Medical District Neighborhood Guide
Whether you’re relocating to Dallas from another city, or just moving a little closer to work or school, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by the convenience, amenities and charm that the Medical District offers. While it’s best known as a hub for some of the region’s largest employers and the country’s best physicians, those who call the Medical District home know its appeal transcends medicine. Whether you work in the medical field or not, this cozy enclave is a great place to call home!
The Medical District: Aptly Named
The Medical District (bordered by Interstate 35, Mockingbird Lane, Medical District Drive and Maple Avenue) is so named because it is ground zero for a nearly 400-acre medical complex that employs more than 30,000. It all began in 1954 when Parkland Hospital opened its doors. By 1989, Parkland had been joined by UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center. Dallas had become a medicine mecca, and the District was ground zero.
More Than White Coats and Wheelchairs
It makes sense that an area populated by so many medical professionals is packed with amenities. World-class physicians and their medical support teams make good money, but they also have high-stress jobs and value their downtime. Savvy businesses have picked up on this, and eagerly set up shop to cater to the locals. Even if you’re not one of the high earners in the neighborhood, live here and you’ll reap the benefits.
As you’d expect, there are high-end grocery stores (Whole Foods and Kroger) in the neighborhood, and you can bike to some of the best restaurants in Big D. Standouts include Blues Burgers, Mike Anderson’s BBQ House, El Tizoncito (you must try the tamarind margarita) and Oishii sushi, rumored to have the best fried rice in Dallas.
Near the Action Without the Drawbacks
Many of the most popular Medical District apartments are within the shadows of Dallas’ most coveted neighborhoods, specifically the trendy Design District and picturesque Oak Lawn. When you choose a Medical District apartment as home base, you’ll be close enough to jog or bike to these locales, yet far enough to avoid their crowds and traffic. Additionally, Medical District rents are far more affordable.
Apartments near UT Southwestern are packed with amenities like swimming pools, workout rooms and concierge services. If you’ve rented in Uptown or the M Streets, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how far your dollar will go here in the Medical District. If you’re amazed to learn all of this, it’s by design: Medical District renters know they’ve got a good thing going and aren’t anxious to broadcast it.