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
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