ABOUT UPTOWN / DOWNTOWN
Uptown, deleniated as the upscale neighborhood north of and adjacent to downtown Dallas, is bounded by Central Expressway on the east, N Haskell Avenue on the northeast, Katy Trail on the northwest, Bookhout Street and Cedar Springs Road on the west, N Akard Street on the southwest and Woodall Rodgers Freeway on the south.
Popular with young professionals, Uptown known for multi-use development and its increasingly pedestrian culture continues to thrive. Its urban lifestyle is in stark contrast to the suburban oeuvre that makes up the majority of Dallas and its suburbs.
Downtown Dallas is the geographic center of the city, bounded by the downtown freeway loop: bounded on the east by I-345, on the west by I-35, on the south by I-30, and on the noter by Woodall Rodgers Freeway.
Dallas has become a city for arts lovers…the only city in the world that has four buildings within one contiguous block designed by four separate and distinguished Pritzker Architecture Prize winners: IM Pei’s Meyerson Symphony Center, Renzo Paino’s Nasher Sculpture Center, Rem Koolhaas’ Wyly Theater and Foster + Partners’ Winspear Opera House.
In the southern part of the city, The Trinity River Corridor is being transformed into a giant urban park with a proposed equestrian center, lakes, trails and three bridges designed by Spanish neofuturistic architect, structural engineer, sculptor and painter, Santiago Calatrava.
In total there are 15 districts that now form the definition of “Downtown.” spanning the area immediately north of the Woodall Rodgers Freeway in the Victory Park and Uptown/Turtle Creek Districts as well as past Central Expressway to the east in the Deep Ellum and Bryan Place Districts, past Interstate 30 to the south with the Cedars District, and jumping over Interstate 35E to the west to include the Design District and Lower Oak Lawn.
Turtle Creek is located south of Highland Park and north of downtown Dallas between Turtle Creek and Oaklawn. Most of the residences in this area are high-rises, but there are some single-family homes many of which are mid-century modern. This area attracts people who are retired, empty nesters downsizing or wanting a second home.
This is a beautiful upscale area along Turtle Creek, accessible to the Katy Trail and convenient to the Arts District in downtown Dallas. There are two high-rise buildings that are the epitome of luxury… the Renaissance is one of newest and attracts a younger population with its huge swimming pool area conducive to outdoor entertaining, and 21 Turtle Creek, one of the original high rises and more affordable, with a convenient back gate to the shopping center on Oaklawn which is a huge bonus. Prices of high-rises range in price from $126,000 to 5 million at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. In addition, high rise living means HOA dues in addition to the price of the residence.
The Turtle Creek area generally attracts people who love the scenic beauty, are interested in convenience to the vibrant downtown Arts District and ease of access to the airports, DFW and Love Field. There is a variety of convenient popular hangouts such as Lucky’s, which is like a “Cheers Bar,” the Library Bar at the Melrose Hotel, and bar and restaurant at the Mansion. The area is also just a few blocks from West Village which offers a movie theater, shops and restaurants.
SOME FREE THINGS TO DO IN DALLAS
Hang out at Klyde Warren Park
Stroll Main Street Garden Park
Then stroll the Belo Garden
Walk, run or bike the Katy Trail
Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s outdoor plaza
Check out Deep Ellum’s funky art
Catch an outdoor movie at Annette Strauss Square
Visit the Pioneer Plaza Cattle Drive
Explore the Bishop Arts District