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???????????????????????????When I was younger my father would sometimes tell a joke about how “everything in Texas is giii-gantic!”—and quite literally, Texas is gigantic. At 268,820 square miles, it’s the second largest of the 50 US states. It’s also gigantic in appeal, full of exciting cities, charming small towns, warm weather, and no state income tax.

After all the cold that’s hit this winter, the thought of living in a warm place is probably the biggest appeal for many right now. And Texas will warm you up with its sub-tropical climate, greatly influenced by the Gulf of Mexico. That means hot summers and mild winters, especially in the southern part of the state. Because of the state’s size, a climatic description is hard to make. But you can expect at least 2 basic seasons (summer and winter), and mean temperatures ranging from 23 to 96 degrees, depending on where you are in the state.

?????????????????????????????????Exciting cities like Dallas and Houston also add to the appeal of the state. Dallas is a city known as the #1 visitor and leisure destination in Texas, with hotspots like the Dallas Arts District. Here you can hop on the (free) McKinney Avenue Trolley and venture throughout the district and into uptown, where you’ll discover even more to explore. (Uptown also offers the DART (the fastest growing light rail system) as another way to get around town.) Between the restaurants and pubs, shops, and sporting events (Dallas is home to the Dallas Cowboys and Dallas Mavericks), you’ll never run out of things to do in this ultra-modern and sophisticated city.

Houston is the same way, offering loads of entertainment in every category. Drawing people in with a mixture of world-class arts, pro sports and award winning cuisine, it hosts an abundance of visitors and transplants alike. For the foodies out there, cutting-edge chefs have made their homes in Houston, delivering delicious cuisine that frequently finds itself mentioned in publications like Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, and Saveur. The food is so good, in fact, that Houston’s residents dine out more than any other city’s residents. Houston’s art scene in also thriving, and for those who love to spend time outdoors, there’s 1500 acres of green space in the center of the city.

Texas is also full of friendly people, and a slower pace of life, giving you the chance to meet new people and really enjoy your time in this beautiful state. With communities like Frisco Lakes, Waters Edge Ranch, SouthPoint on Richland Chambers Lake, and Emerald not far from these bustling cities, you can enjoy the city life as often as you’d like. But you’ll also be able to enjoy a quieter setting offered by each of these communities when you want to relax. And did I mention no state income tax? That makes it even friendlier! No matter what you’re looking for, Texas has it all. After all, it is gigantic.

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Elements at Viridian

Elements at Viridian

Arlington, Texas

This 141-acre neighborhood, conveniently located in the heart of the Dallas-Forth Worth Metroplex in Arlington, will feature beautiful courtyard and single-family homes in a variety of lot sizes, with homes designed by some of the finest builders in the DFW area: David Weekley Homes, Drees Custom Homes, and Lennar Homes.
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Encore at Viridian

Encore at Viridian

Arlington, Texas

Encore by David Weekley Homes will soon offer a new 55 plus lifestyle community in Arlington, TX. You will shortly be able to enjoy thoughtfully-designed one-story homes and bright, open floor plans.
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Eagle's Bluff Country Club & Community

Eagle's Bluff Country Club & Community

Bullard, Texas

A Gated Community Where Your Dreams Become a Reality. On the bluff overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Palestine, Eagle's Bluff is much more than a country club and private gated community - It's a Lifestyle and Experience...
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The Retreat at Craig Ranch

The Retreat at Craig Ranch

McKinney, Texas

The Retreat at Craig Ranch offers a lifestyle focused on comfort and elegance. These attached maintenance-provided estate homes feature abundant square footage, impressive high-end interior finishes, stainless steel appliances, and access to the best amenities in the area.
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