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Are you moving to Dallas? Get excited. Moving to a big city can be a little overwhelming, but if you take a few minutes to get to know the Dallas, Texas neighborhoods, you’ll be feeling right at home before you know it.
Foodie? Nature lover? Looking to perfect your golf swing? There’s something for everyone. Read on to get to know the sections of the city—and the top destinations to visit in each.
Including neighborhoods such as Baylor District, Main Street District, Uptown, and West End Historic District, Downtown Dallas is mainly a mixed-use and commercial area. To get a taste of the region, check out the Farmer’s Market located along Pearl Expressway. It’s open daily and you can find fresh produce, an artisanal vendor market, and unique restaurants there.
East Dallas consists of residential neighborhoods such as Belmont, Eastwood, Forest Hills, Lakewood, University Meadows, and Wilshire Heights. Meanwhile, you can find the mix-used neighborhood of Baylor/Meadows and the booming entertainment district of Deep Ellum in Old East Dallas. For history buffs, visit the Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park where you can find the largest collection of 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes in Texas.
Northeast Dallas is a family-friendly and ethnically diverse residential area consisting of neighborhoods such as Chimney Hill, Country Forest, Lake Highlands, Moss Farm, Woodbridge, and University Terrace. It’s also the headquarters of Topgolf, an entertainment venue offering a smart driving range, bar, restaurant, event space, and more.
You can find the residential neighborhoods of Bent Tree, Bluffview, Greenway Parks, etc. in North Dallas with Preston Center as its commercial hub. Far North Dallas consists of the residential neighborhoods of Preston Highlands, Timberglen, Northwood Hills, and more with the Platinum Corridor as its commercial center. Shoppers should visit the Galleria, a retail mecca and mixed-use development along Dallas Parkway.
Comprised of residential neighborhoods such as Arlington Park and Shannon Estates, as well as commercial districts such as Stemmons Corridor and Asian Trade District, Northwest Dallas has a collection of tight-knit residential neighborhoods. For a day of R&R, check out King Spa & Waterpark, where you can indulge in spa treatments or relax in an indoor waterpark featuring premier whirlpool and water jet amenities.
Across the Trinity River from downtown, Oak Cliff covers much of the city’s southern sector and includes neighborhoods such as Beckley Club Estates, Winnetka Heights, Kidd Springs, etc. Meanwhile, you can find residential neighborhoods such as Glenn Oaks and Wynnewood Hills in Redbird. Visit the Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, a pedestrian-friendly shopping-and-dining destination with more than 50 local shops and restaurants, offering everything from artisanal chocolate to fine dining.
With mostly mixed-used neighborhoods such as Cityplace, Uptown, Turtle Creek, and Victory Park, Oak Lawn has long been the center of Dallas’ gay community where the annual Dallas Pride parade goes down Cedar Springs Road. You can check out the area’s vibrant bars and clubs scene or explore quieter streets of charming old duplexes and luxury living along Turtle Creek.
Here you can find the residential areas of Buckner Park, Elam, Pleasant Grove, Spruce Square, Woodland Springs, and more. Check out the city’s most beautiful bits of nature. Recent improvements in the Great Trinity Forest—e.g., the Trinity Audubon Center that overlooks 120 acres of wilderness—are raising awareness of the natural resources available in the area.
In this residential area, you can find the neighborhoods of Bonton, Dixon Circle, Highland Hills, Cedar Crest, and Skyline Heights. For a local taste, check out the Market at Bonton Farm where you can find healthy, local, chef-inspired breakfasts and lunches made with fresh foods from the farms or shop fresh produce, as well as local art and crafts.
This area consists of residential neighborhoods such as Mill City, Jubilee Park, Monterey Gardens, and more. Exposition Park is a mixed-use area with eclectic bars, restaurants, and small businesses. You can also find Fair Park, a 277-acre recreational and educational complex that’s registered as a Dallas Landmark and National Historic Landmark with many of its buildings constructed during the Texas Centennial Exposition in 1936.
A primarily residential area, West Dallas consists of neighborhoods such as Eagle Ford, Lake West, Los Altos, Western Heights, Westmoreland Heights, and more. A once-neglected area, West Dallas is going through an “urban renaissance” thanks to the many new developments. Don’t miss Trinity Groves, a13-acre restaurant-retail-artist-and-entertainment development at the base of the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.
See, moving to Dallas doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Just pick a neighborhood—and start exploring. Where do you think you’ll visit first?