by Jeff Knox
on Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016 at 1:45pm.
If you are moving to Dallas Texas and need to know about the area, the area's best places to live and what you can expect to do in the area. This article will attempt to address what it is like to move to Dallas.
Dallas homes offer several different, yet popular, styles of living with the area. There are contemporary and modern homes, Craftsman style homes, Tudor style homes, Mediterranean style homes, Loft style condos, normal condos in Dallas and high rise condos.
Most contemporary and modern homes will be found in the following areas of Dallas - Kessler Park, North Oak Cliff, Highland Park, University Park, North Dallas, Northwest Dallas and East Dallas. The reason that contemporary homes are mainly found in the areas mentioned above is because the HOA restrictions have long passed for these areas. This allows buyers to build the types of homes they want (Modern) without having to worry about certain HOA requirements and restrictions.
Unlike the modern/contemporary homes mentioned above, the Craftsman style homes in Dallas are a classic look. A large majority of this architecture was built back in the early 1900's and the Craftsman style may be found in North Oak Cliff, East Dallas, M Streets, Lakewood and Kessler Park areas. Please note that the era of construction of the Craftsman home in Dallas may mean some updating and restoration work on the part of a new buyer.
Tudor style homes in Dallas are some of the most popular style of architecture that the area has to offer to buyers. The truer the style of the home to the Tudor architecture, the more one can expect to pay for the house. As with the Tudor, buyers may have to sink some money into the house to restore the architecture back to its original glory. Buyers also need to note and consider that these homes were originally constructed around the early 1900's along with the Craftsman homes, so updating to today's appliances, flooring, fixtures, electrical, etc may also be in the cards for a buyer of a Tudor home.
Dallas Tudor style real estate may be found in the same areas as the Craftsman homes - North Oak Cliff, East Dallas, M Streets, Lakewood and Kessler Park.
The Mediterranean style homes in Dallas can be found in the more expensive areas of the city. Dallas Mediterranean real estate is often built as either a custom home or near custom home. The reasoning is because the truest of Mediterranean homes use the truest of materials within their construction. What types of materials are used in a Mediterranean build? Stone - marble and quartz, wood, ornate banisters, very pretty fireplaces and curved stairways, stucco exteriors with smooth finishes in neutral colors, high vaulted ceilings with natural wood or stone beams, large open kitchens with an abundance of the natural stone on both the counters and the flooring. Mediterranean homes are not cheap to build and, therefore, not cheap to purchase either.
While buyers may find Mediterranean styled homes in some of the higher-priced suburbs like Plano, Southlake, Westlake and others, most of the truest Mediterranean styled properties will be found in Highland Park, University Park, North Dallas and Northwest Dallas.
Lofts in Dallas are going to be found in areas not discussed above. The loft style condos will be found in downtown Dallas and some of the lofts are in some of the oldest buildings in downtown, which really makes for a true loft lifestyle. The lofts in Dallas may be found at 1505 Elm Street Lofts, 2220 Canton Lofts, Soco Urban Lofts, Buzz Lofts, Lofts on Oak Lawn, 3030 Bryan Lofts, 1999 McKinney Lofts and West Village Urban Lofts.
Soco Urban lofts is one of the oldest buildings where loft style living is available and probably offers the truest style of loft living for buyers wanting this type of home.
Dallas High Rise condos are almost exclusively available south of 635 and most are located in the downtown Dallas area. High-rise living has something to fit almost any budget of buyer. But, the lifestyle also offers luxury buyers great views of the city along with 24 hour services and amenities.
The more expensive high rise living can be found at the following buildings - Bleu Ciel, One Arts Plaza, ParkSide Condos, Stoneleigh Residences, Ritz-Carlton Residences, W Residences and 2505 Limited Edition.
The second reason you will fall in love with Dallas -- the world class shopping available. The Dallas area has multiple malls around the Metroplex, each with world class shopping opportunities.
First developed by Raymond Nasher in the 1960's, Northpark Center is one of Dallas' top shopping destinations for both residents and visitors. Northpark Center is located at 8687 North Central Expressway. Northpark has 225 total number of stores with seven anchor tenants like Dillard's, Macy's Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom.
Other high fashion stores at Northpark include but are not limited to: Carolina Herrera, BVLGARI, Burberry, Cartier, David Yurman, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc, Omega, Rolex, Salvaqtore Ferragamo, Tag Huer, Tiffany & Co., and Versace.
Opened in 1931, Highland Park Village was designed to be a shopping area and to serve as a town square for the city of Highland Park. University Park, Turtle Creek and Oak Lawn also have very close proximity to Highland Park Village. The shopping center was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 2000.
The shops at Highland Park Village include such luxury stores as Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior Beauty, Hermes, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren and Saint Laurent.
The south is known as being friendly. It is part of that "southern charm" that resonates throughout the south. Dallas is very friendly. Most folks here will speak or offer a "hello" to an unknown stranger in the grocery store, movie or mall. How friendly is Dallas?
