Margie Kaplan specializes in luxury homes, high rise condos, and other Southlake, Texas real estate. She has been a Texas Realtor since 1983 and a licensed Broker since 1986. She was the designated Broker of RE/MAX Memorial in Houston and then transferred to RE/MAX Professional Group and in 2006 had her grand opening of MK Luxury Homes and Condos, Inc. in Houston and Dallas.
She holds many designations including CRS, CLHMS, CNHS, CFS, ePRO. Most of her Southlake real estate business is by referral and repeat clients. She has one of the most talked about and previewed web sites regarding luxury homes and high rise condos for sale or lease in Southlake and from her website you can view hundreds of VIRTUAL TOURS from the privacy of your own home.
Southlake is located in northeastern Texas, in northeast Tarrant County, within easy access of a number of cities. Situated some seventeen miles to the north of Fort Worth, it is part of the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. Surrounding urban areas include North Richland Hills, Keller, Arlington, Flower Mound, Grapevine, Colleyville, Grapevine, Irving, Bedford, and Lewisville. Southlake is minutes away from two major airports, the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport – ten miles out — as well as Alliance Airport, eight miles from town. The city is fairly affluent suburb of Fort Worth, offering a high quality of life, and a suburban setting, within convenient access of many major cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, and Denton. The area is well connected by an excellent system of highways, with seven interstate highways, ten national highways, and twenty two state highways crisscrossing it.
Although Southlake has a charming suburban atmosphere, it also boasts of large centers of gathering like the Southlake Town Square which is a major visitor attraction for the city. The well planned balance of suburbia with urban amenities is the key to the desirability and unique appeal of Southlake. The recent development and population growth in Southlake has only served to add to the appeal that the city holds for both residents and visitors. More and more families are choosing to relocate to Southlake, and their reasons for choosing the community as their home ranges from the great shopping and dining facilities, to low crime rates, to the top rated local Carroll Independent School District. The community as won accolades for what it has to offer, with D Magazine recognizing it as one its list of Best Places to Live in North Texas. Forbes.com, in 2008, ranked Southlake among the most affluent neighborhoods in America, and the city zip code was ranked, in 2009, the richest zip code among communities with a comparable population in the US.
Historically, the Southlake area not settled by pioneers until the 1840s,and was incorporated only in 1956. Before its incorporation, the community consisted of different settlements such as Dove, Whites Chapel, Jellico, and Union Church. Until the Lake Grapevine was constructed, and the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport was opened, the area remained more or less rural in nature. After the building of the airport, its close proximity caused a growth boom in Southlake especially beginning in the 1980s, through the turn of the century.
Today, Southlake is a small big town which is well known for its premier gathering place, the Southlake Town Square project. This is a massive shopping center, located in the community, on the State Highway number 114. It is one of the most popular retail centers not just in the community but also in the entire Dallas Fort Worth area. Retail is a big part of the Southlake economy. The community is also home to a number of corporate headquarters such as those of Sabre Holdings, the parent company of Travelocity, and one of the S&P 500 companies. Other major segments of industrial growth in the city include concrete works as well as the storage and distribution of gasoline.
Southlake also offers residents and visitors a range of shopping and dining options. For the retail experience seekers, there are numerous stores that offer everything from popular clothing lines and well known technology franchises, all the way to simple home decor or funky jewelry. Dining options include all kinds of cuisines including Mexican, Asian, Italian, Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and down home American. The Town Square also hosts community events, like free summer concerts, Art in the Square, Oktoberfest, and Independence Day celebrations, as well as other live entertainment.