Uptown Dallas started to emerge as an upscale, activity-laden section of Dallas in the early 1990s. The moniker includes areas known as „the Vineyard,“ „the McKinney Avenue corridor“ and parts of Oak Lawn. In the 21st Century, the area has evolved onto a community where residents, workers and tourists can enjoy the area by car, by foot or by trolley.
When the weather is nice you’ll find hundreds of people strolling down the well-lighted, tree-lined sidewalks, stopping at restaurants, shops and other businesses. The close proximity of stores, transportation and other amenities makes living in Uptown Dallas ideal for people of all ages. It’s the only area of Dallas where you’ll find a wide variety of living options, including luxury and moderately priced apartments, townhomes, condominiums and even historic single-family homes.
The area is directly north of downtown and includes the McKinney Avenue corridor, historic neighborhoods and other attractions, including: Dallas Arts Museum, Dallas Symphony, AT&T Performing Arts Center, Nasher Sculpture Center, Uptown Trolley, West End, West Village, American Airlines Center, The Katy Trail, JFK Museum, Trinity River Project, and Klyde Warren Park.
The area has been revitalized and is teaming with activity, including some of the best restaurants, clubs and shopping. This is Dallas urban living at its best.
The area is compact and hosts a wide spectrum of entities including office buildings, high-rise residential towers, retail centers, and a wide array of shopping and nightlife options. Because of this blend of housing and activities, the area offers a desirable alternative to the sprawl of nearby suburban communities.
What makes the area especially attractive is the availability of upscale townhomes and condos. The assortment rivals other major cities with dozens of townhomes and condos for sale at any given time.
How to Choose a Townhome in Uptown Dallas
First, decide how much space you need. Usually a townhome will offer more space than a condo. Plus, a townhome by definition will have at least two floors where a condo will usually be flat. Multiple floors offer better compartmentalization of living areas, where bedrooms can be separated from living and kitchen areas, etc. Also, townhomes usually offer more bedroom and loft options than condos. And townhomes usually have attached garages whereas condos often utilize common area parking lots.
Next, decide on what part of the area you want to live in. Although the area is somewhat compact, there are many options. You can live in the midst of the „action“ or you can live off the main areas of activity. This is the beauty of Uptown Dallas townhome living… lots of alternatives.
Second, decide on your financing options. If you have good credit and a reasonable down payment, you should have no trouble buying your dream townhome in Uptown Dallas. It’s best to pre-qualify for a loan (unless you’re paying cash) so that your Realtor® will have maximum negotiating flexibility. If your credit is less-than-perfect, a good Realtor® can help you explore your financing options as well.