Living in Omaha NE
Recently, when I was informed that my current employer was promoting me, he also let me know that if I was to accept the new role, I would have to relocate to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and be there within three weeks. Naturally, I was excited that after years of hard work, my value to the organization was finally being recognized. On the other hand, having lived my entire life in the Midwest, I had no idea what to expect in Texas. I knew very little about the state, as a whole, and even less about Dallas. I had always heard that it was a business friendly state and, of course, that everything was big in Texas.
I started doing some research about the surrounding areas, since we knew right off that we wanted to find a nice community outside the city, but close enough so that we could enjoy the downtown when we wanted. The most important thing for us was having accessibility to good schools and the ability to become active members of the local community. Also, because our timeframe was so short, we wanted to find an upscale apartment that we could rent for a year or so, until we were certain that we were going to stay.
After quite a bit of looking around, we decided that the perfect location for us was in the town of Richardson, north of Dallas. Richardson has a rich history that dates back to the 1840’s when settlers from Tennessee and Kentucky first began to arrive. Through the years it continued to thrive and now has a population of around 88,000 people. Not too small so that everyone knows everyone and their business, but small enough have a great sense of community.
Richardson is one of the most conveniently located communities in the Metroplex, with access to points in all directions via both major roadways and the DART rail system.
The north and southbound Central Expressway (US75), the main artery of the City of Dallas, transverses the City. Interstate 635, also called LBJ Freeway, is to its immediate south and the Bush Turnpike spans the northern border of the City, giving us easy access to points east and west. Richardson has four DART light rail stations: at Spring Valley, Arapaho, Galatyn Park and Bush Turnpike.
Though an inner ring suburb, (that’s something I just learned) Richardson is a vibrant community, kept current by the emphasis on economic development and neighborhood integrity.
But Richardson isn’t only about living and working. The City also has a statewide reputation as a great place to play, with the nationally recognized Wildflower! Festival held each May and the highly regarded Cottonwood Arts Festival held the first weekend of each May and October. The City of Richardson is the envy of its suburban neighbors with its state-of-the-art Eisemann Center for Performing Arts which opened to high acclaim in 2002 and continues to bring nationally recognized entertainers and shows to the area each year through its Eisemann Center Presents series while offering a first-rate facility for local arts groups and corporations.
In the end, Richardson has everything we were looking for, except a place to live.
So, once we settled on the location, the next step was to find the place to call home. After an exhaustive search we found a brand new complex with all of the amenities, which really helped minimize our stress and provided all of the comforts of home. Breckinridge Point Apartments which is, in our humble opinion, the finest apartments in Omaha ne has become our home and we have had the pleasure of meeting some great neighbors, who are sure to become lifelong friends.
As we settle into life in Richardson, we are excited about all of the possibilities ahead.
I wanted to share our experience and thank the wonderful people of Richardson, Texas, because what started out as a journey into the unknown has turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I don’t think we will need a year to decide if we want to stay. I think we are Texans for good.