Dallas (a.k.a. The Big D—seriously) may be known for big hair, finance, an eponymous 80’s television show, and Mark Cuban’s basketball team, but we think its trendy neighborhoods should be right up there. Whether you’re looking for a condo above art galleries, a loft surrounded by great nightlife, or a house with a yard, Dallas has a great option for you.
If you’re looking to move to Dallas, let us help guide you with our top neighborhood picks for Young Professionals.
Uptown is THE place you want to be in your twenties (or at least for a portion of it). It’s also the OG of cool neighborhoods; since the early ‘90s, it’s been a hub of innovation and what’s trendy. The area is one of Dallas’ most walkable and pedestrian friendly—a huge perk in a city that makes owning a car a must. Uptown is full of global eateries, hip lounges, local and high-end shopping boutiques, and outdoor parks. McKinney Avenue is the heart of the action with a retro trolley connecting the popular thoroughfare. Don’t miss eating at Tacos and Tequila or a fun night out at The Social House. The rent is on the higher side compared to other areas; be prepared to pay 25% more than other areas in central Dallas for rent. The housing selection is varied and includes, condos, high rises with great views, and townhomes.
Trendy and known for its nightlife, the Deep Ellum neighborhood has come alive in the past decade with a decidedly artsy feel. Another walkable area near downtown, be sure and pop in and out of the many art galleries, or admire the funky street art after devouring a killer brunch at Armoury D.E. Deep Ellum hosts a number of street fairs and festivals throughout the year, packing a lively social calendar. The area is ground zero for the music scene, with a large density of live music venues. Check out Trees, The Bomb Factory, and Double Wide for a wide range of venues. Housing in this neighborhood mainly consists of converted loft spaces, offering many different layouts and sizes. Deep Ellum is the perfect blend of hip and affordable.
Located between Uptown, Lower Greenville Avenue and the town of Highland Park lies the vibrant but cozy Knox-Henderson neighborhood. A pedestrian-friendly area with lots of shopping, bars, grocery stores (yay, Trader Joe’s!) and yummy eateries. From farm to table, sports bars and Tex-Mex, the eating is some of the finest in Dallas. In case you didn’t know, tacos are a really big deal in Dallas, and some of the best can be found here at Velvet Taco. Proximity to the Katy Trail makes this a great neighborhood for easy access to jogging, biking, and all things fitness. Housing options are varied between lofts, condos, and some townhomes. Knox-Henderson offers a great location near both Uptown and Downtown, affordability and culture attract lots of young professionals and newcomers to Dallas.
Greenville Avenue (Lower)
A mix of the upper twenties/early thirties crowd, Greenville Avenue is located to the north-east of the Knox-Henderson district. The Greenville Avenue neighborhood, named after—you guessed it!—Greenville Ave is technically split into two areas, Upper and Lower by Mockingbird Lane. Lower Greenville, which is known for a high density of bars and nightlife options, is a top pick for young professionals and new transplants. Whether it’s cozy bars, live music venues, or an impressive array of cuisines, this area has long been considered a great choice for going out, regardless of your mood and style. Don’t miss dinner and drinks at Sundown at Granada, or catch the game at 504 Bar and Grill. If a yard is on a list of non-negotiables, this might be the neighborhood for you, as many single family homes are available for rent and stand-alone apartments. This area is also well known for its annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration and parade.
The Design District
The new kid on the block in terms of trendy and hot, the population of this area has grown in leaps and bounds since the mid 2000’s. What was once the third-largest garment center in the country, the Design District has seen massive redevelopment with new restaurants, cafes, and apartment buildings. Delight your inner foodie with chef-driven restaurants Oak and FT33, or go casual with burgers at Rodeo Goat. Housing costs are still affordable, and with its proximity to downtown and easy highway access, it’s a great choice for those on a budget without sacrificing culture and cool.
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