Living in Farmers Branch gives you the best of both worlds: Big city access with suburb quality of life, superior public safety, and one of the lowest tax rates in Dallas County. These reasons and more make Farmers Branch popular with professionals, families, and those with a discerning eye for real estate.
Unique Real Estate Incentives
Farmers Branch is unique in its forward-thinking approach to residential real estate. While older suburbs face the challenge of an aging home inventory, Farmers Branch encourages residential re-development by incentivizing tear-downs.
As part of its Demo Rebuild Program, residents and builders may qualify for up to $30,000 in cash grants and multi-year city property tax rebates. It’s all part of a city “looking to the future,” Farmers Branch city staff say.
A Transportation Hub for Commuters
With a population around 31,000, Farmers Branch is a small suburb literally located in the center of the D/FW Metroplex.
The city stretches west to east along 635 to the south, I-35 and President George Bush Turnpike to the west, the Dallas North Tollway to the east, and Beltline Road to the north. There’s easy access to downtown Dallas on the DART green line, and Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field are minutes away.
Speaking of the DART green line, there’s a buzz of activity in Mustang Crossing, the city’s station area, located near Valley View Lane and Denton Drive. The city has recently broken ground on a mixed use retail and restaurant development coming soon to the DART Station stop. The 40,000-square-foot retail village will be anchored by a Cox Farms Market specialty grocery store, only the third location in Texas, and Cedar Creek Brew Pub and Eatery, an exciting partnership between Cedar Creek Brewery and the popular Trinity Groves restaurant LUCK.
Fun fact, Farmers Branch dates back to the 1840s when it was called Mustang Branch. But city founders changed the name to reflect the area’s rich soil and farmland that to this day, provides a fitting name for this gem.
Two Parks for Every Square Mile
Just the sheer number of parks in Farmers Branch is amazing — There are 28 parks in just 12 square miles. That’s because city planners prioritized greenspace. Some of those parks include the city’s Historical Park, the Gussie Field Watterworth Park and All Inclusive Rotary Playground for children of all abilities, and the John F. Burke Nature Preserve.
Residents enjoy amenities galore, such as the Frog Pond Water Park, Farmers Branch Market, and a library so impressive that it’s a favorite of Carrollton and Dallas residents as well as Farmers Branchians.
There is also fabulous golf in Farmers Branch at Brookhaven Country Club, which was voted best family country club by Avid Golfer magazine.
A Stellar School District
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD offers the “STELLAR” signature programs for Kindergarten through high school, which range from STEM academies to Fine Art academies to dual language programs. The district’s high schools not only offer early college courses, where you can graduate with an associate’s degree, they also offer specialized magnet schools for Biomed, Law & Criminal Justice, and Media Arts & Technology Academy. Plus, Farmers Branch is centrally located for easy commutes to the top private schools in North Texas.
What Life Is Like in Farmers Branch
Driving in Farmers Branch neighborhoods, you’ll notice the wide streets and treed-and-leafy lots, with homes that run the gamut from mid-century starter homes to brand-new custom-built estates. The median sales price of a Farmers Branch home in 2018 is $260,700.
Farmers Branch residents appreciate the city’s superior public safety departments, which boast average response times under 5 minutes for police, fire and EMS.
There’s also something to do in Farmers Branch with annual year-round events. One resident favorite is the Bluegrass Festival at the city’s Historical Park in October, where people bring their own instruments and play on the porches. There’s also Christmas in the Branch, with an outdoor skating rink, and The Grove Farmers Market that’s transformed into an outdoor holiday market. In Farmers Branch, there is always something to do — that’s for sure.