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Mesquite, TX homebuyer’s guide

Enjoy shopping, eateries, and fun activities less than half an hour outside of the DFW metroplex.

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Danni White

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Anusha Gadepalli

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10/26/2022 · 7 min read

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About 15 minutes and 12 miles east of Downtown Dallas is the vibrant city of Mesquite, better known as the “Rodeo Capital of Texas.” Founded in 1887 and named after a nearby creek, Mesquite began as a small agricultural hub and has blossomed into a city buzzing with culture and entertainment. 

Rodeos, hosted at the Mesquite Arena, are perhaps the most famous form of entertainment in Mesquite, but the city offers so much more. Enjoy a night out at a dine-in movie theater, visit one of many local restaurants offering a variety of cuisines, or spend a day at one of the city arts centers. There’s a little something for everyone in this rodeo town.

Latest homes for sale in Mesquite, TX

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    $249,000

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    • 1280 sqft
    3401 Gayle Dr, Mesquite, TX 75150
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    $389,900

    • 3 br
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    $346,990

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    $279,900

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    $365,000

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    • 2518 sqft
    3005 Walnut Ridge Ln, Mesquite, TX 75181
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    $259,500

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    $374,900

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Look & feel of Mesquite

The Mesquite housing market

$272k

3%

Median Home Price

$175

7%

Median Price per Sq. Ft

114

0%

Average Monthly Home Sales

Rising costs in a hot market

The median value of a home in Mesquite has increased from $85,400 in the year 2000 to $172,600 in 2019. Given how competitive the housing market has become in the last few years, not only in Texas but nationwide, it comes as no surprise that the cost of buying a home in the area has continued to increase. 

Cost of living in Mesquite

55.6%

Rent Affordability Index

Cost of living is easier on your budget 

The cost of living in Mesquite is lower than the national average, but residents of the city saw a 2% increase over the last year. Partly due to rising inflation, groceries and transportation are on the higher end of the spectrum, and the increased demand for housing has driven those prices up as well. Healthcare also makes up a significant cost, tipping Mesquite toward the more expensive end of cities in Texas. 

The job market

As of 2019, the median household income in Mesquite was $57,824, which is a little bit lower than that of Dallas County. Since Mesquite is 12 miles away from downtown Dallas, many residents work outside of Mesquite and commute to work in downtown Dallas. Health care, educational services, and construction are the top three industries in Mesquite, and the most common occupations for Mesquite residents are management roles, labor, and janitorial services. 

2.7%

Unemployment Rate

$84k

Average Salary per Year

Plenty of colleges nearby

Mesquite is located less than 20 miles from seven major community colleges and universities, namely Southern Methodist University, El Centro College, The University of Texas at Dallas, and Mountain View College.

Public transportation

Services offered in Mesquite

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Bus: Star Transit

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EV charging: ChargeHub

Major highways galore

With four major highways connecting to the Dallas Metroplex, Mesquite residents would do best traveling by car, even with high traffic during rush hour. However, residents also have the option of using the local bus transportation service, Star Transit. It offers transportation services in Kaufman County, Rockwall County, Mesquite, Balch Springs, Seagoville, Hutchins, and DeSoto.

Demographics

155,216

Population

34.4

Median Age

84,396

Family Median Income

Leans younger with touches of diversity 

With a median age of 33 and a population that is 35% Hispanic, 27% Caucasian, and 26% African American, Mesquite has a mostly millennial, non-Anglo demographic. With all of the fast-paced activities and the plentiful events in and around the city, it’s no wonder Mesquite attracts a younger, more diverse crowd of residents. 

Crime & safety

Like other cities around the nation, Mesquite does see its fair share of crime. Unfortunately, violent and property crime have been higher than the national average for the past few years. However, residents in northeast Mesquite claim the area is quite safe, with few incidents compared to other parts of the city. 

Neighborhood guide

Mesquite has plenty of thriving neighborhoods that would make for comfortable living. Here are some of the most popular neighborhoods in and around the city: 

Truman Heights - Easy access to a major U.S. highway

This small neighborhood is less than one square mile, but it is closest to U.S. Highway 80 (one of the major highways that serves as an entryway to Dallas). Compared to some of the other neighborhoods in the area, it is fairly affordable. However, in exchange for affordability, homeowners should be aware that the neighborhood is located in a crime-heavy part of town.

