Richardson has been fortunate to experience growth and expansion right along with Dallas just to the South. In recent years north east Texas has been one of the fastest growing areas in the country, thanks to a healthy job market and housing that is fairly inexpensive when compared to cities in California and Florida.
Many Richardson home owners benefit from the “Telecom Corridor” which is an area along I-75 that is home to almost 6,000 separate companies and spans over 6.5 miles accounting for over 130,000 tech jobs! Richardson itself only holds about 110,000 residents so many people commute into Richardson for work which makes Richardson desirable for people who would rather avoid the commute. Another reason we find a lot of clients gravitating towards a home in Richardson is because our schools have a fantastic reputation as being stable and ranked exemplary. Although the city boundaries start a little north of 635, the Richardson school district (RISD) extends down into Dallas almost as far south as Northwest Highway. Many people choose to focus on neighborhoods which go to Richardson schools because of their long term stability and the current instability in the Dallas school district.
The community in Richardson is much more than just jobs and schools, but it’s a great start. Richardson creates a wonderful, friendly community that is welcoming and inviting, the people of Richardson make the community what it is so it’s only to be expected that some of the community events and parks are what really give the city it’s individual flavor. Heights Park is a Richardson icon for it’s rocket ship slide that had to go in 2008 for safety reasons, but an art installation memorializes the iconic playground hardware as a sculpture installed in 2013. Removing the rocket was a difficult decision for everyone in Richardson but having been installed in the 1960’s, it was no longer considered safe for kids playing on it. The park remains one of the largest in Richardson and features a community center and a pool.
Richardson is also known for seasonal events like Santa’s Village and the Wildflower Festival. Santa’s Village is a yearly event that’s been going strong for almost 30 years! A small village of 16 buildings is up through the month of December every year and features Santa, elves, a train ride and lots of Christmas cheer! The Wildflower Festival started as a small outdoor concert in 1993 and has grown annually to around 70,000 people currently. Local music is featured as well as national acts and with this many people in attendance it’s been drawing some great talent from all over the musical spectrum.