Not everyone's ideal lifestyle involves the excitement and convenience of living in the big city. The noise, the traffic, and often times a lack of space can be just a few of the major drawbacks of an urban landscape, while home prices in many of Dallas' rural suburbs are sometimes much more affordable as well.
While the suburban region extends miles from downtown Dallas, and seems to be extending more and more with each passing year, the entire Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is home to roughly 100 different communities, offering a wide range of options for just about any desired lifestyle you can imagine. So if you're looking for a little peace and quiet after a long day of work, traffic jams, and all the headaches that usually coincide with a hectic day at the office, here's a look at some of the top Dallas suburbs that offer quaint, country setting:
Distance from Dallas: 13.7 miles
Home to around 40,000 residents, Duncanville has one of the most charming downtown districts in all of DFW. In fact, the Texas Historical Commission has designated the City of Duncanville as an official Main Street City, making it one of the premier locations to call home if you truly love a small town ambiance.
Distance from Dallas: 23.4 miles
Although just 20 miles from downtown Dallas, Murphy, Texas seems like it's worlds away from the constant hustle and bustle of the big city. And despite the rapid growth Murphy has seen over the last several years, the community supports constant efforts to retain a true country-living atmosphere by setting minimum lot size requirements, limiting its growth and making sure there's plenty of space for everyone who calls this place home. As of today, minimum lot sizes for news homes and developments in Murphy are set at 9,000 square feet, while the average lot size in town actually trends toward 12,000 square feet.
Distance from Dallas: 39.5 miles
Although Denton has a population of over 100,000, the city makes a continued effort to uphold its culture and distinctive charm that so many long-time residents have come to love. Also home to the University of North Texas, lots of amenities are also available to those who live here in Denton, but without compromising the city's old fashioned allure and unmistakable small town values.
Distance from Dallas: 21 miles
With a total area of only around 13 square miles and a population of around 15,000 people, it's hard not to include the little ole' town of Forney, Texas in our list. In addition, any town that's dubbed the "Antique Capital of Texas" has to be mentioned among DFW suburbs with a rich country setting that offers unlimited appeal. In addition, the school system here is one of the best, even earning an academic rating of "Exemplary" back in 2010.
Distance from Dallas: 28.4 miles
Located almost directly in between Lavin Lake and Lake Ray Hubbard, Wylie is an exceptional place to call home, especially if you love being out on the water. Today, Wylie's population is just over 40,000, while it's location just off highway 78 makes it a convenient option for frequent travelers and commuters to nearby cities like Garland, Plano and Richardson.