Dallas-Ft. Worth Market Trends

The 10 Top-Selling Dallas Neighborhoods

Dallas is a fast-growing corporate center with lots of jobs and new residents every week. When you’re looking for a place to live, you may choose to live within the city limits instead of in the area’s suburbs. Living in the heart of Dallas provides easy access to all the culture and excitement this Southern city has to offer.

To narrow down the list of where to live, here are the top-selling neighborhoods in Dallas based on Neighborhoods.com data from over a year-long period. Homebuyers are flocking to these communities, and maybe you will be too.

10. Kessler

People walking along the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge toward downtown Dallas.
People walking along the Ronald Kirk Pedestrian Bridge toward downtown Dallas.

This older neighborhood is located just south of I-30 near the popular Bishop Arts District. It’s quiet but growing in popularity, with nearly 200 homes sold in 2018. The historic and varied homes here are located on sprawling lots, nestled between parks and places to enjoy being active outdoors. Residents love the strong community vibe and value their relationships with their neighbors.

Although the neighborhood is primarily residential, the unique shopping and dining scene of Bishop Arts is just a short drive away. Kessler also has excellent proximity to Downtown Dallas, located only about four miles west of the city center. According to Neighborhoods.com listings, current home prices range from the mid $100s to over $2 million, with a median sale price in the high $400s. 

9. Prestonwood

Homes in Far North Dallas.

In 2018, more than 200 homes were sold in this popular neighborhood north of I-635. Prestonwood is valued for its accessibility, being located just nine miles from Plano and 17 miles from Downtown Dallas.

Characterized by sprawling homes, large lots, and tree-lined streets, Prestonwood feels suburban while still being close to all the shopping in both North Dallas and Plano. The homeowners association here plans activities all year long, encouraging a strong sense of community. Current prices for single-family homes range from the mid $200s to over $1 million, with a median sale price in the low $400s. There are also a few condos and townhomes available in this neighborhood.

8. Uptown

Max's Wine Dive in Dallas.
A wine bar in Uptown. 

This lively neighborhood attracts people from all over the city to enjoy its upscale boutiques, bistros, and entertainment venues[1] [2] . Affluent professionals choose to live in high-end condos and stately Victorian homes in this neighborhood, so they can take advantage of everything this neighborhood has to offer. In 2018, nearly 300 people bought homes in this walkable neighborhood centered around the shops on McKinney Avenue. 

Located less than four miles from Downtown Dallas, Uptown is easily accessible on foot or by DART light rail. Current home prices in Uptown range from the high $100s to over $12 million, with a median sale price in the high $300s. 

7. North Dallas

The NorthPark Center, a mall in North Dallas.
The NorthPark Center, a mall in North Dallas. 

North Dallas is a popular, upscale neighborhood where over 300 homes were sold in 2018. The neighborhood is prestigious and renowned for its large homes, excellent schools, and easy access to upscale shopping.

Bordered by University Park and including part of Preston Hollow, North Dallas has easy access to the rest of Dallas via I-635 to the north, the Dallas North Tollway to the west, and US 75 to the east. Current home prices in North Dallas range from the low $100s to over $6 million, with a median sale price in the mid $600s. 

6. Northeast Dallas

A home in Northeast Dallas.

Another popular neighborhood in Dallas, Northeast Dallas had over 300 homes sold in 2018. This neighborhood has an excellent balance of residential comforts with lots of shops and restaurants to enjoy. Residents love jogging on the Katy Trail and spending time at nearby White Rock Lake.

The Central Expressway and the LBJ Freeway provide easy access to Downtown Dallas as well as even more shopping and entertainment options. Current home prices in Northeast Dallas range from below $100,000 to the low $800s, with a median sale price in the mid $300s.

5. Old East Dallas

A residential street in Old East Dallas.

Old East Dallas is experiencing a resurgence of interest from homebuyers. Over 300 homes were sold in this area in 2018. A large area that encompasses a number of smaller individual residential neighborhoods like Bryan Place and Junius Heights, Old East Dallas features many restored historic homes. 

Although it doesn’t have many shops or restaurants, residents love to walk along the tree-lined sidewalks and mingle with their neighbors. Additionally, it’s just a couple miles away from entertainment areas like Lower Greenville and the Arts District. Current home prices in Old East Dallas range from the los $100s to over $1 million, with a median sale price of $400,000.

4. University Park

The Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University.
The Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences at Southern Methodist University. Photo by Ken Wolter/Shutterstock.com 

University Park is the larger of the two municipalities contained within the Park Cities. With over 350 homes sold in 2018, it’s one of Dallas’ most popular neighborhoods. Located on the north end of Park Cities, University Park is home to Southern Methodist University and the library of former President George W. Bush. It used to be just a collection of homes around the university, until it grew too large and was incorporated as its own city.

Like the Park Cities as a whole, University Park is defined by upscale homes and classic architecture, as well as its excellent school district. Homes in University Park range from the low $300s to $7.3 million, with a median sale price of $1.3 million. 

3. Park Cities

The Village Theatre in the Park Cities neighborhood.
The Village Theatre in the Park Cities neighborhood. 

One of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Dallas, Park Cities is located about five miles north of Downtown Dallas. The neighborhood is characterized by both historic homes and homes with modern architecture. The area includes upscale retailers, fine restaurants, and tree-lined streets.

The neighborhood had more than 500 home sales in 2018, proving that this perennially popular area has not lost any of its classic appeal. Homes in the Park Cities are not inexpensive, however, ranging in price from the low $200s to $15 million. The median home price is nearly $1.4 million. 

2. Lower Greenville

Truck Yard, a complex offering many different food trucks for visitors to choose from.
Truck Yard, a complex offering many different food trucks for visitors to choose from. 

Another vibrant Dallas neighborhood, Lower Greenville is located about four miles north of Downtown Dallas. Although it’s got a residential feel and pet-friendly amenities, it’s considered among Dallas’ hip neighborhoods alongside Uptown and Deep Ellum

As one of the most exciting spots in the city, it’s not surprising that homes here are in high demand. The neighborhood, which is known for its colorfully painted bungalows and Craftsman homes, had more than 500 home sales in 2018. Current home prices in Lower Greenville range from the mid $100s to $1.2 million, with a median price in the low $500s. 

1. Oak Lawn

The Katy Trail passing through a residential area of Oak Lawn.
The Katy Trail passing through a residential area of Oak Lawn.

The lively neighborhood located just about two miles north of Downtown Dallas had by far the greatest number of home sales in 2018 and early 2019 with over 700. Oak Lawn is the home of Dallas Pride, but even during the rest of the year, the neighborhood attracts open-minded residents who love the neighborhood’s walkable, pet-friendly vibe. 

The neighborhood has a variety of single-family homes, from contemporary new-builds to more classic abodes, but there’s also a large selection of condos and new townhome developments that lend to the neighborhood’s dynamic, urban energy. Current home prices in Oak Lawn range from the low $100s to $9.9 million, with a median sale price in the low $300s.

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