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Rising to the position of one of the nation’s major cities, the metropolis of Dallas has been dubbed as the “Silicon Prairie” for its high technology prowess. Major employers cover a wide range of industries, from trade and services to finance and communications. One of the nation’s top convention cities, Dallas offers superb transportation facilities for residents and businesses. Reflecting the area’s commitment to quality education, the innovative “Adopt-A-School” program allows the business community to support education in more than 2,000 partnerships that involve thousands of volunteers. Junior or community college campuses are scattered throughout the region, offering everything from Associate degrees and certifications to non-credit classes. More than 100 technical and vocational schools joint 44 college and university campuses located within a 65-mile radius of the city.

Dallas healthcare facilities and services are widely known for leading-edge diagnostics and treatment. Home to three of the nation’s top rated hospitals — Parkland Memorial Hospital, Baylor University Medical Center, and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas — Dallas offers 38 general hospitals staffed by thousands of skilled physicians. Specialized institutions include two pediatric and four long-term/rehabilitation facilities. The Nobel Prize-winning University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center serves as a leading research institution with a faculty that includes several Nobel Laureates.

As the hub of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, the City of Dallas is known as “Big D” by those who call it home. Boasting a low cost of living and one of the nation’s most enviable economies, Dallas welcomes a steady stream of relocating employees to its booming housing market. Financial World magazine ranks Dallas as one of the “best managed” cities in the nation, and Fortune magazine hails Dallas one of the top 10 “Best Cities for Business.” The constant stream of accolades is not surprising. Cosmopolitan and sophisticated, Dallas also preserves the warmth, friendliness, and relaxed atmosphere of the Old West. Country music harmonizes with rock and roll, cowboy boots step beside Gucci shoes, and international corporations work beside entrepreneurs.

Whether your interest lies in Beethoven or the Dallas Cowboys, the city is filled with world-class venues that showcase everything from professional sports to theatre, symphony, ballet, and opera. Fine museums, art galleries, science museums, a glittering nightlife, and the largest downtown Arts District in America are just beyond the front door in Dallas. Crowning this cultural treasure are the jewels of magnificent historic architecture in area cathedrals and churches. Students of nature can visit the Dallas Zoo, Old City Park, or the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The city maintains 337 public parks covering nearly 50,000 acres with outstanding recreational facilities, while lakes and reservoirs as well as lush state parks are available close to home. Sprawling malls beckon shoppers to prestigious retailers, entertainment centers, and tempting eateries. From quiet, tidy neighborhoods to majestic manors in estate enclaves, Dallas can bring every dream into bold reality.


Casa Linda, Casa View

Stretching from the eastern shores of White Rock Lake to the city limits of Garland and Mesquite are the well-established areas of Casa Linda and Casa View. While some multi-family developments are available in these neighborhoods, the predominant housing tends to be single-family homes of brick and wood-frame construction. Many of the winding streets are graced by large, native trees, adding to the area’s beauty. Residents enjoy lake recreational opportunities, easy downtown access, and exceptional local shopping. The namesake retail developments of Casa View and Casa Linda shopping centers meet most needs for goods and services. Residents of these neighborhoods also enjoy easy access to the major northeastern highways of Highway 20, Interstate 635, and Loop 12.


From warehouse conversion lofts to newly constructed complexes and upscale townhouse and condominiums, downtown Dallas offers a growing number of residential opportunities. In fact, nearly 10,000 housing units were added to the downtown neighborhood since 1990 with several thousand more in the planning. Many of these developments reach from 60 to 90 percent capacity within 90 days of their grand opening, attesting to the popularity of this vibrant area. Most new residents explain their desire to live in the heart of the city in terms of convenience: a centralized location in close proximity to employment centers. Many of the most popular attractions in the Metroplex are located here, including Dallas Alley, Dallas Farmers Market, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Public Library, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, Pioneer Plaza, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, and the West End Historic District. Spectacular special events throughout the year range from the Taste of Dallas in July to the Neiman Marcus Adolphus Children’s Parade in December.

East Dallas

The long established area of East Dallas is proud of an historic legacy dating back to the late 1800s as well as the neighborhood’s strong position within the framework of the city. Condominiums harmonize with single-family homes that reflect the architectural styles and spirit of the period in which they were constructed. The prestigious neighborhood west of White Rock Lake is popular with downtown professionals or those who are employed at Baylor Medical Center. The charming housing in Lakewood combines quaint cottages set back along quiet, shady streets with large, magnificent homes along impressive boulevards. Strong community affiliations and volunteerism are the hallmarks of Lakewood. East Dallas is an established Dallas neighborhood, dating back to 1882. Changing demographic composition in East Dallas neighborhoods is, and will continue to be, a source of pride and is regarded as a strong asset. Condominiums and single-family houses offer a broad range of housing styles. Forming one of Dallas landmark areas, individual neighborhoods capture the spirit of a growing city.

