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16 Best Neighborhoods in Dallas, TX 2020

By: Susan Finch
July 30, 2020

Living in Dallas comes with options for big city living, suburban enclaves, eclectic neighborhoods, and upscale areas. You can find a little bit of everything in Dallas to suit your lifestyle.

If you're not sure where to get started, keep reading to explore the 16 best neighborhoods in Dallas to find your new home!

1. Lakewood

Live along the shores of White Rock Lake in one of the best Dallas neighborhoods. Greenspace and outdoor recreation abound with attractions like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Beyond the gardens, you'll also find outdoor concerts to gather with neighbors.

On weekends, stroll along with the local boutiques and pick up some housewares for your apartment at Curiosities Boutique. For nightlife, see a live performance at Balcony Cub or grab a beer from a dive bar at Lakewood Landing.

2. Preston Highlands

Head towards North Dallas near Plano for an upwardly mobile way of life. Preston Highlands is popular with families and those looking for a quieter way of life with a suburban feel.

With quality schools and room to grow, Preston Highlands is ideal when you're ready to move on from downtown living but want to keep your Dallas ZIP code.

Shopping is a pastime around Preston Highlands. You’ll find shopping options along State Highway 289 with options like the Preston Royal Shopping Center. After stocking up on a new wardrobe to beat the Dallas heat, enjoy a bite at the local favorite, Neuhaus Cafe.

3. Campbell Green

Discover your new home in Campbell Green for outdoor fun and a family-friendly vibe. Locals gather at the Campbell Green Park for some weekend fun where children flock to the splash pad.

Kids of all ages as well as grown-ups enjoy baseball and soccer fields, tennis courts, or strolling the trails.

4. Highland Park

The upscale enclave of Highland Park, Dallas, features small-town sensibilities with oversized homes. With some of the best schools in the state, Highland Park is attractive for families looking to settle down.

But it’s not just about families. The walkable neighborhood is also known as the Rodeo Drive of Dallas with the country's first contained shopping center.

Beyond shopping and its glowing reputation for being a tight-knit, upscale community, Highland Park is full of natural beauty. The leafy area features room to relax and soak up nature at Turtle Creek in Lakeside Park.

5. Uptown

Uptown Dallas is a lively neighborhood. It’s walkable, fun, and just a stone's throw from Highland Park and Downtown.

Uptown's reputation as a premier live, work, and play community makes it a beacon for 20-something singles along McKinney Avenue. Young professionals are also fond of this Dallas neighborhood for its eclectic vibe where. You’ll find something for everyone there.

Over in the West Village area, locals shop the eclectic boutiques or dine outdoors. Uptown is also home to the award-winning Magnolia Theater. It features five screens and a cocktail bar.

For some fresh air or a reprieve from the bustle, jog along nearby Katy Trail or Cole Park with your pup.

6. Preston Hollow

“Preston Hollow” is often used to describe North Dallas. However, it’s a distinctive neighborhood with upscale dining, vintage boutiques, and shopping centers just five miles from downtown.

Mark Cuban and President and Laura Bush call Preston Hollow home. But don't worry, you can still find your niche away from the limelight in this beautiful Dallas neighborhood.

Shopping enthusiasts browse the latest finds at Preston Center, NorthPark Center, or the nearby Galleria. You can also spend the day outdoors on the 2.5-mile paved trail use at Northaven Trail or take a picnic to Preston Hollow Park. Satisfy your sweet tooth with artisanal donuts from Top Pot Doughnuts or Maple Doughnut Bar.

7. Lake Highlands

Situated in Northeast Dallas, Lake Highlands is home to an affordable lifestyle. It features quick access to quality schools, city amenities, and park trails.

The main draw is the welcoming reprieve for families looking for a mix of convenience and security. Locals gather around the Flag Pole Hill for a scenic overlook of White Rock Lake.

You'll also find kids rolling down the hill or sledding on those rare Dallas snow days.

8. M Streets

Find the best of both worlds living in M Streets — Vickery Place, where city dwellers who want to settle for the long haul come to stay. This Dallas area is a short stroll to bars, restaurants, and shops along Greenville and Henderson.

Live away from the action on streets lined with pecan trees. There, neighbors greet each other and kids play in the yards.

You can find apartments in M Streets around Greenville and Henderson. The neighborhood is known for its English Tudor-style homes and century-old homes. Parks are also just a short walk away to Katy Trail, Glencoe Park, and more, for weekend jogging, strolling, and soaking up the Dallas sunshine.

