variety of cultural and recreational activities that allow for a high quality of life. Oak
Cliff is also popular with those who work
in nearby downtown Dallas because of the
Oak Cliff is also the birthplace of 7-11
convenience stores, so named because at
that time they were open from 7 a.m. to
11 p.m. In fact, all 7-11 convenience stores
can trace their heritage to a tiny circa-1927
icehouse on the corner of Edgefield and
Twelfth Street in Dallas.
Organizations such as the Old Oak Cliff
Conservation League have helped maintain
the beauty of the area, and other neighborhood organizations have won historic district
designation for areas like Winnetka Heights.
Oak Lawn is a neighborhood that is a virtual
mish-mash of architecture and lifestyles.
Nightlife is a vital part of this area of town,
which offers plenty of restaurants, clubs
and pubs. Oak Lawn is also adjacent to the
Dallas Design District, and so much of the
area has great appeal for artistic types. Shopping here is as interesting as it gets anywhere
in the city, with the Quadrangle, numerous
art galleries, boutiques and antique shops.
Oak Lawn is also one of the wealthier
neighborhoods in Dallas. Located in the
heart of Dallas, Oak Lawn is home to many
young, single professionals who inhabit the
variety of condominiums, apartments and
hardwood-floor duplexes. A wide variety
of housing options are available here, from
upscale townhouses to condos to apartments
and duplexes – as well as established older,
Grand and majestic, Preston Hollow is an
established, prestigious North Dallas neighborhood that sits north of the Park Cities
area, south of the LBJ/635 Expressway,
east of Midway Road and west of Central
Expressway. Preston Hollow was originally
incorporated as its own town in 1939, and
then joined with the city of Dallas in 1945.
Preston Hollow is an extremely desirable
location, and the list of famous and influ-
ential residents that live here is a virtual
“Who’s Who” of Dallas society, including
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban,
billionaire Ross Perot, and former Dallas
mayor Laura Miller, among others. Homes
here have large lots and a mix of homes that
range from ranch-style homes to mansions.
WEST END HISTORIC DISTRICT
The West End Historic District is part
and parcel of the original city of Dallas.
Downtown Dallas eventually moved east,
giving the West End its name. The West
End then became an industrial factory
and warehouse district, only to be reborn
later into a 20-block area of more than 100
specialty shops, restaurants and nightclubs
in restored, century-old buildings.
Just southwest of downtown, the West End
is bound by Market Street, Pacific Avenue
and Woodall Rogers Freeway, and a short
walk from Dealey Plaza and the Old Red
Courthouse. Urged on by the growing
demand for urban living, developers have
converted red brick warehouses into beautiful lofts and condominiums. Examples
of building projects that have recently been
repurposed are the historic six-story Purse
Building, the Interurban Building and the
upscale urban Market Grocery and eatery.
Uptown is a thriving neighborhood popular
amongst the Gen Y and Gen Xers. New
developments for urban living and the development of thriving retail stores and a vibrant
restaurant and nightlife makes Uptown ideal
for those who want to be close to the action.
Uptown is adjacent to Oak Lawn and runs
from downtown along Highway 75 up to
Highland Park. Hotel ZaZa, the Crescent,
the Ritz-Carlton and lots of trendy places
“to see and be seen” populate the area.
Uptown is also home to the trendy West
Village shopping/retail/residential development and features high-rise living along
McKinney with units for sale and for lease.
Buildings here feature 1930s-style architecture with modern interiors.
Uptown has three shopping districts, and all
are accessible on the free trolley shuttle line.
The historic Gallery District has many of
the finest art galleries, antique dealers, frame
shops and custom retail stores found in
Dallas. Another arts venue, the McKinney
Avenue Contemporary (also known as The
MAC) is home to three live theatres: the
Dallas Theatre Center, Theatre Three at
the Quadrangle and Kitchen Dog Theater.
Residents and local Dallasites also enjoy
independent movie premieres, foreign films
and movie classics at Magnolia Pictures,
located in the West Village.
Highland Park and University Park are
surrounded by the city of Dallas, and are
separate, incorporated cities with their own
government systems, police force and fire
departments. Highland Park and University Park form the fabled “Park Cities” area,
and those who live here include old money
society leaders, corporate CEOs and arts
The Park Cities are bounded on the east by
Central Expressway (US- 75) and on the west
by the Dallas North Tollway. Preston Road
runs north and south down the middle of
the two communities. Downtown Dallas is
an easy 5-10 minute ride and with the road
systems in place, it’s just as easy to go west to
Las Colinas and the airport or north to Plano.
The top Highland Park Independent School
District that serves both Highland Park and
University Park is one of the best in the