With a sprawling metropolitan area featuring two major cities within 35 miles of one another and countless suburbs in between, there’s no way to pick one single best place to live in Dallas – Fort Worth. Even so, here are some best neighborhoods that consistently rank as top choices.
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1. Lower Greenville - Dallas
This area has evolved from a suburb of the 1940s to an entertainment district filled with restaurants, bars, and grills. The trendy neighborhood is east of Southern Methodist University and just south of one of Dallas' major thoroughfares, making the work commute easier to most destinations.
2. Oak Lawn - Dallas
The Oak Lawn area attracts mainly urban professionals, who love its individualistic vibe and diversity. The area isn't just townhomes and condos, however. It also includes the stylish Turtle Creek area, known for its high-end single family homes.
3. Old East/Deep Ellum - Dallas
Located west of North Central Expressway and north of R.L. Thornton Freeway is a large community that encompasses historical neighborhoods and attractions, along with new growth and artsy areas. Deep Ellum is the place to be for urbans who want to live near... but not in... downtown. The nearby Baylor University Medical Center brings in medical and academia types as well.
4. Arts District - Dallas
Downtown Dallas is alive with youthful energy and is filled with residents once more. The downtown lifestyle today is filled with music venues, family entertainment, museums, stadiums, and daily outdoor fun. Easy accessibility to work and endless activities make apartment and condo-style living here an attractive choice.
5. Cultural Arts Area - Fort Worth
Large lots, charming historic houses, and museums with open greenbelt areas are just some of the reasons why people love living in the cultural arts area of Fort Worth. Large tree-lined streets and the city's dedication to open spaces add to the appeal. The area is located west of downtown.
6. TCU Area - Fort Worth
This area is known for its Texas Christian University (TCU) campus and its "Horned Froggers." Equally as attractive, the surrounding quaint homes date back to the early 1900s. The area is located just five miles northwest of downtown. Shopping and trendy restaurants are located just outside of the immediate campus and single-family residential area. The Fort Worth Zoo is less than a mile away!
7. West 7th Area - Fort Worth
West 7th has become one of the trendiest entertainment and lifestyle scenes in the city. It bridges downtown and the cultural district and is often referred to as an "urban village." Urban professionals love its walkability around Trinity Park and all the connected bike trails.
8. Downtown - Fort Worth
Fort Worth has successfully transformed many of its historic buildings into trendy condominiums, drawing in urban professionals and down-sizers alike who love the vibe of a downtown scene. Fort Worth is a very walkable city, and its constant activities, street fairs, and music add to the attraction.
9. McKinney - Suburb
For those who want to escape from the urban lifestyle, McKinney is consistently selected as a top place to live. It features excellent schools, numerous natural parks, open spaces, and even has a historic and vibrant downtown of its own. Housing is diverse and has a wide range of price points. It is located about 35 miles north of Dallas.
10. Southlake - Suburb
Southlake is the city to be in... if you can afford the homes there. It is located between Dallas and Fort Worth, making it commutable to either city in the Metroplex. It features a renowned school district, high-end shopping, and a wide array of restaurants. The appeal includes beautiful custom homes, many of them designed around small lakes, large lots, and the prestigious Timarron Country Club and private golf course. Most, but not all, homes are impressive single-family detached styles. Southlake Town Square, now considered the heart of the city, also features elegant brownstones.
11. Colleyville - Suburb
Colleyville is a charming and affluent suburb in northeast Tarrant County. The close proximity to the Dallas - Fort Worth International Airport makes it a haven for business executives who seek convenience for travel combined with a calmness when at home. The city chooses to keep roads small and lot sizes big to maintain its appeal.
12. Plano - Suburb
Plano is one of the foremost Dallas suburbs, and is located north of Dallas and south of McKinney. It features a wide array of homes, ranging from affordable family styles to high-end condominiums and apartments in the Legacy Town Square area of the city. Plano touts a great school district and easy commute to downtown.