Southwest Carrollton – Carrollton, TX

Carrollton stands as one of the more prominent suburbs in the north Dallas area, known by locals as being an established area with plenty of great amenities for comfortable living. The area of Southwest Carrollton in particular hosts a prominent golf club as well as easy access to the neighboring communities of Addison and Farmers Branch to the east and south respectively. In the past, Carrollton has ranked highly in lists of the best neighborhoods to live in or relocate to by magazines such as MONEY and Forbes. Proximity to major corporate centers such as Plano, Las Colinas, Dallas and Fort Worth boost the area's appeal to those in search of a comfortable place to live while enjoying a relatively minor commute. Carrollton sits just 30 minutes to the north of Downtown Dallas by way of I-35, while only a 40-minute drive to the west lands drivers right in the heart of Downtown Fort Worth. Additionally, the city of Denton just 30 minutes to the north lands travelers in the heart of north Texas' most prominent college town.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Although limited in choice, the area of southwest Carrollton does have dining options that focus on casual eats for the lunchtime crowd. You can find nightlife opportunities in other parts of Carrollton, and nearby Addison contains many great spots for a night out on the town. Find restaurants scattered throughout the area, with many alongside Josey Lane and at the intersections of other major roads such as Belt Line. For a Tex-Mex inspired breakfast, locals love to stop in at Pollo Salsa. Try the spicy huevos rancheros with a mug of rich coffee for a traditional breakfast meal, or hit the spot at lunchtime with the char-grilled chicken, complete with tortillas and fresh salsa. For Korean food with contemporary flair, go to bbbop Seoul Kitchen and try dishes such as the kimchi bop bowl, which comes complete with sesame rice and a fried egg on top, in the traditional style. Build your own bop bowl with an assortment of fresh ingredients, including braised spicy pork and udon noodles. Visit Buz's Spuds for an unassuming sandwich joint with plenty of menu items. The fried, juicy and crispy chicken sandwich has heaps of Swiss cheese and sweet-savory honey mustard. A particular favorite among locals, the Texan baked tater comes topped with tender barbecue beef and a helping of sharp cheddar. Though the southwest Carrollton area lacks music venues, you can see a live show at Theater 166 and the Plaza Arts Center, both located in other parts of the city. Bars such as the Londoner and Addison Point cater to those who want to head out for a quick drink or to watch a game.

History & Culture

The city of Carrollton's roots date back to the 1850s, when first settled for its rich land and ready supply of water. It remained primarily agricultural until the establishment of industry in the area and the construction of the railroad. Throughout the 20th century, it began to attract suburban dwellers, becoming a primarily residential community by the dawning of the 2000s. Those who wish to learn more about the history of Carrollton head to the A.W. Perry Homestead Museum to see authentic displays of life in the area in its earliest days. The Plaza Arts Center along with numerous galleries and workshops provide artistic and cultural opportunities to residents of the area as well. Those who love incredible music and entertainment can attend events like the Carrollton Festival to mingle with others from their neighborhood and experience the vibrant cultural of the city.


Travel by car remains the primary mode of transportation in the city of Carrollton, especially within the Southwest Carrollton area. Public transportation via the DART rail system exists, with access from the downtown station to other Dallas and Fort Worth neighborhoods including Plano and Denton. Other resources for those in need of a ride include several taxi companies as well as travel via the Uber service. The Southwest Carrollton neighborhood lies alongside several major roadways, including the President George Bush Turnpike. The lack of public parking in the area need not cause concern as few major shopping centers or large business areas render them unnecessary. Pedestrians and cyclists find difficulty navigating the area, as it does not cater to either type of traffic, and it lacks bike lanes. The spread-out nature of the neighborhood makes for a lack of walkability in general.


On average, the cost of living in Carrollton tends to be somewhat higher than in other comparable Dallas neighborhoods, though it stays on par with the national average. Travel to the Downtown Dallas area via the DART rail system costs $5 on average, though riders who use the rail system on a regular basis can purchase monthly and weekly passes. A one-bedroom apartment in the Southwest Carrollton comes with a median cost of $779. Meanwhile, an evening out at an area bar tends to cost residents about $4 for a domestic draft, or perhaps more for a craft beer option. Gas prices in the area can provide residents with substantial savings, as they tend to be about 12 percent below the national average — the same as in most Dallas neighborhoods.


Belt Line Road and Midway Road serve as the main retail corridors in Southwest Carrollton. There, locals find everything from home goods to clothing at national chains such as Target, Walmart, and Office Depot. Several small specialty stores and boutiques scatter throughout the neighborhood, especially along the border of Carrollton nearing Addison. For high-end shopping, residents travel outside of the area to the Shops at Willow Bend in nearby Plano. At In Your Face Apparel, shoppers pick up fashionable clothing items including rhinestone-studded t-shirts, sports apparel and graphic tees in a range of different designs. The shop also creates custom designs, perfect for creating t-shirts and other apparel for large special events such as bachelorette parties. Dallas North Aquarium presents itself as a must-stop for aquarium enthusiasts. It carries a wide variety of tanks as well as fish, plants and other underwater-dwelling creatures. As one of the biggest stores of its kind in the Metroplex, it attracts visitors from miles around. For basic shopping tasks, shoppers have their choice of grocery stores including Tom Thumb, Aldi, and Kroger. For fresh produce and other incredible food items brought straight from the farm, shoppers can stop to sample the wares available from vendors at Ruibal's Rosemeade Market.


Several smaller parks dot Southwest Carrollton, including Jimmy Porter Park, Thomas Park, Hilltop Memorial Park and Mary Heads Carter Park. Various amenities attract guests from throughout Carrollton and neighboring cities, including grills and picnic pavilions, sports fields, a splash park and much more. Kids love Mary Heads Carter Park in particular for its extensive playground area, which caters to all ages for hours of fun. Pet owners must use caution while visiting the parks as they do not allow for off-leash play. Various events take place at the parks throughout the year, from classes to larger celebrations. Those in search of a safe and comfortable spot to workout can enjoy the sports fields as well as walking areas around the parks.
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