You’re young, you have a good job, and you’re not quite ready to settle down into responsible adulthood. On the other hand, you’re yearning for a little more space, a better commute, and somewhere that’s not too far from a little nightlife. I’ve teamed up with Sally Slack from Zillow to show you three Dallas neighborhoods to consider if you’re thinking of relocating around town.
Take a good look at Oak Lawn if you like the feel of a trendy, hip community. Homes here sell for just under $300,000, so it might make more sense to hunt for a nice apartment as an alternative. Rents are $1,678, about $400 more than those 15 minutes south in Dallas proper, but the access to chic shops, to-die-for restaurants, and terrific nightlife can’t be beat.
Ready for a good meal? Try TJ’s Seafood Market & Grill. Aside from the market which sells the freshest fish in town, they have a full service restaurant with delicious and healthy options (try the fish tacos!). When you’re ready for some fresh air, head down to Klyde Warren Park to take in the live music, take a jog on the Katy trail, or head to the Rustic for a good drink. You deserve it.
M Streets (Lower Greenville)
If you would like living in a seriously quaint neighborhood, hunt for houses in this area just south of Southern Methodist University. About five minutes from downtown Dallas, the tree-lined streets alone are enough to give you that peaceful, neighborly feeling for which Dallas is well-known.
Head over to Greenville Avenue for whatever you need beyond your cozy home and yard. Looking for an outdoor bar? The Truck Yard is the best for a good drink and some deliciousness from local food trucks. In the mood for something healthy? HG Supply Co. has you covered. And don’t forget to stop by Steel City Pops for an after dinner treat. The whole community has you covered, really. The median list price for a home is $374,900, but if you prefer to rent, you can find an eye-catching abode for $1,800 a month.
If you’re ready for actual suburbia, go house-hunting in Lake Highlands. Located northeast of Dallas, it’s an established residential area midway between downtown Dallas and Richardson. The area is a great place to purchase a starter home; the median list price for a home in Lake Highlands is $63,000. For those not yet ready to buy a home, affordability extends to monthly rents, too. The average renter in Lake Highlands pays about $1,100 each month.
A lot of young couples stay in Lake Highlands because of the access to White Rock Lake. You can visit the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, sit on a rock ledge to watch the pelicans, ducks and geese, or get more active and launch your boat from one of several ramps. Don’t have a boat? Rent a kayak and explore this urban oasis! If you’re into experimenting with cultural cuisines, this neighborhood has a variety of Ethiopian, Mexican, Japanese, American foods and more. Live music, sports bars and upscale bars are scattered about as well.
Any one of these neighborhoods will give you the space you need for a comfortable lifestyle along with close proximity to amenities you can’t live without – go ahead! You just might find what you never knew you needed. Check out Zillow for available apartments and for-sale listings in each of these Dallas markets.