“Living in Gunter” By Melanie

My family and I relocated to Texas about 2 ½ years ago and deciding to live in Gunter, it was one of the best decisions we have ever made. Our criteria were that we had to find a house within an hour’s commute to my husbands workplace, a good high school, and we wanted and acre of land. We got that and so much more. We were lucky enough to find a small friendly town that has an exemplary school district, great access to Frisco, McKinney, Sherman and also less than an hour from Dallas Fort Worth international airport. Gunter has retained that rural feel whilst still being relatively close to the bigger cities.
When I first moved here, the drive to the grocery store, or the mall – let’s face it just about anywhere, did seem like a long way, but as time has gone on, the drive seems shorter. When I arrive in Frisco or Plano, the traffic irritates me and I can’t wait to get back on Highway 289 and see the wide stretch of open road with green fields, sweet little calves, and some wonderful views as you approach Celina. By the time I arrive home, I am relaxed and de-stressed from driving to the big city!!

The people of Gunter are so friendly and welcoming. My girls were both looked after by the staff and students of Gunter High school and welcomed with open arms. All the kids know each other and look out for each other. Most of them have been through their whole school lives together but they have treated our girls as if they have lived here forever. We were astounded on our first tour of the school to find no locks on the lockers – that feeling of trust and looking out for one another is very evident. I love football season, where Friday nights at the high school is the place to be. The atmosphere gives you that warm fuzzy feeling… As you get to the school you can see the smoke arising from the grill, cars looking for a parking spot and groups of people walking towards the bright lights of the football field with their blankets.
Even the Gunter Police are very welcoming. You can often see them just as you arrive in Gunter as they welcome you into Gunter or wave goodbye as you are leaving.
Would I trade the wide open space and friendly town of Gunter for the conveniences of living in a larger city with its heavy traffic and countless stoplights? – Never.

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