A Small Town with a Big Presence
Estimated Population in 2018 ... 10,000
Land size Approx. 8.8 Square Miles
Two School Districts ... Lovejoy ISD, and McKinney ISD
Fairview In the News
What Makes Fairview So Special?
Fairview has a big presence with all it's great shopping, but it's really a surprisingly small town, only 9 square miles in size. There are just about 10,000 people in the entire town (as of 2013). The neighbors know each other and wave hello driving down the street. Everyone is out here for the same reasons.
Drive down a neighborhood street in Fairview and you'll notice people wave. They smile. They know their neighbors. When someone is in need, they pitch in. It's happened many times over the years and the community always pulls together.
People who move to Fairview usually do so for the same reasons, great schools, beautiful land and lots, space around their homes, and a high quality of life. With Fairview's strong city government which is committed to keep the town growing the right way, that's not going to change.
Hills, Trees, and Natural Beauty
Perhaps Fairview's best kept secret isn't even located in Fairview. It's in McKinney, but you'd never know it. The entrance is sandwiched between two Fairview subdivisions. It's the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, one mile east of Hwy 5 and 1378 .
The Heard, as it's called, is just a phenomenal place for kids and adults alike. It's a safe haven for many native species. You can walk the 289 acres of paths through hills, untouched meadows, and pristine woodlands, each its own diverse ecosystem. You'd never know you were in the Dallas area.
There are 4 more great public courses within a 20-30 minute drive of Fairview ... Twin Creeks, Watters Creek (which was completely redesigned around 2010), Ridgeview Ranch, and Woodbridge. There are also two private golf courses very close to Fairview. El Dorado Country Club is just 5 minutes north of Fairview (which I think it is the best bang for the buck for a private golf club in the entire Dallas area). It has a very nice, well maintained course, beautiful clubhouse, huge pool, great tennis facilities, and it is very reasonably priced. Tom Weiskopf has also designed a new golf course in McKinney, about 5 minutes from Fairview. It is a TPC course and located in a new development called Craig Ranch.
There are two great courses in Stonebridge, also just west of Fairview in McKinney. You will find one of the toughest layouts in all of North Texas on their premier Pete Dye designed course (voted one of Texas' top 100 golf courses in 2012 by the Dallas Morning News)!You'll also want to play Woodbridge Golf Club in Sachse, about 15 minutes south of the area. It's a very challenging course with some tough, tough holes. You can work on your golf game at Top Golf, no matter what the weather ...
The there's Heritage Ranch golf course and active living senior community right here in Fairview. It rests on a beautiful, rolling, heavily treed tract of land with natural springs. It's owned by the Heritage Ranch residents. The golf course is a surprisingly tough track if played from the tips. It was ranked the fifth best public course in the entire Dallas Fort Worth Area by Avid Golfer Magazine in 2013.
For the younger generation, there's Fairview's own Lighted Soccer Complex
The Old ...
and The New
Allen's "Edge" Skate Park and Hydrous Water Park
Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
Right across the street (Stacy Rd) in Allen, there's even more shopping, dining and entertainment
When you drive through Fairview, you'll notice almost all of the homes are on at least one acre. The only exceptions are several developments in far west Fairview around the commercial areas and also far east Fairview in Heritage Ranch, an active living adult development. Those homes are on small lots because they are served by public sewer.
But the bulk of Fairview homes are on a minimum of one acre, and some tracts are much larger. There are two good reasons for this.
First, Fairview wants it that way. While some cities might prefer high density residential developments including apartments, Fairview doesn't. So those tracts were zoned for a minimum of 1 acre long ago.
Second, and even more importantly, with the exception of the two higher density areas mentioned above, no developer will be allowed to build more than one home on an acre even if the town gave them the zoning. Here's why.
Because public sewer is not provided to the bulk of Fairview, homes have to have either an aerobic or drain field septic system. And for those to operate correctly, the state mandates they must have at least one acre. It's as simple as that.
When I hear people complain there is no sewer in Fairview, I gently remind them if sewer were in place (and some day years from now, it might be), we would look just like Plano or Allen with 5, 6, 7 or more homes on an acre of land. We'd have commercial development, retail, or gas stations on every corner, apartments, traffic, traffic lights, pollution, and noise.
Our quality of life would be completely changed forever. Right now we have the best of both worlds. We have close-in country living with quick, easy access to shopping and major thoroughfares. Add to that, great schools and we have it all.
There are million dollar plus homes like these. All of these were our sales ....
But you don't have to be a millionaire to live in Fairview. Here are some homes which are much more affordable from $500K to about $800K
Fairview is served by two school districts, McKinney ISD and Lovejoy ISD. While both are fine districts, the high demand is for Lovejoy. In fact, it's one of the finest districts in all of north Texas. It's as close to a private school system as you'll get in a public setting. Familes are moving into Lovejoy ISD every year coming from private schools.
It's a small district, which means kids know each other, the teachers, and the administrators. Lovejoy compares favorable with other very respected school districts like Southlake and Highland Park.
Fairview actually touches Central Expressway (SH 75) on its west side and Central is one of the two major non-toll roads that lead to downtown Dallas. Many of the executives who live in Fairview work in either the Telecom corridor of Richardson, downtown, and these days, in the Plano business corridor. Now that SH 121 and the overpass have been completed, it's a fast trip to DFW Airport from Fairview.
Fairview has a hefty tax revenue stream from all the retail at Stacy and Central, and a huge commercial development announced in September of 2019 will be another tremendous boost to Fairview's taxable income. Here's LINK to a Dallas Morning News article on the new project.
It's become almost impossible to find a home in Fairview for under $400K. The average sale price of a new home on a one to two acre lot is $1 million and there are many from $2 million to $3 million. In fact, Fairview dwarfs Allen, a city approaching 120,000 people, in the number of million dollar homes.
There aren't many towns in America of under 10,000 people that have built and own their own four story administration building. Fairview has recently completed their new fire station, and it's very impressive as well. The city planners are wise with their money, and put it to good use in roads and infrastructure. The citizens and city council are very involved in making sure developers toe the line.