Nestled between Highland Park and I-35, this area was originally an independent town called Cedar Springs, which was named after the Cedar Springs branch of the Trinity River. Cedar Springs was annexed by Dallas in 1929, and somewhere along the way, the name of the area was changed to Oak Lawn. From the ’20s through the ’60s the area was also known as Little Mexico because of the large number of Mexican immigrants living there. In the ’60s, the hippies moved in, followed by the city’s gay population.
Oak Lawn has a distinct culture. It’s affectionately called the “gayborhood” by locals for its high population of LGBTQ+ -friendly clubs, restaurants, shops, and events like the annual Halloween parade. But the mix of posh, high-rise apartments among renovated post-war homes draws kidless urban professionals of all ages and types who have fine tastes in decor and dining. Retail and restaurant options tend to be unique, ranging drastically from the highest-end to the character-filled and budget-friendly.
The elegant Turtle Creek corridor, north of downtown Dallas in the Oak Lawn area, makes up 80 city blocks, containing approximately 90 acres of green space, as well as luxury townhomes and modern high-rises. The area has spectacular natural beauty with Katy Trail running throughout the neighborhood.