Uptown is, in our opinion, the heart of Dallas. Despite Dallas’ growing reputation as an international hub for oil & gas, finance and a host of other industries, the majority of the Dallas area is made up of suburban sprawl. True urban areas that offer an actual pedestrian lifestyle similar to European or older U.S. Cities such as Boston, Chicago or
San Francisco are a little hard to find. Except in Uptown.
If you do decide to move to the Uptown Dallas area, you’re going to have your pick of a few different neighborhoods within Uptown itself, each offering their own distinct flavor and style of living. Find out more by clicking the links below!
In the past 15 years however with the growth, or perhaps explosion, of the Uptown Dallas area, this has changed. What once was a small cluster of condo buildings along McKinney Ave, has no boomed into a large, bustling and truly pedestrian-friendly area with more bars and restaurants than you can shake a stick at. There’s also the newly improved Katy Trail that now runs all the way from down by the American Airlines center in Victory Park to just south of the SMU campus on Mockingbird Lane. It’s about 4 miles in length, and is destined to be connected to the White Rock trail and the Trinity Trails sometime in the near future. On most evenings, even in the heat of Summer, it is PACKED with the young, gorgeous and well-heeled as they burn off the day’s frustrations before heading out for the evening – which is another Dallas tradition. There are now a few great bars/restaurants that actually face on to the trail, so you can enjoy people watching with your happy hour companions, or just give up on your well intentioned workout and sit down for a quiet beer instead. 16 ounce curls definitely count as a workout.
The construction and completion of the Woodall Rogers deck park in late 2012, has also added a much needed pedestrian connection for the Uptown and Downtown areas of Dallas. Previously, the two were separated by a very busy, ugly, concrete freeway with few footbridges, but this new project has changed that. The city decided to actually pave OVER the freeway, creating a gorgeous park right in the heart of the city that connects the very well established Uptown neighborhood with Downtown, which has seen a massive revival in the past few years. The main benefit in our opinion is that the Dallas Arts District (which is apparently the largest in the nation) is now a convenient walk from most condo buildings, apartments and townhome communities in Uptown Dallas.