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Finding the Perfect DFW Suburb: Part 1, The North Side

October 29, 2018

Are you trying to decide where to live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? You sure have plenty of choices. Whether your lifestyle requires the urban vibe or thrives in a country setting, or maybe somewhere in the middle, Riverside Homebuilders can guide you toward finding the perfect DFW suburb for you and your family. There are some great ones, so in this article, we’ll head to the north side first.


Let’s start with Azle, TX. If you’re looking to experience the great outdoors to the fullest, this is the right hometown for you. Eagle Mountain Lake, the defining natural feature of this small city, spans 8,694 acres in North Texas, and only 17 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Created as a man-made reservoir, the lake has become a desirable destination for outdoor enthusiasts—for fishing, skiing, wakeboarding, relaxing, and recreational boating. If you’re bringing your boat, you’ll find an ample choice of boat ramps and a full-service marina in Azle.

There’s plenty of country living in Azle, and the population has been gradually growing as a result of the satisfying rural lifestyle here. The availability of affordable housing and large homesites, plus the access to Fort Worth’s amenities, continues to attract newcomers to Azle, prompting a gradual but steady growth here. 

Azle is a friendly, serene locale with approximately 11,000 people, yet still close enough to the greater Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex (population: 6.5 million) to give you access to the excitement and activities of this major urban hub. Many residents commute to DFW for work or school, using Highway 199, which connects Azle to the regional interstate system.

In addition to the relaxed lifestyle and great outdoors, living in Azle gives you plenty of shopping, dining, entertainment, and services that have contributed to the appeal and the city’s growth.

If Azle sounds like the right choice for you, come take a look at Kimbrough Place, our new community of single-family homes, just a mile from Eagle Mountain Lake and Shady Grove Park.


Just 20 minutes from Azle and 27 miles northwest of Fort Worth, Springtown is a charming community that has expanded from its agricultural roots to become one of the most desirable DFW suburbs. This small city spans less than 3 square miles and is home to just over 2,600 people, so if you’re looking for small-town life, you found it. From the quaintness of its main street to the neighborly atmosphere and community events, Springtown is like a quiet retreat from larger suburbs.

For outdoor recreation, Springtown has a park with a splash park, 18-hole disc golf course, baseball field, volleyball courts, and several pavilions and gazebos. The city also hosts annual events, like the Easter Egg Hunt, Wild West Festival, Veterans Day Ceremony, and Christmas on the Square.

Riverside Homebuilders recently launched a community of new construction homes in Springtown, so you could start your life here in a brand new home! Springwood Ranch features one-acre homesites and affordable homes that start at $249,900.


The small city of Decatur is a few miles from Springtown, 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth, and 45 miles from Dallas. In recent years, Decatur has experienced growth as more people recognize the value of having easy access to both cities and still live the rural life in an area that clearly represents small-town pride.

The downtown area is populated with locally owned shops, restaurants, and small businesses, as well as historical buildings, like the Petrified Wood Gas Station, The Waggoner Mansion, and Wise County Courthouse. The Chamber of Commerce is an active group here and organizes events throughout the year, like Cruise Nights on the Courthouse Square, Chisholm Trail Days, and Paint the Town Pink, which celebrates breast cancer survivors.

We currently build new homes in two communities in Decatur: Hillcrest Meadows and Singletree Estates. Both neighborhoods offer one-acre homesites and beautifully designed new homes.


About 65 miles north of Fort Worth and 71 miles from Dallas, Gainesville is a wonderful suburb with so much to offer. In addition to numerous parks, residents take advantage of the many recreational amenities here: The Frank Buck Zoo, Home Grown Hero Walking Trail, Leonard Park Aquatic Center, recreation programs for children and adults, the miniature Frankie Schmitz Express Train, and the Dog Depot at Heritage Park. Denton and Sherman are next to Gainesville, providing even more resources and things to do.

In addition to its population of 16,000, Gainesville is a college town, with the main campus of North Texas Central College located here. The two-year college offers continuing education and personal enrichment programs, a real plus for Gainesville residents.

Riverside Homebuilders is developing a community of energy-efficient and fully appointed homes. Take a look at Vintage Square for a sneak preview of your new life in Gainesville.

Next week, we’ll guide you through some other noteworthy DFW suburbs. In the meantime, feel free to talk to Rachel at Riverside Homebuilders. She can give you details about the communities, the types of homes we build, our new construction homes for sale now, the building process, and much more!

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