Las Colinas is an upscale community in the Dallas suburb of Irving, Texas. Centrally located between Dallas and Fort Worth and very close to the DFW Airport – Las Colinas was a very attractive setting for businesses and corporations back in the day, looking to either relocate or establish roots. Offering an abundance of commercial and residential spaces, including corporate office parks, luxury hotels, landmark office towers, luxury town houses, single family homes, exclusive country clubs, gated communities and urban lofts – to list off a few. Originally known as “El Ranchito de Las Colinas,” the community of Las Colinas was developed by millionaire rancher Ben H. Carpenter in 1972. It has the distinction of being one of the very first planned communities in the U.S., and was once known as the largest mixed-use development in the south. In the 1980s, Las Colinas became a draw for a lot of corporations seeking a change of scenery. Among the prominent companies that called Las Colinas home in the 80s; Exxon Mobil Corporation, GTE Telephone (now Verizon), Kimberly-Clark and Associates Corp. In the 1990s, an estimated 6,500,000 square feet of new office space was built in Las Colinas, offering even more businesses an opportunity to set up shop. Today, the community of Las Colinas has nearly 25,000,000 square feet of office space which is equivalent to the amount of space available in Dallas’ Center Business District. Of the companies that currently call Las Colinas home, many of them are Fortune 500 – Commercial Metals, ExxonMobil, Fluor and Kimberly-Clark. Las Colinas is also home to three private country clubs and four championship golf courses.