HISTORY OF SOUTHLAKE
- The Southlake area was settled in the 1840s, but was not incorporated as Southlake until 1956, four years after the construction of Grapevine Lake was completed. Before incorporation, the settlements of Whites Chapel, Dove, Union Church and Jellico made up present day Southlake. The area remained rural until the completion of the DFW International Airport in the 1970s. Due to proximity to the airport, Southlake boomed throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Today’s population is slightly over 30,000.
GEOGRAPHY OF SOUTHLAKE
- Southlake sits in a geographic region once thick with blackjack and post oak trees called the Eastern Cross Timbers. The Cross Timbers region, shaped like a dagger, stretches from Kansas into central Texas. The southwest coastline of Grapevine Lake forms the northern border of the city.
Dragon Stadium – exciting Friday Night Lights experience
Timarron Country Club – golf course designed by Byron Nelson and founded in 1994 – routinely named one of the best country clubs in DFW.
Whites Chapel – established in 1872, first Methodist church formed by settlers who came through the area on wagon trains.
SOUTHLAKE ARCHITECTURE/TYPES OF HOMES - Southlake includes a variety of home styles, including colonial, contemporary, French, English Tudor and country estates, Mediterranean, old world, ranch, traditional and a few castles sprinkled here and there! There is no multi-family housing in Southlake; residents seeking proximity to the Southlake Town Square area can take advantage of brownstone living nestled in the Town Square shopping district.
SOUTHLAKE LIFESTYLE - Families and working professionals, Golfing enthusiasts will enjoy Timarron Country Club, designed by Byron Nelson, preserving the natural beauty of the land with its rolling topography, wooded terrain and the winding Big Bear Creek. Timarron is an upscale master planned community, providing world-class golfing, tennis courts, a private fishing lake and onsite spa.
SOUTHLAKE RESTAURANTS & SHOPPING - Southlake includes a variety of multiple fast food, fast casual, ethnic and fine dining restaurants. Southlake Town Square is a regional shopping destination including open-air lifestyle shopping with more than 120 shops and dozens of fine restaurants. Shoppers experience a place where today’s best brands in fashion and retail meet the charm of a timeless Town Square.
SOUTHLAKE PARKS & WILDLIFE - From farmland back to nature: In the 1990s, the City of Southlake launched an initiative to purchase land for a park. The property acquired included some of Bob and Almeady Jones’ original farm, so the City Council decided unanimously to honor his family’s memory by naming the park land Bob Jones Park. In the spring of 2008, the Bob Jones Nature Center and Preserve opened as a fully functional educational center surrounded by almost 758 acres of Cross Timbers habitat with over 20 miles of hiking trails on the Nature Center grounds. In addition to the Nature Center, the city park offers a playground, dog park, playing fields, fishing & picnic areas.
SOUTHLAKE SCHOOLS - The Southlake Carroll ISD is the K-12 public school system and one of the largest in the state of Texas to earn the top rating of “Exemplary” by the Texas Education Agency. The Carroll ISD earned the coveted UIL Lone Star Cup for four consecutive school years - 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018. The award is given to the school district achieving the highest number of points in academics, athletics and fine arts competitions. The community unites under one athletic mascot – the Southlake Carroll Dragons, a frequent state champion in multiple sports including football, basketball and baseball.
SOUTLAKE TRANSPORTATION - Southlake is 10-15 minutes away from DFW airport. The city’s major arterials are FM1709 (Southlake Blvd), FM 1938 (Davis Blvd) and SH114. Starting in January 2019, a 27-mile commuter rail line will connect Fort Worth to Grapevine with service to DFW Airport. The route, which skirts Southlake at the SH 26 intersections of Brumlow Avenue and Kimball Avenue, will start service with at least 42 trains a day. Southlake is working to ensure local cyclists can enjoy increased safety and convenience. There are currently seven signed bicycle routes in the city with another eleven future routes in the works. Cyclists may use sidewalks as long as they travel slowly, look out for potential hazards and always yield to pedestrians.
SOUTHLAKE KEY NEIGHBORHOODS - Southlake has over 50 neighborhoods, with a variety of architectures and amenities.
SOUTHLAKE RANG OF HOME PRICING - 2018 median sold price: $750k. There are several attractive neighborhoods with lower average prices that create good entry points into the Southlake area, such as Myers Meadow, South Ridge Lakes and Lonesome Dove Estates.
SOUTHLAKE ARCHITECTURE/TYPES OF HOMES - Colonial, Contemporary, Craftsman, French, Mediterranean, Midcentury Modern, Ranch, Traditional, Tudor