If Your Kids Could Have Their Way, Where Would They Move

Young professionals without kids have the freedom to move based on personal preference, financial reasons, and job opportunities. Often, high-paying jobs and seemingly endless amenities for entertainment, dining, and sightseeing draw people to bustling, costly cities on the coast. Parents, however, operate under a different must-have list where high priority is given to finding family-friendly neighborhoods with ample outdoor space.

To define the best areas for kids, Zillow analyzed 100 of the nation’s largest cities, grading them on commute times, child population, and kid-friendly amenities like theme parks and playgrounds. Consider the following four cities that made the top 10 kid-friendly cities list.

Fort Worth

Out of the top 10 cities for kids, Fort Worth holds the highest percentage of youngsters at 16.1% of the total population. In addition, 13.8% of homes listed for sale in Fort Worth include kid-friendly terms such as “playroom” and “custom treehouse,” which helps relocating parents narrow their scope. Fort Worth holds four parks and 0.02 theme parks per 10,000 residents, while the median yard size is a comfortable 5,742 square feet. M/I Homes’ Creekwood community in Saginaw, located just north of the city, is representative of Fort Worth family living. Creekwood holds recreational fields, lake access, and green space. Various amenities, including a duck pond, fishing pond, biking trails, playgrounds, and swimming pools, are fundamental for families with children. Plus, close access to I-35W minimizes driving time to and from work for employed parents.

 San Antonio

At no. 4 on the best kid-friendly cities list, San Antonio kids make up 14.6% of the city’s population. House hunters with kids might have an easier time finding the perfect place given 14.3% of listings depict kid-friendly amenities. What San Antonio lacks in accessible public parks – two per 10,000 people – it makes up in yard size at a median 6,211 square feet. San Antonio also holds one of the higher theme park proportions of the top 10 cities at 0.04 per 10,000 residents. If you’re searching for family-friendly homes near San Antonio, consider the Waterford Park community. Waterford Park includes a community pool, playscape, open space and cabana for both adults and children to enjoy. This Alamo Ranch new construction community is located within the highly-rated Northside Independent School District, which feeds into several distinguished elementary, middle, and high school public facilities.

 Charlotte

Charlotte is the sixth best city for child rearing, based on its large kid population (14.3%) and numerous tot-approved listings (8%). With four parks and 0.03 theme parks per 10,000 people, Charlotte doesn’t lack profuse amusement. Still, Charlotte’s distinct attribute is the city’s sizable backyards at a median 10,549 square feet. Avery Park, a new home site in Cornelius, is a prime example of kid-friendly living near Charlotte. Avery Park offers easy access to Lake Norman, parks, playgrounds, a community garden, and dog park. Residents benefit from a convenient location, just 20 minutes north of Uptown Charlotte, facilitating faster commute times throughout the work week.

 Dallas

Dallas comes in no. 10 of the best cities for kids with 15.7% kids and 7.6% of homes listed with kid-friendly terms. Dallas offers three public parks and 0.02 theme parks per 10,000 residents. The median yard size of 7,133 square feet designed to satisfy any energetic toddler proves everything truly is bigger in Texas. Castle Point is a prime community for single-family house hunters. Located in Garland, northeast of downtown Dallas, Castle Point is a few miles away from George Bush Turnpike and minutes from major highways. In addition, Castle Point is within walking distance of Springfield Park and the Rowlett Creek Preserve, while the greater Garland area holds thousands of acres of green space and nature trails.

While kids are destined to enjoy green space and neighborhood amenities, parents are wise to weigh job opportunities, local schools and real estate prices alongside family must-haves. Luckily, many of these major cities fit everybody’s best interest – regardless of age.

**Jennifer Riner writes about rentals, home improvement and design for Zillow Blog.

Join us for the Turnberry Model Home Grand Opening!

In November our Dallas Fort Worth division had an amazing turnout at their Sneak Peek event for our new community, Park Ridge!  We were so thankful for all of the friends, family, VIP members and real estate agents that came out to get an early glimpes of our newest model home, the Turnberry.  This gorgeous new home features a beautiful stone exterior, brick elevation and has 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms!

