4 of the Friendliest Neighborhoods in Dallas

Author: Alecia Pirulis

Renting an apartment in Dallas, Texas is the right idea. After all, it’s one of the greatest cities in the Lone Star State. Living in a fun, energetic neighborhood is a great way to meet fellow neighbors, and most Dallas residents take pride in carrying out the Texas-friendly attitude. For your convenience, here are a few of the friendliest neighborhoods in Dallas, so making new friends and acquaintances will be the least of your worries.


The town of Addison is an entrepreneur’s paradise, yet it is home to some of the most recognized brand names in the world. Mary Kay Cosmetics is headquartered here, along with Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao. 14 miles north of Downtown Dallas, Addison is a place for product and tech pioneers. Just last year, it was recognized as Google’s 2014 E-city for the State of Texas.

Addison can see upwards of 100,000 people during daytime hours, since many commute to Addison for work. However, resident population is significantly less, around 13,000, according to the 2010 census. Those who live or work in Addison can experience a lifestyle unique to that of nearby towns. If you love world-renowned restaurants, upscale shopping, and concerts on the lawn, then you should consider renting an apartment in Addison.

Green space is plentiful here, and there is always something to do on the weekends! Addison Circle Park, located near Blueprints sculpture, holds many of the town gatherings and events. Sip wine and taste local gourmet appetizers at the annual Fork and Cork food festival, or cozy up on a blanket and watch the Independence Day fireworks at Kaboom Town! The WaterTower Theatre is a wonderful venue to see a live theatrical show, or take a stroll through the historic warplanes exhibits at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum.

Uptown Dallas

This part of Dallas is one of the most desirable areas in the city, especially for young professionals. Designed around the architectural concept of New Urbanism, Uptown Dallas is skirted with prize-winning restaurants, bars, high-rise condos and apartments. Ergonomic office space, state-of-the-art medical offices, and chic boutiques are also located here.

Although you can walk to almost anything in Uptown, McKinney Avenue Trolley is there if you need a free ride to Downtown Dallas. Along Hall Street is where you’ll find the city’s oldest cemeteries; Greenwood being the second oldest and largest of the bunch. These burial grounds were established in the 1800s, and include a self-guided tour for city dwellers and tourists.

From swanky art galleries to contemporary office buildings to outstanding shopping and dining, Uptown has it all for the renter looking for the ultimate city experience – could that be you?

Deep Ellum

Tucked between the DART transit lines and the Dallas Junction, Deep Ellum is popular neighborhood for entertainment and nightlife. Warehouses and plants have been repurposed into concert venues, pool halls, and restaurants. Deep Ellum was big on jazz and blues in the 1920s, hosting Bessie Smith and “Lead Belly” Ledbetter in local clubs.

There is plenty of beer in Deep Ellum. Taverns and beer gardens can be found throughout the district, and The Deep Ellum Brewing Company is located on Saint Louis Street. Hole-in-the-wall eateries, tattoo parlors, and pizzerias occupy store fronts in Deep Ellum.

While walking through the neighborhood, you’ll stumble upon some of the city’s best street art and murals. The most breathtaking shots of the city skyline can be found street-level, or in your trendy loft-style apartment home.

Lower Greenville

Located northeast of Deep Ellum, Lower Greenville is home to many SMU students. There is a large nightlife scene here, with bars and music venues making up a majority of the unique neighborhood. The most requested and talented musicians have stormed the stage of the Grenada Theater, a landmark of Lower Greenville. This Greenville Avenue gem has made the “best venue” list of multiple publications and has free movie nights almost every week.

Greenville Avenue is a piece of history too and stretches through both Lower and Upper Greenville. The road was used to deliver Dallas’ first automobile, so it holds significant historical value in the community. It also serves as a popular hangout spot for car and motor bike enthusiasts. Do you love food? Of course you do! Blue Goose Cantina is a popular meet-up spot for frozen daiquiris and warm queso dip, while Café Izmir is the place to go sample hummus and Mediterranean cuisine.

Comedy clubs are in no short supply. The Backdoor Comedy Club has featured performers from Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing. Up-and-coming comedians can show off their stand-up skills at the club’s open mic night.

Renting an apartment in Dallas leaves you with a myriad of options, and this list only named four neighborhoods in this large city that embraces a warm, small town feel. Once you’ve found the area you can call home, sooner than later you will be socializing and inviting your friendly new neighbors to your apartment for dinner!