The best places to live in Dallas
The question of which area or suburb of Dallas to live in is a big one for most new arrivals. Choosing the right neighbourhood to match one's priorities will have a significant impact on the experience of living in the city.
Property is big business in Dallas, and it would be beneficial to seek the advice of a real estate agent. These professionals have in-depth knowledge of the city's property market and have access to a larger pool of potential properties to suit the different requirements of each person.
City living in Dallas
Living in downtown Dallas is perfect for those who want easy access to the newest restaurants, clubs, bars and shopping experiences. While city-living options tend to be a little less spacious and pricier than those in the suburbs, these areas are very convenient for limiting the commute time to work.
Bryan Place is an east Dallas neighbourhood near the Arts District in the city centre. Being so close to the commercial centre of Dallas, it's popular among young professionals and executives.
Accommodation in Bryan Place is varied, and although there are some older standalone homes available, most of the housing consists of townhouses, low-rise condos and modern apartment complexes. For nature lovers, Exall Park is close by and is a great place to enjoy the city's favourable climate.
Highland Park provides all the best elements of city living. Located just outside the city centre, it's within easy reach of all major facilities. Those settling in this neighbourhood will have access to some of the city's best shopping and entertainment facilities.
There are several good schools in the area, which accounts for its growing popularity among families. There are many local parks in the area which provide open spaces for recreational activities.
Family-friendly neighbourhoods in Dallas
Dallas is a great city for expats moving to the USA with children. To a large extent, schooling choices will ultimately determine where families live. Still, there are plenty of safe, family-friendly communities to choose from.
Parker is popular among families because of its excellent quality of life. Most of the accommodation in Parker comes in the form of freestanding family homes with spacious gardens and swimming pools. The area is some distance from the city centre, but Parker has good road links that allow easy access for commuting to work. There are lots of modern malls nearby.
In addition to the green open spaces and fresh country air in Parker, the schools are exceptional, and the crime rate is low, making it a great place to raise children.
Southlake is another popular choice for families with children and pets. The schools are really what draw people to the area, and there are lots of great options.
Accommodation in Southlake mainly consists of large family homes. The area has plenty of shopping and dining options, most of which are located at Southlake Town Square. It's also very safe and known for having strong community ties.
What areas or suburbs in Dallas do expats recommend?
"We started in Victory Park, which we loved for the location (close to uptown and downtown) and the modern, clean looks. We recently moved to The Village (more up north), which is a lot more 'American style' and homey, also lots of green and close to Northpark Center. Generally, I would recommend to try to find an area that is sort of walkable and not too old in Uptown." Read more in our interview with Conny, a Dutch expat living in Dallas.
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