Desoto Real Estate Information

A mid-sized suburban community in Dallas County, the city of Desoto, Texas, is home to a population of just over 45,000, as of estimates drawn up in 2005. It is a part of the so-called Best Southwest area, which also includes Cedar Hill, Duncanville and Lancaster. It is the largest and most diverse city in the southwestern portion of the county. Residents span the racial and religious spectrum, with no one race making up a majority. The area is decidedly middle class and its residents had a median annual household income at the 2000 census of just under $60,000. The area makes up an area of more than 21 square miles and includes a variety of properties, from commercial real estate and businesses to resdidential areas and subdivisions and multi-family housing units.

The area in which the community lies was first settled in 1847, placing it among some of the oldest communities in the northern part of the state. A post office was established here in 1881 and it was named after Thomas Hernando DeSoto Stewart, a doctor who lived and worked in the community. By 1885, the community was home to a population of about 120, along with a cotton gin and a general store. The city finally incorporated years later, on February 17, 1949.

Most of the residents in the community lie within the DeSoto Independent School District, which has 12 schools: seven elementary schools, three junior highs, a freshman school and a high school. The city converted an abandonded strip mall area at one of the city's busiest intersections into a central business district that now houses the city hall, the chamber of commerce and the public library, in addition to other public and private ventures, including a 180-seat auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater.

Other entertainment spots include Thorntree Country Club, Corner Theatre and Historic Nance Farm, the oldest antebellum Southern upland plantation farm complex in north Texas. Annual events celebrated here include a Hip-Hop Summit, a Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a Fourth of July fireworks festival, the Toad Holler Creekfest, the Viva DeSoto festival and a winter parade, just to name a few.