Dallas, Texas

Triple D

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The Area

Believe it or not, Dallas isn’t the biggest city in Texas. It isn’t even the second largest city, at a whopping 343 square miles it’s the third largest city in Texas and the ninth largest city in the US (everything’s bigger in Texas amiright?). Situated in the northeastern part of the state, you are a bit land locked and out of luck if you’re looking for water. Being so big, Dallas has a ton of great neighborhoods in city limits surrounded by large sprawling suburbs. A little piece of advice, Fort Worth is not a Dallas suburb. It’s more like a sister city and about 35 miles to the west of Dallas. It has its own downtown and vibe and you should absolutely avoid commuting in between unless you want your life to be awful.

University Park

College Students

Dallas is home to a couple of college-ish areas. “Ish” because if you’re in college you’re more than likely headed to Uptown or in Deep Ellum for your late night festivities, but you’ll want to live a little closer to campus. Take University Park, home to Southern Methodist University, it’s centered around the 100-year old campus. Housing is relatively cheap and all on-campus options and closer apartments cater to students. The area feels small and personal within the larger, sometimes overwhelming energy of Dallas.

  • University Park
  • Las Colinas
  • Uptown
  • Deep Ellum


Young Professionals

If you’re young and working in Dallas, you’re going to want affordability, friendly neighbors, and decent walkability to restaurants and bars. No area in Dallas encompasses that quite like Uptown. It’s north of Downtown, so close enough if you wanted to venture out on the weekends, but far enough away to have its own vibe. There are tree-lined streets, restaurants, and nightlife as well as being the most walkable area you can find in Dallas. This live/play/work paradise has apartments, townhomes, and more to choose from!

  • Uptown
  • Deep Ellum
  • Lower Greenville

Knox Henderson

Young Families

There are a lot of neighborhoods to choose from if you’re looking to purchase your first home or start a family. Check out Uptown if your commute brings you downtown. If you’re like a lot of people starting a family and don’t want to give up too much of your former city life, check out Knox-Henderson. It’s packed with great Tex-Mex restaurants, upscale Gastropoda and late-night cafes perfect for date night! There is also the Katy Trail that used to be a railroad and now has been converted to a popular jogging and cycling route— perfect for Saturday morning outings!

  • Knox-Henderson
  • Uptown
  • Oak Lawn

Highland Park

Established Families

If you have older kids or a larger family, you’re probably looking for a decent-sized home, great schools, and easy access to daily necessities. If your head is spinning, you’re not alone. There are a ton of neighborhoods in Dallas and it’s hard to know where to start your search. We suggest starting in Highland Park, 4 miles north of Downtown. It’s a beautiful area, but is considered expensive by Dallas standards. If you’re moving from somewhere like San Francisco or New York, ignore that statement. Expensive for Dallas is cheap by your standards. There are some gorgeous homes, great shopping, and the best schools in Dallas!

  • Highland Park
  • Lake Highlands
  • Lakewood