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Dallas Texas has more than enough to offer everyone. In fact, there are more neighborhoods to explore here than many other large metropolitan areas in our country. Each ‘hood in DFW has a unique flair to it and you will have to find the one that suits you best. Hopefully, its more than The Most Awesome Dallas Neighborhoods to Live Your Best Life and the guide to the best neighborhoods to live, visit, play, dine and hang out in Dallas.
The Most Awesome Dallas Neighborhoods to Live Your Best Life
Dallas neighborhoods are as diverse as our population. They each have such a different energy and feel to them. For example, Downtown and Uptown attract those focused on urban living, but vastly different to each and only minutes apart.
Lakewood and Preston Hollow are right for people who want to be in town but have a little more space, plus Lakewood has a bit more of an Austin vibe to it since its on active White Rock Lake.
City of Dallas Neighborhoods
Dallas is a great place to live. Great jobs, great homes and pretty affordable cost of living.
Furthermore, the reasonable cost of living in Dallas sets it apart from other major cities in the country and makes it one of the best places to live in Texas.
Keep in mind, each neighborhood garners a different price.
When deciding where to live in the Dallas Region, the sky is the limit. Actually with Museum Tower in downtown and Windrose tower in Plano, its not the limit.
Not only can you find reasonable housing options available minutes from major employment centers, but also near entertainment venues, dining experiences and more. Live your life all within a few square miles at a fraction of the cost.
North Dallas is an area of numerous communities and neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas. The phrase “North Dallas” is also sometimes used to include any suburb or exurb north of Dallas proper within the metropolitan area.
Bishop Arts has some amazing festivals, Maker events and all around festivities. Its such a neat area to explore and/or live.
I would highly recommend a weekend at the Belmont Hotel, dining at Smoke (omg, so unbelievable) and walking up and down 7th street. Its a unique area that caters to the artist.
From Downtown Dallas, you can reach this area via the new trolley – it looks like a modern DART car – or just connect to this trolley from any other DART train.
(pssst . . . I had the CMO of DART on the podcast over here, you might like the insight)
West Dallas is an area consisting of many communities and neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas, United States. West Dallas is the area bounded by Interstate 30 on the south, the Trinity River on the east and north, and the Trinity River’s West Fork on the west.
The Trinity Grove area has been built up to include the delish Cake Bar – that’s right, a bar with cake. You’ll want to grab the strawberry piece.
We love Amberjax! It reminds us so much of southwest Florida.
Chef Larry Williams hand-selects only the freshest fish, shellfish and seafood from every corner of the globe. Amberjax Fish Market Grille brings a combination full-service restaurant and neighborhood fresh market that offers daily specials of seafood, oysters, handmade sides, soups and desserts.
- Booker T. Washington for the Performing and Visual Arts
- Dallas Black Dance Theatre, the oldest continuously operating dance company
- World-ranked Dallas Museum of Art
- Nasher Sculpture Center
- One Arts Plaza
- Winspear Opera House
There is so much to do and see in this neighborhood. For starters, I recommend that you begin with a walking tour to gain an insider’s perspective to the layout, buildings, museums and architecture.
If you visit the Arts District on a warm, sunny day be sure to visit the Klyde Warren Park. The 5-acre park built above Woodall Rodgers Freeway is one of the top attractions to visit in Dallas. You can check out a book, magazine, or board game from the lending library, and grab a bite to eat at one of the food trucks. Or play a game of croquet, listen to live music, and just enjoy the sunshine while people watching.
Currently, Klyde Warren park is hosting the Friends exhibit which kids young and old are loving!!
If you’re a fan of Asian art, then the Crow Museum of Asian Art is not to be missed. It’s one of only a handful of museums in the country dedicated solely to the arts and cultures of Japan, China, India and Southeast Asia. During your visit you’ll see jade ornaments from China, delicate Japanese scrolls, and a rarely seen 2-by-28-foot sandstone façade of an 18th century Indian residence.
Offering something for just about every budget and taste, Preston Hollow is increasingly becoming Dallas’ go-to spot for trendy restaurants and family-friendly eateries. Locals and visitors alike hit up The Mercury, an award-winning restaurant known for its sophisticated American cuisine. Pizza aficionados flock to Dough for authentic Neapolitan style pies. And be sure to check out the dumpling bar at Royal China, a Preston Hollow mainstay since 1974.
