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Entry from July 26, 2008
Colleywood (Colleyville nickname)

The city of Colleyville is a suburb of Dallas; in July 2008, D Magazine rated Colleyville as the #3 best suburb of Dallas. Colleyville has many affluent residents.

“Colleywood” is a nickname for Colleyville that has been used since at least 1996. “Colleywood” is meant to imply that Colleyville is as glamorous and wealthy as Hollywood, California. The “Colleywood” nickname also has derogatory use, implying that the people of Colleyville are rich snobs.


Wikipedia: Colleyville, Texas
Colleyville is a city in Tarrant County, Texas, United States. The population was 19,636 at the 2000 census.

Wikipedia: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Hollywood is a district in the city of Los Angeles, California, situated west-northwest of Downtown Los Angeles. Due to its fame and cultural identity as the historical center of movie studios and movie stars, the word “Hollywood” is often used as a metonym of cinema of the United States. Today, much of the movie industry has dispersed into surrounding areas such as Burbank and the Los Angeles Westside but significant auxiliary industries, such as editing, effects, props, post-production and lighting companies, remain in Hollywood.

Many historic Hollywood theaters are used as venues and concert stages to premiere major theatrical releases and host the Academy Awards. It is a popular destination for nightlife and tourism and home to the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Urban Dictionary
colleywood
Slang for Colleyville, Texas; a little town situated near Grapevine and Southlake. Adopted due to the fact that the city and its residents have as much, likely even more, money than Hollywood.
The “average” house looks like a mansion. High school kids driving Beamers...must be Colleywood baby!
by HeartofDixie Apr 20, 2006

Urban Dictionary
Colleyville
A city near the DFW airport; the high school is notorious for bad incidents occuring. A complete gossip filled town, it’s known for people thinking their the best of the best, but then doing nothing with their life. The local hangout used to be Wendy’s but recently upgraded to Sonic .. that tells you something. Where you are judged for the size of your house, kind of car you drive, and the clothes you wear. Otherwise known as Colleywood.
Bobby: “Wow, I’ve never heard of a school only notorious for people having sex in the stairwell and boys shooting up steroids.”
Sue: “Only in Colleywood.”

by LindsayJ Jun 5, 2005

11 June 1996, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 1:
Colleyville is easy. Folks already call it Colleywood. A glamorous name for a glamorous town.

28 July 2000, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 1:
I’ve heard it called Colleywood because people are fairly snobby out there.

Texas Monthly (April 2001)
Book Drive
by Joe Nick Patoski
With a population that has doubled during the past decade, a median household income of $150,000 a year, and a $700,000 price tag on the average home sold in 2000, Colleyville is one of the most affluent communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Small wonder folks refer to it as Colleywood, with high-profile residents that include actress Janine Turner and Texas Rangers Ivan Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro. But Colleyville also has another distinction: It is the richest community in Texas without a library.

22 April 2002, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, pg. 4:
One of the first steps will be to shake Colleyville’s “Colleywood” image ...

Keller (TX) Citizen
Friday, Jun. 27, 2008
Magazine: Keller among best ‘burbs of Dallas-Fort Worth
By SARAH JUNEK
Keller and two other northeast Tarrant County cities are among the top 10 suburbs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, according to a local magazine’s recent rankings.

D Magazine in its July issue ranks Keller as the ninth-best suburb, up from No. 21 last year. Southlake and Colleyville are ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.
(...)
Keller neighbor Southlake is likened to “University Park dropped in the middle of the country. Affluence is evident around every corner.” And the magazine mentions Colleyville’s nickname, “Colleywood,” calling it a “wealthy town with a heart.”

D Magazine (July 2008)
Rating the Suburbs
by Dawn McMullan
(...)
3. Colleyville
Population: 22,150 Annual growth since 1990: 4% Average home sales price in 2007: $522,768 Median age of residents: 40 Families with kids under 18: 49.8% Median household income: $117,419

What They Say: The trees are a big draw, and although Colleyville is practically next door to DFW Airport, it isn’t in the flight pattern. It’s a wealthy town with a heart. One resident says, “You’re as likely to find Birkenstocks as Jimmy Choo stilettos on the feet of ladies who lunch.” Locals love Market Street, an independent grocery store that features organics and staples like Heinz ketchup. “My sister-in-law lives in Highland Park, and she wishes she had a store like that near her,” one resident says. You’ll see a lot of teardowns in Colleyville, which is down the road—and price range—from Southlake. “When I have somebody looking in Southlake who can’t find what they want, I direct them to Colleyville. It just doesn’t have all the bells and whistles,” says Realtor Becky Washam. New homes start in the upper $300,000s for homes in the Grapevine/Colleyville ISD; lower $300,000s for Birdville ISD. You can find something in the mid $100,000s, but it will need work.

What We Say: You’ll hear the nickname “Colleywood” thrown around a bit here, referring to the wealth in Colleyville. Local newspaper writer Michele Valdez once said in her weekly column, The Confessions of a Mad Housewife, that she loved living in Colleyville because she was surrounded by high-maintenance women just like her. Yet she also challenged the town to be more open-minded when the presence of minorities became an issue at the local schools. Locals Jeff Dyson and son Michael won a Grammy this year and are founders of the Blue Shoe Project, which takes the blues to kids in Texas schools. Cash and kindness mingle well. 

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Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Saturday, July 26, 2008 • Permalink