Grand Prairie, Texas Real Estate And Information

Grand Prairie, Texas Real Estate And Information

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Early settler Alexander MacRae Dechman made some wise decisions when he discovered he could trade in his wagons and his oxen for land. He was unable to establish a home successfully in the area before joining the Civil War. In 1876, while he was still living in another community, Dechman made another wise move when he gave up part of his land to the Texas and Pacific Railroad in exchange for operating a railroad depot on it. He ensured the value of his Grand Prairie real estate from then on. The village struggled for a while, but received a needed boost when the trolley joined Fort Worth and Dallas in 1902, within the next few years the community created the Grand Prairie Independent School District and the town began to develop in earnest.

Shopping and Dining

The proximity of Dallas and Fort Worth to Grand Prairie real estate gives access to all of the opportunities those cities provide. However, you can still find great deals close to home. Bargain hunters love saving money at the Grand Prairie Premium Outlets on west I-20. ABC Fashions on Main Street carries the latest in formalwear. You will find a little bit of everything at Trader’s Village on Mayfield Road, billed as the largest flea market in Texas.

Dining opportunities abound in Grand Prairie, starting with a great steak from Texas Roadhouse. If you prefer Italian cuisine, Mario’s Pizza and Grill fits the bill. Fajitas Grill and Bar offers traditional American food as well as Tex-Mex for a south-of-the-border treat. Cheddar’s Casual Café offers delicious food made from scratch and great value in a casual atmosphere, perfect for all ages.

Revitalization of the downtown area has renewed interest in the shopping and dining opportunities there, such as Don Juan’s Romantic Mexican Food and the Farmers Market in Market Square.

Parks and Recreation

Grand Prairie is enormously proud of Lone Star Park, for the finest in horseracing. About 8,000 spectators can enjoy the thoroughbreds and quarter horses that pit their skills against each other on the seven-furlong turf track and on the one-mile dirt oval. The 32 barns provide shelter for 1,600 gorgeous animals.

The Parks and Recreation department maintains 13 parks filled with miles of hiking and biking trails through cool woodlands. Three water parks support camping, boating, fishing and swimming. Britton Park features a two-lane boat ramp, bank fishing, restrooms and plenty of parking. Lynn Creek Park includes 784 acres with white sandy beaches, restrooms, showers and eight lane boat ramps. Nearly 100 picnic sites make this an ideal spot for a party. Joe Pool Lake features eight cabins on the lake and 221 campsites.

Golfers will find plenty of places to play like Prairie Lakes Golf Course on Mountain Creek Lake, chose by Golf Digest as one of the best places to play in 2008 and 2009. This city-owned course is challenging and beautiful for the perfect day on the greens. Magnificent trees grace the fairway at Grand Oaks Golf Club, a semi-private club offering a challenging 7,000 yards with a par of 71.

Living

More than 175,000 call Grand Prairie their home, many of whom work in the defense and aviation industry. The largest employers after the school system are Lockheed Martin, Poly-American, and Bell Helicopter.

Grand Prairie real estate features huge lots and unique styles. Homes range in price from about $160,000 and up. You will find careful attention to architectural detail in hardwood floors, huge kitchens and granite and marble surfaces. Expect to find specialty rooms such as libraries and studies, media rooms, home offices and more. Traditional styles boast modern appliances, efficient heating and cooling, and focus on sustainable lifestyles.

Schools, Health and Transportation

Six school districts support the students of Grand Prairie, the largest of which is Grand Prairie Independent, followed in size by Arlington, Cedar Hill, Irving, Mansfield, and Midlothian. Five private schools serve the area including Calvary Baptist, St. Andrews Episcopal, Immaculate Conception Catholic School, Turnpike Christian and Shady Grove Christian Academy. Four Grand Prairie colleges offer certificate programs including Fortis Institute, Arlington Career Institute, Mid-cities Barber College and Lincoln College of Technology, which also offers an Associate Program. Potential buyers of Grand Prairie real estate are happy to learn that the University of Texas at Arlington is only about ten miles away off the Interstate-30 West.

Exceptional medical facilities abound in the communities surrounding Grand Prairie, such as Baylor Medical Center at Irving, USMD Hospital and Texas Health, both in Arlington. The Baylor Family Medical Center at Riverside is located at 2210 N. State Highway 360 in Grand Prairie.

Interstate highways 20 and 30 connect Grand Prairie to the east and west of the city, as do Texas State Highways Spur 303 and 180. State Highway 161 runs north and south. Belt Line Road also connects the north and south. The Grand Prairie Municipal Airport supports both private and business flights and the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport accommodates both regional and international travel.

 

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