NOTE: I'm in the process of creating a video which will be a replication of this article along with video snippets and many more pictures, so if you're not a reader, just give me a couple of days to complete it and I'll post the link. I’m going to share why I think Fairview is so unique and special place to raise a family.
I started selling real estate in Fairview around year 2000 and quickly found out many Allen residents, right next door, didn’t even know Fairview existed. There was no sign on Central Expressway indicating its presence and not a single commercial building. Fairview was just a collection of nice residential developments with homes on huge lots. You had to stumble on Fairview to find it by driving down a two lane blacktop (Stacy Rd) with absolutely nothing but farmland on either side. It's come a LONG way since then!
Fairview is situated right on Hwy 75 (Central Expressway) which runs into the heart of the downtown Dallas business area and also Hwy 121 (President George Bush Turnpike) which is a 51 mile tollway connecting Fairview with Plano, Frisco, DFW Airport and points beyond. Some Fairview developments are only one or two two traffic lights away from both of these major thoroughfares.
If your business office is in downtown Dallas, you can hop right on Central Expressway and it's a straight shot there. But more and more businesses are moving into the suburbs of Plano and Frisco and they're much closer to Fairview. Those two cities are only ten minutes away at most times of the day using the George Bush Turnpike.
The Way Fairview Was Developed
Fairview is located right in the path of Dallas suburban sprawl so early on the residents started planning their town the right way. They wanted a strong commercial tax base to provide for their city services but also wanted to keep it all along Central Expressway and out of the residential areas. They envisioned a town of single family homes on one acre minimum lots and for the most part, that's exactly what they have today.
Of course, there's a lesser known reason Fairview turned out the way it has and oddly enough, it’s not because of anything the town was responsible for. Collin County, of which Fairview is a part of, requires homes without public sewer to be on at least an acre of land to allow the septic systems to work properly. With the exception of Heritage Ranch, the only area where sewer is located in Fairview is between Greenville and Central Expwy. That's where all the commercial and high density residential is found.
By the way, if you're concerned by stories you've heard about septic systems, these aren't the septic systems of old. They're state of the art systems inspected four times a year to make sure they're working properly. In fact, they're just smaller versions of the large public septic systems people in high density areas are used to.
Fairview welcomed its first retail store, the 7-11 at Greenville and Stacy Rd around 2004. It was welcomed and the first time, Fairview residents had someplace to pick up items rather than driving further into Allen, and back then, Allen didn’t have much in the way of retail either. When the 7-11 came in, it was an immediate hit. I understand it took a year just to get the permitting through the town of Fairview city council because they were insisting on a nicer, and more expensive structure than your average 7-11 store.
Fairview old-timers will remember the sign at in front of the 7-11 which read “Keeping it Country”. It stood for many years, but as Fairview developed and the Fairview Town Center came in right across the street, the sign lost its meaning and was taken down.