Far North Dallas

Neighborhoods nestled in the Far North Dallas area share a history of periodic real-estate booms that infused vitality and period architecture into every streetscape. This area north of the LBJ freeway features an abundance of quality housing that was developed in concert with the opening of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in the 1970s. Confidence in oil prices at the time added to the “boom town” atmosphere. Glamorous shopping centers and convenient strip plazas offer countless retail options, while DART commuter service provides mass transit options. In this fast paced and highly developed corner of the city, DART has proven its worth as a convenient and time-efficient alternative to single-car commuting.

Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, Hollywood Heights
Near the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake lies a panoramic area of towering native trees and gently rolling hills that harbors three of the best neighborhood secrets in Dallas: Forest Hills, Little Forest Hills, and Hollywood Heights. The Forest Hills area commands the highest property values with large brick and stone homes set back on deep, lush lots. Little Forest Hills and Hollywood Heights both offer smaller, wood-frame homes as well as charming brick cottages — many of which have been tastefully updated and renovated. Major metropolitan attractions like the Dallas Arboretum and White Rock Lake are available within walking distance. This area stretches between Garland Road and Ferguson Road as well as south of Gaston Avenue.

Greenway Park
Convenient to Love Field and west of the Park Cities is the desirable neighborhood of Greenway Park, one of the more prestigious residential choices in the Dallas area. Greenway Park offers large, luxurious homes where traditional architecture, artistic landscaping, guesthouses, and sprawling lots are often part of the real estate descriptions. Many residents with guest homes enjoy grand-scale entertaining or use the extra space for their college-age children who attend Southern Methodist University nearby. Elaborate children’s parties and elegant weddings are often held outdoors surrounded by lush landscaping to take advantage of the long months of mild weather and bright sunshine.

Kessler-Stevens Park
While many people prefer the serenity of the open country, two of the city’s most exclusive and desirable neighborhoods are located just five minutes from the bright lights of downtown Dallas. Both Kessler Park and Stevens Park offer uniquely attractive housing opportunities, massive shade trees, and rolling hills. Residents enjoy living in close proximity to the city’s cosmopolitan amenities and resources, from culture and entertainment to education and business. Period homes set against the beauty of century-old oaks near schools, churches, Methodist Hospital, and major freeways are made even more valuable by the strong sense of community and belonging that marks the area.

Lake Highlands
Located just north of White Rock Lake is a residential haven that offers a wide selection of home sizes and values to suit every taste and budget. Many newcomers are attracted to this scenic area for its family-oriented and relaxed atmosphere. Residents enjoy easy access to White Rock Lake and Flagpole Hill, two of the area’s most popular recreational attractions. This Dallas neighborhood is served by the highly respected Richardson Independent School District, enhancing the area’s strong sense of community. The high school sports team commands a loyal following, and the schools allow area residents to enjoy tennis courts, running tracks, and other facilities. A number of private schools are also available in this area.


Directly west of White Rock Lake in East Dallas, Lakewood is a charming mixture of quaint cottages set back on quiet shady streets and large homes lining impressive boulevards. Popular with professionals who work downtown and employees of nearby Baylor Medical Center, Lakewood is characterized as a prestigious and proud neighborhood. Strong civic and social associations, such as the Lakewood Service League, ensure that roads and parks are continually improved and upgraded through fundraising efforts. Neighbors join together to host street fairs like the popular annual Fourth of July parade. Residents decorate their vehicles, their pets, and themselves in patriotic splendor and parade to a nearby tennis court for donated cold drinks and snow cones.

Medical Center District

The massive medical district is located largely on the west side of Harry Hines Boulevard to encompass an entire cluster of outstanding facilities. The district includes the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, St. Paul University Hospital, Zale Lipshy University Hospital, Dallas County’s Parkland Health & Hospital System, and Children’s Medical Center of Dallas. UT Southwestern Medical Center ranks among the top ten biomedical research institutions in the nation based on NIH research grant support to the institution’s science faculty. Many biotech and high-tech companies have also been attracted to this bustling corridor, creating a major employment center.

Mountain Creek, Red Bird

The areas known as Mountain Creek and Red Bird in the southwestern section of the city showcase some of the most dramatic landscape in Dallas County. Rolling hills, magnificent trees, and a beach form the backdrop for residential neighborhoods and provide opportunities for leisure activities. Recent commercial and residential development, affordable land prices, Joe Pool Lake, Mountain Creek Lake, excellent highway accessibility, Mountain View College, and Dallas Baptist University combine to make this area one of the fastest growing centers in the entire Metroplex. The communities encompass several business parks; boast an abundant, quality labor force; and offer an excellent system for highway, rail and public transportation.