Located in Fair Park near downtown Dallas, the State Fair of Texas is open from the last Friday in September and lasts for 24 days. The fair has been an annual event since 1886 and has only missed a few years due to the World Wars. The fair features food of all kinds, Midway games, rides, exhibits, the Texas Star which is a Ferris wheel standing 264 feet tall with 44 gondolas and can carry up to 264 riders at a time. The view from the top of the Texas Star is one of the biggest factors appealing to the riders. While this is Texas and you can still test your shooting abilities on the Midway, the guns today are water guns instead of the old fashioned six shooters.
One of the big attractions to the annual State Fair of Texas is the Red River Rivalry which features Texas vs Oklahoma on the gridiron of the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Fair Park. The game is played each year on the second Saturday in October. The Saturday prior to the Texas vs. OU game is known as the State Fair Classic which pits two historically black universities in Grambling State and Prairie View A&M. These two universities have participated in the State Fair Classic each year, except one, since 1985.
The State Fair of Texas is also well-known for having an excellent auto exhibit which features the new models for almost all domestic and foreign manufacturers.
Chevy usually sponsors what is called the "Chevy Main Stage" where they sponsor daily and nightly concerts with some of the biggest names in music often taking the state for free concerts with your fair admission.
Many visitors to the State Fair of Texas are there simply for the food and go to literally "eat their way through the fair." Fletcher's Corny Dogs is one of the biggest food vendors at the fair along with stands selling cold Root Beer, cold Beer, giant Turkey legs and even a building dedicated to only food. Save your appetite if you're visiting the fair...if you leave hungry, that's your fault!
If you are moving to Dallas Texas and you want some of the top school districts in the State of Texas, you've found them in Dallas.
Some of the top school districts in the Dallas area are as follows (in no particular order)
The Mesquite Rodeo is held in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, Texas on a yearly basis running from approximately April to September in what is known as the "Rodeo Season." Originally started in around 1946 by a local named Charlie Columbus "C.C." McNally, the original rodeo was held on a property owned by C.C. It has since moved to the newer arena (built in 1985) and at one time was owned by local investor Tom Hicks who also owned the Texas Rangers and Dallas Stars for a period of time. The rodeo has taken the name of the Mesquite ProRodeo and is now owned by Camelot Sports & Entertainment.
The rodeo is the top televised rodeo event with it being shown in over 8,000,000 homes around the country. Camelot has added to the Mesquite ProRodeo experience by refurbishing the arena, adding new suites and a new club restaurant called the "8 Second Club" which is available to members throughout the entire year.
If you are moving to Dallas and want the true western flavor, this is a do not miss event!
Dallas is known to have some of the best restaurants and cuisine in the entire country. Dallas is often called the "burger capital of the world." According to Trip Adviser, the top restaurants in Dallas are as follows:
Known as "America's Team", Arlington Texas is the site of AT&T Dallas Cowboy's Stadium and Frisco is the site of the new training facility for the 'Boys. The Cowboys play eight regular season games in Arlington with one of them being their annual Thanksgiving Day game. If you're a fan of the Cowboys, you'll be right at home in the Metroplex. If you don't like the Cowboys, you may want to keep that to yourself. Saying you don't like "America's Team" in DFW may just be fightin' words! Click here to get tickets to the Dallas Cowboys.
Owned now by Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks turned a corner once Mark bought the team over a decade ago. The Mavericks play their 41 home games per season at the American Airlines Center in Dallas' Oak Lawn area of Uptown. Residents wanting to live near the American Airlines Center can find high-rise condos at the nearby W Residences and The House. Both of those condo buildings are near Victory Park which is the main street leading to the American Airlines Center. Click here to purchase tickets to the Dallas Mavericks.
Just like the Mavericks, the Dallas Stars share the American Airlines Center as their home ice. The Stars play half of their regular season games at the American Airlines Center in Uptown. Click here for tickets to the Dallas Stars.
Two World Series Trips in last few years has energized the baseball fans of the Metroplex. The Rangers play their home games in Arlington at Globe Life Park right next to Cowboys Stadium and Six Flags over Texas. The Rangers play 81 home games per season and it gives fans a great opportunity to see their favorite visiting clubs like the Yankees, Red Sox, White Sox, Angels, Astros and more. Click Here for Texas Rangers Tickets.
Moving to Dallas can be an overwhelming experience, especially when you have to relocate a family with younger children. If you would like to learn more about relocating to Dallas and looking for homes in Dallas, call one of our professional Realtors directly at 972-342-0000 or on the contact email form. We look forward to helping you with your move to Dallas and your new real estate.
Jeff Knox is the Broker Owner of Knox & Associates Real Estate and his team of Dallas Realtors assists both buyers & sellers with homes for sale in Dallas, Frisco, Plano, Southlake, Highland Park, McKinney, Prosper, University Park, Colleyville, Dallas Condos, Grapevine, Coppell, Lantana, Allen, Flower Mound, Keller, SMU area, M Streets, Lake Highlands, Bluffview, Lakewood, White Rock Lake, Westlake, Wylie and all DFW real estate areas. Call us at 972-342-0000 for additional information on any of the areas mentioned above.