Living in University Park
University Park is a predominantly residential community located in an enclave just minutes north of downtown Dallas, Texas. The close-in location of University Park provides easy access to a broad range of cultural, recreational, shopping, and business activities. University Park is the home of Southern Methodist University and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. University Park is also close to fine dining restaurants, museums, and shopping including Snider Plaza, Highland Park Village, and NorthPark Mall. The City is known for its attractive homes, beautiful parks, and numerous churches.
University Park in the Park Cities
The Park Cities is a term commonly used to refer to two communities - the City of University Park and the Town of Highland Park. These two municipalities are both within Dallas County, Texas and share a border along with some city and educational services.
City Amenities in University Park
In less than 4 square miles, University Park is home to at least eight green parks along with many other first-class city amenities including soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, kid's playgrounds, the newly completed Holmes Aquatic Center, walking trails including close access to the Katy Trail, baseball fields, several libraries and The Meadows Museum. The City of University Park is rich in history and tradition and hosts several annual events including the 4th of July Parade and the Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Snider Plaza.
The City of University Park prides itself on providing prompt and personal attention to requests for services. A primary goal of the City is to provide and maintain a secure residential atmosphere and, through a hometown policing approach, the City maintains crime rates among the lowest in the metropolitan area.
UP even has a Welcome Center for New Residents - click the link below.
New Resident Center - https://www.uptexas.org/residents/new-resident-information
Education in University Park
- Education of Residents- In terms of formal education, the Park Cities rank as Texas' first and second most educated communities. In University Park, a diverse range of more than 7,000 homes supports a unique population base. Seventy-two percent of residents over 25 have college or advanced degrees, making University Park among the most highly educated cities in the nation.
- HPISD School System – University Park is served by the Highland Park Independent School District (HPISD). In state testing, HPISD students consistently rank among the highest in the state, with 97% of the graduating class typically continuing to college with many attending the most prestigious universities in the country. Highland Park Independent School District's overall grade of A+ includes A+ ratings for academics, health and safety, and teachers. The district received straight A's for resources and facilities, sports and fitness, and extracurricular activities. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report Magazine gave HPISD an overall ranking of 98%.
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History of University Park
University Park began as a cluster of homes surrounding Southern Methodist University in Dallas County in the early 1900s. The University supplied these homes with utility service until 1924. When the growing population could no longer be supported by the school's facilities, the community leaders organized to incorporate as a separate city. On April 12, 1924, voters approved the incorporation measure. As a result of efforts to build and improve the City, University Park grew to a population of over 20,000 residents by 1945. Since the 1940s, the community and area of University Park have remained relatively stable at 25,000 residents and 3.8 square miles.
In a 2015 bond election, University Park and Highland Park residents approved the funding of $361 million dollars to update and rebuild the older school buildings. Now, in 2019, much of the new construction on the area's schools has been completed with just a few schools remaining. The City's unique character, high property values, educational system, and low tax rate have been driving factors in making University Park one of the best places to live in the Dallas, Texas area.
Are You Considering Building a Home in University Park?
Most real estate professionals agree that University Park in Dallas, Texas is a wise investment for building a new custom home. University Park is an established neighborhood offering an excellent school system, close proximity to downtown Dallas, numerous area amenities for its residents, smaller local government and award-winning city services - including its own police and fire department.
Edinburgh Custom Homes Builds and Remodels Homes in University Park
Edinburgh Custom Homes is a professional homebuilder who builds new luxury custom homes and transforms existing homes into "Dream Homes" through their remodeling services. Edinburgh Custom Homes builds luxury custom homes in the neighborhoods they know best which University Park in the Park Cities and Preston Hollow are – where they’ve lived and raised families for 4 generations. “We’ve been building homes in University Park for 20+ years” says John Gilley, President. The boutique homebuilder is distinguished as one of Dallas' best custom home builders and was voted one of Dallas' "Best Builders" by its peers in D Home Magazine. John earned distinctions with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) prestigious Graduate Master Builder certification, Certified Green Professional green homebuilder affiliation, and designation as a Graduate Master Remodeler with expertise in remodeling homes.
Call homebuilder John Gilley today at 214.336.2228 if you’re considering building a new custom home or remodeling your current residence in University Park, or visit their website at EdinburghCustomHomes.com.