North Dallas
Creating a haven for suburban life, North Dallas is characterized by large, traditional homes with rolling lawns, meticulous landscaping, swimming pools, and three-car garages. Some of the most elegant and spacious of these magnificent houses are located in the Preston Hollow corridor with its exclusive estate neighborhoods. The highly successful North Park Mall attracts shoppers from North Dallas, the Park Cities, and other suburban neighborhoods to a medley of shops and eateries. Many of the custom North Dallas homes date back to the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s, reflecting the wealth of their original builders. Students of architecture will appreciate the subtle style changes as they travel north into the newer areas on Midway, Inwood, or Preston. Some enclaves have placed as much as an acre of prime land between neighbors. Modern design is rare. Even the newer homes tend to showcase traditional styling.

North Oak Cliff
Claiming historic distinctions and the Bishop Arts District where the city trolley once operated, the neighborhood of North Oak Cliff is home to the Texas theater where Lee Harvey Oswald first fled in 1963. Culturally and architecturally diverse, this section of Dallas lies just across the Trinity River from downtown Dallas. North Oak Cliff is graced by gentle hills filled with ample oaks, creeks and parks. The Dallas skyline creates a dramatic view for local residents, while the Dallas business community enjoys the backdrop of this charming neighborhood. Some of the area’s smaller pockets are especially noted for the renovation of historic homes. Small lakes, the Stevens Park Golf Course, and some of the most beautiful pocket parks in the city can be found in North Oak Cliff. Residents enjoy quick access to downtown through viaducts and Interstates 30 and 35.

Northeast Dallas, White Rock Area
Once characterized by sprawling multi-family complexes such as The Village, Northeast Dallas now offers an abundance of single-family dwellings. In fact, some of the best housing values in metropolitan Dallas can be found in the area west of White Rock Lake, including lovely lakefront homes. Many of the finely crafted, older homes in enclaves like Merriman Park and Northridge Estates are ideal for remodeling, representing real value for the home dollar. Newer homes south of LBJ Freeway, north of Northwest Highway, and east of Central Expressway offer the latest in design and artistic styling. Within bicycling distance from the lake are a few “hidden jewel” neighborhoods waiting to be discovered.

Northwest Dallas, Love Field
The revitalization of Love Field and the phenomenal success of Southwest Airlines has infused a whole new life into the Northwest Dallas and Love Field areas. Housing options here blend small cottages with handsome, two-story homes that offer plentiful space for growing families. The shade of tall pecan and oak trees graces many winding streets for a romantic effect. This neighborhood began to take shape in the 1950s when the city’s growth northward extended to Mockingbird Lane and Love Field. Particularly in the Bluff View sector, the homes are a mix of small cottages and larger handsome two-story homes. The new vitality in this area has driven a renaissance in the commercial sector as well. Older shopping centers have been renovated and residents are remodeling rather than moving away.

Oak Cliff

Residents of Oak Cliff and southern Dallas enjoy a quick commute to the downtown attractions from a neighborhood characterized by cultural diversity, a friendly spirit, rolling hills, and spectacular skyline views. The area’s towering oak trees and bluffs overlook the Trinity River, giving the area its name. Thriving neighborhoods and businesses create a community atmosphere, and historic Jefferson Boulevard serves as the “main street” and point of civic pride. The housing selection tends to be as diverse as the population, appealing to a wide cross-section of homebuyers. Once an independent township, Oak Cliff was annexed by the City of Dallas after a bitter dispute. The feeling of neighborhood pride survives, reflected in a strong arts community, the Old Oak Cliff Conversation League, an active YMCA, and regional attractions like the Dallas Zoo.

Oak Lawn
Nestled along the gently winding Turtle Creek, Oak Lawn offers a vibrant and dynamic lifestyle in the heart of the city. The combination of high-rise condominiums and apartments offer breathtaking views of the creek and surrounding greenery, complemented by a kaleidoscope of entertainment and cultural delights. The famous Dallas Theatre Center designed by Frank Lloyd Wright is just one of many points of pride. Many of the patrons and artists who populate the nearby Arts District live in this area, joined by professionals who are employed in downtown offices. Developers have been quick to see the appeal of this close-in location, drawing urban executives who were reared in the suburbs to a location near downtown and the affluent Park Cities. Magnificent tower condominiums and new homes are replacing turn-of-the-century housing and vintage Prairie mansions.

Pleasant Grove
Newcomers who are looking for a great home value within the suburbs will want to visit Pleasant Grove on the city’s southeast side. The positive effects of an expansive revitalization campaign is evident throughout this well-established area, positively affecting residential enclaves as well as shopping centers and retail plazas. New-home construction has been also been stimulated in the midst of this renaissance, offering newcomers the advantage of a well-rooted and stable area that is benefiting from the progressive attitude of its energetic residents.