9. University Park

Home to Southern Methodist University, University Park is where game days bring out students. Locals participate in "Boulevarding" before football games.

This Dallas neighborhood is convenient to the rest of the city from Highway 85 and the Northwest Highway. However, you can still zip downtown without getting on the highway.

The cost of living is cheaper than its affluent neighbors, but with all the amenities you could want. Locals gather at the central Snider Plaza. It features unique shops, restaurants, and spas. You’ll also find the Holmes Aquatic Center to cool off from the summer heat.

10. Bluffview

Bluffview was once a dairy farm pasture turned tranquil neighborhood. It’s now home to musicians like Don Henley. Single-family homes in the area were designed to embrace the countryside feel or blend in with the natural surroundings.

The quiet, upscale community also offers apartment living for those looking for convenience and quiet. You're still within a short drive to NorthPark Center shopping mall and the North Dallas Tollway to connect to the rest of the city.

11. Oak Lawn

The vibrant neighborhood of Oak Lawn is known as the epicenter of the LGBGTQ+ scene in Dallas. Nightlife includes a mix of DJ, country western dancing, drag shows, karaoke, and more.

The neighborhood is also home to the annual Dallas Pride event, Halloween Block Party, and Purple Party weekend, where locals dance all night.

Meet up with friends at Cedar Spring Taphouse for a pint or Station 4 for a thriving nightlife scene. For some two-stepping, head over to the Round-Up Saloon. It features multiple bars, a game room, and a dance floor.

12. Kessler Park/North Oak Cliff

Urban pioneers brought new revitalization to the Kessler Park/North Oak Cliff neighborhood several decades ago. You'll find 1920s-era homes and a mix of diverse neighbors waiting to welcome you.

The area has a reputation for being tight-knit. Locals want to settle in for the long haul. This Dallas enclave is also close enough to what the city has to offer, but with a suburban lifestyle at a fraction of the cost.

13. Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica

Over in East Dallas, Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica is teeming with historic homes and tree-lined streets. The area is protected as a conservation district and features 1920s Tudor cottages. It's no wonder the area is embraced for its quiet lifestyle, quality public schools, and block parties around every corner.

Hollywood Heights/Santa Monica is ideal if you love city living, but don't want to see or hear it. You're just minutes from the city without the bustle of urban living. You’ll also be near Tenison Park Golf Course.

14. Downtown Dallas

New investments are rapidly transforming Downtown Dallas into a hotspot of mixed-use developments. Live, work, and play without leaving your Downtown Dallas neighborhood. Shops, bars, and restaurants are just a short walk from your doorstep.

Over in Klyde Warren Park, food trucks and green space abound in downtown's urban jungle. Although the neighborhood has no official grocery store, restaurants are top-notch.

A reimagined Dallas Farmers’ Market attracts locals looking for fresh produce and treats. Downtown Dallas is also full of attractions like the Dallas World Aquarium. There’s also an arts district with museums and performing arts centers.

15. Deep Ellum

Live in the heart of Dallas' entertainment district is Deep Ellum. Vibrant street murals, indie and blues music venues, brewpubs, and galleries welcome visitors.

Deep Ellum is also the place to live if you love all things quirky. You’ll find experimental venues like the Undermain Theatre.

Deep Ellum's walkable sidewalks make it an inspiring place to stroll on weekends. Gritty backdrops dot the buildings. An eclectic mix of locals make up this melting pot neighborhood where creativity is revered.

16. Richardson

Home to the University of Texas at Dallas, Richarson offers cultural diversity with a college hometown feel. The area is also more diverse than many areas of Dallas. There are ethnic eateries, shopping, and entertainment.

Spend a lazy weekend at Cottonwood Park. There, you can feed the ducks or take in a seasonal art festival.

Car enthusiasts never get enough of the North Texas Automotive Museum. It features classic cars and interactive exhibits.

On hot summer days, go ice skating at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter. Outdoor recreation is also never far. Options like Crowley Park and Prairie Creek Park are full of scenic landscapes.

With so many neighborhoods to choose from in the city of Dallas, you can find a new place to suit your lifestyle and budget. Ready to pack up and head to the Big D? Find your next Dallas apartment and the perfect neighborhood with Apartment List. Just get started with the quiz above.

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