Las Colinas literally means “the hills” in Spanish, and was originally called “El Ranchito de Las Colinas” (“the little ranch of the hills”). It’s confusing at first, because Las Colinas is not actually a town; it is part of the city of Irving, Texas. According to the Las Colinas Association, Las Colinas is officially a “master-planned community” located within the city of Irving, and was created as a non-profit corporation in 1973.
Consisting of twelve thousand acres, the development is a unique combination of commercial residential, educationsl, recreational, and retail land uses developed in harmony with the surrounding lakes and canals. It boasts 17 miles of canal waterways, 10 miles of riverside hiking and biking trails, and 190 acres of parks and greenbelts. As of 2014 it consists of 22.5 million square feet of office space and 8.5 million square feet of light industrial and distribution space, along with 1.3 million sq ft of retail store space. It also features over 26 hotels and 100 restaurants.
The community is home to 2,000+ corporations including the world headquarters of Exxon/Mobil, Kimberly-Clark, Fluor Corporation, Pioneer Natural Resources and Zale Corporation. It also serves as the national and regional headquarters to companies such as Nokia, Microsoft, NEC and Verizon. The employee base is 105,000.
The DART (Dallas Area Rapid Transit) Orange Line passes through Las Colinas and connects the DFW Airport to Love Field and the other DART lines. Las Colinas has easy access to several highways, including the George Bush Tollway, 183, 35, 635, and John Carpenter (114). It’s easy to get to either airport from Las Colinas, and not a bad commute to downtown Dallas.
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