Just 25 minutes outside of Dallas, you’ll find the city of Irving. With such close proximity to Dallas, and being home to Fortune 500 companies like Exxon Mobile, Irving is full of professionals. Life here is pretty typical Texas, meaning you’ll want to start saying “y’all,” break out a cowboy hat and get really into high school football. You’ll also become very familiar with a bronze sculpture called “Mustangs of Las Colinas," a depiction of nine wild horses galloping through water. Like Dallas, the city also has a cosmopolitan feel, with plenty of restaurants, modern architecture and unique activities.
But first, how much is it going to cost you to move here? The average listing price of homes in Irving is $397,403, while median rent is $2,050 per month; the median household income is $49,034. Despite a relatively high rent, the majority (about 60 percent) of residents are renters — this is not too surprising given that Irving is a very young city with a median age of 32.
Las Colinas is an upscale neighborhood perfect for young professionals. It’s close to DFW International Airport, and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) runs right through the neighborhood and into Dallas. There are plenty of apartments and condos for rent or sale in this area. The neighborhood also boasts amenities like Las Colinas' Urban Center, an entertainment venue with shopping, restaurants and an Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and the Pavilion at the Irving Music Factory, a 4,000-seat concert hall that can open up into an 8,000-seat amphitheater. For a more suburban feel, Valley Ranch is a planned community with 4,100 single-family homes and 21 multi-family complexes. Irving Lake is, you guessed it, a lake-front community.
So what’s there to do in Irving? Sure, Dallas is just a short car or DART ride away, but you don’t have to leave town to entertain yourself; Irving stands on its own. You can make your way through the shops and restaurants of Las Colinas via gondola on the Mandalay Canals, and while you’re in Las Colinas, check out the Flower Clock, a 27-foot working clock made of flowers and greenery.
Hit the museums of Irving, including the Ruth Paine House Museum, which is dedicated to President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. It’s actually the house where alleged JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald spent the night before he killed the president. The Irving Arts Center houses changing art exhibitions, outdoor installations and shows. If you want to get fit, Campion Trail is a walking, running and biking loop. There are also yearly festivals, like The Irving Concert Series and the Irving Main Street Event.