Later, the decision to create the West End
Historic District in the 1980s and preserve the
late turn-of-the-century brick warehouses by
turning them into swanky restaurants, retail,
office and residential spaces has resonated,
leading to even more renovation projects.
Downtown urban living is enjoying a new
renaissance of appeal among a number of
people, from those who desire a fast-paced
lifestyle near all the action to recent retirees
and empty nesters who want the fun and
freedom that accompanies a high-rise with
a concierge, round-the-clock security and
a convenient location. Note The Trinity
River Project is another big transformation for downtown. This city-funded public
works project will be the largest urban park
in the United States, with facilities that will
include an equestrian center, lakes, trails,
sports fields, nature centers and other recreational facilities.
East Dallas, once a separate town, retains an
individual character and is home to urban
pioneers and young professionals with an
appreciation of stained glass windows, arched
doorways and frame homes. Architectural
styles in East Dallas vary greatly and reflect
every taste, much to the relief of those who
shy away from “cookie cutter” neighborhoods.
Variety is the spice of life and it certainly spices
up the area’s architecture, including Prairie,
Tudor, Mid-Century modern, French Eclectic,
Victorian and Spanish Revival.
FAR NORTH DALLAS
Developed by local real estate icon Trammell
Crow, Far North Dallas is bordered by I-635,
Addison, Carrollton, Plano and Richardson.
With its own skyline, retail and commercial
businesses, office buildings and shopping
centers, many of the “techie” residents here
find little reason to venture downtown except
for the occasional meeting.
Most homes are considered “recent vintage”
and lot sales (when available) are brisk
because of the area’s location and proximity to the Richardson Independent School
District, one of the state’s highest academically ranked districts.
The lengthy strip of road that comprises the
Greenville Avenue neighborhood traverses
a broad cross-section of residences, restaurants, nightclubs and retail establishments.
Located northeast of downtown, Greenville Avenue begins near Garret Park and
stretches all the way past LBJ Freeway
to Richardson. Mockingbird Lane is the
boundary where Dallasites divide the street
into Upper Greenville and Lower Greenville.
Lower Greenville Avenue is home to tiny
shops selling antiques, resale clothing and
furniture and Mediterranean and health
food stores. Needless to say, it appeals to the
bohemian, alternative crowd. Upper Greenville is more posh, with swanky restaurants
and nightclubs and a more upscale crowd.
Forbes once named Lake Highlands one of
the top three best neighborhoods to buy
a home – and it’s no wonder. Tree-lined,
rolling streets give this mostly residential
area a homey feeling, and many residents
consider Lake Highlands to be a small town
within a big city.
Residents have easy access to Garland to
the east, Richardson to the north and North
Dallas to the west. Most of Lake Highlands
is located within the popular Richardson
Independent School District, while a small
area located mainly south of Northwest
Hwy is served by Dallas Independent
School District. Homes in Lake Highlands
consist mostly of single-family homes, and is
a natural choice for active families because
of its proximity to White Rock Lake.
Lakewood is popular with families and
young professionals – and that’s not
surprising. Bordered on one side by the
western shore of White Rock Lake, Lake-
wood is bounded by Mockingbird on the
north and Gaston-Country Club to the
south, and the area is only a short distance
from downtown Dallas – yet has maintained
its small town charm. Many of the homes
in this old-fashioned neighborhood were
built from the 1900s to the 1950s, and there
are many historic and conservation Districts
There are also a wide variety of housing
options here, from two-bedroom starter
homes and quaint cottages to large mansions
on sprawling acreage, plus duplexes, four-plexes and apartments. A number of
architectural styles are reflected here, too,
including Craftsman, Prairie-Four Squares,
Tudors, Spanish, Mediterranean Eclectic
and Early Ranch.
Considered by many Dallasites to be one
of the best areas in the city for quality
living, North Dallas extends north of NW
Highway and is bordered by I35-E, Central
Expressway (I- 75) and I-635 (LBJ Freeway).
Five major thoroughfares are just blocks
away, providing easy access to downtown,
the West End and the northern suburban
areas. Dallas Love Field, home of Southwest
Airlines and Dallas/Fort Worth International
Airport are only a short drive away.
Among North Dallas’ most popular residential areas are the communities of Preston
Hollow, an affluent and established Dallas
neighborhood, and Bent Tree, known for
its large, spacious homes. The landscaped
neighborhoods are mostly single-family
homes of traditional styles, but there’s also
a zero lot line and garden homes, duplexes,
apartments, condominiums, high-rises and
The Trinity River on the north, Interstate
35E to the east, Clarendon Road on the
south, and Hampton Road on the west, Oak
Cliff is approximately 200 square miles and
houses a diverse population of more than
184, 154. Physically separated from the rest
of the city by the Trinity River, Oak Cliff is
an independent enclave of Dallas, and maintains its own identity and history.
Well-known for its landscaped neighborhoods, exceptional land and housing values,
excellent transportation, and award-winning
educational facilities, Oak Cliff also has a