Prosper resident Jennifer Redman and daughter Georgia, 8, love getting outside in their neighborhood, whether they are enjoying a nearby trail, walking, riding bikes or just relaxing in lawn chairs. The single mom and realtor gives a rave review of her community, which has been experiencing tremendous growth while retaining its charm.
Favorite family restaurant Our favorite is Ernesto’s off Preston in Prosper. It is locally operated, and we love the food and staff. Georgia has a dairy allergy, and they’re always mindful of that. Additionally, we see friends and neighbors there every time we go, which keeps Prosper’s small town–feel authentic.
Ernesto’s Fine Mexican Food // 120 N. Preston Road, Prosper (more DFW locations)
Best park Our top local park is Frontier Park! It has playground equipment for all ages as well as an oversized stocked pond, walking paths and green space. Georgia and I go often to enjoy a picnic and spend time outdoors a few minutes from home.
Frontier Park // 1551 W. Frontier Parkway, Prosper
Favorite family outing Our favorite outing happens in our neighborhood! Our Star Trail community is our family; we have COVID-friendly sidewalk and cul-de-sac gatherings with children on wheels and parents in chairs. This has helped us with the blues and kept us connected. We’ve gone back to enjoying time with our neighbors; this is how I grew up and I’m thrilled to share it with my daughter.
Star Trail community // Off Dallas Parkway north of U.S. Highway 380, Prosper
For a night out Date nights and girls nights are spent at The Gin! The Gin is a Prosper staple, with delicious food, fantastic service and an oversized patio complete with live music. I’ve spent fun evenings listening to a man and his guitar with a date as well as nights with a group of girls enjoying an entire band.
The Gin // 204 W. Broadway St., Prosper
Self-care spot Venezia Nail Spa is my favorite recharge. I can always get in with a short wait and know the massage, nails and service (and wine!) are consistently stellar. Venezia is at The Gates of Prosper off Preston and is locally operated.
Venezia Nail Spa // 861 S. Preston Road, Prosper
Go-to for getting active Georgia and I take wheels—whether it’s her bike or roller skates—to the neighborhood streets almost daily. I’ll take yoga classes at a couple different studios; Prosper has a few. But our favorite ways to stay active are walking the trails at Light Farms or enjoying the playground space at Windsong Ranch.
For cooling off Shave ice! That was easy! Hokulia is a local shave ice spot with outdoor picnic tables in downtown Prosper; we just sat there yesterday under the trees. I had the kids rainbow flavor, and Georgia had pink bubble gum and blue Hawaiian.
Hokulia Shave Ice // 105 N. Coleman St., Prosper
How they give back My family gives back through volunteering at school, Lovepacs (which provides food for kids who need it) in Prosper and helping a friend who leads Cornerstone North Central Texas. It is a great organization helping those in need locally.
How she found her mom squad My local mom friends first come from my workplace, The Christie Cannon Team at Keller Williams. Thank goodness for Zoom girls nights. I’m also lucky enough to have made lasting friendships with the moms in Star Trail and my daughter’s friends’ moms. As a working mom, the stay-at-home moms and PTO (parent-teacher organization) moms are my village! I couldn’t do it without these phenomenal women in my life.
Why Prosper is great for families Prosper is a community where a family can begin, grow and stay. Prosper schools are outpacing many neighboring cities and have implemented programs to keep kids engaged and connected. The teachers and staff are dedicated beyond measure. Prosper neighbors will always gather together and care for each other.
Photo courtesy of Maddie Vickers Photography.