Earlier this year, Reginald Hardwick of NBC 5 News put together a great story on the promising migration of affluent African American professionals and entrepreneurs to the excellent suburb of Desoto. As the news piece mentions, some real estate agents tend to steer educated out-of-town educated blacks from considering suburbs south of Dallas, including Desoto, but a complete picture of the southern suburbs is needed. So for those who are either moving to the Dallas Ft Worth area and are interested in this and similar communities, or who already live here and didn’t realize the new migration patterns of professional and affluent blacks, here ya go…
When most people think of growing affluent communities in North Texas, Frisco, Flower Mound and Southlake come to mind; DeSoto should also come to mind.
The southern Dallas County community has grown from 15,000 residents in the 1980’s to more than 50,000 people who now call the city home.
Taj Clayton is a partner in the law firm Fish and Richardson and his wife Tonika is a vice president at an education technology company. With their pick of places to raise their two daughters and son, they chose DeSoto.
“DeSoto, for our perspective, was the best place to live, ” Taj Clayton said. “It was just a hidden gem that a lot of people didn’t know about. There are beautiful hills, undulating landscapes, incredible parks. I feel fortunate to live on a golf course.”