The Knox Henderson area has a funky LA kinda vibe . . . if you will. Cool cafes, bars, shops, graffiti walls nestled into this neighborhood make it so unique. One spot that you need to take a peek at is La La Kind Cafe.This cafe employs former foster kids who’ve aged out of the system and often have a hard time finding work. But despite having a feel-good hook, it doesn’t feel gimmicky. Francois Reihani, the cafe’s 23-year-old founder, opted to renovate a 100-year-old house just off Greenville Avenue, turning it into a sunlit cafe with bright white walls, modern touches and seating on the front porch and on a sunny back patio.
And of course I can’t forget, Turtle Creek is home to the Mansion.
This is a longstanding icon of luxury here in the Big D. Its been around since the fabulous 80’s, , 1980 to be exact when oil heiress Caroline Rose Hunt turned mansion into a property for all visitors to enjoy. They also added a restaurant and bar that the Dallas crowd loves to be in.
Described as the greatest lot sale in the history of Dallas, two hundred lots were reportedly sold between 12:01 A.M. and 12:45 A.M. on September 3, 1906. Advertisements of the day promised that Junius Heights would become the choicest residential section of Dallas. The neighborhood was well known by its large columns on Abrams and was served by the Junius Heights streetcar line until streetcar service was discontinued.source: JuniusHeights.org
- Fair Park
- Far East Dallas
- Far North Dallas
- Far Northeast Dallas
- Lake Highlands
- Love Field
- Medical District
- Mountain Creek
- North Dallas
- Northeast Dallas
- Northwest Dallas
- Oak Cliff
- Oak Lawn
- Old East Dallas
- Park Cities
- Pleasant Grove
- Red Bird
- South Dallas
- Southeast Dallas
- Stemmons/Market Center
- West Dallas
- White Rock
- Beyond Dallas
But what about other areas of DFW? Other there more neighborhoods besides Neighborhoods in Dallas?
There are many neighborhoods in the metroplex as far reaching as Fort Worth to Rockwall to busy Plano, McKinney and more.
Here are more of the top neighborhoods to consider outside of Dallas proper:
❤️ Downtown McKinney
I’ve written about and spoken about Downtown McKinney so much.
This historic neighborhood is one of the best and most charming neighborhoods in all of North Texas. You can learn about everything on Downtown McKinney in the Down & Dirty Guide to Downtown McKinney Texas here.
❤️ Windsong Ranch in Prosper
Windsong Ranch made a splash this year, no pun intended, with the opening of the new Crystal Lagoon.
If you can handle the 380, then you might like this neighborhood and subdivision.
❤️ Willowbend in Plano
When you think about West Plano real estate and where to live, the first development that comes to mind is the community of Willow Bend, it set the standards for West Plano as one of the most upscale and affluent neighborhoods in zip code 75093. A comparison of Willow Bend to the Park Cites is often made because it is a close knit community with excellent schools and police department, shopping and restaurants that would satisfy anyone and then some! All located in the Heart of West Plano.
❤️ Frisco Rail District
A few weeks ago I wrote that the downtown Frisco area has now become entitled, the Frisco Rail District. According to plans made decades ago, Frisco Texas will now be executing those plans and revamping the downtown Frisco area to include more shops and restaurants.
❤️ Stonebridge Ranch
Before Windsong Ranch and the Crystal Lagoon were taking the limelight, Light Farms in Celina was all the rage. And still a great neighborhood for families.
Princeton has busted open with lots of new housing, playgrounds and HOAs . . .thankfully Two Sisters Grove trail has still stayed.
More of what Princeton has =)
One of our favorite neighborhoods to escape to when we want to head East is Rockwall, specifically Downtown Rockwall and Squabble Creek Trail.
Don’t forget to visit Central Park.
Shoemakers downtown is a place you don’t want to pass by.
Advantages of a Richardson location:
- Highest concentration of technology workers in the greater Dallas area –
1.9 million total labor force within a 30-minute commute
- Strategically located between major freeways for easy commuter access
- Home to the University of Texas at Dallas – a Carnegie “Tier One” University
- Highly regarded K-12 educational systems with over 90% college-bound graduates
- 4 existing DART light rail stations (2 more rails underway) and public bus service
- 30+ million square feet of office, flex and industrial space
- Responsive city government and staff who “operate at the speed of business”
- Extensive housing options from entry level to executive homes, town homes,
upscale multi-family, and transit-oriented developments
- 800+ acres of parks and recreational facilities, golf courses and over 40 miles of hike & bike trails
- Arts & music festivals throughout the year, plus first-class entertainment venues
- Over 250 dining options, from traditional American to exotic ethnic cuisines
❤️ Watter’s Creek
Watter’s Creek offers residents and visitors a beautiful setting just off of Central Expressway
❤️ Flower Mound
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