I moved from St. Louis, Missouri to Garland, Texas nine years ago. From the moment I moved here I was overtaken by the great southern hospitality. Being from a big city, it was strange having people wave at you and shake your hand when they didn't even know you, but now I am the same way. The fact that Garland is beautiful during all seasons may affect why everyone is so friendly. Not to mention, the quick four hour drive to the beach.
There are so many things to do here in Garland. The streets are lined with hundreds of restaurants of all styles, including my two favorite; Siciliano's, which has delectable Italian food, and Cristina's, which has authentic, and to die for, Tex-Mex. Just be careful when ordering soda though because everything is a Coke, including Pepsi. The "everything is bigger in Texas" mentality rings true when it comes to Texas shopping. While the shopping is not the best in Garland, Allen Premium Outlets, which is about a 20 minute drive from Garland, is the biggest outlet mall I have ever seen, with over 100 stores. It is a great place to spend a day with family or friends. The nightlife in Garland consists mainly of local sports bars, which isn't really my cup of tea, but Dallas is only a 25 minute drive away and the nightlife there is amazing.
All in all, Garland, Texas is a great place to live. A good central location for traveling to tons of Texas hotspots, and a community jam-packed with nice people and great food. You couldn't pay me to move.
I have lived in Garland, Texas, which is part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, for the past two years. There are many family-owned and national-chain restaurants in Gardland from which to choose. Since Garland is situated in seamless transition to Dallas, the opportunity for nightlife activities is endless. Additionally, the city of Garland has a vast array of cultural arts centers, libraries, festivals, and live performances ranging from children's presentations to orchestra performances. If golf is a sport enjoyed, Garland has large golf complex that is used as part of the U.S. qualifying tour. The ethnic diversity is wide ranging, and the people move at a fast pace while still managing to maintain a friendly atmosphere.
Garland features many private mall complexes and some great shopping, as well as easy access to complexes in adjacent cities. Road improvement is the most difficult part of living in Garland, because, as with any developing area, they are always expanding the roadways. However, Garland is centrally located to several of the main roadways into Dallas and the surrounding area. Overall, I would highly recommend Garland to any single, couple or young family.