends must keep them leashed.
The small walking path may not be large enough for those seeking a more rigorous spot to exercise,
but nearby neighborhoods provide residents with more extensive walking and cycling trails.
While Timbercreek Park does not host festivals or events, other Carrollton Parks do throughout the year, including Family Fun Nights at Josey Ranch Lake.