The city of Irving actually encompasses the Las Colinas area, which includes venues and attractions such as the Mustangs at Las Colinas, The Studios at Las Colinas, and Texas Stadium. The heavy-hitting business that headquarter here are ExxonMobil, Chuck E. Cheese's, Michael Stores, Zale Corporation, and the Boy Scouts of America, to name a few. And even though the Dallas Cowboys have considered Irving home turf, in 2009 the 'Boys will move over to Arlington in their new home. When that happens, Irving plans to transform the famous property into multi-use, master-planned, commercial and residential project.
Prospective residents seeking older, quieter neighborhoods can look to the south of the city. Here you'll find neighborhood associations that tout original owners that have lived in their neighborhoods for over 30 years. For those looking for newer construction and communities, just north of Highway 114 you'll find new home construction, as well as loft and condo living located right in the heart of activity.
But to the south of city, you'll find an older side of Irving, rich in history and tradition. The city of Irving originally began in 1889 as an area called Gorbit, but the name was changed in 1894 to Kit. In 1903, however, JO "Otto" Schulze and Otis Brown founded the city. It is believed that the literary author Washington Irving was a favorite of Mr. Brown's wife, and so the name of the town, Irving, was chosen.
Most of Irving is served by the Irving Independent School District, but since the district lines were drawn long before the expansion of the city, the Carrollton Independent School District and Coppell Independent School Districts also serve the city. Irving can also claim Cistercian Preparatory School for boys in grades five through 12, and the Highlands School for pre-Kindergarten through grade 12. The city is also the site of the University of Dallas and North Lake College.