Spring is here, which means it's home shopping season, and this might help narrow down your search.
Real estate review site Niche compiled information from its users and data from the U.S. Census Bureau to grade neighborhoods and suburbs on factors including quality of schools, crime rates, housing trends, job market, amenities, and more. After all that calculating, five Dallas-area neighborhoods were named among the 10 best places in all of Texas to live for 2019.
Coming in at No. 2, Timberbrook in Plano gets an overall A-plus rating from Niche. The neighborhood (population 5,744) scores mostly As (public schools, housing, being good for families, jobs, diversity, and health and fitness) and some Bs (outdoor activities, nightlife, weather, and commute). The median home value is $291,230, median rent is $390, and the median household income is $116,008.
Timberbrook also earns the title of America's 22nd best place to live. "Living in Timberbrook offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes," Niche says. "In Timberbrook there are a lot of restaurants and parks. Many families live in Timberbrook, and residents tend to have moderate political views."
In the No. 3 spot is Preston Highlands. The far north Dallas neighborhood, which has a population of 4,312, also scores mostly As (public schools, housing, begin good for families, jobs, cost of living, diversity, and health and fitness) and some Bs (outdoor activities, nightlife, weather, and commute).
Preston Highlands' median home value is an affordable $181,854 and the median household income is $97,668. Niche touts the area's restaurants, coffee shops, and parks and notes that "many families and young professionals live in Preston Highlands and residents tend to have moderate political views."
For 2019, Richardson boasts the most neighborhoods in the Texas top 10. Canyon Creek South comes in fourth; Clear Spring Place ranks fifth; and Canyon Creek North is the ninth. All three excel in the major categories Niche identifies, with the exception of Clear Spring Place earning a C in commuting.
Canyon Creek South has a median home value of $346,091 and a median household income of $129,016.
Clear Spring Place and Canyon Creek North are more affordable alternatives, with home values of $240,600 and $291,804 and household incomes of $90,347 and $100,718, respectively.
These neighborhoods are home to a well-regarded city, according to Niche, which ranks Richardson as America's sixth best city for retirees, seventh best to buy a house, and 12th best city to live and raise a family. Richardson also ranks in the top 30 nationwide for its public schools and inviting environment for young professionals.
The title of best place to live in Texas goes to the sought-after San Antonio neighborhood of Terrell Hills. The rest of Texas' top 10 list includes three Houston suburbs, Greatwood (No. 6), Cinco Ranch (No. 8), and New Territory (No. 10), and one Austin neighborhood: the Triangle at No. 7.