Irving/Las Colinas

Irving/Las ColinasNorthwest Dallas County

City of Irving

D Magazine has called Irving “North Texas’ happy medium.” And, at one point, Success magazine named Irving the 25th happiest city in the nation and the happiest in the Dallas Region. What’s to love? Convenience for one. The central location makes it an easy commute to almost anywhere in the area, especially DFW International Airport—which is one reason so many companies have opted to headquarter here. The city of Irving was founded in 1903 and still retains some of its historical charm. The Mayberry-like downtown even has a drugstore with a rare operating soda fountain.

Las Colinas, however, is a newer mixed-use, master-planned community (one of the first in the United States), developed in 1972 by a wealthy cattle rancher. With luxury hotels, pretty houses, private clubs, urban lofts, and good restaurants, it is the epitome of modern American life. Lake Carolyn lies in the heart of Los Colinas and is home to several festivals. The AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament is held at the Four Seasons Resort and Club of Las Colinas, a swanky destination and celebrity favorite.