Casa View Heights - Reasonably priced homes

With a median home value of $111,251, Casa View Heights offers residents close proximity to Dallas Athletic Club, Bryan Adams High School, and is just outside of Eastfield Community College. Right at the border is Interstate-635 that crosses into Mesquite’s entertainment and retail areas.

Mesquite Park - Family-centered

With a high population of kids ages 3 years and older, this neighborhood is an ideal place to raise a family. A lot of homes have more than 3 bedrooms, which means residents with big families will have plenty of room to sprawl.

Sherwood Forest - Upgraded older infrastructure

Located in the southwest part of Mesquite, this older neighborhood has gone through years of renovation and restructuring. This area offers a rural, down-home feel thanks to low-density development. Although homes are older, they provide a charm that is tailored to small families and the elderly.

3 things to know before buying a home in Mesquite, according to locals

1. Know the high crime areas

While Mesquite has experienced a rise in property theft, grand theft auto, and burglaries, some of the safest areas in the city, according to residents, are in the northeastern part of the city. The west part of Mesquite is closest to the Dallas Metroplex. Lower crime areas might mean living farther away from the DFW area. 

2. Traffic thickens

For the past decade, Mesquite has experienced more traffic than it has in the last 30 years, partly due to the number of people moving into Texas from other states. City officials have prioritized residential, commercial, and industrial developments, which has led to an influx of new residents, creating more traffic. It’s common to encounter construction sites as new businesses make their way into Mesquite, so be prepared for delays on your commute to and from work.

3. Plenty to do

There’s plenty to keep Mesquite residents entertained. Those looking for an adrenaline rush can take in a race at the Devil’s Bowl Speedway or enjoy the thrills at one of the rodeos at Mesquite Stadium. Families can spend a day amidst the many activities at the popular Celebration Station or explore the Paschall Park Butterfly Trail

The top 4 things to do in Mesquite

1. Art shows and rodeos

Opportunities to enjoy the Mesquite art scene abound. Explore fascinating, creative exhibits at the Mesquite Arts Center, or take in a play at the Mesquite Community Theater. If you’re looking for a more “traditional Texas” experience, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo will show you exactly why people call this city the “Rodeo Capital of Texas.”

2. Explore nature

Want to enjoy nature, trails, and parks? There’s plenty to choose from. For those looking for a butterfly fix, head over to the Paschall Park Butterfly Trail. The Mesquite Heritage Trail is ideal for hiking and biking, while golf fanatics will enjoy the quiet greens at Mesquite Golf Club. For an area so close to a major city, Mesquite offers plenty of refuge for those looking to enjoy nature’s wonder. 

3. Indoor & outdoor play spaces

If you’re looking for something to do with the kids or to just let off some steam, then Mesquite has many options to satisfy your needs. Celebration Station, Xcape Adventures, and Dad’s Broadway Skateland all offer a day’s worth of fun for the whole family. Speed around on go-carts, solve riddles to escape mystery-themed escape rooms, or glide through a classic roller rink. 

4. Good eats

Mesquite is a foodie’s delight. Enjoy pretty much anything, from traditional Texas BBQ, authentic Tex-Mex, Greek, and Caribbean cuisine at one of the many local restaurants in the Mesquite area. From Mesquite Barbecue, Yia Yia’s House of Gyros, and the Jamaican Cook Shop, residents can travel the globe every night of the week without leaving the comforts of home.

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Danni WhiteAuthor

Danni White draws on over 15 years of experience as a marketer, writer, and content strategist. Over the past decade, she has worked with agencies, startups, and digital publications to create content that matters. She is the founder of DW Creative Consulting Agency where she works with clients to create, manage, and optimize content for optimal business impact.

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Anusha Gadepalli recently graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Health and is currently pursuing double Masters' degrees in Health Information Management with a concentration in Health Informatics and Data Analytics, and an MBA in Healthcare Administration from Texas State University and Texas A&M Corpus Christi, respectively. She’s lived in Dallas, Texas for three years, and simply put, she loves it. The city truly caters to people from all different walks of life with different lifestyles. She is the co-owner and general manager of Sorella Salon, with locations in Flower Mound and Frisco.

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