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Just got a job offer in Dallas but only did virtual interviews because of COVID. I’ve never visited the city. Recommendations on the best area to live in for a single girl late 20s? Coming from DC where we have pretty distinct neighborhoods. I’ve been googling but it’s hard to tell which areas are more lively and better for single people.

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Do not move to plano, frisco, Irving etc. those are not neighborhoods they’re suburbs. Oak lawn - near downtown, west of 75, gay friendly with lots of restaurants Turtle creek - right next to oak lawn, mainly older buildings right on turtle creek Uptown - just across the creek from the two above, more urban and walkable Victory park - downtown near AA center. Very urban with many upscale restaurants and bars Knox/Henderson - just north of uptown, good cluster of walkable restaurants/trader joes/ other shopping. I live here on Katy trail and it’s very nice. Lower Greenville - East of 75, good strip of bars and restaurants that are walkable depending on where you live. More houses/townhouses. You’ll probably go here a decent amount M streets - nice tree lined neighborhood near lower Greenville with historic bungalow type houses Deep Ellum - used to be a warehouse district, converted to restaurants/breweries and lofts. Cool places to visit. Wider, more downtown streets, not much greenery/trees

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I am from Dallas and spent 12 years away.. just moved back 4 years ago.. I agree a lot with analyst 1 above.. Just to clarify further. Most 20 something young females will want to live in uptown... clubs, restaurants, bars, spin studios, Pilates, nail/hair salons, shopping, Katy trail, dog park (mutts) etc. Uptown is where I tell people with your profile to start.. it’s easy and tons of young people. I’m in my 30s and lived in victory park ... it’s near/next to uptown. It’s really only got one row of restaurants, but the main attraction here is American airlines center and Katy trail. If you love concerts or sports games this is your area. It’s not as walkable to shopping or the number of bars as uptown.. it’s a little older crowd.. as in late 20s to 30s.. I moved away because of the congestion due to American Airlines.(victory park is where you will find most of your high rises with $30,000 millionaires—-that’s Dallas, again coming from someone born and raised here) Lower Greenville- it’s a road a little East of 75 with bars and restaurants... again an older crowd (mostly 30s)... the apartments are more boutique, not big, and not a lot with huge gyms or even pools. A lot of people will buy around here, a lot of condos or old houses, hence a little older crowd. Because it is close the M streets neighborhood bars close, I think, at 12. There’s an early curfew. Bishop arts/oak cliff... I work in this area. It is all going through gentrification and is off the beaten path (note: uptown and victory park and next to one another, and lower Greenville is east of 75 only 5 min from those)... HOWEVER bishop arts/oak cliff is 20 min drive south far from the main heart of Dallas. Still a lot of crime... a lot of new builds but still has a long ways to go. Hippy vibes. Downtown—- it’s not like other cities. Mostly corporate. They are trying so so hard to make it enticing and appealing, it’s just not. Only people who don’t do their research move downtown. A lot of crime still, not a lot of great food or restaurants. It’s just not like other cities... again, a lot older crowd. People will buy condos here because they are cheap! Plano, Addison-great but for families, about 20-30 min drive to each from Dallas (with no traffic)... they have a young area to them but again, a little older (30s and up). Most people will start in uptown in their 20s and slowly work their way out... Find somewhere with a POOL and gym! It’s Dallas and the summers will kill you if not (100 degrees+ for 3 months) Find your crowd! Dallas isn’t a city that has a ton of stuff to do in the way of outdoors, so make friends to go shop with, drink with, go try new restaurants, go workout with, etc Great airports! Take advantage. :)

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Depends on where you work, but I like Lower Greenville and Uptown/Oak Lawn

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3rd Oak Lawn. I use to live in that area and I absolutely loved it.

Uptown- lots of young professional who work around downtown area, lots of bars, and pretty cool place, lots of restaurant, a bit more expensive than other places below. It’s walkable, places are pretty close to one another. There’s also Katy Trail. Knox Henderson- between Uptown and Lower Greenville Avenue. Lots of shopping, bars, grocery stores (Sprouts, Trader Joe’s!) and yummy eateries. Near Katy trail! Price is not too far from Uptown. I live around SMU area, pretty convenient, but that’s becuase I have a car, too. If you want all the Asian food, I would say plano area. My friend live in downtown plano, it’s pretty cool, lots of new apartment and cheaper! But you gotta have a car though living around this area or you might spend a ton on uber.

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Northern suburbs are all families. Addison and Uptown are your tribe.

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Thank you! Every article I read was “x neighborhood is great for families” I was like ummm so where do all the single people live 😂

Frisco, Plano, Uptown, Downtown, Irving...

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I was gonna say these just seemed like very broad suburban areas lol thanks A3!

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Dallas is full of highways so you’ll be driving just about everywhere. I’d say downtown though

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Downtown Dallas isn’t like other cities. It’s more business than housing. Not much night life though it has been improving a bit.

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Victory park 100%

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Yeah if you wanna deal with constant break ins and petty crime once sporting events and concerts are back in swing

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Hey OP, I’m a 27 yo female living in Dallas. Feel free to message me if you want someone to walk you through the pros and cons of each area (and from a female perspective). We live off of Knox and I really like it, but there are tons of other options. I’d personally stay away from living in downtown and victory park though.

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Uptown area. Plenty of young professionals there.

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Lower Greenville, Knox Henderson, Uptown (Specifically West Village). Would avoid living downtown

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I have lived in Dallas for 4 years now, came from the Northeast. It's 100% a car city, especially for those coming from the East Coast but I recommend the Downtown/Uptown/Victory Park area for a new transplant. There are a few square miles that pretty seamlessly run together that are pedestrian friendly. Every other area is an island, a few blocks of restaurants and bars surrounded by miles of low density housing. Dallas isn't urban like the East Coast cities but is "suburban with the amenities of a big city". Tons of options for delivery which is nice during COVID. Moving here was the best economic decision of my life and with what you save - rent and no state/city income tax, you can afford frequent trips back to visit your friends. When traveling, both coasts (and Chicago) are easily accessible since we are in the middle of the country and the other Texas cities are a few hours drive away. Flights are also very inexpensive during normal times.

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I agree with this post! I lived in uptown when we just moved to Dallas, and it was a good spot to transition into the city - tons of convenient dining and entertainment options. Explored a little the first couple of years and ended up settling in North Oak Cliff/Bishop Arts, which is more my vibe.

I am a single, mid-20’s female living alone and cannot recommend Uptown enough. I don’t feel unsafe living here and generally walk around the area alone. I am a short walk to my grocery and convenience stores, parks, Katy Trail (walking/bike trail), yoga and spin studios, hair and nail salons, Dr. offices, restaurants, bars, etc. Close enough as I’d ever want to be to downtown and have a great view of it. Some brand new apartments are popping up right now as well. I prefer north Uptown as south has most of the bars so I find it less comfortable to walk around alone. It’s definitely a young, active, and lively area. Check out the West Village or Turtle Creek areas! Next recommendation would be Victory Park or Lower Greenville. The burbs are certainly not what I call “lively” but Plano and Addison are great areas as well.

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I really enjoyed living in the West Dallas/Oak Cliff area. It’s up and coming, and reasonably priced compared to other neighborhoods.

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No “areas”. Just one area to live in

False.

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University park, highland park

Yeah so much more affordable then what I’m paying now 😅

OP when are you moving? I actually made the move here from DC a few years ago and am getting ready to make the move back.

I honestly just never really found my place here. The first year or so were the hardest. It’s been better since but I still don’t love it and just have found it a lot harder to get plugged in here than in DC. I know lots of people who love it here though but that was just my experience.

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