Highland Village is a suburb located far north of Dallas, Texas. It’s an interesting little town located right next to Flower Mound, so I feel compelled to write about it, since I live right there. This article gives you everything that you need to know about the small but bustling town of Highland Village, TX.
The Truth About Living In HV
The truth about Highland Village is that it’s probably one of the best suburbs in America. I grew up there, and still live in the area to this day. I still enjoy cruising down Highland Shores Blvd., since that’s the area where I spent a lot of my youth. Plus, the town feels like a slice of Beverly Hills tucked away in Texas, so it’s a really nice area in general.
The Best Neighborhoods
The best neighborhoods in Highland Village are all located down Highland Shores Blvd. Home prices in the area usually range from $350,000 to upwards of a few million. The market is a little bit competitive at the moment since the entire Dallas area is hot. So, if you’re interested in living in the area, then you really need to start scouting houses immediately.
- Lakeside is the nicest neighborhood in Highland Village, as it sits right on Lewisville Lake. Many homeowners in this community have direct access to the water.
- Castlewood is another great neighborhood that sits at the very end of Highland Shores Blvd. Castlewood is located right next to highway 2499 as well, which makes it extremely convenient for heading south to Dallas, or north to Denton.
- Other communities like Hillside, Twin Coves, and Creek Haven are great as well.
Highland Village belongs to the Lewisville Independent School District (LISD) and gives your children access to some of the top-rated public schools in the country. Living in Highland Village is such a great value largely because of public schools such as…
- Heritage Elementary School
- McAuliffe Elementary School
- Highland Village Elementary School
- Briarhill Middle School
- Marcus High School
There are also private schools in the area, but they’re almost unnecessary when you have access to some of the best public schools in America. You’ll probably want to make the most of the property taxes that you pay while living in Highland Village, so you might as well enroll your kids in a quality LISD public school.
HV has a lot of awesome entertainment options for a town of its size.
In the immediate area, there is an AMC movie theater, Blue Goose Cantina, Barnes & Noble book store, Whole Foods Market, The Shops at Highland Village (nice shopping center), Lewisville Lake (accessible in Highland Village), and much more. Practically anything that you need is available in Highland Village itself. But, for even more entertainment options…
- Grapevine is just a 15 minute drive away (Grapevine Mills mall or the Gaylord Texan resort being the main attractions)
- Dallas is a 35-40 minute drive away (Dallas Stars/Mavericks games, Uptown/Deep Ellum bar scene, the Galleria mall and so much more)
- Plano is about 45 minutes away (The Shops at Legacy, IKEA etc.)
- Arlington is one hour away (Dallas Cowboys games, Six Flags, Texas Rangers games)
While I’ve written a full-length article about the best restaurants in Flower Mound, I’ll list off a few great restaurants in Highland Village to keep in mind…
This is an awesome family-owned steakhouse hidden away in a trendy little enclave of HV.
- Blue Goose Cantina
For the party animals out there, the Blue Goose Cantina offers an upbeat atmosphere with cheap drinks and good Mexican food.
- Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
Grimaldi’s has the best pizza in town. No joke. This place is located in The Shops at Highland Village, and it’s well worth visiting for the food alone. But to add to the food, the atmosphere is very nice, and the location is great as well.
- Fresco’s Mexicana
Fresco’s Mexicana offers some of the freshest Mexican food that I’ve tried in all of DFW. It’s REALLY great and authentic stuff. It’s always busy too, so you know that it’s good!
- Whole Foods Market
Not exactly a restaurant, but still has some amazing food that you can grab to-go
This review wouldn’t be complete if I wasn’t at least a little bit critical about life in Highland Village. Because, to be fair, not everything about this town is perfect.
Being a small place with a population of 16,000 – Highland Village can be considered “cliquish”, which is a similar critique that I’ve held about living in Flower Mound and the entire Dallas area in general. This shouldn’t be a problem if you’re good about approaching new people. But if you’re a little bit shy, you might consider some people in Highland Village to be standoffish or even rude in certain cases!
However, the truth is that most people in Highland Village are actually friendly. They’re just socially conservative, however, and need time to “warm up” to you before getting comfortable. Offering your neighbors a bottle of wine is a great way to break the weird tension and make new friends in Highland Village. Because, if there’s one thing that Highland Villagers love, it’s a party with some alcoholic beverages!
Final Thoughts About Living In Highland Village
- Highland Village is without a doubt one of the highest-quality towns in America
- You’re paying high property taxes for access to the amazing public SCHOOLS, so you’d better make the most of them
- It isn’t all sunshine and rainbows, as the people can sometimes be cliquish and standoffish, but this is a negligible concern
- Living in Highland Village is one of the highest-value decision that a new family can make – and I highly-recommend it