During the event children enjoyed playing with animals at our petting zoo, pony rides and many had their faces painted!  Our team gave away $150 in gift cards to those in attendance, and we all managed to stay warm despite the 22 mile an hour winds!

Now that a few weeks have passed, we are excited to prepare for our official model home Grand Opening on Thursday, January 7th in McKinney, Texas!  Come join us to view the newly decorated model while enjoying live entertainment, chair massages and raffle prizes for our registered guests!  It will be a great evening and an opportunity to mingle in a gorgeous new home in McKinney, Texas!

Park Ridge is now selling with early introductory prices, so don’t wait too long to come out and pick your lot in this beautiful community located at the corner of Hardin Blvd and Virginia Parkway!

Make sure you RSVP to attend our upcoming Grand Opening event.  We hope to see you there!

M/I Homes Collects Over 100 Coats for CitySquare in Dallas, TX!

M/I Homes DFW Partnered with our local CitySquare program to collect coats to help former foster children stay warm this season. 

Over the past few weeks, M/I Homes of Dallas Fort Worth employees, vendors, and trade partners have worked together to gather children and adult size coats to benefit those involved with the CitySquare Program.  CitySquare is a local non-profit organization that helps individuals transitioning out of foster care and onto their own feet, with many going into temporary housing.

Together we collected more than 100 coats and are thankful to have had the opportunity to have made a contribution!

M/I Homes Collecting Coats for City Square

M/I Homes Collecting Coats for City Square

M/I Homes DFW has initiated a Community Crew team to continue to help out with other service opportunities throughout the holiday season.  Our next volunteering opportunity will be in December helping to bag food and toys for another local non-profit organization, “Christmas for Children.”

M/I Homes of Dallas Starts Construction on a New Model Home!

MI Homes got an early start last Thursday morning, as we beat the heat and had the concrete poured for our new model home, The Turnberry A, in our Park Ridge community. M/I Homes is thrilled to be a part of the continued growth of McKinney, Texas.  Progress for this model is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for our M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth division, as well as the surrounding area!  This model is inspired by Anthropoligie (the retail brand), and will be decked out floor to ceiling with beautiful design and décor to really capture the hottest trends in Dallas / Fort Worth.  Soaring ceilings, beautiful textures, oversized tile and hardwood flooring will all be featured.  An amazing chef’s kitchen with a 5-burner gas rangetop and stainless steel vent and appliances, and a beautiful, oversized farm sink are in the works for this gorgeous new model home and  the game room and media room will blow you away with how much space is available!

We are looking forward to opening our Park Ridge community, at the corner of Virginia Parkway and Hardin, in October. We just had our sneak peak event at Harry’s at the Harbor in Adriactica where we released floor plans and pricing for this gorgeous new community. M/I Homes of Dallas will have a variety of floor plans options for families to choose from, starting at 1,830 square feet all the way up to 3,170 square feet. Pricing for Park Ridge will begin at $289,990 and go up to $399,990.

Make sure to join our VIP list to learn more about this gorgeous new community as it’s released. We will also be doing a Grand Opening at our Model Home towards the end of October, so you won’t want to miss any upcoming details. We know that you will love our homes and enjoy living in the #1 rated small town in the country, according to Money Magazine.

M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth Joins Plano Chamber of Commerce

It’s official! M/I Homes of Dallas / Fort Worth has joined the Plano Chamber of Commerce, with the flagship community Creeks of Timber Brook in east Plano.  We were honored to have many distinguished community leaders and business owners join us at the official ribbon cutting ceremony held at the model on May 12.  As anticipated, the feedback was inspiring as visitors toured the model for the first time.  Common remarks echoed through the home touting how different M/I Homes looks compared to other models in North Texas, and how the space seems to expand around every corner.

We look forward to continuing our partnership with the Plano Chamber of Commerce as we continue to build out this exceptional community, with 4 new floor plans and new home sites being released.  We will also be joining the Chamber for their 25thannual Golf Tournament at Pecan Hollow Golf Course.

Contact us to learn more about our gorgeous Creeks of Timber Brook Community.

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