Design District Neighborhood Guide
Dallas’ Design District is a neighborhood experiencing a new lease on life. Located between Downtown Dallas and the Southwestern Medical District, the Design District benefits from a great location within easy reach of all Dallas has to offer. The Design District is bordered on the north and east by I-35 and on the south and west by the Trinity River and its lovely Greenbelt Park.
History of the Design District
The boom years after World War II brought the new Interstate Highway System to Dallas, as well as levees that kept the Trinity River from flooding its banks. With these infrastructure upgrades in place, the area filled with warehouses for surrounding businesses. As industries moved out in the 1980s, designers of furniture and other home goods moved in, and the area became a hot spot for creative types and interior decorators, giving the area its name.
Fast-forward to the 21st century, and the Design District got a makeover, with new development that included chic urban housing, art galleries, restaurants and retail space that took advantage of the creative forces already at play in the neighborhood.
Living in the Design District
Today, the Design District is a great example of a true “live-work-play” environment, where residents can enjoy a neighborhood feel without having to drive across the city to the office or a great new bar, although if they want to, easy highway access makes that a breeze. The area features cutting-edge eateries like the Meddlesome Moth, a gastropub with everything from tabletop French-pressed coffee to bacon lollipops. Brewery tours, gallery walks and old-school bowling at Bowlounge all make for a great night out as well. High-rise apartment complexes and loft spaces with luxe amenities are a major highlight of the area, and living in the Design District apartments puts you within walking distance of all the neighborhood has to offer.
To find more variety in housing options while still enjoying the Design District spirit, check out nearby neighborhoods. Victory Park, a planned community that’s also home to the American Airlines Center for Mavericks and Stars games is just across I-35 to the east. Upscale Oak Lawn stretches out to the north of Victory Park and is popular with young professionals who want to rent condos or duplexes with an urban vibe. Trinity Groves lies just across the river from the Design District and offers apartment living over retail storefronts and restaurants.