Terrific Neighborhoods in Dallas

Author: Alecia Pirulis


Like many other cities across the country, sleek skyscrapers dominate the downtown skyline. And, like many other cities across the country, the wide sidewalks outside those buildings are busy each morning and afternoon with high-powered business people rushing along, carrying briefcases and talking on cell phones. And, like every other city across the country, those business people are dressed for success – suits, ties, cowboy boots, and ten-gallon hats.

Wait, what?

Okay, so Dallas isn’t like every other city. It is big, bold, and unique. It’s millionaires and oil, major corporations and tech companies. Dallas is big business, big shopping, big fun, and big hair. Dallas is every other city in America amplified. It places 6th worldwide among cities with the most billionaires, it is considered one of the best cities for business and careers, and the growth in Dallas is expected to continue for decades. It is the nation’s ninth-largest city and the fourth-largest metro area. And if you’ve decided you want to be a part of this dynamic city, you have some amazing neighborhoods to choose from when you rent an apartment in Dallas.

First, the obvious: Downtown Dallas.  Downtown is a vast area that is considered the heart of the city. It consists of several smaller areas, including the popular Arts District. The Arts District is home to the Dallas Museum of Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the AT&T Performing Arts Center, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, and several other arts venues.  Another great section of Downtown Dallas is Victory Park, home to the American Airlines Center and the Dallas Mavericks. Victory Center is also home to apartment buildings, several stores, restaurants, live music venues, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

Just north of Downtown, you’ll find Uptown Dallas. This upscale neighborhood is located along the popular Katy Trail and is considered one of the state’s most walkable areas. With a wide variety of multi-use developments and a fun, funky vibe, Uptown Dallas is very popular with young professionals who are looking for apartments in a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. This area also has the McKinney Avenue Transit Authority Streetcar, a free (and fun!) way to get around Dallas. DART light rail’s Cityplace Station is also located in Uptown Dallas with the red, orange, and blue lines stopping at the station – ideal for quick commutes.

If location is the key then go with the “M.” The M Streets neighborhood is situated between downtown and White Rock Lake, a popular recreation area with hiking, biking, boating, kayaking, and bird-watching. This area features the White Rock Lake Museum, the Bath House Cultural Center, and the Dallas Arboretum. The lake is five miles northeast of Downtown Dallas and is one of the most-visited areas in the city parks system. When renting an apartment in the M Streets neighborhood, be sure it is on one of the following streets: Morningside, Mercedes, McCommas, Monticello, or Merrimac.

On the other side of Dallas, you’ll find an area rich with history. The West End Historic District is located just northwest of Downtown Dallas, south of Victory Park. The West End Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, dating back to 1872. The historic buildings house shops, restaurants, and pubs. The area is home to festivals and events, including the popular West End Block Party. This neighborhood is also home to several attractions, including the Old Red Museum, the Sixth Floor Museum, the John Fitzgerald Kennedy Memorial, and the Dallas World Aquarium.

If you want to live among the movers-and-shakers of Dallas, rent an apartment in Preston Hollow and claim one of the most prestigious (and expensive!) addresses in the city. Preston Hollow is an exclusive neighborhood populated with CEOs, sports stars, and one former president – President George W. Bush owns a home in Preston Hollow. This neighborhood is multi-million dollar estates hidden by expansive lawns and mature oak trees, elite private schools, and plenty of high-end shopping.