Old East Dallas
This area originally incorporated under the name East Dallas and was annexed by Dallas in the late 1800s, making Dallas the largest city in Texas at the time. Today this area is sought out for a mix of casual, foodie-centric restaurants and bars along older houses and rallies around its fun, all-inclusive spirit. You’ll hear it referred to as Lower Greenville, the M Streets, and Knox-Henderson, but it’s actually made up of lots of neighborhoods, many designated as conservation districts of Tudors and cottages.
The Swiss Avenue Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Centered around Swiss Avenue, the first paved road in the city, homes here were built in the neighborhood between 1905. Swiss Avenue was named by Swiss pioneer Henri Boll after his old hometown. Today Historic mansions on Swiss Avenue neighbor two-story Prairie houses of Munger Place Historic District. Renovated ’60s apartment buildings line Gaston Avenue. Everything off Ross Avenue is being rehabilitated. Families blend with young singles. Schools are community-supported. It’s known for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Granada Theater, and joyous eating and drinking.
The Cityplace District is best-known for its 1.4-million-square-foot 42-story office Cityplace Towers (served by DART station), as well as the 275,000-square foot residential-and-retail West Village. Yet this 160-acre, master-planned, mixed use community, bounded by Haskell and Lemmon Avenues and the Katy Trail also offers the tree-lined Haskell Boulevard, along with its more than 3 million square feet of residential property, 500,000 square feet of retail, and 1.6 million square feet of office space.
Bryan Place, originally named after Dallas founder John Neely Bryan, contains older houses and structures from the early 20th century, as well as 1980s houses developed by Fox & Jacobs. The primarily residential neighborhood offers townhomes, zero-lot garden homes and restaurants and close-by entertainment and restaurants; a 10-minute walk brings residents to the Dallas Arts District. Exall park, complete with playgrounds, hiking trails and sports fields, also defines Bryan Place.