Preston Hollow, Estate Neighborhoods
The tree-shaded country lanes of beautiful Preston Hollow showcase some of the most expensive homes in Dallas, stretching from Hillcrest to Midway and Walnut Hill to Northwest Highway. Turn-of-the-century manors built by nationally recognized architects harmonize with important homes from the 1950s and majestic modern mansions. This pastoral neighborhood just a few miles from downtown was carved from a once-remote parcel of land graced by creeks, woods and hollows. Today, active neighborhood associations maintain the remarkable natural and manmade beauty of this exclusive area. Each enclave offers a distinctive ambiance.  Adjacent to Strait Lane and other desirable streets, Inwood Estates offers scenic acreage laced with streams and creeks. Sunnybrook Estates, Mayflower Estates, and the Bent Tree neighborhood are just a few of the prestigious addresses in Preston Hollow.

South Dallas, Fair Park
Blending single-family homes and commercial centers to the east with multi-family developments and light industry closer to the downtown district, South Dallas offers a well-balanced community. The unique neighborhood of Fair Park boasts one of America’s outstanding collections of Art Deco architecture as well as a treasure trove of arts and science museums. Points of interest in Fair Park include the Dallas Museum of Natural History, the Aquarium, the African-American Life & Culture Museum, the Science Place, Dallas Civic Garden, the Hall of State, Starplex Amphitheater, the Age of Steam Museum, and the Fair Park Music Hall —home to the Dallas Summer Musicals. Residents of this area enjoy excellent access to freeways and highways.

Southeast Dallas
Originally a semi-rural area dominated by single-family homes, Southeast Dallas has experienced an influx in commercial and industrial development as well as a major increase in residential development since the early 1980s. The area provides opportunities as a strategic location for business and industrial parks along its Interstate 30 and Interstate 20 corridors. With so many new subdivisions and neighborhoods springing up in recent decades, retail development along the thoroughfares near the larger residential sectors has also flourished. The result is a livable and highly convenient Dallas address that makes it possible for residents to work, live, and play without commuting to other areas.

Swiss Avenue Historic District

First developed in the early 1900s, this influential neighborhood east of downtown is bounded by Swiss Avenue, Bryan Parkway, Bryan Street, LaVista Avenue and Live Oak Street. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the district showcases homes that were individually designed by an architect who followed strict deed restrictions. Sweeping lawns and ancient trees create a rich setting for 200 beautiful homes that showcase Neoclassical, Tudor, Spanish, Italian Renaissance, Colonial Revival, and Prairie architectural styles. Leading the way for Dallas preservation, Swiss Avenue attracts locals and visitors who enjoy jogging or simply strolling the broad boulevards and peaceful streets lined by charming homes.

Directly north of downtown lie the McKinney Avenue corridor and the historic State-Thomas neighborhoods where high-rise condominiums and apartments blend with early 20th century wood-frame homes. Several high-rise condominiums such as La Tour and The Worthington offer superb amenities including workout facilities and restaurants. Served by the McKinney Trolley, the area is home to fine dining establishments and exclusive retail shops in architecturally impressive commercial centers embellished with enchanting courtyards and spiral staircases. Some of the most popular restaurants and nightclubs in Dallas are within walking distance from an Uptown address. Collectors will want to explore the antique shops clustered around Routh Street. The Quadrangle, an open-air shopping center, offers trendy decorative and furnishing stores as well as fashion retailers.

Victory Park
Victory Park is a large multi-use development in the heart of Dallas surrounded by the Design District, the Arts District and Klyde Warren Park. It was developed by H. Ross Perot junior. It is designed as an entertainment, shopping and residential community. Victory Park is home to some of the best shopping and dining in the area. IT is also home to the America Airways Arena and the Dallas Mavericks. This brings thousands of people to the area on a regular basis. There are also modern urban residential options situated around the development. When it is fully developed it will contain more than 4,000 residential units surrounded by a fast paced modern interpretation of a traditional downtown.

Wilson Historic District

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, what began as an urban renewal project has become one of the largest historic preservation projects in the Dallas area. More than 150 neighborhoods are nestled in the Loop 12 area, which is being promoted by the Preservation Dallas organization. Maintaining a library and resources and offering district tours, the group is dedicated to educating newcomers about the advantages of an inner-city lifestyle. Wilson Historic District is represents an excellent example of the adaptive-use rehabilitation of turn-of-the-century Victorian homes that are currently being occupied and used by more than 30 non-profit organizations. The neighborhood is encircled by luxury townhomes, condominiums, and lofts that are located within walking distance from downtown and the Deep Ellum art and entertainment center.

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