The question of which area or suburb of Dallas to live in is a big one for most new arrivals. Choosing the right neighbourhood to match one's priorities will have a significant impact on the experience they will have of living in the city.
Property is big business in Dallas and expats will benefit from the advice of a real estate agent. These professionals have an in-depth knowledge of the city's property market and have access to a larger pool of potential properties to suit the different requirements of each person.
Family-friendly neighbourhoods in Dallas
Dallas is a great city for expats moving to the USA with children. To a large extent, schooling choices will ultimately determine where families live. However, there are plenty of safe, family-friendly communities to choose from.
Parker is popular among families because of the excellent quality of life. Most of the accommodation in Parker comes in the form of independent family homes, with spacious gardens and swimming pools. The area is some distance from the city centre, but Parker has good road links that allow easy access for those commuting to work. There are lots of modern malls nearby.
In addition to the green open spaces and fresh country air in Parker, expats will find that the schools are excellent and the crime rate is low, making it a great place to raise children.
Southlake is another popular choice for families with children and pets. The schools are really what draw people to the area and there are lots of great options.
Accommodation in Southlake mainly consists of large family homes. It's popular, however, and housing is in short supply. The area has plenty of shopping and dining options, most of which are located at Southlake Town Square. It's also very safe and known for having a strong sense of community.
City living in Dallas
Living in downtown Dallas is great for those who want easy access to the newest restaurants, clubs, bars and shopping experiences. While city living options tend to be a little less spacious and more expensive than those in the suburbs, these areas are very convenient for expats who want to live close to their place of work.
Bryan Place is an east Dallas neighbourhood near the Arts District in the city centre. Being so close to the commercial centre of Dallas, it's popular among young professionals and executives who want to be close to work.
Accommodation in Bryan Place is varied and, although there are some older standalone homes available, most of the housing consists of townhouses, low-rise condos and modern apartment complexes. For those who enjoy the outdoors, Exall Park is close by and is a great place to enjoy the city's favourable climate.
Highland Park provides all the best elements of city living. Located just outside the city centre, it's within easy reach of all major facilities. Expats living in this neighbourhood will have access to some of the city’s best shopping and entertainment facilities.
There are a number of good schools in the area which accounts for its growing popularity among families. There are many local parks in the area, which provide open spaces for recreational activities.
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