A Perfect Fit: Our Corner of DFW
DFW is a big place and when deciding where to put down roots sometimes it can be overwhelming to choose the right corner to call home. My husband, Clint and I met while I was at TCU and found ourselves living in Aledo in a renovated barn while I worked in marketing and my husband was growing his construction business. But while I grew restless sitting behind a desk all day, Clint began to feel the draw to move our family to Grapevine. Clint grew up in Grapevine and much of his family is still there so we both knew we would likely call Grapevine home eventually. In fact, I would soon come to discover that many who are raised in Grapevine return to raise their own families there - for good reason. But it wasn’t until I landed a job in the Grapevine-Colleyville school district that we seriously began preparing for a move. Over the following months I would quickly learn just what makes this corner of DFW such a wonderful place to call home.
The two things that initially drew us to Grapevine were certainly family and the school system. Many people can tell you that Grapevine-Colleyville has a fantastic reputation. But, after working in the district for fifteen years and being a parent of kids who have been educated in this district, there is no doubt in my mind that it is one of the best in the state. I truly couldn’t have sent my kids to a private school that was as good as the education offered by Grapevine-Colleyville ISD. As a district they take individualized learning very seriously and are always searching for creative ways to meet the needs of each student. There is a world-class program for gifted and talented students called “Aspire” as well as content-focused schools for the arts and STEM. The schools of Grapevine-Colleyville offer diversity, community, and an excellent education that we are extremely proud of and grateful for.
But beyond the schools and family ties, we have come to fall in love with the “old soul” that is Grapevine. Some people may mistakenly think of Grapevine Mills Mall or other nearby attractions as the defining points of our city. But what we love about Grapevine is that, as a city, it feels like stepping back in time while still offering every possible modern amenity. We currently live in part of southern Grapevine near Parr Park, which is really the center that joins the two twin cities of Grapevine and Colleyville. Although we are at the center of two bustling cities, our house is on a lot that backs up to a creek and in a quiet neighborhood with an expansive park. Not only do we enjoy the feeling of being away from the bustle of the city, but our neighborhood is truly neighborly. Neighbors all know each other, the kids play outside together, and we feel incredibly safe and connected.
When we’re not spending time in our beloved neighborhood, you can often find our family enjoying all of the old-world charm of Main Street. Grapevine garners many visitors each year with its well-earned reputation as the “Christmas Capital of Texas.” During the holiday season you’ll find every shop decorated, the best Santa in Texas, a Christmas parade, and the North Pole Express train experience. But many may not know that there are special community events all year long. There is a farmers market every weekend, a wine festival in the fall, and Main Street Days in the spring. And the train that draws thousands of visitors as the North Pole Express during the holidays is also known as the Grapevine Vintage Railroad and actually operates all year long. In fact, there’s even a route that goes to the Stockyards in Fort Worth and back again. As a family we love taking part in all of these local attractions and events, but we probably enjoy strolling down South Main Street even more on an average Friday or Saturday evening. We are guaranteed to run into someone we know while enjoying fajitas on the patio at Esparza’s or grabbing ice cream at Kilwins.
Since Grapevine has so much to offer it certainly keeps up a healthy housing market. Homes of all sizes and styles can be found here, from new developments to historic homes near Main Street and lake homes to the north. Demand for homes is high so it’s certainly a competitive market, but that means return on investment is also incredibly high. Aside from being a great investment, living in Grapevine also offers convenience. Less than ten minutes from the airport and thirty minutes from both Dallas and Fort Worth, it’s a strategic commuter town. And while there are plenty of excellent restaurants, craft breweries, wineries, and boutiques in Grapevine, it is also less than ten minutes form all of the shopping and dining options available in Southlake Town Square.
The beauty and value of my home town are so evident to me, but I’ve come to realize that many in DFW don’t have any idea what Grapevine has to offer. So take a quick drive, or if you’re in Fort Worth, hop on the new commuter train, and come spend a little time exploring this little haven. You’ll quickly see why so many people who find their way here choose to stay here and so many who were raised here return here to raise their own families. There’s something truly special about this place.
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