Whoever says Texas doesn’t have it all hasn’t been to Southlake, a well-to-do suburb nestled in Tarrant and Denton counties. It’s got the charm of a small-town with the richness of its surrounding cities, Dallas and Fort Worth.

As Southlake resident and Ebby Halliday Realtor Chip Reid touts, “It’s been an absolute blessing since we moved here.”

He explains that it’s all about the school districts in the 22 square mile town. “It’s the No. 1 reason why people want to move here,” he adds.

Ebby Halliday realtor Carolyn Rosson couldn’t agree more. “People want to live in Southlake for three reasons—community, lifestyle, and schools,” she said.

Southlake prides itself on its four top-notch 5A school districts — Carroll ISDNorthwest ISDKeller ISDGrapevine/Colleyville ISD. In addition excellent education, the CISD Dragons are accomplished athletes in football, baseball, lacrosse, swim, and more. Though we all know that’s a good enough reason to spend over $450,000 on a home, there’s a whole lot more happening in Southlake.

Its clean, quaint, and the lush landscape provides a bit of serenity for those looking to have a break from the congested city. “It’s a very active and health-conscious community here,” Rosson adds about the Southlake lifestyle. “You see people walking and running on a daily basis.” There’s also a 21-court Tennis Center and Senior Activities Center for people looking looking for a match or to do a few reps.

Despite what you may think of a suburb of less than 30,000 people, Southlake really is a “One Stop Shop”  with 50 neighborhoods; a public library; a community pool; and all of the shops, restaurants, and household stores that consumers — who earn on average of more than $200,000 per year — want.

In the charming Town Square — built by esteemed architect David Schwarz who also designed Bass Hall, the West Village, and the American Airlines Center — you’ll find everything from luxe clothiers to delectable restaurants and a theater. Among the mix of shops and eateries are Michael Kors, Ann Taylor, J. Crew, Brooks Brothers, Truluck’s, Sushi Zen, Taco Diner, Copeland’s of New Orleans, Campania Pizza, Mi Cocina, and more. Plus there’s a Central Market and a Trader Joe’s moving in soon.

Southlake is also conveniently located in proximity to D/FW Airport, making it easier for worker bees to travel for business. So it’s obvious why Reid says there are more than 150 Fidelity executives living in Southlake homes, and why leaders in business such as Sabre Holdings choose have corporate offices there.

Think Highland Park with incredible academics and a clean environment, but with homes with more bang for your buck. You can get nearly double the square footage for a home in Southlake with what you’d pay for a home in HP or University Park. Take a look at the exquisite, expansive, properties for yourself.

To top off the seemingly perfect lifestyle, Southlake residents come together each year for a couple can’t-miss activities including Art on the Square, Stars and Stripes, Oktoberfest, and Home for the Holiday — a tree-lighting event.

Picture that cookie-cutter neighborhood in your child’s favorite book, or something like Pleasantville. The good news is that Southlake is better than a fantasy, since it really exists.