63 North Texas towns ranked. Which came out on top? Which sank to the bottom? And where does your community fall on the list?
We once overheard some high-schoolers at Mi Cocina in Highland Park Village. One boy said to the group: “Everyone in the world hates America. Everyone in America hates Texas. Everyone in Texas hates Dallas. And everyone in Dallas hates Highland Park.” There ensued a pause as the other boys considered what the first had just said. Then he finished: “Isn’t that awesome?” That pretty much sums it up. Highland Park is awesome—and it knows it. Though the schools are the main draw—some people decide to invest in a home rather than a private-school education—they can also be a drawback. They are stressful (more because of overachieving parents than teachers), and students get to participate only in activities in which they excel. There’s not much dabbling in violin or tennis just for the heck of it. Then there’s the age-old Park Cities complaint: would a little diversity hurt anyone? Houses here run from $650,000 for a duplex all the way up to Lyn and John Muse’s $30 million estate.