myDFW: Roanoke

Dated: October 14 2020

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My family and I moved to the Dallas Fort Worth area from out of state for a slower-paced life with a lower cost of living to raise our young family of five. After 15 years of living in North Texas, we finally found the perfect home town.

Roanoke, only 6.96 square miles, offers a unique quality of life. It has a friendly small-town charm with the amenities of a big city in the heart of the Metroplex. Here, there are always many families in our life stage to live life with, there is plenty to do to keep our family active, and we are close to city amenities in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton.

One of the distinct and special features of Roanoke is the historic downtown district. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it’s rich history dates back to the 1840s.

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There are several historic landmarks including the 1886 Silver Spur Saloon which is now home to the Roanoke Visitor Center and Museum.

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This building was formerly a brothel and hotel where Bonnie & Clyde once stayed!

Roanoke is small enough that one of my family’s favorite things to do is take a short golf cart drive to the downtown district, the best gathering place in the Metroplex.

In fact, Roanoke was named the Unique Dining Capital of Texas and features over 60 restaurants and unique shops. 

Two of our favorite stops include buying candy and other sweets from either Hey Sugar or Kilwins, and grabbing delicious and fresh produce from the Farmers Market during the spring through the fall seasons. Oak Street Pies also gets our business, especially during the holidays and the fall, for their amazing, homemade pecan pie and chicken pot pie.

Our favorite restaurant experience for out of town guests is always Babe’s Chicken Dinner House with family-style, country meals, unlimited sides, and the best fried chicken and chicken fried steak.

If you visit, have your servers show you the Baby Rattlers!! Another local Roanoke eatery we enjoy is the Oak Street Food and Brew. They have amazing barbeque, spuds, fried catfish, burgers, and great local brewed beer! Reno Reds, Wise Guys Pizza, and Craft & Vine are a few other favorites we frequent. You really can’t go wrong with any restaurant here!

Roanoke features many fun special events including Celebrate Roanoke in October and the Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas Parade and Event in December.  

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Live musical entertainment is frequently offered downtown on historic Oak Street, at restaurants, and at Austin Street Plaza. 

Settling your home in Roanoke has just as many benefits as what the culture and history bring for enjoyment and entertainment. With low taxes, one of the lowest crime rates in the Metroplex, friendly neighborhoods, and award-winning, top-rated schools in Northwest Independent School District, Roanoke offers a high quality of life. With everything from historic, original, old town treasures to brand new luxury homes to upscale apartment living, there is a wide variety of high quality, reasonable housing options.

Once we moved to North Texas, we never looked back! What truly keeps us here though? It’s the friendly people.

It’s not uncommon for neighbors to sit in their driveways outside to visit with each other. We love the history, culture, food, events, location, affordability of the area, and the people of Roanoke. Overall, I love the pride Texans have for their state. As big as Texas and the Dallas Fort Worth area are, I also love the unique small-town, friendly charm Roanoke strives to uphold. 

Click here to see Roanoke area listings, and contact Amanda Pullen with the DFW Lifestyle team today!

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AMANDA PULLEN

As a long-time resident in the Fort Worth area, Amanda is an expert on the local real estate market. She takes pride in understanding the needs of her clients to ensure each transaction goes as smooth....

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